UPSC Civil Services (IAS) 2022 Exam Dates, Application Form, Eligibility, Selection Process

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 2022, 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 2022

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 %.

IAS Exam Process

Step 1: Fill IAS Exam Application Form

Candidates will be able to fill the IAS application form in online mode at Once the application form is filled, candidates also need to pay Civil Services exam application fee in online or offline mode.


Preliminary Exam Fee

Mains Exam Fee

General/ EWS/OBC

Rs 100

Rs 200

Females/ SC/ ST/ Persons with Benchmark Disability



Step 2: Download IAS Preliminary Exam Admit Card

Candidates, who successfully filled the online application form, will be downloading their IAS admit card from the official website of the commission three weeks before the commencement of the exam. It may be noted that admit cards will not be sent by post to any candidates. Also, candidates who fail to carry their admit card on the day of exam will not be allowed to take the exam.

Step 3: IAS Preliminary Exam 2022

The IAS Prelims Exam 2022 will be conducted on May 31. Candidates need to appear for IAS Prelims exam 2022. The Preliminary exam is conducted in order to shortlist candidates for the next stage of the Civil Services exam.

Step 4: Filling of IAS DAF

The candidates, who clear the IAS prelims exam, need to fill the Detailed Application Form(DAF) for the IAS Main Exam. The DAF is a very important document and plays a very important role in the IAS Interview and during the service allocation process. It is important because the candidates mention his service preference and state preference in this form only. Based on the information given in the DAF and the vacancies, the services and the state cadres are allotted to the candidates after the IAS result.

Step 5: Download IAS Mains Exam Admit Card

All candidates, who clear the IAS Prelims exam, can download their admit cards for the Civil Services Mains exam 2022. The admit cards will be available on the official website of UPSC three weeks before the commencement of the Mains exam. The duration of each paper is three hours.

Step 6: IAS Mains Exam

IAS Main Exam 2022 will commence from September 18. Candidates need to appear for IAS Mains Exam as per the details mentioned on the admit card. IAS Mains exam consists a total of Nine descriptive papers. Out of the Nine, two papers are of qualifying in nature. These IAS Question papers are of General English and General Language paper. There are Four General Studies papers, One Essay Paper and two optional Subject paper. The marks of each paper are assigned as follows.

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 
UPSC Exams Syllabus

UPSC Exams Syllabus

Sl.No. Name of the Paper Marks allotted
1 Essay Paper 250
2 General Studies I 250
3 General Studies II 250
4 General Studies III 250
5 General Studies IV 250
6 Optional Subject Paper I 250
7 Optional Subject Paper I 250
  Total 1750

Civil Services Main Exam 2022

The qualified candidates of civil service preliminary examination 2022 will be eligible to attempt civil service main examination 2022, which is held on 28 October, A little description of civil service main examination 2022 is given beneath.

Syllabus of Civil Service Exam:

Civil Services Exam Syllabus are recently changed for download latest Prelims and mains syllabus of 2022, click on the following link to download syllabus

UPSC Prelims Syllabus (pdf)

UPSC Mains Syllabus  (pdf) 

Civil Services Exam Schedule

Event Dates Salient Features
IAS Exam 2022 Notification February 12 The UPSC will issue the Civil Services Exam Notification 2022 mentioning the vacancies and other important information
Last date to apply for IAS Exam 2022 March 3 The IAS online application will be accepted until this date.
IAS Prelims Exam 2022 May 31 IAS Prelims 2022 Exam will be conducted in offline mode across the nation.
IAS Prelims 2022 Result To be announced The result of the IAS Prelims Exam 2022 will be announced by UPSC.
IAS Main Exam 2022 September 18 The IAS Main Exam 2022 will be conducted by UPSC

For Interview

Date of Interview/Personality Test Jan/Feb 2023
Declaration of IAS Final Result 2022 Feb/Mar 2023
Marks of the candidates in Mains and Interview/Personality Test Feb/Mar 2023

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 2022, which is going to held on 18th June 2022 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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