UPSC IAS Notification 2021 – Civil Services Prelims & Mains Exam


The official IAS Notification 2021 for Civil Services (Prelims) notification has released by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on March 04th, 2021. All UPSC aspirants who are interested in Civil Services 2021 Exam are required to apply here. The UPSC IAS Prelims exam is scheduled to be conducted on 27th June 2021. But, Due to Covid – 19 situations. Now, the examination will be held on 10th Oct 2021. UPSC Civil Services Exam 2021 postponed till this date: Check important details here.

Generally, The civil services preliminary exam is held in the month of August, but now after a gap of three years, the Union Public Service Commission will be conducting the Prelims examination in the month of June. UPSC IFS Notification 2021 has also been released.

UPSC IAS Notification 2021 Important Dates 

Date of Notification04/03/2021
Date of Commencement of Examination27/06/2021
Duration of ExaminationOne Day
Last Date for Receipt of Applications24/03/2021 – 6:00pm
Date of Upload04/03/2021
Download Notification Click Here
Official Website

UPSC Civil Services Exam 2021 Notification – Highlights

EventsDocumentDate of Upload
Fictitious Fee FictFee-CSP-21-310321-Engl.pdf31/03/2021
Corrigendum Corgndm-CSP-2021-Engl-01072021.pdf01/07/2021
Notice Imp-notice-CSP2021-13052021.pdf13/05/2021
Important Notice Notice-center-change-csp-ifosp-21-engl-090721a.pdf09/07/2021

Previous UPSC IAS Notification 2017 – Civil Services Exam Schedule

For Preliminary Examination

Notification release Date of IAS22nd February 2017
Availability of Application Form22nd Feb 2017 to 17th March 2017
Release of IAS Prelims Admit CardMay, 2017
ISA Prelims Exam Date18th June 2017
Result of IAS Prelims ExamAug/Sept 2017
Cutoff of IAS Prelims ExamAfter declaration of final result of IAS 2017

For Mains examination

Release of DAFAug/Sept 2017
Availability of DAFAug/Sept 2017
Release of Admit Card for Mains ExamSept, 2017
IAS Mains Exam Date28th Oct 2017
IAS mains Exam ResultsDec, 2017
IAS Mains CutoffAfter the final result of IAS 2017 exam

Civil Services Exam Application form

The UPSC online application form for IAS exam 2021 will be available from 27th June 2021. The applicants have to apply online from below link.  The applications will be accepted only through online mode only. Check here : how to apply for Civil Services Examination 2021

UPSC IAS Application Fees

  • The Applicants will have to pay Rs 100 for applying to the IAS 2021 examination (except female/SC/ST/PH candidates).

The mode of Paying the Application Fees has been explained below:

Offline mode

  • Applicants can also pay the Application Fees by cash at any branch of SBI .
  • Print the system-generated Pay-in-slip during the Part -II Registration.
  • Deposit the fee at the counter of SBI Branch on the next working day only.

Online Mode

  • The candidates opting for online mode for paying the Application Fees should pay by using net banking facility of State Bank of India/ State Bank of Patiala /State Bank of Travancore / State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur/Sate Bank of Hyderabad/State Bank of Mysore/or by using Visa/Master Credit/Debit Card.


Eligibility Criteria

  • The appearing candidates must have a degree from a recognised university incorporated by an Act of Central OR State Legislature in India OR Other educational institution established by Parliament Act OR announced to be deemed university under section-3 of the UGCA), 1956 or have an equivalent degree.
  • Also Check :

Age Limit- According to official notice 2016 (If there is change we will update)

CategoryUpper age limitNo. of attempts
General32 Years06 Attempts
OBC35 Years09 Attempts
SC/ST37 YearsNo bar
PH (Blind, Deaf, Orthopedic)42 YearsGEN/OBC= 9 AttemptsSC/ST= No bar
J & K DomicileGEN=37 Yrs, OBC= 40 Yrs, SC/ST=40 Yrs, PH=50 YrsNo bar
Disabled servicemen, disabled from duty.GEN=37 Yrs, OBC=40 Yrs, SC/ST=40 Yrs.No bar

Posts the finally selected candidates will be recruited

  • Indian Audit & Accounts Service, Group A
  • Indian P&T Accounts & Finance Service, Group A
  • Indian Administrative Service
  • Indian Police Service
  • Indian Foreign Service
  • Indian Civil Accounts Service, Group A
  • Indian Revenue Service (Customs & Central Excise), Group A
  • Indian Postal Service, Group A
  • Indian Defence Accounts Services, Group A
  • Indian Ordnance Factories Service, Group A (Assistant Works Manager, Administration)
  • Indian Revenue Services (IT), Group A
  • Indian Information Service (Junior Grade), Group A
  • Indian Railway Traffic Service, Group A
  • Indian Defence Estates Service, Group A
  • Indian Railway Accounts Service, Group A
  • Post of Assistant Security Commissioner in Railway Protection Force, Group A
  • Indian Railway Personnel Service, Group A
  • Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu, and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Services, Group B
  • Indian Trade Service, Group A (Gr. III)
  • Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu, and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service, Group B.
  • Indian Corporate Law Service, Group A
  • Armed Forces Headquarter civil service, Group B (Section Officer’s Grade)
  • Pondicherry Police Services, Group B
  • Pondicherry Civil Services, Group B

Selection Procedure – IAS Exam

Selection Procedure of UPSC civil services exam 2021 will complete in 3 stages – Preliminary examination (MCQ type), Mains exam (descriptive type), and personal interview. The qualified candidates for the preliminary exam will be called for the Mains exam followed by a personal interview for final selection.

Stage I: Preliminary examination

  • A qualifying test is advertised in May and held in August each year.
  • In Mid­October results are published.

