UPSC Civil Services Exam 2020, Things Most People Don’t Know About

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UPSC Civil Services Exam 2020

UPSC Civil Services Exam 2020, Things Most People Don't Know About

UPSC, a miniature form of Union Public Service Commission conducts Civil services examination annually for the recruitment of the candidates to the prestigious Civil Services like Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian Forest Service (IFS). Apart from this, other services like Indian Audit and Account Service, Indian Revenue Service (I.T.), etc. are offered to the candidates who clear the civil services examination. So. The candidates willing to appear in the UPSC Civil Services Exam 2020 need to read the article thoroughly as we have provided all the information regarding application form, examination stages, eligibility criteria, admit card, exam pattern, syllabus, etc.

UPSC Civil Services Exam 2020 Highlights

Conducting Body UPSC
Mode of Examination Offline
Prescribed Age Limit 21- 32 (for Unreserved Category)

(Upper Age Relaxation is given to the reserved candidates)

Medium of Examination English, Hindi
Mode for filling of application form Online/Offline
Mode of counseling Offline
Time Duration For Preliminary (4 hours)

For Mains (3 Hours)

UPSC Civil Services Exam 2020 Eligibility Criteria

To appear in the UPSC Civil Services Exam 2020, candidates must have the proper idea about eligibility criteria in terms of age, educational qualification required, no. of attempts, nationality, etc. Therefore, longing candidates need to check the following pointers:

  • Age Limit :

  1. Candidates belonging to the general category can turn up in the civil services examination up to 32 years of age, whereas,
  2. Candidates of reserved category get relaxation in the upper age limit in the following manner:
          1. OBC – 3 years
          2. SC/ST – 5 years
          3. Defense Service Personnel – 3 years
          4. Ex-Servicemen – 5 years
          5. ECOs/SSCOs – 5 years
          6. PwD – 10 years
  • Nationality:

  1. For the post of IAS and IPS, candidates must be a citizen of India
  2. However, For other services, candidates can either be a citizen of India or those

From Nepal/Tibet/Bhutan who came to India before January 1, 1962, with the attention to settle down permanently are eligible

  1. Also, the migrants of Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Zambia, Uganda, Burma, Malawi, Vietnam, Ethiopia, the United Republic of Tanzania, who came to India for settling down are eligible. Only, they need to get an eligibility certificate issued by the Government of India
  • Educational Qualification:
  1. Candidates must be graduated with any subject or trade
  2. Those who are in the final year of graduation can also apply for the UPSC civil services exam 2020.
  • No. of Attempts:
  1. General Category candidates can appear only six times for this examination
  2. Those belonging to the OBC category are permitted to 9 times
  3. And there is no restriction for SC/ST category candidates

UPSC Civil Services Exam 2020 Application Process

For Preliminary Exam:

The application form for Civil Services preliminary examination will be released in two parts i.e. Part I and Part II. The procedure of filling up the application form is below-cited in a detailed manner:

Civil Services Preliminary Exam Application form – Part I

  1. First of all, Candidates have to enter their Name, Nationality, Date of Birth, Gender, Parent’s Name, Category, Address, Educational Qualification, No. of Attempts, Preferred Exam Centre for Mains Examination, Specific details for Mains examination.
  2. After filling up the details asked therein, candidates have to click on ‘I agree’ button to validate the data
  3. Then the registration ID of the candidates will be displayed on the screen
  4. Candidates have to take the hard copy of the form by clicking on the ‘Print’ button and keep it safely for further reference.

Civil Services Preliminary Exam Application Form – Part II

  1. Post completing the application form filling process, candidates have to fill the application fee which is involved in Part II
  2. Here, the candidates have to choose the exam centers as per their preference for Preliminary examination.
  3. The last step includes uploading of scanned photograph and signature in the required format.

