Civil Services Exam Notification - 2020

Civil Services Exam (CSE) is a national level examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission for the recruitment of the candidates to various A and B group posts of IAS, IFS, IPS, IRS across the country. General candidates between 21 to 32 years old can take the exam maximum 6 times. It is one of the toughest examinations in India.

Civil Services 2020 Exam Date

The dates of the Civil Services 2020 exam is announced by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

Civil Services 2020 Exam Schedule
Civil Services Exam 2020 Dates
Civil Services Notification Release 12 February 2020
Online Application 03 March 2020
Preliminary exam 04 October 2020 (Revised date)
Mains exam 08 January 2021 (Revised date)
Civil Services 2019 Exam Schedule
Civil Services Exam 2019 Dates
Notification Release Date 19 February 2019
Online Application Start 19 February 2019
Online Application End 18 March 2019
Preliminary exam 02 June 2019 (1 day)
Mains exam 20 September 2019 (5 days)
Civil Services 2018 Exam Schedule
Civil Services Exam 2018 Dates
Notification Release Date 7 February 2018
Online Application Start 7 February 2018
Online Application End 6 March 2018
Preliminary exam 03 June 2018 (1 day)
Mains exam 01 October 2018 (5 days)

The aspirants must apply online through the official website of UPSC: The application fees is 100 rupees, although, Women, SC, ST, PwD and Exservicemen are exempted from fee payment.

Civil Services Eligibility Criteria

For various Civil Services posts, the general candidates must be 21 years old or above but not greater than 32 years old. The maximum number of attempt to take the exam for general candidate is 6 time.

Educational Qualifications for Civil Services
Minimum qualification for UPSC exam: The candidate must hold a degree from Government recognized Universities or possess an equivalent qualification.
Candidates who are in their final year or awaiting results are also eligible to appear for UPSC preliminary Examination. All such candidates who are eligible to appear for IAS exams must produce proof of having passed the said examination along with the application for the main IAS examination.
Candidates having professional and technical qualifications recognized by the Government as equivalent to professional and technical degrees.
Medical students who have passed the final year of MBBS, but are yet to complete their internship also have eligibility for IAS. Although, along with the Main Examination application, a certificate of course completion (including internship) from the concerned authority of the University/Institution has to be submitted.
Civil Services Age Limit
The age of a general category candidate must be between 21 and 32.
Age Relaxation
Category UPSC Age Limit Number of Attempts
General 32 6
OBC 35 9
SC/ST 37 Unlimited (Up to age limit)
Defence Services Personnel 35 9
Persons with Benchmark Disability EWS (Economically weaker section) 35 9
Physical Fitness Requirements
Certain Physical standard required for some posts like Inspector (Central Excise/ Examiner/Preventive Officer), Sub-Inspector in CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) and Sub-Inspector in NIA (National Investigation Agency).
Nationality Criteria
The candidate must be the citizen of India.
Or a subject of Nepal.
A subject of Bhutan.
A Tibetan refugee who came over to India, before the 1st of January, 1962, with the intention of permanently settling in India.
A person of Indian Origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania (Formerly Tanganyika and Zanzibar), Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India..

Civil Services Exam Pattern

The Civil Services Examination is conducted in three stages preliminary, mains and interview as indicated below:

Civil Services Exam Pattern
Stage Type Mode of Examination
Preliminary examination two objective-type papers (general studies and aptitude test) Pen and Paper mode (Offline)
Main examination 9 papers of conventional (essay) type Pen and Paper mode (Offline)
Personality test Interview
Civil Services Preliminary Exam Pattern and Marks Distribution
Paper Type No. of questions Marks Duration Negative marks
General Studies I Objective 100 200 2 hours Yes
General Studies II (CSAT) Objective 80 200 2 hours Yes
Civil Services Main Exam Pattern and Marks Distribution
Paper Subject Duration Total marks
Paper A Compulsory Indian language 3 hours 300
Paper B English 3 hours 300
Paper I Essay 3 hours 250
Paper II General Studies I 3 hours 250
Paper III General Studies II 3 hours 250
Paper IV General Studies III 3 hours 250
Paper V General Studies IV 3 hours 250
Paper VI Optional I 3 hours 250
Paper VII Optional II 3 hours 250
Grand Total 1750
Civil Services Personality Test
All candidates qualifying the Mains examination will proceed towards the Personality Test.
This would include the Psychometric Test, Assessment Test as well as the Personal Interview.
The interview will be graded for 275 marks. The total marks of IAS are 2025 marks

