UPSC Prelims Exam 2023 - eligibility, dates, pattern

UPSC Prelims Exam 2023 - eligibility, dates, pattern

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UPSC Union Public Service Commission has released the exam dates for UPSC 2023 on their official website. According to the UPSC schedule, The UPSC prelim exam will be conducted on May 28, 2023. The exam is organised once a year at the national level. The application form may commence from the month of May. Candidates mayread the whole article for complete details regarding the UPSC 2023 Exam.

The candidates who are appearing for the UPSC 2023 exam must ensure that they plan their preparation according to the schedule and try to cover the complete syllabus for prelims exam.

UPSC PRELIMS 2023- Overview

Particulars Prelims
Exam Date 28th May 2023
No. of Papers Two
Types of Questions Objective Type
Duration of Exam 2 hours each
Total Marks 400
Medium of Exam English & Hindi
Negative Marking (1/3rd of the maximum marks for the question)
Marks Counted in Merit No

UPSC Exam Date 2023

The UPSC calendar for session 2023 is released now. The exam dates have been released we have enlisted the important dates for the candidates, take a look at it –
UPSC 2023 Important Events Schedule
Availability of UPSC 2023 Notification February 1, 2023
UPSC Form Date 2023 February 1, 2023
UPSC Application Last Date 2023 February 21, 2023
UPSC 2023 Prelims Date May 28, 2023

UPSC PRELIMS Eligibility Criteria 2023

In the official notification, the candidates can get the complete eligibility criteria for appearing in the examination. The candidates need to check the UPSC Eligibility Criteria 2023 to apply for the same. If the candidates are not eligible for the exam but they still apply for the same then there will be issues later on.

UPSC Age Criteria – The age limit for the UPSC 2023 is given below:
Category Minimum Age for UPSC 2023 Maximum Age
For General Candidate 21 years 32 years
For OBC candidates 21 years 35 years
For SC/ST 21 years 37 years

UPSC Qualifications Eligibility Criteria 2023

Given below are the eligibility criteria for different UPSC exams. Check the eligibility criteria here.
Exam Age Limit Qualifications
Civil Services Examination 21 years – 32 years Degree from a recognized University or equivalent
Combined Defence Services (CDS) Examination 19 years – 25 years Degree from a recognized University or equivalent
National Defence Academy (NDA) and Naval Academy (NA) Examination 16 years – 19 years Candidate can apply after class 12.
Engineering Services Examination 21 years – 30 years Valid Engineering Degree.
Combined Geo-Scientist Examination 21 years – 32 years Master’s Degree
CISF AC (EXE) LDCE Examination 18 years – 23 years Candidate can apply after class 12.
Indian Forest Services Examination 21 years – 32 years Bachelor’s degree in interested field
IES / ISS Examination 21 years – 30 years Graduation and Post-Graduation Degree.
Combined Medical Services Examination The upper age limit is 32 years M.B.B.S. Examination
Central Armed Police Force (ACs) Examination 20 – 25 years Bachelor’s Degree
S.O./Steno (GD – B / GD - I) LDCE Examination Not specified Different educational qualifications and work experience required for a different post.

UPSC Age Relaxation 2023

UPSC provides age relaxation for different categories. The candidates must check the age relaxation details for the exam
Category Age Relaxation
SC/ST 5 years
OBC 3 years
Defense Services Personnel 3 years
Ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs 5 years
Hearing problem, deaf, low vision, ex-servicemen, blindness, muscle deformity 10 years

Nationality for the UPSC Exam

A candidate should be –
  • Citizen of India
  • Citizen of Nepal
  • Citizen of Bhutan
  • A tibetan refugee who came over to India before January 1, 1962, with the intention of permanently settling in India
  • Migrated from Malawi, Uganda, Kenya, Zambia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Vietnam and Zaire

UPSC Syllabus 2023

The UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) Prelims exam is the first stage of the examination. The candidates have to score a minimum of 33% marks along with the marks above the cut-off as decided by UPSC. UPSC Prelims exam is conducted to shortlist limited candidates for the Mains exam.

UPSC Prelims Exam Pattern 2023

The UPSC Prelims comprises two objective type papers (General Studies I and General Studies II or CSAT) for a total of 400 marks. Both papers are usually held on the same day in two sessions via offline mode (pen-paper).

Before going to the check UPSC Syllabus 2023, candidates should well-understand the exam pattern of the UPSC CSE exam.
Paper Subjects Marks No. of Question Duration
I General Studies I(GS) 200 100 2 hours (9:30 AM to 11:30 AM)
II General Studies II OR CSAT 200 80 2 hours (2:30 PM to 4:30 PM)

UPSC Syllabus 2023 for Prelims Exam

In this section, we have provided the detailed UPSC syllabus 2023 for the Prelims Exam.

