All About UPSC Civil Service Examination (CSE)

by Vajiram & Ravi


What is UPSC Civil Service Examination?

The UPSC Civil Services Exam is a highly prestigious and competitive examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) in India. The UPSC CSE is designed to select candidates for various civil services positions in the Indian government, including the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Police Service (IPS), and other central civil services.

What is the eligibility criteria to appear for UPSC CSE?

Nationality : To be eligible for the UPSC CSE, a candidate must be a citizen of India.

Age Limit: Anyone who has reached 21 years of age can appear for the examination.

Education qualification: To be eligible for the UPSC CSE, candidates must possess,

  1. a Graduate degree from a recognised University.
  2. Candidates appearing in the final year of the qualifying examination (provided they meet all other eligibility conditions) can also apply provisionally.


Number of Attempts

The number of attempts allowed for the UPSC CSE varies based on the candidate's category:

  • General category: Six attempts
  • OBC category: Nine attempts
  • SC/ST category: No restrictions on the number of attempts


What are the different stages of UPSC CSE?

The UPSC Civil Services Exam is conducted in three Phases: 

  • Prelims Exam - Objective based; Paper-1( General Studies) and Paper-2 ( CSAT)
  • Mains Exam - Descriptive in nature; consists of 9 papers in total,including Language papers, Optional Papers and General Studies Paper,Essay and Ethics.
  • Interview. - Personality Test


The exam window extends for over a year beginning from end of May of the current year extending up till the end of May of the next year(when the results are announced). The dates vary every year according to the Notification issued by UPSC every year. 

UPSC CSE Syllabus 

The UPSC releases the syllabus of the exam on its official website every year. 


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