UPSC IAS 2020 - Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released UPSC IAS 2020 application form and notification on February 12, 2020 at upsc.gov.in. Candidates can fill UPSC IAS application form 2020 till March 3. UPSC IAS 2020 prelims exam will be held on May 31. Eligible candidates can download the UPSC IAS admit card 2020 for prelims from April 28. UPSC IAS examination is conducted in three stages - prelims, mains, and interview. Candidates who qualify in the prelims of the UPSC civil services exam will go on to appear for the UPSC IAS Main exam to be held on September 18. The result of UPSC IAS will be announced separately for each stage. UPSC IAS final answer key and cut off will be released after the declaration of the final result. This UPSC has announced approximately 796 vacancies. Know more about UPSC IAS 2020 syllabus, exam pattern, admit card, result, etc. below.Latest: UPSC IAS 2020 Application Form Released. Apply online till March 3, 2020
The Union Public Service Commission 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.
Civil Services Examination
Union Public Service Commission
Preliminary, Mains and Personality Test
Mode of exam
Preliminary - Objective pen and paper based exam
Mains- Written exam with subjective questions
Personality Test - Interview
Number of Papers
Preliminary - Two paper (General Studies Paper-I and
General Studies Paper-II)
Mains- Nine Paper
General Studies I
General Studies II
General Studies III
General Studies IV
Optional Subject Paper I
Optional Subject Paper II
Region language Paper
Duration of Exam
Preliminary - Each paper is of 2 hours
Mains - Each paper is of 3 hours
Preliminary - May 31, 2020
Mains - From September 18, 2020
Interview - January, 2020 (Tentative)
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
For Preliminary exam- 72
For Mains exam- 24
Name 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’
Union Public Service Commission,
Shahjahan Road, New Delhi
Ph. - 011-23098543 / 23385271 / 23381125 / 23098591
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.
Union Public Service Commission has released the official calendar the UPSC civil services exam 2020. Candidates can refer UPSC IAS exam dates from the below mentioned table to stay updated on important events of Civil Services 2020 exam.
February 12, 2020 (Released)
July 15, 2020 (Tentative)
Release of application form of UPSC IAS 2020
Last date of application
March 3, 2020
July 30, 2020 (Tentative)
UPSC IAS Admit card download dates
April 28, 2020 (Tentative)
August 25, 2020 (Tentative)
UPSC Civil Services exam 2020
May 31, 2020
September 18, 2020
Declaration of UPSC IAS 2020 result
July 10, 2020 (Tentative)
To be announced
Declaration of final Civil services result
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
a citizen of India
a subject of Nepal
a subject of Bhutan
a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India,
a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India
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 attemptsNote: An attempt at a Preliminary Examination shall be deemed as one attempt. If a candidate appears for any one paper in the Preliminary Examination, it will be treated as one attempt.
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.
Visit the official website of UPSC - upsconline.nic.in
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
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
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
Anantapur (Andhra Pradesh)
Gautam Buddh Nagar
UPSC will release the admit card of UPSC IAS 2020 for the prelims exam on April 28, 2020 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.
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.
Original and valid Photo ID - Aadhaar Card/Aadhaar Enrollment Number/PAN Card/Voter ID/Driving License/Passport/Ration Card
One passport size photograph (same as uploaded in UPSC IAS application form 2020).
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.
Mode of Exam
Pen and Paper based
Language of exam
Hindi and English
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
9 papers of conventional essay type out of which two papers will be of qualifying in nature
Conducted over 5 days
Paper-A - (One of the Indian Language to be selected by the candidate from the Languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution
Papers considered for Merit
Paper-II General Studies-I (Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society)
Paper-III - General Studies -II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)
Paper-IV - General Studies -III (Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)
Paper-V General Studies -IV (Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)
Paper-VI Optional Subject - Paper 1
Paper-VII Optional Subject - Paper 2
Name of Paper
Number of Questions
General Studies 3
General Studies 4
Optional Subject 1
Optional Subject 2
Marks for Interview
UPSC IAS question papers on Indian languages and English (Paper A and paper B) will be of Matriculation or equivalent standard and it will be of qualifying nature.
Marks obtained in these papers will not be counted for ranking.
Evaluation of Essay, General Studies and Optional subject will only be performed if candidates have secured 25 % marks in each English and Language paper.
Paper A on Indian Language will not be compulsory for candidates belongs to the States of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim.
The paper A on Indian Language will not, however, be compulsory for candidates belonging to Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (only for Hearing Impairment sub-category) provided that they have been granted such exemption from 2nd or 3rd language courses by the concerned education Board/University.
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.
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
Union Public Service Commission has specified the detailed syllabus of UPSC IAS mains examination for both the papers of Optional subjects and all four papers of General Studies subjects. Important topics of General Studies paper wise syllabus is mentioned in the table.
UPSC IAS Mains Syllabus for General Studies Papers
General Studies Paper 1
Indian Heritage and Culture, History, and Geography of the World and Society
General Studies Paper 2
Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations
General Studies Paper 3
Technology, Economic Development, Biodiversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management
General Studies Paper 4
Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Union Public Service Commission along with releasing the result and cut off of exam also releases the score card 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.
Candidates who qualify the exam will be entitled to receive the salary of IAS officer as per 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
Shahjahan Road, New Delhi - 110069
Facilitation Counter Phone No: 011-23098543 / 23385271 / 23381125 / 23098591
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.
The basic pay is entry-level IAS officer is Rs. 56100. Allowances like DA, HRA and TA are also given.
Candidates who qualify the exam are recruited for posts in order of merit and choices filled by them.
Aspirants will be able to apply for UPSC IAS 2020 from February 12 to March 3.
A candidate must be 21 to 32 years of age on August 1, 2020, to be able to apply for UPSC IAS 2020.
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.
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.
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.
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.
To qualify UPSC IAS exams candidates have to read all standard book and The Hindu and Indian Express newspaper.
It is advised that candidates should religiously prepare one year current affairs for the exam.
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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Yes, you can study even after becoming IAS officer. Also, IAS officers are allowed from six months to two years of paid leave to pursue higher studies. You can go for any course of your choice after becoming an IAS. Few of which are as follows:
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