UPSC Prelims Syllabus for General Studies (Paper I)

1) Current affairs events of national and international.
2) History of India and Indian National Movement.
3) Indian and World Geography-Physical, Social, and Economic Geography of India and the World.
4) Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
5) Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.
6) General issues on Environmental Ecology, Biodiversity and Climate Change: that do not require subject specialization.
7) General Science

UPSC IAS Prelims Syllabus for CSAT (Paper-II)

Candidates can check the IAS Prelims CSAT (Civil Services Aptitude Test) Syllabus given below.

1) Comprehension
2) Interpersonal skills including communication skills
3) Logical reasoning and analytical ability
4) Decision-making and problem solving
5) General mental ability
6) Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. – Class X level).

Important Points:

1. For every incorrect answer, 1/3rd mark of the total mark will be deducted.
2. For the blank answers, no marks will be deducted.
3. In General Studies (Paper I), each question is of 2 marks and there is a negative marking of 0.66 marks
4. In CSAT (Paper-II), each question is of 2.5 marks and a negative marking of 0.833 marks for each wrong answer marked.
5. The prelims marks will not be included in the final result (merit list).
6. Paper II of the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination will be a qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%.

IPS Salary Structure, Job Profile

Candidate can check the Salary Structure and Job Post in the table below.
Post Basic Pay (INR)
Deputy Superintendent of Police 56,100
Additional Superintendent of Police 67,700
Senior Superintendent of Police 78,800
Deputy Inspector General of Police 1,31,100
Inspector-General of Police 1,44,200
Director-General of Police 2,05,400
Director-General of Police/ Director of IB or CBI 2,25,000

UPSC 2023 Application Process

The candidates who are willing to apply for the UPSC 2023, can follow the following steps – Open the official website of UPSC.
  • Click on the UPSC Notification and download the same.
  • Find the UPSC 2023 Application Form link and click on the Apply button.
  • Start filling out the application form with all the required information.
  • Cross-check the details once before submitting the UPSC application form

UPSC Answer Key 2023

The UPSC declares the answer key of the UPSC Exam 2023 on its website after the conduction of the examination. The organization announces the candidates' scores as well as the minimum scores needed to qualify for the UPSC 2023 exam after the announcement of the final result. Here are the steps to check the UPSC Answer key 2023. Check the IAS Answer Key here.
  • Step 1: Candidates need to open the official website of the UPSC.
  • Step 2: Click on the “Answer Key” option and search for the UPSC CSE 2023 exam.
  • Step 3: The UPSC Answer Key 2023 will appear on your screen, download and save it for future references.

UPSC 2023 Admit Card

The Union Public Service Commission will release the UPSC IAS 2023 admit card on the official website. The hall ticket available in the online format. UPSC will release the prelims admit card first and the candidates who clear the exam will be able to sit in the mains. At the exam time, the candidates need to bring the hall ticket to the exam centre along with a valid ID card. The Prelims Admit Card would be released on the official website of UPSC 2-3 weeks before the date of the exam.

Details mentioned on UPSC 2023 Admit Card

  • Name of the candidate
  • Roll Number of the candidate
  • Gender
  • Category of the candidate
  • Date of birth
  • Exam date and timings
  • Exam Centre name
  • Photo of the candidate
  • Signature of the candidate
  • Exam day guidelines

UPSC CSE 2023 Exam Centers

The Union Public Service Commission will release the UPSC 2023 exam centres list along with their official notification. UPSC added 2 new centres for the prelims, so now the prelims exam centre list reached 79.
UPSC CSE 2023 Prelims Exam Centre
Agra Bilaspur Faridabad
Agartala Bhopal Gaya
Ahmedabad Chennai Gangtok
Ajmer Chandigarh Gautam Buddh Nagar
Aizawl Cuttack Gorakhpur
Aligarh Coimbatore Ghaziabad
Aurangabad Delhi Gurgaon
Anantpur Dehradun Gwalior
Bareilly Dharwad Hyderabad
Bangalore Dispur Imphal
Imphal Indore Itanagar
Jabalpur Jodhpur Jaipur
Jorhat Kochi Kolkata
Kozhikode Lucknow Leh
Ludhiana Mumbai Madurai
Mysore Nagpur Navi Mumbai
Patna Port Blair Pune
Prayagraj Rajkot Shillong
Shimla Siliguri Srinagar
Sambalpur Udaipur Thane
Thiruvananthapuram Tirupati Tiruchirapalli
Udaipur Varanasi Vellore
Vijayawada Visakhapatnam Warangal

UPSC IAS 2023 Result

  • The Union Public Service Commission will release the UPSC IAS 2023 results on their official website for prelims and result will be declared in online.
  • The UPSC IAS 2023 result will be published in the merit list format along with the name and roll number of the candidates.
  • UPSC will release the marks scored by the qualified candidates and the direct link will also be activated to download the mark sheet of candidates who qualify for the civil services examination.
  • They will also release the UPSC IAS 2023 final merit list.