UPSC Civil Services Exam 2024 Dates, Eligibility, Exam Pattern, and Syllabus

Civil Services examination is one of the most prestigious jobs in India and arguably in the world. Each year 11 Lakh (approx.) candidate participates and aspire to become civil servants and offers their services to the country but out of them, only a few candidates get selected.

A well-functioning democratic government has three branches namely- Parliament, Judiciary, and Executive branch. UPSE Examination offers candidate-job in the executive branch of the government and is part of the permanent bureaucracy of the nation. In this article, we will discuss Civil Services Exam 2024 Dates, Eligibility, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, etc.

UPSC has released the examination calender for the year 2023. The notification for the year 2023 will be updated by UPSC from February 2023 onwards.

UPSC Civil Services Exam 2024 Highlights

Name of the Exam Civil Services Examination
Level of the ExamNational Level Exam
Conducting  bodyUPSC – Union Public Service Commission
Periodicity of Exam Yearly
Application ModeOnline Mode
Mode of ExamOffline (Pen-Paper Mode)
Expected RegistrationApprox. 3 lakh
Total VacanciesApprox. 600
Official Website

Civil Services Exam Important Dates 2024

EventDates (Tentative)
UPSC Notification 2024 February 2024
Last date to apply for CIVIL SERVICES Exam 2024 February 2024
CIVIL SERVICES Prelims Exam 2024 June 2024
CIVIL SERVICES Prelims 2024 ResultOctober-November 2024 (Tentative)
CIVIL SERVICES Main Exam 2024 September 2024
CIVIL SERVICES Main 2024 resultTo be announced
UPSC UpdatesLink
UPSC 2023 CalenderClick here

Civil Services Exam Eligibility Criteria

The following are the eligibility criteria of CIVIL SERVICES Exam-

  • Candidate must be a citizen of India
  • The age criteria of candidate must be between 21 years and 32 years of age
  • Candidate must be a graduate from a recognized university in any discipline
  • The following are the number of attempt allowed for reserved category students-
Reserved CategoryAttempts
SC/STno limit

Post offered by UPSC through Civil Services Examination

The following are the post offered by UPSE through Civil Services Examination-

All India Services

Group ‘A’ Services

  • Indian Foreign Service (IFS)
  • Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service
  • Indian Audit and Accounts Service
  • Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise)
  • Indian Defence Accounts Service
  • Indian Revenue Service (I.T.)
  • Indian Ordnance Factories Service (Assistant Works Manager, Administration)
  • Indian Postal Service
  • Indian Civil Accounts Service
  • Indian Railway Traffic Service
  • Indian Railway Accounts Service
  • Indian Railway Personnel Service
  • Post of Assistant Security Commissioner in Railway Protection Force
  • Indian Defence Estates Service
  • Indian Information Service (Junior Grade)
  • Indian Trade Service
  • Indian Corporate Law Service
  • Indian Revenue Service (CBEC)

Group ‘B’ Services

  • Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service (Section Officer’s Grade)
  • Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service
  • Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Service
  • Pondicherry Civil Service
  • Pondicherry Police Service

Civil Services Exam Application Form

The Application form of Civil Services UPSC can be filled online. The following are the steps by step application process-

  • Visit the official website of the UPSE-
  • Click on the ‘New Candidate Registration’ and start filling in the required details like email ID password etc.
  • Now, verify the email by clicking on the verification link send by UPSE
  • Now, Log in to your account and click on the apply button
  • A form will appear, fill the form with correct information
  • Now upload your scanned passport size photograph
  • Now you have to upload the scanned copy of all the certificates and documents mentioned below
  • Now a payment gateway will open where you have to pay the application fee using Credit/Debit, UPI, Net Banking, or challan
  • Take a print out of the payment confirmation slip and the application for future uses

Documentation Requirement for registration

The following are the list of documents required for Civil Services Exam recruitment-

  • Scanned Passport Size photograph under 1 MB
  • Scanned copy of class  10th, & 12th passed certificate/ Mark Sheet
  • Graduate Degree/ Marks Sheet
  • Aadhar Card

Civil Services Exam 2024 Application Fee

The application fee for the CIVIL SERVICES Exam entrance examination is as follows-

CategoryApplication Fee
Application fee for the Civil Services Exam entrance examinationRs.100/-
Women candidates and candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST) and Ex-servicemen (ESM)No Fee required

Civil Services Exam Examination Pattern

The examination pattern of Civil Services is divided into three examinations. The following are the entrance examination of Civil Services exam-

Civil Services Exam Prelims

  • The prelims question will be of objective type and the negative marking for incorrect answers will be 1/3rd (0.66) of the allotted marks of that question.
  • The GS Paper II (CSAT) in CIVIL SERVICES exam is of qualifying nature and candidates should score a minimum of 33 per cent
  • Prelims is a screening test and prelims marks will not be included in final score
Sl. No.Name of the PaperNature of the PaperDuration of the ExamQuestionsMarks
1Civil Services Exam Paper – I: General StudiesMerit Ranking Nature2 Hours100200 Marks
2Civil Services Exam Paper – II: General Studies (CSAT)Qualifying Nature2 Hours80200 Marks

