UPSC Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination 2021 Notification Released

IAS 2021 Description

What is IAS Exam?

Indian Administrative Service (IAS) was formerly known as the Imperial Civil Service (ICS) is the Civil Services Examination and one of the toughest competitive exams in India. It is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission for the recruitment of officers for the All India Administrative Civil Service.

Founded:

1858 (as Imperial Civil Service)

January 26, 1950 (as Indian Administrative Service)

The Indian Administrative Service is the premier administrative civil service of the Government of India. Hierarchy-wise, IAS is the highest administrative post among the 24 services like IPS, IFS etc.

Popularly known as the IAS exam, officially it is called as Civil Services Examination (CSE), which is conducted every year by the central recruiting agency, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

IAS is the permanent bureaucracy in India and forms a part of the executive branch. It is one of the three All India Services, its cadre can be employed by both the Union Government, the State Governments and public-sector undertakings.

Indian Administrative Service (IAS) has been termed as one of the prestigious services among the 24 government services like IPS, IFS (Foreign), IFS (Forest), IP & TAFS, IAAS, IRS, IDAS, CMSE, IRTS, IRAS, IRPS, ITS, CAPF-AF to name a few.

All these examinations are conducted by UPSC in the form of Civil Services Examination (CSE) for selecting the appropriate candidates for the jobs. Every year lakhs of candidates appear for this examination, testing their lucks and hard work to get through one of these prestigious posts.

It is important to mention that any officer selected into the IAS can be employed by Union government, state governments and/or public-sector undertakings and gets exposure in numerous job roles like the collector, head of public sector units, commissioner, chief secretary, cabinet secretary to name a few.

When on deputation outside India, the IAS officer can be engaged in inter-governmental organizations like the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank (WB), the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), the United Nations (UN), or its agencies and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to name a few.

It is very important for aspirants to know and understand the requirements of the examination such as the UPSC  IAS syllabus, pattern, eligibility criteria, application procedure and other such significant details before kick-starting the registrations.

 IAS Exam Highlights Annually, the UPSC conducts the Civil Services Examination (CSE) to shortlist the candidates for more than 20 services, such as IAS, IPS and IFS. On average, more than eight lakh candidates register for the IAS exam and around five lakh candidates appear for the examination. 

The selection of the candidates will be made through the preliminary exam, main examination and an interview/personality test. This year-long selection process will begin in the month of June and conclude in April. The final merit list for the CSE will be released in May.


IAS 2021 Eligibility:-  

Age – A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 32 years on the 1st of August, 2021 i.e., the candidate must have been born not earlier than 2nd August, 1989 and not later than 1st August, 2000.

The upper age-limit prescribed above will be relaxable –

a) up to a maximum of five years if a candidate belongs to a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe;

b) up to a maximum of three years in the case of candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes who are eligible to avail of reservation applicable to such candidates.

Minimum Educational Qualification –

A candidate must hold a degree of any of the Universities incorporated by an Act of the central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956 or possess an equivalent qualification.

Note I : Candidates who have appeared at a qualifying examination the passing of which would render them educationally qualified for the Commission’s Examination but have not been informed of the result as also the candidates who intend to appear at such a qualifying examination will also be eligible for admission to the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination. All candidates who are declared qualified by the Commission for taking the Civil Services (Main) Examination will be required to produce proof of passing the requisite qualifying examination along with their application (i.e. Detailed Application Form-I) for the Main Examination, failing which such candidates will not be admitted to the Main Examination. Such proof of passing the requisite qualifying examination should be dated earlier than the due date (closing date) of Detailed Application Form-I of the Main Examination.

IAS 2021 Online Application Form/ Registration:-

Apply online at website – https://upsconline.nic.in from 04-03-2021 to 24-03-2021

The candidates are required to pay a fee of Rs.100/- (excepting Female/SC/ST/PwBD candidates who are exempted from payment of fee)

Mode of Payment – Deposit money in any branch of SBI by cash, or by using net banking facility of State Bank of India or by using any Visa/Master/RuPay Credit/Debit Card. 

