UPSC Civil Services: IAS Notification Result, Admit Card, Syllabus, Notification, Exam Dates

By : Arpit Kumar Jain

Updated : Jan 14, 2022, 4:22

UPSC CSE 2022: The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the prestigious All India Civil Services Examination (CSE) for the recruitment of dynamic candidates into the civil services of India that includes the IAS, IPS, IFS, and Central Services (Group A & B) posts. UPSC CSE is also known as the UPSC IAS exam. Every year lakhs of candidates appear for the UPSC exam that is conducted in three phases, Prelims, Mains, and Interview. Through successful completion of the last stage of the UPSC exam, the candidates are placed in any of the 24 Civil Services posts as per their order of merit. 

The UPSC 2022 exam calendar has been released by the UPSC. As per the calendar, the UPSC Prelims 2022 is to be conducted on 05 June 2022. On the other hand, the UPSC Mains 2021 is to be held on 07 to 09, 15 & 16 January 2022.

What is UPSC: Full Form, Chairman 

The full form of UPSC is Union Public Service Commission. The UPSC is responsible for conducting the CSE or IAS (भारतीय प्रशासनिक सेवा) exam and other Group A services at all India level. Apart from conducting the IAS exam, it is also responsible for the recruitment of other posts such as Assistant Commandant (AC), Engineering Services Examination (ESE/IES), Economic Services Examination (ESE) and many others. 

The full form of UPSC in Hindi is संघ लोक सेवा आयोग| The UPSC was established on 1 October 1926 as Public Service Commission (PSC) but it was later reconstituted as Federal Public Service Commission by the Govt. of India Act 1935. After the independence, it was renamed as UPSC or यूपीएससी | The current Chairman (अध्यक्ष) of UPSC is Prof. (Dr.) Pradeep Kumar Joshi (प्रोफेसर प्रदीप कुमार जोशी) since 7th August 2020. The term of the present UPSC Chairman Prof. (Dr.) Pradeep Kumar Joshi ends on, 4 April 2022.

UPSC CSE 2022 Overview 

UPSC Particulars

Details 

Name of the Exam 

IAS Exam / UPSC CSE Exam

(भारतीय प्रशासनिक सेवा परीक्षा)

Exam Conducting Authority 

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)

(संघ लोक सेवा आयोग)

Exam Level

National

Age Limit

21 Years to 32 Years 

Frequency of Exam 

Once a Year

No. of Vacancies

 IAS Vacancy 2022 - 861

Exam Mode

Offline (Pen-Paper Mode)

Nature of Questions
  • Prelims: Objective 
  • Mains: Descriptive 

Medium of Exam

English & Hindi

Selection Process

  • UPSC Prelims 
  • UPSC Mains 
  • UPSC Interview 

Official Website

www.upsc.gov.in

UPSC CSE 2022

The UPSC has released the UPSC CSE 2022 notification on its official website on 2 February 2022. Further, the UPSC 2022 exam date for the Prelims and Mains has also been released. The UPSC Prelims will be held on 05 June 2022 while the Mains will be held on 16 September 2022. 

The candidates who fulfil the age limit and educational qualification are allowed to fill the UPSC online form 2022. Thereafter, the candidates who will complete the application process will be issued the admit card to appear in the Prelims exam. The candidates who will qualify the cut off marks in the UPSC CSE Prelims will be allowed to appear for the Mains exam and the ones who will qualify the Mains will be called to appear for the last stage which is the Interview. 

The Prelims is qualifying in nature. The UPSC Mains Exam and Interview hold the greatest significance for the selection of suitable candidates. The marks obtained by candidates in the UPSC Mains and Interview will be used to determine the merit list or the final list of the candidates suitable for an appointment. 

UPSC 2022 Important Dates 

Check all the dates for the upcoming UPSC IAS Exam 2022 below.

UPSC IAS Exam 2022 Events

UPSC CSE Exam Dates

UPSC Notification 2022 Release Date 

02 February 2022

UPSC IAS Registration Starts on 

02 February 2022

Last date to apply for UPSC IAS Exam 

22 February 2022

UPSC Prelims Admit Card Release Date 

Last week of May 2022

UPSC Prelims Exam Date 2022

05 June 2022

UPSC Prelims Result Declaration Date 

October 2022

UPSC Mains Exam Date 2022

16 September 2022

UPSC Mains Result to be announced on 

to be announced

UPSC Interview Date 2022

to be announced

UPSC IAS Result 2022 (Final list of selected candidates)

to be announced

UPSC IAS 2021 Important Dates

The UPSC CSE 2021 examination is under progress for which the Prelims exam has been conducted successfully. The qualified candidates will be appearing for the Mains Exam and Interview for which the important dates are mentioned below. 

