UPSC IAS Exam 2020 (New Exam Dates), Download Admit Card, Syllabus

Civil Services IAS Exam 2020-21: The UPSC Exam conducting body has released new exam dates for UPSC IAS Exam. The UPSC has released the tentative dates for IFS Prelims & Main 2020 examination. The UPSC IFS Preliminary Exam 2020 will take place on Sun, 4 Oct 2020. Whereas the IFS Main exam will be held on Sun, 28 Feb 2021.

The UPSC IAS Exam Prelims Exam date is:

Preliminary ExamSun, 4 Oct, 2020
UPSC IAS Exam Prelims Exam date

The UPSC IAS Exam Mains Exam date is

Main ExamSun, 28 Feb, 2021
UPSC IAS Exam Prelims Exam date

The UPSC Exam is a National Level Exam, which is conducted by the UPSC(Union Public Service Commission) every year to recruit officers to various Services of Government of India, which includes the IAS(Indian Administrative Service), IFS(Indian Foreign Services) and IPS(Indian Police Service), simply referred to as UPSC Exam. It is a 3-step Recruitment Process:

  • Prelims Exam
  • Mains Exam
  • Interview

Prelims Exam  consists of 2 Objective-type papers

  • General Studies Paper 1
  • General Studies Paper 2

Also known as CSAT(Common Service Aptitude Test). IAS Main Exam consists of 9 papers of Essay writing type, in which

  • Two papers are Qualifying in nature.
  • And Marks of 7 Papers are counted.

Mains Examination is followed by an Interview. Only those Candidates who qualify the mains exam will be called for Personality Test.

Key Highlight: IAS Exam

Type Pen-Paper-based test
Developer / administrator Union Public Service Commission
Knowledge / skills tested Writing,English, General knowledge
Purpose UPSC Selection of candidates to the various posts of Civil Services of India
Vacancies 796
Year started 1922
Duration 2 hours/paper (Prelims)
3 hours/paper (Mains)
Score / grade range 0 – 200 (Prelims)
0 – 1750 (Mains)
0 – 275 (Interview)
Total = 2025 (Mains + Interview)
Offered Once a year
Restrictions on attempts 6 (General),
9 (OBC),
No limits for SC & ST candidates
Countries / regions India
Languages Question paper is in Hindi or English.
Annual number of test takers About 1 million students applied for the Preliminary examination in 2019.
Fee ₹ 100/- (for general male candidates).
Scores / grades used by Union Public Service Commission for the selection of the students to the various Civil Services of India
Qualification rate approximately 0.1 %

It is the most difficult competitive exam in India. A single attempt takes two years of Preparation. One year before the prelims and one year from prelims to Interview. On average the number of candidates applying each year for the UPSC Exam is more than 10 lakhs. The number of candidates sitting in the prelims exam is 5,50000 (approx).

UPSC IAS Exam Dates

Candidates can check below for UPSC IAS 2020-21 Exam Dates:

Event Dates Salient Features
IAS 2020 Exam Notification 12-02-2020 The UPSC has issued the Civil Services (IAS) Exam 2020 Notification for 796 vacancies
Last date to apply for IAS 2020 Exam 3-03-2020   The IAS 2020 online application will be accepted until this date.
Prelims Exam 4 Oct 2020 IAS 2020 Prelims Exam will be conducted in offline mode across the nation. Dates for IAS & IFS Exam 2020 (if postponed) will be notified on the UPSC website.Visit official site regularly.
Prelims Result To be announced The IAS Prelims Exam 2020 result will be announced by UPSC.
Main Exam 28 Feb, 2021 The IAS 2020 Main Exam will be conducted by UPSC
UPSC IAS Exam Dates

Eligibility Criteria: UPSC IAS Exam

The Eligibility for the IAS Examination are as follows CLICK HERE FOR UPSC EXAM Scientist “B”, Assistant Geophysicist, Senior Divisional Medical Officer, & other vacancies


For IAS and the IPS, the candidate must be a citizen of India. For other services, the candidate must be one of the citizens of the mention below.

  1. A citizen of India.
  2. A citizen of Nepal/ or a subject of Bhutan.
  3. A Tibetan Refugee settled permanently in India before January 1, 1962.
  4. A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia or Vietnam.

Educational Qualifications: IAS EXAM

All candidates must have one of the following educational qualifications.

  • Degree from a Central, State or a Deemed university/Institute.
  • or Degree received through correspondence/distance education.
  • Degree from an open university.
  • A qualification recognized by the GOI as being equivalent to one of the above.

The following candidates are also eligible but must submit proof of their eligibility at the time of the main exam.

  • Candidates who passed the final exam of the MBBS degree but have not yet completed an internship.
  • Candidates who passed the final exam of ICAI, ICSI, ICWAI.
  • Degree from any foreign university recognized by the Association of Indian Universities.

Age criteria: UPSC IAS

For General category candidates

  • Minimum age 21 years
  • Maximum age 32 years.


  Category Relaxation in age      SC/ ST   5 Years
OBC   3 Years
Defence Services Personnel 3 Years
Ex-servicemen including
commissioned officers   5 Years
PwD   10 Years
No age relaxation is given to the Economically Weaker Sections(EWS) in the UPSC Civil Services Exam.  

Number of attempts for IAS Exam

A candidate can appear for the exam as given below.

For General candidates 6
For OBC candidates 9
For SC/ST candidates Unlimited attempts till 37 years of age.

