Civil Services Exam 2020 (UPSC)

What is Civil Services Exam? Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts Civil Services exam to recruit candidates for different All India Services and Central Civil Services for various departments of the Government of India.

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<h2 id="summary_toc_0" xss=removed><span xss=removed>What is Civil Services Exam?</span></h2><p xss=removed>Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts Civil Services exam to recruit candidates for different All India Services and Central Civil Services for various departments of the Government of India. </p><h2 id="summary_toc_1" xss=removed><span xss=removed>Eligibility Criteria for IAS Exam 2020</span></h2><p xss=removed>All candidates who wish to appear in IAS exam 2020 need to ensure that they meet the eligibility criteria as mentioned below:</p><h3 xss=removed>Nationality</h3><p xss=removed>For Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and Indian Police Service (IPS), a candidate must be a citizen of India. For all other services a candidate can either be a citizen of India or</p><ul xss=removed><li xss=removed>A subject of Nepal/ Bhutan</li><li xss=removed>A Tibetan refugee who came over to India before January 1, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India     </li><li xss=removed>A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India</li></ul><p xss=removed><span xss=removed>Note</span>: Candidates who are subjects of Nepal/ Bhutan or Tibetan refugees are not eligible to apply for Indian Foreign Service (IFS).</p><h3 xss=removed><span xss=removed>Age Limit for Civil Services Exam 2020</span><span xss=removed><br xss=removed></span></h3><p xss=removed>Candidates must be minimum 21 years and maximum 32 years of age as on August 1, 2020. This means that candidates must have born not earlier than August 2, 1988 and not later than August 1, 1999.</p><p xss=removed>There is also age relaxation of some years for reserved category candidates:</p><table xss=removed><tbody xss=removed><tr xss=removed><th xss=removed><p xss=removed><span xss=removed>Category</span></p></th><th xss=removed><p xss=removed><span xss=removed>Age Relaxation </span></p></th></tr><tr xss=removed><td xss=removed><p xss=removed>SC/ ST</p></td><td xss=removed><p xss=removed>5 Years</p></td></tr><tr xss=removed><td xss=removed><p xss=removed>OBC</p></td><td xss=removed><p xss=removed>3 Years</p></td></tr><tr xss=removed><td xss=removed><p xss=removed>Defence Services Personnel, disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof</p></td><td xss=removed><p xss=removed>3 Years</p></td></tr><tr xss=removed><td xss=removed><p xss=removed>Ex-servicemen including commissioned officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least five years of military service as on August 1, 2019 and have been released</p></td><td xss=removed><p xss=removed>5 Years</p></td></tr><tr xss=removed><td xss=removed><p xss=removed>PwD [(a) blindness and low vision; (b) deaf and hard of hearing; (c) locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy; (d) autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability and mental illness; and (e) multiple disabilities from amongst persons under clauses (a) to (d) including deaf-blindness]</p></td><td xss=removed><p xss=removed>10 Years</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p xss=removed>No age relaxation is provided to the Economically Weaker Sections in the UPSC Civil Services Exam.</p><h3 xss=removed><span xss=removed>Educational Qualification</span></h3><p xss=removed>Candidates must hold a graduation degree in any stream from any university established under the Act passed by the Parliament of India or State legislature. Candidates who are in the last year of the graduation and awaiting results are also eligible to apply for IAS Preliminary exam. However, such candidates need to submit the proof of passing the requisite exam at the time of applying for the Main exam. The applications for IAS Main exam are usually released in the month of July/ August.</p><p xss=removed><span xss=removed>Note</span>: Candidates who have cleared MBBS or any other medical exam but have not completed their internship, by the time of submission of their Civil Services Main Exam applications, will be provisionally admitted to the exam. However, provisional admission to the exam will be given only if candidates submit along with their application a copy of the certificate from the concerned authority of the university/ institution that they had passed the requisite final professional medical exam, informs the official website.