COMPLETE GUIDE TO UPSC
What is UPSC?
The Union Public Service Commission, commonly abbreviated as UPSC, is one of the Indian government‘s premier government recruiting agency. They keep exams annually to recruit civil services aspirants to offer rich opportunities to the youth for serving the people. The exams are kept for recruiting nearly 24 services including the IAS, IFS, and IFS. A candidate is required to know history, geography, and civic knowledge of India. Also, the candidate applying for an officer’s post is expected to have good communication skills, widespread general knowledge, and good analytical and judicial skills. The three-stage exam is conducted annually and begins with the UPSC Prelims.
Candidates applying for civil services exams should have a university degree or an equivalent degree. Candidates who’re age ranges between 21 to 32 years are only eligible to apply for civil services examination. Also, an important to be noted is that one can appear six times only. Physically challenged and Other Backward Classes are given nine attempts to make use. SC/ST candidates can appear any number of times.
Syllabus and Pattern
The examination can be divided into three phases: Preliminary, main, and Interview round. The preliminary round consists of a pair of papers, each of two hours. An important thing to note that is each paper carries 200 marks of objective-type MCQs with four options. Again, an important thing to remember is that each question carries negative marking. Paper-1 is all about knowledge whereas Paper-2 focuses on logical thinking. Calculator use is strictly prohibited inside the exam hall. Make sure you score more than 33% in Paper-2. Remember the fact that the score in the preliminary examination does not count or add value for the final ranking. The main examination consists of nine different types of questions. However, non-programmable calculators are allowed in this round.
Paper-A and Paper-B are the two papers that will not count for final ranking but scoring at least 25% percent makes one eligible to attend the Mains. Paper-A is all about any Indian language that you choose and Paper-B focuses on English and allied literary skills. The core of the UPSC exam lies in the below mentioned seven papers.
Paper – I deal with Essays and its allied concepts.
Paper-II deals with General Knowledge I (Indian heritage, culture, history, and geography of the world).
Paper – III deals with General Knowledge –II (Governance, Constitution, polity, social justice, and international relations).
Paper – IV deals with General Studies III (Technology, economic development, biodiversity, environment, security, and disaster management).
Paper – V deals with General Studies IV (Ethics, integrity, and aptitude).
Paper – VI is Optional Subject – Paper 1.
Paper – VII is Optional Subject – Paper 2.
For papers VI and VII mentioned above, one should choose an optional subject from a list of 48 (25 subjects and literature of 23 languages).
UPSC Civil Services Admit Card
The admit card is the important pre-requisite document required for entry into the examination hall. The UPSC will officially release the admit card at least 3 weeks before the exam date. The shortlisted candidates can download the admit card only from the official website. IAS Prelims examination will be held on May 31, 2020, whereas the Mains examination will be held from September 18. The exam will be held for at least 5 days. Again, the UPSC aspirants can download the Civil Services e-admit card by logging on to the official website. Candidates will be issued with an e-Admission Certificate 3 weeks before the date of examination. Admit Card for Civil Services Main Exam and Preliminary Exams is available on the official website, i.e. www.upsc.gov.in. Candidates who have successfully submitted the online application procedures along with a fee can download the UPSC admit card from the above-mentioned website.
UPSC Online Registration
The UPSC Civil Services Exam 2020 will be conducted on the following dates :
Stage 1: UPSC Prelims – Sunday, May 31, 2020
Stage 2: UPSC Mains – September 18, 2020 (5 days)
Stage 3: Interview – November 2020
Also, remember the last date for submission of forms online is 3rd March 2020
Here are some steps to follow while applying for the UPSC Civil services exam 2020:
- Go to the official website of the UPSC, upsc.gov.in, and click on ‘Apply Online’ which comes on the homepage. After that, you will be directed to a page, wherein there will be a link ‘Online Application for Various Examinations’. Click on this link.
- Alternatively, you can directly go to upsconline.nic.in.
- This will take you to a new page, where you should click on ‘Part-I Registration’.
- Before filling the form, go through the important instructions to fill the UPSC Online Application Form.
Important Guidelines for filling forms and payments
The UPSC CSE Online Application Form includes two parts, namely the Part-I Registration and Part-II Registration. In Part-I Registration, candidates have to fill their details, educational qualifications, and address. To know more about EWS certificate criteria for IAS Exam, check the link. In Part-II Registration, candidates have to provide payment details, select the examination center, and upload Photographs, Signatures, Photo Identity Card Documents, and Declaration. Candidates of UPSC 2020 will have to pay Rs. 100/ as application fee while candidates who belong to SC/ST/PH categories and female candidates are exempted from paying the application fee. Also, candidates can pay the application fee through online or offline mode.
Offline Mode: Candidates can pay the application fee in cash at any State Bank of India branch.
Online Mode: Candidates who are paying the application fee via online mode can pay through net banking of State Bank of India or by Visa/Master/RuPay Credit/Debit Card.