UPSC Civil Services 2021: CSE Prelims Result, Exam Analysis, Answer Key, Cut off, Question Papers

UPSC Civil Services 2021: CSE Prelims Result, Exam Analysis, Answer Key, Cut off, Question Papers

ByArpit Kumar Jain  |  Updated on: Oct 30, 2021UPSC Prelims Exam 2021: Check the IAS exam cutoff 2021, question paper, answer key and other important official details here. Prepare for UPSC Mains 2021
UPSC Prelims Exam 2021: Check the IAS exam cutoff 2021, question paper, answer key and other important official details here. Prepare for UPSC Mains 2021
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Important Dates
UPSC Prelims Exam Date 2021  -Oct 10, 2021

UPSC CSE Exam 2021 Latest News

UPSC Result 2021 Prelims has been announced on the official site We have listed below the direct link to check the status of UPSC IAS Result 2021. Earlier, the UPSC announced the UPSC Prelims Question Paper 2021 PDF. UPSC CSE Prelims Exam 2021 was conducted on 10 October 2021. UPSC conducts the IAS Prelims Exam in two shifts. UPSC Prelims Paper 1 was for General Studies whereas Paper 2 will be CSAT paper. You can also download the UPSC Prelims question paper 2021 PDF. It is recommended to check the unofficial UPSC IAS Prelims answer key 2021 and calculate your score.

UPSC Prelims Result 2021- Download IAS Toppers List PDF

UPSC Result 2021, Direct Link to Check Status

UPSC IAS Prelims Result 2021 Notification PDF

Download UPSC Prelims Question Paper 2021- Paper 1 & Paper 2

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has launched an online question paper representation portal (QPRep) on the official website On October 11, the window for filing an objection against the UPSC IAS exam paper opened. Candidates who took the UPSC Prelims Exam 2021 can visit the official website and provide comments on any of the questions answered in the UPSC civil services exam 2021 until October 17.

Aspirants must log in using their credentials, such as their roll number and date of birth, to send their representations.

UPSC Online Question Paper Representations Portal 2021

The Prelims CSAT paper was conducted from 02:30 PM to 04:30 PM. Exam experts provide detailed UPSC Prelims Paper Analysis 2021 for both papers. The IAS Prelims 2021 analysis includes all details about the question paper such as the difficulty level of the exam, topics asked, sectional weightage and more. After calculating your score, check the expected UPSC Cutoff marks for the Prelims exam. 

 Check  UPSC Prelims Analysis 2021

Check UPSC IAS Prelims Answer Key 2021

UPSC IAS Exam 2021 Latest News

  • 30 October 2021: UPSC IAS Result 2021 out
  • 13 October 2021: UPSC released the official IAS Prelims 2021 Question paper 
  • 11 October 2021: UPSC prelims exam 2021 question paper representation portal opens on the official website. 
  • UPSC CSE Prelims Exam 2021 was conducted in two shifts. 
  • 28 September 2021: UPSC Marksheet 2020 released.
  • 16 September 2021: UPSC CSE Prelims Admit Card 2021 released.
  • 13 August 2021: UPSC calendar 2022 announced. 
  • 13 May 2021: UPSC Prelims 2021 postponed. The exam will now be conducted on 10 October 2021.
  • 24 March 2021: UPSC Last Date 2021 to apply for the upcoming prelims exam. Apply Online
  • 04 March 2021: UPSC has released the UPSC CSE Notification 2021 on the official website. Read more. 
  • The SC has dismissed the appeal for an extra attempt. There is no provision for an extra attempt. Check UPSC IAS Extra Attempt News
  • UPSC CSE Notification 2021 for various posts will be released on 10 February 2021

In the latest news, The number of vacancies of Indian Police Service officers has been increased from 150 to 200 from the civil services exam (CSE) 2020 exam. This was announced in the Lok Sabha on 24 March 2021.

