Understand the process of UPSC online registration, application, and preparation for IAS Exam 2021.
Aspirants who cherish the dream of IAS, IPS, or IFS need to appear in the UPSC Civil Services Examination. Only those aspirants who register and apply in the prescribed UPSC online form will be allowed to sit in the exam.
The first step is Registration. Registration is the process by which an account is created on the UPSC website. Once registered, aspirants need to apply online and pay the exam fees.
UPSC Online Registration
While Civil Services Examination (CSE) is still conducted the ‘paper and pen’ way, registration and payment of fees for the exams are online.
There are two main websites for UPSC:
- upsc.gov.in – where UPSC publishes important notifications regarding various exams.
- upsconline.nic.in – where UPSC invites applications for various exams.
Aspirants should note that all applications to UPSC Civil Services Examination should be filed only on the website upsconline.nic.in.
The official UPSC website – upsconline.nic.in – hosts UPSC exam online forms, admit cards, and related information.
“When can I apply online for the UPSC Civil Services Examination 2021?”
You can apply for the Civil Services Exam 2021 from February 10, 2021, until March 02, 2021.
The notification for UPSC Civil Services Examination for 2021 will be published on February 10, 2021.
- UPSC CSE 2021 Prelims Date: June 27, 2021
- UPSC CSE 2021 Mains Date: September 17, 2021
- UPSC CSE 2021 Interview Date: January-March 2022 (expected)
- UPSC CSE 2021 Final Result Date: April 2022 (expected)
Check UPSC 2021 Exam Calendar for details.
“How can I apply for UPSC Exam Online?”
You need to apply for each exam conducted by UPSC separately. There are separate application forms for UPSC Civil Services Exam Prelims, Mains, and Interview.
There is nothing too complicated about the application process. The UPSC CSE 2021 notification will explain the IAS application process in detail. To get an idea, we are explaining the steps below:
The UPSC Civil Services Examination Application Form has two parts – Part I and Part II.
Steps to fill the Part I of the UPSC CSE 2021 application form
- Visit the official website of UPSC – upsconline.nic.in
- Click on Exam Notifications tab.
- Click on Apply Online link.
- Click on the link available for Civil Services Part-I registration.
- Read the application form instructions carefully and click on Yes.
- Fill all basic information in the part-I application form such as: Name Date of birth, Category, Gender, Email ID, Contact number, Permanent address, Marital status, Parents’ names, Community, Educational qualification etc.
- Once all the details are filled, click on Continue. Check all details in the online form carefully and click on Submit.
Steps to fill Part II of the UPSC CSE 2021 application form
- Pay UPSC application fee online (through SBI Net Banking/ debit card/ credit card) or offline (by cash through SBI bank challan) mode. (Fee – Female/ SC/ ST/ PwBD – Nil; all other candidates – Rs 100)
- Upload scanned images of photograph, signature and photo ID card as per the UPSC specifications.
- Enter the information related to fee payment details and examination centre.
- Click on the ‘I Agree’ button after reading the declaration.
- On clicking the button, a page with a registration number will be generated. Note down the registration number. Take a printout of the page.
Note: If you have any additional questions or queries, refer the ClearIAS UPSC Online Application guide.
How to apply online for UPSC Mains 2021?
Only candidates who qualify UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Examination 2021 can apply for UPSC Mains 2021.
The qualified candidates need to submit the Detailed Application Form I (DAF-I) online on upsconline.nic.in.
How to apply online for UPSC Interview 2021-22?
Only candidates who qualify UPSC Civil Services Main Examination 2021 can apply for UPSC Interview 2021.
The qualified candidates need to submit the Detailed Application Form II (DAF-II) online on upsconline.nic.in.
How to pay the UPSC Exam application fee?
For Prelims and Mains, UPSC collects a small fee from candidates. Candidates can pay the UPSC Exam application fee in online or offline mode.
Online mode: Candidates can make online payment of application fee via Visa/ Master/ RuPay credit/ debit card or internet banking of SBI.
Offline mode: Candidates can make offline payment of application fee by paying cash at any branch of SBI. Applicants who opt for ‘Pay by Cash’ mode should print the system generated pay-in-slip during part II registration and deposit the fee at the counter of SBI Branch on the next working day only. Candidates must note that the ‘Pay by Cash’ mode will be deactivated one day before the application process closes. However, candidates who have generated their pay-in-slip before the process is deactivated can make the payment at any SBI branch during banking hours on the closing date.
