UPSC CSE 2024: Exam Dates (Out), Registration (Open), Admit Card, Eligibility, Exam Pattern, Result, Selection Process

Updated By Intajur Rahaman on 14 Feb, 2024 14:31

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UPSC Exam 2024 (Application Form Out)

The UPSC CSE Application Form 2024 for the Preliminary Exam has been released on February 14, 2024. The last date for the UPSC applicaton is March 5, 2024. The UPSC CSE preliminary exam 2024 will be conducted on May 26, 2024

The UPSC CSE preliminary exam is an objective screening test and candidates who qualify for it become eligible for the Mains examination. The UPSC CSE Mains Exam is subjective in nature and comprises General Studies, Essays, English, and optional subject papers. The final stage of the examination is the Interview-cum-Personality Test. Candidates get a limited number of attempts to appear for the UPSC CSE. For example, a General category candidate has 6 attempts.

The UPSC CSE is a national-level competitive examination conducted once a year by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for recruiting candidates to various Civil offices under the Government of India. The recruitment is done for the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), and Indian Police Service (IPS) among others. The UPSC Civil Services examination consists of a Preliminary exam, followed by the Mains examination, and finally an Interview-cum-Personality Test.

The UPSC has set eligibility criteria for candidates regarding academic qualification, age limit, and other factors. Candidates appearing for UPSC CSE 2024 can check complete details about the exam on this page, including the exam pattern, syllabus, preparation tips, best books, sample papers, etc.

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UPSC CSE 2024 Latest Updates

  • Feb 14, 2024 02:30 PM: The Union Public Service Commission has released the UPSC 2024 application form on the official website. Candidates can register for the UPSC 2024 exam till March 5, 2024.
  • Feb 14, 2024 09:50 AM: The UPSC 2024 exam registration will begin today. The UPSC 2024 notification is expected to be released soon at upsc.gov.in. 

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UPSC Exam 2024: Important Dates

All the important dates regarding the UPSC Civil Services Exam 2024 are as follows:

Event

Date

UPSC 2024 Prelims Online Registration

February 14, 2024 (Out)

Last Date to Submit the UPSC 2024 Application Form

March 5, 2024

UPSC 2024 Application Correction Window

To be Announced

UPSC 2024 Prelims Admit Card

May 2024

UPSC 2024 Prelims Exam

May 26, 2024

UPSC 2024 Prelims Result Date 2024

June 2024

Detailed Application Form for UPSC CSE Mains

July 2024

UPSC 2024 Mains Admit Card (Release Date)

August 2024

UPSC 2024 Mains Admit Card (Closing Date)

September 2024

UPSC 2024 Mains Exam

September 2024

UPSC 2024 Mains Exam Result Date

November 2024

UPSC IAS Exam 2024: Eligibility Criteria

The detailed UPSC Civil Services eligibility criteria 2024 to appear for the UPSC Civil Service Examination are as follows:

Nationality

A candidate should be:

  • Citizen of India
  • Citizen of Nepal
  • Citizen of Bhutan
  • Any Tibetan refugee (should be settled here before 01 January 1962)
  • Migrated from Malawi, Uganda, Kenya, Zambia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Vietnam, and Zaire.

Minimum Educational Qualifications

  • Candidate should hold a Bachelor's degree from any recognized University.

Age Limit

  • Candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 32 years on 01 August 2024 i.e., he/she must have been born not earlier than 02 August 1990 and not later than 01 August 2001.  

Age Relaxation

The candidates are provided age relaxations on the basis of their caste and categories if necessary. Check out the details related to the age relaxations from the table given below:

Category

Age Relaxation

SC/ST

5 years

OBC

3 years

Defence Services Personnel

3 years

Ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs

5 years

Hearing problem, deaf, low vision, ex-servicemen, blindness, muscle deformity

10 years

UPSC CSE Application Form 2024

The UPSC CSE 2024 application process for the prelims exam will begin on February 14 and end on March 5, 2024. The Union Public Service Commission will release a notification related to the UPSC CSE Detailed Application Form (DAF) for the Mains exam in July 2024. The exam conducting authority keeps candidates informed about the examination process. Knowing the dates, candidates can easily apply for the upcoming exam.

