UPSC IAS Exam 2020: Notification PDF, Exam Date, Application Form, Eligibility, Syllabus

UPSC IAS Exam 2020 Notification PDF will be released soon by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) @ The notification is expected to release by 12th February and will contain details of the application process, eligibility criteria and exam details of the UPSC Civil Services IAS/IPS/IFS 2020 examination. The UPSC has already revealed the IAS Exam Date 2020 for Prelims and Mains examinations. As per the UPSC Exam Calendar 2020-21, the IAS Prelims exam will be held on 31st May 2020. Have a look at the full details of the IAS Civil Services Exam 2020 such as application form, eligibility criteria, number of attempts, IAS Syllabus, selection process, preparations tips and question papers.

IAS Application Process will begin from 12th February to 3rd March 2020. UPSC conducts the Civil Services exam every year to recruit IAS, IPS and IFS officers at all India level. The recruitment is carried out through two different phases – IAS Prelims Exam and IAS Mains Exam & Interview Round. Candidates need to qualify all the three rounds to get recruited in the Civil Services. Getting through the Interview and fetching that renowned post of IAS/IPS/IFS is a dream of every IAS Aspirant. We have tried to make it a little easy for you to prepare for the IAS exam by providing you with all the important details that you need to know.

So, have a look at the IAS Exam Dates, Eligibility Criteria, Exam Pattern, Syllabus and selection process and prepare a complete study plan now for IAS Preparations.

UPSC IAS exam 2020

UPSC IAS Exam 2020: Important Dates

Release of IAS Notification 2020 PDF12 February 2020
Start Date of IAS Application 202012 February 2020
Last Date of IAS Application 20203 March 2020
Release of IAS Admit Card 2020April 2020 (Tentative)
IAS Prelims 2020 Exam Date31 May 2020
IAS Mains 2020 Exam Date18 September 2020

UPSC IAS Application Process 2020

UPSC will activate the link of IAS Application Form 2020 on 12th February @ Candidates need to apply online and pay the application fee on time to sit for IAS Prelims Exam 2020. Have a look at the detailed application process below:

Step 1: IAS Registration 2020

First, register yourself for the UPSC IAS 2020 Exam by filling the required details. Here s the step-wise process:

• Visit

• Click on ‘UPSC Civil Services Examination 2020’

• Fill your Name, Date of Birth, Mobile Number, Email Address & captcha code

• You get your IAS Registration Number

Step 2: IAS Application Form 2020

To fill the UPSC Civil Services application, follow these steps:

• Log-in by entering your Roll Number and Password or Date of Birth

• Fill your personal details, educational qualification, age, gender, religion, & others

• Upload scanned images of your Photo & Signature

• Pay Application Fee through Debit Card/Credit Card/Internet Banking or Offline through e-challan of SBI Bank

IAS Application Fee 2020

General, EWS & OBCRs 100
SC, ST, PwD & FemaleNil

IAS Eligibility Criteria 2020

The eligibility criteria of the UPSC IAS Civil Services exam includes age limit, educational qualification, nationality and number of attempts. The eligibility criteria is different for all categories such as GEN/EWS/OBC/SC/ST/PWD. Have a look:

Nationality: Citizen of India OR Tibetan refugee who came to India before January 1, 1962, OR person of Indian origin who migrated from Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Burma, Vietnam, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, and Ethiopia

Educational Qualification: Graduate Degree in any discipline of University/Institution established or incorporated by an Act of Parliament or declared a Deemed University under the UGC Act, 1956

Note: No requirement for any minimum percentage

Age Limit: The minimum age limit is 21 years and the maximum age limit is different for different categories:

• General: 32 years

• OBC: 35 years

• SC & ST: 37 year

• PwD: 42 Years

Number of Attempts: Have a look at the maximum number of attempts allowed for each category:

• General: 6 Attempts

• EWS: 6 Attempts

• OBC: 9 Attempts

• SC & ST: Till the Age limit

• PwD: 9 Attempts for OBC; Till the Age limit for SC/ST

IAS Selection Process 2020

Candidates who want to seek recruitment in Civil Services IAS/IPS/IFS need to undertake:

• IAS Prelims

• IAS Mains & Interview

UPSC IAS Preliminary Exam is qualifying in nature. The marks of IAS Prelims are not considered in final merit list, from which the selection of candidates is made. The UPSC prepares the final merit list on the basis of marks secured by candidates in IAS Mains exam and Interview.

