UPSC has officially released the notification for Civil Service Examination (CSE) 2023. It’s time to apply for IAS/IPS/IFS exam 2023. Read to know more about UPSC Notification 2023.
The UPSC Civil Services Examination is one of the most competitive exams in the country. It attracts lakhs of IAS/IPS/IFS aspirants from across India.
The exam cycle for each year starts with the release of the exam notification by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).
The official UPSC notification 2023 is now out. There are 1105 vacancies for all the 21 services like IAS, IPS, IFS etc combined. There is an increase in vacancies compared to last year. It’s time to apply!
How to apply for UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Examination 2023?
Candidates will be required to complete the Online Application Form containing two stages viz. Part-I and Part-II as per the instructions available on the above-mentioned site.
When is the last date to apply for the UPSC Civil Services Examination 2023?
The last date to apply for the UPSC Civil Services Examination 2023 is February 21, 2023.
The Online applications for Preliminary Examination (Part I and II) can be filled from 01 February 2023 to 21 February 2023 till 18:00 Hrs.
This means aspirants have only about 20 days to apply. Read the full post and hurry with your application!
Download UPSC CSE Notification 2023
You can download the latest UPSC CSE notification from the link given below:
The notification contains the UPSC CSE syllabus, exam pattern, medical requirements, and so on.
The candidates are required to pay a fee of Rs.100/- (Rupees One Hundred only).
SC/ST/ Female/Persons with Benchmark Disability candidates are exempted from payment of the fee.
The fees can be paid either by depositing the money in any branch of State Bank of India by cash, by using the net banking facility of State Bank of India, or by using any Visa/Master/RuPay Credit/Debit Card.
Upper Age Limit
If your age limit is between 21-32 years (General Category) as of August 1, 2023, you can apply for the UPSC Civil Services Exam 2023.
The upper age limit for OBC candidates is 35 years, while that of SC/ST candidates is 37 years.
For details of exam eligibility, refer to this link – UPSC Civil Services Exam eligibility criteria.
Note: The Commission takes up verification of eligibility conditions with reference to original documents only after the candidate has qualified for the Interview/Personality Test.
Candidates seeking reservation benefits need certificates to prove eligibility
Candidates who belong to the reservation category will get certain benefits with respect to relaxation in the number of attempts and upper age. Usually, the cut-off marks to get selection is also low when compared to the selection in general merit.
Candidates seeking reservation/relaxation benefits available for SC/ST/OBC/EWS/PwBD/Ex-servicemen must ensure that they are entitled to such reservation/relaxation as per eligibility prescribed in the Rules/Notice.
They should also be in possession of all the requisite certificates in the prescribed format in support of their claim as stipulated in the Rules/Notice for such benefits.
The OBC candidates applying for CSE-2023 must produce OBC (Non-Creamy Layer) certificate based on the income for the Financial Year (FY) 2021-2022, 2020-21, and 2019-20.
Candidates should note that certificates should be dated earlier than the due date (closing date) of the application for the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2023, i.e. February 21, 2023.
Documents that you should keep ready
Before starting filling up Online Application, a candidate must have his photograph and signature duly scanned in the .jpg format in such a manner that each file should not exceed 300 KB each and must not be less than 20 KB in size for the photograph and signature.
Candidate should have details of one Photo ID Card viz. Aadhaar Card/Voter Card/PAN Card/Passport/Driving Licence/Any other Photo ID Card issued by the State/Central Government.
The details of this Photo ID Card will have to be provided by the candidate while filling up the online application form. The candidates will have to upload a scanned copy of their Photo ID whose details have been provided in the online application by him/her.
This Photo ID Card will be used for all future referencing and the candidate is advised to carry this Photo ID Card while appearing for the Examination/Personality Test.
What should be your preparation strategy for the last four months?
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We recommend proper guidance, expert training, and regular practice of mock exams to succeed in UPSC CSE 2023.
