UPSC 2023: Notification (Out), Exam Date, Eligibility, Form

By Shubhra Anand Jain|Updated : February 1st, 2023

UPSC 2023 notification is released on 01 February 2023 on the official website of the Union Public Service Commission. Candidates preparing hard for this exam can fill in the application form now. UPSC 2023 Prelims is scheduled to be held on 28 May 2023. Those who are interested must start their preparations now to boost their preparation and performance level. The Civil Services exam is held in three stages, Prelims, Mains, and then Interview. Candidates who clear all three stages will be selected for posts like IAS, IPS, IFS, IRS, and more. UPSC exam is one of the country's most highly competitive, demanding, and difficult exams that face heavy applications every year.

Earlier, the interview dates for those who cleared Mains 2022 were released, according to which the interview process has begun from 30 January 2023 onwards. For UPSC 2023, graduates who are at least 21 years of age can apply. Read this article till the end to stay updated on the notification release date, vacancies, salary, selection process, and eligibility for the UPSC exam.

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What is UPSC Exam?

UPSC Exam is a competitive exam conducted by Union Public Service Commission to select eligible candidates for all Group A & B posts in central government, such as IAS, IFS, IPS, IRS, and more. UPSC Full Form is Union Public Service Commission. The UPSC IAS Exam is conducted yearly for vacancies in three stages.

The Indian state has retained the civil service’s structure as was imparted by the British and envisioned achieving integrity and unity across the nation via this steel framework. Established in 1926, the civil service was revamped in the post-independence era. Sardar Patel advocated the adoption of All India Services in a newly independent India for the smooth functioning of the government.

Candidates who wish to appear for the UPSC 2023 must begin their preparation in advance to improve their chances of clearing the exam with a good score. The competition has been increasing as every year passes. UPSC CSE 2023 will see millions of students as aspirants, having their crack at the coveted services. However, only a few hundred make it to the cut.

UPSC 2023

Candidates preparing for the upcoming UPSC 2023 exam must comprehensively utilize the time to prepare for the exam. The notification is out on 01 February 2023 along with the activation of the apply online link. Earlier, the result for 2022 Mains was out on 06 December 2022. Successful candidates can appear for the IAS interview between 30 January to 10 March 2023.

UPSC Exam Latest Updates:

  • 01 February 2023: UPSC 2023 notification released; the last date to fill out the online application form is 21st February.
  • UPSC Interview Schedule with Roll Numbers declared - Check Here.
  • DAF-II link is activated from 08 December to 14 December 2022.
  • 06 December 2022: Mains 2022 result declared.
  • 25 September 2022: Mains 2022 concluded.
  • 16 September 2022: Mains Exam 2022 Begins.

UPSC Exam 2023 Overview

Exam Name

UPSC Civil Services Examination

Exam Year

2023

Conducting Body

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)

Exam Level

National

Exam Periodicity

Yearly

Mode

Offline (Pen-Paper Mode)

No. of Vacancies

UPSC 2023 Vacancy - 1105

Vacancy 2022 - 1011

IAS Selection Process

The UPSC Recruitment is a three-stage test: Prelims, Mains, and Interview.

UPSC Exam Notification 2023

UPSC Notification 2023 has been released on 01 February 2023 on the official website. Aspirants must download the UPSC notification PDF available in English and Hindi to understand the IAS exam better using the link mentioned below.

UPSC also releases the application form for the IAS prelims exam with the notification. The UPSC notification contains the following details: exam dates, application schedule, how to apply, application fee, eligibility, exam pattern, details about UPSC CSE posts and vacancy, syllabus for Prelims, Mains, and Optional subjects, Exam centre details, and other instructions relevant for the applicants.

What is IAS Exam?

Full form of IAS is Indian Administrative Service, earlier known as Imperial Civil Service. The All India Services of the Government of India consist of three services - IAS, the Indian Police Service, and the Indian Forest Service. To become an IAS officer, candidates must clear the UPSC exam with a good rank. The Commission conducts the UPSC CSE Exam annually to recruit candidates for 20+ government services, including IAS.

An IAS officer's job is to assist the federal and state governments in executing and administering their policies and giving essential input to any government decision-making process.

UPSC Exam Date 2023

The UPSC 2023 exam dates have been released by the commission in the official UPSC Calendar 2023. The announcement and official notification of the UPSC 2023 is released on 01 February 2023, and the UPSC prelims exam will be conducted on 28 May 2023.

The applicants must note the UPSC Exam Dates 2023 to avoid missing an important deadline and plan their preparation strategically.

UPSC 2023 Exam Schedule

As per the latest Calendar, below are all the important dates for UPSC 2023:

Important EventsDates
UPSC 2023 Notification Release Date01 February 2023
Application Release Date 202301 February 2023
Last Date to apply21 February 2023
Admit Card release date 2023First week of May
UPSC Prelims Exam Date 202328 May 2023
Result date 2023 for prelimsto be announced
Mains admit card dateto be announced
UPSC Mains 2023 Exam Date15 September 2023
Result 2023 date for Mains Examto be announced
Interview Dateto be announced
Final Result dateto be announced

UPSC IAS Exam Date 2022

Check the UPSC exam details for the 2022 recruitment cycle here. The mains result for 2022 was declared on 06 December, and now the selected candidates will appear for the Interview round from 30 January to 10 March 2023.

