UPSC CSE Notification 2024 out, Apply online for 1056 vacancies of IAS, IFS, IPS and more


UPSC Civil Services Exam 2024 – The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has started the Application process for Civil Services (Preliminary) Exam 2024. The commission has invited applications from graduate male and female candidates whose age is not more than 32 years for approximately 1056 vacancies for various government services such as IAS, IPS, IFS, etc. Candidates can apply from 14th February 2024 till 05h March 2024. 

The UPSC Civil Services Examination 2024 consists of two stages: Preliminary and Main Exam. The Prelims examination is conducted to shortlist candidates for the Mains exam. Aspirants can check more details for UPSC Civil Services Exam 2024 from the page below.

UPSC Civil Services Exam 2024 Application Process begins


UPSC CSE 2024 Highlights


Name of the Exam Body
Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)
Exam Name
UPSC Civil Service Exam 2024
Exam Level
Application Mode
Application Dates
14th February to 5th March 2024
Exam Mode
Preliminary Exam Date
26th May 2024
Mains Exam Date
20th September
Selection Process

Mains Exam


Official website


UPSC CSE 2024 Important Dates

  • Registrations begin: 14th February 2024
  • Registrations End: 5th March 2024 (till 6.00 PM)
  • Window will remain open for 7 days from the date of opening of the same, i.e., from 06th March to 12th March 2024
  • UPSC CSE Admit Card 2024: Last working day
  • UPSC CSE 2024 Exam Date: May 26th, 2024
  • Result for Prelims: Tentatively by June 2024


No. of Vacancy through UPSC CSE 2024

  • The number of vacancies to be filled through the examination is expected to be approximately 1056 which include 40 vacancies reserved for Persons with Benchmark Disability Category, i.e. 06 Vacancies for candidates of (a) blindness and low vision; 12 Vacancies for (b) deaf and hard of hearing; 09 Vacancies for (c) locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy; and 13 Vacancies for (e) multiple disabilities from amongst persons under clauses (a) to (c) including deaf-blindness.
  • The final number of vacancies may undergo change after getting a firm number of vacancies from Cadre Controlling Authorities. Reservation will be made for candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes. Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes, the Economically Weaker Sections and Persons with Benchmark Disability in respect of vacancies as may be fixed by the Government.


Services and Posts

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

(i) Indian Administrative Service

(ii) Indian Foreign Service

(iii) Indian Police Service

(iv) Indian Audit and Accounts Service, Group ‘A’

(v) Indian Civil Accounts Service, Group ‘A’

(vi) Indian Corporate Law Service, Group ‘A’

(vii) Indian Defence Accounts Service, Group ‘A’

(viii) Indian Defence Estates Service, Group ‘A’

(ix) Indian Information Service, Group ‘A’

(x) Indian Postal Service, Group ‘A’

(xi) Indian P&T Accounts and Finance Service, Group ‘A’

(xii) Indian Railway Protection Force Service, Group ‘A’

(xiii) Indian Revenue Service (Customs & Indirect Taxes) Group ‘A’

(xiv) Indian Revenue Service (Income Tax) Group ‘A’

(xv) Indian Trade Service, Group ‘A’ (Grade III)

(xvi) Indian Railway Management Service, Group ‘A’

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

(xviii) Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service (DANICS), Group ‘B’

(xix) Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Service (DANIPS), Group ‘B’

(xx) Pondicherry Civil Service (PONDICS), Group ‘B’

(xxi) Pondicherry Police Service (PONDIPS), Group ‘B’ 


UPSC CSE 2024 Eligibility Criteria


  • 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 citizen of India, or
  • a subject of Nepal, or
  • a subject of Bhutan, or
  • a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
  • 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.

Educational Qualification

  • A candidate must hold a Graduate degree of any of the 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 University Grants Commission Act, 1956 or possess an equivalent qualification.
  • Note-I : Candidates who have appeared at a qualifying examination the passing of which would render them educationally qualified for the Commission’s Examination but have not been informed of the result as also the candidates who intend to appear at such a qualifying examination will also be eligible for admission to the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination. All candidates who are declared qualified by the Commission for taking the Civil Services (Main) Examination will be required to produce proof of passing the requisite qualifying examination along with their application (i.e. Detailed Application Form-I) for the Main Examination, failing which such candidates will not be admitted to the Main Examination. Such proof of passing the requisite qualifying examination should have been issued latest by the closing date of Detailed Application Form-I of the Main Examination.
  • Note-II : In exceptional cases, the Commission may treat a candidate who does not have any of the foregoing qualifications as a candidate, provided that the candidate has passed an examination conducted by any other institution the standard of which in the opinion of the Commission justifies the admission to the Civil Services Examination.
  • Note-III : Candidates possessing professional and technical qualifications which are recognised by the Government as equivalent to professional and technical degree would also be eligible for admission to the Civil Services Examination.
  • Note-IV : Candidates who have passed the final professional M.B.B.S or any other equivalent professional examination leading to a medical degree or certificate but have not completed their internship by the time of submission of their applications for the Civil Services (Main) Exam, will be provisionally admitted to the Civil Services Examination, provided they submit along with their application a copy of certificate from the concerned authority of the University/Institution that they had passed the requisite final professional exam. In such cases, the candidates will be required to produce at the time of their interview the original degree or a certificate from the concerned competent authority of the University/Institution that they had completed all requirements (including completion of internship) for the award of the Degree. 


