UPSC IAS Exam 2020 Date, Notification, Eligibility, Pattern, Syllabus

UPSC IAS Exam 2020 is one of the prestigious examinations in India. It tests your intelligence, reasoning and personality. The toughest of all is if you fail in the final round you have to start from the first stage. Initially, UPSC IAS 2020 exams were going to be held on 31 June 2020.

In this blog, you will get every detail about the UPSC IAS 2020 examination. Moreover, there are a few tips and strategies to help you in your preparation. So, continue reading this blog to know every detail about the UPSC IAS 2020 exam date, syllabus, pattern, eligibility.


The UPSC 2020 prelims examinations are going to be held on 4th October 2020. While the mainstream examinations will happen on 8 January 2020. Initially, UPSC prelims examination were scheduled to be held on 31st May but were rescheduled due to global pandemic COVID-19.


Just like any other examination UPSC too has eligibility criteria. There is no particular degree however, graduation is compulsory from a recognized University. It doesn’t matter how much you scored in your graduation as everyone has to perform exams under the Union Public Service Commission conduct. The minimum age eligibility is 21 as of 1 August 2020 while the maximum age limit may vary. The age is  32 years for General category, 35 years for OBC and 37 years for SC/ST.

Another important thing is the number of attempts that are allowed per category. For general category and EWS 6 attempts and for OBC’S 9 attempts. For SC/ST the number of attempts depends on the age limits which includes 5 years relaxation period. The candidate must be an Indian citizen if he/she wants to apply for Indian Administrative Services and Indian Police Service.


IAS Prelims exams include subjects like History, Polity, Geography, Economy, Environmental and Ecology, General Science and Current Affairs. The prelims exams consist of two papers in which Paper-1 consists of general studies for 200 marks along with multiple choice questions with 100 questions. While Paper-2 consists of an aptitude test of 100 marks with 80 questions.

Now comes the next major important question that is the syllabus of Paper-1. The syllabus includes subjects like Indian Governance, Indian and World Geography, Economic and Social Development, Indian History, Indian Polity and Current Affairs. General Science includes topics like Ecology, Bio-diversity Climate change and Environmental issue. Paper-2 consists of logical reasoning, numerical, decision-making and problem-solving.

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There are 9 papers in which 4 are of General Studies. While one is an essay writing, 2 are language paper and 2 are optional subjects. These papers are held in a duration of 5 days. Most important of all is that the papers are subjective.

For mains examination, you need to read newspaper like The Hindu, The Indian Express daily. You can prefer magazines like The Economist and India Today.



A personal interview is the last and final stage and consists of 275 marks. According to previous years, patterns and trends. The person who scores maximum in a personal interview gets better ranking in civil services exam.

You need to stay updated about current affairs and have enough knowledge of socio-political events. Firstly, the interview tests your mental awareness, personality, critical reasoning. Secondly, it checks the leadership qualities of the candidate. So, practice public speaking and improve your communication skills and body language. You can go for interview coaching classes. On the day of your final interview dress properly. Stay calm, don’t panic or get over-excited.


Try to read the newspaper daily and get enough knowledge about current affairs. Read newspapers like The Hindu, Economic Times and others. You can also prefer magazines like Frontline. Thoroughly learn about all the relevant topics. Try to solve as many as possible precious years questions papers. Refer NCERT books of class 9th to 12th for subjects like Geography, Polity, History, Science and Maths. Try to solve question papers within a limited time period. Read newspaper daily and practice as many as you can. Solve previous year question papers. Moreover, prepare a time table and manage your time accordingly. So, be dedicated and keep working hard.

All the very best!

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