IAS 2020 - UPSC Prelims Exam (Postponed), Admit Card, Syllabus, Pattern
IAS 2020 - UPSC has postponed IAS Prelims 2020 or Civil Services Exam (CSE) due to the COVID19 outbreak. UPSC Civil Services Prelims Exam 2020 was supposed to be conducted across the country on May 31, 2020 in offline mode. The commission will declare the IAS 2020 exam dates for UPSC prelims on May 20, tentatively. Candidates who applied for the IAS exam 2020 will be able to download the admit card at least 3 weeks before the UPSC IAS exam. In order to get selected for final recruitment, candidates will be selected based on their performance in IAS 2020 prelims, main followed by the interviews. Candidates are advised to cover the IAS syllabus 2020 before downloading the admit card. Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has announced approximately 796 vacancies that will be filled through UPSC IAS 2020. Read the article to check IAS 2020 exam pattern, marking scheme
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IAS 2020 (Prelims & Main) - UPSC Exam Overview
Civil Services Examination
Union Public Service Commission
Preliminary, Mains and Personality Test
Mode of exam
Number of Papers
Preliminary - Two paper (General Studies Paper-I and
General Studies Paper-II)
Mains- Nine Paper
Duration of Exam
Preliminary - Each paper is of 2 hours
Mains - Each paper is of 3 hours
IAS Exam Dates
796 in 2020, 896 in 2019 and 759 In 2018
Number of Attempts and age limit
General Category- 6 attempts till completion of 32 years.
OBC- 9 attempts till completion of 35 years.
SC/ST- Unlimited attempts till completion of 37 years
Estimated Number of Applicants
Over 12 Lakh
Union Public Service Commission,
Shahjahan Road, New Delhi
Ph. - 011-23098543 / 23385271 / 23381125 / 23098591
IAS 2020 Exam Dates (Prelims & Main)
Union Public Service Commission has released the UPSC civil services exam dates 2020 for prelims and main. Candidates can refer UPSC IAS exam dates from the below-mentioned table to stay updated on important events of Civil Services 2020 exam.
UPSC IAS Important Dates 2020
February 12, 2020 (Released)
July 15, 2020 (Tentative)
Release of application form of UPSC IAS 2020
February 12, 2020 (Released)
July 15, 2020 (Tentative)
Last date of application
March 3, 2020
July 30, 2020 (Tentative)
UPSC IAS Admit card download dates
To be notified
August 25, 2020 (Tentative)
UPSC Civil Services exam 2020
July 19 (Tentative)
September 18, 2020
Declaration of UPSC IAS 2020 result
To be notified
To be announced
To be announced
Declaration of final Civil services result
To be announced
How to prepare for UPSC Civil Services 2020 - Video
IAS Admit Card 2020 (Prelims & Main)
UPSC will release the admit card of UPSC IAS 2020 for the prelims exam at least 20 days before the exam in online mode. Candidates can download it using their application number and password/date of birth. Details of the examination centre venue, exam timings, roll number and candidate details will be mentioned in UPSC IAS admit card 2020. Candidates must carry their admit card to the exam hall on the day of exam along with a valid photo identity proof and a passport size photo.
How to Download UPSC IAS 2020 Admit Card?
Go to the official website
Click on the link "download admit card"
Candidates will have to use their application number and password/date of birth.
Click on “Submit” button
The admit card will be displayed on the screen. Along with this candidates have to check admit card for any discrepancies.
After downloading UPSC IAS admit card 2020 applicants have to take print.
IAS 2020 Exam Centres (Prelims & Main)
The Commission provides a list of cities where the civil services exam will be held. UPSC IAS prelims exam will be conducted across 72 cities in the country while the mains exam will be held in 24 centres. Candidates will have to enter exam centre choices while filling out the application form. UPSC IAS exam centres will be allotted on the basis of availability and choices filled by the candidate. Detailed information about the exam centres like venue address, centre code, reporting time, etc. will be mentioned in UPSC IAS 2020 admit card.
Name of City
Name of City
Name of City
Anantapur (Andhra Pradesh)
Gautam Buddh Nagar
UPSC IAS Exam Pattern 2020 (Prelims & Main)
As per the exam pattern of UPSC IAS 2020, there will be two papers in the prelims exam and nine papers in the mains exam. UPSC IAS 2020 exam will be conducted in offline mode. Check detailed UPSC IAS exam pattern from the tables below.
