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UPSC 2024: Notification, Registration, Exam Date, Syllabus and Pattern

UPSC 2024 is scheduled to be conducted now on June 16, 2024, as per the revised dates released by the Union Public Service Commission.
UPSC 2024 Exam

UPSC 2024 Exam

UPSC 2024: The Union Public Service Commission released the notification for the UPSC Civil Services Examination (CSE) on February 14, 2024. With the release of the official notification, the registration process for UPSC 2024 has also started. Candidates eligible for the IAS exam can fill out the application form at upsc.gov.in. The last date to apply for UPSC exam 2024 is March 6, 2024. A total of 1056 UPSC vacancies have been released by the commission for the year 2024.

Latest Updates: 

  • The UPSC Commission has announced the Civil Services mains result 2023 on April 16, 2024, at upsc.gov.in.

UPSC prelims exam date 2024 is June 16, 2024. The UPSC CSE 2024 is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) to select candidates for prominent government jobs such as Indian Administrative Services (IAS), Indian Police Services (IPS), Indian Revenue Services (IRS), Indian Foreign Services (IFS), and others.

Candidates must note that the UPSC syllabus does not vary as per the post. The commission releases the detailed syllabus for the UPSC CSE exam on the official website along with the notification. Aspirants must download the UPSC Syllabus and keep it with them to make sure they study only relevant topics from the exam point of view. The extensive syllabus of the Civil Services Examination (CSE) necessitates candidates to establish a well-organized study plan in order to thoroughly address its course structure.

All government ministries and departments in the state and union governments are led by IAS officers, making this examination the most coveted in the country. The IAS exam topper has the prospect to become the Cabinet Secretary to the Government of India which is the topmost bureaucratic rank that exists in India.

UPSC Mock Test 2024 (Download PDF)

UPSC Notification 2024

The Union Public Service Commission will release the UPSC notification 2024 on February 14, 2024. The UPSC 2024 notification will be released at upsc.gov.in. With the release of the notification, the application process for UPSC will also start. UPSC notification will have complete details on eligibility criteria, vacancy, syllabus, and exam pattern. 

UPSC Syllabus 2024 (Download)

UPSC 2024 Exam Dates

Particulars Details
Application Form Starts February 14, 2024
Application Form Ends March 6, 2024
Admit Card May 2024
Prelims Exam June 16, 2024
Prelims Result June/July 2024
Mains Exam September 20, 2024 (Onwards)

UPSC Prelims Question Paper 

Subject

 

Year




2023

General Studies Paper 1

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General Studies Paper II

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UPSC Mains Previous Question Paper

Candidates who are eligible to appear for UPSC Mains can download the previous years' question papers from the table given below:

Subject

 

Year




2023

2022

2021

2020

2019

Essay

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General Studies I

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General Studies II

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General Studies III

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General Studies IV

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UPSC IAS Vacancy 2024

The number of UPSC IAS vacancies to be filled through the examination is expected to be approximately 1105 which include 37 vacancies reserved for Persons with Benchmark Disability Category, i.e. 7 vacancies for candidates of (a) blindness and low vision; 5 Vacancies for (b) deaf and hard of hearing; 15 Vacancies for (c) locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy; and 10 Vacancies for (e) multiple disabilities from amongst persons under clauses (a) to (c) including deaf-blindness. The final number of vacancies may undergo change after getting the firm number of vacancies from Cadre Controlling Authorities.

UPSC DAF 2024: How to Fill?

