I. All India Services
a. Indian Administrative Service (IAS)
b. Indian Police Service (IPS)
c. Indian Forest Service (IFOS)
II. Central Services
a. Indian Foreign Service (IFS)
b. Indian Revenue Service (IRS)
c. Indian Postal Service
d. Indian Audit and Accounts Service
e. Indian Postal and Telecommunication Accounts and Finance Service, etc.
N.B.: Civil servants under the All India Services are appointed by the Central Government under the different state cadres; while the ones designated under the Central Services are appointed at the Centre and are directly part of the permanent executive of the country.
N.B: For candidates falling under the citizenship criteria: (b), (c), (d), ad (e), an issuance certificate from the Government of India is mandatory to be furnished for final appointment, after clearing the examination. Also, it should be noted that the candidates under categories: (b), (c), and (d), are not eligible for recruitment to the Indian Foreign Service.
II. Minimum and Maximum Age Limit: The UPSC has set the minimum age limit for sitting in the Civil service examination at 21 years, while the maximum age limits are set accordingly, as follows:
|Various Categories||Age Relaxation||Maximum Age Limit|
|Scheduled Castes (SC) & Scheduled Tribes (ST)||Upto 5 years||37 years|
|Other Backward Classes||Upto 3 years||35 years|
|Defence Service persons, who were disabled at service||Upto 3 years||35 years|
|Ex-servicemen (with minimum of 5 years of service in the Military)||Upto 5 years||37 years|
|Visually challenged/ hearing impaired/physically challenged||Upto 10 years||42 years|
III. Minimum Educational Qualification: A candidate applying for the IAS/IPS/IFOS/IFS/IRS, etc. examination should be a graduate from any recognized university of India. Interested candidates, who have appeared in their final year examination, and are awaiting the results, can also appear in the UPSC CSE examination. Also, the candidates who are about to appear in the final year graduation examination are eligible to write the CSE examination; however such candidates should produce their graduation marksheet during the Mains Examination.
|Category||No. of Attempts|
|Physically Handicapped (General)||9|
|Physically Handicapped (OBC)||9|
|Physically Handicapped (SC/ST)||No limit|
The CSE is conducted by the UPSC in the following stages:
a.Preliminary Examination: The preliminary examination comprises of two papers: General Studies (GS) and Civil Service Aptitude Test (CSAT). This is the screening examination, upon clearing which the candidates can appear for the Main examination. However, it should be noted that the marks obtained in the preliminary examination are not counted for deciding the final merit of the candidate.
|Paper Name||Time Duration||No. of Questions||Total Marks||Nature of Paper|
|GS Paper I||2 hours||100||200||Marks considered for Preliminary Exam Merit|
|GS Paper II (CSAT)||2 hours||80||200||Qualifying in nature|
b. Main Examination: The IAS Main examination is again split up into parts: Written examination and interview. The Written Examination is again split up in the following parts:
a. English paper (compulsory)
b. Regional language paper (compulsory)
c. General Studies Paper 1 (GS-I)
d. General Studies Paper 2 (GS-II)
e. General Studies Paper 3 (GS-III)
f. General Studies Paper 4 (GS-IV)
g. Optional Paper 1
h. Optional Paper 2
N.B.: Papers (a) and (b) and again of qualifying nature and there marks won’t be counting for calculating the final merit of the candidate. The merit of the candidate will hence be decided by the total marks of papers (c) to (h) and the interview.
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|Stages of UPSC CSE 2020||Tentative dates|
|Publication of Notification||February, 2020|
|Preliminary Examination||31st May, 2020|
|Result of Preliminary Examination||End of July, 2020 or early August, 2020|
|Main Examination||20th September, 2020|
|Result of Main Examination||End of December, 2020 or 1st week of January, 2021|
|Interview||February, March and April, 2021|
|Publication of Final Merit List||April/May, 2021|
Candidates can choose any one of the following subjects:
02. Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science
06. Civil Engg
07. Commerce & Acc
09. Electrical Engg
16. Mechanical Engg
17. Medical Science
20. Political Science & IR
22. Public Administration
Literature of any one of the following language (30) is also offered as an optional subject:
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