Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will conduct UPSC Civil Services 2019 examination. The commission is a central recruiting body that holds Civil Services exam to recruit candidates for the post of IFS, IAS, IPS, and other groups A and B posts. Civil Services exam is also called as IAS exam. The recruitment process consists of Preliminary, Main, and Interview round. The candidates aiming to appear for the examination can apply in the month of February 2019. All the examination of UPSC Civil Services will be held offline and will begin in June. Candidates interested in UPSC Civil Services can check details below.

UPSC Civil Services 2019

The candidates appearing for the UPSC Civil Services examinations must be an India national. Every candidate will be provided 6 attempts to clear the examination. The preliminary examination is considered as one attempt. This means that once the candidates have given their preliminary examinations they are left with five attempts to clear the UPSE IAS main examination.

UPSC Civil Services Exam Dates

Candidates will be provided all the important examination dates here also as soon as there is an update regarding the same. Candidates who are looking forward to appearing for the UPSC IAS examinations can refer to the below expected examination dates.

Events Dates
Availability of notification on the official website 1st week of Feb 2019
Application Forms Availability 1st week of Feb 2019
Last date for submitting the application form 1st week of March 2019
Preliminary examinations admit card June 2019
UPSC preliminary exam 1st week of June 2019
Result of preliminary exam August 2019
Admit card for UPSC main examination September 2019
UPSC main examination 1st week of October 2019
Result for UPSC main examination Jan 2020

The UPSC Civil Services 2019 Exam Pattern

For Preliminary Exam

This is the prerequisite examination to clear in order to be eligible to appear for the UPSC IAS main examination. The candidates must remember that this examination is just for the purpose of selecting the eligible candidates for the UPSC IAS main examination. The question paper of the UPSC IAS prelims examination consists of two papers. These two papers have been elaborated below.

  • Type of Examination: Objective type.
  • The number of papers: 02
  • Language: Hindi and English.
  • Total number of Marks – paper (i) – 200
  • Total number of marks – paper (ii) – 200
  • Minimum Marks to be obtained (%) – 33%
  • Time Duration –  paper (i) – 2 hours
  • Time Duration – paper (ii) – 2 hours
  • Extra time for disabled candidates: 12 minutes in each exam.

The UPSC IAS main examination

After the candidates appear for the preliminary examinations, a list of students who have passed the prelims will be prepared. The eligible candidates will then appear for the UPSC IAS main examination. The UPSC IAS main examination is elaborated below –

  • Type of Examination: Written test
  • Language: English and Hindi
  • Total number of marks: 2025 Marks

Division of marks

Candidates can check the below table for the detailed division of marks of the UPSC IAS main examination.

Qualifying Papers Marks
Part – A (Indian Language) 300
Part – B (English language) 300
Papers to be counted for merit
Paper – 1
Essay 250
Paper 2
General Studies 1 250
Paper 3
General studies 2 250
Paper 4
General Studies 3 250
Paper 5
General Studies 4 250
Paper 6
Optional Subject – Paper 1 250
Paper 7
Optional Subject – Paper 2 250
Subtotal  Written Test 1750
Personality test 275
Grand Total 2025

UPSC Civil Services 2019 Syllabus

The UPSC IAS examination is divided into the preliminary examinations and the UPSC IAS Main examinations. The preliminary examinations will consist of two papers i.e paper (i) and paper (ii). Both of these exams carry 200 marks each. The candidates after clearing the preliminary examinations have to appear for the UPSC IAS main examinations.

The UPSC IAS main examination is of 1750 marks followed by an interview round of 275 marks. The marks obtained by candidates in the IAS main examination decide their rank. The candidates appearing for the UPSC IAS examination can download the syllabus from below.

Download UPSC IAS Exam Syllabus PDF

Click here to download the UPSC IAS examination 2019 syllabus PDF.

How to prepare for UPSC IAS Examination

Study hard but maintain a good diet and give enough time for leisure” – Tina Dabi, UPSC IAS topper, 2016. For the IAS aspirants, nothing could be more supportive than the advice from somebody who secured AIR 1 in the UPSC 2015 examinations. The young officer suggests revising each topic at least three times before you give the preliminary examinations. She also suggests what is studied in the first week must be revised in the second week during the 3 hr study time. The candidates must make sure to have a well-structured timetable and strategy which you should formulate according to your convenience. 

UPSC IAS Time table

The UPSC IAS is a crucial examination that that requires a specific timetable. Candidates generally prepare their timetable 12 months before the UPSC IAS Mains. The timetable candidates prepare should be easy to follow.

The candidates preparing for the UPSC IAS 2019 can follow the below timetable and exam strategy for effective preparation.

Before beginning to study the candidates must plan out the number of months remaining till the examination so he can plan out how he is going to study. The prelims examination is going to be conducted in June 2019. So technically candidates must prepare a smart schedule for exam preparation

Before beginning, the candidate must gather all the important study material but remember to only study from the credible sources.

First three months: During the first three months it is suggested that the candidates study the NCERT books. The NCERT books will provide enough information to the candidates for science and social science. Along with all this, the candidates must also start listening to the English news on AIR and the news analysis programme. The candidate must also begin studying The HINDU.

