UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) conducts the CIVIL SERVICES EXAM(CSE) which is a national exam with success rate of 0.1%–0.3%. UPSC has announced notification for the next UPSC EXAMINATION. This article will provide the information about the UPSC CIVIL SERVICES Notification 2017, Exam pattern, Exam Schedule, Eligibility Details, Last date, admit card for the preliminary exam and other details. 

What is UPSC?

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts various exams such as exam for Civil Services (CSE), IFS, NDA, CDS, SCRA etc. Civil services examination (CSE ) is popularly known as IAS exam and includes almost 24 services like IFS, IPS, IRS, IRPS and so on.

Civil Services Exam Pattern 2017

It is conducted in 3 Phases.


MAINS EXAM (Written Test)







Opportunity for Undergraduate:

This question is constantly asked that “Can Undergraduate go for civil services exam? “, it is uplifting news for the individuals who are in final year, They are qualified for Civil Services Exam, however, it has one restrictive that when they are giving interview their graduation ought to be finished. 

Paper Pattern of Prelims Exam

Students will qualify prelims exam to appear in mains exam, There is “Negative Marking” in the Prelims exam. For every wrong answer, 1/3rd of marks allotted for every question will be reduced from the correct tally of score

  • The Prelims Exam of IAS will comprise of two papers: 1. General Studies (GS) of 400 marks, 2. Civil Service Aptitude Test (CSAT) of 200 marks respectively.
  • All the question in both the papers will be multiple types.
  • The question papers will be set both in English and Hindi.
  • The Prelims Exam will be held for 2-hour time duration.
  • The Paper-II of Prelims Exam is qualifying in nature and candidates need to secure minimum qualifying marks of 33 %.
Paper 1 General Studies – This paper will be counted for qualifying to write the Civil Services Mains exam.  200 Marks 2 hours
Paper 2 Aptitude Test (CSAT) – This paper is of qualifying nature, but candidate must score at least 33% marks in this paper. However, marks of this paper are not counted for writing the Mains examination.  200 Marks 2 hours 

Civil Services Main Exam 2017

The qualified candidates of civil service preliminary examination 2017 will be eligible to attempt civil service main examination 2017, which is held on 28 October, A little description of civil service main examination 2017 is given beneath.

Name of the test Type of test Max. marks Duration Selection parameters
Paper A (one Indian language to be selected from the languages included in the eighth schedule of the constitution Conventional 300 3 hours Papers to be counted for determining merit
Paper B English language   300  
Paper I Essay   250   UPSC will prepare merit list on the basis of candidates’ performance & high marks aggregate scored in Mains & Interview.
Paper II General Studies I (Indian heritage & culture, History & Geography of world & society)        
Paper II General Studies II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social justice & international relations)   250    
Paper-IV General Studies III (Technology, economic development, biodiversity, environment, security & disaster management)   250    
Paper V General Studies-IV (Ethnic, integrity & aptitude)   250    
Paper VI Optional Subject Paper I   250    
Paper VII Optional Subject Paper II   250    
Sub-total (written test)   1750    
Personality test   275    
Grand total   2025     

Syllabus of Civil Service Exam:

Civil Services Exam Syllabus are recently changed for download latest Prelims and mains syllabus of 2017, click on the following link to download syllabus

UPSC Prelims Syllabus (pdf)

UPSC Mains Syllabus  (pdf) 

Civil Services Exam Schedule

Prelims Exam

Notification release Feb 22, 2017
Availability of Application Form Feb 22, 2017, to Mar 17, 2017
Release of Admit Card for Prelims Exam May 2017
Prelims exam of IAS Offline Exam Jun 18, 2017
Result of IAS Prelims Exam Aug/Sep 2017
Cutoff of IAS Prelims Exam After the final result of IAS 2017



Mains Examination

Release of DAF Aug/Sept 2017
Availability of DAF Aug/Sept 2017
Release of Admit Card for Mains Exam Sept 2017
Mains Exam of IAS Oct 28, 2017
Result of IAS Mains Exam Dec 2017
Cutoff After the final result of IAS 2017 exam


For Interview

Date of Interview/Personality Test Jan/Feb 2018
Declaration of IAS Final Result 2017 Feb/Mar 2018
Marks of the candidates in Mains and Interview/Personality Test Feb/Mar 2018


UPSC Exam Eligibility criteria for the Civil Services Examination


  • For the Indian Administrative Service, the Indian Foreign Service, and the Indian Police Service, a candidate must be a citizen of India.
  • For the Indian Revenue Service, a candidate must be one of the following:
    • A citizen of India
    • a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia or Vietnam  with the intention of permanently settling in India
  • For other services, a candidate must be one of the following:
    • A citizen of India
    • A citizen of Nepal or a subject of Bhutan
    • a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India

Age Limits of Civil Services Exam

Category Upper age limit No. of attempts
General 32 Years 06 Attempts
OBC 35 Years 09 Attempts
SC/ST 37 Years No bar
PH (Blind, Deaf, Orthopedic) 42 Years GEN/OBC= 9 Attempts

SC/ST= No bar

J & K Domicile GEN=37 Yrs, OBC= 40 Yrs, SC/ST=40 Yrs, PH=50 Yrs No bar
Disabled servicemen, disabled from duty. GEN=37 Yrs, OBC=40 Yrs, SC/ST=40 Yrs. No bar

Physical Standard:

The candidate must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to Civil Services Examination.

UPSC take up verification of eligibility conditions with reference to original documents only after the candidate has qualified for Interview/Personality Test.Appearing to attempt one of the papers in the UPSC preliminary examination is counted as an attempt but failing to attend is not counted as an attempt. I hope this post is helpful for you to clear all doubts regarding the number of attempts, age limits, educational qualification, UPSC Exam Eligibility, etc. will make fit for UPSC Civil Services Exam (popularly known as IAS exam). For more details about UPSC exam eligibility and number of attempts you can go through UPSC Official Website:

Download Admit Cart of Prelims Examination

UPSC has released schedule for civil services preliminary examination 2017, which is going to held on 18th June 2017 Posts the finally selected candidates will be recruited

  • Indian Audit & Accounts Service, Group A
  • Indian P&T Accounts & Finance Service, Group A
  • Indian Administrative Service
  • Indian Police Service
  • Indian Foreign Service
  • Indian Civil Accounts Service, Group A
  • Indian Revenue Service (Customs & Central Excise), Group A
  • Indian Postal Service, Group A
  • Indian Defense Accounts Services, Group A
  • Indian Ordnance Factories Service, Group A (Assistant Works Manager, Administration)
  • Indian Revenue Services (IT), Group A
  • Indian Information Service (Junior Grade), Group A
  • Indian Railway Traffic Service, Group A
  • Indian Defense Estates Service, Group A
  • Indian Railway Accounts Service, Group A
  • Post of Assistant Security Commissioner in Railway Protection Force, Group A
  • Indian Railway Personnel Service, Group A
  • Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Services, Group B
  • Indian Trade Service, Group A (Gr. III)
  • Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service, Group B.
  • Indian Corporate Law Service, Group A
  • Armed Forces Headquarter civil service, Group B (Section Officer’s Grade)
  • Pondicherry Police Services, Group B
  • Pondicherry Civil Services, Group B

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