UPSC CSE 2024: Notification (Out), Application Form (Till Mar 5)

Hafsha Qureshi
Hafsha Qureshi

Updated on - Feb 17, 2024

Latest Updates for UPSC CSE

UPSC CSE 2024 exam date calendar has been released by Union Public Service Commission. UPSC CSE 2024 Prelims notification was released on Feb 14, 2024. UPSC CSE application form 2024 can be submitted by Mar 5, 2024. UPSC CSE Prelims exam date 2024 is May 26, 2024. The UPSC CSE Mains 2024 exam date is Sep 20 - 24, 2024.

UPSC CSE 2023 Mains interview for phase 3 schedule has been released. As per the schedule, the Personality Test (PT) of 817 candidates will be conducted between Mar 18, 2024 and Apr 9, 2024. The morning session begins at 9 a.m., while the afternoon session begins at 1 p.m.

Candidates who intend to take the Civil Services Exam must meet the nationality, age, and educational qualification requirements. The candidate must be at least 21 years old and no older than 32 years old. The candidate must also hold a bachelor's degree in any field from a recognised university.

In India, the Civil Services Exam (CSE) is a nationwide competitive examination administered by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

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UPSC CSE 2023 Result

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has announced the Mains interview for the Civil Services online at upsc.gov.in. Candidates who have been shortlisted for the IAS, IFS, IPS, and other central services must take the Personality Test (Interview) from Jan 2, 2024, till Feb 16, 2024. The phase 3 Personality Tet interview is conducted on Mar 18, 2024, and Apr 9, 2024.

"All the candidates, who qualified for the Personality Tests (Interviews), are required to fill and submit their Detailed Application Form-II (DAF-II) mandatorily," said the board of directors.

UPSC 2023 main result was made available online on Dec 8, 2023. The Union Public Service Commission will publish the roll number and names of candidates who are eligible for IAS interviews.

UPSC CSE prelims exam 2023 qualified 14,624 students, making them eligible to take the mains exam on Sep 15, 16, 17, 23, and 24, 2023. The Commission picked candidates for the main exam, and for the 1,105 UPSC openings, the Commission is expected to select roughly 3 thousand people for the IAS interviews.

UPSC CSE IAS Cutoff 2023

UPSC CSE 2023 expected cutoff for IAS exam.

Category Prelims Main Final
General 88.22 748 960
EWS 82.83 715 926
OBC 87.54 714 923
SC 74.08 699 893
ST 69.35 706 900
PwBD-1 49.84 677 879
PwBD-2 58.59 706 913
PwBD-3 40.4 351 632
PwBD-5 41.76 419 590

UPSC CSE 2024 Application Form

UPSC CSE 2024 application form was released on the official website on Feb 14, 2024. The last date to apply for the form is Mar 5, 2024. Candidates must enter the details required to shared carefully and should always cross check the details before final submission.

The important dates for the related events are shared in the table below.

Events Dates
UPSC CSE 2024 Application Form Release Date Feb 14, 2024 (Ongoing)
UPSC CSE 2024 Application Form Last Date Mar 5, 2024
Last Date for UPSC CSE 2024 Application Dates Feb 14, 2024
UPSC CSE 2024 Application Correction Dates Feb 2024

Application Forms are available on the official website i.e. upsc.gov.in. General/ OBC category candidates (male) have to pay INR 100 for the Preliminary Exam and INR 200 for Mains Exam and for SC/ ST/ PH/ Female candidates are exempted from the Registration Fee.

Candidates have to upload their recently taken passport-size photograph and signature.

Read MoreUPSC CSE 2024 Application Form 

UPSC CSE 2024 Exam Date

UPSC CSE 2024 Mains exam is scheduled from Sep 20 - 24, 2024. UPSC CSE 2024 Prelims exam date is May 26, 2024. The following table needs to be referred to by the candidates which display information regarding UPSC CSE 2024 Important Dates.

