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UPSC CSE Prelims 2022 Exam Day Instructions - Documents to Carry, Guidelines, Covid-19 SOPs

Abhik Das
Abhik DasUpdated On: June 01, 2022 05:17 pm IST | UPSC Civil Services

The UPSC IAS Prelims Exam 2022 will be conducted on Sunday, June 5th, 2022 all over India. The UPSC CSE 2022 (prelims) exam day guidelines, important instructions for candidates and COVID-19 SOPs for examinees are provided in the article below.

UPSC CSE 2022 COVID SOPs, Guidelines, Candidate Instructions

The UPSC IAS Prelims Exam 2022 will be conducted on Sunday, June 5 2022 all over India. The UPSC Prelims Exam 2022 will be conducted in two shifts. Candidates are advised to reach the examination hall at a given time, with admit cards and require documents. In this article, we will be discussing the important UPSC CSE 2022 (Prelims) exam day instructions for the candidates as given on the UPSC CSE (Prelims) exam admit cards in much simpler terms. These guidelines are provided on the backside of the hall ticket, but as the examinees should know it beforehand, we have given the same below in a detailed fashion. Candidates, after downloading their UPSC CSE 2022 (prelims) exam hall tickets, can crosscheck with the pointer given below to double-check they have understood the implied instructions. 

UPSC Prelims 2022 Exam Timings

The UPSC Prelims Exam 2022 consists of two papers, which will be conducted in two shifts with a gap in between. Check the UPSC exam timing 2022 to ensure that you are on time and can prevent any last-minute complications. 


UPSC Prelims Paper 2022

UPSC Prelims Exam Timings 2022

Forenoon Session

Prelims GS Paper 1

9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Afternoon Session

Prelims GS Paper 2: CSAT

2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

UPSC CSE Prelims Admit Card 2022

Union Public Service Commission has released the UPSC Admit Card for Civil Service (Preliminary) Examination 2022 on its official website - on 10th May 2022. The candidates who have registered for UPSC CSE 2022 must download their UPSC CSE Admit Card 2022 from the given website. Refer to the Admit card for detailed instructions including UPSC exam timing and the address of the Examination venue. Do not forget to carry your admit card to the examination hall and keep it safe for future reference. 

Important Instructions for Candidates in the UPSC CSE 2022 (Prelims) Admit Card

In this section, we will discuss all the important instructions that have been listed down in the UPSC CSE 2022 (prelims) exam admit card - 

  • The candidates must thoroughly check if their UPSC CSE 2022 (prelims) admit cards have any discrepancies. If they find any, they should take up the matter with the UPSC officials immediately

  • The candidates must carry a valid photo identity card along with their UPSC CSE 2022 (prelims) e-admit cards to their respective exam centres

  • The candidates must not lose possession of their e-admit cards until the completion of the selection process

  • The candidates must mention all their credentials on their respective admit cards after downloading 

UPSE CSE 2022 (Prelims) Exam Day Instructions

Here are some important exam-day instructions for the candidates appearing in this year’s UPSC CSE 2022 (preliminary) examination - 

  • The candidates must take all the necessary measures to ensure all the details on the OMR sheet of the UPSC CSE 2022 (prelims) exam are correctly mentioned to avoid disqualification

  • The candidates will not be allowed entry into their respective exam venues if they do not reach their destination at least 10 minutes before the commencement of the exam

  • The candidates will only be allowed entry in that exam venue which is mentioned on their admit cards

  • The candidates must familiarize themselves with all the necessary exam instructions to be made available to them outside their respective exam venues

  • The candidates should not be carrying any electronic devices with them to the exam venues to avoid disqualification

  • The candidates will be allowed to wear a normal watch inside the exam venues

  • Negative marking will be applicable for wrong attempts

  • The candidates should record their responses with a black ballpoint pen only

  • The candidates will not be allowed to carry any valuable items to their respective exam venues as the officials will not be responsible for the misplacement of any such items

  • Candidates, who have opted for their own scribe, may note that their own scribe will be allowed for the Examination only with a separate e-Admit Card for such scribe. The e-Admit Cards for the own scribes will be issued separately

UPSE CSE 2022 (Prelims) COVID-19 SOPs

The candidates must also be aware of the COVID-19 SOPs issued by the UPSC officials for the UPSC CSE 2022 (prelims) exam to be conducted this year - 

  • Wearing of mask/face cover is mandatory for all candidates. Candidates without mask/face cover will not be allowed entry into the Venue.

  • The candidates can only remove their face masks during the verification process inside the exam venues

  • The candidates must only carry a small sanitiser bottle (transparent) with them inside the exam venues 

  • Candidates to follow COVID 19 norms of ‘social distancing’ as well as ‘personal hygiene’ inside the Examination Halls/Rooms as well as in the premises of the Venue. 

UPSC Prelims 2022 Exam Day: Do’s and Don’ts


  • Fill the UPSC CSE Exam OMR Sheet.
  • Wait for the instruction of the Invigilator to fill in the details on the OMR sheet.
  • Carefully read all the instructions and details specified in the OMR sheet.
  • Do not do wrong bubbling as it can lead to disqualification.
  • Feel free to ask Invigilators if you have any doubt.
  • Balance speed with accuracy.
  • Firstly, attempt all the questions which are found to be “Easy” or can be answered directly.
  • Do not spend too much time on one question. In case the question is tricky or difficult, move to the next question.
  • Solve the tricky questions calmly. Try to solve questions which are formula-based.


  • The paper is same for everyone so do not be afraid.
  • Do not think you are unprepared or under-prepared.
  • Do not lose momentum going into the exam.
  • Do not leave OMR sheet filling to the end.
  • Do not over-attempt.
  • Do not leave any question before looking at the options.

UPSC Civil Services Previous Year Question Paper

UPSC CS Zoology Paper-1 (Main) 2018

UPSC CS Zoology Paper-2 (Main) 2018

UPSC CS Statistics Paper-1 (Main) 2018

UPSC CS Statistics Paper-1 (Main) 2018

UPSC CS Statistics Paper-2 (Main) 2018

UPSC CS Sociology Paper-1 (Main) 2018

UPSC CS Sociology Paper-2 (Main) 2018

UPSC CS Psychology Paper-1 (Main) 2018

UPSC CS Psychology Paper-2 (Main) 2018

UPSC CS Physics Paper-1 (Main) 2018

UPSC CS Physics Paper-2 (Main) 2018

UPSC CS Mathematics Paper-1 (Main) 2018

UPSC CS Mathematics Paper-2 (Main) 2018

UPSC CS Mechanical Eng Paper-1 (Main) 2018

UPSC CS Mechanical Eng Paper-2 (Main) 2018

UPSC CS Civil Eng Paper-1 (Main) 2018

UPSC CS Civil Eng Paper-2 (Main) 2018

UPSC CS Agriculture Paper-1 (Main) 2018

UPSC CS Agriculture Paper-2 (Main) 2018


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