UPSC Exam 2024: UPSC 2024 Exam Date has been released by UPSC. The UPSC 2024 Prelims Date is 26th May and UPSC Mains 2024 is scheduled to take place on 20th September, Check all the information related UPSC Exam 2024 in the given article.

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UPSC Civil Service Exam Recruitment

The UPSC Civil Service Exam is one of the most prestigious and competitive examinations in India. It opens doors to a career in the esteemed Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS), and other Group A and Group B services. Aspiring candidates must be well-prepared and equipped with the necessary information to tackle this challenging exam. In this blog post, we will provide an overview of the UPSC Civil Service Exam 2024, including the notification, important dates, eligibility criteria, syllabus, and exam pattern.

UPSC Civil Service Exam 2024 Notification

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) releases the official notification for the Civil Service Exam every year. The notification for the UPSC Civil Service Exam 2024 was released in the month of  March 2024. The notification contains detailed information about the exam, including eligibility criteria, application process, examination dates, and other relevant instructions.

UPSC Civil Service Exam 2024 Overview

Candidates who will be appearing for the UPSC Civil Service exam can check the highlights of the exam below.

OrganizationUnion Public Service Commission (UPSC)
NotificationUPSC IAS Prelims 2024
CityNew Delhi

UPSC Civil Service Exam Important Dates

The important dates for the UPSC Civil Service 2024 exam are given below in a tabular form.

Exam nameIAS Exam 2024
Exam LevelUnion Public Service Commission (UPSC)
Exam PurposeTo recruit the candidates for All India Services and Central Civil Services
Notification Date14-Feb-2024
Last Date to Apply Online05-Mar-2024
IAS 2024 Application Correction Dates06-Mar-2024 to 12-Mar-2024
IAS Admit Card Release Date01-May-2024 (tentative)
No. of applicantsApproximately 10 lakh
No. of applicants who appeared in the examApproximately 6.5 lakh
Exam frequencyOnce a year
Exam Date26-May-2024
Exam modeOffline – pen and paper mode
Exam stagesPrelims (Qualifying Only) – 400 MarksMains (written) – 1750  MarksMains (Personality Test) – 275 Marks
Exam DurationPrelims – 2 hours for each paper
mains – 3 hours for each paper
Personality Test  – not fixed (25 to 45 minutes)
Application fee(Prelims)INR 100
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UPSC Civil Service 2023 Exam History

Check out the complete schedule of the UPSC 2023-24 recruitment process here:

Official Notification Release Date01 February 2023
Last Date of Application Form Submission21 February 2023
UPSC CSE Exam Date – Preliminary Examination28 May 2023
The Main Result Declared on12 June 2023
UPSC CSE Main Examination15 to 24 September 2023
Mains Result Declared on08 December 2023
Interview/Personality TestPhase 1 – 02 January to 16 February 2024
Phase 2 – 19 February to 15 March 2024
Phase 3 – 18 March to 09 April 2024
UPSC Final Result Release Date16 April 2024
Final Result Download PDFClick Here

UPSC Civil Service Exam Application Fee

To apply online for the UPSC Civil Services Examination (CSE) 2024, an individual will have to pay the application fee of 100 rupees using a debit card, credit card, NET banking, or UPI. 

UPSC Civil Service Exam Eligibility Criteria

  • Nationality: The candidate must be a citizen of India.
  • Age Limit: The candidate must be between 21 and 32 years of age, with relaxation for certain categories.
  • Educational Qualification: A bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognized university.
  • Number of Attempts: General category candidates can attempt the exam six times, with relaxations for reserved category candidates.

UPSC Civil Service Exam Selection Process

The selection process for the Combined Civil Services 2024 consists of three stages, which are Prelims, Mains, and Interviews.


  • Mode: Offline 
  • Question Type: Objective
  • Papers:
    1. General Studies Paper I
    2. General Studies Paper II (CSAT)
  • Number of Questions:
    1. General Studies Paper I: 100 questions
    2. General Studies Paper II: 80 questions
  • Total Marks: 400 marks
  • Duration: 2 hours each for both papers
  • Negative Marking: Yes (For every incorrect answer)

Note: For the Prelims, it’s important to note that the General Studies Paper II is qualifying in nature with a minimum qualifying mark fixed at 33%. Those who score in Paper I will meet or exceed the cut-off will be called for Mains.


  • Mode: Offline 
  • Question Type: Descriptive
  • Papers:
    1. Compulsory Indian language
    2. English
    3. Essay
    4. General Studies I (Indian Heritage & Culture, History & Geography of the World & Society)
    5. General Studies II (Governance, Constitution, Welfare Initiatives, Social Justice & International Relations)
    6. General Studies III (Technology, Economic Development, Agriculture, Biodiversity, Security & Disaster Management)
    7. General Studies IV (Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude)
    8. Optional Subject – Paper I
    9. Optional Subject – Paper II
  • Total Marks: 2025 marks (1750 for Mains papers + 275 for Interview)
  • Duration: 3 hours for each paper
  • Negative Marking: No (Since it’s a descriptive exam)


  • It is also known as the Personality Test, it carries 275 marks.

Note: Candidates who will clear the Second stage of the selection process will be called for it and then the final selection list will be prepared as per their performance in Prelims, Mains, and Interviews (Personality Test).

