UPSC Exam 2023 : Notification [Out Soon], Latest Updates about UPSC CSE Exam 2023

By Shubhra Anand Jain|Updated : December 2nd, 2022

UPSC Exam 2023 notification will be released by the commission on 01 February 2023. Candidates preparing for the upcoming UPSC Exam 2023 will be able to fill in the application along with the release of the notification. UPSC Prelims Exam 2023 is scheduled to be held on 28 May 2023. The UPSC Exam is held in three stages, IAS Prelims Exam, followed by UPSC Mains, and then Interview. Candidates who clear all three stages of the UPSC 2023 Exam will be selected for posts like IAS, IPS, IFS, and more.

UPSC Mains 2022 Exam was conducted successfully from 16 September 2022, and the UPSC Mains Result 2022 will be released soon. Candidates who clear the UPSC Mains Exam will be called for UPSC Interview. UPSC Exam 2022 is being held for the total vacancy of 1011 posts. Check all the latest details about the UPSC CSE 2023 exam below such as the syllabus, application, important dates, eligibility, preparation strategy and more. 

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UPSC Exam Latest News 2022-2023

UPSC Mains Result 2022 will be released soon. Successful candidates will then appear for the IAS interview. Candidates preparing for the upcoming UPSC 2023 exam must comprehensively utilize the time to prepare for the exam. 

UPSC Exam 2022 [What's New]

  • UPSC Mains Result 2022 to be released soon. The commission will announce the UPSC interview date 2022 after the result. 
  • 25 September 2022: UPSC Mains 2022 concluded.
  • 16 September 2022: UPSC Exam 2022 Mains Begins. 

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.

UPSC Exam is one of the most competitive exam in India as there is high competition all selected candidates become top bureaucrats of the country. 

UPSC Exam 2023 Overview

Exam Name

IAS Exam / UPSC CSE Exam

UPSC Civil Services Examination

Exam Year


Conducting Body

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)

Exam Level


Exam Periodicity


UPSC Exam Mode

Offline (Pen-Paper Mode)

No. of Vacancies

UPSC IAS Vacancy 2022 - 1011

UPSC CSE Vacancy 2021- 712

IAS Selection Process

The UPSC Recruitment is a three-stage test

  1. IAS Prelims Exam 2023
  2. IAS Mains Exam 2023
  3. IAS Interview 2023

UPSC Exam Notification 2023

UPSC Notification 2023 will be released on 01 February 2023 on the official UPSC website. Aspirants must download the UPSC notification PDF available in English and Hindi to understand the IAS exam better. 

UPSC also releases the application form for the IAS prelims exam with the notification. The UPSC IAS notification contains the following details. 

  • IAS Exam Dates, Application Dates, How to apply, Application fee
  • UPSC Eligibility, Exam Pattern
  • Details about UPSC CSE posts and vacancy
  • UPSC Syllabus: Prelims, Mains, and Optional subjects
  • Exam center details
  • Other instructions 

For reference, candidates can download the UPSC exam notification 2022 using the link mentioned below.

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 IAS exam with a good rank. UPSC 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 Dates 2023

The UPSC 2023 exam dates have been released by the commission in the official UPSC Calendar 2023 PDF. The announcement and official notification of the UPSC 2023 will be released on 01 February 2023 and the UPSC prelims exam 2023 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 IAS Exam Date 2023

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

UPSC Exam 2023 - Important EventsUPSC Exam Dates 2023Details
UPSC 2023 Notification Release Date01 February 2023UPSC releases the UPSC CSE Notification PDF on the official website in both English and Hindi.
UPSC Application Release Date 202301 February 2023Along with the notification, UPSC announces the application form on the official website.
Last Date to apply for UPSC 2023 Prelims21 February 2023Aspirants can only apply online for the UPSC prelims exam 2023.
UPSC Prelims Admit Card release date 2023First week of MayThe UPSC prelims admit card has been released online. Download the UPSC Prelims Admit Card 2023
UPSC Prelims 202328 May 2023UPSC Prelims Exam 2023 is conducted in pen and paper mode in two shifts for each paper.
UPSC result date 2023 for prelimsto be announcedUPSC Result for the prelims exam is released in the form of a list of candidates selected for the mains exam.
UPSC Mains admit card date 2023to be announcedUPSC releases admit card for Mains 2023 on its official website.
UPSC Mains 2023 Exam Date15 September 2023IAS Mains Exam 2023 is a descriptive test and is held offline.
UPSC Result 2023 date for Mains Examto be announcedUPSC releases the Mains result PDF announcing the list of candidates selected for the interview.
IAS Interview Dateto be announcedUPSC Personality Test is held in Delhi.
Final UPSC Result 2023 dateto be announcedFinal UPSC Result releases the list of candidates with AIR.

