The UPSC Civil Services Examination is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission for entrance to the IAS, IPS, IFS and other Group 'A' and some Group B services, Every year.

The Civil Services Exam (CSE) consists of two successive stages: (i) Preliminary Examination (Objective type) for the selection of candidates for Main Examination (ii) Main Examination (Written and Interview).

Educational Qualification :

  • A candidate must be a graduate from a recognized university or a deemed university or by Distance Education.
  • A Candidate appearing for the final year of bachelor's degree and awaiting result can also apply.
  • A Candidate possesses professional and technical qualification recognized by Government equivalent to the professional and technical degree can also apply
  • A Candidate who has passed the final professional M.B.B.S. or any other Medical Examination but has not completed his/her internship by the time of submission of his/her application for the Civil Services (Main) Examination


Nationality :

  • For Indian Administrative Service, a candidate should be a citizen of India.
  • For Indian Foreign Service and other services, a candidate should either be a citizen of India/ a subject of Nepal/ a subject of Bhutan/ a Tibetan Refugee who came over to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India/a person of Indian origin who has migrated from other countries (detailed list of countries available on official website) with the intention of permanently settling in India.


Age Limit & Attempts


A candidate should be between 21 - 32 years (both inclusive) as on the date mentioned under the UPSC examination notification. The upper age limit is relaxed up to a maximum of :



Category Age Maximum No. Of attempts
DNC 21-32 4
Vacation Holiday 5



The Civil Services (Preliminary) Examinations (CSP) also known as Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) consists of two papers of Objective type (multiple choice questions) and carry a maximum of 400 marks. This examination is meant to serve as a screening test only. The marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination by the candidates, who are declared qualified for admission to the Main Examination, are not counted for determining their final order of merit. The number of candidates to be admitted to the Main Examination is about twelve to thirteen times the total approximate number of vacancies to be filled in the year in the various Services and Posts. Only those candidates who are declared by the Commission to have qualified in the Preliminary Examination in a year are eligible for admission to the Main Examination of that year provided they are otherwise eligible for admission to the Main Examination.



SN Paper Mode Nature Duration (HRS) No of Questions Maximum Marks
1 GS Compulsory Objective 4 100 200
2 CSAT Qualifiying Paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33% Objective 2 80 200
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