Events Dates
UPSC CSE Notification 2024 Date Feb 14, 2024 (Out)
UPSC Registration 2024 Starting Date Feb 14, 2024 (Ongoing)
UPSC CSE 2024 Application Form Last Date Mar 5, 2024
UPSC CSE 2024 Application Form Correction Feb 2024
UPSC CSE 2024 Preliminary Exam Admit Card Dates May 2024
UPSC CSE 2024 Preliminary Exam Date May 26, 2024
UPSC CSE 2024 Mains Admit Card Date Aug 2024
UPSC CSE 2024 Mains Exam Date Sep 20 - 24, 2024
UPSC CSE 2024 DAF-I Date Jul 2024
UPSC CSE 2024 Preliminary Exam Result Date Jun 2024

UPSC CSE Mains Exam Dates 2024

UPSC CSE 2024 Mains exam was held in two sessions from 9 AM to 12 PM and from 2 PM to 5 PM. UPSC CSE 2024 Mains exam was scheduled on Sep 20, Sep 21, Sep 22, Sep 23, and Sep 24, 2024.

UPSC CSE timetable 2024 is tabulated below:

Date Subject & Session (9 AM to 12 PM) Subject & Session (2 PM to 5 PM)
Sep 20, 2024 Paper- I (Essay) No Paper
Sep 21, 2024 Paper- II (General Studies- I) Paper- III (General Studies- II)
Sep 22, 2024 Paper- IV (General Studies- III) Paper- V (General Studies- IV)
Sep 23, 2024 Paper- A (Indian Language) Paper- B (English)
Sep 24, 2024 Paper- VI (Optional Subject- Paper 1) Paper- VII (Optional Subject- Paper 2)

About UPSC CSE

Union Public Service Commission Civil Service Examination (UPSC CSE) is a national-level entrance examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission for recruitment to various Civil Services of the Government of India, including the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Police Service (IPS) among many others. It is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission.

The Government of India recruits its civil servants and officials on the basis of merit, the middle management positions in the bureaucracy are buried through competitive exams. Candidates who belong to the general category can have a maximum of 6 attempts in UPSC Civil Services Examination.

The recruitment is done for Group-A and Group-B services. Group-A Services include IAS, IFS, and IPS among many others.

Exam Pattern: UPSC 2024 have 3 exams:

  • UPSC CSE Prelims Exam (CSAT): The prelims exam consists of Multiple Choice based Objective type questions and the syllabus is General Studies & Engineering Aptitude Syllabus.
  • UPSC CSE Mains Exam: The Mains exam consists of both Multiple choice based objective type questions and descriptive questions and the syllabus is Mental Ability, General Studies & Engineering Aptitude Syllabus.
  • UPSC CSE Personal Interview: Candidates who qualify for UPSC Mains Exam will be called for the Personality Test/ Interview.

UPSC CSE 2024 Highlights

The below table gives all the details regarding UPSC CSE 2024 highlights.

UPSC CSE 2024 Highlights
Particulars Details
Exam Name UPSC CSE
Full Form Union Public Service Commission Civil Service Examination
Conducting Authority Union Public Service Commission, Government of India
Frequency Once a Year
Exam Centre 72 Cities in India (Approx.)
Mode Offline i.e. Pen & Paper-based Test (PBT)
Question Type Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) Preliminary - Objective Mains - Objective & Subjective
Exam Pattern Phase 1: Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination (Objective Type) Phase 2: Civil Services (Mains) Examination (Descriptive Type) Phase 3: Personal Interview (Personality Test)
Total Marks Preliminary/ Paper I - 200, Paper-II - 200 Mains/ Paper A - 300, Paper B - 300, Paper I to VII - 250 Personal Interview - 275
Negative Marking Preliminary - 1/3 (0.33) Mains - 1/3 (only for Objective Type)
Syllabus Topics History, Polity, Geography and Agriculture, Science and Technology, Ecology and Environment, Economics, Arts and Culture, Social Welfare and GK.
Duration Preliminary - 2 Hours Mains - 3 Hours
Medium English and Hindi

UPSC CSE 2024 Notification

UPSC Notification 2024 has been released on the official website along with the application form on Feb 14, 2024. It will be active till Mar 5, 2024. UPSC CSE 2024 exam date for the Preliminary is May 26, 2024, and the Mains exam on Sep 20 - 24, 2024.

UPSC CSE 2024 important dates are mentioned below.