Important Events

Dates

Notification Release Date

02 February 2022

Application Date

02 February 2022

Last date to apply

22 February 2022

Prelims Admit Card Date

10 May 2022

UPSC Prelims Exam Date

05 June 2022

Prelims Result Date

22 June 2022

UPSC Mains Admit Card

30 August 2022

IAS Mains Exam Date

16 September 2022 to 25 September 2022

Mains Result 2022 Date

06 December 2022

Interview Dates

30 January to 10 March, 2023

Final Result (Final list of selected candidates)

To be announced

UPSC Mains Exam Dates 2023 [To be released]

UPSC releases the detailed timetable of the UPSC Mains Exam. Below we will update the detailed timetable for the UPSC Mains exam.

UPSC Mains 2023 Date

Forenoon Session of UPSC Mains

9.00 A.M. to 12.00 Noon

Afternoon Session

2.00 P.M. to 5.00 P.M.

15 September 2023

Paper-I: Essay

No Paper

To be announced

Paper-II General Studies-I

Paper-III General Studies-II

To be announced

Paper-IV General Studies-III

Paper-V General Studies-IV

To be announced

Paper-A Indian Language

Paper-B English

To be announced

Paper-VI Optional Subject-Paper-1

Paper-VII Optional Subject-Paper-2

UPSC Vacancy 2023

The UPSC exam vacancy 2023 is also published in the official notification. The number of vacancies scheduled to be filled through the UPSC 2023 Exam is 1105. Last year, the UPSC vacancy was 1011. Out of these vacancies, 37 seats are reserved for people with disabilities as shared below:

Category 

UPSC Vacancy 2023

Persons with Benchmark Disability Category

37

Blindness and Low Vision

7

Deaf and Hard of Hearing

5

Locomotor Disability

15

Multiple Disabilities

10

After receiving a final number of vacancies from Cadre Controlling Authorities, the final number of vacancies may change.

UPSC Application Form 2023

The authorities released the application form for Prelims 2023 on 1st February 2023. Candidates who wish to appear for the UPSC 2023 exam must check their eligibility and fill up the UPSC application form 2023 before the last filling date. Candidates must complete all the necessary details before completing the IAS prelims form online. It is also important to note that the UPSC Exam form can only be filled out online.

Candidates looking for the opportunity in the UPSC Exam must note that the application form will be filled in two different stages.

  • The UPSC Prelims application form is out from 01 to 21 February 2023.
  • Candidates who qualify for the Prelims exam will then fill out the Mains Form 2023, also known as the Detailed Application Form.

Below you can find out the steps to apply online for the UPSC exam 2023.

How to Apply Online for UPSC Exam 2023?

Follow the steps mentioned below to complete the registration for UPSC Prelims Exam 2023.

  • Step 1: Visit the official website of UPSC.
  • Step 2: Go to the Civil Services Examination (CSE) section.
  • Step 3: Click the "Apply" button to start your application process.
  • Step 4: Fill in all the required details (Including Name, Father Name, Mother Name, Educational Qualification, etc.) and upload your latest photo and signature.
  • Step 5: Check your application preview and "Submit" to complete your registration.

UPSC Application Fee

The candidates who are interested in applying for the UPSC 2023 exam will be charged Rs. 100/- as the application fee. Candidates belonging to SC/ST/PWD & Female candidates are exempted from paying the application fee.

  • The application fee will be accepted via Visa/Master/RuPay Credit/ Debit card.
  • The application fee can also be paid through the medium of the online net banking facility of the SBI, State Bank of India.

UPSC Posts

The total posts under UPSC are given below. The vacancy against each vacancy varies each year. The posts are allocated as per the last rank cutoff. To gain a better understanding, applicants must check the UPSC Rank Wise Post for the last few years.

  • Indian Administrative Service
  • Indian Foreign Service
  • Indian Police Service
  • Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service, Group ‘A’
  • Indian Audit and Accounts Service, Group ‘A’
  • Indian Defence Accounts Service, Group ‘A’
  • Indian Revenue Service (I.T.), Group ‘A’
  • Indian Revenue Service Custom and Indirect Taxes Group ‘A’
  • Indian Ordnance Factories Service, Group ‘A’ (Assistant Works Manager, Administration)
  • Indian Postal Service, Group ‘A’
  • Indian Civil Accounts Service, Group ‘A’
  • Indian Railway Protection Force Service
  • Indian Railway Traffic Service, Group ‘A’
  • Indian Railway Accounts Service, Group 'A'
  • Indian Railway Personnel Service, Group ‘A’
  • Post of Assistant Security Commissioner in Railway Protection Force, Group ‘A’
  • Indian Defence Estates Service, Group ‘A’
  • Indian Information Service (Junior Grade), Group ‘A’
  • Indian Trade Service, Group 'A’
  • Indian Corporate Law Service, Group "A"
  • Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service, Group ‘B’ (Section Officer’s Grade)
  • Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu, and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service, Group 'B'
  • Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu, and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Service, Group 'B'
  • Pondicherry Civil Service, Group 'B'
  • Pondicherry Police Service, Group ‘B’

UPSC Exam: Posts List and Salary

The IAS Salary structure is as per the 7th pay commission. The UPSC officer salary in India includes various components such as DA, TA, HRA, and many more. The IAS salary in hand is approx. Rs.56,100 per month in the beginning. Apart from the salary, numerous perks come with the job.

Below is an overview of the UPSC IAS officer’s salary, and candidates appearing for the upcoming UPSC Exam must know about the updated salary structure.

