Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), as per its calendar, is scheduled to release the notification for UPSC Civil Services 2021 and UPSC Indian Forest Services 2021 preliminary examinations on Wednesday, February 10. The notification will be released on Commission’s official website at upsc.gov.in.

Candidates who are willing to register themselves for the exam can visit UPSC’s official website – upsc.gov.in. Those who clear the Preliminary exam will be allowed to appear for the Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2021, which is scheduled on September 17, 2021, according to UPSC’s annual calendar.

UPSC conducts Civil Services Examination for recruitment every year for the selection of candidates in Indian Administrative Service, Indian Police Service and other civil services.

However, there might be a delay in the notification of UPSC Civil Services 2021. This is likely to happen as the central government on February 5 informed the Supreme Court that it will be giving an extra chance to those who missed their last attempt at the Civil Services exam in 2020 due to the coronavirus situation across India.

According to the calendar released by the Commission, the last date to apply for UPSC Civil Services 2021 and UPSC Indian Forest Services 2021 preliminary examinations is March 2 and the date of exam will be June 27. The candidates who clear the prelims will then be eligible to sit for the mains exam. The mains for UPSC Civil Services 2021 is scheduled for September 17 while the mains exam for UPSC Indian Forest Services 2021 will be conducted on November 21.

On February 5, the Centre had filed a note in the apex court which said, Relaxation, only to the extent of providing one extra attempt for Civil Service Examination (CSE), specifically limited to CSE-2021, may be granted to only those candidates who appeared for CSE-2020 as their last permissible attempt and are otherwise not age-barred from appearing in CSE-2021.

How to apply for IAS Exam 2021?
  1. Visit the official website of UPSC– upsconline.nic.in.
  2. Click on Exam Notifications tab.
  3. Click on Apply Online link.
  4. Click on the link available for Civil Services Part-I registration.
  5. Read the application form instructions carefully and click on Yes.

IAS Eligibility – UPSC Age Limit

As per the Civil Services Age Limit, the candidate Should be between 21 and 32 years, as on 1st August 2020 (for the UPSC CSE 2020), i.e., he must have been born not earlier than 2nd August 1988 and not later than 1st August 1999.

Civil Services Age Limit is an essential factor in the eligibility criteria. Therefore candidates applying for UPSC Exam should check these details properly before filling the online application form.


CategoryUPSC Age Limit- Upper RelaxationNumber of Attempts
SC/ST37Unlimited (Up to age limit)
Disabled Defence Services Personnel359
Persons with
Benchmark Disability – EWS (Economically weaker section)


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