Civil Services Exam Syllabus

Preliminary exam Syllabus for CSE
General Studies Paper-I General Studies Paper-II
Current events of National & International importance. Comprehension
History of India & Indian National Movement. Interpersonal skills including communication skills.
Indian & World Geography – Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India & the World. Logical reasoning & analytical ability.
Indian Polity & Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc. Decision making & problem solving.
Economic & Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc. General mental ability.
General issues on Environmental ecology, Bio-diversity & climate change – that do not require subject specialization. Basic numeracy (numbers & their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency, etc. – Class X level)
General Science.
Civil Services Mains Syllabus
Paper A: Compulsory Indian language Comprehension of given passages.
Precis Writing.
Usage and Vocabulary.
Short Essays.
Translation from English to the Indian Language and vice-versa.
Paper B: English Language Comprehension of given passages.
Precis Writing
Usage and Vocabulary.
Short Essays.
Paper-I: Essay Candidates may be required to write essays on multiple topics. They will be expected to keep closely to the subject of the essay to arrange their ideas in orderly fashion, and to write concisely. Credit will be given for effective and exact expression.
Paper-II: General Studies-I 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.
Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India.
Role of women and women’s organization, population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies.
Effects of globalization on Indian society.Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism.
Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism.
Salient features of world’s physical geography.
Distribution of key natural resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian sub-continent); factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary, and tertiary sector industries in various parts of the world (including India).
Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone etc., geographical features and their location-changes in critical geographical features (including water-bodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes.
Paper-III: General Studies-II Indian Constitution—historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.
Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein.
Separation of powers between various organs dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions.
Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries.
Parliament and State legislatures—structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these.
Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary—Ministries and Departments of the Government; pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their role in the Polity.
Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act.
Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies.
Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies.
Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.
Development processes and the development industry —the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders.
Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.
Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.
Issues relating to poverty and hunger.
Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures.
Role of civil services in a democracy.
India and its neighborhood- relations.
Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests.
Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora.
Important International institutions, agencies and fora - their structure, mandate.
Paper-IV: General Studies-III Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization, of resources, growth, development and employment.
Inclusive growth and issues arising from it.
Government Budgeting.
Major crops-cropping patterns in various parts of the country, - different types of irrigation and irrigation systems storage, transport and marketing of agricultural produce and issues and related constraints; e-technology in the aid of farmers.
Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices; Public Distribution System-objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping; issues of buffer stocks and food security; Technology missions; economics of animal-rearing.
Food processing and related industries in India- scope’ and significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management.
Land reforms in India.
Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth.
Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc.
Investment models.
Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life.
Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology.
Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, Nano-technology, bio-technology and issues relating to intellectual property rights.
Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment.
Disaster and disaster management.
Linkages between development and spread of extremism.
Role of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges to internal security.
Challenges to internal security through communication networks, role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber security; money-laundering and its prevention.
Security challenges and their management in border areas - linkages of organized crime with terrorism.
Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate.
Paper-V: General Studies-IV Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in-human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics - in private and public relationships. Human Values - lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; role of family society and educational institutions in inculcating values.
Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behaviour; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion.
Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service, integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker-sections.
Emotional intelligence-concepts, and their utilities and application in administration and governance.
Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world.
Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance; accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance; ethical issues in international relations and funding; corporate governance.
Probity in Governance: Concept of public service; Philosophical basis of governance and probity; Information sharing and transparency in government, Right to Information, Codes of Ethics, Codes of Conduct, Citizen’s Charters, Work culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption.
Case Studies on above issues.
Paper – VI & VII Agriculture
Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
Civil Engineering
Commerce and Accountancy
Electrical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Medical Science
Political Science and International Relations
Public Administration
Literature of any one of the following languages: Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Odia, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu and English.

Civil 2020 Services Vacancy

Civil Services Vacancy
UPSC Vacancy Year
796 2020
896 2019
782 2018
980 2017
1079 2016
1164 2015
1364 2014
1228 2013

Civil Services 2019 Cut Off

UPSC Prelims Cut Off 2019 for all the categories
Category UPSC Cut Off
General 98
EWS 90
OBC 95.34
SC 82
ST 77.34
PwBD-1 53.34
PwBD-2 44.66
PwBD-3 540.66
PwBD-4 61.34
UPSC Mains Cut Off 2019 for all the categories
Category Cut-off Marks
General 751
EWS 696
OBC 718
SC 706
ST 699
PwBD-1 663
PwBD-2 698
PwBD-3 374
PwBD-4 561
UPSC Civil Service 2019 Total Cut Off Marks
Category Cut-off Marks
General 961
EWS 909
OBC 925
SC 898
ST 893
PwBD-1 861
PwBD-2 890
PwBD-3 653
PwBD-4 708

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