UPSC IAS Exam Date 2022

The mains exam was conducted successfully, and the result will be announced soon. UPSC will soon release the IAS interview dates 2022. 

UPSC Exam 2022 - Important Events 

IAS 2022 Exam Date

UPSC CSE Notification 2022 Release Date

02 February 2022

UPSC Application Date 2022

02 February 2022

Last date to apply for UPSC Exam 2022

22 February 2022

UPSC Prelims Admit Card 2022 Date

10 May 2022 

UPSC Prelims 2022 Date

05 June 2022

UPSC Prelims Result 2022 Date

22 June 2022

UPSC Mains 2022 Admit Card

30 August 2022

IAS Mains Exam Date 2022

16 September 2022 to 25 September 2022

UPSC Mains Result 2022 Date

to be announced

UPSC IAS Interview Dates 2022

to be announced

UPSC IAS Result 2022 (Final list of selected candidates)

to be announced

UPSC Mains Exam Dates 2023 [To be released]

UPSC releases the detailed timetable of 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 upcoming vacancy 2023 will be published in the official notification. The number of vacancies scheduled to be filled through the UPSC Exam 2022 is 1011. Earlier, the UPSC vacancy was 861. Later, 150 posts in the Indian Railway Management Service (IRMS) were added.


UPSC Vacancy 2022 

Persons with Benchmark Disability Category


Blindness and Low Vision


Deaf and Hard of Hearing


Locomotor Disability


Multiple Disabilities


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

UPSC Vacancy 2021-2020

UPSC had announced the IAS vacancy 2021 of 712 posts in the official recruitment notification. Check how many candidates applied for UPSC 2021 against the total vacancy. 

The UPSC CSE vacancy 2020 consisted of 796 vacancies, including vacancies for the Persons with Benchmark Disability Category. 

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’
  • Also Read: Career Growth and Prospects of an IAS Officer

UPSC 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.


UPSC Post List

Salary of UPSC IAS officer

Pay Level

Basic Pay (INR)

Junior or Lower Time Scale

ASP/SDM/ Asst. Commissioner



Senior Time Scale

ADM/Deputy Secretary/ Undersecretary



Junior Administrative

DM/ Joint Secretary/ Deputy Secretary



Selection Grade

DM/ Special Secretary cum director/ Director



Selection Grade

Divisional Commissioner/ Secretary Cum Commissioner/ Joint Secretary



Super Time Scale

Divisional Commissioner/ Principal Secretary/ Additional Secretary



Above Online Classroom Program Time Scale

Additional Chief Secretary



Apex Scale

Chief Secretary



Cabinet Secretary Grade

Cabinet Secretary of India



UPSC Eligibility 2023

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 for UPSC 2023 exam include the UPSC age limit, nationality, and educational qualification. However, there is no limit on graduation's UPSC Exam eligibility 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 Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Kenya, Vietnam, and Zaire.

UPSC 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 UPSC CSE 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


Minimum Age

Maximum Age

UPSC Age limit for General

21 years

32 years

IAS Age limit for OBC

21 years

35 years

UPSC IAS age limit for SC/ST

21 years

37 years

Age Relaxation in UPSC 2023

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


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

UPSC Exam Eligibility Educational Qualification

The Educational Qualification for UPSC Exam states that the candidates applying for the UPSC CSE 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. 

How many Attempts for UPSC 2023?

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


No of Attempts in UPSC

UPSC Attempt for General Category


UPSC Attempt for OBC 


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 Application Form 2023

UPSC will release the application form for the UPSC Prelims 2023 on 1st February 2023. Candidates who wish to appear for the UPSC CSE 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 IAS application form will be filled in two different stages. 

  • The UPSC Prelims application form begins in February 2023.
  • Candidates who qualify for the Prelims exam will then fill out the UPSC Mains Form 2023, also known as the Detailed Application Form.

Below you can find out the steps to apply online for the IAS 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 2023

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

UPSC announces the Exam Centre for UPSC Exam every year on the official website. The complete list of the exam centers for the UPSC prelims exam 2023 is announced with the notification.

Applicants must select their preferred IAS test centers through the UPSC IAS application form-filling process. UPSC provides distinct UPSC Exam centers for the prelims and Mains stages of the UPSC IAS 2023 exam. Applicants can also visit the official website of UPSC to avail of the option of UPSC prelims center change 2023. 