Grade

UPSC Post List

Salary of UPSC IAS officer

Pay Level

Basic Pay (INR)

Junior or Lower Time Scale

ASP/SDM/ Asst. Commissioner

10

56100

Senior Time Scale

ADM/Deputy Secretary/ Undersecretary

11

67700

Junior Administrative

DM/ Joint Secretary/ Deputy Secretary

12

78,800

Selection Grade

DM/ Special Secretary cum director/ Director

13

1,18,500

Selection Grade

Divisional Commissioner/ Secretary Cum Commissioner/ Joint Secretary

14

1,44,200

Super Time Scale

Divisional Commissioner/ Principal Secretary/ Additional Secretary

15

1,82,200

Above Online Classroom Program Time Scale

Additional Chief Secretary

16

2,05,400

Apex Scale

Chief Secretary

17

2,25,000

Cabinet Secretary Grade

Cabinet Secretary of India

18

2,50,000

UPSC Exam Eligibility

The candidates are recommended to check the UPSC eligibility criteria before applying for the UPSC exam 2023 to avoid disqualification at a later stage. The eligibility criteria include the age limit, nationality, and educational qualification. However, there is no limit on the graduation percentage. IAS eligibility for ex-servicemen includes age relaxation.

The complete detail about eligibility for the UPSC Exam 2023 is mentioned below. Aspirants who wish to take the UPSC exam in Hindi must go through the UPSC IAS Eligibility in Hindi. Also, check the IPS Eligibility for Male and Female and the detailed IPS Physical Eligibility if you opt for the police services.

Nationality for UPSC Exam 2023

The candidates who wish to appear in the UPSC Civil Services Exam 2023 should be a

  • citizen of India or
  • should be a citizen of Nepal or
  • the subject of Bhutan or
  • he/she must be Tibetan Refugee who migrated to India to settle permanently before January 01, 1962, or
  • person of Indian origin who migrated from Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Pakistan, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Malawi, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia, Kenya, and Zaire.

UPSC Exam Educational Qualification

The Educational Qualification for UPSC Exam states that the candidates applying for the Civil Services exam must have a graduation degree from a govt. recognized university. The educational qualification is not limited to any particular stream.

  • Candidates pursuing graduation and waiting for their final results can also apply, but only on the condition that the result should be declared before filling out the application for the UPSC Mains 2023 exam.
  • UPSC exam eligibility educational qualification percentage is not a criterion for the CSE exam.

UPSC Exam Age Limit

UPSC has a predefined age limit for candidates who want to apply for the UPSC 2023 exam. Below we have mentioned the age limit for the Civil Services exam for different categories. The age limit must be calculated as of 01 August 2023. The Average Age of UPSC Selected Candidates is approximately 26.9.

UPSC Exam Age Limit

Category

Minimum Age

Maximum Age

Age limit for General

21 years

32 years

Age limit for OBC

21 years

35 years

Age limit for SC/ST

21 years

37 years

Age Relaxation in UPSC 2023

The Commission has mentioned age relaxation for the few candidates applying for the UPSC 2023 exam. The age relaxation for the general category is not applicable. However, the relaxation for SC/ST, OBC, Defence Personnel, ex-servicemen, and others is mentioned below.

Category

Age Relaxation in UPSC

UPSC Age Limit for SC and ST

5 years

Other backward classes (OBC)

3 years

Defense Services Personnel

3 years

Ex-servicemen, including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs

5 years

Deaf, hard of hearing, low vision or blindness, ex-servicemen or candidates with any other locomotor disability or muscle deformity

10 years

How many Attempts for UPSC 2023?

UPSC has mentioned the number of attempts each candidate can take. The UPSC attempts for various categories are mentioned below:

Category

Number of Attempts

UPSC Attempt for General Category

6

UPSC Attempt for OBC 

9

UPSC Attempt Limit for SC

No Limit

UPSC Attempts for ST

No Limit

Also, check the Number of Attempts for Ex-servicemen in UPSC.

UPSC Exam Centre List

The officials announce the Exam Centre for UPSC Exam every year on the official website. The complete list of the exam centres for the UPSC exam 2023 is announced with the notification. Applicants must select their preferred test centres through the application form-filling process. The Commission provides distinct UPSC Exam centres for the prelims and Mains stages. Applicants can also visit the official website to avail of the option of centre change for UPSC 2023.

UPSC Exam Center List 2023

List of Exam Centres for UPSC Prelims

Agartala

Gorakhpur

Patna

Agra

Gurgaon

Port Blair

Ajmer

Gwalior

Prayagraj (Allahabad)

Ahmedabad

Hyderabad

Puducherry

Aizawl

Imphal

Pune

Aligarh

Indore

Raipur

Anantpur (Andhra Pradesh)

Itanagar

Rajkot

Aurangabad

Jabalpur

Ranchi

Bangalore

Jaipur

Sambalpur

Bareilly

Jammu

Shillong

Bhopal

Jodhpur

Shimla

Bilaspur

Jorhat

Siliguri

Chandigarh

Kochi

Srinagar

Chennai

Kohima

Thane

Coimbatore

Kolkata

Thiruvananthapuram

Cuttack

Kozhikode (Calicut)

Tiruchirapalli

Dehradun

Leh

Tirupati

Delhi

Lucknow

Udaipur

Dharwad

Ludhiana

Varanasi

Dispur

Madurai

Vellore

Faridabad

Mumbai

Vijayawada

Gangtok

Mysore

Vishakhapatnam

Gaya

Nagpur

Warangal

Gautam Buddh Nagar

Navi Mumbai

Ghaziabad

Panaji (goa)

List of Exam Centres for UPSC Mains

As the number of applicants in the UPSC Mains Exam is less, the number of exam centres is also less.