UPSC CSE Exam 2020 Latest News

  • 28 September 2021: UPSC has released the IAS exam cutoff marks 2020 on the official website. 
  • 24 September 2021: UPSC CSE Result 2020 released. 
  • 09 July 2021: UPSC exam centre change 2021 option to be open in two phases. 
  • 09 June 2021: IAS Interview Dates 2020 released. The Personality Test is set to begin from 02 August 2021.
  • 19 April 2021: UPSC has postponed the Interview Dates
  • 07 April 2021: UPSC Interview date 2020 schedule announced. Check Now.
  • 23 March 2021: UPSC CSE Mains result 2020 is now available. Check the UPSC IAS Mains 2020 result here.
  • 18 December 2020: UPSC CSE Mains Admit Card 2020 available for download.
  • 23 October 2020: UPSC Prelims Result 2020 announced. Read More. 
  • 04 October 2020: UPSC Prelims Exam 2020 successfully conducted. Check the detailed IAS Prelims Exam Analysis

Candidates who are preparing for the upcoming IAS Prelims Exam must ensure that their exam preparation is in full flow. Prepare current affairs for UPSC Prelims Exam 2021 through Daily Current Affairs for UPSC IAS Exam 2021. You can also download monthly current affairs pdf. After completing each topic, practice the IAS Prelims Mock Test for revision. 

UPSC Prelims Question Paper Representations Portal 2021

UPSC Online Question Paper Representation Portal (QPREP) is open for 7 days (1 week) i.e. up to 6:00 pm on the seventh day from the day following the date of examination. The UPSC Prelims 2021 was held on 10 October 2021. 

Candidates can submit any objection regarding the questions asked in the UPSC Prelims paper 2021 online. 

  • Such representations can only be made through the "Online Question Paper Representation Portal (QPrEP)-  

Direct link for UPSC QPrEP - Prelims 2021

  • 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 Prelims Question Paper 2021 with Answer Key

The IAS Prelims Analysis 2021 provide a comprehensive analysis of the UPSC prelims 2021 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 2021 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 for 2021. Get a detailed paper analysis of the Prelims Exam 2021 after the exam here. BYJU'S Exam Prep experts provide valuable insights into the exam.

UPSC Prelims GS Question Paper 2021
IAS Prelims GS Paper 2021 - SET A
IAS Prelims GS Paper 2021 - SET B
IAS Prelims GS Paper 2021 - SET C
IAS Prelims GS Paper 2021 - SET D
UPSC Prelims CSAT Question Paper 2020
IAS Prelims CSAT Paper 2021 - SET A
Download UPSC IAS Prelims 2021 CSAT Question Paper 2 PDF SET-A Here
IAS Prelims CSAT Paper 2021 - SET B
Download UPSC IAS Prelims 2021 CSAT Question Paper 2 PDF SET-B Here
IAS Prelims CSAT Paper 2021 - SET C
Download UPSC IAS Prelims 2021 CSAT Question Paper 2 PDF SET-C Here
IAS Prelims CSAT Paper 2021 - SET DDownload UPSC IAS Prelims 2021 CSAT Question Paper 2 PDF SET-D Here

UPSC Prelims Answer Key 2021

The Prelims Answer Key 2021 is updated here.. The prelims exam is conducted in two sessions, contain two Papers. Prelims Exam Answer key for both GS Paper 1 and Prelims CSAT will be updated here. Check your answers using the IAS Prelims Answer key and calculate your score. 

Download UPSC Pre GS Question Paper with Answer Key - Check SET C Answer Key 

SubjectSET C -Original Question noNew Sl noAnswer Option
S and T211A
art and culture51D
Modern History521B

UPSC IAS Notification 2021, Download PDF

UPSC IAS official notification 2021 has been released on 04 March 2021. UPSC had to delay the release of the official IAS notification due to the pending court case. The UPSC CSE notification date was as per the UPSC Calendar 2021 which was released earlier. The aspirants are advised to read through the UPSC CSE notification pdf before applying for the examination.

As per the IAS Civil Services exam notification PDF, the UPSC CSE Prelims 2021 exam is to be conducted on 10 October 2021. The IAS Apply Online 2021 begins on 04 March 2021 and the last date to apply online is 24 March 2021. The UPSC 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 centre details
  • Other instructions

IAS Exam 2021 Notification PDF 

What is UPSC IAS Exam?

IAS exam (Civil Services Exam) is a national level exam and is considered as one of the toughest examinations of UPSC. UPSC is a central committee that holds this exam to recruit the candidates for the post of IFS, IAS, IPS, and other groups A and B posts.