Before start filling up Online Application, a candidate must have his photograph and signature duly scanned in the .jpg format in such a manner that each file should not exceed 300 KB each and must not be less than 50 KB in size for the photograph and signature. 

Candidate should also have details of one photo ID viz. Aadhar Card/Vote Card/PAN Card/Passport/Driving Licence/Any other photo ID Card issued by the State/Central Government. The details of this photo ID will have to be provided by the candidate while filling up the online application form. The candidates will have to upload a scanned copy of the Photo ID whose details have been provided in the online application by him/her. This photo ID will be used for all future referencing and the candidate is advised to carry this ID while appearing for Examination/Personality Test

IAS Application Form

Below you will find  IAS 2021 Application Form, Registration Procedure and Fee. Indian Administrative services or IAS is one of the reputed and toughest examinations in the country. This is the civil service exam which is organized by the union public service commission i.e. UPSC every year. Aspiring students who wish to take this reputed exam will have to fill the IAS Registration Form 2021. 

UPSC Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination 2021 – 

Apply online at website – https://upsconline.nic.in from 04-03-2021 to 24-03-2021

The candidates are required to pay a fee of Rs.100/- (excepting Female/SC/ST/PwBD candidates who are exempted from payment of fee)

Mode of Payment – Deposit money in any branch of SBI by cash, or by using net banking facility of State Bank of India or by using any Visa/Master/RuPay Credit/Debit Card. 

Before start filling up Online Application, a candidate must have his photograph and signature duly scanned in the .jpg format in such a manner that each file should not exceed 300 KB each and must not be less than 50 KB in size for the photograph and signature. 

Candidate should also have details of one photo ID viz. Aadhar Card/Vote Card/PAN Card/Passport/Driving Licence/Any other photo ID Card issued by the State/Central Government. The details of this photo ID will have to be provided by the candidate while filling up the online application form. The candidates will have to upload a scanned copy of the Photo ID whose details have been provided in the online application by him/her. This photo ID will be used for all future referencing and the candidate is advised to carry this ID while appearing for Examination/Personality Test.

IAS 2021 Exam Dates:-

Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination 2021 / Indian Forest Service (Preliminary) Examination 2021 through CS(P) Examination 2021 –

Apply online at website – https://upsconline.nic.in from 04-03-2021 to 24-03-2021

Date of Exam – 10th October 2021, Sunday.

Duration of Exam – 1 Day

Civil Services (Main) Examination 2021 –

Date of Exam – 17.09.2021, Friday

Duration of Exam – 5 Days.

IAS Admit Card                                            

Below you will find IAS 2020 Admit Card. IAS i.e. Indian Administrative service is among the toughest examinations in the country. It is basically conducted by UPSC. This is one of the reputed examinations and requires dynamic and vibrant preparation owing to its high level. In order to appear in the exam, the students need to have the admit card which will be issued by the official exam authority. The admit card or commonly known as e – admission certificate will be released only in the online mode. 

How to Download?

• The admit card is the important document from the examination point of view as it contains the important information regarding the exam as well as the candidate.

• It is expected that the official authority will release this e- admission certificate three weeks before the commencement of the examination.

• The e – admission certificate will be made available in the online mode for downloading by the candidates.

• No admission certificate will be sent by post and the downloading is the only way to obtain the same.

• The direct link to download the IAS Admit Card 2020 will be available here soon. The students can use that link so as to reach the page where this official document will be available.

• In order to initiate the process, the students will have to enter their registration id and other asked details (if any) in the online form.

• On the submission of these details, the students will be shown the copy of the e- admission certificate. The students can download the same by pressing the download button.

• The admit card will be get printed on the white paper and bring the same on the examination day. No candidate will be allowed to take the exam unless he or she holds the admit card. 

What Comes Next?

