IAS (UPSC) Exam 2021: UPSC Exam Dates, Eligibility, Exam Pattern, And Syllabus.

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IAS (UPSC) Exam 2021: UPSC Exam Dates, Eligibility, Exam Pattern, And Syllabus.

IAS, the Indian administrative service, is one of the prestigious professions that most Indians aspire to as a career choice. But clearing this exam is not a cakewalk. Around 4-6 lakh candidates appear for the UPSC exam every year while the number of vacancies is generally less than 1000. 

The nature of the IAS Examination demands thorough and sustained preparation as the UPSC Syllabus is vast and the examination cycle lasts for a year.

Here in this blog, we will provide you detailed information regarding the IAS exam 2021.

The civil services exam is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission to select the appropriate candidate for the Indian administrative department. The exam authority, Union Public Service Commission, follows strict rules and regulations every year to conduct the exam properly.

Let’s see all the things we need to know before applying for the civil services exam in detail to have clarity of thought and proper knowledge of the exam, which includes – eligibility, exam pattern, notifications, dates, etc., and many more. This article also explains how the e-learning method of teaching helps students perform better in examinations. 

UPSC (IAS) 2021 Exam Overview

Name of the ExaminationUPSC Civil Services Exam (IAS) 2021
Conducting BodyUnion Public Service Commission(UPSC)
Exam LevelNational
Total number of Vacancies712
Frequency of the ExamOnce a year
Exam ModeOffline – Pen and Paper Mode
Exam StagesPrelims – Mains(Written) – Mains(Interview)
No. of Test CitiesTest centers across the nation
Exam Helpdesk No.011-23098543 / 23385271 / 23381125 / 23098591
Official Websitehttps://www.upsc.gov.in/

Latest Update:

  • May 27, 2021: UPSC will be releasing the revised exam calendar for the remaining year.
  • May 17, 2021: Department of Personnel and Training released the Service-wise breakup of UPSC vacancies 2021 and 2020.
  • May 13, 2021: UPSC IAS 2021 exam postponed by UPSC. UPSC released a notice regarding the rescheduling of the IAS 2021 Prelims exam. 

UPSC (IAS) Examination 2021: Notification

Union Public Service Commission Notification 2021 was out on March 4, 2021, for 712 vacancies. The process of IAS applications 2021 was initiated with the issuance of UPSC notification.

Candidates can click on the link below to check the notification on the official website of Union Public Service Commission i.e. www.upsc.gov.in or click on the below-mentioned link to go to PDF directly,

Click here for the official notification of UPSC.

Also Read: Top 10 qualities you need to hone to become an IAS officer

UPSC (IAS) Eligibility Criteria 2021

Before applying for the Civil service exam, the candidate should meet the eligibility criteria because the UPSC board doesn’t consider the application form for ineligible candidates. 


  • For appearing in IAS examination candidate should have Indian nationality.

Age Limit

  • The age limit for the IAS exam is from 21 to 32 years.
  • Few age relaxations are available based on the category of the candidates as below:
    • OBC – 35 years
    • SC,ST – 37 years
    • Defence Services Personnel disabled – 40 years.

Educational Qualification

  • Every candidate should possess a graduation degree to apply for the civil service exam.
  • The candidates who are in the final year of their degree course, can also fill the IAS application but they will have to submit their final year mark sheet when they will submit the Detailed Application Form(DAF) for the IAS main exam.

UPSC (IAS) Examination 2021: Important Days

Every candidate who is working hard for the civil service exam should keep an eye on the notifications and the critical dates of the application form, submission, exam dates, etc. Let’s see all the required dates for attending an IAS exam for the years 2021 – 2022.

Event Date
Notification date for civil service preliminary exam.4th March 2021
Last date for the receipt of the application24th of March 2021
IAS prelims exam date10th October 2021
Expected result for prelims examinationOctober/ November ( Tentative)
IAS mains exam dateTBD
Expected result for mains examIn December or January.

