UPSC CSE Notification 2024 Exam Date, Syllabus, Download PDF

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UPSC CSE Notification 2024 Exam Date, Syllabus, Download PDF

The UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) conducts the Civil Services Examination (CSE) annually to select candidates for prestigious positions in the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS), and various other central civil services. The UPSC CSE Notification for the year 2024 has been released, marking the beginning of this rigorous yet rewarding journey. This guide provides an in-depth overview of the UPSC IAS Examination, covering eligibility criteria, the selection process, application procedures, and invaluable preparation tips.

UPSC CSE Notification 2024 - Overview

The commission announced 1056 vacancies for recruitment to IAS, IPS, and IFS posts through the UPSC CSE 2024 Examination. The UPSC CSE Notification outlines the schedule, syllabus, and other important details for aspirants. It serves as the gateway for thousands of dedicated candidates aspiring to serve the nation through administrative roles. Check out all the important information in the table below:

UPSC IAS Exam 2024 - Important Updates

Exam Conducting Organization

Union Public Service Commission

Exam Name

Civil Services Examination 2024

Vacancies

1056

Application Dates

14 February to 05 March 2024

Application Mode

Online

Examination Mode

  • Offline MCQ (Prelims)
  • Offline Descriptive (Mains)

Frequency of Exam

Annually

Selection Process

  • Stage I - Prelims 
  • Stage II - Mains (Written Exam & Interview)

Important Dates for UPSC CSE 2024

UPSC Civil Services Prelims according to the official UPSC exam calendar is scheduled to beh held on 26 May 2024. Aspiring candidates can check all of the UPSC Civil Services Exam 2024 essential dates in the table below.

Event

Date

Notification Release Date

14 February 2024

Application Start Date

14 February 2024

Last Date to Apply

05 March 2024

Prelims Admit Card Release Date

To be announced

Prelims Exam Date

26 May 2024

Prelims Result Date

To be announced

Mains Admit Card Release Date

To be announced

Mains Exam Date

To be announced

Mains Result Date

To be released

Interview Date

To be released

Final Selection Result

To be released

Important Links for UPSC CSE 2024

Get all the relevant links for UPSC IAS Examination 2024 in the table below:

Official Website

upsc.gov.in 

Official Notification

Click Here 

Apply Link

Click Here

Admit Card

Link inactive now

Prelims Result 

Link inactive now

Final Result

To be released

UPSC CSE Vacancy 2024

The examination is being conducted for approximately 1056 vacancies as of now. The commission will notify the final vacancies and the bifurcation of the vacancies according to the services and posts listed below.

(i) Indian Administrative Service

(xii) Indian Railway Protection Force Service, Group ‘A’  

(ii) Indian Foreign Service  

(xiii) Indian Revenue Service (Customs & Indirect Taxes) Group ‘A’  

(iii) Indian Police Service  

(xiv) Indian Revenue Service (Income Tax) Group ‘A’  

(iv) Indian Audit and Accounts Service, Group ‘A’  

(xv) Indian Trade Service, Group ‘A’ (Grade III)  

(v) Indian Civil Accounts Service, Group ‘A’  

(xvi) Indian Railway Management Service, Group ‘A’  

(vi) Indian Corporate Law Service, Group ‘A’  

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

(vii) Indian Defence Accounts Service, Group ‘A’  

xviii) Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service (DANICS), Group ‘B’ 

(viii) Indian Defence Estates Service, Group ‘A’  

(xix) Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Service (DANIPS), Group ‘B’

(ix) Indian Information Service, Group ‘A’  

(xx) Pondicherry Civil Service (PONDICS), Group ‘B’

(x) Indian Postal Service, Group ‘A’  

(xxi) Pondicherry Police Service (PONDIPS), Group ‘B’ 

(xi) Indian P&T Accounts and Finance Service, Group ‘A’  

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UPSC IAS Exam 2024 - Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the UPSC IAS Examination, candidates must meet certain criteria:

a. Nationality

Post

Nationality

The Indian Administrative Service, the Indian Foreign Service and the Indian Police Service

Citizen of India

Other services

  • The candidate must be a citizen of India, 

or 

  • a subject of Nepal, Bhutan, 

or 

  • Tibetan refugee (settled before January 1, 1962)  , 

or 

  • 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, or Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

b. Age Limit & Relaxation

The candidate must be between 21 and 32 years of age as of 1 August 2024, with certain relaxations for specific categories.

Relaxation in Upper Age

Category

Upper Age Relaxation

SC/ST

5 years

OBC

3 years

Defence Services Personnel, disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof

3 years

Ex-Servicemen including Commissioned Officers and Emergency Commissioned Officers (ECOs)/ Short Service Commissioned Officers (SSCOs)

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-blindnes

10 years

c. Educational Qualification

A candidate must hold a degree from a recognized university or possess an equivalent qualification.

d. Number of Attempts

Every candidate who appears in the examination is allowed six (6) attempts at the CSE. Candidates from the SC/ST/OBC and PwBD categories who are otherwise eligible will have a relaxation in a number of attempts. The details are as follows:

Category

Number of attempts

SC/ST

Unlimited

OBC

09

PwBD

  • GL/EWS/OBC - 09
  • SC/ST - Unlimited

Note:

A candidate who is appointed to the Indian Police Service on the basis of the results of an earlier examination and remains a member of that Service is ineligible to apply for the Indian Police Service.