Stage II: Main examination

  • Held in December every year.
  • In the second week of March, results are usually published.

Stage III: Personality Test (interview)

  • Held in April/May each year.
  • In May the final results are usually announced.

For Interview

Date of Interview/Personality TestIn Jan/Feb 2018
Declaration of IAS Final Result 2017In Feb/Mar 2018
Marks of the candidates in Mains and Interview/Personality TestIn Feb/Mar 2018

Numbers of attempts for Civil Services Exam

The number of times a candidate may attempt the exam is limited as follows:

  • OBC category candidates = 9
  • General category candidates: 6
  • SC/ST Candidates = Unlimited
  • Applying to sit the exam but failing to attend is not counted as an attempt.
  • In the preliminary examination appearing to attempt one of the papers is counted as an attempt, including disqualification/cancellation of candidature.

IAS Exam Pattern

Check Here : UPSC Civil Services Exam Pattern & Syllabus 2021

There will be 4 Test Booklet Series A, B, C & D in the civil services exam 2021 preliminary examination. The question paper will be of MCQ type. The question paper will be available both in English & Hindi language. There will be a penalty of 1/3 marks for each wrong answer.


  • All the question in both the papers will be multiple type.
  • The question papers will be set both in English and Hindi.
  • The Prelims Exam will be held for 2 hour time duration.
  • The Paper-II of Prelims Exam is qualifying in nature and candidates need to secure minimum qualifying marks of 33 %.
Name of the paperNo. of MCQsMax. marksMinimum marksDuration of exam
General Studies Paper I10020033%2 hours
General Studies paper II802002 hours
General Studies paper II (X series)802002 hours 20 minutes

Admit Card

The UPSC admit cards for Civil Services (Preliminary) exam 2021 will be released 3 weeks before the exam date. The admit cards can be downloaded from the official website for UPSC. To download Civil Services (Preliminary) exam admit card 2021 click on the given link.


Civil Services Exam Result will be published the official website of UPSC after successful completion of examination. The applicants will have to search their roll no. from Admit Card and can download UPSC IAS Result in PDF format. The successful applicants of prelims exam will be eligible to take part in IAS Mains exam, which will be held on 20th September 2019. The examination result of Civil Services Main exam will be declared in the month of January 2020.

Civil services Mains exam 2021

The qualified candidates of civil services preliminary exam 2021 will be eligible to attempt civil services Mains exam 2021 which will be held in November-December 2021. The civil services main exam 2021 is qualifying in nature. A little description of civil services exam 2021 (Mains) is given below-

Check UPSC Mains Syllabus (Topics & Subjects Details)

Name of the testType of testMax. marksDurationSelection parameters
Paper A (one Indian language to be selected from the languages included in eighth schedule of the constitutionConventional3003 hoursPapers to be counted for determining merit
Paper B English language300
Paper I Essay250UPSC will prepare merit list on the basis of candidates’ performance & high marks aggregate scored in Mains & interview.
Paper II General Studies I (Indian heritage & culture, History & Geography of world & society)
Paper II General studies II (Governance, constitution, polity, social justice & international relations)250
Paper IV General studies III (Technology, economic development, bio-diversity, environment, security & disaster management)250
Paper V General studies IV (Ethnic, integrity & aptitude)250
Paper VI Optional subject Paper I250
paper VII Optional subject Paper II250
Sub-total (written test)1750
Personality test275
Grand total2025

List of Languages

The examination is offered in the following languages, with the name of the script in brackets:

Assamese (Assamese)Bengali (Bengali)Bodo (Devanagari)

Dogri (Devanagari)

English (English)

Gujarati (Gujarati)

Hindi (Devanagari)

Kannada (Kannada)

Kashmiri (Persian)Konkani (Devanagari)Maithili (Devanagari)

Malayalam (Malayalam)

Manipuri (Bengali)

Marathi (Devanagari)

Nepali (Devanagari)

Oriya (Oriya)

Punjabi (Gurumukhi)Sanskrit (Devanagari)Santhali (Devanagri or Ol Chiki)

Sindhi (Devanagari or Arabic)

Tamil (Tamil)

Telugu (Telugu)

Urdu (Persian)

Optional subjects

The subjects available for Papers VI and VII are

AgricultureAnimal Husbandry and Veterinary ScienceAnthropology



Civil Engineering

Commerce and Accountancy


Electrical Engineering



Literature of any one of the Non-English languages listed above



Mechanical Engineering

Medical Science

PhilosophyPhysicsPolitical Science and International Relations


Public Administration




 Civil Services 2021 Exam Centers

  • The IAS Pre Exam will be conducted across 72 exam cities spread through the country.
  • The Mains Exam will be conducted across 24 exam cities.
  • On the basis of “first-apply-first-allot” allotment of IAS Exam Centres, 2019 will be done.
  • The candidates should fill up the application form early to get their preferences of exam centers.
  • While filling up the application form applicants will have to enter their preferences of exam centers.
  • The candidates should note that no request for a change of center will be entertained.
  • Aspirants will have to appear for the exam from the center allotted to them.

The list of Exam Centers for Pre and Mains is below:

For Pre Examination



For Mains Examination

Cut off Marks

Civil Services Cutoff 2015

CS (pre)107.34106.0094.0091.3490.6676.6640.00
CS (Final)877834810801802830697

UPSC will release the cut-offs for Civil Services Exam 2019 to limit the number of applicants for recruitment of IAS exam 2019. Cut-offs are the selection parameters that applicants have to fulfill to get recruited for the posts of Indian Administrative officer. you can check Civil Services 2015 Cutoff.

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  2. Kender says

    Can I apply for UPSC exam my graduation marks is 47%
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  3. Akshay says

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