Tuesday March 3rd, 2020

IAS toppers suggest beginning UPSC planning at any rate one year before the Prelims Exam Date. The Union Public Service Commission has discharged the official test schedule for 2020 on their official site. Genuine wannabes ought to launch their UPSC 2020 arrangement as quickly as time permits as the Civil Services Exam is an exhaustive and profoundly serious test that needs no presentation.

The Civil Services Exam (IAS Exam) includes three phases:

UPSC Prelims – 2 papers – target type questions

UPSC Mains – 9 papers – spellbinding exposition type

IAS Interview or UPSC Personality Test


UPSC Calendar 2020

The primary phase of the test is UPSC Prelims where competitors are sifted through for the Mains phase of the test. The last legitimacy list is readied dependent on the up-and-comers’ imprints in Mains + Interview.


UPSC Prelims UPSC Mains UPSC Personality Test
Number of Papers: 2
Paper 1: General Studies I
Paper 2: General Studies II or CSAT
Duration: 2 hours each
Maximum Marks: 200 for each paper
Nature of Questions: Objective Type (MCQs)
Number of Papers: 9
Paper A: Compulsory Indian Language
Paper B: English
Paper 1: Essay
Paper 2: General Studies I
Paper 3: General Studies II
Paper 4: General Studies III
Paper 5: General Studies IV
Paper 6 and 7: Optional Subject
Duration: 3 hours each
Maximum Marks: 250 for each merit ranking paper
Nature of Questions: Descriptive-Essay Type
Maximum Marks: 275



UPSC 2020 – IAS Preparation

The initial step for wannabes ought to be to experience the test design and the UPSC Syllabus.

The prospectus for the IAS Exam is very point by point but then in light of the wide scope of information being tried, wannabes ought to experience the UPSC Previous Year Question Papers to measure the degree of inquiries being posed in the test.

Hopefuls should consider UPSC Preparation as a long distance race and not a dash. For productive and compelling planning, competitors should isolate the understanding material (UPSC Books) and correction time as per the date sheet given by the commission.


For reference, the important UPSC exam dates for the year 2020 are given in the table below:

Date of UPSC Notification February 12, 2020
Last Date for receipt of application March 03, 2020
UPSC Admit Card (tentative) May 15, 2020
UPSC Prelims Exam Date Sunday, May 31, 2020
UPSC Prelims Result (tentative) 1st week of July 2020
UPSC Mains Admit Card (tentative) 1st week of September 2020
UPSC Mains Exam Date September 18, 2020, onwards (5 days)
UPSC Mains Result (tentative) November 2020
IAS Interview (tentative) December 2020 – January 2021


Consistently, the Union Public Service Commission discharges the official notice for the Civil Services Exam.

The UPSC Notification records the accompanying data:

Posts and Vacancies – The quantity of opportunities fluctuates every year. For UPSC 2019, the official warning expressed 896 opportunities

UPSC Eligibility – Age limit, Educational Qualification and Physical Fitness

UPSC Online Application – How to Apply and Application Fee

Test Pattern and Syllabus for Prelims and Mains

For General Category wannabes, the UPSC Age Limit is 21-32 years and most extreme 6 endeavors are permitted. An endeavor is tallied just when an applicant shows up for in any event one paper in the UPSC Prelims.

Applicants who are in their last year of graduation can likewise take the test yet they should present the verification of going before they can show up for the Mains phase of the UPSC 2020 test.

UPSC 2020 – IAS Prelims

The IAS Prelims design was last changed in 2011 when the CSAT paper was presented. At the hour of presentation, checks in GS II or CSAT were considered for the arrangement of the Prelims Cut Off. Be that as it may, starting at now, CSAT is just a passing paper and up-and-comers who score 33% or more are considered qualified for the following stage.

There is negative stamping in the two Prelims papers. Wannabes can get point by point data about UPSC Prelims from the connected article.

The General Studies I paper can be sub-partitioned into:

Current Affairs – Usually Current Affairs crossing 10 a year preceding the date of the test are considered as pertinent yet as of late UPSC is expanding the weightage of inquiries dependent on significant national and universal occasions. For Current Affairs planning, perusing papers like The Hindu and The Indian Express alongside standard reports on Government Schemes, Policies, and significant Court decisions is fundamental. Hopefuls can discover day by day current undertakings at the connected article.

History – For UPSC Prelims, the History part can be additionally subdivided into Ancient, Medieval and Modern Indian History. Applicants can discover the point insightful isolation of free NCERT Notes at the connected article.

Topography – Physical Geography + Geography of India and the World

Financial aspects – Core macroeconomic ideas + Indian Economy

Country – Indian Government, Political Structure, Constitution and Governance

Condition and Ecology – Important national and global association, shows, sanctions and current undertakings

General Science – Class Xth level general inquiries

Applicants can check the nitty gritty IAS Prelims prospectus here.

The quantity of inquiries on each area differs every year. The subject-wise weightage of prospectus points in Prelims papers of most recent five years can be found here.

The cut off for Prelims is chosen dependent on the applicants’ imprints in GS I gave they qualify the CSAT paper. For reference, applicants can check the UPSC Cut Off for the Civil Services Exam at the connected article.

Hopefuls ought to follow an incorporated arrangement procedure for Prelims and Mains as there is huge cover. In any case, the nature of arrangement will contrast as the Prelims includes MCQs while the Mains is all unmistakable exposition type.


UPSC 2020 – IAS Mains

The UPSC Mains is an extreme slope to climb. Nine hypothesis papers which are held more than five days, test the up-and-comers’ profundity of information and their capacity to exhibit the applicable data in a compact way.

Out of the nine papers, two papers (Paper A – Indian Language and Paper B – English) are qualifying in nature where competitors who score over 25% are viewed as qualified for the following phase of the Civil Services Exam.

The staying seven papers are meant merit positioning.

Applicants should check the itemized UPSC Mains Syllabus at the connected article.

In UPSC Mains, up-and-comers need to pick one discretionary subject out of a rundown of 48 subjects. The discretionary subject will have two papers in the Mains test. Hopefuls ought to pick the discretionary subject dependent on:

Their advantage or past involvement with the field

Measure of cover of the discretionary prospectus with the General Studies schedule

Accessibility of books, study material and educators.

The achievement pace of discretionary subjects

Up-and-comers can discover the UPSC schedule for all the discretionary subjects here.

For the General Studies part in the two Prelims and Mains, NCERT books are the standard beginning stage. NCERTs have clear and brief data and are great for setting up the essential ideas.

Up-and-comers can download NCERT books PDFs from the connected article.

UPSC 2020 – Personality Test

The last phase of the Civil Services Exam is the IAS Interview or the UPSC Personality Test. Up-and-comers who clear the Prelims and Mains arrange are required the Personality Test at the Union Public Service Commission, New Delhi.

Remarkable Points about the IAS Interview:

The meeting is progressively similar to a 20-25 minutes conversation with the UPSC Board.

Typically, the Panel includes the Chairperson + 5 other famous characters.

The motivation behind the meeting is to discover whether the applicants’ character and mental sharpness under tension are adept for an actual existence in the common administrations.

The last legitimacy list is set up out of 2025 imprints. The imprints breakdown is as per the following: 7 legitimacy positioning papers in Mains (7*250 denotes each) + 275 imprints for meet.

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