The UPSC DAF 1 is to be filled by candidates who qualified the preliminary exam. The DAF form will be released on the official website of UPSC. The guidelines to fill out the UPSC DAF form is as follows:

  • Visit the official website of UPSC and register before filling out the Detailed Application Form
  • Candidates will need to click the relevant link provided beneath the "login" button in order to create registration accounts. 
  • Name (as it appears on the matriculation/secondary examination certificate), Roll Number (in six-digit format), Date of Birth (as it appears on the matriculation/secondary examination certificate), and email address must all be entered on the registration module. 
  • All fields must be filled out.  The login credentials will be issued to the specific registered e-mail addresses provided by the applicants, therefore they should make sure they have entered a valid and active e-mail address.
  • The candidates will receive a message on their screen after clicking the submit button, clearly stating their name and email that they have been registered. A password will also be issued to the candidate's email address.
  • Go back to the official website of UPSC and log in using roll number and password
  • UPSC DAF 2023 has SIX modules, namely- Personal, Educational Information, Parental Information, Employment Information, Upload documents and Final Submission. 
  • Fill all the modules completely and submit the DAF form using the Final Submission Module.
  • After finishing each module, candidates should save it. Prior to the final DAF submission, applicants will have the chance to modify any module. Online changes cannot be made after the Final Submission has been made. 

Documents Required for UPSC DAF 2024

There are certain documents that needed to be uploaded while filling out the UPSC DAF 2024. Interested candidates can check the list of documents required for UPSC DAF 1 below:

  • Matriculation Certificate (For Proof of Age)
  • Class XII Marksheet
  • Graduation Marksheet/Final year Appearing Certificate
  • Community Certificate/Caste Certificate (If applicable)
  • PH Certificate (If applicable)

UPSC Prelims Answer Key 2024

The Union Public Service Commission released the UPSC Prelims Answer Key 2022 for GS I and GS II. Interested candidates can download the answer keys for both prelims paper in the table below:

Year

UPSC Prelims GS I Answer Key

UPSC Prelims GS II Answer Key (CSAT)

2022

UPSC Prelims GS I Answer Key 2022

UPSC Prelims GS II Answer Key 2022

UPSC IAS Exam 2024: Prelims Question Papers

The UPSC 2024 prelims exam will be conducted on May 26, 2024. Meanwhile, aspirants can download the UPSC prelims previous year papers from the table below:

UPSC CSE Exam 2023 Question Papers
UPSC Prelims Paper 1 (SET B) Download Here
UPSC Prelims Paper 1 (SET D) Download Here

UPSC IAS Eligibility Criteria 2024

Candidates planning to appear for the UPSC IAS 2023 examination must fulfil the eligibility criteria set by the commission. UPSC publishes the eligibility requirements for the IAS exam in its official announcement. The UPSC specifies the qualifying requirements for the candidate's age, minimum educational qualification, and nationality. Aspiring applicants must meet their eligibility requirements in order to participate in all phases of the exam. Based on the previous years’ trend, the UPSC IAS eligibility criteria is as follows:

UPSC IAS Education Qualification

  • Candidates must have a graduation degree in any field from a recognised university or institution
  • Candidates in their final year/semester of degree are also eligible to take the UPSC Preliminary exam.

UPSC IAS Age Limit

To take the examination, the candidate must be at least 21 years old. Similarly, individuals beyond the age of 32 are not permitted to take the exam. The commission does, however, grant age relaxation of 3 years and 5 years for students belonging to OBC and SC/ST category, respectively.

UPSC IAS Nationality

Candidates must exclusively be an Indian citizen to get recruited for Indian Administrative Services (IAS), Indian Police Services (IPS), and Indian Foreign Service (IFS). Additionally, Nepalese and Bhutanese citizens may apply for UPSC exams for other services.

UPSC IAS Number of Attempts

All applicants are offered six attempts at the IAS exam. It should be highlighted, though, that the limitation on the number of attempts does not apply to SC/ST applicants. Candidates from the OBC and Persons with Benchmark Disabilities categories are also given a total of nine attempts.

UPSC 2024 Exam Pattern

Candidates must be familiar with the UPSC exam pattern if they are planning to start their preparation for the UPSC examination. The UPSC exam is held in three stages: Preliminary Exam, Mains Exam, and Interview round. The detailed eligibility criteria for each phase is as follows:

UPSC Prelims Exam Pattern

  • The UPSC Prelim examination is divided into two papers: Paper I & Paper II.
  • Both Papers consist of Multiple-Choice Questions
  • There is a negative marking in both Paper I and Paper II, where 0.33 marks are deducted for every wrong answer.
  • Paper II, also known as CSAT, is qualifying in nature and candidates are required to score 33% marks to pass the exam. 
  • Paper I consists of 100 questions majorly from History, Polity, Geography, Science & Technology, Ecology, Economics, and Current Affairs.
  • Paper II consists of 80 questions related to Logical Reasoning, Basic Numeracy, Data Interpretation and English Comprehension.
  • The total marks for both Paper I and Paper II is 200 each and the duration to attempt the exam is 2 hrs.

