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Indian Administrative Service (IAS) is classified as a 'Category A service' in the government service. IAS, IPS, and IFS are three of the most sought-after posts. IAS officers are given strategic positions in the Union Government, State Government and PSUs.

It is very important to know what IAS is before one takes a plunge into this competitive warfare. A person appointed through the Civil Services Exam has personal morality and professional responsibility, to oversee important matters related to the able administrative functioning of a vast country like India. People who have complete information about Indian Civil Services are motivated enough to take multiple attempts to crack the IAS exam. 

IAS officers initially work at the sub-divisional level in the state administration. They also work as a sub-divisional magistrate, overseeing administration/development of the specialist work area they are assigned to. An IAS Officer is expected to perform diverse roles like that of a Collector, Commissioner, Chief Secretary, PSU Head, Cabinet Secretary and more. There is an ample scope to gain more experience and handle challenges to make a positive impact on a million lives.

Exam Detail

UPSC IAS Exam 2020

Exam Name UPSC Civil Services Examination 2020
Exam Level National
Conducting Body Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)
Official Website
Exam Periodicity Yearly
Exam Mode Offline (Pen-Paper Mode) 
No. of Vacancies Nearly 900   

UPSC IAS Exam 2020 - Dates

Notification Release Date

12th February 2020

Application Form Filling

12th February 2020 to 03rd March 2020

IAS Prelims Admit Card Release Date

April 2020 (Tentative)

IAS Prelims Exam Date

31st May 2020

IAS Prelims Result Date

Mid-July, 2020 (Tentative)

IAS Mains DAF Form Filling

August 2020 (Tentative)

IAS Mains Exam Date

18th September 2020

IAS Mains Result Date

December 2020/ January 2021 (Tentative)

IAS Interview Date

February to March 2020 (Tentative)

Age limit

The lower age limit for UPSC IAS exam 2020 is 21 years as on August 2020 and the upper age limit is 32 years. 

The age relaxation is provided for OBC, SC, ST, Physically challenged and Ex-servicemen. The age relaxation detail is mentioned below:


Upper age limit after relaxation


35 years


37 years

Physically Challenged 

42 years


37 years

Defense Services Personnel disabled

35 years

ECOs/SSCOs - completed five years of Military Service

37 years

Number of Attempts

UPSC provides 6 attempts IAS exam in general Category, For OBC the number of attempts is 9 and SC / ST - there is no restriction on a number of attempts.

UPSC IAS Admit Card 2020

Admit card / Hall ticket for UPSC IAS prelims exam will be released on April 2020 (tentative) candidates can download the UPSC IAS exam admit card from the official website ( once the admit card is released for UPSC Civil Services Prelims Exam

UPSC IAS Prelims Exam Pattern

The UPSC IAS Prelims exam is divided into two papers: Paper 1 for General Studies and Paper 2 for Civil Services Aptitude Test.

Number of Papers


Type of Questions


Number of Questions in GS Paper 1


Number of Questions in GS Paper 2


Total Marks


Exam Duration

2 Hours

Negative Marks

1/3rd marks will be deducted for wrong answers

Medium of Exam

English and Hindi

Mode of Exam

Offline - Mark answers on OMR Sheet

Cut off Marks based on

GS Paper 1 alone (GS Paper 2 Qualifying in nature)

UPSC IAS Mains Pattern

Total Number of Papers in UPSC Mains Exam


Qualifying papers - marks not included in the merit 

2 (English and Indian Language*)

Competitive papers - marks included in merit 

7 (1 Essay Paper, 4 GS Papers, 2 Optional Papers)

Exam Type


Competitive papers marks 

250 Marks for each paper

Duration of Exam

3 hours for each paper

Total Marks in UPSC IAS Mains exam

1750 Marks

Exam Mode


Medium of Exam

English, Hindu and all Indian Languages listed under schedule 8 of Indian Constitution