IAS Prelims Exam Pattern 2020
Mode of Exam
Pen and Paper based
Language of exam
Hindi and English
Number of Papers
Two compulsory Paper:
General Studies 1
General Studies 2
Type of questions
multiple choice, objective type
Total marks per paper
Paper 1 -100 questions
Paper 2 - 80 questions
Duration of exam
2 hours per paper
Paper 1 - 2marks for a correct answer
Paper 2 - 2.5 marks for every correct answer
1/3 rd marks deducted for every wrong answer in both papers
Qualifying paper and marks
Paper 2 and candidates have to score at least 33% which is 66 marks out of 200
IAS Main Exam Pattern 2020
Mode of Exam
Pen and Paper based
9 papers of conventional essay type out of which two papers will be of qualifying in nature
Duration of Exam
Conducted over 5 days
Papers considered for Merit
IAS 2020 Marking Scheme
Name of Paper
Number of Questions
General Studies 1
General Studies 2
General Studies 3
General Studies 4
Optional Subject 1
Optional Subject 2
Marks for Interview
UPSC IAS 2020 Mains Exam Evaluation Guidelines
UPSC IAS Syllabus 2020 (Prelims & Main)
The exam authority has prescribed the syllabus of UPSC IAS recruitment for different papers. Candidates must go through the syllabus of UPSC IAS thoroughly, so that they do not miss any topics while preparing for the exam. The syllabus highlights are given below for the benefit of the candidates.
UPSC IAS Prelims Syllabus 2020
General Studies Paper I Syllabus
General Studies Paper II Syllabus
1. Current events of national and international importance.
2. General issues on Environmental ecology, Biodiversity and Climate Change - that do not require subject specialization
2. Interpersonal skills including communication skills
3. History of India and Indian National Movement.
3. Logical reasoning and analytical ability
4. Economic and Social Development-Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc
4. Decision making and problem solving
5. General Science
5. General mental ability
6. Indian Polity and Governance-Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc
6. Basic numeracy (Numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data Interpretation (Charts, Graphs, Tables, Data sufficiency etc.
—Class X level)
7. Indian and World Geography-Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World
What is success rate in UPSC?
Success Statistics in Civil Service Exam
|Number of aspirants appeared in IAS exam||4,93,972||4,56,625||4,59,659|
|Candidates qualified in IAS Prelims||10,468||13,366||15,452|
|Applicants qualified in Civil Services Mains||1,994||2,568||2,961|
|Candidates finally selected in UPSC IAS||759||1,058||1,099|
Above mentioned data itself says about the success rate in UPSC IAS. Hence it becomes important for applicants to know tips to qualify civil services exam.
Every year around 10 lakhs candidates fill the application form and less than 5 lakh appear in exam. Selection narrows down to less than 1,000 vacancies which means that success ratio in UPSC IAS exam is 0.002 % which shows the difficulty level of the exam. To qualify exam with flying colors applicants should know what should be the first step to crack the IAS. Below mentioned strategies will help candidates to help their preparation for the exam.
Be familiar with UPSC IAS exam pattern
Take a print of syllabus and stick in study room so that every topic should be remembered wholeheartedly.
Read the newspapers and be up to date on current affairs and general knowledge
Make short notes of important subjects i.e Polity, Economy, Art and Culture
Check previous year UPSC IAS question papers because around 10-15 questions are asked from last 15 years papers.
Check online videos and online app to boost preparation
Take mock test and do the needful to improve the performance
Revision is a must here making short notes play an important role.
UPSC IAS study timetable
Candidates who asks question such as how should I start from my preparation for the IAS exam should abide by making a disciplined yet flexible time table after knowing syllabus and exam pattern. Sudhir gahlot who qualified UPSC IAS with 42nd rank in 2018 shared the below mentioned study time table. Candidates can check this time table to qualify UPSC IAS and take the required input from it.
|Serial Number||Study Schedule|
|1||Study 3 hours regularly and then take a break for 1 hour from 6 a.m to 9 p.m|
|2||Start the day reading news paper and making of notes|
|3||Study 6 days in a week and relax the body by playing outdoor sports on Sunday|
|4||If by any reason study schedule for UPSC IAS get deviated then make every second count to cover that loss of time|
IAS 2020 Question Papers (Prelims & Main)
Commission releases question paper for both prelims and mains exam of UPSC IAS 2020 on the official website after a day of commencement of exam. Since paper is conducted in offline mode hence those candidates who will appear in exam can access the paper. UPSC IAS prelims question paper is of General Studies paper-I and General Studies paper-II (CSAT) while Mains exam includes General Studies paper I, II,III and IV, Essay, Two paper for optional paper and one-one papers each for regional language and English.