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. It was Sardar Patel who advocated the adoption of All India Services in a newly independent India for the smooth functioning of the government.

IAS Exam 2021 Overview

Exam Name

IAS Exam / UPSC CSE Exam

Exam Year


Conducting Body


Exam Level


Exam Periodicity


Exam Mode

Offline (Pen-Paper Mode)

No. of Vacancies


UPSC IAS Exam Date 2021- 2022

UPSC Calendar 2022 Pdf released. UPSC has announced and published the UPSC exam calendar 2022 on its official website. Candidates preparing for various UPSC exams 2021-2022 must check and download UPSC calendar 2022-23 from the direct link mentioned below. 

Download UPSC Calendar 2022 PDF

The applicants must note the UPSC CSE exam dates 2021. The Prelims 2021 Exam has been postponed and will be conducted on 10 October 2021. It is crucial that the students make a note of all the IAS Exam important dates 2021 and UPSC exam dates 2022 to avoid missing out on important events. Below given are all the relevant UPSC IAS Exam 2021 and 2022 Exam Dates for this year examination.

UPSC Exam Dates 2022

UPSC IAS Exam 2022 Events

UPSC CSE Exam Dates

UPSC CSE Notification 2022 Release Date 

02 February 2022

IAS Notification & Application Start Date 2022

02 February 2022

UPSC CSE the Last Date to Apply Online

22 February 2022

IAS Prelims Admit Card 2022

Last week of May 2022

IAS Prelims Exam Date 2022

05 June 2022

UPSC CSE Prelims Result 2022

October 2022

IAS Mains Exam Date 2022

16 September 2022

UPSC IAS Mains Result 2022

to be announced

UPSC IAS Interview Dates 2022

to be announced

UPSC IAS Result 2022 (Final list of selected candidates)

to be announced

UPSC CSE Dates 2021

Check all the dates for the upcoming UPSC IAS Exam 2021 below.

UPSC IAS Exam 2021 Events

UPSC CSE Exam Dates

IAS Notification & Application Start Date 2021

04 March 2021

UPSC CSE the Last Date to Apply Online

24 March 2021

IAS Prelims Admit Card 2021

16 September 2021

IAS Prelims Exam Date 2021

10 October 2021 

UPSC CSE Prelims Result 2021

to be announced

IAS Mains Exam Date 2021

07 to 09, 15 & 16 January 2022

UPSC IAS Mains Result 2021

To be announced

UPSC IAS Interview Dates 2021

To be announced

UPSC IAS Result 2021 (Final list of selected candidates)

To be announced

UPSC CSE Exam Dates 2020

The UPSC CSE Dates 2020-21 are also mentioned below. 

UPSC IAS Exam 2020-21 Events

UPSC CSE Exam Dates

IAS Notification & Application Start Date

12 February 2020

UPSC CSE Last Date to Apply Online

03 March 2020

IAS Prelims Admit Card download date

01 September 2020

IAS Prelims Exam Date 2020-21

04 October 2020 (revised)

UPSC CSE Prelims Result 2020-21

23 October 2020

IAS Mains Exam Date 2020-21

From 08 January 2021 to 17 January 2021

UPSC IAS Mains Result 2020-21

23 March 2021

UPSC IAS Interview Dates 2020-21

02 August 2021 to 22 September 2021

UPSC IAS Result 2020-21 (Final list of selected candidates)

24 September 2021

UPSC CSE Cutoff Marks Released 2020

28 September 2021

UPSC CSE Interview Schedule 2020-21

Candidates who cleared the IAS Mains Exam 2020 must Download the UPSC IAS Interview Schedule 2020. The IAS Interview Schedule contains details against the roll number in the form of date and session. Download the pdf, press Ctrl+F and enter your roll number to find the interview date. The IAS Interview Venue is the UPSC Office at Dholpur House, Shahjahan Road, New Delhi.

Earlier, UPSC Mains Time-Table 2020 was released. Candidates must check the complete UPSC Mains Exam Schedule for better planning and preparation. Candidates who qualified the Prelims Exam must check the Mains Exam Dates 2020.

UPSC CSE Vacancy, Salary 2021

Check out the latest UPSC CSE Vacancy 2021. Complete details about the IAS salary and recruitment details mentioned below. 