UPSC Exam Centres for Mains

Ahmedabad

Dehradun

Mumbai

Aizawl

Delhi

Patna

Allahabad

Dispur (Guwahati)

Raipur

Bengaluru

Hyderabad

Ranchi

Bhopal

Jaipur

Shillong

Chandigarh

Jammu

Shimla

Chennai

Kolkata

Thiruvananthapuram

Cuttack

Lucknow

Vijayawada

UPSC Selection Process 2023

The selection process for UPSC civil services examination 2023 consists of three successive stages. The selection process for IAS and IPS remains the same, and the services are offered as per the ranks.

  • Stage 1: Prelims Exam
  • Stage 2: Mains Exam
  • Stage 3: Interview or Personality Test

☛ Check: How many IAS Officers are Selected Every Year?

Note: To participate in the next stage, the candidate must qualify for each stage's cutoff marks. The UPSC Prelims Exam is qualifying in nature. Therefore, the final selection marks of Mains and Interview will be counted for the final list.

  • The Prelims exam is objective and consists of two papers, GS paper 1 and CSAT.
  • Whereas Mains Exam is a descriptive exam that includes compulsory papers, general studies papers, and optional subject papers.
  • Candidates who pass the UPSC 2023 mains exam will be invited to take the personality test.
  • The Civil Services personality test is the final and most important stage of the UPSC exam selection process.
  • Candidates for the interview, held at the UPSC office in New Delhi, are called to appear in double the number of jobs.

UPSC Selection Process 2023

Total Marks

Nature of the exam

UPSC Prelims Exam

400 Marks

Objective Exam

Qualifying Exam - Marks not Counted in final merit

Mains Exam

1750 Marks

Descriptive Test

Marks counted in the final merit

Interview

275 Marks

Personality Test

Total marks

2025 Marks

Total Marks

UPSC 2023 Exam Pattern

UPSC paper pattern for Prelims, Mains & Interview is shared below. It is paramount to be very clear about the UPSC exam pattern for all three stages. As it's a long exam cycle, aspirants must plan and prepare accordingly. The total number of questions asked in the Prelims exam is 400. The description of the same is as follows:

UPSC Prelims Exam Pattern

UPSC Prelims Exam consists of two papers, General Studies (GS) and Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT). Each Prelims paper is objective type, MCQ type questions.

  • The Prelims paper will be provided in both English and Hindi.
  • It is also important to note that the UPSC CSE Prelims exam has a negative marking of 1/3rd mark for every incorrect answer.
  • Both GS Paper 1 and Paper 2 are conducted in one day.
  • To qualify for the Mains, all applicants must take both the General Studies and CSAT tests.

Note: UPSC Prelims Paper 1 marks will be counted to determine the merit list, whereas the CSAT Paper 2 will be of qualifying in nature (33% marks required).

UPSC Prelims Exam 

No. of Qs.

Max. Marks

Exam Duration

General Studies- Paper-1 (GS Paper 1)

100

200 Marks

2 Hours

General Studies- Paper-2 (CSAT)

80

200 Marks

2 Hours

UPSC Mains Exam Pattern

Candidates who clear the UPSC prelims exam 2023 by securing the cutoff marks will fill in the DAF and appear for the Mains examination. It is a descriptive type of exam, and the marks secured in the mains exam and interview marks determine your selection and merit rank.

The UPSC Mains Exam consists of two types: qualifying papers and merit.

  • Papers A & B are of Qualifying in Nature (25%, i.e., 75 marks required), whereas marks of Papers 1 to 7 of the Mains exam will be counted to determine the final order of merit.
  • Candidates must choose one UPSC optional subject for the Mains exam.
  • Applicants must score a minimum of 25% on each paper to be considered for the final selection.
  • Candidates will be asked to write their answers on the provided answer sheets. There will be no extra sheets provided.

Paper

Subject

Duration

Total marks

Time Allotted

Nature of paper

Type of Paper

Paper A

Compulsory Indian language

3 hours

300

3 hours

Qualifying

Descriptive

Paper B

English

3 hours

300

3 hours

Qualifying

Descriptive

UPSC Mains Paper 1

Essay

3 hours

250

3 hours

Merit

Descriptive

Paper 2

General Studies 1 (Indian Heritage and Culture, History, and Geography of the World and Society)

3 hours

250

3 hours

Merit

Descriptive

Paper 3

General Studies 2 (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)

3 hours

250

3 hours

Merit

Descriptive

Paper 4

General Studies 3 (Technology, Economic Development, Biodiversity, Environment, Security

and Disaster Management)

3 hours

250

3 hours

Merit

Descriptive

Paper 5

General Studies 4 (Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude)

3 hours

250

3 hours

Merit

Descriptive

Paper 6

Optional Paper 1 (Candidates may choose any one of the optional subjects)

3 hours

250

3 hours

Merit

Descriptive

Paper 7

Optional Paper 2

3 hours

250

3 hours

Merit

Descriptive

UPSC Interview 2023 - Personality Test

The UPSC Interview is the last and last stage of the selection process. The interview is worth 275 points, bringing the total number of possible points to 2025. Applicants who qualify for the Mains exam will be called for the IAS personality test 2023. Practice with the Top IAS Interview Questions with Answers to improve your chances of selection.