UPSC Mains Exam Pattern

  • The UPSC Mains examination consists of a total of 9 papers including Indian Language Paper, English Paper, Essay Paper, 4 GS Papers, and 2 Optional Papers. The papers are descriptive in nature.
  • The Indian Language Paper and English Paper are qualifying in nature, while Essay paper, GS Papers, and 2 Optional Papers will be considered for the merit.
  • The total duration for each paper is 3 hrs.
  • Students from the states of Meghalaya, Manipur, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, and Mizoram are not required to appear for the Indian Language Paper in the mains exam.
  • A qualifying paper carries a maximum of 300 marks, while a merit paper carries a maximum of 250 marks.

Paper-wise Topics for UPSC Mains Examination

General Studies Papers

Topics

General Studies I

Indian Heritage and Culture, Modern Indian History and Geography of the World and Society

General Studies II

Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International Relations

General Studies III

Technology, Environment, Security and Disaster Management, Economic Development, Biodiversity

General Studies IV

Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude

Optional Subjects

Candidates have to choose one optional paper for which two papers will be held of 250 marks each. The following are the optional papers from which candidates can choose:

Economics

Agriculture

Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science

Anthropology

Botany

Mathematics

Mechanical Engineering

Medical Science

Zoology

Philosophy

Zoology

Physics

Chemistry

Civil Engineering

Commerce & Accountancy

Sociology

Political Science & International Relations

Public Administration

Psychology

Statistics

Electrical Engineering

Management

Geology

History 

Law

Geography

Assamese

Bodo

Dogri

Santhili

Mathili

Konkani

Hindi

Gujarati

Marathi

Punjabi

Sanskrit

Sindhi

Tamil

Telugu

Urdu

Manipuri

Nepali

Odia

Malayalam

Kashmiri

Kannada

English

 

UPSC Syllabus 2024

Before beginning their preparation for the CSE, candidates should peruse the UPSC CSE Syllabus 2024. The UPSC curriculum and previous year papers, which are published on the UPSC's official website, are required reading for all CSE aspirants. The information below provides an overview of the UPSC preliminary syllabus.

UPSC Syllabus for Prelims Paper I (GS)

  • 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.
  • Current events of national and international importance.
  • Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.
  • General issues on Environmental Ecology, Biodiversity, and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialisation.
  • General Science

UPSC Syllabus for Prelims Paper II (CSAT)

  • 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 IAS Application Form 2024

UPSC IAS application forms are released along with the release of the official notification. For the year 2024, the application form is set to release on February 14, 2024. Before filling up the IAS application 2024, the candidates must read the IAS eligibility criteria to confirm all the eligibility conditions. Candidates must carefully fill out the application form as wrong details can lead to cancellation of candidature.

How to Apply for the UPSC IAS Exam?

  • Visit the official website of UPSC
  • If new, register yourself through Exam Notification Tab
  • Once registered, click on the Apply Online link
  • Candidates are required to fill out the application form in two tabs.
  • Part-I of the application form includes filling in candidates’ personal details like Name, Address, Email ID, Contact Number, and Parents’ names.
  • The second part of the application process involves paying the application fee, uploading your scanned photograph and signature, among other documents, and selection of the examination centre.
  • Submitting the application form after filling in the required details in the application form.

UPSC IAS Salary 2024

IAS (UPSC CSE) officials are among the highest-paid officials in the Indian government. According to the new pay structure, the basic salary for an officer joining the IAS or any other public service is INR 56,100/-. According to the 7th Pay Commission, the beginning salary of an IAS officer is roughly INR 70,000.