UPSC 2021 Events

UPSC CSE Exam Dates

UPSC Application Start Date 202104 March 2021
UPSC CSE the Last Date to Apply Online24 March 2021
UPSC Prelims Admit Card Release Date16 September 2021
UPSC Prelims Exam Date 202110 October 2021 
UPSC Prelims Result 202129 October 2021
UPSC Mains Exam Date 202107 to 09, 15 & 16 January 2022
UPSC Mains Result to be released on To be announced
UPSC Interview Date To be announced
UPSC CSE Final Result DateTo be announced

UPSC CSE Selection Process 

UPSC Exam is a year-long process as it is conducted in three phases as given below in the table. 

  • There are three stages for the selection of candidates in the prestigious UPSC IAS exam, Prelims, Mains and Personality Test/Interview. The Prelims is qualifying in nature while the Mains and Interview marks will be used to prepare the merit list of the candidates. 

UPSC Exam Phases

Number of papers

Total Marks

UPSC Preliminary Exam 

Two Papers:

  1. Paper 1: General Studies
  2. Paper 2: CSAT (Qualifying Paper)

400 Marks

UPSC Mains Exam 

  1. Paper A & Paper B (Compulsory) (Qualifying Paper)
  2. Paper I-VII- GS and Optional  

1750 Marks

UPSC Personality Test 

 

275 Marks

UPSC Exam Pattern: Prelims, Mains & Interview

Here we have provided to you the UPSC CSE Exam Pattern 2022 for the Prelims, Mains and Interview. This will give you the knowledge for the preparation for the exam. 

UPSC Prelims Exam Pattern 2022

UPSC Prelims Paper 1 marks will be counted to determine the cut off for the candidates to appear for the Mains 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

CSAT- Paper - 2

80

200 Marks

2 Hours

UPSC Mains Exam Pattern & Interview

Paper

UPSC Mains Exam Papers

Duration

Marks

Paper – A

Compulsory Indian Language (One of the Indian Language to be selected by the candidate from the Languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution)

3 Hours

300 Marks

Paper – B

Compulsory English

3 Hours

300 Marks

Paper – I

Essay

3 Hours

250 Marks

Paper-II

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

3 Hours

250 Marks

Paper – III

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

3 Hours

250 Marks

Paper – IV

General Studies– III (Technology, Economic Development, Biodiversity, Environment, Security

and Disaster Management)

3 Hours

250 Marks

Paper – V

General Studies– IV (Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude)

3 Hours

250 Marks

Paper – VI

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

3 Hours

250 Marks

Paper – VII

Optional Paper-II

3 Hours

250 Marks

Total

1750 Marks

Personality Test/Interview

275 Marks

Grand Total

2025 Marks

UPSC CSE Eligibility Criteria: Who Can Apply for UPSC Exam? 

The UPSC eligibility criteria for the CSE must be fulfilled by all the candidates who are interested in applying for the job. Here, we have provided to you the UPSC IAS educational qualification, number of attempts and age limit that is needed to apply for the UPSC exam. 

  • Candidates who have completed their graduation or are in their final year of graduation are eligible to apply for the UPSC CSE. 
  • The age limit of the candidates must be between 21 years to 32 years for the general category of candidates. 
  • Age relaxation is applicable for the reserved category of candidates. 
  • The number of attempts for the UPSC IAS Examination is 6 attempts for General candidates, 9 attempts for OBC candidates and unlimited attempts up to 37 years for SC/ST candidates. 

Posts in UPSC CSE

The question lies as to which post is allocated to the candidates according to or his/her merit rank. The UPSC trains each and every candidate in such a manner that he/she can accomplish the given tasks in a manner that will be beneficial to society and the citizens of the country. 

The candidates are placed in the 24 different Civil Services through the UPSC CSE exam conducted by the UPSC. Out of thousands of candidates who clear the Prelims exam, less than 1000 are appointed to the several services in the UPSC CSE posts. Among the 24 services, IAS, IPS and IFS are the most sought after posts as per the rank of the candidates in the exam. We have listed the following posts in UPSC CSE according to rank. 