Pattern of exam

Knowing the correct pattern of exams is the most important thing to do while appearing for the UPSC exams. The exam pattern is as below:


PaperGeneral studiesGeneral studies
Number of questions10080
Type of the examinationObjectiveObjective
Total marks200200
Duration of the exam2 hours2 hours
Marking scheme+2 marks+2.5 marks
Negative marks1/3 of marks are allotted to each question.1/3 of marks are allotted to each question.


Qualifying Papers:

Paper A: One of the Indian Language to be selected by the candidate from the Languages included in the 8th Schedule to the Constitution300 Marks
Paper B: English300 Marks

Papers to be counted for merit:

Title Marks 
Essay writing250
General studies I
Indian heritage and culture
Geography of the world and society
General Studies II
Social Justice
International relations
General Studies III
Economic development
Disaster management
Environment security
General studies. IV
Optional subject. I250
Optional subject II250
Summation of the written test1750

The personal interview has been allotted 275 marks.

The total of both written tests and personal interviews is 2025 marks.

Candidates able to clear the IAS Mains will then appear for a personality test/interview.  

In an IAS interview candidates have to face questions from a broad range of topics. Facing the IAS interview panel is a tough task but candidates with confidence and appropriate soft skills can surely ace the interview.

UPSC Coaching – Utkarsh Online Classes

Utkarsh provides the best IAS coaching in India by providing its students a well-planned route map to crack the IAS Exam.

Our faculties provide a clear approach and focus on individual strengths and weaknesses. This helps the candidates to improve their success rate and reduce the number of attempts. 

The biggest feature of this Utkarsh lives online coaching is that the coaching sessions will be live direct from the classroom and in case of any technical glitch, the recording of that class will be made available. 

At Utkarsh’s IAS preparation, we provide detailed and well-structured material needed for UPSC IAS preparation without compromising on quality. For detailed information about our UPSC courses and modules, you can visit our UPSC preparation section.

Special features of the Utkarsh UPSC Exam Coaching:

Daily News Analysis – Comprehensive news analysis for keeping your Current affairs knowledge abreast.

Class PDFs – We make sure to provide our students with proper notes and content through PDFs which are handwritten and PPTs. Our enriched faculty also makes personalized videos on 4K digital panels explaining and clearing the doubts of our students which can be accessed by them anytime and anywhere.

Online tests: Online tests are conducted to check the performance of the students. After the assessment of the test, an analytical report of the number of questions attempted, correct answers, questions skipped or incorrect answers along with the time taken to complete the assessment is provided to the student.  

Live Quiz: The students will get live quizzes based on the topic taught in the class which will help them revise the topics thoroughly and know which segments they are weak in. Also, video solutions of live quizzes will be provided so that the concepts of students are cleared.

How to register for the course:

Utkarsh has provided detailed information regarding the exam, syllabus, authorized board, notifications, etc., along with the study material and practice papers.

We provide a concept-based learning approach with innovative ideas. There is also an app, online study programs, offline study programs, experienced faculty, etc.

Students need to register and create a login account which is a simple and easy process.

After creating an account, students can log in with the credentials and start studying concept-wise. 

At the end of every concept, students can practice with the practice question papers, which helps as a self-assessment tool.

Students can easily connect from the mobile app and clarify their doubts with the well-experienced certified faculty available on the official website. 

Students can drop a query in the chatbox and can get answers from the expert faculty. 

It is a wholly cost reduction process when compared to the offline method of education.

The videos help students visualize the concepts as many times as they want, which will bring confidence in them. 

These videos are available in both English and Hindi language.

Several advanced technical tools like translation tools explain the concept in their regional language also.

They can attend the classes and practice mock tests in their feasible timings.

Students can attend these classes everywhere and anywhere without any interruption of other responsibilities.

So what are you waiting for, register with us and get ready to kick start your journey of becoming an IAS officer with us. We promise to abide by your side and help you achieve your goals of becoming an outstanding IAS officer.

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