• Soon after obtaining the admit card, the students need to scrutinize the details printed on the same. 

• If any kind of discrepancy/ error is found on the IAS Hall Ticket 2020 then the students should bring this problem to the notice of UPSC.

• If the student fails to obtain their admission certificate then it is the responsibility of the student to contact the official authority as soon as possible. Information in this regard can also be obtained from the facilitation counter located in the commissioner’s office either in person or by phone.

• In the case, if the official authority does not receive any information regarding the non – receipt of the admission certificate then only the candidate himself is responsible for the non – receipt of the admit card.

IAS Selection Procedure

Below you will find IAS 2021 Selection Procedure. IAS is the renowned name in the field of civil services. It is the dream job for the numerous students but in actual, only the most deserving students will get the same. A lot of hard work is required in order to clear this reputed and the leading examination which is conducted by the union public service commission i.e. UPSC. Owing to the high – level exam, this requires the vibrant and dynamic preparation. Basically, the IAS Selection Procedure 2021 includes three phases i.e. preliminary exam, main exam and final interview round. 

IAS Selection Procedure 2021 – Detailed Explanation:

• As it is known to everyone that the selection procedure will consists of three main stages i.e. Prelims, mains and personal interview.

• Each of the stage has its own importance in the selection procedure. Only those students who will qualify the prelims can go for the mains and the interview round.

• To make the students understand the stages in the better way, we shall be providing here the detailed description of these stages.

Stage 1: Preliminary examination:

• This is first phase of the IAS Selection Procedure 2021. The preliminary exam is scheduled in the month of June 2021 by the official exam authority.

• This test is meant to be served as the screening test only.

• This exam comprises of objective type questions.

• Penalty for the wrong answers will be applicable.

• If more than one answer is filled by the students then it will be treated as the wrong answer and penalized as per the negative marking.

• One thing should be noted by the students, the marks obtained in the preliminary exam will not be counted in the final merit list.

• Cutoff marks will be based on the GS – I paper only. However, the GS – II paper will be qualifying with 33% (66.66) marks.

Stage 2: Main Examination:

• The next stage of the IAS Selection Procedure 2021 is the main examination. The official authority will organize this exam in the month of October 2021.

• Only those students who have their names in the merit list of the prelims exam will be allowed to take this examination.

• The students admitted to the main examination will have to pay the further fee of Rs 200.

• The main exam is the written examination which comprises of the competitive papers.

• The students need to obtain minimum qualifying marks so as to be considered as qualified.

•  It is important for the students to know that the marks in this main (written) exam will be considered for the final ranking.

Stage 3: Final Interview round:

• After appearing in the main exam, the students will go through the personal interview round. 

• It should be noted that only those students who will obtain the minimum qualifying marks in the main examination are allowed to appear in the personal interview round.

• This is the main and the final stage of the IAS 2021 Selection Procedure.

• In this phase of selection, the overall ability of the students will be judged by the interviewer.

• This is that round for which the students have struggled so far.

• If the student fails to qualify this round then his entire hard work will be get wasted.

• In order to qualify this round, the students should have good communication skills, and the enough knowledge of the current topics.

• Based on the main exam and personal interview round, the final merit list will be prepared by the official authority i.e. UPSC so as to provide the final job to the most deserving and the appropriate candidates.

IAS 2021 Syllabus:-

UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Examination 2021 Syllabus –

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 – that do not require subject specialization.

General Science.

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);

Note – 

Paper II of the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination will be a qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%.

It is mandatory for the candidate to appear in both the Papers of Civil Services (Prelim) Examination for the purpose of evaluation. Therefore a candidate will be disqualified in case he/she does not appear in both the papers of Civil Services (Prelim) Examination.

