Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released the notification for Civil Services Examination 2021. It’s time to apply for the IAS exam.
The UPSC CSE Preliminary Exam will be conducted on June 27, 2021 (Sunday)
How to apply for UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Examination 2021?
Candidates will be required to complete the Online Application Form containing two stages viz. Part-I and Part-II as per the instructions available on the above-mentioned site.
When is the last date to apply for the UPSC Civil Services Examination 2021?
The last date to apply for the UPSC Civil Services Examination 2021 is March 24th, 2021.
The Online applications for Preliminary Examination (Part I and II) can be filled from 04th March 2021 to 24th March 2021 till 18:00 Hrs.
Fees – Rs.100 for General/OBC (Male)
The candidates are required to pay a fee of Rs.100/- (Rupees One Hundred only).
SC/ST/ Female/Persons with Benchmark Disability candidates are exempted from payment of the fee.
The fees can be paid either by depositing the money in any branch of State Bank of India by cash, or by using the net banking facility of State Bank of India, or by using any Visa/Master/RuPay Credit/ Debit Card.
No change in the upper age limit; no extra-chances for candidates who exhausted their attempts in 2020
The Supreme Court of India dismissed a petition seeking an extra chance in UPSC Civil Service Exams for the candidates who had exhausted their last attempt in October 2020.
The Court noted that all candidates, irrespective of the nature of attempts, must have faced the same consequences as a result of the pandemic, and consequently, it would be advisable to avoid any concession that is not envisaged by the Rules.
Age Limit – 32 for General; 35 for OBC; 37 for SC/ST
If your age limit is between 21-32 years (General Category) as of August 1, 2021, you can apply for the UPSC Civil Services Exam 2021. The upper age limit for OBC candidates is 35 years, while that of SC/ST candidates is 37 years.
For details, refer to this link – UPSC Civil Services Exam eligibility criteria.
Note: The Commission takes up verification of eligibility conditions with reference to original documents only after the candidate has qualified for the Interview/Personality Test.
Candidates seeking reservation benefits
Candidates seeking reservation/relaxation benefits available for SC/ST/OBC/EWS/PwBD/Ex-servicemen must ensure that they are entitled to such reservation/relaxation as per eligibility prescribed in the Rules/Notice.
They should also be in possession of all the requisite certificates in the prescribed format in support of their claim as stipulated in the Rules/Notice for such benefits.
The OBC candidates applying for CSE-2021 must produce OBC (Non-Creamy Layer) certificate based on the income for the Financial Year (FY) 2019-2020, 2018-19, and 2017-18.
Candidates should note that certificates should be dated earlier than the due date (closing date) of the application of Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2021, ie March 24, 2021.
You need to upload a photo, Signature, and Photo ID card
- Before start filling up of Online Application, a candidate must have his/her photograph and signature duly scanned in the jpg format in such a manner that each file should not exceed 40 KB and must not be less than 3 KB in size for the photograph and 1 KB for the signature.
- Candidate should have details of one Photo ID Card viz. Aadhaar Card/Voter Card/PAN Card/Passport/Driving Licence/Any other Photo ID Card issued by the State/Central Government. The details of this Photo ID Card 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 Card will be used for all future referencing and the candidate is advised to carry this Photo ID Card while appearing for the Examination/Personality Test.
UPSC Notification for Civil Services Examination (CSE) 2021
You can download the latest UPSC CSE notification from the link given below:
The notification contains the UPSC CSE syllabus, exam pattern, medical requirement, and so on.
UPSC Syllabus – Civil Services Preliminary Exam
The Civil Services Preliminary exam comprises two compulsory papers of 200 marks each (General Studies Paper I and General Studies Paper-II). The questions will be of multiple-choice, objective type. The marks in prelims will not be counted for final ranking, but just for qualification for the main exam.
The Commission will draw a list of candidates to be qualified for Civil Service (Main) Examination based on the criterion of minimum qualifying marks of 33% in General Studies PaperII of Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination and total qualifying marks of General Studies Paper-I of Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination as may be determined by the Commission.
UPSC syllabus for paper I – (200 marks) duration: two hours (counted for the merit rank in the prelims)
- 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.
UPSC syllabus for paper-ii- (200 marks) duration: two hours (not counted for the merit rank in prelims but a Qualifying Paper; just needs 33% marks)
- 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).
Read more about UPSC Syllabus here.
UPSC Notification 2021: Whether there will be an optional paper for Mains 2021?
Yes, there is.
There is no change in the UPSC CSE Main Exam format – 4 GS Papers, 1 Essay Paper, and 2 Optional Papers from one optional subject.
Indian Forest Service Exam 2021 Notification
A separate notification for Indian Forest Service Exam (IFoS) 2021 is also released by UPSC. The Preliminary Exam for both CSE and IFoS is common while the Main Exam and Interview will be conducted separately.
Click the below link to download the IFoS 2021 Notification.
UPSC Examination Calendar 2021 – Important Dates
- Date of Notification for Civil Service Prelims and Indian Forest Service Prelims: March 04, 2021
- Last date to apply for Civil Service Prelims and Indian Forest Service Prelims: March 24, 2021
- Date of UPSC CSE Prelims 2021 and IFS Prelims 2021: June 27, 2021
- Date of UPSC CSE Mains 2021: September 17, 2021 (5 days)
- Date of UPSC IFS Mains 2021: November 21, 2021 (10 days; only for IFoS aspirants)
- Date of UPSC IFS Personality Test (Interview) 2021-21: January 2022 (Only for Indian Forest Service Aspirants)
- Date of UPSC CSE Personality Test (Interview) 2021-21: February-March 2022
Note: The dates of the commencement and duration of examinations are liable to alteration if the circumstances so warrant.
712 Vacancies for CSE; 90 Vacancies for IFoS
The number of vacancies to be filled on the result of the UPSC CSE 2021 is expected to be approximately 712.
This reported number is 84 vacancies lesser than the number of reported vacancies in 2020. In 2020, the number of vacancies as per the notification was 796. In 2019, there were 896 Vacancies for CSE.
Note: The vacancies can increase, once additional data becomes available in the coming months.
What if you submit multiple applications?
- Applicants should avoid submitting multiple applications. However, if due to any unavoidable circumstances, any applicant submits multiple applications then he/she must ensure that the applications with higher RID are complete in all respects.
- In case of multiple applications, the applications with higher RID shall be entertained by the Commission, and the fee paid against one RID shall not be adjusted against any other RID.
Ensure that you give a valid Email ID
- The applicants must ensure that while filling their Application Form, they are providing their valid and active E-mail IDs as the Commission may use an electronic mode of communication while contacting them at different stages of the examination process.
- The applicants are advised to check their emails at regular intervals and ensure that the email addresses ending with @ nic.in are directed to their inbox folder and not to the SPAM folder or any other folder.
Don’t wait for the last date; apply early!
Candidates are strongly advised to apply online well in time without waiting for the last date for submission of Online Applications.
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