UPSC Civil Services Exam 2020

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UPSC Civil Services (IAS) Exam 2020: Full Exam Notification, Online Application Form, Exam Pattern, Exam Dates, Eligibility Criteria, & Admit Card:

To get selected into IAS or IPS, you need to appear for the UPSC Civil Services Exam. Are you searching for the UPSC Civil Services Examination Schedule 2020? As per the official UPSC Exam Calendar, Civil Services Preliminary Exam 2020 (objective) will be conducted on May 31, 2020 (Sunday). The Main Exam (written) 2020 will start from September 18, 2020.

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What is IAS Exam?

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the Civil Services exam to recruit candidates for different All India Services and Central Civil Services for various departments of the Government of India. The Civil Services Exam is commonly called as the IAS Exam. IAS exam is conducted in two stages – Preliminary (objective-type paper) and Mains (descriptive paper and interview). UPSC IAS Preliminary paper is conducted to select candidates for the Main(written) exam. IAS Prelims is just a screening exam and its marks are not considered for the final merit.

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UPSC Civil Services Main Exam, as the name suggests, is the main stage of the IAS Exam Process. The marks of the IAS Main exam is taken into consideration for the IAS Final Result. The final merit list for the UPSC Civil Services Exam provides a rank to the candidates. Based on these ranks, Services are allotted to the candidates.

IAS Exam Dates: IAS Exam 2020 Notification

Candidates can go through important UPSC IAS exam dates 2020 below:

Notification Announced 12th February 2020
Availability of Application form 12th February 2020
Last date to submit Online Application Form 3rd March 2020
Prelims Admit Card 2nd week of May 2020
Preliminary Exam Date 31st May 2020
Prelims exam result August 2020
Main Exam Admit Card September  2020
Main Exam Date 18th September 2020
Declaration of Final Result January 2021

Eligibility Criteria for IAS Exam 2020?


  • Candidate should be an Indian national.
  • A national of Nepal or a subject of Bhutan.
  • A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Malawi, Ethiopia, Myanmar, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, Zaire & Vietnam to become a permanent resident of India.

Note:- For the post of IPS and IAS, the applicant must be a citizen of India. For other posts, the applicant can also have citizenship as the above-mentioned criteria.

Educational Qualification for IAS Exam 2020?

Candidate must have a degree from any Central, State or Deemed University or a qualification that is recognized by the Government of India.

Applicant having a degree from an overseas university recognized by the Association of Indian Universities is also eligible to appear for the exam.

Appeared candidates can also apply.

Candidates who had appeared in the final year of their degree course are eligible for the examination.

Individuals who have passed the final exam of ICWAI/ ICSI/ ICAI are eligible for this exam.

Individuals who have passed the final year of MBBS degree (without completing the internship) are also eligible for this exam.

Age limit and Number of Limits for UPSC Exam 2020?

Category Age    Relaxation
SC/ ST 5 Years
OBS 3 Years
Defense Services Personnel, disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof 3 Years
Ex-servicemen including commissioned officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least five years of military service as on August 1, 2019, and have been released 5 Years
PwD [(a) blindness and low vision; (b) deaf and hard of hearing; (c) locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy; (d) autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability, and mental illness; and (e) multiple disabilities from amongst persons under clauses (a) to (d) including deaf-blindness 10 Years

Online Application Form:

Step 1: Online Registration

  1. Visit the official website i.e.
  2. Click on the link ‘UPSC Civil Services (Main) Examination 2020’ under Active Examinations section
  3. Now, login using your 6 digit Prelims Roll Number, Date of Birth, Name as on matriculation certificate and an active and valid E-mail ID.
  4. Enter captcha and Click on Submit button. A message will pop up on the screen mentioning your name and email id on which a password will be sent.

Step 2: Fill Detailed Application Form (DAF)

  1. Login again using your 6 digit Prelims Roll Number and the Passwod to fill the DAF.
  2. Candidates have to fill their Personal, Educational, Parental and Employment details.
  3. There will be six modules, keep saving each module after filling the details.
  4. You can make changes before the final submission. No changes would be possible after the final submission, hence fill DAF very carefully
  5. Some of the columns would be auto-filled with details fetched from your prelims form.
  6. These details cannot be changed, however, in case of any error, separate representation can be made to the commission.

Step 3: Uploading Documents

Candidates have to upload following documents in the DAF:

  • Proof of Age
  • Educational Qualification Degrees
  • Caste/ Community Certificate, if applicable
  • PH Certificate, if applicable
  • Photo ID proof and
  • Any other document that is required by the conducting authority.

Step 4: DAF Fee Payment

  1. Candidates can make the payment through online or offline mode
  2. For online payment, candidates may use credit card/debit card/Rupay card or Internet Banking Services.
  3. For offline payment, download the e-challan and submit fee in cash at SBI bank branches on the next day itself.
  4. Detailed Application Form Fee for the Main examination is INR 200.
  5. After fee payment, download and save the filled-in IAS 2020 Application Form.

Note: Female applicants and SC/ST/ PWD category candidates are exempted from paying the fee.

Application Fee Details:

Category For Preliminary Exam For Mains Exam
General/ EWS/OBC Rs. 100 Rs. 200
Females/ SC/ ST/ Persons with Benchmark Disability Nil Nil

Download IAS Preliminary Exam Admit Card

Steps to Download Admit Card:

  1. Visit the official website of UPSC i.e.
  2. Click on the link ‘Download IAS Admit Card 2019’.
  3. Enter either Registration ID or Roll Number. Click on Login.
  4. You will be redirected to your IAS Admit Card 2019.
  5. Save the admit card and take its print out. 

IAS Exam Pattern:

IAS Preliminary Exam Pattern:

  • The exam will be conducted in offline mode in duration.
  • The exam consisted of 3 papers and two compulsory papers with each paper of 200 Marks.
  • Each question will be 1/3 Mark penalty for wrong answer choices.
Papers Details of the question papers Total Marks Total Time
I General Studies: This paper will be counted for qualifying to write the Civil Services Mains exam. 200 2 hrs
II Aptitude test (CSAT): This paper is of qualifying nature, but the candidate must score at least 33% marks in this paper. However, marks of this paper are not counted for writing the Mains examination. 200 2 hrs
Total 400 4 hrs


IAS Mains Exam Pattern:

Paper Subject Marks
A Regional Language (Qualifying) 300
B English Language (Qualifying) 300
1 Essay 250
2 General Studies - 1 250
3 General Studies - 2 250
4 General Studies - 3 250
5 General studies - 4 250
6 Optional Paper - 1 250
7 Optional Paper - 2 250
Written test Total 1750
Personality Test 275
Final Total 2025


Number of Attempts in IAS Exam 2020:

All candidates are allowed a maximum of six attempts in the IAS exam. However, it may be noted that the restriction of the number of attempts is not applicable for candidates belonging to SC/ST category. Also, candidates belonging to OBC and Persons with Benchmark Disabilities categories are allowed a maximum of nine attempts in the exam.   

If a candidate appears in any one paper of the IAS Prelims Exam, then it is deemed that he has made an attempt in the IAS Exam.

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