Preliminary Exam Fee: Rs. 100 for General/OBC Male Candidates
Mains Exam Fee: Rs. 200 for General/OBC Male Candidates
Note: Females/ SC/ ST/ Persons with Benchmark Disability are exempted from the payment of fees.
Specification of Candidate’s Photo and Signature in UPSC Application
- Photo: Size 3 KB – 40 KB
- Signature: Size 1 KB – 40 KB
UPSC Helpdesk numbers of Guidance
In case of any guidance/ information/ clarification regarding applications, candidature etc candidates can contact UPSC’s Facilitation Counter near gate C of its campus in person or over telephone number 011-23385271/ 011-23381125/ 011-23098543 on working days between 10.00 hrs and 17.00 hrs.
Tip: You can also refer UPSC FAQs by ClearIAS for quick resolutions of queries by ClearIAS Team.
How to withdraw the UPSC CSE application?
The candidates can withdraw UPSC application be doing the following steps:
- Visit the official website – upsc.gov.in
- Click on the ‘What’s new’ section
- Go to the Withdrawal of Application: Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2021
- On the new screen, click on the link given for withdrawal
- Con the Application withdrawal link given at the right corner
- Read the instructions and click on Yes button
- Enter your registration-id and press continue
- Enter the following details: (1) Name (2) Gender (3) Date of Birth (4) Father’s Name (5) Mother’s Name (6) Mobile Number (7) e-mail id
- Select the option for the withdrawal of the application and press agree.
In the above manner, the candidates can withdraw their UPSC CSE 2021 application.
How to download UPSC e-admit Card Online?
Instead of hall tickets (paper), UPSC now issues the e-admit cards. Once applied, aspirants can download e-admit card 1 month before the exam. Aspirants then need to take a print out of the same and bring it to the exam hall.
Number of candidates who apply for the UPSC Civil Services Exam
- Prelims – About 10,00,00 (10 lakh) candidates apply every year. However, only around 5 lakh candidates appear on the exam day.
- Mains – About 10500 candidates who qualify the UPSC preliminary exam apply for UPSC Main exam.
- Interview – About 2200 candidates who qualify the UPSC Main exam apply for UPSC Interview.
Exams conducted by UPSC
UPSC conducts many exams like Civil Services Examination (CSE), Engineering Services Examination (ESE), Indian Forestry Services Examination (IFoS), Central Armed Police Forces Examination (CAPF), Indian Economic Service (IES) and Indian Statistical Service (ISS).
Among the exams, Civil Services Examination is widely considered the most prestigious test.
UPSC Exam notification will be published in the website upsc.gov.in.
This will also be released as Gazette notification.
You can download a sample UPSC notification from ClearIAS beginners’ guide.
UPSC Syllabus for IAS Exam
UPSC syllabus for Civil Services Examination will be published in detail on the exam notification.
UPSC Civil Services Examination syllabus can also be accessed from ClearIAS website or App (directly from the Menu section).
UPSC Exam Results
The result of the UPSC CSE Prelims 2021 exam will be declared by mid-July 2021 (tentative).
Mains 2021 results can be expected around Nov 2021 (tentative).
Final results of UPSC CSE 2021 can be expected around April 2022 (tentative).
Check UPSC Results page for ClearIAS for latest exam results.
UPSC Online Marksheets
Marks of all candidates who appeared in the Civil Services Examination will be declared in the UPSC Online Website.
Marks, cut off marks, and answer keys of UPSC CSE 2021 will be uploaded on the UPSC Online website only after the entire process of the Civil Services Examination, 2021 is over i.e. after the declaration of the final result.
UPSC Online Preparation
ClearIAS helps UPSC aspirants prepare online and clear the IAS exam by self-study.
Free UPSC study materials for all subjects mentioned in the UPSC syllabus is provided in ClearIAS.
Also, as per ClearIAS Test-based approach, 40 online mock exams are provided (for Prelims).
Model exams are provided for Mains as well.
ClearIAS TTT Approach
The concept of the ClearIAS TTT Approach is to invest in 3 ‘T’s – Text-books, Test Series, and Techniques. These three ‘Ts’ are the tools for you to succeed in UPSC Civil Services Exam.
Regarding books, ideally, you should start your preparation from NCERT books and then move on to standard reference text-books.
Mock Test Series is very important for the UPSC Preliminary Exam (Objective) and UPSC Main Exam (Written). ClearIAS Test Series integrates the text-books and techniques into the model exams, which makes it unique.
UPSC Civil Services Exam demands not just knowledge but certain exam-skills too. ClearIAS has developed various techniques to clear UPSC Civil Services Exam with ease. You read more about ClearIAS Techniques and strategies here.