Application Process for UPSC IAS Exam 2024

The application process for the UPSC IAS Examination involves the following steps:

  • Online Registration: Candidates need to register on the UPSC official website with essential details.
  • Payment of Application Fee: The fee can be paid online or through the SBI bank challan.
  • Uploading Documents: Scanned copies of documents, including photographs and signatures, are to be uploaded.
  • Choice of Exam Centre: Candidates can select their preferred examination centre.

Follow the steps mentioned below to apply easily:

  • Visit the official website of UPSC.
  • In Part - I registration, candidates must fill out all personal information, such as name, age, address, and so on.
  • After finishing this step, double-check that all of your information is correct. After hitting the submit button, no changes can be made.
  • In Part II registration, candidates must submit all required documents, including educational credentials, ID proof, age relaxation if applicable, portrait, signature, payment details, and a declaration. 
  • Select the exam centre where they will take the exam.
  • Candidates must also include a valid email address for future use.
  • Finally, candidates can submit the application form by clicking the "I Agree" option. 

Application Fees & Mode

Candidates applying for the CSE 2024 will required to pay an application fee according to their category. The application fee can be paid online or offline. Category-wise application fee is listed in the table below

Category

Application Fees

General & OBC (Male)

Rs. 100/-

SC/ST/PwBD

 

Exempted from payment of fees

Female Candidates

Payment of the application fee can be made in any State Bank of India branch by cash or by credit card, debit card, master card, RuPay card, or UPI payment, by using the net banking facility of any bank. 

UPSC CSE Selection Process 2024

The UPSC IAS Examination comprises two stages:

Stage-I Preliminary Examination (Prelims): 

This stage consists of two objective-type papers - General Studies Paper-I and General Studies Paper-II (CSAT). The marks obtained in this stage are qualifying in nature and are not counted for the final merit.

Stage-II Main Examination (Written and Interview):

This stage is further divided into two stages, i.e., the written descriptive examination and the personality test.

  • The Written Exam consists of nine subjective papers, including a qualifying paper in any Indian language and English, followed by seven papers on various subjects. Marks obtained in the Mains and the Interview are considered for the final selection.
  • UPSC CSE Mains (Interview): Candidates who qualify for the Mains are called for an interview, which assesses the candidate's personality, communication skills, and suitability for the civil services.

UPSC CSE Exam Pattern 2024

There will be a prelim examination to select the most qualified candidates for the main exam. Candidates who pass the preliminary examination will be considered for the main examination.

Preliminary Examination

  • Both the question papers will be of the objective type (multiple choice questions), and each will be of two hours duration. 
  • The General Studies Paper-II of the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination will be a qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%. 
  • The question papers will be set both in Hindi and English.  
  • There will be a negative marking of ⅓ marks for each wrong answer.

Check out the detailed UPSC Prelims Exam pattern below.

UPSC Prelims Exam Pattern

Subject

No. of Questions

Marks

Exam Duration

Paper I - General Studies

100

200

2 Hours

Paper II - Aptitude Test (CSAT)

80

200

2 Hours

Total 

180

200

Main Examination

  • The UPSC mains test will be of the descriptive variety.
  • Each paper will last three hours. Candidates applying for scribe will be allowed an additional 30 minutes.
  • The language papers (Mains Paper A and Paper B) are of the qualifying variety.
  • Candidates may select one optional subject from a list of 48 options provided by UPSC.

UPSC Mains Exam Pattern

Paper

Subject

Marks

Exam Duration

Qualifying Papers

Paper-A  

Compulsory Indian language

300

3 hours

Paper-B  

English

300

3 hours

Papers to be counted for merit

Paper-I

Essay

250 Marks

3 hours

Paper-II

General Studies-I

250 Marks

3 hours

Paper-III

General Studies-II

250 Marks

3 hours

Paper-IV

General Studies-III

250 Marks

3 hours

Paper-V

General Studies-IV

250 Marks

3 hours

Paper-VI

Optional Subject - Paper 1

250 Marks

3 hours

Paper-VII

Optional Subject - Paper 1I

250 Marks

3 hours

Total

1750

UPSC CSE Optional Subjects 2024

The UPSC Mains Exam Pattern comprises two optional papers, each worth 250 points. Candidates may choose their favorite optional subject from the list below for Papers VI and VII of the mains test. 

