IAS Exam 2021 Application Form, Exam Date, Eligibility, Syllabus, Pattern

IAS Exam 2021IAS Exam 2021: The Indian administrative service (IAS) is an administrative arm of all India services. It is considered the premier civil service of India. They serve the government of India and also the state. Union public service commission examination (UPSC) conducts civil services examination for different posts like Indian police service (IPS), Indian administrative service (IAS), etc. every year exam is conducted for the selection of aspirants. The examination is quite tough. IAS is considered as one of the toughest examinations in India and also the job is the toughest and high administrative. The candidates who wish to become an IAS officer can apply for the examination. The aspirants need to check eligibility before applying. The details of the IAS 2021 Examination like the application form, examination dates, eligibility criteria, Exam Pattern, etc are given in this article.

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IAS Exam 2021 Notification (Latest):

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  • 13th May 2021: Due to rising in COVID-19 Cases, the UPSC has been postponed the Civil Services preliminary exam 2021. Now the Exam will be conducted on 10th October 2021. Click here to check the details.
  • 4th March 2021: UPSC Civil services 2021 Application Form has been released.

UPSC IAS 2021: Highlights

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Exam Name UPSC IAS 2021
Conducting Authority Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)
Exam Level National
Vacancies 712 
Selection Process Prelims, Main, Personality Test
Application Mode Online
Exam Mode Offline
Helpline 011-23098543 / 23385271 / 23381125 / 23098591
Email Id feedback-upsc[at]gov[dot]in
Official Website https://www.upsc.gov.in/

List of UPSC Civil Services 2021:

UPSC Civil Services Examination 2021 will be appointed the qualified candidates, under the following services as per their marks in the merit list of UPSC 2021:

  • Indian Administrative Service
  • Indian Foreign Service
  • Indian Police Service
  • Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service, Group ‘A’
  • Indian Audit and Accounts Service, Group ‘A’
  • Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise), Group ‘A’
  • Indian Defence Accounts Service, Group ‘A’
  • Indian Revenue Service (Income Tax), Group ‘A’
  • Indian Ordnance Factories Service, Group ‘A’
  • Indian Postal Service, Group ‘A’
  • Indian Civil Accounts Service, Group ‘A’
  • Indian Railway Traffic Service, Group ‘A’
  • Indian Railway Accounts Service, Group ‘A’
  • Indian Railway Personnel Service, Group ‘A’
  • Indian Defence Estates Service, Group ‘A’
  • Indian Information Service (Junior Grade), Group ‘A’
  • Indian Trade Service, Group ‘A’ (Gr. III)
  • Indian Corporate Law Service, Group “A”
  • Post of Assistant Security Commissioner in Railway Protection Force, Group ‘A’
  • Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service, Group ‘B’ (Section Officer’s Grade)
  • Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu, and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service, Group ‘B’
  • Pondicherry Civil Service, Group ‘B’
  • Pondicherry Police Service, Group ‘B’

 UPSC 2021 Exam Date:

Find the brief details of the UPSC 2021 Date such as exam Exam Date, Notification Release Date, Application form Last date to submit, Preliminary & Mains Exam Date:

Events Exam Date (Announced)
Official Notification Publication Date 4th March 2021
Application Form Available from 4th March 2021
Application form last date to submit 24th March 2021
Preliminary Examinations Admit Card issue date
UPSC 2021 Exam Date (Preliminary) 27th June 2021 10th October 2021
Preliminary Exam Results date declaration
UPSC Main Exam Admit Card
UPSC Exam Date 2021 (Main) 17th September 2021
UPSC Main Exam Results declaration

How to Apply for Civil Service Exam 2021:

The aspirants who are interested in UPSC Civil Service Exam 2021 can apply for it by filling the application form. The aspirants first check eligibility. The steps to fill the application form are mentioned below.

  • Visit the official website of UPSC: www.upsconline.nic.in.
  • Click on “application form”.
  • After clicking on it the application form will get opened this consists of two parts 1 and 2.
  • Register yourself by filling in the details of part 1.
  • A registration ID and password will be sent to your provided email Id and phone number.
  • Login using registration ID and password.
  • Fill the rest application form with all verified details.
  • After that Upload, the scanned documents asked in the application form like a photograph, signature, etc.
  • Make the Payment of the application fee.
  • Recheck all the details and submit your application form.
  • Take the printout of the application form.
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Important Links:

UPSC CSE 2021 Notification: Click here

IAS 2021 Application Form: Click here

Vacancies:

The number of vacancies to be filled through the examination is 712 which include 22 vacancies reserved for Persons with Benchmark Disability Category i.e,

Post Name Total Vacancies
Blindness and low vision- 05 Posts
Deaf and hard of hearing- 06 Posts
locomotor disability- 06 Posts
Persons with Multiple disabilities- 05 Posts

UPSC 2021 Eligibility Criteria:

The aspirants applying for the examination first check the UPSC 2021 Eligibility of the examination. Only those candidates fulfilling the criteria can fill the application form.

