UPSC IAS Notification 2021, Exam Schedule (OUT), how to apply for UPSC Civil Exam 2021: @ www.upsc.gov.in: UPSC IAS 2021 notification has been released by the commission. The online application for prelims examination commences from 4th March 2021 and will be available up to 24th March 2021. Candidates, who want to know all information regarding the IAS Exam 2021, can refer to this page. Let’s have an overview of the important aspects of the UPSC Civil Services Examination 2021.
Update: UPSC Civil Services Prelims admit card is now available for applicants.
- 1 UPSC IAS 2021
- 2 UPSC IAS Notification 2021
- 3 UPSC Indian Administrative Service Eligibility Criteria 2021
- 4 UPSC IAS Exam Scheme
- 5 UPSC IAS Exam Previous Year Cut off
- 6 How to Apply for UPSC IAS Application Form 2021?
- 7 UPSC IAS 2021 Important Links
UPSC IAS 2021
Candidates who look forward to serving the nation through joining the civil services, have to clear the exam conducted by UPSC. The UPSC recruits candidates for various departments under the Government of India.
The examination comprises of three-phase recruitment process i.e. Preliminary (MCQ’s Paper), Mains (Descriptive) and the Interview. The examinations will be followed in a sequence that the aspirants clearing the preliminary phase will move to mains examination and so on. The final merit is generated on the marks obtained in the Mains and Interview round. Preliminary marks are not considered, as it is only a screening test to select candidates for the mains exam.
UPSC IAS Notification 2021
Around 10-12 lakhs candidates appear in the UPSC IAS Exam and such figures tell the importance of the exam. It is considered the best job, which provides power and money at the same time. The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the exam for recruiting the Civil Servants. The exam is held once in a year. The mode of examination is offline. The total number of services included in the exam are Twenty-four, in which the most popular services are Indian Administrative Services (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian Revenue Service (IRS) and Indian Foreign Service (IFS).
The dates have been declared for the release of the official notification. It will be available on the official website of UPSC. Candidates are requested to go through the article below as we have mentioned important dates, eligibility criteria, examination pattern, syllabus etc. we wish good luck to the candidates who will be appearing for the UPSC Civil Services Exam 2021.
UPSC IAS 2021 Important Dates
The important dates for the UPSC IAS Exam 2021 are-:
|Release of Official Notification (prelims)||4th March 2021|
|Starting date of Online Application (Prelims)||4th March 2021|
|Last date of Online Application (Prelims)||24th March 2021 (6 PM)|
|Hall Tickets for Prelims Exam||Available|
|Preliminary Exam Date|
|Examination Fees||General/OBC/Ex-Serviceman candidates- Rs 100/- |
Other candidates are exempted from Fee payment.
|UPSC 2021 Application form||Registration Part 1|
Registration Part 2
Centre for UPSC IAS Preliminary Phase Examination
- The centres allotted for the preliminary phase examinations are
- The centres allotted for the Mains examinations are
* Allotment of Centres will be on the “first-apply-first allot” basis, and once the capacity of a particular Centre is attained, the same will be frozen. Applicants, who cannot get a Centre of their choice due to ceiling, will be required to choose a Centre from the remaining ones
UPSC Indian Administrative Service Eligibility Criteria 2021
- Candidates applying for the IAS, IPS and IFS must be a citizen of India.
- For other services, a candidate must be either a subject of Nepal, Bhutan or who have come to India before 1st January 1962 with an intention to permanent settlement in India.
- In the above case, the candidate has to show the eligibility certificate issued by the Government of India.
- The crucial date of eligibility is 1st August 2021.
- Candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 32 years.
- Relaxation will be given at upper age to a maximum of 3 years for OBC, Defence Personnel. (disabled during working)
- Relaxation maximum up to 5 years for Ex-Servicemen who have rendered 5 years of service to Army.
- Relaxation maximum up to 10 years for PWD.
Minimum Education Qualification
- The candidate must have a graduation degree from a University incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared deemed under the University Grant Commission Act 1956.
- Candidate at the final year of their graduation is also eligible.
Number of Attempts
- The number of attempts includes the preliminary examinations.
- Six attempts are given to the Unreserved/General candidates.
- Nine attempts for Pwd and OBC candidates.
- There is no maximum number of attempts for SC and ST candidates.