Next three months: During the next three months, the candidate should begin with the General studies and the optional subject chosen by him. The general studies itself is a pretty vast subject so the candidate must prepare smartly for it. The candidate will have to decide the optional subject which is what is the tricky part. The candidate must choose the optional subject he is most confident about. The candidate must not get confused between opinions and must himself try and understand what will work for him. while preparing for the General studies paper, the candidates should be making too many choices when it comes to the selection of books.

Helpful trick: While preparing for the general studies examination the candidate must first cover those subjects which are common between the preliminary examinations and the UPSC IAS Mains. Subjects such as Modern history Economy, Art and culture will lay a solid foundation for the candidates appearing for the UPSC IAS main examination.

Next three months: The candidates during the next three months must make sure to study from the reference books. The reference books will give more in-depth knowledge about the subjects the candidate will be preparing for the preliminary examinations and the mains. During these months the candidate must also study his optional subject and never miss to read the newspaper. The optional subject must be given at least 3 hours daily during this phase. Newspaper reading must be a regular habit and the candidate, during this period, must devote at least one hour in the morning to read the newspaper.

Next three months: This is the phase where the candidate will be very close to the preliminary examination and as the candidate will have enough knowledge and speed to be able to solve the full fledge sample question papers. Solving sample papers is again a smart process. During this time period, the candidate must focus on practicing the sample papers on the alternate days in between he must do an in-depth analysis of the question paper. The candidate must not forget to read the newspaper for at least one hour every day. During this time period, the candidate will focus on his best-prepared topics. The candidate will keep revising the short notes and important topics to have the answers on tips.

UPSC Civil Services Eligibility Criteria 2019

The candidates need to fulfill the criteria for eligibility as follows:

Age Limit: UPSC has a predefined age limit for the candidates applying for the UPSC IAS examination. The candidates who will appear for the UPSC IAS 2019 examinations will:

  • Have attained a minimum age of 21 years
  • Not be more than 32 years of age.

Age Relaxation

The candidates who will apply for the UPSC IAS examination can get a relaxation in the age limit as follows:

  • Schedule cast/ Schedule tribe – 5 years.
  • Other backward classes (OBC) – 3 years
  • Defense Services Personnel – 3 years
  • Ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs – 5 years

Note: The deaf and hard of hearing, candidates with low vision or blindness, ex-servicemen or candidates with any other locomotor disability or muscle disformity will get 10 years of age relaxation.

Nationality: The candidates who wish to appear for the UPSC IAS examination must be an Indian national. The candidate must possess all the certificates and the supporting documents to validate his residency.

Education Qualification: The candidate applying for the UPSC Civil services examination must have passed from a recognized university or an educational institution. The candidates must also note that if they have appeared for an examination passing which they become eligible to give the UPSC Civil Services examinations and are waiting to get the results can also apply for the Civil Services examination.

UPSC Civil Services 2019 Application Form

The application form for UPSC IAS examinations will be made available by the first week of February 2019 till the first week of March 2019. The candidates will have to fill the application form in two stages i.e part 1 and part 2. Before filling the application from the candidate will be required to get his/her picture and signatures scanned. The candidates must keep in mind that the scanned document file must not exceed 40 KB and must not be less than 3 KB in size and 1 KB for signatures.

Application fee

The application form will be available after paying the application fee. The application fee for UPSC IAS examination is Rs 100/- The candidates can pay the fee via Visa/Master/RuPay Credit/ Debit card. The application fee can also be paid by online net banking facility of the State Bank of India. SC / ST / Female candidates and persons with benchmark disabilities are exempted from paying the application fee.

UPSC Civil Services 2019 Admit card

The UPSC IAS examination admit card will be made available on the official website. The candidates will have to visit the official website for downloading the admit card. UPSC will announce the availability of admit card through an official notification on the official website soon after the application process will get over. For the June UPSC IAS examination, it is expected that the candidate would be able to download the admit card from June 2019.

UPSC Civil Services 2019 Exam centers

The UPSC will announce the examination centers for the UPSC IAS examination. The candidates will get updated about the examination centres on the official website. Once UPSC releases the official notification, details would be updated here.

The candidates can check out the last year’s examination centres from below.


UPSC Civil Services 2019 Result

The results of the preliminary examination will be announced on the official website. The candidates who will appear for the UPSC Civil services examinations will also be able to check out the results from here also.

Usually, the results of UPSC Civil Services examination are declared in the month of August and the results of the main examinations are declared in the month of January. However, it can be noted that the candidates must not wait for the results of their last year’s attempt in order to give the UPSC IAS examinations in the present year.

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  1. hi nisha!
    According to Upsc the candidates who will appear for the UPSC IAS 2019 examinations have attained a minimum age of 21 years &
    Not be more than 32 years of age. So you are not eligible yet.

  2. Hi arya !
    UPSC has a predefined age limit for the candidates applying for the UPSC IAS examination. The candidates who will appear for the UPSC IAS 2019 examinations will have attained a minimum age of 21 years &
    Not be more than 32 years of age.

  3. Gud evng Sir
    Am preparing to write d exam in 2020 .. I found that the 2019 mains results will b released in January 2020 , then when will b the 2020 prelims exam expected date ?? Please help me out of that sir

  4. Hi Nitin,

    The prelims exam is of objective type, where you need to attempt the MCQ questions only. the questions are given only in English and Hindi Language. There is no provision of regional language in the prelims. However, you may select the regional language in the Mains.

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