IAS Selection Process 2020

Candidates who want to seek recruitment in Civil Services IAS/IPS/IFS need to undertake:

• IAS Prelims

• IAS Mains & Interview

UPSC IAS Preliminary Exam is qualifying in nature. The marks of IAS Prelims are not considered in final merit list, from which the selection of candidates is made. The UPSC prepares the final merit list on the basis of marks secured by candidates in IAS Mains exam and Interview.

IAS Prelims Exam Pattern 2020

PaperTotal QuestionsMarksTime Duration
Paper I: General Studies1002002 Hours
Paper II: GS (CSAT)802002 Hours

• In IAS Prelims exam, questions will be asked in Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) format

• There will be Negative Marking of 1/3rd marks (0.66) for each wrong answer

• GS Paper II (CSAT) is qualifying in nature; you need only 33 percent marks to clear this paper

• In the PwD category, blind candidates are allotted 20 minutes extra for each paper

IAS Mains Exam Pattern 2020

PaperName of PaperNature of PaperTime DurationMarks
Paper – AAny Indian Language(objective)Qualifying3 Hours300
Paper – BEnglish(objective)3 Hours300
Paper IEssayMerit Ranking3 Hours250
Paper IIGeneral Studies I3 Hours250
Paper IIIGeneral Studies II3 Hours250
Paper IVGeneral Studies III3 Hours250
Paper VGeneral Studies IV3 Hours250
Paper VIOptional Paper I3 Hours250
Paper VIIOptional Paper-II3 Hours250
Interview Round275
Grand Total2025

• IAS Mains exam is objective as well as descriptive in nature

• Candidates need to obtain IAS Cut off marks to qualify this round

•  The cut off is decided on the basis of total vacancies, the difficulty level of paper and candidates appearing for the exam.

IAS Prelims Exam 2020 Syllabus

Syllabus for GS Paper (Prelims Paper I)

  • 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.
  • Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.
  • General issues on Environmental Ecology, Biodiversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialisation General Science

(Prelims Paper II)

  • Comprehension
  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability
  • Decision-making and problem solving
  • General mental ability
  • Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. – Class X level)

Phase 2: UPSC Mains Exam (1750 Marks)

  • The Mains examination constitutes the 2nd phase of the Civil Services Examination. Only after successfully qualifying in the prelims exam would the candidates be allowed to write the IAS Mains.
  • The Mains exam tests the candidate’s academic talent in depth and his/her ability to present his/her understanding according to the requirements of the question in a time-bound manner.
  • The UPSC Mains exam consists of 9 papers, out of which two are qualifying papers of 300 marks each.
  • The two qualifying papers are:
    • Any Indian Language
    • English Language Paper

The papers on Essay, General Studies and Optional Subject of only such candidates who attain 25% marks in both the language papers as a minimum qualifying standard in these qualifying papers, will be taken cognizance of, for evaluation.

In case a candidate does not qualify in these language papers, then the marks obtained by such candidates will not be considered or counted.

Structure of the language papers:

The types of questions asked are –

  1. Essay – 100 marks
  2. Reading comprehension – 60 marks
  3. Precis Writing – 60 marks
  4. Translation:
  • English to compulsory language (e.g. Hindi) – 20 marks
  • Compulsory language to English – 20 marks
  1. Grammar and basic language usage – 40 marks

The rest of the seven papers can be written in any of the languages mentioned under the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution of India or in English.

