How Many Students Appeared for UPSC 2023? – UPSC Pass Percentage

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: November 14th, 2023

How many students appeared for UPSC 2023? Approximately 13 lakh students appeared for the UPSC prelims 2023 exam, out of which 14,624 got selected for Mains. UPSC exam is one of the toughest exams conducted by the Union Public Service Commission every year to recruit candidates for the posts of IPS, IAS, IFS, IRS, and rest 20 civil services. The Prelims exam was conducted on 28th May 2023 and selected candidates will appear in the Mains paper from  15th September 2023. The number of students who applied for the UPSC 2022 exam was 11.52 lakhs.

Every year approximately 10,00,000 students appear for the exam. However, the overall UPSC pass percentage of candidates is 0.2%. In this article, aspirants can check how many students appeared for UPSC 2023 and 2022 and the selection ratio or the pass percentage of the candidates in Prelims, Mains, and the Interview.

Number of Candidates Cleared UPSC Prelims 2023

The prelims is the first stage of the recruitment process, the candidates clearing the prelims exam will be able to proceed further in the mains stage of the recruitment process. In total, 14624 candidates got selected in the UPSC prelims 2023 and are qualified for the mains exam. The selected candidates will be required to fill out the UPSC DAF form within the stipulated time period. Approximately 13 lakh aspirants appeared for the exam, out of which only 14,624 have been selected for the next round. This presents a crystal clear picture of the difficulty level of the exam.
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How Many Students Appeared for UPSC 2023?

On 28th May 2023, approximately 13 lakh students appeared for UPSC Prelims 2023 which was held at 79 exam centers across India for a total of 1255 vacancies. Out of these, only 14624 students were able to score marks above cut off and are eligible to proceed for the Mains round.

The number of candidates applying for the Civil services examination is increasing every year, but the number of candidates selected out of the total number remains almost constant. This ascertains the difficulty level of the exam, which is why more and more aspirants are unable to crack it.

Number of Students Appeared for UPSC 2022

Millions of candidates apply for the UPSC exam yearly, but only a few clear the exam to get into their desired job. Though the Commission opens the opportunity for only 1000 vacancies, the number of candidates who appear for the exam is increasing rapidly because of the prestige, job security, publicity, and increase in salary that comes with the posts.

The number of students who applied for the UPSC 2022 exam was 11.52 lakhs, out of which 13090 cleared the Prelims exam and qualified for Mains. Based on the final result released on 23 May 2023, the number of candidates who are recommended to join the Civil Services is 933 out of which 345 are from the General category, 99 belong to EWS, 263 from OBC, and 154 and 72 from SC and ST respectively.

How Many Candidates Appear for UPSC?

Here is the table of the number of candidates who appeared for the UPSC Exam from 2006 to 2022 and how many cleared the exam-

Year Number of Student applied Number of Students Who appeared for Prelims Number of Students Who qualified for Mains Number of Students Who appeared for Mains Number of Students Who appeared for Interview Number of Students Who Cleared the Exam
2006 383983 195803 7692 7496 1408
2007 333680 161469 9158 8886 1883 553
2008 325433 167035 11669 11330 2136 734
2009 409110 193091 11894 11516 2431 881
2010 547698 269036 12271 11865 2589 989
2011 499120 243236 11837 11237 2415 965
2012 550080 271442 12795 12190 2674 999
2013 776604 324279 14800 14178 3001 998
2014 947428 446623 16706 16286 3308 1122
2015 945908 465882 15008 15,008 2797 1236
2016 1128262 459659 15382 15149 2961 1078
2017 969065 462848 13300 13060 2564 1056
2018 1065552 500484 10419 10246 1992
2019 1135261 493972 11845 11700* 2034 829
2020 1057948
2021 1093948 508619 10000 761
2022 1152000 13,090 933

UPSC Pass Percentage

Aspirants who are studying hard for the upcoming UPSC exam must not feel demotivated by looking at the UPSC pass percentage. Take it as a target and boost your performance level for the UPSC Prelims exam, which is scheduled to take place on 28 May 2023. In 2022, out of 11.52 lakhs candidates who applied for UPSC 2022, only 13090 cleared the Prelims exam.

The number of students who have cleared the Mains exam as per the UPSC result released on 06 December is 2529. It means only 19.3% of candidates are declared qualified for the Interview. Generally, the UPSC pass percentage, or the chances of an applicant becoming a Civil Services officer, is around 0.2%. Aspirants must leave no stone unturned to prepare well for the forthcoming exam.

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