</p><p xss=removed><span xss=removed>Physical Standards</span></p><p xss=removed>Candidates must be physically fit according to physical standards given in the Civil Services exam notification.</p><h3 xss=removed>Number of Attempts in Civil Service Exam<span xss=removed><br xss=removed></span></h3><p xss=removed>All candidates are allowed a maximum of six attempts in the IAS exam. However, it may be noted that the restriction of the number of attempts is not applicable for candidates belonging to SC/ST category. Also, candidates belonging to OBC and Persons with Benchmark Disabilities categories are allowed a maximum of nine attempts in the exam.   </p><p xss=removed>If a candidate appears in any one paper of the IAS Prelims Exam, then it is deemed that he has made an attempt in the IAS Exam.</p><h2 id="summary_toc_2" xss=removed><span xss=removed>IAS Exam Process</span></h2><h3 xss=removed> Fill IAS Exam Application Form</h3><p xss=removed>Candidates will be able to fill the UPSC application form in online mode at upsconline.nic.in. Once the application form is filled, candidates also need to pay Civil Services exam application fee in online or offline mode.</p><table xss=removed><tbody xss=removed><tr xss=removed><th xss=removed><p xss=removed><span xss=removed>Category</span></p></th><th xss=removed><p xss=removed><span xss=removed>Preliminary Exam Fee</span></p></th><th xss=removed><p xss=removed><span xss=removed>Mains Exam Fee</span></p></th></tr><tr xss=removed><td xss=removed><p xss=removed>General/ EWS/OBC</p></td><td xss=removed><p xss=removed>Rs 100</p></td><td xss=removed><p xss=removed>Rs 200</p></td></tr><tr xss=removed><td xss=removed><p xss=removed>Females/ SC/ ST/ Persons with Benchmark Disability</p></td><td xss=removed><p xss=removed>Nil</p></td><td xss=removed><p xss=removed>Nil</p></td></tr></tbody></table><h3 xss=removed><span xss=removed> </span>Download IAS Preliminary Exam Admit Card</h3><p xss=removed>Candidates, who successfully filled the online application form, will be downloading their UPSC admit card  from the official website of the commission three weeks before the commencement of the exam. It may be noted that admit cards will not be sent by post to any candidates. Also, candidates who fail to carry their admit card on the day of exam will not be allowed to take the exam.</p><h3 xss=removed> Civil services Mains Exam</h3><p xss=removed>IAS Main Exam 2020 will commence from September 18. Candidates need to appear for IAS Mains Exam as per the details mentioned on the admit card. IAS Mains exam consists a total of Nine descriptive papers. Out of the Nine, two papers are of qualifying in nature. These UPSC Qustion papers are of General English and General Language paper. There are Four General Studies papers, One Essay Paper and two optional Subject paper. The marks of each paper are assigned as follows.</p><table xss=removed><tbody xss=removed><tr xss=removed><th xss=removed>Sl.No.</th><th xss=removed>Name of the Paper</th><th xss=removed>Marks allotted</th></tr><tr xss=removed><td xss=removed>1</td><td xss=removed>Essay Paper</td><td xss=removed>250</td></tr><tr xss=removed><td xss=removed>2</td><td xss=removed>General Studies I</td><td xss=removed>250</td></tr><tr xss=removed><td xss=removed>3</td><td xss=removed>General Studies II</td><td xss=removed>250</td></tr><tr xss=removed><td xss=removed>4</td><td xss=removed>General Studies III</td><td xss=removed>250</td></tr><tr xss=removed><td xss=removed>5</td><td xss=removed>General Studies IV</td><td xss=removed>250</td></tr><tr xss=removed><td xss=removed>6</td><td xss=removed>Optional Subject Paper I</td><td xss=removed>250</td></tr><tr xss=removed><td xss=removed>7</td><td xss=removed>Optional Subject Paper I</td><td xss=removed>250</td></tr><tr xss=removed><td xss=removed> </td><td xss=removed><span xss=removed>Total</span></td><td xss=removed>1750</td></tr></tbody></table><p xss=removed>The IAS Interview(personality test) carries 275 marks. So the final merit list is prepared from out of 2025 marks.</p><h2 id="summary_toc_4" xss=removed><span xss=removed>UPSC FAQs</span></h2><p id="faq_q1" xss=removed><span xss=removed>Q. What is the age limit for IAS Exam?