Also ReadList of Required Documents to Fill UPSC CSE 2024 Application Form

UPSC CSE 2024 Syllabus

Union Public Service Commission finalizes the UPSC CSE Syllabus 2024 each year. As part of the Prelims syllabus, candidates are evaluated based on their knowledge and aptitude in current affairs. In the Civil Services Mains exam, a candidate is evaluated based on his/her academic expertise in his/her specialised subject. It also looks at an individual's overall intellectual traits and understanding of concepts. Basically, the questions that are asked in the Civil Services examination test the candidate’s understanding and clarity of concepts related to a variety of subjects, which is relevant for a career in Civil Services.

UPSC CSE Prelims Syllabus 2024

Paper I Syllabus

  • Current events of National & International importance.

  • History of India & Indian National Movement.

  • Indian & World Geography – Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India & the World.

  • Indian Polity & Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.

  • Economic & Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.

  • General issues on Environmental ecology, Bio-diversity & climate change – that do not require subject specialization.

  • General Science.

Paper II Syllabus

  • Comprehension.

  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills.

  • Logical reasoning & analytical ability.

  • Decision making & problem-solving.

  • General mental ability.

  • Basic numeracy (numbers & their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency, etc. – Class X level)

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UPSC CSE Mains Syllabus 2024

English Language:

  1. Comprehension of given passages.

  2. Precis Writing.

  3. Usage and Vocabulary.

  4. Short Essays.

Indian Languages:

  1. Comprehension of given passages.

  2. Precis Writing.

  3. Usage and Vocabulary.

  4. Short Essays.

  5. Translation from English to the Indian Language and vice-versa.

Paper-I: Essay

Candidates may be required to write essays on multiple topics. They will be expected to keep closely to the subject of the essay to arrange their ideas in orderly fashion and to write concisely.

Paper-II: General Studies-I

Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society.

  1. Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, literature, and Architecture from ancient to modern times.

  2. Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues.

  3. The Freedom Struggle — its various stages and important contributors/contributions from different parts of the country.

  4. Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country.

  5. History of the world will include events from 18th century such as industrial revolution, world wars, redrawal of national boundaries, colonization, decolonization, political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism etc.— their forms and effect on the society.

  6. Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India.

  7. Role of women and women’s organization, population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies.

  8. Effects of globalization on Indian society.

  9. Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism.

  10. Salient features of world’s physical geography.

  11. Distribution of key natural resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian sub-continent); factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary, and tertiary sector industries in various parts of the world (including India).

  12. Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone etc., geographical features and their location-changes in critical geographical features (including water-bodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes.

Paper-III: General Studies-II

Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations.

  1. Indian Constitution—historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.

  2. Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein.

  3. Separation of powers between various organs dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions.

  4. Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries.

  5. Parliament and State legislatures—structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these.

  6. Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary—Ministries and Departments of the Government; pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their role in the Polity.

  7. Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act.

  8. Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies.

  9. Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies.

  10. Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

  11. Development processes and the development industry —the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders.

  12. Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.

  13. Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.

  14. Issues relating to poverty and hunger.

  15. Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures.

  16. Role of civil services in a democracy.

  17. India and its neighborhood- relations.

  18. Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests.

  19. Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora.

  20. Important International institutions, agencies and fora - their structure, mandate.

Paper-IV: General Studies-III

Technology, Economic Development, Bio diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management

  1. Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization, of resources, growth, development and employment.

  2. Inclusive growth and issues arising from it.

  3. Government Budgeting.

  4. Major crops-cropping patterns in various parts of the country, - different types of irrigation and irrigation systems storage, transport and marketing of agricultural produce and issues and related constraints; e-technology in the aid of farmers.

  5. Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices; Public Distribution System-objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping; issues of buffer stocks and food security; Technology missions; economics of animal-rearing.

  6. Food processing and related industries in India- scope’ and significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management.

