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UPSC Civil Services Exam 2021 – UPSC invites online application for Civil Services Examination (Preliminary) for 712 vacancies for various Civil Services Posts. Candidates with the qualification of any degree within the age limit of 21 to 32 years are eligible to apply for this post. The selection process is based on the preliminary exam, main exam and personality test (interview). Interested and eligible candidates can apply online at (www.upsconline.nic.in) website on or before 24 March 2021. The detailed eligibility and application process are given below.

UPSC Civil Services Exam

UPSC Civil Services Exam 2021:

Examination Name Civil Services Examination
Qualification Any Degree
Total Vacancies 712
Salary Not Disclosed
Job Location Across India
Last Date 24 March 2021
Exam Date 27 June 2021

UPSC Civil Services Exam – Detailed Eligibility:

Educational Qualifications:

  • Candidate must hold a degree of any of Universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University Under Section-3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification

Age Limit (As on 01.08.2021): 21 to 32 years

Relaxations in upper Age Limit:

  • 5 years for SC/ST Candidates
  • 3 years for OBC candidates
  • 10 years for PWD candidates (13 years for OBC, 15 years for SC/ST)
  • Others as per Govt rules.
UPSC Civil Services Exam Vacancies in following services: 712 Posts
  • Indian Administrative Service.
  • Indian Foreign Service.
  • Indian Police Service.
  • Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service, Group ‘A’.
  • Indian Audit and Accounts Service, Group ‘A’.
  • Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise), Group ‘A’.
  • Indian Defence Accounts Service, Group ‘A’.
  • Indian Revenue Service (I.T.), Group ‘A’.
  • Indian Ordnance Factories Service, Group ‘A’ (Assistant Works Manager, Administration).
  • Indian Postal Service, Group ‘A’.
  • Indian Civil Accounts Service, Group ‘A’.
  • Indian Railway Traffic Service, Group ‘A’.
  • Indian Railway Accounts Service, Group ‘A’.
  • Indian Railway Personnel Service, Group ‘A’.
  • Post of Assistant Security Commissioner in Railway Protection Force, Group ‘A’
  • Indian Defence Estates Service, Group ‘A’.
  • Indian Information Service (Junior Grade), Group ‘A’.
  • Indian Trade Service, Group ‘A’.
  • Indian Corporate Law Service, Group “A”.
  • Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service, Group ‘B’ (Section Officer’s Grade).
  • Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar
    Haveli Civil Service, Group ‘B’.
  • Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar
    Haveli Police Service, Group ‘B’.
  • Pondicherry Civil Service, Group ‘B’.
  • Pondicherry Police Service, Group ‘B’

UPSC Civil Services Exam Selection Process:

The competitive examination comprises two successive stages :

  • Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination (Objective Type) for the selection of candidates for Main Examination; and
  • Civil Services (Main) Examination (Written and Interview) for the selection of candidates for the various Services and posts.

Preliminary Examination:

  • The Preliminary Examination will consist of two papers of Objective type (multiple choice questions) and carry a maximum of 400 marks.
  • This examination is meant to serve as a screening test only, the marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination by the candidates who are declared qualified for admission to the Main Examination will not be counted for determining their final order of merit.
  • For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate, one-third (0.33) of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty.
  • The question papers will be set both in Hindi and English.
  • Each paper will be of two hours duration.

Minimum qualifying marks: The General Studies Paper-II of the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination will be a qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%.

Main Examination:

  • The Main Examination will consist of written examination and an interview test.
  • The written examination will consist of 9 papers of conventional essay type in the subjects set out in sub-section (B) of Section II out of which two papers will be of qualifying in nature.
  • Section II (B) Marks obtained for all the compulsory papers (Paper-I to Paper-VII) and Marks obtained in Interview for Personality Test will be counted for ranking.

UPSC Civil Services Exam – Scheme of Main Examination

Qualifying Papers:



  • Paper-A (One of the Indian Language to be selected by the candidate) – 300 Marks
  • Paper-B (English) – 300 Marks

Papers to be counted for merit:



Subject Marks
Paper-I (Essay) 250 Marks
Paper-II
(General Studies-I)
 250 Marks
Paper-III
(General Studies -II)
 250 Marks
Paper-IV
(General Studies -III)
 250 Marks
Paper-V
(General Studies -IV)
 250 Marks
Paper-VI
(Optional Subject – Paper 1)
250 Marks
Paper-VII
(Optional Subject – Paper 2)
 250 Marks
Sub Total (Written test)   1750 Marks
Personality Test 275 Marks
Grand Total  2025 Marks

Application Fee: Rs. 100/-

Note: No fee for SC/ST/PH/Female candidates

Mode of Payment:

  • Offline mode by remitting the money in any Branch of State Bank of India or
  • Online mode by using Visa/Master/RuPay Credit/Debit Card or by using Internet Banking of SBI.

How to Apply for UPSC Civil Services Exam 2021?

All interested and eligible candidates can apply for this position online at (www.upsconline.nic.in) website on or before 24 March 2021. The online Applications can be withdrawn from 31 March 2021 to 6 April 2021 till 6.00 PM after which the link will be disabled.

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Important Dates:

  • Start of submission of the online application process : 4 March  2021
  • Last date for submission of the online application process : 24 March 2021
  • UPSC Civil Services Prelims Exam Date: 27 June 2021

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