UPSC Civil Service Exam Exam Pattern

  • Preliminary Examination: It consists of two objective-type papers: General Studies Paper I and General Studies Paper II (popularly known as CSAT). Both papers are conducted on the same day. Paper I covers subjects like History, Geography, Polity, Economy, and Current Affairs. Paper II assesses the candidate’s comprehension, analytical ability, and decision-making skills.
  • Main Examination: It is a written examination consisting of nine papers, including one qualifying paper on Indian languages and one on English. The other papers cover subjects like Essays, General Studies (I, II, III, and IV), and optional subjects chosen by the candidate.
  • Personality Test (Interview): Candidates who clear the Main Examination are called for the Personality Test, which assesses their personality traits, communication skills, and overall suitability for a career in civil services.

Preliminary Exam Pattern

PaperNo. of QuestionsTotal MarksDuration 
General Studies Paper I1002002 hours
General Studies Paper II (CSAT)80200

Mains Exam Pattern

Name of the PaperSubjectTotal Marks
Paper AIndian Language300
Paper BEnglish300
Paper IEssay250
Paper IIGeneral Studies I250
Paper IIIGeneral Studies II250
Paper IVGeneral Studies III250
Paper VGeneral Studies IV250
Paper VIOptional I250
Paper VIIOptional II250

You can also check the UPSC CMS Exam Pattern from here.

UPSC Syllabus For IAS Prelims Exam

The UPSC Prelims exam is the first stage of the civil services examination, and clearing this stage will make you eligible for the mains exam stage. So, first, you must understand the UPSC Civil Services Syllabus for the Prelims exam so that you can crack and become eligible for the main stage.

The prelims stage includes two papers, namely, GS 1 and GS 2 (also known as CSAT). Both these papers are objective in nature and are conducted on the same day. Both papers are qualifying in nature, ie. The marks obtained in these prelims papers are not counted in the final merit.

  • GS Paper 1
    • It is the first paper of the preliminary exam stage.
    • It is conducted to test candidates’ general awareness of a wide range of subjects like History, Indian Economy, Geography, Indian Polity, Sci & Technology, Environment & Ecology, International Relations, and Current Affairs.
  • GS Paper 2 (CSAT)
    • It is the second paper of the preliminary exam stage.
    • It is conducted to assess the candidate’s general aptitude, reasoning ability, and decision-making skills.
    • Candidates need to score a minimum qualifying mark of 33% in this paper.

Now, we will look at the UPSC Exam Syllabus for Prelims which includes Prelims GS Paper 1 syllabus and CSAT Syllabus.

Also, check out the UPSC CAPF Syllabus on the linked article.

UPSC CSE Syllabus for Prelims – GS Paper 1

The UPSC IAS Syllabus for Prelims GS Paper 1 includes topics from mixed subjects. There will be 100 objective questions in this paper, and the marks of this paper will be counted in the merit. In the table below, you can have a look at the latest IAS Syllabus for Prelims GS Paper 1 as per the official notification. 

  • Current events of national and international importance.
  • History of India and Indian National Movement.
  • World and Indian Geography – Social, Physical, and Economic Geography of India and the World.
  • Indian Polity and Governance – Political System, Constitution, Public Policy, Panchayati Raj, Rights Issues, etc.
  • Economic and Social Development- Social Sector Initiatives, Poverty, Inclusion, Sustainable Development, Demographics, etc.
  • General issues on Environmental ecology, Biodiversity, and Climate Change
  • Subject specialization.
  • General Science.

Also, check out the Ancient History Syllabus for UPSC Prelims here.

UPSC CSE Syllabus for Prelims – GS Paper 2 (CSAT)

As explained above, the IAS Prelims GS Paper 2 is also known as the CSAT paper. There are 80 objective questions and the marks are not counted in the Merit. Have a look at the UPSC CSAT Syllabus mentioned in the table below.

  • Comprehension
  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability
  • Decision-making and problem-solving
  • General mental ability
  • Basic numeracy
  • Interpretation

Candidates preparing for the exam must know the subject-wise weightage of all the topics of the UPSC Exam Syllabus. Understanding this will help candidates know which topics are more important. Have a look at the topic-wise weightage for the prelims exam by clicking on the links given in the table below.

UPSC Civil Service Exam 2024 Answer Key

The answer key for the exam will be published after the completion of the exams. Candidates can check websites for further details.

UPSC Civil Service Exam 2024 Result

The results of the UPSC Civil Service Exam will be published very soon. Candidates must refer to the official website for further details.

UPSC Civil Service Exam 2024 Books

Book NameLink
UPSC IAS Prelims Topic-Wise BookBook View
UPSC Vyakaran Evam Sahitya Textbook in hindiBook View
UPSC IAS Prelims Topic-Wise Book in EnglishBook View
UPSC IAS Prelims Solved PapersBook View

UPSC Civil Service Exam 2024 FAQs

Q.1- What is the UPSC Exam Date 2024?

Ans. The UPSC IAS Prelims exam is to be held on 26th May 2024 and UPSC Mains is to be held from 20th September 2024 onwards.

Q.2- When was UPSC Notification 2024 released?

Ans. The UPSC 2024 Notification has been released on 14th February 2024.

Q.3- What is the educational qualification required for UPSC CSE?

Ans. The educational qualification required for UPSC CSE is a graduation degree from a recognized university.

Q.4- What happens if a candidate submits multiple online applications?

Ans. If a candidate has applied more than one application, then the last application will be accepted by the commission.