UPSC CSE 2024 Age Limit

  • A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 32 years on the 1st of August, 2024 i.e., candidate must have been born not earlier than 2nd August, 1992 and not later than 1st August, 2003.
  • The upper age-limit prescribed above will be relaxable:

Age relaxation is as follows

  • OBC: 3 years
  • SC & ST: 5 years
  • PWD: 10 years


Number of Attempts

  • Every candidate appearing at the examination, who is otherwise eligible, shall be permitted six (6) attempts at the CSE. However, relaxation in the number of attempts will be available to the SC/ST/OBC and PwBD category candidates who are otherwise eligible. The number of attempts available to such candidates as per relaxation is as under:
  • PWD – 9 (OBC), SC/ST (Till the age limit)
  • SC/ST – Unlimited
  • OBC – 09
  • PwD – 09 for GL/EWS/OBC Unlimited for SC/ST
  • Note-I : The terms – GL for General, EWS for Economically Weaker Sections, SC for Scheduled Castes, ST for Scheduled Tribes, OBC for Other Backward Classes and PwBD for Persons with Benchmark Disability – are used for denoting the categories of candidates taking an attempt at the Examination.
  • Note-II : An attempt at a Preliminary Exam shall be deemed to be an attempt at the Civil Services Exam.
  • Note-III : If a candidate actually appears in any one paper in the Preliminary Exam, it will be deemed that the candidate has made an attempt at the Exam.
  • Note-IV : Notwithstanding any subsequent disqualification/cancellation of candidature, the fact of appearance of the candidate at the Examination will count as an attempt


UPSC CSE 2024 Application Process

  • Online application form to be available from 14th February 2024 on only.
  • Candidates applying for the examination should ensure their eligibility criteria for appearing in Civil Services Exam 2024. Aspirants can check details on the official website
  • Detailed instructions for filling up online applications are available on the above-mentioned website.
  • Candidates are required to apply online by using the website It is essential for the applicant to register himself/herself first at One Time Registration (OTR) platform, available on the Commission’s website, and then proceed for filling up the online application for the examination. OTR has to be registered only once in lifetime. This can be done anytime throughout the year. If the candidate is already registered, he/she can proceed straightway for filling up the online application for the examination
  • The Commission has also decided to extend the facility of making correction(s) in any field(s) of the application form for this examination from the next day of the closure of the application window of this Examination. This window will remain open for 7 days from the date of opening of the same, i.e., from 06.03.2024 to 12.03.2024
  • In case a candidate wants to carry out any change in his/her OTR profile during this period, then he/she should login to the OTR platform and do the needful accordingly. In other words, no change in the OTR profile can be made by visiting the window for Modification in application form


Application Fee

  • GEN/OBC: Rs 100/-
  • SC/ST/PH/Women: Nil

Payment Mode

  • Candidates (except Female/SC/ST/Persons with Benchmark Disability Candidates who are exempted from payment of fee) are required to pay fee of Rs. 100/- either by remitting the money in any Branch of State Bank of India or by using Visa/Master/RuPay Credit/Debit Card or by using Internet Banking of SBI.


Selection Process

  • Selection procedure of civil services exam 2024 will be completed in two stages – Preliminary Exam (MCQ type), Mains Exam (descriptive type) and Personal Interview
  • Qualified candidates of preliminary examination will be called for the Mains Exam followed by a personal interview for final selection.
  • The Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination is meant to serve as a screening test only; the marks obtained in the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination by the candidates who are declared qualified for admission to the Civil Services (Main) Examination will not be counted for determining their final order of merit.


UPSC CSE 2024 Exam Pattern

  • The Examination shall comprise of two compulsory Papers of 200 marks each. Both the question papers will be of the objective type (multiple choice questions) and each will be of two hours duration.The General Studies Paper-II of the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination will be a qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%. The question papers will be set both in Hindi and English. Details of the syllabi are indicated in Part A of Section III. 
  • The Civil Services (Main) Examination will consist of a Written Examination and an Interview/Personality Test. The Written Examination will consist of 9 papers of conventional essay type in the subjects set out in sub-section (B) of Section-II out of which two papers will be of qualifying in nature.Marks obtained for all the compulsory papers (Paper-I to Paper-VII) and Marks obtained in Interview/Personality Test will be counted for ranking.
  • Candidates who obtain such minimum qualifying marks in the written part of the Civil Services (Main) Examination as may be fixed by the Commission at their discretion, shall be summoned by them for an Interview/Personality Test, The number of candidates to be summoned for Interview/Personality Test will be about twice of the number of vacancies to be filled. The Interview/Personality Test will carry 275 marks (with no minimum qualifying marks). 


UPSC CSE 2024 Syllabus

Part A—Preliminary Examination 

Paper I – (200 marks) Duration: Two hours  

  • 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, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialization.  

General Science. Paper II-(200 marks) Duration : Two hours  

  • 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)


Part B—Main Examination

  • The main examination is intended to assess the overall intellectual traits and depth of understanding of candidates rather than merely the range of their information and memory.
  • The nature and standard of questions in the General Studies papers (Paper II to Paper V) will be such that a well-educated person will be able to answer them without any specialized study. The questions will be such as to test a candidate’s general awareness of a variety of subjects, which will have relevance for a career in Civil Services. The questions are likely to test the candidate’s basic understanding of all relevant issues, and ability to analyze, and take a view on conflicting socio-economic goals, objectives and demands.
  • The candidates must give relevant, meaningful and succinct answers.The scope of the syllabus for optional subject papers (Paper VI and Paper VII) for the examination is broadly of the honours degree Level i.e. a level higher than the bachelors’ degree and lower than the masters’ degree. In the case of Engineering, Medical Science and law, the level corresponds to the bachelors’ degree.

Details syllabus can be  checked in Section III of the Information Brochure.


For more details and to apply online, please visit the official website