UPSC Civil Service Exams 2023: IAS Application Form (1 Feb), Exam Date, Eligibility

UPSC Civil Service Exams 2023: IAS Application Form (1 Feb), Exam Date, Eligibility

UPSC Civil Service Exams 2023 will be conducted to shortlist the candidates for different reputable services and posts. For selection, the exams will be conducted in two stages- preliminary round followed by main exam and interview. Interested and eligible candidates will be able to apply for the exams in online mode. The application form for the preliminary exam will release on 1st February 2023. Those who clear the preliminary exam will have to submit a DAF to appear for the main exam. Only the candidates clearing all the rounds of the selection process will be considered for final recruitment.

News: UPSC will release Civil services application form on 1st February 2023.

UPSC Civil Service Exams 2023

  • In case the candidates submit multiple applications, the application submitted last will be considered.
  • No request for withdrawal of candidature after submission of application will be entertained under any circumstances.
  • The application fee once submitted will neither be refunded nor held in reserve for any other exam.
  • An attempt at a preliminary examination shall be deemed to be an attempt at the Civil Services Examination.
  • Mere appearance in any one of the preliminary exam paper will also be counted as an attempt at Civil Services Examination.
  • Candidates already serving in IAS and IFS services are not eligible to apply for UPSC Civil Services.

UPSC Civil Service Exams 2023 Important Dates

The official dates related to UPSC Civil Service Exams 2023 are given below:

Events Dates
Online application form release date 1st February 2023
Last date to submit the application form 21st February 2023
Issue of admit card for preliminary exam —-
Preliminary exam date 28th May 2023
Commencement of online DAF (Detailed Application Form) submission —-
Last date to submit the DAF —-
Issue of admit card for main exam —-
Main exam date 15th September 2023
Announcement of result —-
Issue of admit card/ e-summon letters for interview —-
Interview date —-

UPSC Civil Service Exams 2023 Eligibility Criteria

The following eligibility criteria have been laid down for UPSC Civil Service Exams 2023:

Nationality A candidate must be either a citizen of India, a subject of Nepal or Bhutan, or a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling or a person of Indian origin who migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling.
Age criteria The minimum and maximum age of the candidates should be 21 and 32 years respectively as on 1st August 2023.
Qualification A bachelor’s degree from a recognized university is required. Those in the final year of their bachelor programme or whose results are awaited can also apply.
Number of attempts A maximum of 6 attempts (9 for OBC/ PWD and unlimited for SC/ ST candidates) is permissible for the exams.
Physical standards Candidates must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to Civil Services Examination.

Relaxation in upper age

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Relaxation in upper age will be given as per the following rules:

  • 5 years for SC/ ST candidates, ex-servicemen including ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least five years Military Service and are released on completion of assignment, on account of physical disability attributable to Military Service or on invalidment
  • 3 years for OBC candidates, Defence Services Personnel, disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof
  • 5 years for ECOs/ SSCOs who have completed an initial period of assignment of five years of Military Service as on 1st August 2020 and whose assignment has been extended beyond five years and in whose case the Ministry of Defence issues a certificate that they can apply for civil employment and will be released on three months’ notice
  • 10 years for physically disabled candidates.

Civil Services 2023 Application Form

The applicants are required to apply online for UPSC Civil Service preliminary exam by visiting the official website upsconline.nic.in. Candidates will be required to complete the online application form containing two stages i.e. Part I and Part II.

  • In the application form, the candidates will be required to provide their basic personal and academic details.
  • Choice for the exam center must also be provided at the time of filling the application form.
  • Scanned copies of candidates’ photograph and signature must also be uploaded in the application form.
  • After providing all the details, the application form can then be submitted along with the prescribed application fee.
  • A copy of the duly submitted application form should be taken and kept safe for future reference.

Application fee

  • The application fee will be Rs. 100/- except for female/ SC/ ST/ PWD candidates who are exempted from payment of fee.
  • Payment of application fee can be done by remitting the money in any Branch of State Bank of India or by using debit card/ credit card or SBI net banking.

Detailed Application Form (DAF)

Candidates who are shortlisted for the main exam will have to fill and submit a DAF. In the DAF, the candidates will have to provide basic details, upload copies of different important documents, as required. The candidates must also indicate their choices for the different services in order of preference in the DAF. The DAF will also comprise of two stages, i.e. DAF I and DAF II. Candidates admitted to the main examination will be required to pay a further fee of Rs. 200/-.

Civil Service Exam Pattern 2023

Check below the basic pattern for UPSC Civil Service Exams 2023:

Preliminary exam:

  • Mode of exam: Pen-and-paper based
  • Medium of test: English & Hindi
  • Number of papers: 2
  • Exam duration: 2 hours (each paper)
  • Type of questions: Objective type
  • Total marks: 200 (each paper)
  • Negative marking: For every wrong answer, one-third of the assigned marks will be deducted
Paper Maximum marks Duration
Paper I 200 2 hours
Paper II 200 2 hours

Main exam:

  • Mode of exam: Pen-and-paper based
  • Medium of test: English & Hindi (other than the literature of language papers)
  • Exam duration: 3 hours (each paper)
  • Type of questions: Descriptive type
Paper Topics Maximum marks
Qualifying Papers
Paper A Any Indian language as opted by the candidate 300
Paper B English 300
Papers to be counted for merit
Paper I Essay 250
Paper II General Studies I 250
Paper III General Studies II 250
Paper IV General Studies III 250
Paper V General Studies IV 250
Paper VI Optional Subject – Paper 1 250
Paper VII Optional Subject – Paper 2 250
Sub total ——— 1750
Personality Test ——— 275
Grand total ——— 2025

List of optional subjects

Agriculture Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science Anthropology Botany
Chemistry Civil Engineering Commerce and Accountancy Economics
Electrical Engineering Geography Geology History
Law Management Mathematics Mechanical Engineering
Medical Science Philosophy Physics Political Science and International Relations
Psychology Public Administration Sociology Statistics
Zoology Literature

UPSC Civil Service Exams 2023 Syllabus

The syllabi for both preliminary and main exam are given below:

Preliminary exam:

  • Paper I: Current Events, History of India, Indian and World Geography, Indian Polity and Governance, Economic and Social Development, General Science, etc
  • Paper II: Comprehension, Interpersonal Skills, Logical Reasoning & Analytical Ability, Decision Making & Problem Solving, General Mental Ability, Basic Numeracy

Main exam:

  • Essay: Essay on multiple topics will be given
  • General Studies I: Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society
  • General Studies II: Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations
  • General Studies III: Technology, Economic Development, Biodiversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management
  • General Studies IV: Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude

UPSC Civil Service Exams 2023 Admit Card

  • The successfully registered candidates will be issued their admit card around three weeks before the exam.
  • Candidates will be able to download their admit card from the UPSC official website www.upsc.gov.in.
  • No candidate will be allowed to take the examination in absence of a valid admit card.
  • If case of non-receipt of the admit card, the candidates should at once contact the Commission.
  • Similarly, any discrepancies or errors in the admit card must also be communicated to the Commission immediately.

UPSC Civil Service Exams 2023 Result

  • Result of the preliminary exam will be declared and released on the official website of UPSC.
  • Candidates who clear the preliminary exam will be allowed to appear for main exam and personal interview.
  • A merit list for those who clear the main exam as well will be prepared.
  • Selection process will then be conducted according to the names of the candidates in the merit list and the preference provided by them.
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