NEW DELHI: Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will possibly postpone its upcoming exams in light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. UPSC is to conduct NDA on April 19, followed by the UPSC IAS prelims exam on May 31. The Commission will most likely postpone the exams since many exam centres are public schools. With public schools being closed due to the Coronavirus threat, the exams are likely to be postponed to later dates. However, there has been no official statement regarding the issue, postponement of exams will be considered if the threat persists. UPSC aspirants can check the current schedule of the exams below.

UPSC exams likely to be postponed due to COVID-19 Pandemic

UPSC Exam Dates



NDA 2020 Application Dates

January 8 to 28, 2020

NDA-I 2020 Exam

April 19, 2020

UPSC IAS Application Dates

February 12 to March 3, 2020

UPSC IAS 2020 Prelims Exam

May 31, 2020

How serious is the Coronavirus Problem?

There have been a total of 83 recorded cases of affected patients in the country so far. The first presence of the Coronavirus was reported to be in Kerala. The virus has now reached almost every major city in the country with the maximum number of cases in Kerala (19) followed by Maharashtra and Haryana (14 each). Major events like the Indian Premier League (IPL) have been postponed.

About UPSC IAS 2020

UPSC IAS prelims exam will be conducted on May 31, if no change in the schedule is announced by the exam authorities. Registered candidates will be issued UPSC IAS 2020 admit cards a few days prior to the exam. UPSC IAS exam pattern for the prelims exam will be as follows.

UPSC IAS Exam Pattern 2020 - Prelims


Total Marks

No. of Questions

Marking Scheme

General Studies-I



+2 for correct answers

-⅓ for wrong answers

General Studies-II



+2.5 for correct answers

-⅓ for incorrect responses

Candidates will be provided 2 hours to attempt each paper. Those who are shortlisted in UPSC IAS result for the prelims exam will be able to appear for the mains exam from September 18 onwards. This year the exam is being conducted for around 796 vacancies.

About NDA 2020

UPSC conducts NDA twice every year for the admission of candidates in the National Defence Academy and Naval Academy. The exam will be conducted on April 19. Applicants can expect NDA admit card to be issued in the first week of April. The exam authorities will conduct the exam in the following pattern.

NDA Exam Pattern 2020



No. of Questions

Maximum marks


Paper 1




2 hours 30 minutes

Paper 2




2 hours 30 minutes

NDA Marking Scheme




Total Questions



Total Marks



Marks allotted to each question



Negative marking for each incorrect response



Candidates who qualify the written examination of NDA 2020 will be called to appear for SSB interview. A total of 418 candidates will be selected at the end of the selection process out of which 370 will be admitted to National Defence Academy and 48 to the Naval Academy.

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i want to be an ias with a backup plan what should I choose ba or bsc

chinmayi 28th Mar, 2020


All The Best as you have a dream to become an IAS  . I suggest you to take B.Sc as there is science stream in your class 11 and 12 . You have many opportunities as you can do M.Sc or PhD after doing B.Sc . You have an opportunity if you fail to achieve your dream of an IAS officer . If you don't get selected for IAS then you have a chance of becoming professor .

Dream to become an IAS but have an other option also in your career . You should work very hard to become an IAS . But concentrate on your degree as Degree is most crucial to become an IAS as without a degree you are not supposed to write the prelims exam .

Hope this helps you .


if agri is the correct graduation for IAS /

Papeya Dubey Student Expert 28th Mar, 2020

First of all,according to eligibility criteria for UPSC,candidates need to pass graduation in any discipline and attained 21 years age, you can appear even in your final year,there isn't any best course or correct course in this matter, the sole reason being UPSC doesn't discriminate among aspirants and hence allow people from all background to appear for this exam. As per previous year trends also,people from different backgrounds like engineering, medical etc too have succeeded, what eventually matters is planning and strategy in this exam.

what are the groups in intermediate which is best for ias?

Megha 28th Mar, 2020

Hello Aspirant !

I will suggest you to first choose wisely your undergraduate and start preparing from starting itself.

Then , choose your subjects according to your preparation and interest that what subject you will take as an optional subject in your exams

Many people go for subjects in ART stream like bachelor of art with subject like geography , history , political science etc according to your interest .

Also , you can try for humanities.

Hope it helps , if you have further query please feel free to ask !


i want to become an after finishing my hsc second year which is the better course for my brightfull future?

Papeya Dubey Student Expert 28th Mar, 2020

In order to appear for UPSC, you just need to be 21 years old and passed graduation in any discipline from a recognized university,you can apply even in your final year. UPSC doesn't discriminate among aspirants and hence allow people from all background to appear for this exam.

See, it's important to understand where your interest lies, and accordingly choose career path. As UPSC is more humanities oriented, it's becomes comparatively easier for arts students to prepare for this exam as they're already well acquainted with this syllabus while science students didn't have any of these subjects at +2 level. But, let me tell you as per previous year trends, many people belonging to engineering and medical too have succeeded, and the only reason being eventually it's the planning and strategy that matters. So, think out clearly about your areas of interest, if you're absolutely clear about UPSC and have liking for any arts subject such as law, political science, history, economics etc you may go ahead, secondly if you're not sure, go with your choice it may be medical, management, engineering or anything else, even if you later feel like giving UPSC,  you can definitely go ahead after gaining some experiences in your related career field like so many successful candidates have done in the past.


I want to start my IAS preparation from home other than going to coaching centers.i want to write this exam in the year 2023 as I was born in march 2002,is it right?..which books help me for write the preliminary & mains better.i want to study in a smart way rather than spending a lot of time in it.

Aditi Amrendra Student Expert 26th Mar, 2020

The eligibility criteria for appearing in UPSC civil services examination is to have a graduate degree and age above 21.First of all you should start studying newspapers daily either The Hindu or The Indian Express.
Every topper recommends that your resources should be limited because there are tonnes of materials in the market and indulging in each one of them will waste your time and you will get confused ending up in messing everything.
There are few standard books recommended by toppers,these are :
  • NCERT books from 6 to 12.
  • Laxmikant for Polity
  • Spectrum fo Modern India
  • Tamil Nadu board book of class 11th for Ancient and Medieval india
  • Shankar IAS book for Environment
  • GC Leong for Gerography
  • Ramesh Singh for Economy.
  • Nitin Singhnia for Art and Culture
Apart from that keep and eye on everything happening around world and be curious.
For Mains,GS 1,2,3 above books and current affairs and for GS 4 you should study Lexicon.Apart from that you should study ARC Reports,NITI Ayog action agenda,PIB,PRS,Indian year book,Budget and Economic survey(of the year in which you will appear in the exam)

Good Luck
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