UPSC CSE Vacancy and Recruitment 2021

The UPSC IAS recruitment 2021 notification released the total IAS vacancy 2021. UPSC has announced the IAS vacancy 2021 of 712 posts in the official recruitment notification. The total 712 vacancy also includes vacancy for Persons with Benchmark Disability. Check the distribution below. 

ablindness and low vision5
bdeaf and hard of hearing6
clocomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy6
 multiple disabilities from amongst persons under clauses (a) to (c) including deaf-blindness5
 Persons with Benchmark Disability (Total)22

The UPSC CSE recruitment exam is conducted for the following services:

Group A Services

Indian Administrative Service

Indian Post and Telecommunication Accounts and Finance Service

Indian Audit and Accounts Service

Indian Postal Service

Indian Civil Accounts Service

Indian Railway Accounts Service

Indian Corporate Law Service

Indian Railway Personnel Service

Indian Defence Accounts Service

Indian Railway Traffic Service

Indian Defence Estates Service

Indian Revenue Service (Custom and Central Excise)

Indian Foreign Service

Indian Revenue Service (Income Tax)

Indian Information Service (Junior Grade)

Indian Trade Service (Gr. III)

Indian Ordnance Factories Service (Assistant Works Manager, Administration)

Assistant Security Commissioner in Railway Protection Force

Indian Police Service


Group B Services

Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Services (Section Officer’s Grade)

Pondicherry Civil Service

Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Services

Pondicherry Police Service

Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Services


The UPSC CSE vacancy 2020 consisted of 796 vacancy which also includes vacancies for Persons with Benchmark Disability Category. The UPSC IAS exam latest vacancy may change as per the requirement form the Cadre Controlling Authorities.

Also Read: Career Growth and Prospects of an IAS Officer

IAS Salary 2021

The UPSC IAS salary structure is as per the 7th pay commission. The UPSC salary 2021 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 mentioned is an overview of UPSC IAS Salary 

GradePostSalary Details
Pay LevelBasic Pay (INR)
Junior or Lower Time ScaleASP/SDM/ Asst. Commissioner1056100
Senior Time ScaleADM/Deputy Secretary/ Undersecretary1167700
Junior AdministrativeDM/ Joint Secretary/ Deputy Secretary1278,800
Selection GradeDM/ Special Secretary cum director/ Director131,18,500
Selection GradeDivisional Commissioner/ Secretary Cum Commissioner/ Joint Secretary141,44,200
Super Time ScaleDivisional Commissioner/ Principal Secretary/ Additional Secretary151,82,200
Above Online Classroom Program Time ScaleAdditional Chief Secretary162,05,400
Apex ScaleChief Secretary172,25,000
Cabinet Secretary GradeCabinet Secretary of India182,50,000

UPSC IAS (CSE) Eligibility Criteria 2021

UPSC CSE eligibility criteria 2021 is mentioned in the official notification. The candidates are recommended to check the UPSC eligibility 2021 before applying for the examination. The eligibility criteria for UPSC CSE 2021 examination includes the UPSC eligibility age limit, nationality, and educational qualification. However, there is no limit on UPSC IAS eligibility percentage in graduation. UPSC eligibility for ex-servicemen includes age relaxation.

The complete detail about the UPSC CSE eligibility criteria 2021 is mentioned below:


  • The candidates who wish to appear in the UPSC civil services examination 2021 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 was 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 CSE Age Limit

UPSC has a predefined age limit for the candidates who want to apply for the UPSC IAS 2021 exam. Below we have mentioned the UPSC CSE age limit for candidates belonging to different categories. The age limit must be calculated as of 1st of August, 2021


Minimum Age

Maximum Age

UPSC CSE age limit for General

21 year

32 year

UPSC CSE age limit for OBC

21 year

35 year

UPSC CSE age limit for SC/ST

21 year

37 year

UPSC CSE Age Relaxation

The UPSC has mentioned age relaxation for the few candidates applying for the UPSC IAS 2021 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

Scheduled caste/Scheduled tribe

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 CSE Educational Qualification

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

Candidates who are pursuing graduation and are waiting for their final results can also apply, but only on the condition that the result should be declared before filling the application for the UPSC Mains 2021 exam.

