UPSC 2019 – Civil Services (IAS) Examination Dates, Syllabus, Eligibility and Examination Pattern

The Union Public Service Commission conducts the Civil Services Examination every year for recruitment of officers to the prestigious Civil Services of India. Candidates clearing this exam can become civil servants in various branches of the government such as the Indian Administrative Service, Indian Police Service, Indian Revenue Service and so on. Some candidates opt to become diplomats by joining the Indian Foreign Service. Lakhs of candidates take the examination every year hoping to enter the elite services and serve the country. However, only about a thousand make the cut and are inducted into various services. No wonder this is called India’s toughest exam.
The UPSC Civil Services Examination consists of three stages:
1. UPSC Prelims
2. UPSC Mains
3. UPSC Interview
On 19th February 2019, the UPSC released the notification inviting applications for the Civil Services Examination 2019 as well as the Indian Forest Service Examination 2019 prelims and mains.

The IAS Notification provides all the details for CSE 2019 and IFoS 2019 such as UPSC Syllabus, UPSC CSE Pattern and examination centres, etc. It also guides the aspiring civil servants on the application process and the number of vacancies available in 2019. The total number of vacancies includes the reserved vacancies for different categories like SC, ST, OBC, Physically Handicapped and Defence Services Personnel and so on.
The IAS Notification 2019 should be checked properly for dates, exam pattern and syllabus.
Important dates and Information for UPSC 2019 Notification and UPSC Prelims 2019:

Examination Body Union Public Service Commission
Type of Job Government Service
Job Location All over India and abroad (Indian Foreign Service, deputation, etc.) depending on service
Post/Services All India Services Group A (IAS, IPS, IFS, IRS, ITS, IAAS, IDAS, etc.) and Group B (DANICS, DANIPS, etc.)
How to Apply Online on the UPSC official website (
Date of release of UPSC CS (Prelims) Examination Notification 19 February 2019
Indian Forest Services (Prelims) Examination 2019 through CS(P) Examination 2019
Last date of application for UPSC CSE (Prelims)* 18 March 2019
Last date of application for Indian Forest Services (Prelims) Examination 2019 through CS (P) Examination 2019
Date of Civil Services Prelims Examination 02 June 2019
Date of Indian Forest Service Prelims Examination
Date of Civil Services Mains(Written) Examination 20 September 2019
Date of Indian Forest Service Mains(Written) Examination 01 December 2019
Examination Fees for CSE (P) Rs 100 (except for Female/SC/ST/PH who are exempted from payment)

Eligibility Criteria for UPSC Civil Service 2019 Exam

Nationality (Citizenship and Domicile Conditions): Candidates applying for IAS and IPS have to be citizens of India.

For other services, candidates have to be:

(1)citizen of India, or

(2)subject of Nepal, or

(3)subject of Bhutan, or

(4)Tibetan refugee who came to India before 1st January, 1962 to settle permanently in India, or

(5)person of Indian origin who has migrated from Burma, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Zaire and Vietnam to settle permanently in India.

There are certain conditions which are specially applied to the candidates from category 2 to 5 above. These are:

· The candidates belonging to categories (2), (3), (4) and (5) should get a certificate of eligibility issued in their favour from the Government of India. Candidates from these categories may appear in the examination before the certificate of eligibility has been issued but will be appointed to their respective services only after the certificate has been issued.

· The candidates belonging to these categories are not eligible for employment in the Indian Foreign Service.

Educational Conditions:· Candidates must hold a bachelor’s degree from a recognized university.

· Students in the final year or semester of their bachelors’ degree can appear for the Prelims but have to produce the provisional or original degree before the Mains exam.

Age Limits· Minimum 21 years to maximum 32 years

· Relaxation in upper age limit are available for the following categories:

(a) Scheduled Caste(SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) – 37 years

(b) Other Backward Classes (OBC) – 35 years

(c) Defence Personnel disabled in hostilities and released from service as a consequence – 35 years

(d) Ex-servicemen with at least 5 years of service – 37 years

(e) Serving ECOs and SSCOs with at least 5 years of service – 37 years

(f) Disabled candidates – Up to 42 years based on the type of disability.

The rules regarding age limits are complex and should be studied carefully before applying.

Number of AttemptsGeneral – 6

SC/ST – No restrictions

OBC – 9

PH – Based on category