Paper Pattern

IAS 2021 Pattern:-

IAS Preliminary Exam Pattern:-

Part A – Preliminary Examination Pattern – 

Type – Multiple Choice, Objective Type

Paper I – 200 marks (Duration – 2 hours)

Paper II – 200 marks (Duration – 2 hours)

There will be negative marking for incorrect answers as detailed below:

i) There are four alternatives for the answers to every question. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate, one-third (0.33) of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty.

ii) If a candidate gives more than one answer, it will be treated as a wrong answer even if one of the given answers happen to be correct and there will be same penalty as above for that question.

iii) If a question is left blank i.e. no answer is given by the candidate, there will be no penalty for that question.

IAS Preparation

IAS Exam Preparation:-

One of the essential tips to crack IAS exam is proper planning with devotion. Since IAS is among the toughest exams in India, it is recommendable for students to take up any of the top coaching institutes that prepare well to crack IAS. Candidates should improve writing skills as the exam includes important papers like English and Essay, in both the papers subjective questions are asked. Make sure that you have the best authors’ books that cover almost entire portions of the subjects that are prescribed for the exam. Having a glance at previous years’ papers is always conducive. 

IAS Notification

IAS 2021 Exam Notification:-

Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination 2021 / Indian Forest Service (Preliminary) Examination 2021 through CS(P) Examination 2021 –

Apply online at website – https://upsconline.nic.in from 04-03-2021 to 24-03-2021

Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination 2021 Date – 10th October 2021, Sunday.

Civil Services (Main) Examination 2021 –

Duration of Exam – 17.09.2021, Friday

Duration of Exam – 5 Days.

Click here for more details.

IAS Result                                                          

IAS Cutoff

Below you will find IAS 2021 Cutoff for Prelims and Main Exam. The cutoff can be defined as the lowest possible marks which are imperative to score by the students in the examination. The official authority will release the cutoff marks in the online mode and it will be available here soon. The students should know that the different cutoff will be released for prelims and the main examination. 

About the Exam:

• Indian Administrative services or IAS is national level and among the toughest examinations in the country.

• Basically, it is the civil service exam which is conducted in two parts i.e. preliminary and the mains.

• Only those students who will qualify the prelims are allowed to take the main examination.

About the Cutoff:

• The cutoff is termed as the minimum qualifying marks which the students should obtain in the exam so as to qualify the same.

• The students will have to score more than or up to the IAS Cutoff 2021 so as to get the place in the merit list.

• It is quite obvious that the different cutoff will be published for prelims and the main examination.

• Also, the cutoff marks will be released category – wise. The students are advised to check the cutoff as according to their related category.

• Usually, the cutoff marks for the reserved category are slightly lower than the marks for the unreserved category.

Need for Cutoff:

• This is the basic question which comes to everyone’s mind. So, the basic purpose of the cutoff marks is to select the most appropriate students for the next round of selection. 

• Usually, the IAS Cutoff 2021 will restrict the limit of the students to be appeared in the next round i.e. main exam and then in the interview round.

• Needless to say, that the cutoff marks will only select those students who really work hard and deserve to appear in the next round.

Previous year stats:

• It is important for the students to know and understand the previous year statistics of the cutoff marks.

• Due to this, the students can familiar with the range of marks up to which the upcoming cutoff can be released.

• The Cutoff of IAS 2021 will be released soon till then the candidates can check the previous year cutoff marks.

For Prelims:

Category – Cutoff 2015

General 107.34

SC 94.00

ST 91.34

OBC 106.00

PH – 1 90.66

PH – 2 76.66

PH – 3 40.00

For mains:

Category – Cutoff 2015

General 676

SC 622

ST 617

OBC 630

PH – 1 580

PH – 2 627

PH – 3 504

Final Cutoff:

Category – Cutoff 2015

General 877

SC 810

ST 801

OBC 834

PH – 1 802

PH – 2 830

PH – 3 697

Important Note : The Information provided here is taken from official websites and in some cases other websites. We are just aggregators of the information students are requested to check the official websites and respective admission authorities for more information their word will be final. We keep updating the information regularly but sometimes the information can be outdated or human error while typing is possible we are not responsible in such cases.