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UPSC Recruitment Notification 2021

Due to the recent nationwide surge in COVID-19 cases, a new UPSC notification has been released declaring the change in the preliminary examination date from June 27, 2021, to October 10, 2021. The previously scheduled Mains Exam on September 17 has been postponed indefinitely, and UPSC has yet to announce the revised exam dates.

For the latest UPSC 2021 notification, check the official website:

The UPSC notification for Civil Services Examination applications was delayed by 22 days and was published on March 4, 2021, rather than February 10, 2021. The last date for filling up the Online Recruitment Application (ORA) was March 24, 2021, by 6 PM.

For the UPSC recruitment 2021, 712 vacancies have been released to compete amongst the mass. There haven't been any significant changes in the pattern, syllabus, and eligibility criteria for the upcoming examination.

UPSC Notification 2021 Overview

The latest UPSC notification released on the bulletin of the official website has been highlighted on the table below:

Conducting Body UPSC
Name of the post I.A.S., I.P.S., I.F.S. & other posts
Name of the Exam Civil Services Examination (C.S.E.)
Notification Date March 4, 2021
Mode of Exam Offline
Exam Date October 10, 2021
Result Date To be announced
Application filling last date March 24, 2021
Exam Level National
Exam Frequency Once Every Year
Exam Stages 3 (Prelims, Mains and Interview)
UPSC Vacancies 712 (2021)
Language English and Hindi (Prelims)
Test Centers P.A.N. India
Application Fee Rs 100 (Prelims)
Official Website

Eligibility Criteria

The UPSC defined their eligibility criteria for the 2021 Civil Services Examination, and there were no changes from the previous year's guidelines. Candidates must ensure that the information they enter on the online form is clear and correct. They should determine whether or not they meet the UPSC's eligibility requirements. Generally, the I.A.S. eligibility criteria have been categorized into the following classifications:

  • Nationality

  • Age Limit

  • Minimum Educational Qualification

  • Number of Attempts

Criteria Eligibility
  • All India Services - Indian Citizenship

  • Central Services –

    1. A citizen of India

    2. A subject of Nepal

    3. A subject of Bhutan

    4. A Tibetan refugee who came over to India before January 1, intending to permanently settle in 1962 within India.

    5. A person of Indian origin migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia, and Vietnam intending to permanently settle in India.


21-32 years

Note: The candidate should meet the age criterion as of August 1, 2021, and should not be less than 21 years old and more than 32 years, and the candidate must not be born any earlier than August 2, 1989, and any later than August 1, 2000.

Age Relaxations for specific categories

SC/ ST 5 years
O.B.C. 3 Years
Defense Services Personnel, disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof. 3 Years
Ex-servicemen, including commissioned officers and E.C.O.s/SSCOs, who have rendered at least five years of military service as of August 1, 2021, and have been released. 5 Years
PwD [(a) blindness and low vision; (b) deaf and hard of hearing; (c) locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims, and muscular dystrophy; (d) autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability, and mental illness; and (e) multiple disabilities from amongst persons under clauses (a) to (d) including deaf-blindness] 10 Years
Number of attempts
Category Number of allowed attempts
General/Economically Weaker Section (E.W.S.) 6
Other Backward Classes 9
SC/ST Unlimited - till the age limit
Person with Disabilities Unlimited - till the age limit
Educational Qualification
  • Candidates must be a graduate from a recognized university.

  • There are no minimum percentage or qualifying marks specified for appearing in the examination.

  • Condition for Doctors: Candidates who are MBBS graduates and are yet to complete their internship until the release of UPSC applications can provisionally appear for the exam with a letter approved and given by the university authority stating that they have passed their final exams.

UPSC Notification 2021: How to Apply for UPSC Civil Services Exam?

The UPSC notification contains all of the information about the Civil Services Exam that a candidate should be aware of, before applying for the I.A.S. test. Since the UPSC forms can’t be edited, candidates must fill out their applications carefully and following the instructions provided below:

  1. I. Applicants should fill the application from the official website

  2. II. Explore the UPSC Civil Services Examination link

  3. III. The candidates must click on the link where they will have to fill the Part-I registration form. The Part-I form requires a candidate to fill in basic details like Name, D.O.B., Category, Contact details, etc.

  4. IV. After the Part-I registration is done, a unique code or number will be generated, which will be used to fill Part-II registration.

  5. V. Completion of all the form filling will then lead to the final submission.

UPSC CSE Application Fees 2021

Candidates who fill the UPSC CSE exam application will have to pay the fees for the forms. The Online Recruitment Application allows the candidates to make the payment through online or offline mode.

  • Online mode: Candidates who clear the UPSC Prelims and Mains are qualified for the final phase of the UPSC Personality Test/Interview.

  • Offline mode: The objective of interview is to assess the suitability of the candidate for a career in the Civil Services Sector.

  • Application Fee

Category Preliminary Exam Fee Mains Exam Fee
General/ OBC Rs 100 Rs 200
Females/ SC/ ST/ Persons with Benchmark Disability Nil Nil
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