  7. Land reforms in India.

  8. Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth.

  9. Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc.

  10. Investment models.

  11. Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life.

  12. Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology.

  13. Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, Nano-technology, bio-technology and issues relating to intellectual property rights.

  14. Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment.

  15. Disaster and disaster management.

  16. Linkages between development and spread of extremism.

  17. Role of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges to internal security.

  18.  Challenges to internal security through communication networks, role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber security; money-laundering and its prevention.

  19. Security challenges and their management in border areas - linkages of organized crime with terrorism.

  20. Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate.

Paper-V: General Studies-IV

Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude

  1. Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in-human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics - in private and public relationships. Human Values - lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; role of family society and educational institutions in inculcating values.

  2. Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behaviour; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion.

  3. Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service, integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker-sections.

  4. Emotional intelligence-concepts, and their utilities and application in administration and governance.

  5. Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world.

  6. Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance; accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance; ethical issues in international relations and funding; corporate governance.

  7. Probity in Governance: Concept of public service; Philosophical basis of governance and probity; Information sharing and transparency in government, Right to Information, Codes of Ethics, Codes of Conduct, Citizen’s Charters, Work culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption.

  8. Case Studies on above issues.

Paper – VI & VII

Optional Subject Papers I & II.

A candidate may opt for any one Optional Subject from the following:

  1. Agriculture

  2. Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science

  3. Anthropology

  4. Botany

  5. Chemistry

  6. Civil Engineering

  7. Commerce and Accountancy

  8. Economics

  9. Electrical Engineering

  10. Geography

  11. Geology

  12. History

  13. Law

  14. Management

  15. Mathematics

  16. Mechanical Engineering

  17. Medical Science

  18. Philosophy

  19. Physics

  20. Political Science and International Relations

  21. Psychology

  22. Public Administration

  23. Sociology

  24. Statistics

  25. Zoology

  26. Literature of any one of the following languages: Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Odia, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu and English.

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UPSC CSE 2024 Exam Pattern

It is important for candidates to have a complete understanding of the UPSC CSE Exam Pattern 2024 beforehand to be better prepared for the competitive examination. The UPSC Civil Services examination is divided into three stages including Preliminary (Prelims), Mains and Interview. The paper pattern of UPSC CSE 2024 includes details related to the number of questions, nature of questions, and marking scheme.

All the latest highlights regarding the UPSC CSE 2024 exam are as follows - 

Features

Prelims

Mains

Exam Mode

Offline

Offline

Medium of Instruction

English & Hindi

English & Hindi

Number of Qualifying Papers

2

7

Maximum Marks

400

1750

Type of Questions

Objective

Both Objective & Subjective

Negative Marking

0.33 (one-third)

One-third (for objective-type questions only)

Exam Duration

2 hrs per paper

3 hrs per paper

UPSC CSE Preparation Tips 2024

The Civil Services Examination (CSE), conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), is a competitive and prestigious exam conducted on a yearly basis to fill in various civil service vacancies for the Government of India. 

To be successful in competitive exams, it is necessary for students to follow proper and effective UPSC CSE Preparation Tips. For those appearing for the exam this year, here are some tips and tricks that can be used to take UPSC CSE Preparation 2024 to the next level. 

Be Acquainted with the Syllabus

It is essential for all candidates to be thoroughly acquainted with the entrance exam syllabus. If the candidates are familiar with the syllabus, it will reduce their mental burden by a great percentage. Candidates are advised to go through the syllabus thoroughly.

Know the Exam Pattern Well

All the candidates should be fully acquainted with the exam pattern. If the candidates are familiar with the exam pattern, they will have a clear idea regarding the number and type of questions, total marks for every paper, the time duration for the exam, the number of papers, and the number of sections in each paper.

Regular Practice from Sample Papers

All the candidates are advised to regularly solve the CSE sample papers. This will help in improving your proficiency and speed level. 

Select the Right Preparation Material

All the candidates should have quality preparation materials for all the subjects. It is advisable to choose one book per subject which will clarify all the basic concepts. If the candidates study too many books on one topic, it will create much confusion and also waste a lot of time.  