UPSC CSE Number of Attempts (Category Wise)

In the latest news, SC has announced its verdict for the extra attempt in the UPSC IAS Exam 2021. There is no provision of extra attempts. Check latest UPSC IAS Extra Attempt News

UPSC has mentioned the number of attempts each candidate can take. The UPSC number of attempts vary as per different categories. The details are mentioned below:


Maximum No. of Attempts






No Limit

UPSC IAS CSE Apply Online 2021

UPSC IAS 2021 application last date is 24 March 2021. The UPSC notifies the IAS application form annually as per the UPSC calendar. The UPSC CSE application form 2021 is now available to fill directly through the official website of UPSC. UPSC CSE apply online direct link is mentioned below. The last date for UPSC CSE Ap[ply Online 2021 is 24 March 2021, 06:00 P.M. 

UPSC IAS Application Form 2021

Candidates looking for the opportunity in the UPSC Civil Services exam must note that the IAS application form will be filled in two different stages. The UPSC Prelims application form begin in February 2021, Candidates who qualify the prelims exam will then fill the UPSC Mains Form, also known as the Detailed Application Form.

Below you can find out the steps to apply online for the IAS exam 2021:

Steps to apply online for the UPSC CSE 2021

Step 1: - Visit the official website of UPSC i.e

Step 2: - Go to the Civil Services Examination (CSE) section.

Step 3: - Click on the "Apply" button to start your application process.

Step 4: - Fill 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.

IAS EXAM Application Fee

The candidates who are interested in applying for the UPSC IAS 2021 examination will be charged Rs. 100/- as 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 online net banking facility of the SBI, State Bank of India. Candidates belonging to SC/ST/PWD & Female candidates are exempted from paying the UPSC application fee.

UPSC CSE Exam Centre

UPSC announces the UPSC exam centres every year for the UPSC IAS Examination. The complete list of the examination centres for the UPSC CSE exam 2021 is announced with the notification. You can refer to the official notification (link shared above) to check the exam centre details.

The Commission stated in its notice that the decision to allow candidates to update their exam centre preferences was made in light of a large number of candidates and the addition of four new exam centres for the CSE exam in Almora and Srinagar in Uttarakhand, Nasik in Maharashtra, and Surat in Gujarat. Applicants must visit the official website of UPSC to avail the option of UPSC prelims centre change 2021. 

Check Candidates Notice to Change UPSC Exam Centres for Prelims 2021

UPSC Exam Center List 2021

List of UPCS CSE Prelims Exam Centre
AgraGurgaonPort Blair
AjmerGwaliorPrayagraj (allahabad)
Anantpur (andhra Pradesh)ItanagarRajkot
CuttackKozhikode (calicut)Tiruchirapalli
Gautam Buddh NagarNavi Mumbai 
GhaziabadPanaji (goa) 

UPSC CSE Selection Procedure

The selection process of UPSC civil services examination 2021  consists of three successive stages which are as follows:

  • Stage 1: UPSC Preliminary Examination
  • Stage 2: UPSC Mains Examination
  • Stage 3: UPSC Interview

Note: To participate in the next stage, it is important for the candidate to qualify the cut off marks in each stage. The UPSC Prelims 2021 is qualifying in nature, therefore in the final selection marks of UPSC Mains 2021 and Interview will be counted for the final list. 

UPSC Exam Pattern 2021

UPSC IAS Exam Pattern for Prelims & Mains is shared below. The total no. of questions asked in the UPSC Prelims exam 2021 is 400, the description of the same is as follows:

UPSC Prelims Exam Pattern 2021

UPSC Prelims Exam 

No. of Qs.

Max. Marks

Exam Duration

General Studies- Paper-I (GS Paper 1)


200 Marks

2 Hours

CSAT- Paper–II


200 Marks

2 Hours

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

UPSC Mains Exam Pattern & Interview


UPSC Mains Exam Papers



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


3 Hours

250 Marks


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


1750 Marks

Personality Test/Interview

275 Marks

Grand Total

2025 Marks

Note: Paper A & B is of Qualifying in Nature (25% i.e. 75 marks required). Whereas marks of Paper I to VII will be counted to determine the final order of merit.

