Updated on 12 February, 2020
The wait for Union Public Service Commission- Civil Services 2020 notification is going to be over soon. Candidates would be able to fill up their registration forms soon on the UPSC official website.
The last date of receipt of applications is March 3, 2020. UPSC will activate the link of the IAS application form 2020 on February 12, on its website- upsc.gov.in. The application form for the IFS exam will be released on February 12.
The CSE prelims 2020 is scheduled to be conducted on May 31, 2020. The Indian Forest Services (IFS) exam will be conducted on the same date.
Meanwhile, the notification for the phase- VIII selection post may be released this month. Earlier, the notification for the phase- VIII recruitment was scheduled to be released on January 17, 2020, but was delayed, and expected to be released in February.
About UPSC examination
UPSC conducts the Civil Services exam every year to recruit Indian Administrative Services (IAS), Indian Police Services (IPS) and Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officers at all India level.
The UPSC Civil Services Examination is held in 3 stages: Preliminary, Mains and Interview. Candidates need to qualify all the three stages to getting recruited in the coveted Civil Services.
The preliminary test consists of Paper-I and Paper-II. In the objective type, multiple choice questions are asked that carry a total of 400 marks. In the general studies paper – II, a candidate has to qualify with a minimum of 33 percent marks. As per the UPSC calendar, the UPSC Civil Services Main Examination 2020 is likely to start on September 18, 2020.
Negative marks for every question is one-third of the marks assigned to that question. The questions in paper-I come from different subjects like 1) Science and Technology, 2) history and culture, 3) geography, 4) Indian Polity, 5) Indian economy, 6) environment and ecology and 7) current events of national and international importance.
Eligibility criteria: The candidate has to be an Indian national for IAS and IPS posts. For others, they can be a citizen of India, Nepal, Bhutan, Tibetan refugee. Check more for in the official notification.
Age limit: A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 32 years on August 1, 2020. This means they must not be born earlier than August 2, 1987, and not later than August 1, 1998. There is age relaxation for the reserved category.
Educational qualification: The candidate must hold a degree of Universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University Under Section-3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification.
Interested candidates can apply through the website- upsc.gov.in till March 3, 2020.