UPSC IAS Exam Scheme
The examination constitutes of following successive stages:
- Preliminary Examination
The preliminary examination will comprise of two objective type paper. The maximum marks will be 400 and 2 hours will be given for each subject. The representation for the plan of the preliminary exam is
|Paper||Total Marks||Language||Time Duration|
|Objective 1(MCQ’s)||200||English & Hindi||2 hours|
|Objective 2(MCQ’s)||200||English & Hindi||2 hours|
*Candidate have to attempt both the papers. Paper 2 will be qualifying in nature with 33% as minimum qualifying marks.
- Mains Examination
The main exam will be subjective. The examination comprises of nine papers of conventional essays type. The two papers of subject Indian language test and English are qualifying in nature while the seven other subjects that include two optional subjects is purely merit-based. We have represented the merit-based subject along with the qualifying based papers.
•COMPULSORY PAPER – English Indian Language (only Qualifying)
•Essay •Paper I •Paper II
•Optional Subject Paper I & Paper II
•General Studies Paper I, Paper-II , Paper III & Paper IV
- Qualifying Paper
|A||Indian Language test||300|
- Ranking Based Paper
|General Studies-I (Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society)||250|
|General Studies –II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)||250|
|General Studies –III (Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)||250|
|General Studies –IV (Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)||250|
|Optional Subject – Paper 1||250|
|Optional Subject – Paper 2||250|
|Total (written test)||1750|
The candidates shortlisted from the mains examination will appear for the interview round. The interview round contains 275 marks. The candidate has to score good marks in the interview session to achieve high rankings on the merit list. We have provided the syllabus for the Interview of UPSC IAS 2021.
UPSC IAS Syllabus 2021
The syllabus for Preliminary examination will cover the topics from the given subjects for both papers (I & II).
|Paper I – 200 Marks|
Time Duration- 2 hours
|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.||c. General issues on Environmental ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialization.|
|Paper 2(200 Marks) Time Duration- 2 hours|
|Comprehension.||Interpersonal skills including communication skills.|
|Logical reasoning and analytical ability.||Decision-making and problem-solving.|
|General mental ability; Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level).||Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. Class –X level)|
The syllabus for Mains examination will cover the topic from the given subject for
Qualifying Papers on Indian Language and English
The main motive of the test is to examine the reading and writing skills and to understand serious discursive prose and to express his ideas correctly in English and Indian Language concerned. The pattern will comprise the question from-:
- Comprehension of given articles.
- Precise writing.
- Short Essays.
- Usage and Vocabulary.
- Translation from English to the Indian language and vice-versa.
Merit-based paper syllabus including optional subjects
Candidates have to write on multiple topics. The writing skills are to be checked through the test. Candidates are advised to use basic skills for writing an essay and should use facts and figure (approx.) to make the essay look more factual.
Paper-II General Studies-I (Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society)
|Indian culture covering various aspects from the Art Forms, literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.||Modern Indian history that includes significant events, personalities, issues from about eighteenth century to present such as industrial revolution, world war, redraw of national boundaries, colonization, decolonization, political philosophies like communism, socialism etc. and their impact on society.|
|The Freedom struggle including all major activities.||Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country.|
|Features of Indian society and Diversities of the country.||Role of women and women’s organization.|
|Globalization on Indian society.||Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism and secularism.|
|Physical geography of World salient feature.||Natural resources around the world.|
|Geophysical Phenomenon such as Earthquake, tsunami, volcanic activities, cyclone etc.|
Paper-III General Studies –II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)
|Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and their challenges.||Separation of powers between various organs disputes redressal mechanisms and institutions.||Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries.||Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning, the conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these.||Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.|
|Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary Ministries and Departments of the Government; pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their role in the Polity.||Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests.||Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures.||Issues relating to the development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources, issues relating to poverty and hunger.||Role of civil services in a democracy|
|Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies.||Issues relating to the development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.||India and its neighbourhood- relations.||Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate.||Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora.|
|Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act.||Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies.||Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.||Development processes and the development industry the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders.||Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.|
Paper-IV General Studies –III (Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)
|Development, Bio diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management.||Indigenization of technology and developing new technology and Food processing and related industries in India.||Security challenges and their management in border areas; linkages of organized crime with terrorism||Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth.||Science and technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology.|
|Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment.||Major crops cropping patterns in various parts of the country, different types of irrigation and irrigation systems storage, transport and marketing of agricultural produce and issues and related constraints; e-technology in the aid of farmers||Challenges to internal security through communication networks, the role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cybersecurity; money-laundering and its prevention||Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment||Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, nano-technology, bio-technology and issues relating to intellectual property rights.|
|Inclusive growth and issues arising from it.||Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices||Disaster and disaster management.||Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate.||Linkages between development and spread of extremism.|
|Government Budgeting.||Investment models.||Land reforms in India.||Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc.||Role of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges to internal security.|
Paper-V General Studies –IV (Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)
|Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics in private and public relationships.||Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; the role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values.|
|Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behaviour; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion.||Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service, integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker sections.|
|Emotional intelligence-concepts, and their utilities and application in administration and governance.||Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and the world.|
|Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration||Probity in Governance: Concept of public service; Philosophical basis of governance and probity; Information sharing and transparency in government, Right to Information, Codes of Ethics, Codes of Conduct etc.|
|Charters, Work culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption.|
Paper-VI & VII Optional Subject Papers (I & II)
Candidate has to choose one of the subjects from the optional subject. The total marks for the optional subject paper marks are 250 marks for each paper. The list of the optional subjects is given below. We have provided the link, which has the detailed syllabus given by the Union Public Service Commission.
