The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the UPSC IAS exam every year to recruit eligible candidates for the prestigious All India Service. UPSC is going to conduct a Civil Service Examination on the National Level to fill numerous vacancies in all India Services and various Central Civil Services. The selection of the candidates will be done through Prelims, Mains and Interview rounds where Prelims are Objective-type and Mains are descriptive-type. UPSC Mains Exam 2024 will be held from 20th September 2024 onwards. The final merit list will be prepared by counting the marks scored in UPSC Mains and Interview round.

Candidates can check the elaborated information regarding the Exam Details, Important Dates, Eligibility Criteria, IAS Salary, Online Application Form, Syllabus, and UPSC Full Form in the article.

UPSC 2024 Notification

UPSC has released the official notification of UPSC CSE Indian Administrative Services notification and UPSC Forest Service Examination Notification on 14th February 2024 as per UPSC Exam Calendar 2024. Candidates are advised to check the Exam Pattern, Syllabus, and all the Important Details in the article. The candidates can go through this year's UPSC Notification from the below link. 

UPSC Notification 2024 pdf- Click to Check

UPSC IAS 2024 Vacancy

UPSC conducts the CSE exam to recruit candidates for the highly bureaucratic posts of the central government, UPSC recruits candidates for various posts which are given below. Last year the number of vacancies under the UPSC Exam was 1206. Out of the total vacancies, 1056 vacancies are for the IAS CSE Exam. There were 150 vacancies for the Indian Forest Service Examination 2024.

Exam NameVacancies
Civil Service Examination 20241056
Indian Forest Service Examination 2024150

UPSC Exam 2024- Exam Summary

Every year Union Public Service conducts Civil Service Examinations for graduates to appear for various All India Services and Central Civil Services. To have a glimpse of UPSC CSE 2024, the candidates can refer to the below overview table.

UPSC IAS 2024- Overview
OrganisationUnion Public Service Commission (UPSC)
Exam NameUPSC Civil Service Exam
Exam LevelNational
Exam DateFrom 20th September 2024 onwards
Exam ModeOffline
Exam StagesPrelims, Main Exam, Interview
Education QualificationGraduates or Relevant Degrees
Age Limit21 years to 32 years
Exam FrequencyOnce in a Year
UPSC Official

UPSC Mains Exam Date 2024 Out

The UPSC Civil Service Mains Examination 2024 is scheduled to be held from 20th September 2024 onwards. The exam will be held in an offline mode at the various exam centre across the country. Details regarding the exam date, exam timing, venue, reporting timing etc will be released along main admit card in the first week of September 2024. 

UPSC Mains Exam Date 2024 Out - Click to Check

UPSC IAS 2024- Important Dates

As per UPSC Calendar 2024 Mains exam will be held from 20th September 2024 onwards. For other important dates regarding UPSC IAS 2024, go through the below table.

UPSC IAS 2024- Important Dates
UPSC Notification 2024 Release Date14th February 2024
UPSC Registration Date Begins on14th February 2024
Last Day to Apply for UPSC Exam 20245th March 2024
Withdrawal of ApplicationTo be Notified
Release of UPSC Admit Card 202407th June 2024
Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination 202416th June 2024 (Sunday)
UPSC Prelims Result 20241st July 2024
UPSC Mains Admit Card 2024September 2024
Civil Services (Main) Examination, 202420th September 2024 onwards

UPSC Apply Online 2024

UPSC is accepting the All India Services CSE Application Form 2024 from 14th February 2024 onwards along with the release of UPSC notification 2024. The last day to fill out the application form was 5th March 2024. The UPSC aspirants can apply online by clicking the below link. 

Link to Apply Online for UPSC CSE Exam 2024 [Inactive]

Instructions for UPSC CSE Online Application Form

Candidates must possess the following documents, and information from which is required for the application submission:

1. Any Valid Photo Identity Proof.

2. Candidates must make a scanned copy of their passport-size photograph and education Certificates.


Click on the link given below to go to the Registration Page. Click on the link ‘UPSC Civil Services Examination 2024’ under the Active Examinations section Enter your Name, Date of Birth, Email Address and Mobile Number.