UPSC Exam Syllabus 2023

UPSC 2023 Syllabus is notified along with the official notification on the official website every year. The UPSC syllabus is available for download on the official website. Applicants must check the syllabus for both the Prelims and Mains Examination to better understand the exam.

It is important to understand it completely as the UPSC exam syllabus is vast, and to succeed in the examination; it is important to cover the entire syllabus smartly. Download the syllabus PDF for both Prelims and Mains in English and Hindi from the direct links below.

☛ Read UPSC Syllabus in Hindi and UPSC Syllabus in Marathi

UPSC Prelims Syllabus

UPSC Syllabus for Prelims Examination includes the syllabus of General Studies Paper-1 and CSAT Paper-2. Download the IAS Prelims Syllabus PDF in English and Hindi using the link below.

UPSC Exam Syllabus for GS Paper 1

UPSC Syllabus for GS Paper 1 includes all General Studies subjects such as history, economics, geography, polity, etc., along with current events.

UPSC Exam Syllabus for CSAT 

UPSC CSAT Syllabus for the prelims exam is mentioned below. The syllabus includes general aptitude, English, reasoning, etc. 

  • 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)

UPSC Mains Syllabus 2023

UPSC Syllabus for Mains Examination consists of GS papers and Optional papers syllabus.

Candidates can download the detailed UPSC Mains Syllabus and UPSC optional syllabus for each subject. Each applicant must choose one optional subject for the Mains exam and appear for two papers for the optional subject.

Paper

Subject

Paper 1

Essay (can be written in the medium of the candidate’s choice)

Paper 2

GS 1 Syllabus - (Indian Heritage & Culture, History & Geography of the World & Society)

Paper 3

GS 2 Syllabus -(Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice & International Relations)

Paper 4

GS 3 Syllabus -(Technology, Economic Development, Biodiversity, Security & Disaster Management)

Paper 5

GS 4 Syllabus - (Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude)

Paper 6

Optional Subject – Paper 1

Paper 7

Optional Subject – Paper 2

UPSC Optional Subjects

The Commission allows each candidate to choose one optional subject for the UPSC Exam to appear in the mains exam. A total of 48 subjects are offered in the Optional Subject list to choose from. There are 25 subject-related optional subjects and 23 literature-related optional subjects. You can also download the optional subject syllabus to ensure that you are ready for your exam preparation. Aspirants can also refer to the expert strategy for choosing optional subjects for UPSC.

List of Optional Subjects for UPSC Exam 2023

Agriculture

Assamese

Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science

Bengali

Anthropology

Bodo

Botany

Dogri

Chemistry

Gujarati

Civil Engineering

Hindi

Commerce & Accountancy

Kannada

Economics

Kashmiri

Electrical Engineering

Konkani

Geography

Maithili

Geology

Malayalam

History

Manipuri

Law

Marathi

Management

Nepali

Mathematics

Oriya

Mechanical Engineering

Punjabi

Medical Science

Sanskrit

Philosophy

Santhali

Physics

Sindhi

Political Science & International Relations

Tamil

Psychology

Telugu

Public Administration

Urdu

Sociology

English

Statistics

Zoology

Download UPSC Optional Subject Syllabus

Along with analyzing the syllabus of optional subjects, aspirants can also go through the Success Rate of Optional in UPSC to make an informed decision. As per the aspirants' feedback, check the Best Optional Subject for UPSC.

  1. Geology Syllabus for UPSC Exam
  2. Physics Syllabus for UPSC Exam
  3. Sociology Syllabus for UPSC Exam 2023
  4. Economics Syllabus for UPSC Exam
  5. Zoology Syllabus for UPSC Exam 2023
  6. Commerce & Accountancy Syllabus for UPSC Exam
  7. Anthropology Syllabus for UPSC Exam 2023
  8. Management Syllabus for UPSC Exam
  9. Philosophy Syllabus for UPSC Exam
  10. Electrical Engineering Syllabus for UPSC Exam
  11. Mathematics Syllabus for UPSC Exam 2023
  12. Public Administration Syllabus for UPSC Exam
  13. Statistics Syllabus for UPSC Exam
  14. Agriculture Syllabus for UPSC Exam 2023
  15. Law Syllabus for IAS Exam
  16. Medical Science Syllabus for UPSC Exam
  17. Political Science & International Relations Syllabus for IAS Exam
  18. Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science Syllabus for UPSC Exam 2023
  19. Botany Syllabus for UPSC Exam
  20. Chemistry Syllabus for IAS Exam
  21. Mechanical Engineering Syllabus for UPSC Exam 2023
  22. History Syllabus for UPSC Exam
  23. Civil Engineering Syllabus for UPSC Exam
  24. Psychology Syllabus for UPSC Exam

How to Prepare for UPSC Exam 2023?

To kick-start your preparations and crack the UPSC exam, it becomes really important to have a smart strategy. We have shared some important tips by experts to prepare well for the Prelims 2023 exam.

Along with the exam strategy, it is crucial to follow a regular UPSC timetable for effective preparation. The candidates must have a well-structured timetable and strategy for the civil service examination, which can be formulated according to their convenience. If candidates wish to prepare for the UPSC exam at home, also go through Tips to Crack UPSC Exam without Coaching.

