UPSC CSE 2021 Notification is Out!!!

  • LAST DATE FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS is 24 March 2021 till 6:00 PM.
  • NUMBER OF VACANCIES: The number of vacancies to be filled through the examination is expected to be approximately 712 which include 22 vacancies reserved for Persons with Benchmark Disability Category.
  • HOW TO APPLY: Candidates are required to apply Online by using the website
  • WITHDRAWAL OF APPLICATION: The facility of withdrawal of Application is available for those candidates who do not want to appear for Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination.The online Applications can be withdrawn from 31st March, 2021 to 6th April, 2021 till 6.00 PM after which the link will be disabled.
  • CEILING ON NUMBER OF CANDIDATES: Applicants should note that there will be a ceiling on the number of candidates allotted to each of the Centres, except Chennai, Dispur, Kolkata and Nagpur. 
  • ALLOTMENT OF CENTRES: Allotment of Centres will be on the "first‐apply‐first allot" basis, and once the capacity of a particular Centre is attained, the same will be frozen. Applicants are, thus, advised that they may apply early so that they could get a Centre of their choice.


  • APPLICANT REQUIRES TO INDICATE: Candidates appearing in Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2021 will be required to indicate information such as

(a) detail of Centres for Civil Services (Main) Examination and Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination 

(b) Optional subject to be selected for the examination, 

(c) Medium of examination for Civil Services (Main) Examination, 

(d) Medium of Examination for Optional Subject if he/she chooses any Indian Language as the Medium of Examination for Civil Services (Main) Examination and 

(e) compulsory Indian Language for Civil Services (Main) Examination at the time of the filling up online application itself. No request for changes in these details once online application is submitted shall be entertained by the Commission. 

  • e-ADMIT CARD: The e-Admit Card will be made available on the UPSC website [ ] for downloading by candidates. 
  • PLAN OF THE EXAMINATION :The Civil Services Examination will consist of two successive stages 
  • (i) Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination (Objective type) for the selection of candidates for the Main Examination
  • (ii) Civil Services (Main) Examination (Written and Interview) for the selection of candidates for the various Services and posts noted above.
  • PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION: The Examination shall comprise of two compulsory Papers of 200 marks each. 

(i) Both the question papers will be of the objective type (multiple choice questions) and each will be of two hours duration. 

(ii) The General Studies Paper-II of the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination will be a qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%. 

(iii) The question papers will be set both in Hindi and English.

Applications are now invited for the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination only. The Candidates who are declared by the Commission to have qualified for admission to the Civil Services (Main) Examination will have to apply online again and submit on-line Detailed Application Form-I [DAF-I].

  • Any delay in submission of DAF-I or documents in support beyond the prescribed date will not be allowed and will lead to cancellation of the candidature for the CSE-2021.
  • DISCLOSURE OF SCORES: As per the decision taken by the Government for increasing the access of unemployed to job opportunities, the Commission will publicly disclose the scores of the candidates (obtained in the Written Examination and Interview/Personality Test) through the public portals. The disclosure will be made in respect of only those willing candidates who will appear in the Interview/Personality Test for the Civil Service Examination and are not finally recommended for appointment. The information shared through this disclosure scheme about the non-recommended candidates may be used by other public and private recruitment agencies to appoint suitable candidates from the information made available in the public portal. 


(1) For the Indian Administrative Service, the Indian Foreign Service and the Indian Police Service, a candidate must be a citizen of India. 

(2) For other services, a candidate must be either:— 

(a) a citizen of India, or

(b) a subject of Nepal, or 

(c) a subject of Bhutan, or 

(d) a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or

(e) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India. (Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.)


(1) A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 32 years on the 1st of August, 2021 i.e., the candidate must have been born not earlier than 2nd August, 1989 and not later than 1st August, 2000. 

(2) The upper age-limit prescribed above will be relaxable: 

(a) up to a maximum of five years if a candidate belongs to a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe; 

(b) up to a maximum of three years in the case of candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes who are eligible to avail of reservation applicable to such candidates; (c) up to a maximum of three years in the case of Defence Services Personnel, disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof; 

(d) up to a maximum of five years in the case of ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and Emergency Commissioned Officers (ECOs)/ Short Service Commissioned 

  • MINIMUM EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION: A candidate must hold a degree of any of the Universities.
  • NUMBER OF ATTEMPTS: Every candidate appearing at the examination who is otherwise eligible, shall be permitted six (6) attempts at the CSE. 
  • However, relaxation in the number of attempts will be available to the SC/ST/OBC and PwBD category candidates who are otherwise eligible. The number of attempts available to such candidates as per relaxation is as under: Category to which the Candidate Belongs SC /ST OBC PwBD Number of attempts Unlimited 09 09 for GL/EWS/OBC Unlimited for SC/ST 
  • RESTRICTIONS ON APPLYING FOR THE EXAMINATION: (1) A candidate who is appointed to the Indian Administrative Service or the Indian Foreign Service based on the results of an earlier Examination and continues to be a member of that Service will not be eligible to appear at the Civil Services Examination-2021.
  • A candidate who is appointed to the Indian Police Service based on the results of an earlier Examination and continues to be a member of that Service shall not be eligible to opt for the Indian Police Service on the basis of the result of the CSE-2021.  
  • FEE: Candidates (excepting Female/SC/ST/Persons with Benchmark Disability Candidates who are exempted from payment of fee) are required to pay fee of Rs. 100/- (Rupees One Hundred only) either by remitting the money in any Branch of State Bank of India or by using Visa/Master/RuPay Credit/Debit Card or by using Internet Banking of SBI.

(1) A candidate will be eligible to get the benefit of community reservation only in case the particular caste to which the candidate belongs is included in the list of reserved communities issued by the Central Government. 

(2) The OBC candidates applying for CSE-2021 must produce OBC (Non-Creamy Layer) certificate based on the income for the Financial Year (FY) 2019-2020, 2018-19 and 2017-18. 

(3) A candidate will be eligible to get the benefit of the Economically Weaker Section reservation only in case the candidate meets the criteria issued by the Central Government and is in possession of requisite Income & Asset Certificate based on income for Financial Year (FY) 2019-2020.