Civil Services Mains Exam Application Form

Candidates who will clear the preliminary examination, have to fill the application form for civil services mains examination through online mode. To fill the form, candidates have to follow the below-cited procedure:

  • Candidates have to fill the register themselves first to fill Detailed Application Form (DAF)
  • To register for mains examination, candidates have to enter their name, date of birth, and roll number
  • On successful registration, a password will be generated
  • Candidates using their roll number and password can fill the DAF.
  • While filling the DAF, candidates have to provide their personal information, Parental Information, Educational Information, Employment Information, Uploading Document, and final submission
  • Lastly, candidates must verify the entered details and click on the ‘Submit’ button.


  • Mode of Filling up the Application Form – Online and Offline
  • Mode of Payment – Candidates can pay the application fee through Net Banking, Credit Card/Debit Card, Bank Challan, etc.

Application fee

For General Category Male Candidates Rs. 100
For OBC Category Male Candidates Rs. 100
SC/ST and women candidates Exempted

UPSC Civil Services Exam 2020 Syllabus

For Preliminary Examination:

Paper I
  • Current Events of National and International Importance
  • Indian and World Geography ( economic, physical and social)
  • History of India and Indian National Movement
  • General Issue on Environmental Ecology, Climate Change, and Biodiversity – that do not require subject specialization
  • Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Panchayati Raj, Political System, Public Policy, Right issues.
  • Economic and Social Development – Demographics, Inclusion, Economic and Social Development- Sustainable Development, Social Sector Initiatives
  • General Science
  • Basic Numeracy
  • Comprehension
  • Decision Making and Problem Solving
  • English Language Comprehension Skills
  • Interpersonal Skills including Communication skills
  • General Science
  • General Mental Ability
UPSC Previous Year Question Papers


UPSC Previous Year Question Papers

Paper 01

Paper 02

For Mains Examination:

Compulsory Papers
  • English
  • Indian Language ( included in 8th schedule of Indian Constitution)
Essay On any topic
General Studies
  • Paper I (Indian Heritage and culture, History, and Geography of India and World)
  • Paper-II (Constitution, Governance, Social Justice and International Relations, Welfare Initiative)
  • Paper III (Agriculture, Biodiversity, Economic Development, Security and Disaster Management)
  • Paper IV (Integrity & Aptitude, Ethics)
Optional Subject
  • Social Science
  1. Economics
  2. Indian History
  3. Political Science
  4. Law
  5. Geography
  6. Psychology
  7. Philosophy
  8. Sociology
  9. Public Administration
  • Engineering
  1. Electrical Engineering
  2. Mechanical Engineering
  3. Civil Engineering
  • Medical
  1. Medical Science
  • Science
  1. Physics
  2. Anthropology
  3. Agriculture
  4. Chemistry
  5. Geology
  6. Botany
  7. Mathematics
  8. Statics
  9. Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
  • Commerce and Management
  1. Commerce and Accountancy
  • Languages
  1. Hindi
  2. Bodo
  3. Dogri
  4. Maithili
  5. Oriya
  6. English
  7. Tamil
  8. Nepali
  9. Marathi
  10. Telugu
  11. Urdu
  12. Kannada
  13. Kashmiri
  14. Konkani
  15. Malayalam
  16. Manipuri
  17. Assamese
  18. Bengali
  19. Punjabi
  20. Sanskrit
  21. Gujarati
  22. Sindhi
  23. Santali

UPSC Civil Services Exam 2020 Preparation Tips

  • Firstly, go through the syllabus minutely
  • Formulate the study chart as per your convenience on a daily weekly or monthly basis
  • Solve the previous year’s question papers
  • Also, start taking the online mock test before the 3 months of the UPSC civil services preliminary exam 2020.
  • Try to take guidance from one who has cleared the UPSC examination and go for the best reference book accordingly.
  • At last, stay healthy

UPSC Civil Services Exam 2020 Admit Card

The admit card for civil services prelims and mains examination will be released by UPSC separately in online mode. However, the date for the release of the admit card is not announced yet. Now, the candidates need to know that the admit card is not sent to anyone via post and therefore, they have to download the same by following the steps which are mentioned below:

  • Visit the official website of UPSC
  • Click on Civil Services admit card 2020 link
  • Enter the login credentials i.e. roll number or registration number and the password
  • Click on the ‘Submit’ button
  • The admit card for UPSC Civil services 2020 Exam will display on the screen
  • Download it and also take the hard copy for the further reference