</span></p><div id="faq_a1" xss=removed><p xss=removed>A.IAS is considered as one of the toughest exams in India. The Age limit for IAS exam is different for the different categories. It is defined as follows</p><table xss=removed><tbody xss=removed><tr xss=removed><th xss=removed>Category </th><th xss=removed>Lower Age Limit</th><th xss=removed>Upper Age Limit</th></tr><tr xss=removed><td xss=removed>General /EWS</td><td xss=removed>21</td><td xss=removed>32</td></tr><tr xss=removed><td xss=removed>OBC</td><td xss=removed>21</td><td xss=removed>35</td></tr><tr xss=removed><td xss=removed>SC/ST</td><td xss=removed>21</td><td xss=removed>37</td></tr></tbody></table><p xss=removed>The age of the candidates is counted as on August 1 of the exam year.</p></div><p id="faq_q2" xss=removed><span xss=removed>Q. What is the educational qualification required to become an IAS?</span></p><p id="faq_a2" xss=removed>A. The educational qualification required to become an IAS Officer is a graduate degree in any discipline from any university established by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India.</p><p id="faq_q3" xss=removed><span xss=removed>Q. Is coaching necessary for cracking the IAS Exam?</span></p><p id="faq_a3" xss=removed>A. Every candidate has different needs and abilities. Joining a coaching institute is a very subjective decision. It can help some of the candidates in understanding the structure and pattern of IAS Exam but some of them find it useless. It differs from candidate to candidate.</p><p id="faq_q4" xss=removed><span xss=removed>Q. Can I prepare for IAS Exam without coaching?</span></p><p id="faq_a4" xss=removed>A. Yes, any candidate can prepare for IAS exam without coaching. Nowadays so much information is available online which can help the candidates to prepare for IAS Exam by themselves. The candidate should select the best authentic source of information can prepare for the IAS Exam by themselves.</p><p id="faq_q5" xss=removed><span xss=removed>Q. How to start IAS preparation at home?</span></p><p id="faq_a5" xss=removed>A. The candidates should start preparing the basics with the NCERT Books and Daily Newspaper. Complete the NCERT of History, Geography, Economics and Sociology first and then start reading the dedicated books for each subject supplemented with the Newspaper.</p><p id="faq_q6" xss=removed><span xss=removed>Q. What is the difference between IAS and PCS?</span></p><p id="faq_a6" xss=removed>A. IAS means Indian Administrative Services and PCS means the Provincial Civil Services. IAS is one of the three All India Services. The recruitment for IAS is done by the Union Public Service Commission. PCS is the state-centric civil services recruited through the State Public Service Commissions.</p><p id="faq_q7" xss=removed><span xss=removed>Q. How many papers are there in the IAS Main Exam?</span></p><p id="faq_a7" xss=removed>A. There are 9 question papers in the IAS Main Exam. Out of these 9 question papers, the candidates need to qualify in the General English and General Hindi papers and their numbers are not counted for the final merit.</p><p id="faq_q8" xss=removed><span xss=removed>Q. Can an average student crack IAS?</span></p><p id="faq_a8" xss=removed>A. The IAS exam is an open platform with no limitation for the average students. There is no minimum percentage of marks required in the graduation course to appear in the IAS Exam. Each year, a good number of Average students crack the IAS Exam.</p><p id="faq_q9" xss=removed><span xss=removed>Q. Who is the Cadre Controlling Authority of IAS?</span></p><p id="faq_a9" xss=removed>A. Ministry of Personnel which directly report to the Prime Minister of India is the Cadre controlling authority for the IAS.</p><p id="faq_q10" xss=removed><span xss=removed>Q. When does UPSC issue the IAS Exam Notification?</span></p><p id="faq_a10" xss=removed>A. The IAS Notification is issued in the month of February every year and the IAS Prelims is conducted in the month of May - June. The IAS Prelims 2020 will be conducted on 31 May 2019.</p><p id="faq_q11" xss=removed><span xss=removed>Q. Can State PCS Officers be promoted to IAS?</span></p><p id="faq_a11" xss=removed>A. Yes, the State PCS Officers can be promoted to the IAS subject to certain conditions laid down by UPSC. Each year, out of the total vacancies of IAS, 33% is filled through the promotion.</p>
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