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UPSC Mock Test 2023

The UPSC Mock Test will help you practice various questions prepared by our expert mentors to improve your strength and weakness to attempt the exam more accurately and confidently. Thus, practice the test series to solve various questions to score better in the exam without any hassle. Regular practice of UPSC 2023 mock tests will also ensure that you prevent negative marks and score the desired marks to clear the cutoff.

UPSC Exam Online Coaching 2023

To prepare online with expert guidance, you may opt for UPSC IAS online coaching at BYJU'S Exam Prep. The live classes are the best method to save time and prepare at your convenience. The UPSC IAS online coaching offers study material PDFs, several practice questions, and mock tests prepared by highly experienced educators to ease your preparation and help you score good marks in the exam.

UPSC Exam 2023 Practice Set

The UPSC topic wise previous year questions can be practised using the Practice Set. All the previous year's Prelims question papers can be solved as per your preparation needs. For best results, solve the UPSC practice set multiple times for better memorization and retention.

UPSC Previous Years Question Papers

The question papers are the most reliable resource for understanding the exam pattern and weightage of different topics. Candidates must solve the UPSC previous year question paper to analyze the question trend and prepare accordingly.

The UPSC CSE Previous Year Question Paper also assesses your exam preparation and the improvement required to qualify. The UPSC prelims question papers must be solved as per the exam time limit for the best analysis and result.

The UPSC Mains question papers of all GS subjects and optional can be downloaded for preparation.

Solving previous year's papers for the UPSC exam is one activity that aspirants shouldn't skip. Each paper provides valuable learning regarding the topics that must be covered and how many questions should be attempted in prelims and mains exam. After solving Mains question papers, also refer to How Many Questions to Attempt in UPSC Mains?

UPSC Booklist

The following books can assist you with your preparations for one of the most competitive government exams in the country, the UPSC Exam 2023. If the aspirants are preparing for the UPSC CSE exam in Hindi, refer to the complete UPSC books in Hindi.

Find below the list of UPSC books for the Prelims Exam:

UPSC Exam Books

Author/Publication

History of Modern India

Bipan Chandra

History of Medieval India

Satish Chandra

India’s Struggle for Independence

Bipan Chandra

India’s Ancient Past

R.S. Sharma

Indian Polity for Civil Services Examinations

M. Laxmikanth

Indian Art and Culture (Culture)

Nitin Singhania

Facets of Indian Culture

Spectrum

Our Parliament

Subash Kashyap

Certificate Physical and Human Geography

Goh Cheng Leong

Indian Economy

Ramesh Singh

UPSC CSAT Books

UPSC CSAT Books 2023 will allow you to clear the qualifying paper easily. A clear understanding of the concepts and regular practice will help you score good marks on CSAT Paper. Aspirants can also go through the detailed list of CSAT Books for UPSC to choose the ideal one suiting their needs.

Subject-wise UPSC Books

UPSC Cut Off

Candidates preparing for the UPSC Exam 2023 must also go through the total marks and UPSC cut off to have a better understanding of the level of the exam and set a target score for the upcoming prelims exam. The cut off marks are the minimum qualifying marks to be secured by the candidate to reserve a seat at each stage. The UPSC Cutoff determines the final list of candidates selected for the post. Every year, Commission releases the official UPSC cut off on its official website which are tabulated below:

UPSC Cut Off 2021

Category

CS (Prelims)

CS (Mains)

CS (Final)

General 

87.54

745

953

EWS

80.14

713

916

OBC

84.85

707

910

SC 

75.41

700

886

ST

70.71

700

883

PwBD-1 

68.02

668

892

PwBD2

67.33

712

932

PwBD-3

43.09

388

689

PwBD-5

45.80

560

701

UPSC Cut Off 2020

Category

CS (Prelim)

CS (Main)

CS (Final)

General

92.51

736

944

EWS

77.55

687

894

OBC

89.12

698

907

SC

74.84

680

875

ST

68.71

682

876

PwBD-1

70.06

648

867

PwBD-2

63.94

699

910

PwBD-3

40.82

425

675

PwBD-5

42.86

300

465

UPSC Cut Off Marks 2019

Exam

General

OBC

SC

ST

UPSC CSE Prelims

98

95.34

82

77.34

CSE Mains

751

718

706

699

Final Cutoff

961

925

898

893

UPSC CSE Cutoff Marks 2018

Exam

General

OBC

SC

ST

Prelims 2018 Cut Off (Out of 200 Marks)

98

96.66

84

83.34

Main 2018 Cut Off (Out of 1750 Marks)

774

732

719

719

Final 2018 Cut Off (Out of 2075 Marks)

982

938

912

912

UPSC CSE Cutoff 2017

Exam

General

OBC

SC

ST

Prelims 2017 Cut Off (Out of 200 Marks)

105.34 

102.66 

88.66 

88.66 

Main 2017 Cut Off (Out of 1750 Marks)

809 

770 

756 

749 

Final 2017 Cut Off (Out of 2075 Marks)

1006 

968 

944 

939 

UPSC Admit Card 2023

UPSC Prelims Admit Card 2023: The Commission will release the UPSC admit card after completing the application process. Candidates who successfully register for the Prelims exam will be able to download the hall ticket from the official website. It is important to carry your admit card to the exam centre to attempt UPSC 2023.