Regular Revision

All the candidates for UPSC CSE should regularly revise all the topics previously prepared. The revision will help to recall all the topics studied along with grasping new concepts. The revision process is an important part of the preparation as it helps to boost recalling and memorizing power.

Don't be Stressed and Be Calm

It is very necessary to remain calm while preparing for a competitive exam like CSE, for it is one of the toughest exams in the country. The candidates should not be stressed and should prepare well for the exam.

Making Short Notes

The candidates appearing for the exam should make short notes which will make their revision much easier. This is one of the best ways to remember the topics easily.

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UPSC CSE 2024 Best Books to Prepare

When preparing for one of the toughest exams in the country, candidates need reliable and effective resources. With the availability of the internet, there are abundant resources. Aspirants can check online and they can get numerous free e-books that provide in-depth knowledge to them. Besides learning the topics, candidates can also download UPSC Civil Services Previous Year's Question Papers that prepare them to solve questions easily and quickly during the exam. 

According to the requirements of students, they can choose the Best Books for UPSC CSE 2024 Prelims or Mains. Depending on the subjects, candidates can select dedicated books. Several books are recommended for preparation. Candidates can get them and prepare for the competitive exam.

Also ReadList of NCERT Books Required for UPSC Preparation 2024

UPSC Exam 2024: Best Coaching Center

UPSC CSE coaching in India has become highly popular among candidates. Every year, lakhs of candidates are applying for the UPSC prelims exam. Half of them do not appear for the exam due to lack of preparation and confidence. Only a few are able to clear the UPSC Civil Services exam. Further, these candidates have to clear the Mains exam and personality test round. The number of passed candidates highlights the competitive nature of the UPSC civil services exam.

The level of competition has made it necessary for aspirants to get coaching from reliable coaching institutes and increase their chances of success. The Best Coaching institutes for UPSC Civil Servision 2024 with small strength in classrooms have a high success rate.

UPSC IAS Admit Card 2024

The UPSC IAS Admit Card 2024 Prelims exam can be accessed by entering the Registration ID and Date of Birth, along with the security code provided on the portal. Candidates need to carry their CSE admit card on each paper. Entry to the examination centre will be restricted for the candidates without the admit card.

UPSC CSE 2024 Prelims Exam Centres

The list of exam centres for the UPSC CSE 2024 Prelims exam can be checked below -

DELHILUDHIANAUDAIPUR
DHARWADMADURAIVARANASI
DISPURMUMBAIVELLORE
FARIDABADMYSOREVIJAYAWADA
CHENNAIKOHIMATHANE
COIMBATOREKOLKATATHIRUVANANTHAPURAM
BANGALOREJAIPURSAMBALPUR
BAREILLYJAMMUSHILLONG
BHOPALJODHPURSHIMLA
BILASPURJORHATSILIGUDI
AHMEDABADGWALIORPORT BLAIR
AIZAWLHYDERABADPUDUCHERRY
ALIGARHIMPHALPUNE
ALLAHABADINDORERAIPUR
ANANTAPUR (ANDHRA PRADESH)ITANAGARRAJKOT
GANGTOKNAGPURVISHAKHAPATNAM
GAYANAVI MUMBAIWARANGAL
AURANGABADJABALPURRANCHI
CUTTACKKOZHIKODETIRUCHIRAPALLI
AGARTALAGHAZIABADGAUTAM BUDDHA NAGAR
DEHRADUNLUCKNOWTIRUPATI
CHANDIGARHKOCHISRINAGAR
AGRAGORAKHPURPANAJI (GOA)
AJMERGURGAONPATNA

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UPSC CSE 2024 Mains Exam Centres

The exam centres for UPSC CSE Mains 2024 can be checked below -

DEHRADUNMUMBAIBENGALURU
DELHIPATNABHOPAL
DISPUR (GUWAHATI)RAIPURALLAHABAD
HYDERABADRANCHICUTTACK
JAIPURSHILLONGAHMEDABAD
JAMMUSHIMLAAIZAWL
KOLKATATHIRUVANANTHAPURAMCHANDIGARH
LUCKNOWVIJAYAWADACHENNAI

