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UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Examination 2020 Notification, Dates, Eligibility

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The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has started the recruitment process of Civil Services 2020 with the announcement of application forms for the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination 2020 for approximately 796 vacancies. Candidates can apply from 12th February 2020 till 3rd March 2020. Aspirants can check more details for UPSC Civil Services Exam 2020 from the page below.


See : Withdrawal link for UPSC Civil Services Exam 2020 activated 


UPSC Civil Services Exam 2020 Important Dates

Start Date of Online Application

12th February 2020

Last Date for receipt of Online Application

3rd March 2020

Date of Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination

31st May 2020

Date of Civil Services (Main) Examination

18th Sep 2020


See : UPSC releases list of rejected applications of Civil Services Exam 2020


UPSC Civil Services Exam 2020

Union Public Service Commission will  conduct Preliminary Examination of the Civil Services Exam for recruitment of Services and Posts mentioned below.


Name of the Post

Indian Administrative Service (IAS)

Indian Foreign Service (IFS)

Indian Police Service (IPS)

Indian P&T Accounts & Finance Service, Group ‘A’

Indian Audit and Accounts Service, Group ‘A’

Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise), Group ‘A’

Indian Defence Accounts Service, Group ‘A’

Indian Revenue Service (I.T.), Group ‘A’ (IRS)

Indian Ordnance Factories Service, Group ‘A’ (Assistant Works Manager, Administration)

Indian Postal Service, Group ‘A’

Indian Civil Accounts Service, Group ‘A’

Indian Railway Traffic Service, Group ‘A’

Indian Railway Accounts Service, Group 'A'

Indian Railway Personnel Service, Group ‘A’

Post of Assistant Security Commissioner in Railway Protection Force, Group ‘A

Indian Defence Estates Service, Group ‘A’

Indian Information Service (Junior Grade), Group ‘A’

Indian Trade Service, Group 'A' (Gr. III)

Indian Corporate Law Service, Group "A"

Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service, Group ‘B’ (Section Officer’s Grade)

Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service, Group 'B

Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Service, Group 'B'

Pondicherry Civil Service, Group 'B'

Pondicherry Police Service, Group ‘B’


See : UPSC Civil Services Exam 2020 Application Process begins, last date March 3 


Eligibility Criteria for UPSC Civil Services Exam 2020


For the Indian Administrative Service and the Indian Police Service, a candidate must be a citizen of India.

For other services, a candidate must be either:
(a) a citizen of India, or
(b) a subject of Nepal, or
(c) a subject of Bhutan, or
(d) a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
(e) 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

Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Govt. of India.

Provided further that candidates belonging to categories (b), (c) and (d) above will not be eligible for appointment to the Indian Foreign Service.

A candidate in whose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary, may be admitted to the exam but the offer of appointment may be given only after the necessary eligibility certificate has been issued to him/her by the Govt. of India.


Age Criteria:

Minimum age

21 years

Maximum age

32 years

Age relaxation is as follows


3 years


5 years


10 years



Candidate must hold a degree of any of Universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University under Section-3 of the UGC Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification

Candidates who have appeared at an examination the passing of which would render them educationally qualified for the Commission’s exam but have not been informed of the results as also the candidates who intend to appear at such a qualifying exam will also be eligible for admission to the Preliminary Exam.

All candidates who are declared qualified by the Commission for taking the Civil Services (Main) Exam will be required to produce proof of passing the requisite exam with their application for the Main.
Examination failing which such candidates will not be admitted to the Main Exam

In exceptional cases the Union Public Service Commission may treat a candidate who has not any of the foregoing qualifications as a qualified candidate provided that he/she has passed exam conducted by the other Institutions, the standard of which in the opinion of the Commission justifies his/her admission to the exam

Candidates possessing professional and technical qualifications, which are recognised by the Govt. as equivalent to professional and technical degree, would also be eligible for admission to the exam.


Number of Attempts:








Till the age limit


9 (OBC),  SC/ST (Till the age limit)


Selection Process for UPSC Civil Services 2020

Selection procedure of civil services exam 2020 will complete in two stages - Preliminary Exam (MCQ type), Mains Exam (descriptive type) and Personal Interview.

Qualified candidates of preliminary examination will be called for Mains Exam followed by personal interview for final selection.


UPSC Civil Services 2020 Exam Pattern

Preliminary Exam


Total Ques.


Time Duration

Paper 1 General Studies



2 Hours

Paper 2:  GS (CSAT)



2 Hours


Mains Exam


Name of Paper

Time Duration


Paper A

Indian language (objective)

3 Hours


Paper B

English (objective)

3 Hours


Paper I


3 Hours


Paper II

General Studies I

3 Hours


Paper III

General Studies II

3 Hours


Paper IV

General Studies III

3 Hours


Paper V

General Studies IV

3 Hours


Paper VI

Optional Paper I

3 Hours


Paper VII

Optional Paper II

3 Hours








Grand Total




UPSC Civil Services Exam 2020 Application Process

Online application form to be available from 12th February 2020 on only.

Candidates applying for the examination should ensure their eligibility criteria for appearing in Civil Services Exam 2020. Aspirants can check details on the official website

Candidates are required to apply Online by using the website

Online Applications can be filled up till  03 March 2020.

Detailed instructions for filling up online applications are available on the above-mentioned website.

Application Fee:


Rs 100




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For more details and to apply online visit the official website