Basic pay, HRA, TA, DA, medical allowance, and other benefits are included in the IAS salary 2022. Other advantages available to IAS officials include the following: Resident, security, transportation, medical benefits, phone/internet bills, newspaper, and study leaves are all included. Read More: UPSC IAS Salary 2024

UPSC IAS Admit Card 2024

The commission releases the UPSC admit card following the closing of the registration process. It is necessary for candidates to bring their admit card to the exam center for verification. If they fail to do so, they will not be permitted to take the exam. The admit card can be downloaded by entering a registration number or roll number on the official website. UPSC admit cards are accessible until the exam date. 

UPSC Prelims Admit Card: The UPSC prelims admit card includes details like roll number, exam venue, date and time of the examination, and other personal information.

UPSC Mains Admit Card: UPSC Mains admit card is released after the qualified candidates are done with filling out the Detailed Application Form (DAF) meant for the mains examination.

UPSC Interview Admit Card/Call Letter: Candidates shortlisted in the mains examination will receive their admit card/call letter on the official website. The call letter can be downloaded through the roll number

UPSC Result 2024

The Union public service commission releases UPSC IAS results as scheduled.

UPSC Prelims Result: After the successful conclusion of the preliminary examination, UPSC releases the list of shortlisted candidates. However, the commission does not declare the marks of the candidate.

UPSC Mains Result: UPSC Mains results are released in PDF format with shortlisted candidates' roll numbers. Candidates clearing the mains examination are then called 

UPSC Final Result: A final merit list is produced following the interview phase, which is based on the marks received by students in the main examination and interview.

Note: It should be noted that the preliminary examination scores are not factored into the final merit list. Last year, 761 students were selected including 263 from the General category, 229 from the OBC category, and 122 from the SC category. A total of 86 and 61 students were accepted from the EWS and ST categories, respectively.

Read More: UPSC CSE Result 2024

UPSC Cut off 2024

The Union Public Service Commission releases the UPSC IAS cutoff after the conclusion of all three phases of the examination. Candidates will receive the post in accordance with their final marks. The cutoff is based on several parameters, including the difficulty level of the exam, the number of candidates taking the exam, and the number of vacancies available for the exam.

UPSC Prelims Cutoff: For the General Category students, the UPSC Prelims 2021 cutoff was 87.54.

UPSC Mains Cutoff: The UPSC Mains 2021 cutoff was 745 for general category students.

UPSC Final Cutoff: The UPSC final cutoff in 2021 stood at 953 for the general category students.

Read More: UPSC CSE Cutoff 2024

UPSC Books 2024

Books are essential for IAS preparation since they instil the fundamentals of each topic in the candidate's consciousness. There are several textbooks on each topic, however, the majority of them are irrelevant to IAS prep. The UPSC CSE exam has a wide syllabus, and candidates are confused about which books to pick up for preparation.

Candidates are recommended to meticulously read NCERT books from classes 6 to 12 in order to have a better grasp of the subject. They can then progress to the specialised books. Since the UPSC prelims exam includes a large number of questions from NCERT books, they are critical for exam preparation. A few important books that candidates can refer to apart from NCERTs are tabulated below:

Subjects

Books

History

Indian Ancient Past by R.S Sharma

Indian Art & Culture by Nitin Singhania

History of Medieval India by Satish Chandra

A brief History of Modern India - Spectrum

Indian Struggle for Independence - Bipin Chandra

Geography

Certificate Physical & Human Geography - GC Leong

Fundamentals of Physical Geography NCERT Class 11

Indian Economy

NCERTs, Economic Survey, Budget, NITI Aayog Reports, and Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh

Environment & Ecology

Environmental IAS Book - Shankar IAS Academy

Environmental Studies Books by IGNOU & NOS

Indian Polity

Indian Polity by Laximkant

Constitution of India by DD Basu

Read More: UPSC IAS Books

UPSC Preparation 2024

The precise methodology and study material are required for comprehensive IAS preparation. Candidates should devise a strategy based on their own abilities and shortcomings. Preparing for the IAS test will need more than a year of concentrated effort. The following are the key aspects that candidates should keep in mind while they prepare for the UPSC exams:

