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UPSC IAS RECRUITMENT - Notification, eligibility, Important Dates, Admit Card and more 2021


The IAS exam 2021 notification was released on March 4, 2021 along with its application portal stating numerous vacancies. However, the current national crisis owing to the COVID-19 pandemic forced the commission’s hand to postpone the interview rounds to an indefinite future date. This allows you more time to prepare and gear up for the esteemed UPSC IAS Civil Services exam 2021.

UPSC IAS 2021 Notification

UPSC has released the official notification for the IAS recruitment exam 2021 on March 4, 2021. You can view it here.

UPSC IAS 2021 At A Glance

OrganizationUnion Public Service Commission
Exam NameUPSC Civil Services Exam (IAS) 2021
Total Vacancies712
Exam ModeOffline (pen and paper)
Selection ProcessPrelims: Mains (written) + Mains (interview)
Official Website

UPSC IAS Exam Dates 2021

The online application for UPSC 2021 has already begun. You can find all the important notifications here in the table below:

UPSC IAS Exam 2021 Notification DateMarch 4, 2021
Start Date for Online ApplicationMarch 4, 2021
Last Date for Online ApplicationMarch 24, 2021
IAS Prelims ExamOctober 10, 2021
IAS Prelims ResultTo be notified (tentatively late-October/November)
IAS Mains ExamTo be notified
IAS Mains ResultTo be notified (tentatively December 2021/January 2022)

Eligibility Criteria for UPSC IAS 2021

  • In order to be eligible for the UPSC IAS Civil Services exam 2021, you must be a citizen of the Indian Union.
  • Candidates must have a graduate degree from a recognized university with any minimum percentage.
  • Candidates, who are in the last year of their graduate degree course, can go ahead with the application form fill-up, given they submit their final year grade card during the Detailed Application Form (DAF) submission.

Age Limit

Here is a list of the age limits you have to adhere to for applying for the vacant posts:

  • Minimum Age- 21 years
  • Maximum Age- 32 years

Disclaimer: Note that the age will be counted as of August 1, 2021. Therefore, you must be born no earlier than August 2, 1989 or no later than August 1, 2000.

CategoryAge Relaxation
OBC3 years
SC/ST5 years
Persons with Disabilities including: Blindness and low vision/Deaf and hard of hearing/Locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims, and muscular dystrophy/Autism/Intellectual disability/Specific learning disability/Mental illness/Multiple disabilities including deaf-blindness10 years
Ex-servicemen including: Commissioned Officers/ECOs/SSCOs (Note: Must render minimum 5 years of military service as of August 1, 2021 and have since been released)5 years
Defense Services Personnel who have become disabled in active operations during hostilities with a foreign country or in a crisis area and have thus been released3 years

UPSC IAS Exam Application Fee

CategoryPreliminary Exam FeeMains Exam Fee
General/ EWS/OBCINR 100INR 200
Females/ SC/ ST/ PwDNilNil

Steps to Apply for UPSC IAS Recruitment 2021

If you are planning to sit for the IAS exam of 2021, here’s the application procedure you need to follow diligently:

  • Do not forget to visit the official website.
  • Navigate to the exam notifications section
  • Click on the ‘Apply Online’ link in the said notification.
  • Select the Civil Services- Part 1 registration link
  • Make sure you go through all the information carefully and click on ‘yes’
  • Fill out the required fields: name, DOB, category, gender, email ID, contact info, permanent residential address, marital status, community, parents’ names, educational qualifications
  • Click on ‘Continue’, go through all the details once again and click on ‘Submit’.
  • For the Part 2 of registration, complete payment of the application fee as applicable for you
  • Upload your photo, signature, along with the required documents
  • Click on ‘I Agree’ once you have read the declaration carefully
  • Finally, make a note of the registration number and do not forget to take a printout of the application for future reference

UPSC IAS 2021 Application Form

It has been notified that the IAS exam 2021 online applications were available from the following dates:

March 4, 2021, to March 24, 2021

You can apply for the UPSC IAS exam 2021 here.

Admit Card

The admit cards for the UPSC IAS 2021 has been released by the officials. Keep checking the official website to get access to the admit cards.

UPSC IAS 2021 Vacancy

Indian Administrative Service7318492713180

UPSC IAS 2021 Reservation List

The reservation list for UPSC IAS entails reserving seats for the different categories of candidates appearing for the exam. UPSC IAS 2021 follows the same reservation rules as mandated by the Government of India.

To know more about the vacant seats and reservation guidelines, visit the official site.

