UPSC IAS Exam 2020:Notification pdf, Exam Dates, Eligibility, Exam Pattern

IAS Exam 2020 notification released on the UPSC official website on 12th February 2020. For Aspirants who are dreaming of getting into the renowned  All India Services like IAS/IPS/IFS, this is a great opportunity. For that, aspirants first need to apply for the IAS Exam 2020.

  • To clear the exam in the first attempt one must know how to manage and utilize time to completely cover the most important syllabus portion in the available time. For getting details regarding how to prepare for the UPSC Civil Service Exam within the available time limits, Register here.
  • For applying, IAS Online Application Form 2020 will be available on UPSC Online site from 12th February 2020 till 3rd March 2020. Moreover, IAS Prelims Exam would be held on 31st May 2020.
  • Mainly, the commission conducts the IAS Exam for recruiting candidates for the various services in Indian Civil Services. For shortlisting of the candidates to Indian Civil Services, mainly there are three stages IAS Prelims Examination 2020, IAS Mains Examination, finally IAS Interview or Personality Test. 
  • Start practice for the IAS Preparation in a more wise way for that one needs to know more about the nature of the exam. Click here avail tips to crack the Civil Service Exam by last-minute preparation.
  • Practice with the previous year IAS Question Paper. Click here to have a look at IAS question papers.

UPSC IAS Exam Dates 2020



Start Date of Online Examination

12th February 2020

Last Date of Online Examination

3rd March 2020 

IAS Preliminary Examination 2020

31st May 2020 (SUNDAY) 

UPSC IAS Mains Examination 2020

18th September 2020 (FRIDAY) 

UPSC IAS Personality Test

Will be announced


IAS Eligibility 2020:

UPSC IAS 2020 Educational Qualification

In order to apply for the UPSC Civil Service Exam 2020 minimum education qualification required is Degree from a government recognized or UGC recognized university.


  • For IAS and IPS, candidates must be a citizen of India.
  • Other services require candidates to be either,
  1. Citizen of India
  2. Subject of Nepal
  3. Subject of Bhutan
  4. To settle permanently in India, Tibetan refugees came to India before January 1, 1962.
  5. To permanently settle in India, an Indian origin immigrant from Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Burma, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Ethiopia, Zaire, and Vietnam.

UPSC IAS 2020 Age Limit


UPSC 2020 Age Relaxation

IAS number of attempts

OBC 3 years


SC/ST 5 years

Unlimited Attempts (Up to 37 Years)

Blind, deaf-mute, Ortho- Handicapped, Widow 10 years

Unlimited Attempts (Up to 42 Years )

Ex-Servicemen 5 years

Based on caste & categories

Military Service (ECOS/SSCOs) 5 years

Based on caste & categories


UPSC IAS 2020  Exam Pattern:

UPSC IAS exam 2020 is conducted in three stages:

  1. IAS Prelims Exam
  2. UPSC IAS main exam
  3. IAS Interview

IAS Prelims Exam Pattern 2020:


Question Marks Duration
Paper 1-General Studies 100 200


Paper 2-Civil Service Aptitude Test 80 200


Total of 400 Marks


Negative Marking: 1/3rd of marks allotted for that question is deducted for the wrong answer.

For previous year IAS Question Paper click here

IAS Mains Exam Pattern 2020: Descriptive type


Maximum Marks


Qualifying paper

Anyone Indian Language

300 3Hrs
English 300


Compulsory Papers


250 3Hrs

General studies 1

250 3Hrs

General studies 2

250 3Hrs

General studies 3

250 3Hrs
General studies 4 250 3Hrs
Optional subject paper1 250


Optional subject paper2



Total                                                                            1750 Marks


For detailed IAS Mains Syllabus click here.

To know detailed IAS Optional Subject Syllabus click here.

IAS Interview 2020

In particular, the candidates will be interviewed by a Board who will be having record of the career of the candidate. In fact, the objective of the IAS Interview board is to examine the personal suitability of the candidate for a career in public service.

Test Marks
IAS Personality test 275
Grand Total (Written and Interview) 2025 Marks


Grab updated  IAS syllabus 2020 here 

How to apply for UPSC IAS Exam 2020?

Firstly, visit the UPSC official website ( to apply for Civil Service Exam 2020.  

Then, applicants have to fill out an IAS Online Application Form. For that purpose, on the UPSC official website click on the link mentioning ‘Civil service (Preliminary) Exam online application’ that is flashing on the “What’s New” tab on the UPSC home page.

Generally, there are two parts of the Civil Service Online registration for UPSC IAS Exam 2020:

  • Part I Registration
  • Part II Online Application Form

Part-I: IAS Exam  Online Registration:

  • Firstly, click on Part I Registration
  • Then, carefully read the UPSC instructions for filling the UPSC online application form  
  • After that, register with your basic details, valid email ID and mobile number. Ensure the entered details before submitting it.
  • Further, keep the unique 11-digit generated ID for future uses like UPSC admit card download and more.
  • Subsequently, by using your registration ID and password (Date of Birth) login and proceed to Part II registration
  • Finally, take the print of the IAS application for reference.

Part-II: IAS Online Application Form 2020:

  • In part-II registration, select the preferred exam center for attending the IAS prelims exam 2020
  • Then upload the scanned photo as well as the signature of the prescribed format and size.
Format JPG
Lower file Size Limit 20 KB
Upper File size limit 300 KB
Resolution 350 pixels (Width) X 350 pixels (Height) minimum

1000 pixels (Width) X 1000 pixels (Height) maximum


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