About UPSC CSE Exam
Union Public Service Commission Civil Services Exam or UPSC CSE is a national level exam and is considered as one of the toughest examinations of UPSC. UPSC is a central committee that holds this exam to recruit the candidates for the post of IFS, IAS, IPS, and other groups A and B posts.
UPSC CSE Notification 2021
The official notification for UPSC CSE 2021 was released on 04th March 2021. As per the notification the preliminary exam is scheduled to be held on 10th October 2021. The online application started on 4th March and the last date to apply was on 24th March 2021.
UPSC CSE Exam 2021 Overview
|Exam Name||UPSC CSE Exam|
|Exam Mode||Offline (Pen-Paper Mode)|
|No. of Vacancies announced||712|
UPSC CSE Important Dates 2021
|Notification & Application Start Date 2021||04 March 2021|
|Last Date to Apply Online||24 March 2021|
|UPSC CSE Prelims Admit Card 2021||16 September 2021|
|UPSC CSE Prelims Exam Date 2021||10 October 2021 |
|UPSC CSE Prelims Result 2021||29th October 2021|
|UPSC CSE Mains Exam Date 2021||07 to 09, 15 & 16 January 2022|
|UPSC CSE Mains Result 2021||To be announced|
|UPSC CSE Interview Dates 2021||To be announced|
|UPSC CSE (Final list of selected candidates)||To be announced|
UPSC CSE Important Dates 2022
|UPSC 2022 Notification||02 Feb 2022|
|UPSC 2022 Last Date to fill forms||22 Feb 2022|
|UPSC 2022 Prelims Exam||5 June 2022|
|UPSC 2022 Mains Exam||16 Sep 2022 Onwards|
UPSC CSE Exam Pattern
UPSC Prelims Exam Pattern 2021
|Paper||No. of Qs.||Marks||Exam Duration|
|General Studies- Paper-I (GS Paper 1)||100||200 Marks||2 Hours|
|CSAT- Paper–II||80||200 Marks||2 Hours|
Note: UPSC Prelims Paper 1 marks will be counted to determine the merit list whereas the CSAT Paper-II will be of qualifying in nature (33% marks required).
UPSC Mains Exam Pattern & Interview
|Paper||UPSC Mains Exam Papers||Duration||Marks|
|Paper – A||Compulsory Indian Language (One of the Indian Language to be selected by the candidate from the Languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution)||3 Hours||300 Marks|
|Paper – B||Compulsory English||3 Hours||300 Marks|
|Paper – I||Essay||3 Hours||250 Marks|
|Paper-II||General Studies–I (Indian Heritage and Culture, History, and Geography of the World and Society)||3 Hours||250 Marks|
|Paper – III||General Studies-II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)||3 Hours||250 Marks|
|Paper – IV||General Studies– III (Technology, Economic Development, Biodiversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)||3 Hours||250 Marks|
|Paper – V||General Studies– IV (Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude)||3 Hours||250 Marks|
|Paper – VI||Optional Paper– I (Candidates may choose any one of the optional subjects)||3 Hours||250 Marks|
|Paper – VII||Optional Paper-II||3 Hours||250 Marks|
|Personality Test/Interview||275 Marks|
|Grand Total||2025 Marks|
Note: Paper A & B is of Qualifying in Nature (25% i.e. 75 marks required). Whereas marks of Paper I to VII will be counted to determine the final order of merit.
UPSC CSE 2021 Eligibility Criteria
UPSC CSE eligibility criteria 2021 is mentioned in the official notification. The candidates are recommended to check the UPSC eligibility 2021 before applying for the examination. The eligibility criteria for UPSC CSE 2021 examination includes the age limit, nationality, and educational qualification. However, there is no limit on the UPSC CSE eligibility percentage in graduation. UPSC eligibility for ex-servicemen includes age relaxation.
The complete detail about the UPSC CSE eligibility criteria 2021 is mentioned below:
The candidates who wish to appear in the UPSC civil services examination 2021 should be a:
- citizen of India or
- should be a citizen of Nepal or
- the subject of Bhutan or
- he/she must be Tibetan Refugee who was migrated to India to settle permanently before January 01, 1962, or
- person of Indian origin who migrated from Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Kenya, Vietnam, and Zaire.