UPSC CSE 2024 Answer Key

The official UPSC Civil Services 2024 answer key is released after the whole UPSC CSE examination cycle for the year 2024 wraps up. However, the unofficial UPSC CSE Answer keys are released by different coaching centres across the country and the candidates can refer to any of the verified answer keys to check the UPSC CSE Prelims 2024 score. This year the UPSC Civil Services Prelims 2024 will be conducted on May 26, 2024. Once the Mains Exam is conducted, the UPSC CSE Answer Key 2024 will be released on the official website of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). Candidates will be allowed to download the answer key once it is issued by UPSC. 

Steps to Download UPSC Civil Services Answer Key 2024

  • Go to the official website of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).
  • Go to the ‘Home’ page and click on the ‘Examination’ menu.

  • Click on the ‘Answer Key’ under the Examination menu.

  • Click on the link given below, denoting GS Paper 1 and GS Paper 2.

  • A PDF file will open with the answers to the questions asked in the preliminary examination of UPSC Civil Services.

  • Download the PDF file and take a printout of it for future reference.

How to Calculate Scores Using UPSC CSE Answer Key 2024?

CSE Answer key 2024 is the most important resource to calculate your marks and check one's performance in the examination. Candidates who have appeared in the examination can estimate their score even before the result is declared. Check the steps below to calculate CSE 2024 Prelims examination score.

  • In the first step, candidates can download the answer key from the website or the link which will be provided on this page.
  • Once you have downloaded the answer key, aspirants can check through the answer key and cross-check with the ones they have marked during the exam.
  • Now, based on the marking scheme check no. of right and wrong answers and calculate your total marks.

Marking Scheme

  • Correct Answer: + 2 marks
  • Incorrect Answer: - 2/3 Marks

Formula to calculate CSE 2024 scores: Total scores of CSE 2024 = (Number of correct answers X 2 marks ) – (Number of incorrect answers X 2/3 marks)

UPSC CSE Paper Analysis 2024

After the Prelims and Mains exams are conducted, the paper analysis will be provided to candidates. It will help the upcoming candidates to know the types of questions asked, and weightage of marks given to each topic. The number of questions from each of the subjects will be provided in the analysis. For all Papers, proper UPSC CSE Paper Analysis 2024 will be done to analyze the difficulty level of the exam. 

UPSC CSE 2024 Result

UPSC CSE Result 2024 for Preliminary Exam will be released on the official website in a pdf format. UPSC Civil Services 2024 Final result will be announced after the conclusion of the examination process. 

UPSC CSE Prelims 2024 exam will be conducted on 26th May 2024 and the UPSC CSE Prelims result 2024 will be declared in June 2024. The UPSC CSE Prelims 2024 result will be available in PDF format for the candidates. Candidates can access their scorecards both directly from the official UPSC website and also from the link available on our website. The candidates will find out their UPSC CSE Mains 2024 scorecards in the "What's New" section on the official website of UPSC. Based on the marks obtained in UPSC CSE Mains result 2024, candidates will be shortlisted for the interview. 

Steps to View UPSC Civil Services Result 2024

Candidates can view their UPSC Civil Services exam results by following the steps given below:

  • To check the result, visit the official website of UPSC.

  • A link to access the result will be available.

  • Click on the link and the result will be displayed on your screen in the form of a PDF file.

  • Download and save the UPSC result PDF for future use.

UPSC CSE Cutoff 2024

UPSC Civil Services 2024 Cut off will be released by the examination organising authority i.e., Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), after the declaration of the UPSC Civil Services final result. The cut-off implies the minimum marks that a candidate must secure so as to qualify for the exam and become eligible for the next round. The Union Public Service Commission will release the UPSC Civil Services Cut-Off 2024 marks for all three stages under its selection process.

How to Check UPSC Civil Services Cutoff 2024?