UPSC IAS Syllabus 2021

UPSC IAS Syllabus 2021

UPSC syllabus 2021 will be notified along with the official notification. Find the complete UPSC syllabus for the Civil Services Examination 2021. The UPSC syllabus is available for download on the official website. Applicants must check the IAS syllabus for both Prelims and Mains Examination to have a better understanding of the exam.

UPSC Prelims Syllabus 2021

UPSC Syllabus for Prelims Examination includes syllabus of General Studies Paper-1 and CSAT Paper-2. UPSC Prelims Syllabus 2021 is given below.

Syllabus for UPSC GS Paper (Prelims Paper I)

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

Syllabus for UPSC CSAT Paper (Prelims Paper-II)

  • 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)

IAS Syllabus 2021 pdf (English)
IAS Syllabus 2021 pdf (English)
UPSC CSE Syllabus 2021 pdf (Hindi)

UPSC Mains Syllabus 2021

UPSC Syllabus for Mains Examination consists of the syllabus of GS papers and Optional papers. UPSC Mains Syllabus 2021 is mentioned in detail in the official notification.



Paper – I

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


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

Paper – III

General Studies – II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice & International Relations)

Paper – IV

General Studies – III (Technology, Economic Development, Biodiversity, Security & Disaster Management)

Paper – V

General Studies – IV (Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude)

Paper – VI

Optional Subject – Paper I

Paper – VII

Optional Subject – Paper II

UPSC Cut off 2020 (Category-Wise)

UPSC Cutoff 2020 was released along with UPSC Mains Marks 2020. candidates can now check UPSC Markshseet 2020 which includes marks of UPSC toppers. UPSC had earlier released the UPSC CSE Result 2020 on the official website on 24 September 2021.

Check the UPSC 2020 Topper Marksheet using the direct link mentioned below. Candidates preparing for the UPSC CSE exam 2021 must also go through the cutoff marks to have a better understanding of the level of the exam and set a target score for the upcoming prelims exam.

UPSC IAS Cutoff 2020

The UPSC Cutoff 2020 for IAS Exam has been released. IAS Cut off are the minimum qualifying marks to be secured by the candidate in order 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. Check the official IAS Cutoff 2020 marks below for prelims, mains, and interview. 

CategoryCS (Prelim)CS (Main)CS (Final)

UPSC Cut Off Marks 2019

UPSC CSE Prelims9895.348277.34
UPSC CSE Mains751718706699
Final Cutoff961925898893

UPSC CSE Cutoff Marks 2018

UPSC Prelims 2018 Cut Off (Out of 200 Marks)9896.668483.34
UPSC Main 2018 Cut Off (Out of 1750 Marks)774732719719
UPSC Final 2018 Cut Off (Out of 2075 Marks)982938912912

UPSC CSE Cutoff 2017

UPSC Prelims 2017 Cut Off (Out of 200 Marks)105.34 102.66 88.66 88.66 
UPSC Main 2017 Cut Off (Out of 1750 Marks)809 770 756 749 
UPSC Final 2017 Cut Off (Out of 2075 Marks)1006 968 944 939 

Check detailed information about IAS Cut off 2018 here.

UPSC Toppers Marks 2020- Download Marksheet

After the announcement of the UPSC CSE Final Results 2020 on September 24th, the UPSC Marksheet 2020 was released on September 28th, 2021. Last year, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) released 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 the UPSC Mains Exam will also be able to download their UPSC CSE Marksheet from the official website. 

The direct link to download your UPSC IAS Marksheet 2020 is mentioned here.

UPSC IAS Marks | UPSC Marks of Not Qualified Candidates 

UPSC Toppers Marks 2020

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

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

UPSC Marks 2020 PDF 

UPSC Marks 2019 PDF - List 1 | UPSC Marks 2019 PDF - List 1 | UPSC Marks 2019 PDF - List 2




UPSC IAS (CSE) Admit Card 2021

UPSC CSE Admit Card 2021 will be released in two stages. UPSC Prelims Admit Card 2021 and UPSC Mains Admit Card 2021. The IAS Admit Card is released 15 days prior to the exam date. 

