UPSC Civil Services Exam

The Civil Services Examination (CSE) is a nationwide competitive examination in India conducted by the Union Public Service Commission for recruitment to various Civil Services of the Government of India, including the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Revenue Service. It`s also a common preliminary phase exam for Indian Forest Services Exam (IFoS).

Eligibility Criteria & Essential Qualification


21-32 Years (Reservation allowed as per category )

Educational Qualification

Graduate/TY Appr.

No. Of Attempts

No. Of Attempts -Gen-6, OBC-9 & SC/ST-No Restriction

Physical Parameter

As per UPSC-Notification and as per services

UPSC Examination Calendar 2020 – Important Dates

  • Date of Notification for Civil Service Prelims and Indian Forest Service Prelims 2020: 12th Feb 2020 to 3rd March 2020

  • Date of UPSC CSE Prelims 2020 and IFS Prelims 2020: Sunday, 31st May 2020

  • Date of UPSC CSE Mains 2020: Friday, 18th September 2020 (5-Days Exam)

UPSC Civil Services Exam Pattern

Phase-1 (Preliminary) Exam-MCQs Based & 1-Day Exam



100 Questions

Each Paper-200 Marks

2Hrs. Time For Each Paper

GS-Paper-2 Qualifying Paper (33.33%=66/200)

80 Questions


Phase-2 (Mains Exam-Descriptive Nature-5Days

Qualifying Nature Paper-A

Any Scheduled Indian Language

Each Paper-300 Marks

3 Hrs. Time For Each Paper

Qualifying Nature Paper-B

English (Compulsory)


Essay Writing



GS-1((Indian Heritage and Culture, History and

Geography of the

World and Society)

Each Paper 250 Marks


GS2(Governance, Constitution, Polity

,Social Justice and International relations)


GS-3 (Technology

, Economic Development,


, Environment, Security

and Disaster Management)


GS-3(Ethics, Integrity and



Optional Subject – Paper 1


Optional Subject – Paper 2

Total Mains Marks

250 x 7= 1750 Marks

Phase-3 (PT/PI)

275 Marks

Total (MNE) Marks



QNE-25%=75/300 Each Paper & P-% 10%=25/250 for each paper (Mains-MNE)

GS & Essay Papers has in Hindi &English only except Literature paper.

List of Optional Subjects for Main Examination

  1. Agriculture (ii) Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science (iii) Anthropology (iv) Botany(v) Chemistry (vi) Civil Engineering (vii) Commerce and Accountancy (viii) Economics (ix) Electrical Engineering (x) Geography (xi) Geology (xii)History (xiii) Law (xiv) Management (xv) Mathematics (xvi) Mechanical Engineering (xvii) Medical Science (xviii) Philosophy (xix) Physics (xx) Political Science and International Relations (xxi) Psychology (xxii) Public Administration (xxiii)Sociology (xxiv) Statistics (xxv) Zoology OR *Any Indian Literature

Literature of any one of the following languages

Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu.

Note: i. The question papers for the examination will be of conventional (essay) type. ii. Each paper will be of three hours duration. iii. Candidates will have the option to answer all the question papers, except the qualifying language papers Paper -A and Paper-B, in any of the languages included in the Eighth schedule to the constitution of India or in English. iv. The question papers (other than the literature of language papers) will be set in Hindi and English only.

UPSC CSE 2020-21