Attempting one of the papers in the prelims exam is counted as an attempt, including cancellation of candidature. However, applying to sit in the exam but failing to attend the exam is not counted as an attempt.  

IAS 2020 Exam Pattern

It is a 3-step Recruitment Process

  • Prelims Exam
  • Mains Exam
  • Interview

Civil Services Prelims Exam Pattern

Prelims Exam  consists of 2 Objective-type papers

  • General Studies Paper 1
  • General Studies Paper 2

Also known as CSAT(Common Service Aptitude Test). The Paper -2  of the prelims exam will be qualifying in nature, it will not be counted for eligibility in Mains Examination. Those who qualify the Prelims become eligible for the Main Exam.

Main Exam consists of 9 papers of Essay writing type, in which

  • Two papers are Qualifying in nature.
  • And Marks of 7 Papers are counted.

Mains Exam is followed by an Interview. Only those Candidates who qualify mains exam will be called for Personality Test or Interview.

Civil Services Mains Exam Pattern

Paper Subject Marks  
A (One of the Indian languages listed in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution of India) (Qualifying in nature) 300    
B English(Qualifying in nature) 300
Paper I Essay writing 250
II General Studies 1(Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World ) 250
III General Studies 2(Governance, constitution, social justice & international relations) 250
IV General Studies 3 (Technology, economy, environment, bio-diversity, security and disaster management) 250
V General Studies 4 (Ethics ,Integrity & Aptitude) 250
VI, VII Two papers on one of the subject to be selected by the candidate from the list of optional subjects (250 marks for each paper) 500
Sub Total (Written Test) 1750
Interview 275
Total Marks 2025

IAS EXAM Centers 2020

The Exam centers 2020 are notified in the IAS notification. IAS Prelims exam is conducted in more than 72 cities across India. The IAS Mains exam is conducted in 24 cities across India.

IAS Preliminary Exam Centres

Ghaziabad  Gautam Buddh Nagar Agra
Gorakhpur   Panaji (Goa) Ajmer
Gurgaon  Patna Ahmedabad
Warangal Mumbai Navi
Gaya Vishakhapatnam     Lucknow
Nagpur Gangtok Delhi
Vijayawada Mysore Shillong
Faridabad Dispur Chennai  
Vellore Varanasi Chandigarh  
Mumbai Madurai Srinagar
Dharwad Udaipur Kochi
Ludhiana Bareilly   Thane
Jaipur   Jammu Kohima
Dehradun   Kolkata     Kozhikode (Calicut)
Jodhpur   Thiruvananthapuram Coimbatore
Jabalpur Ranchi Sambalpur
Aurangabad Rajkot Itanagar
Raipur Indore Anantpur
Imphal Pune Allahabad
Hyderabad Aligarh Puducherry
Gwalior Port Blair Cuttack

IAS Mains Exam Centres

The number of candidates in the IAS Main Exam 2020 is 15 to 18 times the number of vacancies notified in the official notification. The IAS Main Exam Centres are given below:

Ahmedabad Dehradun Mumbai
Aizawl Delhi Patna
Allahabad Dispur (Guwahati) Raipur
Bangaluru Hyderabad Ranchi
Bhopal Jaipur Shillong
Chandigarh Jammu Shimla
Chennai Kolkata Thiruvananthapuram
Cuttack Lucknow  Vijayawada

Note: Candidates are advised to apply early so that they can get an exam center of their choice. The official notifications inform that allotment of centers (for both Preliminary and Mains) will be on a first-apply first allot basis. Once the capacity of a particular center is filled, the same will be frozen and applicants will have to choose a center from the remaining options.

Interview Details: UPSC IAS

Candidates are advised to prepare their academic subjects well and also the events which are happening around them both within and outside their own state or country. The interview standards are very very high and require thorough preparation as well as commitment.

IAS 2020 Application form Details

The application will be filled in online mode.

How to fill Application Form for IAS 2020?

Below are the steps to apply online for IAS Exam 2020.

  1. Visit the official website @
  2. Click on “Apply Online ”Link.
  3. Click on “Online Application for various Examination”.
  4. Read all the instructions carefully.
  5. Fill the Application form by filling your basic details.
  6. Upload your scan photo and signature.
  7. Once the application form is filled, candidates also need to pay the Civil Services exam application fee in online or offline mode.

Application Fee: UPSC IAS

Category Preliminary Exam Fee Mains Exam Fee
General/ EWS/OBC Rs 100 Rs 200
Females/ SC/ ST/ Pwd No N0

IAS 2020 Admit card Details

Candidates can download their IAS admit card from the official website three weeks before the commencement of the exam.

 Admit cards will not be sent to any candidates by post. Also, candidates who fail to carry their admit cards on the day of exam will not be allowed to take the exam.

How to Download IAS 2020 Admit card?

To download the Admit card for IAS Prelims 2020, you can follow the following steps.

1: Visit the official website.

2: Select exam name i.e IAS 2020

3: Enter the registration number and password.

4: Click the Submit button.

5: Download and print the admit card.

Admit Card, and one original ID proof is mandatory in order to enter the exam center.

ID proof may be one of the following:

  • Aadhar Card
  • Voter Card
  • Driving License
  • Pan Card

IAS Mains 2020 Admit Card

Only those Candidates who qualify the IAS Prelims exam can download the IAS mains exam hall ticket/admit card.

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Last Updated: July 7,2020 12:00:28 AM

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