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UPSC CSE Statistics 2024 - How Many IAS Officers are Selected Every Year

UPSC CSE Statistics 2024 - How Many IAS Officers are Selected Every Year

Edited By Sneha Vinod | Updated on Apr 29, 2024 09:23 AM IST | #UPSC CSE

UPSC IAS Statistics 2024 - UPSC CSE 2024 Statistics reveal that every year, approximately 1 million aspirants take their shot at the UPSC exam and only 0.2% candidates pass the exam. Even though the total number of vacancies is just around 1000 for all 24 services combined, UPSC CSE Statistics notes that the number of candidates who appear for the exam are ever increasing.

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts Civil Services Exam (CSE) every year to recruit candidates for different posts in the Indian government including the prestigious posts of Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Foreign Service (IFS).

UPSC CSE Statistics 2024

An analysis of the previous year UPSC CSE statistics reveals a shift in trends after 2009 regarding the total number of applicants and success rates. The results are tabulated below to help predict the UPSC CSE Statistics 2024.

UPSC CSE Exam Statistics and shift in trends

Years

UPSC CSE Statistics

UPSC CSE 2006 to 2009

Total UPSC vacancies - 3157 (993 per year)

Total applicants: 14.52 lakh students (on an average 3.63 lakhs per year)

Qualifying students in UPSC Mains - 40,413 (on an average 10,103 per year)

Only 7858 students qualified for interviews (on an average of 2435 per year)

UPSC CSE 2020 to 2023

Total vacancies: 3823

No of applicants for Prelims: Around 46.03 lakhs.

Qualifying students in Mains - 48,214 students.

Students who qualified for UPSC CSE interviews - 10,000 students.

Number of students who qualified for an interview - 1204

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UPSC CSE Exam Statistics 2007 to 2023

The table below analyses the previous years UPSC CSE Statistics to get clarity on the number of candidates who applied for the exam, cleared prelims, cracked mains, attended the interviews and made the final cut. Analysing the previous year UPSC CSE Statistics also aids in predicting cut offs and getting an approximate on safe scores.

UPSC Civil Services Exam Statistics - 2007 to 2023

Year

Total No. of candidates who applied for the CSE exam

Total No. of candidates who appeared in the CSE prelims

Total No. of candidates who qualified for CSE mains

Total No. of candidates who appeared in the IAS mains exam

Total No. of candidates who appeared for the CSE interview

Total no. of candidates who got selected finally for the posts

2023

Around 13 Lakh

Around 6 Lakh

14624

-

2916

1016

2022

11,35,697

5,73,735

13090

-

2526

933

2021

1112318

513192

9214

-

1823

761

2020

1056835

486952

10564

-

2049

833

2019

1154769

574980

11845

-

2034

829

2018

1065552

500484

10419

10246

1994

759

2017

969065

46284

13300

13060

2564

1056

2016

1128262

459659

15382

15149

2961

1099

2015

945908

465882

15008

15,008

2797

1078

2014

947428

446623

16706

16286

3308

1236

2013

776604

324279

14800

14178

3001

1122

2012

550080

271442

12795

12190

2674

998

2011

499120

243236

11837

11237

2415

999

2010

547698

269036

12271

11865

2589

965

2009

409110

193091

11894

11516

2431

989

2008

325433

167035

11669

11330

2136

881

2007

333680

161469

9158

8886

1883

734

UPSC CSE Trend Analysis 2021 to 2023

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UPSC CSE Exam Analysis

The UPSC CSE statistics given above makes it evident that the success rate of this competitive exam is less than 1% making the candidates feel like they don’t have a chance at cracking this exam. However this data can also be interpreted on a positive note.

Even though UPSC CSE Statistics reveal that every year a lot of candidates apply for the exam, only around 50% of candidates show up. The example of the year 2025 is a case in point with approximately 9,45,908 applicants for UPSC CSE exam but only 4,65,882 candidates actually showing up.

Even amongst this 4,65,882 applicants, a good majority only show up on the insistence of their parents or due to peer pressure and are not serious or dedicated towards cracking the exam. Considering this new approach at interpreting data, even though lakhs of candidates apply for the UPSC CSE exam, only a few thousands are serious about it.

Considering the 2024 statistics again, the final list of qualified candidates is 1078 and if according to the previous assumption, the number of serious candidates is around 45000, the success rate of the exam becomes 2% which is higher than its previous record of less than 1%.

