UPSC Civil Services 2020

Civil Services

Civil Services Examination is the toughest competitive examination in India. It is a nationwide exam conducted by UPSC. Union Public Service Commission conducts this exam every year for recruitment to various Civil Services in Indian Government like IAS(Indian Administrative Service), IFS(Indian Foreign Service), IPS (Indian Police Service), Indian Defence Accounts Service, Indian Revenue Service, Indian Railway Traffic Service, etc. Candidates who are having any degree from any university can apply for the UPSC Civil Services Exam. to more information about UPSC CSE 2019 read this article carefully.

UPSC Civil Services 2020

  • Candidate must be an Indian Citizen or a subject of Nepal/Bhutan or a Tibetan refugee.
  • Candidate must have a Bachelor’s degree from the any recognized University of India.
  • Candidate must complete 21 years of age.
  • Candidate has 6 chances to pass Civil Services Examination.

UPSC Civil Service Schedule

Event Date
Application Start Date 12 Feb 2020
Last date to apply 03 Mar 2020
Pre-Exam Admit Card to be announced
Pre-Exam 31 May 2020
Pre Result to be announced
Main Exam 18 Sep 2020
Main Result to be announced

UPSC Civil Services Pay Scale

Civil Services is one of the highest paying jobs in India with a good reputation. Here you can see the pay of Civil Servants.

Civil Service Salary
Indian Administrative Service Salary Scale ₹56100 to ₹2,50,000
Indian Police Service Salary Scale ₹39000 to ₹2,12,650
Indian Foreign Service Salary Scale ₹12750 to ₹90,000
Indian Forest Service Salary Scale ₹15600 to ₹67000
Indian Post & Telecommunication Accounts and Finance Service Salary Scale Upto ₹67000
Indian Audit and Accounts Service Salary Scale Upto ₹42000
Indian Revenue Service Salary Scale Upto ₹80000
Indian Defence Accounts Service Salary Scale Upto ₹87000
Indian Railway Traffic Service Salary Scale Upto ₹1.2 lakhs
Indian Railway Accounts Service Salary Scale Upto ₹56500
Indian Railway Personnel Service Salary Scale Upto ₹56500
Indian Trade Service Salary Scale Upto ₹ 50000

Note: Salary Scale given here is the purpose of generalised comparison only.

UPSC Civil Services Examination Eligibility Criteria

Candidates who wish to apply for Union Public Service Commission Civil Service Examination must have to fulfil given eligibility.

Civil Service Exam 2019 Nationality

  • For Indian Administrative Service(IAS), Indian Foreign Service(IFS) and Indian Police Service(IPS), Candidate must be a citizen of India.
  • For the other post. Candidate must be:
    • A citizen of India. Or
    • A subject of Nepal. Or
    • A subject of Bhutan. Or
    • A Tibetan Refugee who came to India before 1st January 1962, with the intention of permanently settling in India. Or
    • An Indian origin person who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

Civil Service Exam 2019 Age limit

  • Candidate must have completed 21 years of age and not exceed than 32 years of age on the 1st August of the examination year.
  • There is an upper age limit relaxation prescribed by the government.
    • Up to five years of upper age relaxation for SC/ST candidates.
    • Up to three years of upper age relaxation for OBC candidates.
    • Up to five years of upper age relaxation for Ex-Serviceman.
    • Up to Ten years of upper age relaxation for PWD candidates.

Civil Service Exam 2019 Educational Qualification

  • Candidate must have a bachelor’s degree from any recognized university of India or a foreign university recognized by the Association of Indian Universities.

Civil Service Application Form 2019

Candidates who fulfil all the eligibility criteria can apply for the Civil Service Exam otherwise your application will be rejected. Civil Service Application form will be available on the official website of UPSC i.e.

