UPSC IAS 2020 - Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released UPSC IAS 2020 application form and notification on February 12, 2020 at 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


What is IAS ?

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.

UPSC IAS 2020 - An Overview

Exam Name

Civil Services Examination

Conducting body

Union Public Service Commission

Official URL

Exam level


Exam stages

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

  1. General Studies I

  2. General Studies II

  3. General Studies III

  4. General Studies IV

  5. Optional Subject Paper I

  6. Optional Subject Paper II

  7. Essay Paper

  8. English Paper

  9. Region language Paper

Duration of Exam

Preliminary - Each paper is of 2 hours

Mains - Each paper is of 3 hours

Exam Dates

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

Exam Centres

For Preliminary exam- 72

For Mains exam- 24

Name of Posts

  1. Indian Administrative Service

  2. Indian Foreign Service

  3. Indian Police Service

  4. Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service, Group ‘A’

  5. Indian Audit and Accounts Service, Group ‘A’

  6. Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise), Group ‘A’

  7. Indian Defence Accounts Service, Group ‘A’

  8. Indian Revenue Service (I.T.), Group ‘A’

  9. Indian Ordnance Factories Service, Group ‘A’ (Assistant Works Manager, Administration)

  10. Indian Postal Service, Group ‘A’

  11. Indian Civil Accounts Service, Group ‘A’

  12. Indian Railway Traffic Service, Group ‘A’

  13. Indian Railway Accounts Service, Group 'A'

  14. Indian Railway Personnel Service, Group ‘A’

  15. Post of Assistant Security Commissioner in Railway Protection Force, Group ‘A’

  16. Indian Defence Estates Service, Group ‘A’

  17. Indian Information Service (Junior Grade), Group ‘A’

  18. Indian Trade Service, Group 'A'

  19. Indian Corporate Law Service, Group ‘A’

  20. Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service, Group ‘B’ (Section Officer’s Grade),

  21. Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service, Group 'B',

  22. Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Service, Group 'B',

  23. Pondicherry Civil Service, Group 'B'

  24. Pondicherry Police Service, Group ‘B’

Contact Details

Union Public Service Commission,

Dholpur House,

Shahjahan Road, New Delhi

Ph. - 011-23098543 / 23385271 / 23381125 / 23098591

Highlights of UPSC IAS Exam 2018

  • 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.

UPSC IAS 2020 Important Dates

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.

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

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

Personality Test

To be announced

Declaration of final Civil services result

To be announced

How to prepare for UPSC Civil Services 2020- Video

UPSC IAS Eligibility Criteria 2020

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

  1. a citizen of India

  2. a subject of Nepal

  3. a subject of Bhutan

  4. a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India,

  5. 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

Educational Qualification

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
Note: 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.

UPSC IAS Application Form 2020

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

  1. Visit the official website of UPSC -

  2. Click on the “Online applications of various exams” link

  3. Click on Registration Part I and fill all the details.

  4. Similarly, fill all other details in UPSC IAS Registration Part-II.

  5. Upload scanned copy of Photograph, Signature, and Photo ID.

  6. 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


Photo ID


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 Exam Centres 2020

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.

UPSC IAS Prelims Exam Centres

Name of City

Name of City

Name of City



Panaji (Goa)






Port Blair



Prayagraj (Allahabad)







Anantapur (Andhra Pradesh)

























Navi Mumbai



Gautam Buddh Nagar


UPSC IAS 2020 Mains Exam Centres

City Name

City Name

City Name





Dispur (Guwahati)

Prayagraj (Allahabad)



















UPSC IAS Admit Card 2020

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.

How to Download UPSC IAS 2020 Admit Card?

  1. Go to the official website

  2. Click on the link "download admit card"

  3. Candidates will have to use their application number and password/date of birth.

  4. Click on “Submit” button

  5. The admit card will be displayed on the screen. Along with this candidates have to check admit card for any discrepancies.

  6. After downloading UPSC IAS admit card 2020 applicants have to take print.

Documents to carry along with UPSC IAS Admit Card

  • 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).

UPSC IAS Exam Pattern 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.

