Union Public Service Commission has released a notification regarding the Preliminary examinations for Civil Services and Indian Forest Service Examinations for 2021 in notice no 04/2021-CSP and 05/2021-IFS. UPSC has released the notification and application on 4th March for 712 vacancies. The last date to fill the registration form is 24th March 2021. The Commission conducts exams only once a year. It is a very reputed and tough kind of job.The candidates who are preparing for the UPSC examination, now the registration process is started. The exam will be offline i.e. Pen and Paper Mode. Let us have a look at the details regarding the notification released by the Commission.
UPSC 2021: Important Dates
|Notification released||4th March 2021|
|Online Registration begins||4th March 2021|
|Last date for applying||24th March 2021|
|Prelims Exam 2021||27 June 2021|
|Prelims 2021 Result||July 2021 (Tentative)|
|Main Exam 2021||17 Sep 2021|
|Main 2021 result||December/January 2022 (Tentative)|
The number of vacancies to be filled through the examination is expected to be approximately 712 which include 22 vacancies reserved for Persons with Benchmark Disability Category.
|Reserved for Persons with Benchmark Disability Category||Number of Vacancies|
|blindness and low vision;||05|
|deaf and hard of hearing||06|
|locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism,
acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy`
|multiple disabilities from
amongst persons under clauses
UPSC 2021: Eligibility
There are some basic criteria that candidates have to satisfy to appear for the examination. The criteria are: nationality, the number of attempts, age limit, and educational qualifications.
(1) For the Indian Administrative Service, the Indian Foreign Service, and the Indian Police Service, a candidate must be a citizen of India.
(2) For other services, a candidate must be either:—
(a) a citizen of India, or
(b) a subject of Nepal, or
(c) a subject of Bhutan, or
(d) a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
(e) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia, and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.
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2. Age Limits
- A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 32 years on the 1st of August, 2021 i.e., the candidate must have been born not earlier than 2nd August, 1989 and not later than 1st August, 2000.
- There is also age relaxation for reserved category candidates of some years:
|SC/ ST||5 Years|
|Defense Services Personnel, disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof||3 Years|
|Ex-servicemen including commissioned officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least five years of military service as of August 1, 2021, and have been released||5 Years|
|PwD [(a) blindness and low vision; (b) deaf and hard of hearing; (c) locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims, and muscular dystrophy; (d) autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability, and mental illness; and (e) multiple disabilities from amongst persons under clauses (a) to (d) including deaf-blindness]||10 Years|
3. Educational Qualification:
- Candidates must hold a graduation degree in any stream from any university established under the act passed by the Parliament of India or State legislature. Candidates who are in the last year of graduation and awaiting results are also eligible to apply for IAS preliminary exam. However, such candidates need to submit proof of passing the requisite exam at the time of applying for the Main exam. The applications for IAS Main exam are usually released in the month of July/ August.
4. Number of attempts:
- All candidates are allowed a maximum of six attempts in the IAS exam. However, it may be noted that the restriction of the number of attempts is not applicable for candidates belonging to SC/ST category. Also, candidates belonging to OBC and Persons with Benchmark Disabilities categories are allowed a maximum of nine attempts in the exam.
- If a candidate appears in any one paper of the IAS Prelims Exam, then it is deemed that he has made an attempt in the IAS Exam.
Category Number of Attempts(Allowed) General/Economically Weaker Section(EWS) 6 Other Backward Classes 9 SC/ST Till the age limit Person with Disabilities Till the age limit
UPSC 2021: Application Fees
- Candidates need to pay the application fee in online or offline mode.
|Category||Preliminary Exam Fee||Mains Exam Fee|
|General/ EWS/OBC||Rs 100||Rs 200|
|Females/ SC/ ST/ Persons with Benchmark Disability||Nil||Nil|
UPSC 2021: Selection Process
The selection process is conducted in two stages:
- preliminary (objective-type paper)
- mains (descriptive paper and interview).
How to apply for UPSC 2021?
- Candidates are required to apply online using the website http://www.upsconline.nic.in.
- All candidates, whether already in Government Service, Government owned industrial undertakings or other similar organizations or in private employment should submit their applications direct to the Commission.
- The filling of online application contains two parts.
- In Part I registration, the candidate will have to fill in the basic information. On submission of details, the candidate will be prompted to check the details and make corrections, if any, in the application.
- Part-II Registration consists of the following Stages. filling up Payment details (except for fee-exempted candidates), uploading of Photograph, Signature, Photo Identity Card Document, selection of examination center, and Agreeing to Declaration.
- Registration of Part-I & Part-II will be treated as valid from 04-03-2021 to 24-03-2021 (6:00 P.M.)
- The candidate must press the “I agree” button after he /she finds that information supplied by him /her is in order and no correction is required. Thereafter no correction/modification shall be allowed.
- When the “I agree” button is pressed, a page with the Registration Number will be generated. Please note down the Registration Number or take a printout of the page.
- Candidates can pay the application fees online, through the Credit/Debit Card/Net banking facility of any Banks, or by cash challan in SBI bank.
UPSC 2021: Exam Pattern
- The Examination shall comprise of two compulsory Papers of 200 marks each.
- Both the question papers will be of the objective type (multiple choice questions) and each will be of two hours duration.
- The General Studies Paper-II of the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination will be a qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%.
- The question papers will be set both in Hindi and English
|Sr.No.||Name of the Paper||Marks allotted|
|A||One of the Indian Language to be selected by the candidate from the Languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution||300(Qualifying Only)|
|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|
|Personality Test( Interview)||275|
UPSC 2021: FAQ
Q.What is the last date to apply for the UPSC 2021?
Ans: The last date to apply for the UPSC is 24th March 2021.
Q.What is the total number of vacancies released by the Commission in 2021?
Ans: The total number of vacancies released by the Commission is 712.
Q. What is the mode of examination?
Ans: The mode of examination is offline i.e. pen and paper mode.
Q. What is the date of examination for Preliminary of UPSC 2021?
Ans: The date for the preliminary exam is 27th June 2021.
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