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      UPSC CSE, IAS Prep 2021 | Details, Syllabus, Eligibility, Papers.

      UPSC CSE

      What does UPSC stands for?

      The full form of the UPSC is Union Public Service Commission.

      What’s the job of UPSC?

      UPSC conducts a National Level Exam for 24 civil services under the Central & State Government of India.

      Is UPSC an exam?

      No, that’s a very wrong interpretation. ‘Civil Services’ are the exams. UPSC is the organizer.

      Civil Services Exams are the ones we’ll be talking about here.

      What are Civil Service Exams?

      The Civil Services Examination (CSE) is an all India competitive examination in India conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for recruitment to various Civil Services of the Government of India, including the Indian Administrative Service, Indian Foreign Service, and Indian Police Service.

      It is conducted in three phases –

      Written Exam in progress | Images Courtesy : Indiatv News

      • Preliminary examination consisting of two objective-type papers (General Studies Paper I) and (General Studies Paper II) also popularly known as Civil Service Aptitude Test or CSAT

      • Main examination consisting of nine papers of conventional (essay) type, in which two papers are qualifying and only marks of seven are counted

      • A personality test (interview)

      Interview in Progress | Image Courtesy : Google Image

      Structure of Civil Service Examinations:

      1. Preliminary or Prelims Examination
      2. CSAT – I General Studies (GS)

      100 Questions | 200 Marks

      • CSAT – II

      • Main Examination

      • Personality Test



      • 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


      • 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)
      • English Language Comprehension skills (Class X level)



      • PAPER – A

      One of the Indian Language selected by the candidate from the languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution of India

      • PAPER – B

      English Language


      • PAPER – 1 – Essay

      • PAPER – 2 TO PAPER 5 General Studies (GS) :

      • GS – I

        Indian Heritage & Culture, History and Geography of the world and society

      • GS – II

      Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International Relations

      • GS  – III

      Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management

      • GS – IV

      Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude

      • PAPER – 6 AND PAPER 7

      1 optional with 2 papers

      1. Optional Paper 1
      2. Optional Paper 2


      The Third Exam after passing out Prelims and Mains is the Personality Test which is taken in the form of interview. In the interview, the candidate is evaluated on the basis of his/her outlook on the current affairs in the national and global platforms. His/her General Knowledge, attitude, way of dealing with the situations in the country.

      It is a 275 marks examination.


      Group 1:

      1. Agriculture
      2. Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
      3. Anthropology
      4. Botany
      5. Chemistry
      6. Civil Engineering
      7. Commerce and Accountancy
      8. Economics
      9. Electrical Engineering
      10. Geography
      11. Geology
      12. History
      13. Law
      14. Management
      15. Mathematics
      16. Mechanical Engineering
      17. Medical Science
      18. Philosophy
      19. Physics
      20. Political Science and International Relations
      21. Psychology
      22. Public Administration
      23. Sociology
      24. Statistics
      25. Zoology

      Group 2: (Literature of any one of these following languages)

      1. Assamese
      2. Bengali
      3. Bodo
      4. Dogri
      5. Gujarati
      6. Hindi
      7. Kannada
      8. Kashmiri
      9. Konkani
      10. Maithili
      11. Malayalam
      12. Manipuri
      13. Marathi
      14. Nepali
      15. Oriya
      16. Punjabi
      17. Sanskrit
      18. Santhali
      19. Sindhi
      20. Tamil
      21. Telegu
      22. Urdu
      23. English


      General 21 to 32 years of age 6
      OBC 21 to 35 years of age 9
      SC 21 to 37 years of age Unlimited
      ST 21 to 37 years of age   Unlimited


          EXAM NAME     EXAM DATE
        Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination 2021   27th June 2021
         Civil Services (Main) Examination 2021 17th September 2021 onwards  

      UPSC CALENDER 2021

      A date guide for students preparing for 2021 UPSC CSE Examinations

      For more details about UPSC CSE dates and fees please visit

      Forget what happened in 2020. 2021 is just round the corner! Get going from now and serve the country by being a part of its administration.

      Best Wishes from

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      With a Masters Degree in Media Science and Specialisation in Corporate Communications. I have both likeliness as well as professional experience in Advertising Copywriting. I’m an actor cum writer based in India.


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