UPSC CSE 2024 Important Dates

Events

Dates

UPSC CSE 2024 Application Form Release Date Feb 14, 2024 (Ongoing)
UPSC CSE 2024 Application Form Last Date Mar 5, 2024
UPSC CSE 2024 Preliminary Exam Date May 26, 2024
UPSC CSE 2024 Main Exam Date  Sep 20, 2024

UPSC CSE 2024 Eligibility Criteria

UPSC CSE 2024 Eligibility Criteria is structured by the Union Public Service Commission, Government of India. Candidates must make sure to fulfil all the eligibility criteria for UPSC CSE 2024 before proceeding to UPSC CSE 2024 application form. Applicants must go through UPSC CSE 2024 eligibility criteria listed below for appearing in the entrance exam as issued by the conducting authority–

Educational Qualification

  • Candidate must have passed a Bachelor's Degree in any discipline from a recognized university or from the Central Government of India.
  • Candidates who are pursuing their final year or appearing for the final semester are also eligible to apply.

Age Limit

  • The minimum and maximum age limit of the candidates must be 21 years and 32 years respectively.
  • The relaxation in the upper age for the candidates of the SC and ST categories will be 5 years and for the OBC category will be of 3 years.

Nationality

The candidate must be an Indian Citizen.

Read MoreUPSC CSE 2024 Eligibility 

UPSC CSE 2024 Admit Card

UPSC CSE 2024 admit card will be released soon. Candidates can download the UPSC CSE admit card using either the registration ID or roll number. Once downloaded, the details of UPSC CSE admit card 2024 must checked.

UPSC CSE 2024 admit card dates are given below.

UPSC CSE 2024 Admit Card Dates
Events Dates
UPSC CSE 2024 Mains Exam Admit Card Release Date Aug 2024
UPSC CSE 2024 Preliminary Exam Admit Card Dates May 2024

Document for Proof: Candidates will not be allowed to appear for UPSC CSE 2022 exam unless he/ she produce the hall ticket from the UPSC website at the exam centres along with ID proof in original & a photocopy of the same.

Note: The admit card will not be sent through the post for any of the candidates by the authority, they should download it by themselves from the official website.

Read MoreUPSC CSE 2022 Admit Card

UPSC CSE 2024 Exam Centres

There will be 2 different exam centres one is to conduct UPSC CSE 2024 Preliminary Exam and the other is to conduct UPSC CSE 2024 Mains Exam.

No. of Centres: The Preliminary Exam consists of 72 centers across India and the Mains Exam consists of 24 centers across India.

Choice of Centre: The allotment of exam city would be as per the order of preference clicked by the applicant during online registration on a first cum first-served basis.

Read MoreUPSC CSE 2024 Exam Centre 

UPSC CSE 2024 Exam Pattern

UPSC CSE is conducted through Offline i.e. Paper and Pen-based Test (PBT). UPSC CSE will consist of Preliminary - 2 Papers and Mains - 7 Papers The Preliminary paper consists of 200 marks each total of 400 marks and Mains total of 1750 marks

The preliminary exam consists of Objective questions and for the Mains exam there will be both Objective and subjective The time given to complete the Preliminary exam will be 2 hours and Mains exam will be 3 hours. Candidates who qualify for the main exam will be called for the interview process. UPSC CSE 2024 interview questions are designed to assess the personality and communication skills of the candidates.

Read MoreUPSC CSE 2024 Exam Pattern 

UPSC CSE 2024 Syllabus

The prelims section covers questions from History, Polity, Geography and Agriculture, Science and Technology, Ecology and Environment, Economics, Arts and Culture, Social Welfare and GK. It is important that candidates know the correct UPSC CSE study materials for the preparation.

UPSC CSE Syllabus for Mains assesses a candidate’s academic expertise in his specialized subject. It also tests his ability to present knowledge in a clear and coherent manner and his overall intellectual traits and understanding of concepts.

Note: If UPSC is for Engineering, Medical Science, and law, the level corresponds to the Bachelor’s Degree. Get more information about the syllabus in UPSC CSE 2024 Syllabus section.

UPSC CSE 2024 Results

UPSC CSE Prelims result 2024 was declared on Jun 12, 2024. The UPSC CSE Prelims result pdf has been published on upsc.gov.in. A total of 14624 candidates have qualified for the UPSC CSE Mains exam 2024. Once the DAF-I is released, candidates must submit it within the deadline. 

UPSC CSE result dates are mentioned below.

Events Dates
UPSC CSE 2024 Preliminary Exam Result Date Jun 2024
UPSC CSE 2024 Preliminary Mains Result Date Dec 2024

UPSC CSE Answer Key: Union Public Service Commission releases the Civil Service Exam Answer Key within the time period of one month after the completion of the exam.