UPSC Mains Admit Card 2023: The Commission will release the Mains admit card 2023 a few weeks before the exam, which can be downloaded from the official website. The UPSC Mains Exam 2023 is scheduled for 15th September 2023 onwards. Ensure you carry the admit card to the exam centre. Candidates who successfully qualify for the UPSC CSE Prelims Exam 2023 must fill out the DAF form and download the Mains e-admit Card from the official website.

Candidates can download their UPSC 2023 Admit Card with the help of the following steps mentioned below:

  • Step 1: Directly go to the official website of UPSC.
  • Step 2: On the home page, click on the link to 'Download UPSC 2023 Admit Card'.
  • Step 3: Read the instructions mentioned on the screen carefully and click on the ‘Yes’ button.
  • Step 4: Enter the Registration ID or Roll Number followed by the candidate's Date of Birth.
  • Step 5: Enter the captcha in the given blank field and click on the submit button.
  • Step 6: The final step is downloading the IAS Admit Card.

In case of any discrepancy in the admit card, candidates must report to the examination authorities immediately. Below we have listed the particulars mentioned on the admit card; make sure these details are enclosed in the redressal document:

  • Name of the Candidate
  • Date & Time of the Examination
  • Registration ID
  • Roll number
  • Complete postal address
  • UPSC Civil Services 2021 Exam Centres

How to Download UPSC Prelims Admit Card 2023?

Follow the below-mentioned steps to download the UPSC Prelims Admit Card 2023 from the official website.

  1. Visit the UPSC official website, https://www.upsc.gov.in/ or click on the UPSC admit card download link mentioned.
  2. Click on the "View all" tab under What's new.
  3. In the new window, click on "e - Admit Card: Civil Services (Prelims) Examination, 2023"
  4. A new window opens with the link to download the e-admit card.
  5. After clicking on the download link, read the detailed instruction and click on 'yes'.
  6. Enter your registration id or roll no to download the UPSC Admit Card 2023.

UPSC Answer Key

The Commission releases the official UPSC Answer Key after completing all stages of the Civil Services Exam. However, we will provide the answer key for the UPSC exam 2023 that will help you calculate your expected marks for prelims. It would help you find out how much you will score, and then you can devise a strategy for UPSC Mains 2023 accordingly.

UPSC Prelims Question Paper Representations Portal 2023

UPSC Online Question Paper Representation Portal (QPREP) will be open for 7 days (1 week), i.e., up to 6:00 pm on the seventh day from the day following the examination date. Candidates can submit any objection regarding the questions asked in the IAS Prelims Paper 2023 online.

  • Such representations can only be made through the "Online Question Paper Representation Portal (QPrEP)
  • No representation will be accepted by e-mail/post/manual or any other means, and the Commission will not send any communication to the candidates in this regard.
  • No representation will be accepted under any circumstances after the expiry of this period of 7 days.

UPSC 2022 Result

The Commission released UPSC Mains Result 2022 on its official website on 06 December 2022. UPSC announces the CSE result after each stage. Candidates will get selected for the Interview based on their Mains results. Those who perform well on Mains will be called for a personality test. Then the final result will be published by officials based on the marks obtained in both UPSC Mains and the personality test.

Latest updates on IAS Result:

  • Mains Result 2022 was released on 06 December 2022.
  • UPSC Prelims Result 2022 was released on 22 June 2022.
  • Final Result 2021 was declared on 30 May 2022.

UPSC Exam Toppers

After the announcement of the CSE Final Results 2020 on 24 September, the UPSC Marksheet was released on 28 September 2021. The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) released the 2019 Marksheet on the 16th of October 2020, following the announcement of the civil services test final results on the 4th of August. For the years 2020 and 2019, 761 and 896 candidates, respectively, passed the IAS Exam.

☛ Also Check: UPSC First Attempt Toppers

UPSC releases the IAS Toppers Marksheet PDF on the official website each year after the entire process is over. Candidates who did not qualify for the UPSC Mains Exam can also download their UPSC CSE Marksheet from the official website.

UPSC Toppers Marks 2020

Candidates preparing for the upcoming UPSC CSE Exam 2021 must note the marks of IAS toppers to get a good idea about the score to be achieved. It is important to note the UPSC Toppers Marks as it helps you prepare in a targeted manner.

Download the IAS Marks 2020 for recommended candidates from the link below. 

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FAQs on UPSC 2023

  • The Civil Services Examination (CSE) is a competitive examination in India administered by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) to recruit eligible candidates for Group A and B services. Due to this, the CSE is also referred to as the UPSC Exam. This exam is conducted every year for the recruitment officers for the All India Administrative Civil Services. There are three stages in the UPSC exam, namely Prelims, Mains, and Personality Test. Candidates who clear all these rounds will be able to enter the prestigious Civil Services of India.

  • The full form of UPSC is Union Public Service Commission, and the IAS stands for Indian Administrative Service. UPSC is the conducting body that conducts various exams such as Civil Services for IAS, IRS, IPS, IFS, etc, along with other exams such as EPFO, Engineering services, and more. 

    IAS is considered to be the premier Civil Service of India, and to be recruited as an IAS officer one has to clear the UPSC exam that is conducted every year.

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  • There are three stages of the UPSC exam, Prelims, Mains, and Personality test. The Prelims Exam Dates 2023 is 28 May 2023. The candidates who crack the Prelims round will be eligible for the UPSC Mains which will be held from 15 September 2023 onwards. The date for the Personality test will be announced on the official website of UPSC a few days after the declaration of the Mains result.