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Nationality for UPSC:

The candidate should be a citizen of India. Besides citizens of Bhutan, Nepal, and Tibetan refugees who came before 1st Jan 1962 can also apply for the exam. Also, candidates of Indian origin who have migrated from counties like Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Malawi, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam and Myanmar, etc can apply.

UPSC Exam 2021 Age Limit:

The candidate should have completed 21 years and the maximum age limit is 32 years. The candidates of reserved categories will get relaxation.

  • SC/ST: 5 years
  • OBC: 3 years
  • Defense service personnel: 3 years.
  • Ex-servicemen including commissioned officers ECOs/SSCOs: 5 years

IAS Exam 2021 Education Qualifications:

The candidate applying for UPSC Civil Services Exam 2021 must have done graduation from any recognized university or institution. The candidate who is in the final year of graduation can also apply for the examination. The candidates who have appeared for the passing examination and are waiting for the result can also apply.

Number of Attempts:

  • General: 6 Attempts
  • SC/ST: no limit
  • OBC: 9 Attempts

UPSC 2021 Application Fees:

The application fees can be submitted online mode by debit card, credit card, net banking, etc. The application fee for SC/ST/PH//female is exempted. An application fee for others is Rs.100/-.

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Civil Service 2021 Exam Pattern:

The UPSC Civil Service examination will be held in three stages – preliminary, mains, and interview. The IAS Exam Pattern is given below:

Preliminary Exam Pattern:

  • The Exam will be conducted through Offline mode.
  • The candidate will have to give 2 Papers that are objective-based.
  • The first exams are of general study and the second of CSAT, which is also known as the civil service aptitude test.
  • The exams are 200 marks each and the duration of the exam is 2 hours each.
  • The candidate qualifying both the exams will appear for the mains examination.
Papers Subject Marks Duration
Paper-I General Studies 200 2 Hours
Paper-II CSAT (Civil Service Aptitude Test) 200 2 Hours

Mains Exam Pattern:

  • The candidate who clears Pre-exams will give the mains exam.
  • The mains exam is a descriptive exam.
  • The candidate in these needs to choose any one modern language and Hindi.
  • After that, there would be an exam related to history, geography, polity, etc.
  • The candidates are given choice in two subjects that they want to choose.
  • The total paper will be of 2025 marks.
Paper Subject Marks
A Indian languages listed below, The language will be select by the candidate 300
B English (Qualifying) 300
I Essay 250
II General Studies I 250
III General Studies II 250
IV General Studies III 250
V General Studies IV 250
VI, VII 2 Papers on the Optional subject from the list 250 marks each paper 500
Sub Total (Written Test) 1750
Personality Test (Interview) 275
Total Marks 2025

Civil Service Exam 2021 List of Languages:

Candidates can give the UPSC Exam following languages, check below list:

Bodo (Devanagari) Assamese (Assamese) Bengali (Bengali) Malayalam (Malayalam)
English (English) Hindi (Devanagari) Dogri (Devanagari) Nepali (Devanagari)
Kannada (Kannada) Gujarati (Gujarati) Kashmiri (Persian) Marathi (Devanagari)
Maithili (Devanagari) Konkani (Devanagari) Manipuri (Bengali) Oriya (Oriya)
Punjabi (Gurumukhi) Santhali (Devanagri) Sanskrit (Devanagari) Tamil (Tamil)
Sindhi (Devanagari or Arabic) Urdu (Persian) Telugu (Telugu)

UPSC Syllabus 2021:

Find below the UPSC Syllabus 2021. Candidates can find here topic wise:

IAS Prelims Syllabus:

General Studies Paper I Syllabus:

  • General Science.
  • History of India and Indian National Movement.
  • Current events of national and international importance.
  • Indian and World Geography-Social, Physical, Economic Geography of India and the World.
  • Economic and Social Development-Poverty, Sustainable Development, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.
  • Indian Polity and Governance-Constitution, Political System, Public Policy, Panchayati Raj, Rights Issues, etc.
  • General issues on environmental ecology, biodiversity, and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialization.

General Studies Paper-II (CSAT) Syllabus:

  • Comprehension
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability
  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills
  • General mental ability
  • Decision making and problem-solving
  • Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency), etc.