UPSC Mains Syllabus

Paper – IEssay (can be written in the medium of the candidate’s choice)250
Paper – IIGeneral Studies – I (Indian Heritage & Culture, History & Geography of the World & Society)250
Paper – IIIGeneral Studies – II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice & International Relations)250
Paper – IVGeneral Studies – III (Technology, Economic Development, Biodiversity, Security & Disaster Management)250
Paper – VGeneral Studies – IV (Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude)250
Paper – VIOptional Subject – Paper I250
Paper – VIIOptional Subject – Paper II250

Phase 3: IAS Interview/UPSC Personality Test (275 Marks)

  • Candidates who qualify the UPSC Mains Exam will be called for the ‘Personality Test/Interview’. These candidates will be interviewed by a Board appointed by the UPSC.
  • The objective of the interview is to assess the personal suitability of the candidate for a career in the civil services by a board of competent and unbiased observers.
  • The interview is more of purposive conversation intended to explore the mental qualities and analytical ability of the candidate.
  • The Interview test will be of 275 marks and the total marks for written examination is 1750. This sums up to a Grand Total of 2025 Marks based on which the final merit list will be prepared.

IAS Important Topics

Have look at the most important topics of Current Affairs for IAS Prelims as well as IAS Mains 2020:

IAS Exam Preparation Tips & Strategy

– Read Newspaper daily such as The Hindu, Economic Times, others

– Get yourself acquainted with the most important Current Affairs topics by going through reliable sources such as; Yojana & Frontline magazines; PIB, News on Air.

– Keep an eye on the latest happenings and try to link them with the UPSC IAS Syllabus. If you find it relevant, then prepare it thoroughly.

– Go through the IAS Previous Years’ Question Papers to brush up your preparations

– Read complete NCERT books from 9th to 12th standard of subjects link Geography, Polity, Economic, History, Science, and Maths.

– Prepare notes every time you are reading. For IAS Prelims, prepare short notes in bullet points and for IAS Mains, prepare descriptive notes.

– Prepare for General Studies CSAT by practising more and more mock tests and important questions. CSAT paper tests your accuracy and time management.

– Revise the sample papers or practice sets you have already attempted. This will help you in knowing your weak and strong areas.

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अगर आपको यह पोस्ट अच्छी लगी तो इसे अपने दोस्तों के साथ फेसबुक, व्हाट्सएप पर शेयर करना ना भूलें। नई पोस्ट की सूचनाएं सबसे पहले पाने के लिए, लाल रंग के आइकन को दबाकर हमारी वेबसाइट की सदस्यता लें। वेबसाइट की सदस्यता बिल्कुल मुफ्त है। अगर आप हमारी वेबसाइट को सब्सक्राइब करते हैं तो आपको अपने फ़ोन और कंप्यूटर पर हमारी नयी पोस्ट सबसे पहले प्राप्त होगी ।

हमारे फेसबुक पेज को भी लाइक जरूर करे। सभी पीडीएफ जो यहां प्रदान किए गए हैं, केवल शिक्षा के उद्देश्य से हैं। कृपया उन्हें अपने ज्ञान के निर्माण के लिए उपयोग करें और उन्हें वाणिज्यिक न बनाएं।

हम आपसे हमारी कड़ी मेहनत का सम्मान करने का अनुरोध करते हैं। हम यहां सबकुछ नि: शुल्क प्रदान कर रहे हैं। यहां किसी भी सेवा के लिए कोई शुल्क नहीं लेगा। यदि आप UPSC क्षेत्र में नए हैं, तो हम आपको बेहतर समझ के लिए UPSC Prelims और UPSC Mains और UPSC वैकल्पिक और टेस्ट सीरीज़ [Prelims / Mains] और पत्रिका के बारे में जानने की सलाह देते हैं।

हमारे सभी विज्ञापन निर्णायक विज्ञापन हैं [हम गुणवत्ता में कोई समझौता नहीं करते हैं] और यदि किसी को वेबसाइट या विज्ञापनों से कोई समस्या है, तो कृपया मुझसे संपर्क करें . इस पुस्तक का मालिक नहीं है, न ही इसे बनाया गया है और न ही इसे प्रतिबंधित किया गया है। हम सिर्फ इंटरनेट पर पहले से उपलब्ध लिंक प्रदान कर रहे हैं। अगर किसी भी तरह से यह कानून का उल्लंघन करता है या कोई मुद्दा है तो कृपया हमसे संपर्क करें। धन्यवाद।

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