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List of Optional Subject for Mains Exam
|Agriculture||Animal Husbandry||Anthropology||Commerce and Accountancy||Electrical Engineering||History||Management||Mechanical Engineering||Philosophy||Political Science and International Relations||Public Administration||Sociology||Zoology|
|Literature||Civil Engineering||Chemistry||Economics||Geography||Law||Mathematics||Medical Science||Physics||Psychology||Veterinary Science||Botany||Statistics|
UPSC IAS Exam Previous Year Cut off
The recommendation details and the cut off marks category wise for the candidates who applied for the UPSC Civil Services in 2018 is depicted below-:
|S.No.||Category||Vacancy||Recommendation of PwBD Candidates||Vacancy after Recommendation of PwBD candidates||Recommendation of candidates (Non‐PwBD)||Minimum qualifying standards* [CS(P)] (Out of 200)||Minimum Qualifying Standards# [Written Exam ] (Out of 1750)||Marks secured by the last recommended Candidate [Final Stage] (Out of 2025)|
Candidates belonging to PwBD category
|PwBD‐1||11||11 (10 Gen,01 OBC)||Nil||–||73.34||711||899|
|PwBD‐2||12||12(09 Gen,02 OBC,01 ST)||Nil||–||53.34||696||908|
|PwBD‐3||11||11(08 Gen,02 OBC,01 SC)||Nil||–||40.00||520||754|
|PwBD‐5||02||02(10 Gen,01 SC)||Nil||–||45.34||460||718|
|36||36(28 Gen,05 OBC,02SC,02ST)||Nil||–|
*The Cut off marks are generated based on GS Paper-I only. GS Paper-II was of qualifying nature with 33% marks.
How to Apply for UPSC IAS Application Form 2021?
The online applications for filling the application form for UPSC IAS 2021 have started from 1sty March 2021. Candidates can visit the official portal to fill the application form. We will be providing you with the direct link to fill your application once the official notification is uploaded on the official website.
Please follow some simple steps to fill the application form.
- Please check the complete eligibility and go through the article before applying to the recruitment.
- Click on the official website of UPSC @ https://upsconline.nic.in/index.php
- Click on the tab showing “Online Application for Various Examination of UPSC”.
- The first part of registration includes basic details about the candidate.
- Complete the details asked in the first part of registration.
- Details of registration number and password will be sent to your registered mail id. and mobile no.
- Proceed to the second part of Registration.
- Upload your photograph, thumb expression and signature to the second part of registration.
- Please review your application form before final submission.
- Proceed towards fees, which can be submitted through various online medium of transactions i.e. Credit/ Debit card, Internet Banking etc.
- Take a copy of the transaction and save the file for future references.
UPSC IAS 2021 Important Links
UPSC IAS 2021 FAQ’s
The maximum of six and nine attempts are given to the General and Pwd/OBC candidates respectively. There is no maximum number of attempts for SC/ST candidates.
For the direct link for all syllabus of the optional subjects, Click Here
In the initial level after the implementation of the 7th pay commission, the salary is around 56000 without including allowances. The officers also enjoy various allowances as DA, HRA and TA.
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