UPSC Prelims Admit Card 2021 has been released on 16 September 2021 as the exam is scheduled for 10 October 2021. Candidates who successfully qualify the UPSC CSE Prelims Exam 2021 and fill the DAF form will be able to download the IAS Mains e-admit Card from the official website. The direct link to download the Prelims and Mains Admit Card will be mentioned below after the release. 

UPSC Prelims Admit Card 2021

UPSC Prelims Admit Card 2021 Released. UPSC has published the IAS prelims admit card 2021 for all the applicants who successfully applied for the exam on the official website- The UPSC CSE Prelims Exam 2021 is scheduled to be conducted on 10 October 2021. Candidates can now download the IAS hall ticket directly from the official website- The direct link to download the UPSC admit card 2021 is also mentioned below.

It is important to note that the prelims admit card is an important document and candidates will not be allowed to appear for the exam without it. UPSC will conduct the IAS prelims exam 2021 for 712 vacancies. 

Download UPSC IAS Prelims Admit Card 2021

Candidates can download their UPSC admit card 2021 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 Prelims 2021 Admit Card'.
  • Step 3: - Read the instructions mentioned on the screen carefully and click on the ‘Yes’ button.
  • Step 4: - Enter Registration ID or Roll Number followed by the Date of Birth of the candidate.
  • Step 5: - Enter the captcha in the given blank field and click on the submit button.
  • Step 6: - The final step is to download the IAS Admit Card 2021.

In case of any discrepancy found in the UPSC Admit Card, candidates are required to 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

Steps to Download UPSC Mains Admit Card 2021

Follow the below-mentioned steps to download the UPSC Mains Admit Card 2021 from the official website. 

  1. Visit the UPSC official website, or click on the UPSC admit card download link mentioned. 
  2. Click on "View all" tab under What's new. 
  3. In the new window, click on "e - Admit Card: Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2021"
  4. A new window opens with the link to download the e-admit card. 
  5. After Click on the download link, read the detailed instruction and click on 'yes'.
  6. Enter your registration id or roll no to download the IAS Mains Admit Card 2021.

For other inquiries, you can contact officials through the below resources:

Union Public Service Commission

Phone Number: 011-23098543, 23385271, 23381125, 23098591

Email: feedback-upsc[at]gov[dot]in

Official Site:

How to prepare for IAS Exam?

To kick start your preparations and crack the exam, it becomes really important to have a smart strategy. We here on BYJU'S Exam Prep have shared some important tips by experts to crack the IAS exam 2021.

Along with the UPSC exam strategy, it is very crucial to follow a regular timetable for effective preparation. The candidates must make sure to have a well-structured timetable and strategy for the civil service examination which can be formulated according to your convenience. Go through these posts for more details:

UPSC Books List 2021

The following books can assist you with your preparations for one of the most competitive government exams of the country UPSC IAS Exam 2021. Find below the list of preparation books for IAS Exam:

Book Title


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 Mock Test 2021

The UPSC mock test will help you to practice a variety of questions prepared by our expert mentors to improve your strength and weakness in order to attempt the exam with more accuracy and confidence. Thus, practice the IAS test series to solve a variety of questions in order to score better in the exam without any hassle.

Regular practice of UPSC test series 2021 will also ensure that you are preventing negative marks and score the desired marks to clear the cutoff. 

UPSC Previous Years Question Papers

UPSC question papers are the most reliable resource to understand the exam pattern and weightage of different topics. Candidates must solve the IAS previous year paper to analyse the question trend and prepare accordingly. The UPSC CSE previous year question paper also provides an assessment of your exam preparation and the improvement required to qualify the exam. The UPSC Prelims previous year papers must be solved as per the exam time limit for best analysis and result. The UPSC previous year Mains question paper of all GSB subjects and optional can be downloaded for preparation. 

UPSC Online Coaching 2021

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 level. The UPSC IAS online coaching offers study material PDFs, several practice questions along with mock tests prepared by the highly experienced educators to ease your preparation and help you score good marks in the exam.

UPSC Practice Set 2021

The UPSC previous year questions can be practised using the UPSC practice set. All the previous year 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 IAS Result 2021 (Prelims & Mains)

Final UPSC CSE Result 2020 released. UPSC has announced the final result for IAS Exam 2020 on the official on 24 September 2021. All candidates who appeared in the UPSC CSE 2020 will be able to get their UPSC marksheets for prelims, mains, and overall on the official UPSC website It is usually released 15 days after the final result is announced. Those who took the exam are eagerly anticipating their results.

