UPSC 2020 Important Dates and Tips

UPSC 2020 Important Dates and Tips

Most of the candidates seriously preparing for UPSC 2020 would be interested to know the exact dates of examination, so that they can take a calibrated approach while preparing for the examination, where the syllabus is simply humongous.

UPSC had recently released dates for the Civil Service Preliminary and Mains exam 2020.

  • Online Registration Process – Starts from 12th February 2020 and the last date is 3rd March 2020.
  • Date of Civil Service Preliminary Exam – 31st May 2020. (Sunday)
  • Duration of Civil Service Preliminary Exam – 1 day
  • Date of Civil Service Mains examination – 18th September 2020. (Friday)
  • Duration of Civil Service Mains examination – 5 days

UPSC Prelims exam usually consists of 2 papers – General Studies I and CSAT. General Studies Paper tests candidates awareness in Current Affairs, Polity, Economics, Environment, Geography, History. CSAT paper usually tests candidates knowledge in the area of Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, Verbal Reasoning, Decision Making.

UPSC Mains Examination is very comprehensive. It tests a candidate’s knowledge on a subject matter in depth. There are 7 papers and each paper is usually of 3 hours duration. The performance of candidates in these seven papers will be used as the criteria to decide whether a candidate has cleared the Mains section of the exam and whether they will be eligible for the next round of selection process, which is the interview. In addition to the seven papers, candidates have to clear a paper in the English language and candidates can choose one of the regional Indian languages. Candidates will just have to fetch pass marks in the above 2 language papers. Marks in these 2 languages won’t be used to decide a candidate’s rank in the examination.

Division of Civil Service Mains exam papers

  • Paper I – Essay
  • Paper-II – General Studies I
  • Paper III – General Studies II
  • Paper IV – General Studies III
  • Paper V – General Studies IV
  • Paper VI – Optional Paper I (There are around 25 options to choose from)
  • Paper VII – Optional Paper II (There around 25 options to choose from)

Usually, IAS toppers prefer the optional subjects in which they had completed their graduation. Having said that there is no hard and fast rule, there are sufficient examples of IAS toppers who opted for a subject completely different from their graduation subjects and, yet cleared the examination with flying colors. To clear the UPSC 2020 exam with flying colours, candidates will have to ace General Studies papers which constitutes a major portion of the Mains examination. To do so, candidates will have to diligently follow various think tanks on a daily basis.


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