(i) Agriculture

(xiv) Management  

(ii) Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science  

(xv) Mathematics  

(iii) Anthropology  

(xvi) Mechanical Engineering  

(iv) Botany  

(xvii) Medical Science  

(v) Chemistry  

(xviii) Philosophy  

(vi) Civil Engineering 

(xix) Physics  

(vii) Commerce and Accountancy  

(xx) Political Science and International Relations  

(viii) Economics  

(xxi) Psychology  

(ix) Electrical Engineering  

(xxii) Public Administration  

(x) Geography  

(xxiii) Sociology  

(xi) Geology  

(xxiv) Statistics  

(xii) History  

(xxv) Zoology  

(xiii) Law  

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(xxvi) Literature in any one of the following languages:

Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Odia, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu and English.

UPSC CSE Exam Syllabus 2024

Candidates are recommended to read the syllabus published in this section for the Preliminary Examination and the Main Examination, as the syllabus has been revised on a regular basis in various topics.

Part A—Preliminary Examination

Paper

Subject

Topics

Paper I 

General Studies

  • Current Affairs (National and International Events)  
  • Indian History and Indian National Movement. 
  • Indian and World Geography - Physical, Social, Economic Geography.
  • Governance and Indian Polity - Constitution, Political System, Public Policy, Panchayati Raj, etc. 
  • Economic and Social Development - Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, Inclusion, Sustainable Development, Poverty, etc. 
  • Climate Change, Environmental Ecology, and Biodiversity issues
  • General Science.  

Paper II

CSAT

  • Comprehension;  
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability; 
  • Decision making and problem solving; 
  • General mental ability 
  • Basic numeracy (Class X level); 
  • Data interpretation (Class X level)

Part B—Main Examination

Qualifying Papers

Paper-A  

Compulsory Indian language

(i) comprehension of given passages. 

(ii) precise writing. 

(iii) Usage and Vocabulary. 

(iv) Short Essays. 

(v) Interpreting English into Indian languages and vice-versa.

Paper-B  

English

(i) Comprehension of given passages. 

(ii) precise Writing. 

(iii) Usage and Vocabulary. 

(iv) Short Essays. 

Papers to be counted for merit

Paper-II

General Studies-I

  • Indian Heritage and Culture
  • History 
  • Geography of the World 
  • Society

Paper-III

General Studies-II

  • Constitution
  • Polity
  • Governance
  • Social Justice
  • International relations

Paper-IV

General Studies-III

  • Economic Development
  • Biodiversity
  • Environment
  • Technology
  • Security and Disaster Management 

Paper-V

General Studies-IV

  • Ethics
  • Integrity
  • Aptitude

Paper-VI

Optional Subject - Paper 1

Refer to the official notification for optional subjects and topics.

Paper-VII

Optional Subject - Paper 1I

UPSC CSE Admit Card 2024

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will shortly make the UPSC CSE Prelims Admit Card available on its official website.  Candidates must present their UPSC IAS Admit Card 2024 in order to enter the exam centre. Those who do not comply will be barred from taking the UPSC IAS Recruitment 2024 exam.

Simply follow these simple steps to obtain your 2024 admission card:

Step 1: Go to the UPSC website's official page.

Step 2: Click on the ADMIT CARD tab on the homepage and click the, “Download UPSC IAS (Prelims) Admit Card 2024” link.

Step 3: Enter your login information, i.e. your Reg. No. and Password and your Admit Card will be displayed on the screen.

Step 4: Save the Admit Card PDF to your device and print out two or three copies of it for later use.

UPSC CSE Result 2024

The UPSC Civil Services Examination Result 2024 will be released once the examination procedure is completed. The results for each stage will be posted on the commission's official website. You can access your UPSC IAS results by entering the URL mentioned below. After the exam, the link for the UPSC IAS Prelims/Mains 2024 will be activated.

UPSC CSE Cut-off Marks

After the exam selection process is completed, the IAS Cut Off 2024 for Prelims, Mains, and Final Selection, as well as the IAS Result 2024, will be released. The IAS Prelims 2024 will be held on 26 May 2024. This year, the expected UPSC Prelims 2024 cut-off is 85-90 marks. 

Previously, UPSC announced the IAS cut-off 2023 for Prelims, Mains, and Final Interview. 

The UPSC Final Cut-Off 2023

  • General - 960, 
  • EWS - 926
  • OBC - 923
  • SC - 893
  • ST - 900

Preparation Tips for UPSC CSE Recruitment 2024

  • Understand the Syllabus: Thoroughly go through the UPSC syllabus to know what to study and what to focus on.
  • Consistent Study Routine: Maintain a disciplined study schedule to cover all subjects comprehensively.
  • Current Affairs: Stay updated with current events, both national and international.
  • Practice Writing: Regularly practice answer writing for the Main examination.
  • Mock Tests and Previous Year Papers: Solve mock tests and previous year papers to get accustomed to the exam pattern.

Remember, the UPSC IAS Examination is a challenging yet immensely rewarding journey. With dedicated preparation and a focused approach, success is within reach.

FAQ

The UPSC CSE Prelims 2024 is scheduled to be held on 26 May 2024.

The interview stage of the UPSC IAS Examination assesses the candidate's personality, communication skills, and suitability for civil services. It is conducted by a panel of experts.

This year, 1056 vacancies have been announced for the UPSC CSE Exam 2024.

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