UPSC IAS 2020 Exam Pattern for Prelims

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


Total questions

Paper 1 -100 questions

Paper 2 - 80 questions

Duration of exam

2 hours per paper

Marking scheme

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

UPSC IAS Exam Pattern for Mains

Mode of Exam

Pen and Paper based

Total Papers

9 papers of conventional essay type out of which two papers will be of qualifying in nature

Duration of Exam

Conducted over 5 days

Qualifying Papers

  1. Paper-A - (One of the Indian Language to be selected by the candidate from the Languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution

  2. Paper-B - English

Papers considered for Merit

  1. Paper-I Essay

  2. Paper-II General Studies-I (Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society)

  3. Paper-III - General Studies -II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)

  4. Paper-IV - General Studies -III (Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)

  5. Paper-V General Studies -IV (Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)

  6. Paper-VI Optional Subject - Paper 1

  7. Paper-VII Optional Subject - Paper 2

Marking Scheme for UPSC IAS 2020 Mains exam


Name of Paper

Number of Questions

Total Marks


Paper A

Indian Language



3 hours

Paper B




3 hours

Paper 1




3 hours

Paper 2

General Studies 1



3 hours

Paper 3

General Studies 2



3 hours

Paper 4

General Studies 3



3 hours

Paper 5

General Studies 4



3 hours

Paper 6

Optional Subject 1



3 hours

Paper 7

Optional Subject 2



3 hours

Total marks


Marks for Interview


Total marks


UPSC IAS 2020 Mains Exam Evaluation Guidelines

  • 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.

UPSC IAS Syllabus 2020

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 - Important Topics

General Studies Paper I Syllabus

General Studies Paper II Syllabus

1. Current events of national and international importance.

1. Comprehension

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


UPSC IAS Syllabus 2020 (Mains) - Important Topics

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

What is success rate in UPSC?UPSC-IAS-Success-Ratio-

Success Statistics in Civil Service Exam

Number of aspirants appeared in IAS exam
Candidates qualified in IAS Prelims
Applicants qualified in Civil Services Mains
Candidates finally selected in UPSC IAS

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.

How to Prepare for UPSC IAS 2020

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.

  1. Be familiar with UPSC IAS exam pattern

  2. Take a print of syllabus and stick in study room so that every topic should be remembered wholeheartedly.

  3. Read the newspapers and be up to date on current affairs and general knowledge

  4. Make short notes of important subjects i.e Polity, Economy, Art and Culture

  5. Check previous year UPSC IAS question papers because around 10-15 questions are asked from last 15 years papers.

  6. Check online videos and online app to boost preparation

  7. Take mock test and do the needful to improve the performance

  8. 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 NumberStudy Schedule
1Study 3 hours regularly and then take a break for 1 hour from 6 a.m to 9 p.m
2Start the day reading news paper and making of notes
3Study 6 days in a week and relax the body by playing outdoor sports on Sunday
4If by any reason study schedule for UPSC IAS get deviated then make every second count to cover that loss of time

UPSC IAS Question Paper 2020

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

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.

UPSC IAS Result 2020

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?

  1. Visit the official website

  2. Click on the UPSC IAS result link

  3. Candidates will have to enter their application number and date of birth

  4. Now click on Submit button

  5. UPSC IAS 2020 result will be displayed on the screen.

UPSC IAS Cut off 2020

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)


























PwD 1





PwD 2





PwD 3





PwD 5





Previous years’ UPSC Civil Services IAS Cut off for Mains - (Out of 1750)


























PwD 1





PwD 2





PwD 3





PwD 5





Previous years’ UPSC IAS Final Cut off - (Out of 2025)


























PwD 1





PwD 2





PwD 3





PwD 5





UPSC IAS Score Card 2020

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.

IAS Salary 2020

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

Basic Pay(INR)
Number of years required in Service Careers wise Posts
District AdministrationState SecretariatCentral Secretariat
561001-4Sub-divisional magistrate (SDM)Under SecretaryAssistant Secretary
67,7005-8Additional district magistrate (ADM)Deputy SecretaryUnder Secretary
78,8009-12District magistrate (DM)Joint SecretaryDeputy Secretary
1,18,50013-16District magistrate (DM)Special Secretary-cum-DirectorDirector
1,44,20016-24Divisional Commissioner (DC)Secretary-cum-CommissionerJoint Secretary
1,82,20025-30Divisional Commissioner (DC)Principal SecretaryAdditional secretary
2,05,40030-33No Equivalent RankAdditional Chief SecretaryNo Equivalent Rank
2,25,00034-36No Equivalent RankChief SecretarySecretary
2,50,00037+ yearsNo Equivalent RankNo Equivalent RankCabinet Secretary of India