UPSC CSE Cutoff: The cut off is the minimum mark that a candidate must score in order to seek recruitment. CSE cut off varies for all different categories. It will be decided by UPSC.

Read More: UPSC CSE 2022 Results

UPSC CSE 2024 Answer key

UPSC CSE 2024 answer key will be in a PDF format on the official website after the conducting authority releases it. Candidates can refer to the answer key and cross-check it with their answers to get a brief idea about the possible score. Candidates should also note that UPSC dropped one question from the question paper. Hence, the marks were counted from 198 marks only instead of 200 marks. However, the marks mentioned in the official answer key were 200.

Read More: UPSC CSE Answer key

UPSC CSE 2024 Cut Off

UPSC CSE 2024 cutoff will be released soon on the official website. The Candidate has to score marks above the Cutoff to advance to the next stage from the previous step. The commission decides these cutoffs. The Cutoff varies from one category to another.

Candidates can check UPSC IAS cut off is mentioned in the table below. 

UPSC IAS Cut Off 2021
Exam General EWS OBS SC ST PwBD-1 PwBD-2 PwBD-3 PwBD-5
UPSC (Prelims) 87.54 80.14 84.85 75.41 70.71 68.02 67.33 43.09 45.80
UPSC (Mains) 745 713 707 700 700 668 712 388 560
UPSC (Final) 953 916 910 886 883 892 932 689 701

UPSC CSE 2024 Vacancy

UPSC has released a total of 796 vacancies for different posts this year. This year the number of vacancies released (796) is 100 less compared to UPSC CSE 2019 Vacancies (896). There are a total of 24 vacancies for the Persons with Benchmark Disability which includes:

  • There are 3 vacancies for candidates with blindness or low vision.
  • A total of 9 vacancies are there for deaf and hard of hearing.
  • There are 8 vacancies for a locomotor disability which include dwarfism, leprosy cured, acid attack victims, and muscular dystrophy.
  • For multiple disabilities from amongst persons under clauses (a) to (c) including deaf-blindness has 4 vacancies.

UPSC CSE Examination/Recruitment Tests Notification 2024

UPSC has released the annual exam schedule for the year 2024. UPSC candidates can view UPSC CSE annual exam calendar on UPSC's official website, upsc.gov.in

Posts Offered through UPSC CSE

Preliminary Examination of the Civil Services Examination for recruitment to the Services and Posts mentioned below will be held by the Union Public Service Commission in accordance with the Rules published by the Department of Personnel & Training in the Gazette of India Extraordinary dated 7th February 2018.

  • 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 (I.T.), Group ‘A’.
  • Indian Ordnance Factories Service, Group ‘A’ (Assistant Works Manager, Administration).
  • 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’.
  • Post of Assistant Security Commissioner in Railway Protection Force, Group ‘A’.
  • Indian Defence Estates Service, Group ‘A’.
  • Indian Information Service (Junior Grade), Group ‘A’.
  • Indian Trade Service, Group 'A'.
  • Indian Corporate Law Service, 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'.
  • Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Service, Group 'B'.
  • Pondicherry Civil Service, Group 'B'.
  • Pondicherry Police Service, Group ‘B’.

UPSC CSE 2024 Important Instructions

Candidates are advised to keep the following pointers in mind while applying for UPSC CSE exam. 

Candidates Should Ensure Their Eligibility For The Examination: Candidates applying for UPSC CSE 2024 examination should ensure that they fulfil all eligibility conditions for admission to the examination. Their admission to all the stages of the examination will be purely provisional subject to satisfying the prescribed eligibility conditions.

The mere issue of an admission certificate to the candidate will not imply that his/ her candidature has been finally cleared by the Commission. The Commission takes up verification of eligibility conditions with reference to original documents only after the candidate has qualified for the Interview/ Personality Test.

How To Apply: Candidates are required to apply online by using the official website. Detailed instructions for filling up online applications are available on the above-mentioned website.

Last Date For Receipt of Applications: The online application process is currently closed. The eligible candidates shall be issued an e-Admission Certificate three weeks before the commencement of the examination. The e-Admission Certificate will be made available on UPSC website [www.upsc.gov.in] for downloading by candidates. No Admission Certificate will be sent by post.

Penalty for Wrong Answers: Candidates should note that there will be a penalty (negative marking) for wrong answers marked by a candidate in the Objective Type Question Papers.