UPSC Exam Center List 2023

List of Exam Centres for UPSC Prelims






Port Blair



Prayagraj (Allahabad)










Anantpur (Andhra Pradesh)




























Kozhikode (Calicut)























Gautam Buddh Nagar

Navi Mumbai


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 are also less. 

UPSC Exam Centres for Mains








Dispur (Guwahati)

















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. After the selection process is completed for the UPSC exam 

  • Stage 1: UPSC Prelims Exam
  • Stage 2: UPSC Mains Exam
  • Stage 3: UPSC Interview - 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 UPSC Mains and Interview will be counted for the final list.

  • The UPSC Prelims exam is objective and consists of two papers, GS paper 1 and CSAT.
  • Whereas UPSC 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 UPSC personality test.
  • The Civil Services personality test is the final and most important UPSC 2023 selection process stage.
  • Candidates for the UPSC interview, held at the UPSC office in New Delhi, are called to appear in double the number of UPSC 2023 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

UPSC Mains Exam

1750 Marks

Descriptive Test

Marks counted in the final merit

UPSC Interview

275 Marks

Personality Test

Total UPSC Exam marks

2025 Marks

Total Marks

UPSC Exam Pattern 2023- Prelims, Mains & Interview

UPSC Exam Pattern for Prelims, Mains & Interview is shared below. It is paramount to be very clear about the UPSC paper pattern for all three stages. As it's a long exam cycle, aspirants must plan and prepare accordingly. The total no. of questions asked in the UPSC prelims exam is 400. The description of the same is as follows:

UPSC Prelims Exam Pattern 2023

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 UPSC 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)


200 Marks

2 Hours

General Studies- Paper-2 (CSAT)


200 Marks

2 Hours

UPSC Mains Exam Pattern 2023

Candidates who clear the UPSC prelims exam 2023 by securing the cutoff marks will fill in the UPSC Mains DAF and appear for the mains examination. The UPSC Mains Exam 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 of papers - qualifying papers and merit.

  • Paper A & B is of Qualifying in Nature (25%, i.e., 75 marks required) whereas marks of Papers 1 to 7 of the UPSC 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 UPSC-provided answer sheets. There will be no extra sheets provided.




Total marks

Time Allotted

Nature of paper

Type of Paper

Paper A

Compulsory Indian language

3 hours


3 hours



Paper B


3 hours


3 hours



UPSC Mains Paper 1


3 hours


3 hours



Paper 2

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

3 hours


3 hours



Paper 3

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

3 hours


3 hours



Paper 4

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

and Disaster Management)

3 hours


3 hours



Paper 5

General Studies 4 (Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude)

3 hours


3 hours



Paper 6

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

3 hours


3 hours



Paper 7

Optional Paper 2

3 hours


3 hours



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 Syllabus 2023 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 UPSC syllabus for both Prelims and Mains Examination to better understand the exam.

 It is important to understand it completely as the UPSC Syllabus is vast and to succeed in the examination, it is important to cover the entire syllabus smartly. Download the UPSC Syllabus 2023 for both Prelims and Mains. 

☛ Read UPSC Syllabus in Hindi and UPSC Syllabus in Marathi

UPSC Prelims Syllabus 2023

UPSC Syllabus for Prelims Examination includes the syllabus of General Studies Paper-1 and CSAT Paper-2. UPSC Prelims Syllabus 2023 is given below. Download the UPSC 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 GS subjects such as history, economics, geography, polity, etc., along with current events. 

  • Current events of national and international importance.
  • History of India and Indian National Movement.
  • Indian and World Geography-Physical, Social, and 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
  • General Science.

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 syllabus of each Optional subject. Each applicant must choose one optional subject for the Mains exam and appear for two papers for the optional 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 & Syllabus

UPSC 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 UPSC Optional Subject list to choose from. There are 25 subject-related optional subjects and 23 literature-related optional subjects. You can also download UPSC optional subject syllabus to ensure that you are all set for your exam preparation. Aspirants can also refer to the expert strategy on choosing optional subjects for UPSC.

Check the list of UPSC Optional subjects for UPSC 2023. 

List of Optional Subjects for UPSC Exam 2023



Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science








Civil Engineering


Commerce & Accountancy




Electrical Engineering














Mechanical Engineering


Medical Science






Political Science & International Relations




Public Administration






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 crack the UPSC Prelims 2023. 

Along with the UPSC 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 UPSC IAS exam at home, also go through Tips to Crack UPSC Exam without Coaching.