Contact Details of UPSC

Union Public Service Commission

Dholpur House,

Shahjahan Road, New Delhi - 110069

Facilitation Counter Phone No: 011-23098543 / 23385271 / 23381125 / 23098591

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - UPSC IAS 2020

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

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After joining as a NDA officer ,can i give ias exam

Deepshikha Student Expert 2nd Apr, 2020
Well,Yes you can go for UPSC examination after getting into NDA. The basic eligibility criterua is that the candidate must hold a graduation degree in any discipline recognized by the government of India. The candidate must be a citizen of India and must be atleast 21 years of age and the maximum age must be 32 years. For Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe,a relaxation of five years is given.
Hope this helps.
Good luck.

I want to be an ias Officer I am in class 8 should I take bsc in inter or ba in inter because I am going to take ba in graduation

Ankita yadav 1st Apr, 2020
Hi aspirant
It's good that you have decided your goal from this age, you should prefer arts side in 12th and then BA with history and political science.

I completed my inter second year (commerce). Goal is to become an IAS officer. So can I join any degree with civils? is this compulsory now? because the institution fee is too high which I cant pay. So can I join any degree college by taking B.A and continue self preparation for upsc?

Pankhuri Kumari 1st Apr, 2020
Hii Sridhar!
You don't need to join civil ourses in order to clear UPSC and become an IAS.  You can join any bachelor's course of your choice and prepare for UPSC by yourself. The eligibility criteria to become and IAS states that the candidate must have completed graduation from a recognised university in any subject stream. So Yes, you can take admissions in BA and like courses and self prepare for UPSC.
Hope this helps.
Good luck!

which courses available after becoming ias officer?can government give permission any ias officer to continue study?please give me detail information

Harshita Sharan Srivastava Student Expert 31st Mar, 2020

Hello Aspirant,

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:

  • Ph.D
  • MS
  • MBA
  • Acturial Science

Good Luck


how clear upsc exa in 2 years ??????

Papeya Dubey Student Expert 30th Mar, 2020

UPSC Civil Service Exam consists of three level-


Preliminary numbers are not added in the final list, you just need to score the required cut offs against your category.It mainly consists of GS Paper-I consists of the following topic such as History of India and Indian national movement, Indian and World geography, Economic and social development- sustainable development, poverty,inclusion demographics, social sector initiatives etc,Indian polity and governance-constitution,political system,Current Events nationally and Internationally,
General Science,General Issues on environmental ecology,biodiversity and climate change.

and CSAT includes topics such as basic numeracy, comprehension, logical reasoning and analytical ability, general mental ability, decision making and problem solving, interpersonal skills including communication skills. Both consists of 200 marks, MCQs based. Prelims is mcq based, but still it requires knowledge coupled with speed.

Mains is more of a subjective type, one needs to write answer for Four General Studies Paper(GS-I includes Indian Heritage and Culture,History and Geography of the World and Society, GS-II includes Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International Relations, GS-III includes Technology, Economic Development, Bio-Diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management, GS-IV includes Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude),Two Optionals, One Essay, two language paper, there are total nine papers here. 250 marks for each paper, total is 1750 marks followed by Personality Test of 275 marks.

Now, coming to your question preparation for UPSC anyway takes two years, that's one year of preparing for the exam and another year of appearing for Prelims, Mains and Interview.

You can go through the gradual steps as mentioned below in order to start your preparation for UPSC:

Be well acquainted with UPSC Syllabus, learn it by heart, that's the most crucial step to crack this exam, to know what to read and what to skip. In addition to this, never ever make a differentiation between prelims and mains, what I mean is do not prepare separately for each, because nowadays what's happening is even in prelims, UPSC frame questions based on Mains syllabus, So, the first towards preparation shall be a integrated preparation for both.

Read any newspaper like The Hindu, or Indian Express on a regular basis to be updated as well as gaining knowledge which shall be highly useful to you in future exam preparation part.

Start with basics, for each subject, you can do with NCERTs for this.

As you progress, move on to other relevant books, keep your resources minimum like Polity by Laxmikanth, History of Modern India by Bipin Chandra etc.

Start practicing answer writing in advance, even in a little way, writing mains is a huge task for nine paper, it requires immense practice along with knowledge.

Practice previous year question paper which you can get from the site of UPSC,in addition mock papers, and test series which you can get it from any of the sites extensively dedicated to UPSC, , it's highly important to evaluate your performance while doing so.
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