UPSC IAS 2020 Exam Dates, Eligibility Criteria, Application Form, Syllabus & More

UPSC IAS 2020 Exam Dates, Eligibility Criteria, Application Form, Syllabus & More
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UPSC IAS 2020 Exam Dates, Eligibility Criteria, Application Form, Syllabus & More

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is an organizing body that conducts various civil services exam for different posts like Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian Administration Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) etc. The exam take place every year for selecting the candidates and it is considered as one of the most difficult entrance examinations. UPSC IAS is the most precious exam of the All Indian Services as they serve Government of India as well as the individual states.

IAS Exam is conducted in 3 stages

  • Preliminary Examination
  • Mains Examination
  • Interview
Candidate must clear the Prelims exam in order to attempt for the Mains exam. After qualifying mains, candidate will be selected for the Interview round. This article will help you to know more about IAS 2020-21 Exam, Application Form, Exam Dates, Eligibility Criteria, Syllabus, Admit card, etc.

 UPSC IAS 2020 Exam Dates

Events Exam Dates
Official Notification Announced 12th February 2020
Date of Application Forms Availability 12th February 2020
Application Form Submit Last date 3rd March 2020
Admit Card for Preliminary Examinations June 2020
UPSC 2020 Preliminary Exam June 2020
IAS 2020 Preliminary Exam Date Announced 31st May 2020 (1 Day)
UPSC Main Exam Admit card Available September 2020
UPSC 2020 Main Examination 18 September 2020 (5 Days)
UPSC main examination Result date announced Jan 2021
UPSC IAS 2020 Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidate must be a citizen of India.
  • For other services, a candidate must be either: - a citizen of India, a subject of Nepal, or Bhutan and Tibetan refugees who came before 1st Jan 1962.
  • A Candidate of Indian origin who migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire etc.

Candidate must be 21 years of age and not more than 32 Years. The age relaxation would be provided to the candidates of reserved categories.

  • SC/ST: 5 years
  • OBC: 3 years
  • Defense service personnel: 3 years.
  • Ex-servicemen including commissioned officers ECOs/SSCOs: 5 years
UPSC IAS 2020 Educational Qualification

The candidate must hold a degree from one of the Universities established by the Act of the Central or State Legislature in India.

The candidate who has done professional and technical courses should also be from the recognized university.

Those Candidates can also apply for the examination who are in the final year graduation.

UPSC IAS 2020 Exam Attempts

Candidates from the General Category shall be allowed 6 attempts at the examination.

Candidates from the other backward classes (OBC) shall be allowed 9 attempts at the examination.

Whereas, there is no limit of attempts for SC & ST.

UPSC IAS 2020 Application Form

Candidate can apply for IAS 2020 exam through online mode using the official website. Detail guidelines are given below to apply for examination:

  • Visit official website of UPSC:
  • Click on notifications and read carefully
  • After that fill the application form with all details.
  • Upload the scanned documents
  • Pay the application fee
  • Submit your application form
  • Take a printout of the application form
UPSC IAS 2020 Application Fee Details

Candidate can submit the application fee via online mode i.e. debit card, credit card and net banking etc.

  • Application fee for General Category and OBC is Rs.200/-

  • No fee applicable for SC/ST/PH and females.

UPSC IAS 2020 Examination Pattern

IAS Exam is conducted in 3 stages

  • Preliminary Examination
  • Mains Examination
  • Interview
IAS Preliminary Exam 2020

IAS Preliminary exam consists 2 objective based papers, General Study and CSAT (civil service aptitude test). Each paper consists 200 marks with 2 hours of duration. Candidate need to qualify both the papers in order to appear for the mains examination. There is negative marking for each wrong answer.
Paper Duration Total Questions Marks
I (General Studies) 60 Minutes 100 200
II (Aptitude/CSAT) 60 Minutes 80 200
Total 400
IAS Mains Exam 2020

Those candidates can appear for Mains who had successfully cleared both the papers of Pre examination. It is a descriptive exam where candidate needs to choose two languages one of candidate’s choice and other one is English. After that candidates had 7 more subjects related to history, geography, polity, etc consisting 300 question each. The total paper is of 1750 marks, marks of first two language exams will not be considered but candidate needs to qualify them.