Check Final UPSC CSE Result 2020

The UPSC IAS Mains exam result 2020 is now available on the official website of UPSC. Candidates who appeared for the UPSC Civil services mains examination 2020 can check the IAS exam results only through the official site. Check the UPSC IAS mains 2020 Result Now. 

UPSC Mains Result 2020, Check Now

The Written Result for CIVIL SERVICES (PRELIMINARY) exam 2021 has been released on 29th October 2021 on the official site of UPSC- You can check the status of your result through the direct link given at the top of this page. 

For other inquiries, you can contact officials through the below resources:

Union Public Service Commission

Phone Number: 011-23098543, 23385271, 23381125, 23098591

Email: feedback-upsc[at]gov[dot]in

Official Site:

Important UPSC CSE Links:
UPSC Notification 2021UPSC IAS Exam Date 2021
UPSC IAS Apply Online 2021
UPSC CSE Eligibility Criteria
UPSC IAS Question Papers
UPSC Civil Services Syllabus PDF
UPSC IAS Exam Pattern 2021
IAS Civil Services Practice Set Papers
UPSC IAS Exam Online Coaching
UPSC IAS Study Plan 2021
UPSC IAS Preparation Tips 2021
UPSC IAS Study Material
UPSC IAS Analysis
UPSC IAS Answer Key
UPSC IAS Admit Card

UPSC IAS Interview 2020

UPSC has released the UPSC IAS Interview Dates 2020. Candidates who successfully cleared the UPSC Mains Exam 2020 will appear for the IAS Interview 2020-21. The UPSC has decided to begin the Personality Test of the Civil Services Examination, 2020 from 02 August 2021. 

Earlier,  the interview 2021 were set to begin on 26 April 2021, however, it was postponed. The UPSC Interview Call Letter 2020-21 will be available soon on the official website. 

Read all the details about UPSC IAS Interview 2020-21

Download the UPSC IAS Interview Schedule 2020

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  • Yes, it is possible to clear UPSC IAS Exam in 1 year. It needs consistency and hard work along with the guidance of an experienced mentor via classes. A good UPSC mock test series also helps you with your exam preparation.

  • There are 24 services listed in the official notification of CSE 2021 released by UPSC. First few are: 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 Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise), Group ‘A’, Indian Defence Accounts Service, Group ‘A’, Indian Revenue Service (I.T.), Group ‘A’.

    You can refer to the official notification for the complete list.

  • The salary of an  IAS officer is as perf the 7th pay commission. The basic salary of an IAS officer starts at Rs.56,100 per month.

  • The rank required varies each year as per the cut off ranks, rank wise post vacancy, etc. in 2018, IAS was allotted to 91 candidates in the general category.

  • No, you must hold a bachelor degree in any stream from a recognised university to be eligible for UPSC CSE Exam 2021. Aspirants who are pursuing their graduation degree and the final results are awaited can also apply. The only condition is that the final result must be declared before filling the application for the UPSC Mains exam.

  • There is no rule for a graduation degree to qualify for IAS. Students from varying fields including medical, engineering and law successfully qualify the exam. If you are sure of your optional subject, you may choose to do graduation in the same subject.

  • The UPSC CSE 2021 Examination is conducted in 3 stages: 

    1- UPSC CSE Prelims Exam 

    2- CSE Mains Exam 

    3- Personality Test

  • Yes, you are allowed to apply for both the IAS and IFS examination. 

  • Yes, you are eligible to apply for UPSC CSE Examination. For General Category, the upper age limit is 32 years. For other categories, you may refer to the above article.

  • The passing marks for IAS Exam vary each year. It depends on the cut-off marks each year which is published by the UPSC for each category.

  • No, this year there has not been any change in the UPSC Syllabus as per the official notification.

  • No, as of now the optional paper remains in the UPSC CSE Exam pattern. There has been no change and there will two papers fro the chosen optional subject in the UPSC Mains Examination.

  • There is no official notification regarding changes in the age limit of UPSC. for detailed information about the age limit of different categories, refer to the eligibility section of the above article. 


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