UPSC CSE 2021 Exam Date Eligibility, IAS Exam Pattern And Syllabus

UPSC CSE 2021 Exam Date Eligibility, IAS Exam Pattern And Syllabus – The IAS Civil Services Examination (which is also known as CSE) is conducted by the UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) each and every year all over India. The Notification for IAS exam has been released by union public service commission 04 March 2021 on its official website.

The Civil services prelims exam was earlier scheduled on 27th June 2021. But now it will be conducted on 10th October 2021. UPSC Mains exam will start on 7th January 2022 till 18th January.

UPSC Civil Services 2021 Exam Highlights

Name of the ExamUPSC Civil Services Examination, 2021
Conducted byUnion Public Service Commission
LevelNational 
Exam FrequencyAnnual
Mode of the ExamPen and Paper Mode/Offline
Test CentresAcross Nation
Exam Stages03 Stages- Preliminary Exam, Main Exam, and Personality Test
Application Fee100/-
Official Websitehttps://www.upsc.gov.in/

Important Dates for UPSC CSE 2021 Dates

UPSC CSE 2021 Exam Date – The calendar for IAS Exam 2021 was released by UPSC along with its notification. Updated Notice was released by Union Public Service Commission on 19th July. Please go through updated notice. In below table we are giving brief idea of calendar which will be followed for CSE 2021. Aspirants should regularly check UPSC CSE 2021 Exam Date Eligibility, IAS Exam Pattern And Syllabus.

EventDate
Release of Notification – UPSC CSE 202104.03.2021
UPSC Online Registration for UPSC CSE 2021 (Begins on)04.03.2021
Deadline to Apply For UPSC CSE 202124.03.2021
UPSC CSE Prelims 2021 ExamSunday – 10th October, 2021 (Prelims 2020 was on 4th October 2020)
UPSC CSE Prelims 2021  ResultWill be announced later
UPSC CSE Mains 2021 Exam7th January 2022 onwards (exams for five days)(Mains 2020 took place between 8th and 17th January 2021)
IAS Exam PatternPrelims (MCQs), Mains (Descriptive papers)

Preliminary Examination (IAS Prelims)

The UPSC Civil service prelims exam comprises two objective type question papers. First paper is called General Studies I and Second paper is called General Studies II or CSAT. Total weightage for these two papers is 400 marks. Both papers will be conducted in offline mode (pen – paper mode) on the same day. You can check UPSC CSE 2021 Exam Date in above table or check official notice released by UPSC.

Sl. No.Name of the PaperNature of the PaperDuration of the ExamQuestionsMarks
1IAS Exam Paper – I: General StudiesMerit Ranking Nature2 Hours100200 Marks
2IAS Exam Paper – II: General Studies (CSAT)Qualifying Nature2 Hours80200 Marks
  • The questions in the IAS Exam (Prelims) are of the objective type or Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
  • There is ‘Negative Marking’ in the IAS Exam for each incorrect answer but only in the Prelims stage. The negative marking for incorrect answers will be 1/3rd (0.66) of the allotted marks of that question.
  • The GS Paper II (CSAT) in IAS exam is of qualifying nature and candidates should score a minimum of 33 per cent in this paper to qualify to the next stage of the IAS exam i.e. the Mains.
  • Blind candidates are given an extra time of 20 minutes for each paper in the IAS Exam (Prelims).
  • It is mandatory for the candidates to appear in both the papers of civil services prelims exam for the evaluation.
  • The marks scored by the candidates in the preliminary examination are not counted for the final score. It is only a screening test where candidates not securing the cut-off marks are eliminated.

UPSC Civil Services Main Examination

IAS Civil Service aspirants who clear the prelims exam are qualified to appear in the UPSC Mains examination. Please go through UPSC CSE 2021 Exam Date and syllabus. The important points about the Civil Services Mains examination are given in below table. It has nine theory/descriptive papers.

Out of these 9 papers in the IAS mains examination, two language papers are there (English & Regional Language) which are qualifying in nature – Weightage for each paper is 300 marks. There are 4 General studies papers – GS Paper 1, GS 2, GS 3 and GS 4 – Weightage for each GS paper is 250 marks. There is one essay paper for 250 marks and Two optional papers – optional paper 1 and paper 2 – Weightage for each paper is 250 marks.

IAS Mains Pattern

Sl. No.IAS Exam PaperName of the PaperNature of the PaperDuration of the ExamMarks
1Paper – ACompulsory Indian LanguageQUALIFYING NATURE3 Hours300 Marks
2Paper – BEnglish3 Hours300 Marks
3Paper – IESSAYMERIT RANKING NATURE3 Hours250 Marks
4Paper – IIGeneral Studies I3 Hours250 Marks
5Paper – IIIGeneral Studies II3 Hours250 Marks
6Paper – IVGeneral Studies III3 Hours250 Marks
7Paper – VGeneral Studies IV3 Hours250 Marks
8Paper – VIOptional Paper I3 Hours250 Marks
9Paper – VIIOptional Paper II3 Hours250 Marks
TOTAL1750 Marks
Interview or Personality Test275 Marks
GRAND TOTAL2025 Marks
  • The candidates can select their medium of writing the UPSC Civil Services IAS Mains Exam as Hindi or English or any other language listed in the 8th Schedule of the Indian Constitution.
  • The Indian Languages included in the IAS exam are as per languages listed in the 8th Schedule of the Indian Constitution.
  • The candidates who score above the prescribed cut-off marks in the IAS exam (Mains) will get the summons for the Personality Test (last stage of the IAS exam).
  • The final ranking of the candidates is on the basis of the marks obtained by them in the Main Examination and Personality Test/Interview Round of the IAS exam.

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