UPSC has a predefined age limit for the candidates who want to apply for the UPSC CSE 2021 exam. The age limit must be calculated as of 1st of August, 2021
|Category||Minimum Age||Maximum Age|
|UPSC CSE age limit for General||21 year||32 year|
|UPSC CSE age limit for OBC||21 year||35 year|
|UPSC CSE age limit for SC/ST||21 year||37 year|
The UPSC has mentioned age relaxation for the candidates applying for the UPSC CSE 2021 exam. UPSC age relaxation for the general category is not applicable, however, the UPSC age relaxation for SC/ST, OBC, Defence Personnel, ex-servicemen and others is mentioned below.
|Scheduled caste/Scheduled tribe||5 years|
|Other backward classes (OBC)||3 years|
|Defense Services Personnel||3 years|
|Ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs||5 years|
|Deaf, hard of hearing, low vision or blindness, ex-servicemen or candidates with any other locomotor disability or muscle deformity||10 years|
The UPSC CSE Educational Qualification states that the candidates applying for the UPSC Civil Services Examination must have a graduation degree from a govt. recognized university. The educational qualification is not limited to any particular stream.
Candidates who are pursuing graduation and are waiting for their final results can also apply, but only on the condition that the result should be declared before filling the application for the UPSC Mains 2021 exam.
Application process for the UPSC CSE 2021
Step 1: - Visit the official website of UPSC i.e https://upsconline.nic.in/mainmenu2.php
Step 2: - Go to the Civil Services Examination (CSE) section.
Step 3: - Click on the "Apply" button to start your application process.
Step 4: - Fill in all the required details (Including Name, Father Name, Mother Name, Educational Qualification etc.) and upload your latest photo and signature.
Step 5: - Check your application preview and "Submit" to complete your registration.
The candidates who are interested in applying for the UPSC CSE 2021 examination will be charged Rs. 100/- as application fee. The application fee will be accepted via Visa/Master/RuPay Credit/ Debit card. The application fee can also be paid through the medium of online net banking facility of the SBI, State Bank of India. Candidates belonging to SC/ST/PWD & Female candidates are exempted from paying the UPSC application fee.
UPSC CSE Syllabus
UPSC syllabus 2021 will be notified along with the official notification. Find the complete UPSC syllabus for the Civil Services Examination 2021. The UPSC syllabus is available for download on the official website. Applicants must check the UPSC CSE syllabus for both Prelims and Mains Examination to have a better understanding of the exam.
UPSC Prelims Syllabus
UPSC Syllabus for Prelims Examination includes syllabus of General Studies Paper-1 and CSAT Paper-2. UPSC Prelims Syllabus 2021 is given below.
Syllabus for UPSC GS Paper (Prelims Paper I)
- 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
- General Science.
Syllabus for UPSC CSAT Paper (Prelims Paper-II)
- Comprehension; 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)
UPSC Mains Syllabus 2021
UPSC Syllabus for Mains Examination consists of the syllabus of GS papers and Optional papers. UPSC Mains Syllabus 2021 is mentioned in detail in the official notification.
|Paper – I||Essay (can be written in the medium of the candidate’s choice)|
|Paper-II||General Studies – I (Indian Heritage & Culture, History & Geography of the World & Society)|
|Paper – III||General Studies – II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice & International Relations)|
|Paper – IV||General Studies – III (Technology, Economic Development, Biodiversity, Security & Disaster Management)|
|Paper – V||General Studies – IV (Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude)|
|Paper – VI||Optional Subject – Paper I|
|Paper – VII||Optional Subject – Paper II|
UPSC CSE Recruitment
The UPSC CSE recruitment exam is conducted for filling out vacancies in the following services
|Group A Services|
|Indian Administrative Service||Indian Post and Telecommunication Accounts and Finance Service|
|Indian Audit and Accounts Service||Indian Postal Service|
|Indian Civil Accounts Service||Indian Railway Accounts Service|
|Indian Corporate Law Service||Indian Railway Personnel Service|
|Indian Defence Accounts Service||Indian Railway Traffic Service|
|Indian Defence Estates Service||Indian Revenue Service (Custom and Central Excise)|
|Indian Foreign Service||Indian Revenue Service (Income Tax)|
|Indian Information Service (Junior Grade)||Indian Trade Service (Gr. III)|
|Indian Ordnance Factories Service (Assistant Works Manager, Administration)||Assistant Security Commissioner in Railway Protection Force|
|Indian Police Service||--|
|Group B Services|
|Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Services (Section Officer’s Grade)||Pondicherry Civil Service|
|Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Services||Pondicherry Police Service|
|Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Services||-|
Mains - 07 to 09, 15 & 16 January 2022