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How to apply for IAS Exam ?

UPSC application is separate for both IAS prelims and IAS mains. IAS prelims application is open for everyone.
Check the eligibility criteria for the IAS exam before submitting the UPSC online application form. Next, candidates who clear IAS prelims have to submit a detailed application form for IAS mains.
You can only apply for UPSC exam through online mode, UPSC will not consider any offline civil service application through postal. Also, you have to apply for civil service through UPSC official website.
UPSC specifies the IAS application starting date, IAS application closing date and other IAS exam details in UPSC exam official notification. It is mandatory to submit the IAS application before the last date mentioned by UPSC.
Usually, UPSC gives a month duration for IAS application submission. There are two parts in UPSC registration process

UPSC Registration part I: Input your personal details, contact details UPSC Registration part II: Scanned document upload, mode of fee payment, choice of exam center

  • To apply for UPSC exam, candidate should visit the official UPSC website ( and click ‘online application form civil service Exam’
  • Applicants should first register at ‘UPSC online registration’ before filling the application form. A registration ID will generate, Candidate should note Registration ID for future interactions. For instance like IAS admit card download or for IAS results announcement etc.
  • UPSC will provide detailed instruction for filling the IAS application form.
  • Fill the UPSC application form with correct details of date of birth, mother’s name, father’s name (as per the Matriculation/Secondary Exam certificate) and other information. Then choose the preferred IAS exam center.
  • Upload a scanned copy of your recent photo and signature to the UPSC application form,
  • After reviewing, submit the details of filled UPSC application form. If a candidate wishes to pay the UPSC exam fee payment by cash, then an SBI pay slip will generate.
  • After UPSC exam fee payment the IAS application process will complete.
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