  • Go over the study material thoroughly and keep to it when preparing for the exam.
  • Choose books that are relevant and those you can readily understand.
  • You should not prepare for the Prelims and Mains exams individually. The preparations are carried out concurrently.
  • Once you have completed the subject you are studying, begin writing answers to long questions for mains examination preparation.
  • To successfully clear the exam, you must read the newspaper and take notes on current events.
  • Maintain consistency in your preparation.

Read More: UPSC IAS Preparation

UPSC Exam Centres 2024

UPSC is a national-level examination held in various regions of the country. The preliminary test is held in over 80 centres, while the main examination is held in 24 centres. A few of the examination centres are listed below

Bengaluru

Delhi

Shillong

Bareilly

Jodhpur

Shimla

Bhopal

Jorhat

Siliguri

Bilaspur

Kochi

Srinagar

Chandigarh

Kohima

Lucknow

Chennai

Kolkata

Surat

UPSC Selection Process 2024

The UPSC selection process starts with the release of the official notification for the preliminary examination by UPSC. The selection process for UPSC takes around a time of year, hence candidates must ensure they understand the process and qualifying criteria. There are three stages in the UPSC selection process: Preliminary Examination, Mains Examination, and Interview Round

  • Candidates who complete the application form are invited to the preliminary exam. 
  • Candidates who pass the preliminary test must next fill out a detailed application form (DAF) in order to sit for the Mains exam. 
  • The commission publishes a list of students who were shortlisted in the mains examination and will be invited to the interview phase. 
  • The UPSC selection process concludes with the release of the final merit list following the interview round. The final merit list is released on the basis of marks obtained by candidates in the mains and interview round.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

When will UPSC 2024 prelims exam be conducted

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will conduct the UPSC 2024 preliminary exam on June 16, 2024.

When will UPSC admit card 2024 be released?

The Union Public Service Commission will tentatively release the admit card for UPSC 2024 in the first week of May 2024.

What is the eligibility to apply for the UPSC 2024?

Any candidate who is graduated in any discipline from a recognised university can apply for the UPSC exam 2024. Candidates who are in the final year of their graduation can also apply for the exam.

Is there any age limit to apply for the UPSC 2024?

Yes, candidates must be at least 21 years of age to apply for the UPSC exam 2024. Candidates from the general category can apply for the exam till the age of 32 years.

How many vacancies are their for UPSC 2024 exam?

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released a total of 1105 vacancies for UPSC 2023 exam. Additionally, UPSC will also fill 150 vacancies for the Indian Forest Service post. UPSC 2024 vacancy will be released along with the official notification on February 14, 2024.

What is UPSC Syllabus 2024?

UPSC Syllabus is released by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on its official website. Candidates must read the syllabus thoroughly to not miss out on any important topic.

How to prepare for UPSC exam 2024?

The UPSC exam requires consistent hard work and good knowledge across topics like Indian Polity, Indian Economy, Indian Biodiversity, Indian history (ancient, medieval, and modern), environment, science and technology, and others. 

Are 5 months enough to clear UPSC prelims exam 2024?

UPSC 2024 exam preparation requires consistent study for at least one year. Students preparing for the preliminary exam can refer to these UPSC books for comprehensive preparation.

How to prepare for CSAT exam?

The CSAT is becoming increasingly difficult every year. Examinees should not disregard it, even when it is only qualifying. Regular study of mathematics and English language and comprehension might help candidates in passing the paper.

When will UPSC Mains 2024 be conducted?

UPSC 2024 mains exam will stat from September 20, 2024. The complete timetable will be released by the commission after the conclusion of the preliminary examination.

How to fill UPSC DAF 1 2024?

UPSC DAF 1 will be filled by candidates who cleared the CSE prelims exam. Candidates can download the guidelines to fill DAF from the official website, upsc.gov.in.

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