The Civil Services exam 2021 registration has begun, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has notified. The candidates can apply till March 24 through the website- The prelims will be held on June 27.

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on Thursday, March 4 released the official notification for the civil services preliminary examination 2021. The Civil Services exam is held in two phases-preliminary exams and the main exam which comprises a written exam and personal interview.

The UPSC also conducts the exam for Indian Forest Services along with the Civil Services exam.

UPSC CSE 2021: How to Apply

Step 1: Visit the website – or

Step 2: Read carefully the details instructions on how to apply for UPSC CSE 2021

Step 3: Register yourself using a Photo ID Card (Aadhaar Card/Voter Card/PAN Card/Passport/Driving Licence/Any other photo ID issued by Govt)

Step 4: Fill out the form available on the form based on the instructions and submit.

Step 5: Pay fee of Rs 100 (except females, SC/ST/OBC/disabled)

Educational Qualification for UPSC Prelims 2021:

The candidate must hold a degree 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.

Paper pattern: The preliminary test consists of paper-I and II. In the objective type, multiple choice questions are asked that carry a total of 400 marks. In the general studies paper – II, a candidate has to qualify with a minimum of 33 percent marks.


Important Note:

Candidates are required to apply online using the website
Detailed instructions for filling up online applications are available on the above mentioned
website. The applicants are advised to submit only a single application; however, if due to any unavoidable situation, if an applicant submits another/multiple applications, then the applicant must ensure that the application with the higher RID is complete in all respects like applicants’ details, examination center, photograph, signature, photo ID, fee, etc. The applicants who are submitting multiple applications should note that only the applications with higher RID (Registration ID) shall be entertained by the Commission and the fee paid against one RID shall not be adjusted against any other RID.

UPSC has set up a Facilitation Counter in its campus to guide candidates who face problem while applying for the exam. Candidates can go in person or seek help over the phone on working days between 10am and 5pm. The telephone Numbers are: 011-23385271/011-23381125/011-23098543

General Studies Paper- I100200
General Studies Paper-II (Aptitude Test)80200


No. of allowed attempts: Each candidate is permitted only 6 attempts at the UPSC CSE. Meanwhile, SC/ST/OBC and PwBD category applicants get relaxation as per government norms.

Candidates need to pay a fee of Rs 100 to apply for the UPSC CSE 2021 exam. Females, SC/ST/OBC and persons with disabilities are exempted from paying fees for the exam.

In case a candidate wishes to withdraw an application, the same and be done between March 31 and April 6.

IAS Prelims Syllabus – General Studies Paper I

  • Current events of national and international importance.
  • History of India and Indian National Movement.
  • Indian and World Geography-Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.
  • Indian Polity and Governance-Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
  • Economic and Social Development-Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.
  • General issues on environmental ecology, bio-diversity, and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialization.
  • General Science.



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