UPSC Main Syllabus:

Syllabus for Part-A:

  • Comprehension
  • Précis Writing
  • Usage and Vocabulary
  • Short Essays
  • Translation from English to the Indian Language and vice-versa

Syllabus for Part -B

  • Comprehension of given passages.
  • Précis Writing.
  • Usage and Vocabulary.
  • Short Essays

Paper-I Syllabus (Essay):

Paper-I will be an essay writing section. In this section, the Candidates have to write an essay on the topic of the multiple. It must be kept close to the subject of the essay to arrange the ideas in an orderly fashion and to write concisely. Credit is given for effective and exact expression

Paper-II General Studies Syllabus:

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

  • Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues.
  • Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, literature, and Architecture from ancient to modern times.
  • Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country.
  • The history of the world will include events from the 18th century such as the industrial revolution, world wars, re-draw of national boundaries, colonization, decolonization, political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism, etc.— their forms and effect on the society.
  • The Freedom Struggle — its various stages and important contributors/contributions from different parts of the country.
  • Role of women and women’s organization, population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems, and their remedies.
  • Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism.
  • Distribution of key natural resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian sub-continent); factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary, and tertiary sector industries in various parts of the world (including India).
  • Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India.
  • Effects of globalization on Indian society.
  • Important Geophysical phenomena such as  Tsunami, earthquakes, Volcanic activity, cyclones, etc., geographical features and their location-changes in critical geographical features (including water-bodies and ice-caps) and flora and fauna and the effects of such changes.
  • Salient features of the world’s physical geography.

Paper-III General Studies Syllabus:

Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations

  • India and its neighborhood- relations.
  • Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues, and challenges about the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein.
  • Indian Constitution—evolution, historical underpinnings, features, amendments, significant provisions, and basic structure.
  • Government strives to have a workforce that reflects gender balance and women candidates are encouraged to apply.
  • Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries.
  • Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.
  • Separation of powers between various organs, dispute redressal mechanisms, and institutions.
  • Parliament and State legislatures—structure, functioning, the conduct of business, powers & privileges, and issues arising out of these.
  • Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act.
  • Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions, and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.
  • Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability, and institutional and other measures.
  • Structure, organization, and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary—Ministries and Departments of the Government; pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their role in the Polity.
  • Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions, and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies. Statutory, regulatory, and various quasi-judicial bodies.
  • Bilateral, regional, and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests.
  • Development processes and the development industry —the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders.
  • Issues relating to the development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.
  • Issues relating to poverty and hunger.
  • Important International institutions, agencies, and fora- their structure, mandate.
  • Role of civil services in a democracy.
  • Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora.

Paper IV General Studies Syllabus:

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

  • Major crops-cropping patterns in various parts of the country, – different types of irrigation and irrigation systems storage, transport and marketing of agricultural produce and issues and related constraints; e-technology in the aid of farmers.
  • Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy, and their effects on industrial growth.
  • Government Budgeting.
  • Science and technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life.
  • Role of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges to internal security.
  • Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, nano-technology, bio-technology, and issues relating to intellectual property rights.
  • Challenges to internal security through communication networks, the role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cybersecurity; money laundering, and its prevention.
  • Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization, of resources, growth, development, and employment.
  • Inclusive growth and issues arising from it.
  • Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate.
  • Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices; Public Distribution System- objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping; issues of buffer stocks and food security; Technology missions; economics of animal-rearing.
  • Food processing and related industries in India- scope’ and significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management.
  • Land reforms in India.
  • Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways, etc.
  • Investment models.
  • Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology.
  • Conservation, environmental pollution, and degradation, environmental impact assessment.
  • Disaster and disaster management.
  • Linkages between development and spread of extremism.
  • Security challenges and their management in border areas – linkages of organized crime with terrorism.
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Paper V General Studies  Syllabus:

Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude

  • Case Studies on the above issues.
  • Probity in Governance: Philosophical basis of governance and probity; Concept of public service;  Information sharing and transparency in government, Right to Information.
  • Attitude:  structure, content, function; its influence and relation with thought and behavior; moral and political attitudes; social influence, and persuasion.
  • Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; rules, laws,  regulations, and conscience as sources of ethical guidance; accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance; ethical issues in international relations and funding; corporate governance.
  • Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants, and consequences of Ethics in-human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics – in private and public relationships. Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers, and administrators; the role of family society and educational institutions in inculcating values.
  • Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service, impartiality, integrity, and nonpartisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance, and compassion towards the weaker sections.
  • Emotional intelligence-concepts, and their utilities and application in administration and governance.
  • Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and the world.
  • Ethics, Citizen’s Charters, Codes of Conduct,  Work culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption.

