UPSC Online Application Forms and Procedure

The application procedure for the Civil Services Examination has been changed from the year 2019. Applications for UPSC Online exams can be submitted online only. No other mode of application is allowed. In order to submit applications for all UPSC Online exams, candidates are required to apply online, on the following website: www.upsconline.nic.in.

How to apply for Civil Services Examination?

  • Candidates are required to apply UPSC online on the website www.upsconline.nic.in
  • Applicants are advised to submit a single application only.
  • In certain unavoidable situations, if more than one application is made, the applicant must make sure that the application with higher RID (Registration ID) is complete in all respects.
  • Candidates already in Government Service, Government owned industrial under-takings or other similar organisations or in private employment should submit their applications direct to the Commission.
  • Candidates already in Government Service,whether in a permanent or temporary capacity or as work-charged employees other than casual or daily rated employees or those serving under the Public Enterprises are however, required to submit an undertaking that they have informed in writing to their Head of Office/Department that they have applied for the Examination.
  • Candidates should note that in case a communication is received from their employer by the Commission withholding permission to the candidates applying for/appearing at the examination, their application will be liable to be rejected/candidature will be liable to be cancelled.

Note 1: Applicants who are submitting multiple applications should note that only the applications with higher RID (Registration ID) shall be entertained by the Commission and fee paid against one RID shall not be adjusted against any other RID.

Note 2: While filling in his/her Application Form,the candidate should carefully decide about his/her choice of centre for the Examination. If any candidate appears at a centre other than the one indicated by the Commission in his/her Admission Certificate,the papers of such a candidate will not be evaluated and his/her candidature will be liable to cancellation.

Note 3: Candidates are not required to submit alongwith their applications any certificate in support of their claims regarding Age, Educational Qualifications, Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes/Other Backward Classes and Physically disabled etc. which will be verified at the time of the Main examination only. The candidates applying for the examination should ensure that they fulfil all the eligibility conditions for admission to the Examination.

  • Their admission at all the stages of examination for which they are admitted by the Commission viz. Preliminary Examination, Main (Written) Examination and Interview Test will be purely provisional, subject to their satisfying the prescribed eligibility conditions.
  • If on verification at any time before or after the Preliminary Examination, Main (written) Examination and Interview Test, it is found that they do not fulfil any of the eligibility conditions, their candidature for the examination will be cancelled by the Commission.
  • If any of their claims is found to be incorrect, they may render themselves liable to disciplinary action by the Commission in terms of Rule 14 of the Rules for the subject

Withdrawal of applications:

No request for withdrawal of candidature received from a candidate after he/she has submitted his/her application will be entertained under any circumstances.

Civil Service Examination Pattern

The pattern of Civil services examination has been designed to test the academic expertise of a candidate and that candidate’s ability to present himself/herself in a systematic and coherent manner. The examination pattern intends to assess the overall intellectual traits and understanding level of the candidates.

The UPSC Civil Services Exam is conducted in two stages namely, Prelims and Mains, which are then followed by an interview.

Scheme and subjects for the Preliminary and Main Examinations are as follows:

  1. Preliminary Examination (400 Marks)

(This is also called Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) and is a common test for all applicants)

  • The Prelims consists of two papers of 200 marks each
  • Both the question papers are of the objective type (multiple choice questions) of two hours each
  • The question papers will be set in both Hindi and English. However, questions related to English Language Comprehension skills would be provided only in English.
  • Blind candidates would be allowed an extra 20 minutes of time for each paper
  1. Main Examination (2075 Marks)

  • Candidates who qualify Preliminary exam are called for the Main exam and on the basis of marks secured in the Main exam, they will be called for Interview
  • The total marks of the Main exam and Interview sum up to produce the final result

The written examination consists of the following papers:

  • Qualifying Papers 

Paper I (Marks 300)
One of the Indian Languages to be selected by the candidates from the Languages included in the eighth schedule of the constitution

Paper II (Marks 300)
English

  • Paper to be counted or merits

(Technology, Economic Development,  Bio-diversity, Environment, Security  and Disaster Management)

 Paper   Subject   Marks
  Paper III  Essay (Section 1)  200 Marks
 English Comprehension  and English Précis (Section 2)  100 Marks
 (The level of paper would be Matriculation/10th standard  level)
 Paper IV  General Studies-I  250 Marks
(Indian Heritage and Culture, History, and Geography of the World  and Society)
 Paper V  General Studies-II  250 Marks
 (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)
 Paper VI  General Studies-III   250 Marks
 (Technology, Economic Development,  Bio-diversity, Environment, Security  and Disaster Management)
 Paper VII  General Studies-IV  250 Marks
 (Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)
 Paper VIII  Optional Subject-Paper I  250 Marks
 Paper IX  Optional Subject-Paper II  250 Marks
 Personality Test (Interview)  275 Marks
 Grand Total  2075 Marks
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