Everything You Should Know About UPSC Civil Services Examination 2020

UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) is India’s premier recruiting central government agency, responsible for appointments and examinations of All India Services (IAS) and group A and group B of central services.

What is the UPSC Civil Services Examination (CSE)?

UPSC Civil services examination (CSE) also known as IAS examination is one of the toughest and popular examinations in the world. It is conducted yearly and lakhs of candidate apply for this.

It recruits for the top 24 government services like IAS, IPS, IFS and IRS etc..

The UPSC CSE examination is conducted in three stages namely 

  1. Prelims examination (Objective)
  2. Mains Examination (Descriptive)
  3. Interview (Personality Test)

It takes around one year to pass through all three stages. A candidate needs to qualify all three stages in order to crack this examination. It’s more like a test match where you have to keep patience in order to succeed.

Is it possible to clear UPSC Civil Services Examination?

As per the statistics, the success rate of this examination is  0.001 %. Last year more than  5 lakhs aspirants applied for the examination and out of that only 850 got selected.

So only hard work cant guarantee you the success in this examination.  You should also follow the right strategy to crack UPSC CSE.

What is the right strategy to clear UPSC Civil Services Examination?

If you are beginner then, first of all, you should know more about the examination. Like eligibility criteria, rules and regulation, subjects etc..

Secondly, you should thoroughly go through the syllabus of UPSC Prelims and mains examination.

The third step would be analysing the previous year question papers. The more you analyze the better strategy you will develop for the examination.

After completing all three stages you will be in the position to develop a correct strategy for your preparation.

Is one year enough for UPSC Preparation?

One year is more than enough for this examination. The key element of success is time management.  Out of 100%, your 50% time should be devoted to learning new things and 50% in practising.

So keep this formula in mind and start preparing your time table accordingly. Because the syllabus is vast and you can’t remember or learn everything.

Let’s say if you are able to complete 70% of the syllabus with this strategy, then also you can easily sail through this examination.

So never get worried about completing 100%  syllabus. Instead, follow the sutra of learning and practice.

Can UPSC be cleared without coaching?

Let me tell you something honestly, most of the candidates have cleared this examination without any coaching.

So you might be thinking about how the coaching industry is using the name of toppers in their success stories.

Well, it’s all about the marketing, to influence new aspirants with lucrative success stories. The thing is that for practice purpose most of the aspirant join the test series of coachings.

So in this process, the coaching companies maintain the record of those candidates. Now imagine If that candidate got selected then what the coaching company will do?

Obviously, they will use their name for promotional purpose. But that candidate just joined the coaching for practice purpose, which you can also join.

So don’t invest or spend too much money behind coaching companies. instead, buy good books and magazines and maintain the standard of your preparation.

What are the recommended book for UPSC Prelims and Mains Examination?

As told earlier there are three stages of UPSC civil services examination. For every stage, you will require different books and study materials.

Under this section, we have shared the list of all important book which you might require for preparation.

Under this section, you can also find all important books for practising purpose.

How can I apply for UPSC 2020 examination?

So if are a graduate or in the final year of the graduation and have attained the age limit of 21 years then you are ready to appear for this examination.

  • Minimum educational qualification – A degree of any university (of course the authentic one) will make you eligible to sit for this examination, if you are in final years of graduation then also you can apply.
  • Minimum Marks – You just need to be graduate there are no minimum marks criteria.
  • Minimum age –  The minimum age to appear for this exam is 21 years.

So every year UPSC publishes exam calendar, where they provide all information related to examination such as











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INDIAN FOREST SERVICE (PREL.) EXAM. 2017 through CS(P) Exam. 2020




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Now you aware of the important dates of the examination, the process to apply for this examination is online.

After clicking the link you will see the following screen

Now you need to click on the Online Application for Various Examinations of UPSC, which will land you the following page –

As you can see it is showing No Examination Notice is issued because at the time of writing this article there was no active examination. So if there will be any examination the link will appear to apply online.

After that, there will be step by step simple process, which will ask your details, keep your document handy while filling the form online.

Don’t wait for the last date, instead, apply early in the given time period.

Other exams conducted by UPSC apart for CSE

  1. Engineering Services Examination (ESE).
  2. Indian Forestry Services Examination (IFoS).
  3. Central Armed Police Forces Examination (CAPF).
  4. Indian Economic Service and Indian Statistical Service (IES/ISS).
  5. Combined Geo-Scientist and Geologist Examination.
  6. Combined Medical Services (CMS).
  7. Special Class Railway Apprentices Exam (SCRA).
  8. Limited Departmental Competitive Examination for selection of Assistant Commandant. (Executive) in CISF.

UPSC also conducts the various examination for selection into defence services. You can check out their details by visiting the official website of UPSC.


So now you are fully aware of the process involved for the UPSC CSE. At this time you might be feeling bombarded with the amount of information you need to consume.

Well, in the beginning, everyone feels the same thing but with the time you will be used to it and enjoy the whole process.

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