Paper VI & VII General Studies Syllabus:

In Paper VI & VII, the Candidate may choose any optional subject from amongst the List of Optional Subjects as directed by UPSC.

UPSC Optional Subjects:

The subjects available for Papers VI and VII are given below:

Agriculture Veterinary Science Animal Husbandry Chemistry
Botany Anthropology Civil Engineering Commerce and Accountancy
Electrical Engineering Economics Geography History
Geology Management Law Mechanical Engineering
Mathematics Medical Science Zoology Philosophy
Political Science Physics Psychology International Relations
Sociology Public Administration Statistics

Important Books for Pre Exam:

  • History Of Modern India – Bipan Chandra. (History)
  • World History – Mastering Modern World History by Norman Lowe
  • Geography of India – Majid Husain. (Geography)
  • India & World Geography – Certificate Physical & Human Geography by Goh Cheng Leong
  • India Geography – A Comprehensive Geography by D R Khullar
  • Indian Polity for Civil Services Examinations – M. Laxmikanth. (Polity)
  • Indian Polity – Introduction to the Constitution of India by D.D Basu
  • Indian Polity – Our Constitution by Subash Kashyap
  • Economic Development – Indian Economy Since Independence by Uma Kapila
  • Indian Economy – Ramesh Singh. (Economy)
  • Indian Economy Key Concepts by K. Shankarganesh
  • International Relations – -India’s Foreign Policy by V P Dutt
  • Rethinking India’s Foreign Policy by Rajiv Sikri
  • Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude by G Subba Rao
  • Ethics, Integrity & Values in Public Services by Ramesh K Arora.
  • India Year Book (Current Affairs)
  • Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning – R. S.Aggarwal (CSAT Paper 2: Reasoning)

Important Books for Main Exam:

  • Essays for Civil Services – Pulkit Khare (Essay Paper)
  • Norman Lowe OR History of Modern World – Jain and Mathur (World History – GS1)
  • India and the World by Surendra Kumar. (Foreign Policy – GS2)
  • India’s National Security: A Reader. (Internal Security – GS3)
  • IAS Mains General Studies – Ethics. ( Arihant Manual – GS4)

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UPSC 2021 Interview:

The next phase after that is an interview. It is conducted to check your personality. The interviewer checks for your intellectual skills, communication skills, mental ability, and way of responding. It will be like a natural conversation. The candidates must be aware of the current things happening around them national as well as international.

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UPSC 2021 Admit Card:

The UPSC 2021 Admit Card of Prelims and Mains will be released separately. The Candidate will have to download it from the official site. The admit card will be released one week before the examination. When the admit card will be available the candidates will get a notification regarding it. Candidates can download admit card by entering their application number and password/date of birth. The candidate without admit card will not be allowed to attend the exam.

Steps to download the IAS exam admit card 2021:

Candidates can download their UPSC admit card by following the steps mentioned below:

Step 1: Visit the official website of UPSC (http://www.upsc.gov.in/).
Step 2: Click on the Admit Card link.
Step 3: Then log in by your selected options.
Step 4: Click on the Submit button.
Step 5: Download & print the IAS admit card.

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Result:

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The result would be declared on the official website after the completion of each phase. The candidates need to visit the official website of UPSC to check the result. The candidate can check it by entering their registration id and password.

How to Prepare for IAS 2021:

  • Firstly the candidate must know the pattern and UPSC Syllabus 2021 if the exam they are preparing for properly.
  • They should study the selected best books are read them properly. Because reading many books at a time may create confusion.
  • Make proper notes of the current affairs, important dates, etc.
  • Candidates also need to check the major newspaper such as the Hindu, the Deccan Chronicle, etc.
  • Solve the previous year question paper you will get an idea of the important topics for the examination
  • Prepare a timetable for yourself to study and also study according to it for the best results.

43 thoughts on “IAS Exam 2021 Application Form, Exam Date, Eligibility, Syllabus, Pattern”

  1. HELLO , FIRSTLY THANK YOU. I AM GOING TO DO IAS EXAM 2022 SO PLEAS GIVE ME A PROPER GUIDANCE. I WILL THANKFUL TO YOU .

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  2. Hi, i am wanting to take up the IAS exam in the year of 2021 can you support me with the guidelines and information on the application along with the dates.

    Best wishes.

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    • Hello sir/mam I have Done My MBBS I want to give UPSC guides me please what is good for me how can I study all details please
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  3. I m going to apply for ias 2021 pls notify me when exam form or any details are declared. I don’t have any source of information about it

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  4. This are expected dates or fixed? As UPSC may remove CSAT paper next year. Also Results will be declared in Jan 2022 not in Jan 2021.

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