Mobile Phones Banned

  • The use of any mobile phone (even in switched off mode), pager or any electronic equipment or programmable device or storage media like pen drive, smartwatches etc. or camera or blue tooth devices or any other equipment or related accessories either in working or switched off mode capable of being used as a communication device during the examination is strictly prohibited. Any infringement of these instructions shall entail disciplinary action including ban from future examinations.
  • Candidates are advised in their own interest not to bring any of the banned items including mobile phones/pagers to the venue of the examination, as an arrangement for safe-keeping cannot be assured.
  • Candidates are advised not to bring any valuable/ costly items to the Examination Halls, as safe-keeping of the same cannot be assured. The commission will not be responsible for any loss in this regard.

UPSC Prelims 2024 Instructions for filling OMR sheet

UPSC has attempted to demonstrate the correct and incorrect ways to fill up an OMR sheet by using graphics of one. Candidates should be aware that in UPSC Prelims exam, all candidates must fill out an OMR sheet and cross-check their answers. Any errors in these details can be problematic.

Candidates can verify the proper and incorrect ways to fill up UPSC Civil Services 2024 OMR sheet through the direct link provided here. Candidates must remember that the correct technique of filling the circles is quite critical among all of the points stated.

UPSC recommended method should be followed, and any other method should be avoided. Furthermore, candidates must be extremely cautious when filling up their personal information on the OMR page. 

UPSC CSE 2024 Contact Details

In case of any guidance/information/clarification regarding UPSC CSE 2024 applications, candidature, etc. candidates can contact the concerned authorities through the following contact details. 

Address:

Union Public Service Commission
Dholpur House,

Shahjahan Road, New Delhi - 110069

Telephone No.- 011-23385271/011-23381125/011-23098543 on working days between 10.00 hrs and 17.00 hrs.

Official Website: upsc.gov.in

FAQs

I want to apply for multiple posts under UPSC CSE 2024. Am I allowed to do so?

Yes. A candidate is permitted to apply for as many posts as desired under a single advertisement by paying separate application fees for the respective posts' exams and by filling their corresponding application forms.

How can the status of UPSC CSE 2024 application be checked after submission?

You can visit the official website of UPSC (www.upsc.gov.in) where a list of all submitted applications along with reference credentials will be displayed and check for the status of your application. Please note that no corrections can be made to your application once it is submitted. In case of any wrong entries, a new application has to be filled by paying the fee again. This new application will replace the old application.

What is RID?

RID stands for Registration ID.

What is TID?

TID stands for Transaction ID.

My payment status on the UPSC CSE 2024 Application Form says 'fictitious payment'. What does fictitious payment mean?

When a candidate's payment status is termed as fictitious, it means that the designated bank has failed to authenticate the transaction. In such cases, UPSC updates those candidates via email. The candidates with fictitious payment issues must then submit a physical proof of application fee payment to the Commission either directly or by speed post within the time duration specified in the mail.

When will the UPSC CSE 2024 Admit Card be issued?

The e-Admit Card is generally issued 3 weeks prior to the date of examination. Please make note that candidates will not receive any hard copy of admit card and all candidates appearing for the UPSC CSE 2024 Exam must download their e-Admit Card from the official UPSC website by entering either Roll number or Registration number.

What is the language medium used in the UPSC CSE 2024 question paper?

Hindi and English

What is the selection procedure for posts listed under UPSC CSE 2024?

The selection process comprises of 2 stages: Civil Services Preliminary Examination Civil Services Main Examination (Written and Interview)

What are the contact details through which I can make my queries regarding UPSC CSE 2024?

Following are the telephone numbers of UPSC CSE 2024 Facilitation Counter: 011-23098543, 23385271, 23381125

What is the UPSC CSE 2024 Prelim exam date?

UPSC CSE 2024 Preliminary exam is scheduled on May 24, 2024.

What is the UPSC CSE 2024 Main exam date?

UPSC CSE 2024 Main exam will be conducted on Sep 20, 2024.

Is the UPSC CSE Admit Card 2024 for the Preliminary exam released?

UPSC CSE admit card 2024 for the preliminary exam will be released in May 2024.

When will the UPSC CSE 2024 application form release?

UPSC CSE 2024 application form has been released on Feb 14, 2024. The last date to apply for the same is Feb 29, 2024.

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