UPSC IAS 2021 Selection Process

The UPSC IAS 2021 recruitment takes place in the following steps:

  • Prelims
  • Mains
  • Interview

UPSC IAS Mains Exam 2021 Exam Pattern

Name of the PaperMarks allotted
1 Indian Language (candidates’ choice) from the list of languages in the 8th schedule to the Indian Constitution300
General Studies I250
General Studies II250
General Studies III250
General Studies IV250
Optional Subject Paper I250
Optional Subject Paper I250
IAS Main Total (written)1750
Personality Test (interview)275

For more details about UPSC IAS Mains previous years’ question papers, marks distribution, general topics, and syllabi, check out the ‘Examination’ tab on the official website.

UPSC IAS Prelims Exam 2021 Syllabus

There’s a common saying among UPSC IAS aspirants that goes something like this: “Everything under the Sun is IAS syllabus.” Having said that, here’s an idea of what your IAS Prelims paper might cover:

  • General Science knowledge
  • National as well as international current events
  • Indian history and knowledge about the Indian National Movement
  • World and Indian geography such as physical, economic, social geography
  • Polity and governance of India such as political system, constitution, panchayat raj, rights issues, public policy, and so on
  • Economic as well as social development such as poverty, sustainable development, demographics, inclusion, social sector initiatives, and so on
  • General subject-nonspecific issues such as environmental climate change, ecology, and biodiversity

UPSC IAS 2021 Interview

The dates for the UPSC Mains interview are yet to be released by the officials. Keep checking the official website to know the interview dates when they are uploaded.

UPSC IAS 2021 Result

The dates for the declaration of results of the UPSC IAS exam 2021 is yet to be released by the officials. Keep checking the official website to know the result dates when they are uploaded.

UPSC IAS Exam 2021 Cut offs

CategoryIAS (Prelims) Expected Cut off (out of 200)IAS (Mains) Expected Cut off (out of 1750)IAS (Final) Expected Cut off (out of 2025)

UPSC IAS 2021 Job Profile

Here’s what the SSC MTS job entails:

  • Managing administrative matters of the Indian government
  • Advising the ministers and framing policies
  • Abiding by law and order
  • Overseeing the implementation of policies of State and Central Government,
  • Functioning as courts in revenue matters and collecting revenues
  • Supervising public funds expenditure
  • Overseeing the everyday affairs of the government

UPSC IAS 2021 Recruitment Salary Details

Here’s what the salary structure for IAS officers looks like:

  • Base Salary: INR 56,100
  • Cabinet Secretary Salary: INR 2,50,000

UPSC IAS 2021 Exam Analysis

These are the key topics that were noticed frequenting the UPSC IAS 2021 exam papers:

  • Information Technology and its applications
  • General Knowledge/Awareness on current National issues
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Mathematical ability
  • Numerical Aptitude
  • General Mental ability
  • Analytical ability
  • Decision Making and Problem Solving
  • Basic Numeracy and Data Interpretation
  • Comprehension

Be thorough with each of these topics, and keep track of time.

The UPSC IAS 2021 exam is not hard, but preparation is key. If you are familiar with current affairs, you are good to go!

UPSC IAS 2021 Preparation Tips

Here’s how you must prepare for the UPSC IAS exam 2021:

  • Have a strong knowledge of current affairs
  • Keep an eye out for political news updates nationally as well as internationally
  • Study newspapers every day
  • Solve previous years question papers over and over again
  • Go through the important portions of the recommended books
  • Make sure you are passionate about what you are studying
  • Practice communication skills
  • Be confident

UPSC IAS Question Papers

Here are a few previous years question papers for the UPSC IAS exam:

UPSC IAS Exam 2021 Books

Here are a few recommended books for UPSC IAS 2021 exam:

  • Politics: Indian Polity for Civil Services Examinations: M. Laxmikanth
  • Geography- Oxford School Atlas: Oxford Publishers
  • Economy- Indian Economy: Ramesh Singh
  • Current Affairs- India Year Book
  • Modern India- A Brief History of Modern India: Rajiv Ahir
  • General Studies Paper 2 Manual: MHE (CSAT)
  • NCERT Books
  • Culture- Indian Art and Culture: Nitin Singhania

UPSC IAS 2021 Study Plan

Prelims Study Plan:

  • Begin at least 2 months early
  • Keep the 100 questions and the time duration in mind
  • Let intelligent guesswork decrease negative marking
  • Solve previous years papers

Main Study Plan:

  • Begin at least 10 to 12 months before the prelims exam
  • Practice and get thorough with the GS paper first
  • Start Prelims preparation once you have completed at least 75% of the UPSC GS and 50% of the UPSC optional subject sections
  • Prepare for the CSAT paper at least 2 months before prelims preparation

Acing the UPSC IAS exam 2021 will help you inch closer to your dream of becoming an IAS officer. Do take a note of your application fee and pay it in time to avoid rejection. Ensure that you complete the application form diligently with all the necessary scanned documents.

You must have proper internet connectivity and a working mobile/PC to successfully apply online and submit your online form. Start preparing early so that you have ample time to revise and strengthen your confidence to ace the UPSC IAS Civil Services 2021 exam without hindrance!