On the basis of the Mains statistics, the number of candidates who qualify the Mains exam is approximately 14 times the number of openings which show that around 15008 candidates cleared the Prelims. Hence out of 62,000 candidates, 1 in 4 serious candidates crack the exam making the success rate of clearing Prelims 25%.

The competition for a spot under UPSC CSE is not with the 4,65,882 candidates who showed up but with these 62,000 candidates who are serious. Furthermore, out of the 15,008 candidates who qualify for Mains, 2797 candidates qualify for the final interview making the success rate approximately 15%. In the final personality test interview, one out of two candidates are selected making the success rate 50%.

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With this logical analysis in mind it becomes evident that it is possible to clear the UPSC CSE exam if the candidate is serious and has a solid UPSC IAS study plan crafted from a deep understanding of the syllabus and UPSC IAS previous year papers. Even though the table and numbers denote a success rate of less than 1%, the competition is never with the total number of candidates who apply for the exam.

The chance of clearing every competitive exam is half preparation and half mindset, so don't let the big terrifying numbers of UPSC CSE and UPSC IAS Statistics scare you and grind on with a positive attitude and a can-do spirit.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs)

1. How many vacancies are there in UPSC CSE 2024?

There are approximately 1056 vacancies according to the official UPSC CSE notification.

2. How many hours should students study to crack IAS?

Ideally students should spend around 12-15 hours daily on different topics to crack IAS.

3. Which subject is best for IAS?

Students can opt for history, geography, political science as their domains after 12th as these subjects make the base for UPSC Civil Services Exam.

4. How many candidates appear for the UPSC IAS exam every year ?

As per the UPSC IAS statistics 2024, approximately 13 lakh candidate appear for the UPSC IAS exam.

5. When will UPSC form come in 2024?

The UPSC form 2024 was released on February 14, 2024.

6. What is the age limit for IAS 2024?

Candidates must meet the age eligibility of 21 - 32 years for UPSC IAS 2024

7. How hard is UPSC Prelims?

According to the UPSC CSE statistics, the success rate of UPSC Prelims is just 25% so it is considered tough.

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Questions related to UPSC CSE

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I assume you want to know the eligibility criteria to becoming an IAS. First of all, to become an IAS,  one has to clear UPSC CSE examiner. There are certain eligibility criteria for applying in this examination and they are as follows:

  • Bachelor's degree from any recognised college.
  • Age between 21-32; with some relaxation for reserved categories.
  • Citizen of India ora subject of Nepal/ Bhutan or Tibetan refugee who came to India, to permanently settle here before January 1, 1962, or People of Indian origin who migrated from Uganda, Burma, Pakistan, Zambia, the United Republic of Tanzania, Malawi, Sri Lanka, East African Countries of Kenya, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam to permanently settle in India.

For more information, please visit the website by clicking on the link given below:

https://competition.careers360.com/articles/upsc-ias-eligibility-criteria#toc_1

And other government jobs, the eligibility test is different for different jobs. It would have been if you could mention the government job you are interested in.

Hope this answers your query. Thank you

Dear aspirant !!

Hope you are doing good !

Yes it will be considered because Bachelor in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (BASLP) is a 4-year degree course . It is a multi-disciplinary profession with core subjects including speech pathology, language pathology, and audiology.

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Dear Aspirant !

Hope you are fine!

The main subjects for the UPSC Exam are Indian Politics, Indian Economy, International Relations, Science and Technology, Geography, History, Environment and Ecology, and related Current Affairs . There are 25 subjects and 23 literature optional that one can choose from in addition to this..

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Hello aspirant,

With the help of the IAS Answer Key 2024, applicants can estimate their potential score for the IAS preliminary exam, learn about the various IAS question types, gauge the exam's difficulty, and much more.

To get the answer key, you can visit our website by clicking on the link given below.

https://competition.careers360.com/articles/upsc-ias-answer-key

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Dear aspirant !!

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The syllabus of these papers includes subjects like Modern Indian History, World Geography, International Relations, Indian Economic development, Disaster Management and Ethics, Aptitude and Integrity . To know all the subjects in detail, you can check UPSC syllabus 2024 for CSE in the given link below ;-

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&opi=89978449&url=https://competition.careers360.com/articles/upsc-ias-syllabus&ved=2ahUKEwiYh_iZ_byEAxXLhlYBHf8GC1EQFnoECBEQAQ&usg=AOvVaw0LptyFY3WnS35rKlE8MAhL .

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