Entering Application Form Details: Fill in all the personal and professional details in the application form which are necessary to fill by candidates to get their form selected.

Upload Documents: Upload all the important documents which are asked to upload by the commission during the application process which includes photographs, education qualifications, valid I.D proof and other documents.

Application Fee: General, OBC, EWS candidates: Rs 100/-.Women, SC, ST, and PWD candidates are exempted from paying the fee.

Note: For online payment, use a credit card/debit card/Rupay card or Internet Banking Services. For offline payment, download the e-challan and submit the cash in SBI bank branches on the next day itself.

UPSC IAS Exam 2024- Posts

The UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) conducts the Civil Services Examination (CSE) to recruit candidates for various posts in the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), and other central services. 

All India Services

1. Indian Administrative Service (IAS): IAS officers hold key positions in the government and are responsible for the overall administration of the country.

2. Indian Police Service (IPS): IPS officers are responsible for maintaining law and order, preventing and detecting crimes, and managing police forces.

3. Indian Forest Service (IFoS): IFoS officers work in the management and conservation of forests and wildlife.

Central Civil Services

1. Indian Foreign Service (IFS): IFS officers represent India in diplomatic missions and play a crucial role in shaping and implementing the country's foreign policy.

2. Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service, Group ‘A’.

3. Indian Audit and Accounts Service, Group ‘A’: IA&AS officers are responsible for auditing government accounts and ensuring financial accountability.

4. Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise), Group ‘A’: Officers in these services work in the field of customs and central excise, ensuring compliance with taxation and trade laws.

5. Indian Defence Accounts Service, Group ‘A’.

6. Indian Revenue Service (I.T.), Group ‘A’: IRS officers work in various departments related to taxation, including Income Tax, Customs, and Central Excise.

7. Indian Ordnance Factories Service, Group ‘A’ (Assistant Works Manager, Administration).

8. Indian Postal Service, Group ‘A’.

9. Indian Civil Accounts Service, Group ‘A’.

10. Indian Railway Traffic Service, Group ‘A’: IRTS officers are responsible for managing and planning the movement of trains and ensuring the efficiency of railway operations.

11. Indian Railway Accounts Service, Group 'A'.

12. Indian Railway Personnel Service, Group ‘A’.

13. Post of Assistant Security Commissioner in Railway Protection Force, Group ‘A’

14. Indian Defence Estates Service, Group ‘A’.

15. Indian Information Service (Junior Grade), Group ‘A’: IIS officers work in the field of media and communication, handling government publicity and information dissemination.

16. Indian Trade Service, Group 'A': ITS officers are involved in promoting and managing international trade.

17. Indian Corporate Law Service, Group ‘A’.

18. Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service, Group ‘B’ (Section Officer’s Grade).

19. Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service, Group 'B'.

20. Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Service, Group 'B'.

21. Pondicherry Civil Service, Group 'B'.

22. Pondicherry Police Service, Group ‘B’.

UPSC IAS Exam 2024 Eligibility

Eligibility for UPSC is one of the first questions which crops up in the mind of a CSE aspirant. The nationality, the number of attempts, age limit and educational qualifications are some of the basic eligibility criteria for the UPSC IAS exam. All candidates must check the eligibility criteria before applying for the UPSC IAS Exam 2024 and ensure that they meet all the eligibility criteria as mentioned below.

UPSC IAS Nationality

For the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and Indian Police Service (IPS), a candidate must be a citizen of India. For all other services, a candidate can either be a citizen of India or

1. A citizen of Nepal/ Bhutan

2. A Tibetan refugee who came over to India before January 1, 1962 intending to permanently settle in India

3. 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 intending to permanently settle in India

Note: Candidates who are subjects of Nepal/ Bhutan or Tibetan refugees are not eligible to apply for Indian Foreign Service (IFS).

