Civil Services Exam 2021

UPSC Civil Services Exam 2021: For the recruitment of the IAS, IPS, and IFS officers, UPSC Civil Services Exam is conducted by the UPSC. CSE is the national competitive exam that happens under the banner of UPSC. IAS Job is one of the renowned jobs in the country.  The IAS officer is the one who has the ability to make a decision and will have leadership qualities to lead the departments in Indian administration. Many youngsters have a dream to be an IAS officer. This exam is conducted in two phases a preliminary exam and the main examination followed by the interview. The civil services examination application form will be available in the month of February. Check here all the details regarding the examination.

UPSC Civil Services Exam 2021 Important Dates

Issue of  Notification 2nd week of February 2021
Application form availability 2nd week of February 2021
Last date for Application Submission (online) 2nd week of March 2021 
Prelims Admit card Last week of May 2021
Exam date (Preliminary) 1st week of June 2021 (1 Day)
Prelims exam result August 2021
Main Exam Admit Card September  2021
Exam Date (Main) 3rd week of September  2021 (5 Days)
Declaration of the final result January 2022

Eligibility Criteria


  • The nationality for an IAS and IPS candidates has to be a citizen of India.

Qualification Required:

UPSC conducts civil services examinations for various posts including IAS, IRS, IFS, and IPS etc. The interested candidates have to be a graduate from any discipline from a recognized university. Appearing candidates in final year can also apply. A degree should be

  • from a Central, State or Deemed University
  • received through correspondence or distance education
  • from an open university
  • as being equivalent to one of the above a qualification recognized by the Government of India.

Age Limit:

  • The age limit to apply for civil services is from 21 years to 30 years as on 1st August of the year of examination. The upper age is limit relaxed of 3 years for OBC candidates and 5 years for SC/ST candidates.

The number of attempts:

The number of times a candidate may attempt the exam is limited as follows:

Category Maximum Attempts
General 6
PH (General) 9
Scheduled Caste Unlimited
Scheduled Tribes Unlimited

Note: Applying to sit the exam but failing to attend is not counted as an attempt.

In the preliminary examination appearing to attempt one of the papers is counted as an attempt, including disqualification/cancellation of candidature.

UPSC Civil Services Exam 2021 Application Form

The civil services online application form will be available online on the official website of UPSC as ‘’. Before filling the application form, candidates must have to read the instruction carefully. The online application form will be issued from the website.


Application Fee

  • General/Others – Rs.100/-
  • SC/ST/PH Candidates no need to pay.
  • Candidates have to pay the application fee through Credit/Debit card/Internet banking or cash in SBI Bank.

Selection Procedure

  • Stage 1. Civil Services (Preliminary) Exam: To shortlist candidates for IAS / Civil Services Main examination. This exam will be available with objective type questions.
  • Stage 2. Civil Services (Main) Exam: To shortlist candidates for the next level. This exam consists of a written examination and personal interview.
  • Stage 3. Final Selection: The total number of marks scored by the candidates in the IAS Main examination (Both written test and personal interview) will be taken into consideration for the final merit list.
  • The candidate’s selection based on the final merit.

Exam Pattern

Prelims Exam Pattern:

Sections Questions. Duration Maximum Marks
Paper I: General knowledge 100 2 Hours 200
Paper-II: Aptitude test 80 2 Hours 200

Mains Exam Pattern:

Paper Subject Maximum Marks
A Modern Indian Language skills 300
B English language skills 300
1 Essay Writing 250
2 General knowledge-I 250
3 General knowledge-II 250
4 General knowledge-III 250
5 General knowledge-IV 250
6 Optional Subject Paper-1 250
7 Optional Subject Paper-2 250
Sub-Total Marks 1750
Interview 275
Total Marks. 2025

Admit Card

Aspirants must download Hall ticket through the online only. The Admit Card will be available on the UPSC website on May 2021 tentatively. To download the Admit Card, the candidate must visit the official website and must enter the candidate registration number. The examination authority will not send the hall ticket by post.


The result will be released for preliminary and main exams separately. The preliminary result will be available in the month of August. The main exam result will be declared in January. Candidates can check their result by the candidate roll no. in PDF format file, after successful completion of the exam.

Cut Off

The cutoff marks for Civils/IAS exams will be declared by UPSC after the examination and interview. Candidates will be shortlisted based on cutoff marks declared by UPSC. The cut off will depend upon the number of vacancies in a particular field.

Preparation Tips for UPSC Civil Services Exam 2021

  • Optimize your time.
  • Divide your time according to your topics and syllabus.
  • Get enough sleep and have healthy food because you have to do hard work.
  • Work on solving speed and accuracy levels.
  • Do not stress yourself.
  • Stay calm and be positive.
  • Be consistent and hardworking.

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