Application Fee

  • Unreserved and OBC candidates will have to pay ₹100 as application fee.
  • All-female candidates, SC/ST candidates are exempted from the application fee.
  • Candidates can be remitting the money in any Branch of State Bank of India or by using Visa/Master/RuPay Credit/Debit Card or by using Internet Banking of SBI.

How to apply for UPSC Civil Service Exam 2019?

Candidates who wish to apply for Civil Services exam can follow the given steps to fill the application form.

  1. Firstly candidate will have to visit the website of UPSC i.e.
  2. Click on the link Civil Service Exam application form given on the main page of the website.
  3. Now, click on the registration link.
  4. Fill the personal information like Name, Gender, Nationality, category and other personal details then click on the submit button.
  5. Now you are redirected to the payment page.
  6. Pay the application fee.
  7. Next step is to upload the documents.
  8. Upload your pic and qualification certificates etc.
  9. Click on “I Agree” and submit the application form.
  10. Save the application form for future reference.

Civil Service exam Selection Process 2019

Civil Service Exam will consist of two written exams and Interview. Candidates will have to clear all the process to select as a Civil Servant.

Civil Service Preliminary Exam

The prelim exam will consist of two papers and both are objective type/MCQ (Multiple Choice Question). Both papers consist of 200 marks. It means you can score 400 marks in Preliminary exam. The paper will be in Hindi and English both language. The General Studies Paper-II of the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination will be a qualifying paper. In this paper, you have to achieve a minimum of 33% to clear the exam.

Civil Service Main Exam

Those candidates who qualify their prelim exam will be able for the civil service main exam. It is a theoretical exam. Candidates will have to clear 9 papers in Main Exam. for the main exam, you will get max 2025 marks.

Paper Subject/Topic Marks
Paper A Indian Language 300
Paper B English 300
Paper-I Essay 250
Paper-II General Studies I
Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society
Paper-III General Studies II
Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations
Paper-IV General Studies III

Technology, Economic Development, Biodiversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management

Paper-V General Studies IV
Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude
Paper-VI Optional Subject – Paper 1 250
Paper-VII Optional Subject – Paper 2 250
Personality Test 275
Grand Total 2025

Civil Service 2019 Syllabus

Syllabus of Civil Service Pre-Exam

Civil Service Preliminary Exam consists of two papers, Paper 1 and Paper 2. You can check syllabus here,


  1. Current events of national and international importance.
  2. History of India and Indian National Movement.
  3. Indian and World Geography-Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.
  4. Indian Polity and Governance-Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
  5. Economic and Social Development-Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.
  6. General issues on Environmental ecology, Biodiversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialization.
  7. General Science


  1. Comprehension
  2. Interpersonal skills including communication skills
  3. Logical reasoning and analytical ability
  4. Decision making and problem-solving
  5. General mental ability
  6. Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. – Class X level)

Syllabus of Civil Service Main-Exam


  • General Studies-I: Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society


  • General Studies- II: Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations.


  • General Studies-III: Technology, Economic Development, Biodiversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management


  • General Studies- IV: Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude

Paper-VI & VII

Optional Subject Papers I & II

  • Agriculture
  • Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
  • Anthropology
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Commerce and Accountancy
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • History
  • Law
  • Management
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical Science
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Zoology

Click Here for detailed Syllabus.

Previous Year’s Civil Services Cut off

Year Cut-off Marks Percentage
2005 284/450 63.11
2006 282/450 62.66
2007 256/450 56.88
2008 244/450 54.22
2009 250/450 55.55
2010 248/450 55.11
2011 198/400 49.5
2012 209/400 52.25
2013 241/400 60.25
2014 205/400 51.25
2015 107.34/200 53.67
2016 116.00/200 58.00
2017 105.34/200 52.67
2018 98/200 49.00

Civil Services: Official notification

Now you are aware of all the information about the UPSC CSE exam in detail. To know more information you can check the Official website of UPSC, read to find the information Of syllabus, pattern, cut-off, eligibility criteria and much more.