Also Read, 

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 UPSC Test Series to solve various questions to score better in the exam without any hassle. Regular practice of UPSC test series 2023 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 UPSC IAS 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 previous year's questions can be practised using the UPSC Practice Set. All the previous year's UPSC 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

UPSC question papers are the most reliable resource for understanding the exam pattern and weightage of different topics. Candidates must solve the IAS previous year's 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 preparation books for the UPSC Prelims Exam:

UPSC Exam Books


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


Our Parliament

Subash Kashyap

Certificate Physical and Human Geography

Goh Cheng Leong

Indian Economy

Ramesh Singh


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 UPSC Books 2023 for CSAT to choose the ideal one suiting their need. 

Subject-wise UPSC Books 

UPSC Cutoff

Candidates preparing for the UPSC Exam 2023 must also go through the UPSC 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. UPSC Cut off marks are the minimum qualifying marks to be secured by the candidate to reserve a seat at each stage. UPSC Cutoff determines the final list of candidates selected for the post. Every year UPSC releases the official UPSC cut-off on their official website. 

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UPSC Admit Card 2023

UPSC Prelims Admit Card 2023: UPSC will release the admit card of UPSC Exam 2023 after completing the application process. Candidates who successfully register for the Prelims exam will be able to download the UPSC Hall Ticket from the official website. It is important to carry your admit card to the exam center. 

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

Candidates can download their UPSC Admit Card 2023 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 IAS Admit Card, candidates must report to the UPSC 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, 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 Prelims Exam Analysis 

The UPSC Exam Analysis provides a comprehensive analysis of the UPSC prelims exam, the types of questions asked in the exam, the number of questions from each subject, and the exam's difficulty level. The UPSC prelims question paper PDF can also be downloaded, along with the answers.

Calculate your score according to the marking scheme and compare it to the IAS Prelims cutoff. The negative marking in the UPSC exam must be taken into account. Candidates can check the previous year’s analysis and plans things accordingly for the UPSC Exam 2023.

Below we have provided the UPSC prelims analysis for the previous year i.e., 2022.

>>Check Out UPSC Prelims Exam Analysis 2022

>>UPSC Prelims 2022 Exam Analysis in Hindi

UPSC Answer Key 

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

Download the UPSC Answer Key for Prelims GS Paper 1 & 2 (CSAT) 2022

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 Result 2023 (Prelims & Mains)

The UPSC will release UPSC Result 2023 on its official website. UPSC announces the UPSC CSE result after each stage. Candidates will get selected for the UPSC Mains 2023 based on their UPSC Prelims 2023 results. Those who perform well on UPSC Mains will be called for a personality test. Then the final result will be published by UPSC based on the marks obtained in both UPSC Mains 2023 and the personality test.

Latest updates on IAS Result

  • UPSC Prelims Result 2022 was released on 22 June 2022.
  • UPSC Civil Services Final Result 2021 Declared 
  • UPSC Mains Result 2021 Released. 
  • UPSC Prelims Result 2021 released - Download Notification PDF

UPSC Interview 2023

UPSC will release the UPSC Interview dates 2023 after the UPSC Mains 2023. Candidates who successfully clear the UPSC Mains Exam 2023 will appear for the UPSC Interview. The UPSC will conduct the Personality Test of the Civil Services Examination 2023, as per the schedule. The UPSC Interview Call Letter 2023 will be available on the official website. 

UPSC Toppers

After the announcement of the UPSC CSE Final Results 2020 on 24 September, the UPSC Marksheet was released on 28 September 2021. The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) released the UPSC Marksheet 2019 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.

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 Exam

  • 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.

  • There are three stages of the UPSC exam, Prelims, Mains, and Personality test. The UPSC 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 115 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 UPSC Mains result 2023.

  • UPSC Prelims Exam is the screening test to select the candidates for the UPSC Mains exam. In this primary stage of the UPSC exam, candidates have to appear in two compulsory papers that are conducted on the same day through offline mode. 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. 

  • UPSC 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 number of attempts is unlimited till the maximum age limit.

  • The upcoming UPSC vacancy 2023 is yet to be announced Earlier in the official UPSC 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 will be released on 01 February 2023 by UPSC on its 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 of UPSC, by filling up 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 UPSC Prelims exam, whereas the UPSC 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, Economic and Social Development. Etc. The UPSC Mains comprises subjects like History, Governance, Technology, Ethics, etc. candidates get to choose any optional subject he/she like 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 UPSC Prelims that overlap with that of UPSC 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?

  • UPSC 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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