  • UPSC Prelims Exam is the screening test to select candidates for the Mains exam. In this primary stage of the UPSC exam, candidates have to appear in two compulsory papers conducted on the same day offline. The two papers are namely GS-1 and GS-2 (CSAT). GS-1 is a merit ranking in nature and on the other hand, CSAT is only qualifying in nature.

  • The eligibility criteria depend on many factors, such as age, educational qualification, and nationality. To be eligible for the UPSC exam 2023 candidates must be a graduate of a recognized university. The age of the candidate should be between 21 to 32; however, age relaxation is given to certain categories. Also, the candidate should be a citizen of India.

  • The number of attempts allowed for the UPSC exam depends on the category of a candidate. Candidates from the general category get 6 attempts, whereas OBC candidates get 9 attempts. Candidates from SC/ST category get an unlimited number of attempts until the upper age limit is reached. For general/ OBC physically handicapped candidates the attempt is 9, and unlimited for SC/ST till age limited. For disabled servicemen, the number of attempts is unlimited till the maximum age limit.

  • The UPSC 2023 vacancy is announced on 01 February along with the official notification. There are a total of 1105 seats approximately. Earlier in the official 2022 notification, the commission declared a total vacancy of 861, but recently the commission has increased the UPSC vacancy to 1011.

  • The UPSC age limit varies according to the category of the candidate. For candidates from the general category, the age limit is 32. Those who belong to the OBC category have an age limit of 35. SC/ST candidates get an age relaxation of 5 years and hence the age limit for them would be 37. For physically handicapped candidates the USPC age limit is 42 years. 

  • UPSC posts for 24 different Civil Services and these posts are filled through the CSE (Civil Service Examination) conducted by the UPSC or Union Public Service Commission. Among all these Civil Services, Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Services (IPS), and Indian Foreign Services (IFS) are the most popular.

  • UPSC application form 2023 is out on 01 February 2023 on the official website. Those interested in taking this year’s test can fill out the UPSC application form 2023, which is available on the official website, by filling in the required details. After filling out, the application form, candidates have to upload the required scanned documents and make the payment.

  • There are two papers in the Prelims exam, whereas the Mains exam consists of nine papers, of which two are for the optional subject. In the Prelims, exam candidates will be asked questions from History, Geography, General Science, Indian Polity, Economics and Social Development. Etc. The UPSC Mains comprises subjects like History, Governance, Technology, Ethics, etc. candidates get to choose any optional subject he/she likes from the list of UPSC optional subjects.

  • The syllabus for UPSC Prelims and Mains are different from each other. However, there is some part of Prelims that overlap with that of Mains. UPSC Prelims syllabus comprises two papers namely General Studies-1 and CSAT. General Studies-1 focuses on topics like current affairs, history, geography, Indian polity, economic and social development, general science, general issues on environmental ecology, etc. CSAT Paper tests the reasoning and analytical skills of a candidate. UPSC Mains syllabus includes 9 papers that contain Indian Language, English, Essay, 4 General Studies Paper 2 are for the optional subject.

  • Yes, candidates can apply for both IAS and IPS exams in UPSC 2023. Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is the conducting body of the Civil Service Exam, which includes posts like IAS, IPS, IFS, etc., so a candidate can apply for both at once. Check 10 Important Tips to Crack UPSC IAS Exam and detailed Difference Between IAS and IPS for a better understanding.

  • UPSC exam is considered one of the country's toughest exams, and those planning to appear for this exam need a solid preparation strategy. The candidates need to have a robust study schedule, and they need to abide by it. Additionally, candidates must stay updated with current affairs, follow the right study materials, and stay focused and dedicated. Check expert advice on How to Start UPSC Preparation From Zero Level?

  • The Prelims exam is the first round of the USPC exam, and to ace this exam, candidates need access to the right study materials. Following are some of the best books to fetch good marks in UPSC Prelims

    • NCERT Books
    • Indian Polity for Civil Services Examinations by M. Laxmikanth (Polity)
    • Indian Art and Culture by Nitin Singhania. (Culture)
    • Oxford School Atlas by Oxford Publishers. (Geography)
    • Certificate Physical and Human Geography by Goh Cheng Leong. (Geography)
    • Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh. (Economy)
    • Economic Survey by the Ministry of Finance. (Economy)
    • India Year Book (Current Affairs)
    • A Brief History of Modern India by Rajiv Ahir (Modern India)
    •  General Studies Paper 2 Manual by MHE (CSAT)
  • UPSC exam starts with a Preliminary round, and it includes two papers, General Studies-1 and CSAT. Both these papers are objective type, and the time duration of this exam is 2 hours, and each paper consists of 200 marks. Candidates who qualify for the UPSC Prelims will be eligible for the UPSC Mains exam. The UPSC Mains exam has a total of 9 papers, and the time duration for each paper is 3 hours. Paper A and Paper B carry 300 marks each, and the other papers hold 250 marks each. 

  • The UPSC salary is different for different posts. For example, the entry-level IAS salary is 56100 whereas TA, DA, and HRA are extra, and the IPS officer salary is also around 56,000 excluding the TA, DA. And HRA. the salary of an IAS or IPS officer increases with promotions. 

  • Candidates preparing for UPSC Exam 2023 must fully utilize the last 30 days before the prelims exam and ensure that revision is the first priority. Revise all the subjects of the UPSC Exam orderly and note the topics that need more effort. Solve at least 2 mock test every day for both Paper 1 and Paper 2. Crack UPSC Prelims in 1 Month using the stated strategies.

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