UPSC IAS Exam Details

IAS 2021 will be conducted by Union Public Service Commission to select eligible candidates for the range of posts offered through UPSC CSE. Considered as one of the most coveted Government exams conducted in the country, clearing IAS Exam is like a dream for every Government Job Aspirant. UPSC CSE Exam is considered to be one of the most difficult exam conducted in the country, but with proper guidance and preparation it is scalable. Majority of candidates who start their preparation for the exam do so with the zeal of becoming an IAS Officer. Let’s have a look at the details of this examination.

UPSC Mains Result 2020

UPSC IAS Mains Result 2020 is expected to release by 30th January 2021 (tentative). The Mains Exam was conducted from January 8th 2021. The Interview Process is expected to be scheduled in February-March 2021. The score of Mains Exam will be considered in determining the final score of UPSC CSE 2020. Candidates will be able to check the UPSC Mains Result 2020 from the link below.

IAS Exam Notification 2021

The Official IAS Exam Notification 2021 will be released on 10th February 2021. All important information related to UPSC CSE 2021 will be mentioned in the official notification that will be released by Union Public Service Commission. Candidates will be able to get access to the IAS Exam Notification 2021 from the link mentioned below once it has been released officially.

UPSC IAS Exam Dates 2021

The exam dates for UPSC CSE 2021 has been released by UPSC keeping in consideration the situation of Covid19. The Prelims exam has been delayed by 2-3 weeks as due to Covid19 the exams were delayed last year. Candidates can check the exam dates in the table below.

Events Date
Release of Official Notification 10th February 2021
Online Application Starts 12th February 2021
Online Application Ends 3rd March 2021
Prelims Exam date 27th June 2021
Mains Exam Date 17th September 2021

IAS Apply Online 2021

The online Application for UPSC CSE will start on 12th February 2021. The last day to apply online is 3rd March 2021 till 6:00 PM. The link to apply online for the Exam will be updated soon. Students will be able to apply for the same from the link mentioned below.

IAS 2021 Eligibility

To appear for IAS Exam 2021, a candidate must fulfil the mentioned eligibility criteria as underlined by Union Public Service Commission.

Nationality: For the post of IAS & IPS, a candidate must be a citizen of India. For all other posts,

A candidate must be:

  • A citizen of India
  • Citizen of India
  • Subject of Nepal
  • Subject of Bhutan
  • Tibetan refugee who came to India before January 1, 1962, to settle permanently.
  • An Indian origin migrant from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam who came to permanently settle in India.

Educational Qualification: A candidate must be a Graduate or must hold the equivalent qualification from a recognized university to be eligible for IAS Exam 2021.

Age Limit: A candidate must be minimum 21 years of age and must not exceed 32 years age limit as on August 1, 2021. Candidates belonging to reserved categories are granted relaxation in their age limit. Let’s have a look at the same.

Categories Age Limit
SC/ST 5 years
OBC 3 years
Defence Services Personnel disabled in operations during hostilities 3 years
Ex-servicemen 5 years
ECOs/SSCOs who have completed an initial period of assignment of five years of Military Service 5 years
PwD candidates 10 years
Domiciles of Jammu and Kashmir from January 1, 1980, to December 31, 1989 5 years

IAS 2021 Pattern

UPSC will be conducting IAS 2021 in three different stages

  • Preliminary Exam
  • Mains Exam
  • Interview Process

Preliminary Exam: This exam will be conducted in Offline Mode and the medium of the exam in which it will be conducted will be Bilingual (i.e. both English & Hindi). Two Papers will be asked in the Preliminary Phase of Examination: General Studies (Paper I) & General Studies (Paper II). The cumulative score of both these papers will be around 400 and candidates have to score a minimum of 33% marks to qualify for the Mains Exam.

Mains Exam: This exam will constitute of 9 papers in total, 2 language papers and 7 other papers that will be general studies paper and optional papers. Questions asked will be descriptive answer type and will be provided in both English & Hindi, except for the language papers.

IAS 2021 Syllabus

As the paper will be conducted in three different stages, the requirement & syllabus for Written Exams will be different. Let’s have a look at the Syllabus for Preliminary & Mains Exam to give you a list of topics to prepare for the upcoming UPSC IAS Exam 2021

Preliminary Exam Syllabus

Syllabus of Paper 1 – General Studies (200 Marks) 2 hours of duration

  • Current events of national and international importance

  • History of India and Indian National Movement

  • Indian and World Geography – Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World

  • Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.

Mains Exam Syllabus

General Studies- I: Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society.

  •  Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.

  • Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues

  •  The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the country.

  • Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country.

  • History of the world will include events from 18th century such as industrial revolution, world wars, redrawal of national boundaries, colonization, decolonization, political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism etc.- their forms and effect on the society.

IAS 2021 Admit Card

The Admit Card for Prelims Exam will be released soon after the process of submitting the online application for UPSC CSE 2021 is complete. Candidates will be able to download IAS Admit Card 2021 for mains exam from the link given below.

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