Civil Services Exam Mains

  • The 9 papers in Civil Services Exam (Mains) are as follows: Paper-A (Compulsory Indian Language); Paper –B (English) which are qualifying in nature, while the other papers like Essay, General Studies Papers I, II, III, and IV, and Optional Papers I and II are considered for the final ranking
  • Civil Services Mains Exam will be language listed in the 8th Schedule of the Indian Constitution
  • Candidates who score above the cut-off marks in the Civil Services exam (Mains) will get the summons for the Personality Test
  • The final examination will be calculate based on the Main Examination and Personality Test/Interview Round of the Civil Services exam
Sl. No.CIVIL SERVICES Exam PaperName of the PaperNature of the PaperDuration of the ExamMarks 
1Paper – ACompulsory Indian LanguageQUALIFYING NATURE3 Hours300 Marks 
2Paper – BEnglish3 Hours300 Marks 
4Paper – IIGeneral Studies I3 Hours250 Marks 
5Paper – IIIGeneral Studies II3 Hours250 Marks 
6Paper – IVGeneral Studies III3 Hours250 Marks 
7Paper – VGeneral Studies IV3 Hours250 Marks 
8Paper – VIOptional Paper I3 Hours250 Marks 
9Paper – VIIOptional Paper II3 Hours250 Marks 
TOTAL1750 Marks 
Interview or Personality Test275 Marks
GRAND TOTAL2025 Marks 

Civil Services Exam Personality Test/ Interview

The candidates who clear main stage of the examination will be selected for personality test or interview round. Candidate will be sent an e-summon by the Commission for a face-to-face discussion round with the board members. The question will be based on hobbies, current affairs, general knowledge, situation questions, etc. and test will be held only in the UPSC Bhavan in New Delhi.

Civil Services DAF Filling

DAF Stands for Detailed Application Form and the following are the steps to fill DAF-

  • Candidates who have been declared qualified in the written part of the Examinations have to first get themselves registered before filling up the Online Detailed Application Form (DAF)
  • Candidates are required to upload scanned copies of documents like proof of Age, Educational Qualification, Community Certificate, PH Certificate etc. as mentioned in the Instructions to Candidates for filling in the Detailed Application Form


The following are the examination syllabus for Civil Services Exam-

General Studies-I

  1. History
    1. Modern Indian History
    2. World History
  2. Art & Culture
    1. Indian Heritage & Culture
  3. Geography
    1. Human Geography
    2. Physical Geography
    3. Geomorphology
    4. Indian Geography
    5. Climatology
    6. Oceanology
  4. Indian Society
    1. Diversity in Indian Society
    2. Role of Women
    3. Poverty
    4. Urbanization
    5. Social Empowerment
    6. Regionalism
    7. Communalism
    8. Secularism, etc.

General Studies-II

  1. Polity    
  2. Constitution      
  3. Governance      
  4. Social Justice     
  5. International Relations

General Studies-III

  1. Economic Development
  2. Agriculture
  3. Science & Technology
  4. Environment & Ecology
  5. Security, and
  6. Disaster Management

General Studies-IV

  1. Ethics
  2. Attitude
  3. Aptitude
  4. Emotional Intelligence
  5. Moral Thinkers
  6. Public Organisations and
  7. Probity in Governance

Civil Services Exam Preparation Books

The following are the Exam preparation books –

SubjectUPSC Books
History, Indian Heritage & Culture [GS Paper 1]Indian Art and Culture by Nitin Singhania India’s Struggle for Independence by Bipan Chandra India after Independence by Bipan Chandra History of Medieval India by Satish Chandra Ancient India by R.S Sharma
Geography [GS Paper 1]Geography of India by Majid Husain World Geography by Majid Husain World Atlas (Orient Black Swan) Certificate Physical and Human Geography – G C Leong Fundamentals of Physical Geography NCERT Class 11
Polity & International Relations [GS Paper 2]Indian Polity by M. Laxmikanth Introduction to the Constitution of India by DD Basu International Relations: Pushpesh Pant
Economy [GS Paper 3]Indian Economy – Nitin Singhania Environment and Disaster Management – Tata McGraw Hill Challenges to Internal Security of India – Ashok Kumar
Ethics [GS Paper 4]Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude for Civil Services Main Examination by Subba Rao and P.N. Roy Chaudary
NewspaperThe Hindu, Hidustantimes, Navbharat times etc.

Civil Services Exam Admit Card

The admit card o of Civil Services Exam can be downloaded online using the official website of UPSC. Candidate must follow the guidelines mentioned on the admit card otherwise the examination of the candidate can be cancelled.

Civil Services Result

The result of Civil Services will be declared online in the form of merit list. UPSC release a minimum cut-off mark and the candidates who scored more than the cut-off marks will be eligible for civil services. The candidate selected in UPSE Civil Services will be sent to LBSNAA for further training for two years and then the candidates will be posted in different cadre. Candidate will also be provided with

Civil Service Previous Cut-off marks

UPSC Cut Off – IAS Prelims 2019

CategoryUPSC Cut Off of 200

UPSC Cut Off – IAS Mains 2019

CategoryUPSC Cut Off out of 1750

UPSC Cut Off – IAS Final 2019

CategoryUPSC Cut Off out of 2025


What is the education qualification needed to appear in the Civil services Examination?

Any graduation degree from a recognized university with both regular and distance education can apply for Civil Services Examination.

What are the different posts offered under the Civil Services Examination?

There are variety of posts offered under the Civil Services Examination like IAS, IFS, IPS, ICAS, etc. all these posts are All Indian level and are Grade A and B category jobs offering the most reputed job in the Government.

How many optional subjects should I choose?

UPSC mandates the candidate to choose any one optional subject from a long list of optional subjects however, the candidates will have to give two test of the same subject.

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