UPSC IAS Answer Key 2020 (Prelims & Main)
Union Public Service Commission will release UPSC IAS 2020 answer key in online mode after the declaration of the final result. However, many leading coaching institutes release the unofficial answer key of UPSC IAS 2020 soon after the exam concludes. Candidates can find question IDs and correct answer options in the answer key of IAS. By checking the answer key of UPSC IAS 2020, applicants can calculate their marks and predict their chances of qualifying for the next stage. Candidates can use answer keys and UPSC IAS question papers from past examinations to prepare better for the exam.
Commission declares UPSC IAS result for each stage of the examination - prelims, mains and interview in online mode in pdf format. UPSC IAS 2020 result will include a merit list which will include roll numbers of qualified candidates. The exam body will also release the scorecard in which candidates can check individual marks for each stage. Candidates who are shortlisted in UPSC IAS result 2020 of one stage will be eligible to appear for the subsequent stage.
Steps to Check UPSC IAS 2020 Result
Visit the official website
Click on the UPSC IAS result link
Candidates will have to enter their application number and date of birth
Now click on Submit button
UPSC IAS 2020 result will be displayed on the screen.
IAS 2020 Score Card
Union Public Service Commission along with releasing the result and cut off of exam also releases the scorecard of exam after declaration of final result. The score card of UPSC IAS 2020 will be released for all the stage wise prelims, mains and final stage of the recruitment process. To check UPSC civil services scorecard candidates have to visit the official website and enter the required login credentials.
Cvili services cut off marks are the minimum marks that the candidates need to score in order to qualify the exam. UPSC IAS cutoff is released separately for prelims and mains exam. Candidates who score the cutoff marks of one stage are eligible to appear for the subsequent stage. Number of candidates appearing for the exam, difficulty level, number of shifts, etc. will be considered to determine the cutoff of UPSC IAS 2020. Candidates can check previous years’ UPSC IAS cutoff from the tables below.
Previous years’ UPSC IAS Cut off for Prelims – (Out of 200 marks)
Previous years’ UPSC Civil Services IAS Cut off for Mains - (Out of 1750)
Previous years’ UPSC IAS Final Cut off - (Out of 2025)
Candidates who qualify the exam will be entitled to receive the salary of IAS officer as per the seventh pay commission. Though salary is not very high seeing the competitive level of UPSC IAS 2020 exam but there are various other facilities which makes this job the best-desired career option in India. Candidates who ask question as what is the salary of IAS officer should note that remuneration is rs 56,100 as basic pay during time of entry level. While calculating total salary of candidates below mentioned formula is used.
Total Salary = Basic Pay + DA + HRA + TA
Hence IAS officer will collectively receive the total salary something around 80,000.
IAS Salary in India
|Number of years required in Service||Careers wise Posts|
|District Administration||State Secretariat||Central Secretariat|
|56100||1-4||Sub-divisional magistrate (SDM)||Under Secretary||Assistant Secretary|
|67,700||5-8||Additional district magistrate (ADM)||Deputy Secretary||Under Secretary|
|78,800||9-12||District magistrate (DM)||Joint Secretary||Deputy Secretary|
|1,18,500||13-16||District magistrate (DM)||Special Secretary-cum-Director||Director|
|1,44,200||16-24||Divisional Commissioner (DC)||Secretary-cum-Commissioner||Joint Secretary|
|1,82,200||25-30||Divisional Commissioner (DC)||Principal Secretary||Additional secretary|
|2,05,400||30-33||No Equivalent Rank||Additional Chief Secretary||No Equivalent Rank|
|2,25,000||34-36||No Equivalent Rank||Chief Secretary||Secretary|
|2,50,000||37+ years||No Equivalent Rank||No Equivalent Rank||Cabinet Secretary of India|
To apply for the civil services examination, candidates must meet the UPSC IAS 2020 eligibility criteria specified in the official UPSC notification. Candidates must meet the given age criteria, nationality and specified educational qualifications while not crossing the allowed number of attempts. UPSC IAS eligibility criteria is mentioned in detail for candidates to check in the table below.
Eligibility for UPSC IAS
For IAS, IFS and IPS, - Only Indian nationals
For other services, any one of the following are eligible
All candidates must hold a graduation degree in any discipline from a recognised university
Final year students can also apply provided they pass the exam at the time of filling the application for the Mains exam
Age as on August 1, 2020 i.e., he/she must have been born not earlier than August 2, 1988 and not later than August 1, 1999
Minimum age limit for all categories is 21 years
Maximum for all the categories is listed below
General- 32 years.
OBC- 35 years.
