Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released the notification for Civil Services Examination 2020. Apply now if your ambition is to become an IAS/IPS/IFS officer.
It’s the time to apply if your dream job is that of a top civil servant in the country. UPSC has published the notification for Civil Services Exam (CSE) 2020. Aspirants who wish to join services like IAS, IPS, IFS etc should apply to appear before the last date, which is March 03, 2020.
The UPSC CSE Preliminary Exam will be conducted on May 31, 2020 (Sunday)
How to apply for UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Examination 2020?
Candidates are required to apply online by using the website https://www.upsconline.nic.in.
Candidates will be required to complete the Online Application Form containing two stages viz. Part-I and Part-II as per the instructions available in the above-mentioned site.
The Online applications (Part I and II) can be filled from 12th February 2020 to 03rd March 2020 till 18:00 Hrs.
Fees – Rs.100 for General/OBC (Male)
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, or by using net banking facility of State Bank of India or by using any Visa/Master/RuPay Credit/ Debit Card.
Age Limit – 32 for General; 35 for OBC; 37 for SC/ST
If your age limit is between 21-32 years (General Category) as on August 1, 2020, you can apply for the UPSC Civil Services Exam 2020. The upper age limit for OBC candidates is 35 years, while that of SC/ST candidates is 37 years.
For details, refer 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 Interview/Personality Test.
Economically Weaker Section Candidates (EWS)
Candidates seeking reservation benefits
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.
Candidates should note that certificates should be dated earlier than the due date (closing date) of the application of Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2020, ie March 03, 2020.
You need to upload Photo, Signature, and Photo ID card
- Before start filling up of Online Application, a candidate must have his/her photograph and signature duly scanned in the jpg format in such a manner that each file should not exceed 40 KB and must not be less than 3 KB in size for the photograph and 1 KB for the 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 the 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 Examination/Personality Test.
UPSC Notification for Civil Services Examination (CSE) 2020
You can download the latest UPSC CSE notification here.
The notification contains the UPSC CSE syllabus, exam pattern, medical requirement and so on.
UPSC Syllabus – Civil Services Preliminary Exam
The Civil Services Preliminary exam comprises of 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; just needs 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 2020: Whether there will be an optional paper for Mains 2020?
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 2020 Notification
A separate notification for Indian Forest Service Exam (IFoS) 2020 is also released by UPSC. The Preliminary Exam for both CSE and IFoS is common while the Main Exam and Interview will be conducted separately.
Click to download the IFoS 2020 Notification.
UPSC Examination Calendar 2020 – Important Dates
- Date of Notification for Civil Service Prelims and Indian Forest Service Prelims: February 12, 2020
- Last date to apply for Civil Service Prelims and Indian Forest Service Prelims: March 03, 2020
- Date of UPSC CSE Prelims 2020 and IFS Prelims 2020: May 31, 2020
- Date of UPSC CSE Mains 2020: September 18, 2020 (5 days)
- Date of UPSC IFS Mains 2020: November 22, 2020(10 days; only for IFoS aspirants)
- Date of UPSC IFS Personality Test (Interview) 2020-21: January 2021 (Only for Indian Forest Service Aspirants)
- Date of UPSC CSE Personality Test (Interview) 2020-21: February-March 2021
Note: The dates of the commencement and duration of examinations are liable to alteration if the circumstances so warrant.
796 Vacancies for CSE; 90 Vacancies for IFoS
The number of vacancies to be filled on the result of the UPSC CSE 2020 is expected to be approximately 796.
This reported number is about 100 vacancies lesser than the number of reported vacancies in 2019. In 2019, the number of vacancies as per the notification was 896. In 2018, there were only 782 Vacancies for CSE and 110 Vacancies for IFoS.
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 case of multiple applications, the applications with higher RID shall be entertained by the Commission and 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 their Application Form, they are providing their valid and active E-mail IDs as the Commission may use 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.
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Sandeep Kumar says
Respected sir, my sister dob 10-09-1985 obc catogery candidate is she eligible for upsc cse 2020 please reply me as early as possible
@Sandeep – Use this age-calculator. As your sister belongs to OBC category, to be eligible, she should not be more than 35 years, as on August 1, 2020.
As per the calculation, she is only 34 year and 10 months on that date, which means she is eligible to appear.
Piyush Gupta says
Mera EWS abhi tak taiyar nahi hua aur abhi shayad march ke 3rd week tak taiyar hoga. Yadi mai abhi EWS category se form bharta hu, to kya mera Form EWS me count hoga.
@Piyush – EWS certificate should be dated earlier than the due date (closing date) of the application of Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2020, ie March 03, 2020.
When will the marksheet for UPSC Prelims 2019 be released?
@Chinmay – UPSC will release the mark sheet of UPSC Prelims 2019, once the final results of CSE 2019-20 are announced. Hopefully, you can expect the mark list by around April 15, 2020.
Upsc is asking for ews income and assets certificate for ft year 2018-19 , but current financial year is 2019-20. Even if I make the certificate in January before the notification of form even then it will have 2019-20 FY.. NO retrospective form can be made . Is it mistake by upsc ? Or you plz Explain it sir .
@Mark – It’s not a mistake. What matters is the period mentioned in the certificate. You will get certificate for 2018-19 even now.
santosh kumar singh singh says
Sir, mental illness provision under PwD added in future or not ?please brief.
Piyush Gupta says
Thank you Clearias.com for reply
Agar mai aaj abhi upsc cse form EWS category se bharta hu aur 3 march tak ya iske bad bhi mera EWS certificate nahi ban pata hai to kya mera form Valid Hoga
Agar Valid hoga to kya mera form automatically EWS me na mankar General Category me Mana Jayega
I have ews certificate for financial year 2019-20 Can I apply under EWS category or will I have to go for the unreserved category?
Brijlata rajput says
I am Brijlata rajput DOB 14/10/1986 not direction and family is not high-level but I related to General how it possible
If I fill in the form but am unable to attend either of the papers in 2020 prelims due to any reason. will this be counted as an attempt ?
My DOB is 08th July 1990.
Will I be eligible for 2021 prelims if the age limit is 32.
ASHWINI E says
Hi, can anyone tell about which optional subject is easier to between geography and geology..please reply to my mailid
PRATIK GHUSE says
Sir, I’ve opted for EWS quota, and I got the EWS certificate dated 03/03/2020 it won’t be a problem… right ?
Pratik – That should not be a problem.
Sir.. I applied for upsc cse 2021 ..will that be counted as an attempt? Has upsc cleared its stance ?