Civil Services jobs are widely considered prestigious in India. UPSC Civil Services Exam 2020 is conducted by UPSC every year for Central Government job vacancies. These are the jobs directly related to public service while PSC in each state fills the State Government job vacancies. There are about 24 services which come under the UPSC Civil Services Exam 2020 as given in the next section. These services include IAS, IFS, IPS etc. Though popularly known as ‘IAS exam’ there are many who consider this exam as the toughest exam in India. The exam is attempted by around 5 Lakh candidates each year. Details about UPSC Civil Services Exam 2020 has been provided in the article given below. Read the article carefully and fill the application form accordingly.
Types of Civil Services in India
|Indian Administrative Service||Indian Corporate Law Service, Group “A”|
|Indian Foreign Service||Indian Defence Estates Service, Group ‘A’|
|Indian Police Service||Indian Information Service (Junior Grade), Group ‘A’|
|Indian Postal Service, Group ‘A’||Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service, Group ‘A’|
|Indian Civil Accounts Service, Group ‘A’||Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise), Group ‘A’|
|Indian Railway Traffic Service, Group ‘A’||Post of Assistant Security Commissioner in Railway Protection Force, Group ‘A’|
|Indian Audit and Accounts Service, Group ‘A’||Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service, Group ‘B’ (Section Officer’s Grade)|
|Indian Trade Service, Group ‘A’ (Gr. III)||Pondicherry Civil Service, Group ‘B’|
|Indian Railway Accounts Service, Group ‘A’||Pondicherry Police Service, Group ‘B’|
|Indian Railway Personnel Service, Group ‘A’||Indian Ordnance Factories Service, Group ‘A’ (Assistant Works Manager, Administration)|
|Indian Revenue Service (I.T.), Group ‘A’||Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service, Group ‘B’|
|Indian Defence Accounts Service, Group ‘A’||Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Service, Group ‘B’|
UPSC Civil Services Exam 2020: Dates and Events
|Release of Application Form||2nd week of February 2020|
|Availability of Admit cards||May 2020|
|IAS Preliminary Exam||1st week of June 2020|
|Announcement of Preliminary Exam Result||August 2020|
|IAS Main Exam 2019||3rd week of September 2020|
|Announcement of Main Exam Result||January 2020|
- Candidate should have a degree (graduation) from recognized university or possess an equivalent qualification to be eligible.
- Final year students can also apply.
- The minimum age to appear for IAS Exam is 21 years.
- The candidate must have at least 21 years of age on 1st August 2020.
Upper age relaxation
|General category||32 years|
|Defense Services personnel disabled in operations during hostilities||35 years|
|Ex-servicemen who have rendered at least five years Military Service||37 years|
|Blind, Deaf-Mute and Orthopaedically handicapped persons (general category)||42 years|
Number of attempts
|General Category||6 attempts till 32 years of age|
|OBC||9 attempts till 35 years of age|
|SC/ST||Unlimited attempts till 37 years of age|
- INR 100 must be submitted to complete the application form.
- Candidates can pay through credit card/debit card or Internet Banking Services.
- The Pay-in-slip which must be downloaded from the application portal.
- The Pre Exam consists of two papers of objective type.
- Each Paper carries 200 marks.
- The Question Papers (Test Booklets) are set in English & Hindi
|General Studies Paper – I||200 Marks|
|General Studies Paper – II||200 Marks|
|A||One of the Indian languages, to be selected by the candidate||300|
|II||General Studies I||250|
|III||General Studies II||250|
|IV||General Studies III||250|
|V||General Studies IV||250|
|VI, VII||Two papers on subjects to be selected by the candidate||500|
|Total (Written Test)||1750|
|Civil Engineering||Medical Science||Mechanical Engineering|
|Economics||Philosophy||Commerce and Accountancy|
|Geography||Physics||Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science|
|Geology||Psychology||Political Science and International Relations|
The Prelims Exam of UPSC Civil Services Exam 2020 will take place at the following centers: Agartala, Agra, Ajmer, Ahmedabad, Aizawl, Aligarh, Allahabad, Anantpur (Andhra Pradesh), Aurangabad, Bangalore, Bareilly, Bhopal, Bilaspur, Chandigarh, Chennai, Indore, Itanagar, Jabalpur, Jaipur, Jammu, Jodhpur, Jorhat, Kochi, Kohima, Kolkata, Kozhikode (Calicut), Lucknow, Ludhiana, Madurai, Mumbai, Siligudi, Srinagar, Thane, Thiruvananthapuram, Tiruchirappalli, Tirupati, Udaipur, Varanasi, Vellore, Vijayawada, Vishakhapatnam, Warangal, Coimbatore, Cuttack, Dehradun, Delhi, Dharwad, Dispur, Faridabad, Gangtok, Gaya, Ghaziabad, Gorakhpur, Gurgaon, Gwalior, Hyderabad, Imphal, Mysore, Nagpur, Navi Mumbai, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Panaji (Goa), Patna, Port Blair, Puducherry, Pune, Raipur, Rajkot, Ranchi, Sambalpur, Shillong, Shimla
The Main Exam of UPSC Civil Services Exam 2020 will take place at the following centers: Ahmedabad, Aizawl, Allahabad, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cuttack, Mumbai, Patna, Raipur, Ranchi, Shillong, Shimla, Thiruvananthapuram, Vijayawada, Dehradun, Delhi, Dispur (Guwahati), Hyderabad, Jaipur, Jammu, Kolkata, Lucknow
UPSC Civil Services Exam 2020: Important Books
|Science and Technology by TMH||History Of Modern India (History) by Bipan Chandra|
|Indian Constitution by PM Bakshi||A New Look at Modern Indian History by BL Grover|
|Our Parliament by Subash Kashyap||Indian Art and Culture (Culture) by Nitin Singhania|
|Facets of Indian Culture by Spectrum||History Of Medieval India (History) by Satish Chandra|
|Oxford School Atlas (Geography) by Oxford||The Wonder That Was India (Culture) by A.L. Bhasham|
|India’s Ancient Past (History) by R.S. Sharma||India’s Struggle For Independence (History) by Bipan Chandra|
|Indian Economy (Economy) by Ramesh Singh||Indian Polity for Civil Services Examinations (Polity) by M. Laxmikanth|
|Geography of India (Geography) by Majid Husain||Environmental Studies: From Crisis to Cure (Environment) by Rajagopalan|
|A History of Modern World by Ranjan Chakravarti||Environment for Civil Services Prelims and Mains (Environment) by Khuller|
|Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning by R. S. Aggarwal||Certificate Physical and Human Geography (Geography) by Goh Cheng Leong|
|CSAT Book Cracking the CSAT Paper-2 by Arihant||–|