Paper Subject Marks
A (Qualifying) From the list one of the Indian Language candidates choose 300
B (Qualifying) English Language 300
I General Studies-I (Geography of the world, Indian Culture, History) 250
II General Studies-II (International Relations, Polity, Governance, Constitution, Social justice) 250
III General Studies-II (Polity, International Relations, Constitution, Governance, Social justice) 250
IV General Studies-III (Biodiversity, Technology, Environment, Security, Disaster Management, Economic Development) 250
V General Studies-IV (Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude) 250
VI, VII Both papers will be optional subjects (each will be 250 marks) 500
UPSC IAS 2020 Syllabus

IAS Syllabus had divided into 3 basic parts:-

1. UPSC IAS 2020 Preliminary Exam
2. UPSC IAS 2020 Mains Exam
  1. GS (General Studies) Paper I Syllabus(Mains)
  2. GS Paper II Syllabus(Mains)
  3. GS Paper III 
  4. GS Paper IV
3. UPSC IAS 2020 Interview

UPSC IAS 2020 Interview

IAS Preliminary Syllabus 2020-21
IAS Preliminary Exam consists 2 papers of 200 marks each. Both exams are objective based. The duration of exams will be 2 hours.

General Studies 1
General Studies 2 (CSAT)
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IAS Syllabus 2020 for General Studies 1

  • Current Affairs
  • History
  • Geography [Indian & world]
  • Environment
  • Indian Polity and Governance
  • Economics
  • General Science
IAS Syllabus 2020 for General Studies 2 (CSAT)
Here are some topics included in IAS Prelims General Studies 2 (CSAT) syllabus.

  • Problem- solving and decision- making
  • General mental ability
  • Comprehension
  • Analytical and logical reasoning
  • Data Interpretation.
  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills.
IAS Mains Syllabus 2020-21

UPSC IAS Mains exam consists 1750 marks and the Interview round consists 275 marks. There are total 9 papers in IAS Mains exam out of which 7 papers are considered for ranking. The two are language papers where candidate needs to secure minimum marks prescribed by the UPSC. There is some relief for northeast candidates as they only need to attend English language exam.

Paper – A (Indian Language): Candidate had an option to select any Indian language for exam. Whereas this exam is not mandatory for candidates of Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Sikkim, Manipur, Meghalaya & Nagaland. Th exam will be of total 300 Marks.

Paper-B: English language

Paper Subject Total Marks
Paper 1 Essay 250
Paper 2 GS 1-Syllabus: History, Culture and Indian Heritage, and Geography of world 250
Paper 3 CSAT-Syllabus: Governance, Constitution, Polity, International Relations
& Social Justice
Paper 4 GS 3-Syllabus: Technology, Economic Development, Disaster management and
security, Environment & biodiversity
Paper 5 GS 4-Syllabus: Integrity, Ethics Aptitude 250
Paper 6 Optional subject 1 250
Paper 7 Optional subject 2 250
UPSC IAS 2020 Interview

Candidate needs to face IAS interview 2020 after qualifying from IAS Mains exam. Candidate personality is the most significant thing in this stage. The interviewer checks your communication, expression, mental and response abilities. For more details regarding UPSC IAS 2020 visit the official website.
UPSC IAS 2020 Admit Card
Below are the brief details of UPSC IAS 2020 Admit Card. Follow the steps and download your admit card:-

  • Visit the official website of UPSC i.e.
  • Click on the link ‘Download IAS Admit Card 2020’.
  • Enter either Registration ID or Roll Number. Click on Login.
  • You will be redirected to your IAS Admit Card 2020.
  • Save the admit card and take its printout.
  • Candidate without admit card will not be allowed to attend the exam.
UPSC IAS 2020 Result

Visit the official website of UPSC
Enter your registration id and password
View your result

Candidates will be called for training process who has successfully cleared all three stages. After training candidate will be ready to serve for the country as an IAS Officer.