SC/ST- 37 years
Number of attempts
General Categories - 6 attempts
OBC- 9 attempts
SC/ST- Unlimited attempts
Candidates can fill the application form of UPSC IAS 2020 from February 12, 2020, in online mode. The last date to apply for UPSC IAS is March 3, 2020. Candidates have to first register themselves on the official website and then log in to fill the application form. The exam body will provide the facility to withdraw applications for a specified time duration for candidates who wish to withdraw the same after the last date of filling the application form.
How to Fill UPSC IAS Application Form 2020
Click on the “Online applications of various exams” link
Click on Registration Part I and fill all the details.
Similarly, fill all other details in UPSC IAS Registration Part-II.
Upload scanned copy of Photograph, Signature, and Photo ID.
Pay application fee for and save the receipt for future reference.
Application Fee: Rs 100 (SC/ST/ Female/PwD candidates are exempt). Payment can be made by depositing the money in any branch of State Bank of India by cash, or online through net banking facility of State Bank of India or by using any Visa/Master/RuPay Credit/ Debit Card
Documents to upload with the application form of UPSC IAS 2020
20 kb to 300 kb
Steps to fill UPSC IAS Mains Application Form
Candidates who qualify the UPSC IAS prelims exam will also have to fill out a detailed application form (DAF) to take the mains exam. UPSC IAS DAF application form is filled in 6 steps
Step 1: Fill Personal details
Step 2: Educational Information
Step 3: Parental Information
Step 4: Employment Information
Step 5: Upload documents
Step 6: Final Submission.
Once submitted no changes are possible to edit in the mains application form of UPSC IAS.
Number of Candidates applied for UPSC IAS in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018
UPSC IAS 2020 Posts
Number of Posts-
Indian Administrative Service
Indian Foreign Service
Indian Police Service
Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service, Group ‘A’
Indian Audit and Accounts Service, Group ‘A’
Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise), Group ‘A’
Indian Defence Accounts Service, Group ‘A’
Indian Revenue Service (I.T.), Group ‘A’
Indian Ordnance Factories Service, Group ‘A’ (Assistant Works Manager, Administration)
Indian Postal Service, Group ‘A’
Indian Civil Accounts Service, Group ‘A’
Indian Railway Traffic Service, Group ‘A’
Indian Railway Accounts Service, Group 'A'
Indian Railway Personnel Service, Group ‘A’
Post of Assistant Security Commissioner in Railway Protection Force, Group ‘A’
Indian Defence Estates Service, Group ‘A’
Indian Information Service (Junior Grade), Group ‘A’
Indian Trade Service, Group 'A'
Indian Corporate Law Service, Group ‘A’
Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service, Group ‘B’ (Section Officer’s Grade),
Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service, Group 'B',
Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Service, Group 'B',
Pondicherry Civil Service, Group 'B'
Pondicherry Police Service, Group ‘B’
What is IAS- UPSC Civil Services Exam?
Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the Civil Services examination every year for recruitment to the Indian Administrative Services and 23 other allied services. However, IAS is the most preferred and coveted services amongst most applicants. Other allied service recruitment through UPSC civil services exam are the Indian Police Services (IPS) and Indian Forest Services (IFS) etc. The exam has two stages - Preliminary, Main. Candidates who clear both these stages will have to appear for a personal interview. If they clear this last stage, they are allotted the services as per their merit ranks and offered training accordingly before being absorbed in the administrative services of the government.
IAS Exam 2018 Highlights
A total of 10,65,552 candidates applied while only 4,93,972 appeared in the exam and 10,468 qualified in UPSC prelims exam.
Only 1,994 applicants secured the passing marks in UPSC mains exam and were invited to appear for the interview out of which 759 candidates made it to the UPSC final list
Top 25 candidates comprise 15 men and 10 women
For the top 25 candidates optional subjects ranged from Anthropology, Chemistry, Commerce & Accountancy, Geography, Law, Maths, History, Political Science & International Relations, Public Administration, Psychology, Sociology, and English Literature.
Educational qualification-wise the top 25 candidates had graduated in Engineering; Sciences; Economics; Law; Mathematics; History; Political Science; Public administration and Commerce.
A good number of candidates had graduated from premier institutes like IITs, NIT, NLU, BITS Pilani, DU, Mumbai University, Anna University, Pune University, etc.
Contact Details of UPSC
Union Public Service Commission
Shahjahan Road, New Delhi - 110069
Facilitation Counter Phone No: 011-23098543 / 23385271 / 23381125 / 23098591
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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - IAS 2020 - UPSC Prelims Exam (Postponed), Admit Card, Syllabus, Pattern
Question: How many posts are there in UPSC Civil Services recruitment exam?