Details on the Admit Card

  • Name
  • Roll Number
  • Date and Time
  • Exam Centre details
  • Photograph
  • Signature

Note: Candidates after downloading the admit card must check all the mentioned details carefully. Also, carry the admit card on the exam day along with an identity proof and two passport size photographs

UPSC Civil Services Exam 2020 Exam Centres

While filling the application form, candidates are asked to choose the exam center as per their preference. Also, the aspirants must know that the exam centers vary in the case of preliminary and mains examinations. Therefore, the candidates who will be filling the DAF must go through the below-given list to choose accordingly:

Exam centers for UPSC Preliminary Exam 2020

State City
Andhra Pradesh
  • Anantpur
  • Tirupati
  • Vijayawada
  • Visakhapatnam
  • Jorhat
  • Gaya
  • Patna
  • Raipur
  • Bilaspur
  • New Delhi
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
  • Port Blair
  • Ahmedabad
  • Rajkot
  • Panaji
  • Faridabad
  • Gurgaon
Himachal Pradesh
  • Shimla
  • Ranchi
Jammu & Kashmir
  • Dharwad
  • Bengaluru
  • Kozhikode
  • Kochi
  • Thiruvananthapuram
Madhya Pradesh
  • Indore
  • Bhopal
  • Jabalpur
  • Gwalior
  • Pune
  • Aurangabad
  • Thane
  • Imphal
  • Shillong
  • Aizwal
  • Kohima
  • Sambalpur
  • Cuttack
  • Puducherry
  • Chandigarh
  • Ludhiana
  • Ajmer
  • Jodhpur
  • Jaipur
  • Udaipur
  • Gangtok
  • Warangal
  • Hyderabad
Tamil Nadu
  • Chennai
  • Madhurai
  • Coimbatore
  • Vellore
  • Tiruchirapalli
West Bengal
  • Siliguri
  • Kolkata
Uttar Pradesh
  • Gorakhpur
  • Lucknow
  • Agra
  • Aligarh
  • Ghaziabad
  • Bareilly
  • Varanasi
  • Gautam Budh Nagar
  • Allahabad
  • Dehradun

Exam Centres for UPSC Mains Exam 2020

State City
Andhra Pradesh
  • Vijayawada
  • Patna
  • Raipur
  • New Delhi
  • Ahmedabad
Himachal Pradesh
  • Shimla
  • Thiruvananthapuram
  • Bengaluru
Jammu and Kashmir
  • Jammu
  • Ranchi
  • Mumbai
  • Shillong
  • Aizwal
Madhya Pradesh
  • Bhopal
  • Cuttack
  • Jaipur
  • Chandigarh
Tamil Nadu
  • Chennai
  • Hyderabad
  • Dehradun
West Bengal
  • Kolkata
Uttar Pradesh
  • Allahabad
  • Lucknow

UPSC Civil Services Exam 2020 Result

UPSC will announce the result for civil services preliminary, mains, and final results separately in three phases in online mode. To download the result, candidates have to visit the official website and enter the required login credentials. However, after completion of the personality test, the final result will be announced which will carry the details like roll number of the qualified candidates and also the score of written as well as a personality test.

UPSC Civil Services Exam 2020 Selection Procedure

  1. Preliminary Exam – Candidates after filling the application form have to turn up in the preliminary examination. However, the marks acquired in the prelim examination will not be included in the final merit list and this exam is conducted to screen the deserving candidates for the mains examination.
  2. Mains Exam – Candidates can appear in this examination on the basis of marks obtained in the preliminary examination. In this examination, English and Indian Languages Paper will be qualifying in nature, and marks of candidates acquired in Paper I to VII will be considered to prepare the final merit list.
  3. Interview or Personality Test – Those candidates who will clear the preliminary, as well as mains examination, have to go for a personality test. Here, the Board of Competent and Unbiased members will interview the candidates. The questions asked in the interview will be based on general interests and the candidates will be judged on their adapting power, interests in current affairs, leadership quality, assertiveness, communication skills, intellectual qualities, the balance of judgment, etc.

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