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UPSC Syllabus – Civil Services Preliminary Exam
The Civil Services Preliminary exam comprises two compulsory papers of 200 marks each (General Studies Paper I and General Studies Paper-II). The questions will be of multiple-choice, objective type. The marks in prelims will not be counted for final ranking, but just for qualification for the main exam.
The Commission will draw a list of candidates to be qualified for Civil Service (Main) Examination based on the criterion of minimum qualifying marks of 33% in General Studies PaperII of Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination and total qualifying marks of General Studies Paper-I of Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination as may be determined by the Commission.
UPSC syllabus for paper I – (200 marks) duration: two hours (counted for the merit rank in the prelims)
- Current events of national and international importance.
- History of India and Indian National Movement.
- Indian and World Geography – Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.
- Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
- Economic and Social Development Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.
- General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialization.
- General Science.
UPSC syllabus for paper-II- (200 marks) duration: two hours (not counted for the merit rank in prelims but a Qualifying Paper; you just need 33% marks)
- Interpersonal skills including communication skills.
- Logical reasoning and analytical ability.
- Decision-making and problem-solving.
- General mental ability.
- Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. – Class X level).
Read more about UPSC Syllabus here.
UPSC Notification 2023: Whether there will be an optional paper for Mains 2023?
Yes, there is.
There is no change in the UPSC CSE Main Exam format – 4 GS Papers, 1 Essay Paper, and 2 Optional Papers from one optional subject.
Indian Forest Service Exam 2023 Notification
A separate notification for Indian Forest Service Exam (IFoS) 2023 will be released by UPSC. The Preliminary Exam for both CSE and IFoS is common while the Main Exam and Interview will be conducted separately.
Indian Railway Management Service 2023 Notification
Unlike last year, a separate notification for Indian Railway Management Service (IRMS) 2023 will be released by UPSC.
The Preliminary Exam for both CSE and IFoS is common while the Main Exam and Interview will be conducted separately.
To know more about the IRMS exam pattern, syllabus and pattern click here
UPSC Exam Date 2023
UPSC Exam Details
Date of the Exam
UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Exam Date
May 28 2023 (Sunday)
UPSC Civil Services Main Exam Date
September 15, 2023
UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Exam Date 2023
UPSC CSE Prelims 2023 Details
Date of UPSC CSE Notification 2023
February 01, 2023
Date from which aspirants can apply for Prelims
February 01, 2023
Last date to apply for UPSC CSE Prelims 2023
February 21, 2023
Date of UPSC CSE Prelims 2023
May 28, 2023
Note: The dates of the commencement and duration of examinations are liable to alteration if the circumstances so warrant.
1105 Vacancies for CSE
This year the vacancies for CSE have increased compared to last year. From this year, the Indian Railway Management Service (IRMS) exam would be held separately.
The number of vacancies to be filled by the UPSC CSE exam is 1105.
In comparison, last year, the number of vacancies to be filled on the result of the UPSC CSE 2022 was 1051.
Note: The vacancies can increase, once additional data becomes available in the coming months.
What if you submit multiple applications?
- Applicants should avoid submitting multiple applications. However, if due to any unavoidable circumstances, any applicant submits multiple applications then he/she must ensure that the applications with higher RID are complete in all respects.
- In the case of multiple applications, the applications with higher RID shall be entertained by the Commission, and the fee paid against one RID shall not be adjusted against any other RID.
Ensure that you give a valid Email ID
- The applicants must ensure that while filling out their Application Form, they are providing their valid and active E-mail IDs as the Commission may use an electronic mode of communication while contacting them at different stages of the examination process.
- The applicants are advised to check their emails at regular intervals and ensure that the email addresses ending with @ nic.in are directed to their inbox folder and not to the SPAM folder or any other folder.
Don’t wait for the last date; apply early!
Candidates are strongly advised to apply online well in time without waiting for the last date for submission of Online Applications.