UPSC IAS Age Limit

Candidates must be minimum of 21 years and a maximum of 32 years of age. This means that candidates must have born not earlier than August 2, 1992 and not later than August 1, 2003.

Check UPSC CSE 2024 Age Relaxation in the below table:

Age Relaxation
CategoryAge Relaxation 
SC/ ST5 Years
OBC3 Years
Defence Services Personnel, disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof3 Years
Ex-servicemen including commissioned officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least five years of military service 5 Years
PwD [(a) blindness and low vision; (b) deaf and hard of hearing; (c) locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy; (d) autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability and mental illness; and (e) multiple disabilities from amongst persons under clauses (a) to (d) including deaf-blindness]10 Years

Note: No age relaxation is provided for the Economically Weaker Sections in the UPSC CSE Exam 2024.

UPSC IAS Educational Qualification

The candidate must have completed their Graduation from any of the Central or State 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.

Number of Attempts

The number of attempts allowed for each candidate in the UPSC Exam is 6 for general category candidates. While the number of attempts are 9 for OBC Category Candidates. There is no restriction on the number of attempts of SC/ST Candidates. Candidates must note if they had appeared as many times as the number of attempts allowed in UPSC CSE Prelims, then they are no more eligible for the UPSC IAS Exam.

UPSC IAS Syllabus and Exam Pattern

To master, any exam candidates need to know the Exam Schema and Syllabus of the Exam. Candidates must note that UPSC IAS Syllabus is one of the most lengthy syllabus of any exam in the country. Therefore, the aspirants must aware of the UPSC CSE Syllabus and Exam Pattern. Knowledge of these two helps a candidate to maintain their focus and prepare themselves to get through the prestigious UPSC Exam.

Every candidate has to pass all three stages of the UPSC CSE Exam to get their name on the merit list of the UPSC IAS Result 2024.

1. Preliminary

2. Mains

3. Interview

UPSC Exam Pattern 2024 [Prelims + Mains]- Click to Check

UPSC Prelims Syllabus 2024- Click to Check

UPSC IAS Mains Syllabus 2024- Click to Check

IAS Salary, Perks, Emoluments

UPSC CSE offers the most lucrative job salary, perks and emoluments in the country. No other jobs in India offer such kind of salary in the country. Candidates can check the salary perks and emoluments by clicking on the link given below.

Click here to check IAS Salary, Perks, Emoluments

UPSC CSE 2024 Admit Card

The UPSC IAS Prelims is scheduled to be held on 26th May 2024 and UPSC IAS Admit Card 2024 notify you when it will be released. The Commission will release the UPSC CSE Prelims and Mains Admit Card separately before each stage of the recruitment process. The candidates have to download their UPSC Admit Card from the official website and check all details mentioned on it carefully. 

UPSC Exam 2024- Exam Centres

The candidates who appear every year for the UPSC CSE Exam are about 09 to 10 lakhs only. Since the number of candidates is far less in the UPSC Exam exam hence the number of centers is also less. The UPSC Exam Centres are given below:

The Exam Center Cities for UPSC
AllahabadDispur (Guwahati)Raipur

Note: The official website informs that allotment of centers (for both Preliminary and Mains) will be on a first-apply-first allot basis. Once the capacity of a particular center is attained, the same will be frozen and applicants will have to choose a center from the remaining options. Applicants are, therefore, advised to apply early so that they can get an exam center of their choice.

UPSC Exam 2024- FAQs

The UPSC IAS Prelims exam is to be held on 16th June 2024 and UPSC Mains to be held from 20th September 2024 onwards.

The UPSC 2024 Notification has been released on 14th February 2024.

The educational qualification required for UPSC CSE is graduation degree from the recognized university.

If a candidate have applied more than one application, then the last application will be accepted by the commission.

Important Links