All India Civil Services

  • Indian Administration Service, IAS
  • Indian Police Service, IPS
  • Indian Forest Service, IFoS

Civil Service Jobs – Group “A”

  • Indian Foreign Service, IFS
  • Indian Revenue Service, IRS
  • Indian Railway Traffic Service, IRTS
  • Railway Protection Force, RPF
  • Indian Trade Service, ITS
  • Indian Audit and Accounts Service, IAAS
  • Indian Information Service, IIS
  • Indian Corporate Law Service)
  • Indian Communication Finance Service, ICFS
  • Indian Postal Service, IPoS
  • Indian Railway Accounts Service, IRAS
  • Indian Railway Personnel Service, IRPS
  • Indian Ordnance Factories Service, IOFS
  • Indian Civil Accounts Service, ICAS
  • Indian Defence Estates Service, IDES
  • Indian Defence Accounts Service, IDAS

Civil Service Jobs – Group “B”

  • Pondicherry Civil Service
  • Pondicherry Police Service
  • Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service
  • Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Services (DANIPS)
  • Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Services (DANICS)

UPSC IAS Vacancy

For UPSC IAS 2022 exam the commission has released 861 vacancies for different All India Services. The table given below demonstrates the number of vacancies of the last few years. You can check the number of candidates qualified for Prelims, Mains, Interview and the final vacancies. This will give you an idea of the level of competition that makes UPSC CSE the most sought after government job for lakhs of aspirants. 

UPSC CSE Vacancy: Previous Year Vacancies 

It is evident from the given data that the number of vacancies has dropped over the last few years for the UPSC IAS exam. The maximum number of vacancies were filled in the year 2014. 

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The UPSC CSE vacancy 2021, 2022 is yet to be filled. We will update the vacancy once it is notified by the Commission. 

Year
Number of candidates
who applied for Prelims
Number of candidates
who appeared for Prelims
Number of candidates
who qualified for mains
Number of candidates
who appeared for mains
Number of
candidates
who were called for
Interview
Final
Vacancies
2006
383983
195803
7692
7496
1408
553
2007
333680
161469
9158
8886
1883
734
2008
325433
167035
11669
11330
2136
881
2009
409110
193091
11894
11516
2431
989
2010
547698
269036
12271
11865
2589
1043
2011
499120
243236
11837
11237
2415
1001
2012
550080
271442
12795
12190
2674
1091
2013
776604
3,23,949
14,959
14178
3003
1228
2014
947428
4,51,602
16706
16286
3308
1364
2015
939735
463391
15008
15000*
2797
1164
2016
1128262
459659
15382
15149
2961
1209
2017
947728
456625
13300
13060
2568
990
2018
1041775
493972
10419
10246
1994
812
2019
1135261
568282
11845
11700*
2034
927
2020
1057948
NA
NA
NA
NA
796

How to Clear UPSC CSE and Become IAS Officer

With the number of applicants for the UPSC CSE, it is evident that the IAS job is not a piece of cake. It requires consistency, time management and a firm determination to get a rank. Here are some tips that will help you to prepare for the UPSC CSE 2022 exam. 

  • Know the syllabus and exam pattern. 
  • Organise the time limit that you will allot for every subject so that you do are clear as to which subject you will be studying. 
  • Get out of your comfort zone. Preparation for IAS requires you to increase your productivity and be brave enough to overcome the challenges that you will face during your preparation time. 
  • Analyse whatever you study. Make it a point to write a perfect answer for the Mains exam simultaneously during your preparation for the Prelims. 
  • Have a positive approach. During your preparation time, it is obvious that you might feel a little stressed out. Make it a point that you think positive as it will keep your confidence high enough to crack the IAS exam. 
  • Have positive approach 

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UPSC civil services exam preparation requires a thorough understanding of the UPSC Syllabus and Exam Pattern. Civil services exam is one of the toughest examinations in the country and requires consistent and planned effort to qualify the examination. After successfully completing the civil services syllabus, you must practice the UPSC question paper and study for civil services by practising the regular UPSC Test series. 

Suggested Reading: How to prepare for UPSC

Exams Conducted by UPSC: List of Exams

Apart from UPSC CSE IAS Exam, the UPSC is also responsible for conducting the following exams at Class 12th level, Graduation and Higher Education. 

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