UPSC Civil Services is conducted for a total of 24 posts and services like Indian Administrative Service, Indian Foreign Service, Indian Police Service, Indian Audit and Accounts Service, Group ‘A’, Indian Civil Accounts Service, Group ‘A, etc.
Question: What is the salary of an IAS Officer?
The basic pay is entry-level IAS officer is Rs. 56100. Allowances like DA, HRA and TA are also given.
Question: How are candidates shortlisted for posts other than IAS in UPSC Civil Services?
Candidates who qualify the exam are recruited for posts in order of merit and choices filled by them.
Question: When can I apply for IAS 2020?
Aspirants will be able to apply for UPSC IAS 2020 from February 12 to March 3.
Question: What is age limit for IAS 2020 ?
A candidate must be 21 to 32 years of age on August 1, 2020, to be able to apply for UPSC IAS 2020.
Question: How many marks are required to clear the prelims?
The marks required to clear Civil Services prelims exam is not predefined. The cutoff for general category ranges between 100 to 125 marks for general category.
Question: What is qualifying marks in UPSC Prelims exam 2020 ?
Candidates need to secure 33% marks in General Studies paper 2 while merit list will be decided from the marks of General Studies paper 1.
Question: Is coaching necessary to crack IAS Exam ?
Coaching plays a vital role in the selection of candidates in UPSC IAS. Many a times applicants qualify the exam after taking coaching and doing self study at home.
Question: I have made a mistake in my UPSC IAS application. Shall I fill another form?
If any candidates have made a mistake then they can apply for the exam again and their new application form of UPSC IAS 2020 will be considered.
Question: What is the best newspaper/book for preparing for UPSC IAS?
To qualify UPSC IAS exams candidates have to read all standard book and The Hindu and Indian Express newspaper.
Question: When should i start studying current affairs for UPSC IAS 2020 ?
It is advised that candidates should religiously prepare one year current affairs for the exam.
Question: Who has secured highest marks in UPSC Ever?
The highest marks in UPSC IAS exam were secured by Anudeep Durishetty, the topper for UPSC 2017. He scored 1126 (55.60%) out of total 2025 marks.
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Questions related to UPSC Civil Services Exam
i am a student from biology stream i wish to become an ias which degree can i prefer
For becoming an IAS officer there is no restriction of degree choice , you can choose any degree of your own choice but remember one thing that is all the degrees you choose must be a graduation degree eg - BA , BSc , BTech , MBBS etc even students having post graduation degree can appear in UPSC exam . So any degree is preferable but must be atleast graduation because that is a necessary condition for eligibility .
But it is a general perception of taking BA in social sciences as questions are asked majorly from these subjects but you can have any degree of your own choice and then opt for exam . But for exam you must have knowledge about Indian History , Political Science , Indian Geography , General Studies and Current affairs , so apart from degree programs of your own choice you can join online coachings or coachings near by your college or even prepare on your own through different books , websites and YouTube etc.
Here is links which tells you about Eligibility criteria and exam pattern based on which you can make your decision :-
Hope this will help .
Should a 11th class student start preparing for UPSC ( IAS ) from 11th class ownwards itself or from college ownwards ?
Hi Raghav ! UPSC has got a vast syllabus ,but basics are always important . I would advise you to study sincerely whatever is there in course . But don't sweat it. Just cover the syllabus in your course properly.
During the final year of graduation , you can start preparing for the exam in a structured manner. Now if your basics are strong , it would prove to be the brownie point for you , as you would only have to brush them up , and focus on learning the new content more.
Hope my answer would clear your doubt.
what can I do after d pharma to be An IAS office
With D pharma which is a diploma you are not eligible for UPSC or IAS examination as to be eligible for UPSC one needs to be graduate so the first thing you need to do to become an IAS officer is do graduation in any subject or discipline based on your interest and then you need to appear in one of the toughest examination called UPSC, and it has 3 stages which are listed below :-
The first stage of the exam is Preliminary examination (objective )
The second stage, Mains (written).
If you manage to clear both prelims and mains then you are to go through interview/personality test .
And if you managed to clear all the three rounds mentioned above, then congratulations you may become an ias officer
how to get 2016 ias pre answer key this site please tell me
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After d pharmacy we can make IAS officer
D Pharmacy is a year Diploma Degree and for appearing for UPSC, you need to have a Bachelor's degree in any discipline with a minimum duration of 3 years. It can be B.Sc or BA. But it cannot be Diploma course. So if UPSC is your goal, you should pursue atleast a 3 year Bachelor's degree.