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    What is the Civil Services Exam or CSE? Why is it called the IAS exam?

    Civil Services are jobs directly related to public service and are widely considered prestigious in India.


    UPSC conducts Civil Service Exams for Central Government job vacancies while PSC in each state fills the State Government job vacancies. There are about 24 services that come under the Civil Services Exam conducted by UPSC every year. These services include IAS, IFS, IPS etc.


    UPSC 2023

    The notification for UPSC Civil Services Examination for 2023 will be published on February 01, 2023. You can apply for UPSC CSE 2022 between February 01, 2023, and February 21, 2023.

    • UPSC CSE 2023 Prelims Date: May 28 2023 (Sunday)
    • UPSC CSE 2023 Mains Date: September 15 2023 (5 days)
    • UPSC CSE 2023 Interview Date:  January-March 2024 (expected)
    • UPSC CSE 2023 Final Result Date: April 2024 (expected)


    Civil Service Prelims Examination

    There are two papers in Civil Service Prelims Examination. The questions are objective in nature.

    • General Studies Paper 1 [which deals with subjects like History, Polity, Economics etc.]
    • General Studies Paper 2 [which deals with subjects like Mental Ability, English Comprehension etc. This paper is popularly known as CSAT – Civil Services Aptitude Test).



    • Date of Notification of Civil Services Prelims: February.
    • Date of UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Exam: June.

    The Preliminary Examination is mainly an elimination test and hence its marks are not considered for final ranking.

    Civil Service Main Examination

    The main stage is subjective in nature as the answers have to be written on paper. The papers in Civil Service Mains as per the revised syllabus are as below.

    UPSC Civil Services Main Examination as per the revised syllabus consists of 9 papers. Marks of 7 out of these 9 papers will be counted for final ranking, while 2 papers will be of qualifying nature.

    Mark-Counted Papers in UPSC Civil Services Mains Exam

    • 1 paper on the essay. (250 marks x 1)
    • 4 papers from General Studies ( which covers topics like History, Geography  Economics, Polity, Technology, Ecology, Ethics etc). (250 marks x 4)
    • 2 papers on one Optional subject – which can be selected from 25 subjects and 22 languages. (250 marks x 2)

    Qualifying Papers in UPSC Civil Services Mains Exam

    • 1 English Language Paper (Comprehension, Precis Writing etc).
    • 1 Regional Language Paper (Comprehension, Precis Writing, Translation etc).

    The Civil Service Main Exam marks are calculated out of 1750.


    • Date of Notification of UPSC Civil Services Mains: August.
    • Date of UPSC Civil Services Main Exam: October.


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