Here are some simple steps to check UPSC Civil Services cut-off 2024:

  • Visit the official website of UPSC i.e. www.upsc.gov.in

  • On the homepage of UPSC, click on the tab 'Examination'.

  • Then, select the 'Cut-off' tab from the drop-down list.

  • A new page will appear in which cut-off marks for various years will be displayed on the screen.

  • Click on the link for which you want to see the cut-off marks.

  • The next page will display the cut-off marks for various categories.

  • You can check and compare your marks with that of the cut-off.

  • You may also take a printout of the cut-off marks for future reference.

UPSC Civil Services Expected Cut off 2024

The UPSC CSE 2024 expected cutoff details have been provided below - 

Category

Prelims

Mains

Final

General

86-88

665 – 679

850 – 889

OBC

83-85

602 – 631

810 – 845

EWS

78-81598 – 610785 – 800

SC

76-78

590 – 600

815 – 835

ST

72-75

585 – 600

800 – 815

PH‐1

66-68

550 – 565

800 – 820

PH 2

52-54

530 – 540

780 – 835

PH‐3

42-45

450 – 500

690 – 726

Note: The above-mentioned UPSC Civil Services cut-off is based on the previous years' cut-off data. These are just an estimated cut-off and these may vary as per the difficulty level of the exams and such other factors.

UPSC CSE Selection Process 2024

The UPSC Civil Services Selection Process comprises three stages – Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination (Objective Type), Civil Services (Main) Examination (Written) and a Personality Test (Interview). 

Candidates qualifying in the UPSC Civil Services 2024 exams, will become eligible to appear for next round of selection process, and ultimately be selected for the recruitment in various posts of Indian Civil Services.

  • The first stage of UPSC CSE exam is Prelims.
  • The candidates who passed the Prelims exam will have to appear for UPSC CSE Mains exam.
  • The UPSC Mains exam is the second stage of the Civil Services Examination. IAS aspirants who clear the Prelims i.e. those who score above the cutoff in General Studies Paper I and more than 33% marks in General Studies Paper-II (CSAT) are eligible to appear for the UPSC Mains.
  • The candidates who qualify Mains exam will have to appear for interview process.
  • The results for UPSC Civil Services exam are declared within a week after the interviews, i.e. between April-June. After the candidates receive the allocation letter, they are given the fundamental training in Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration in Mussoorie for 15 weeks.

UPSC Civil Services Conducting Body

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is India's central agency authorised to conduct the Civil Services Examination, Engineering Services Examination, Combined Medical Services Examination, Combined Defence Services Examination, National Defence Academy Examination, Naval Academy Examination, Special Class Railway Apprentice, Indian Forest Service Examination, Indian Economic Service Examination, Indian Statistical Service Examination, Combined Geoscientist and Geologist Examination, and Central Armed Police Forces (Assistant Commandant) Examination.

UPSC CSE Contact Details

Address: Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), Dholpur House, Shahjahan Road, New Delhi – 10069

Phone number: 011-23385271/011-23381125/011-23098543

Website: https://www.upsc.gov.in

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FAQs about UPSC Civil Services

Which is the most common mistake committed by a UPSC CSE aspirant?

The biggest mistake which most of the UPSC CSE aspirants commit, according to our UPSC experts, is they take the syllabus for the UPSC CSE exam very lightly. Such fatal assumption propels the candidates to delay their preparations.

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Before filling up the Online Application, a candidate must have his/her photograph and signature duly scanned in the “JPG” format in such a manner that each file should not exceed 300 KB and must not be less than 20 KB. The photograph and signature must be clearly visible.

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-Manjeet kumarUpdated on August 17, 2020 08:05 PM
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Samiksha Rautela, Student / Alumni

Dear Student,

To become a CID officer, it is of utmost importance to fulfil the basic eligibility criteria or the career path. 

Mentioned below are ways that you can adopt to be a successful CID officer.

  • Join the police force as assistant police or a Hawaldar as per the qualification. Qualify the internal exams as it can help in joining the department of CID.

  • Pass the UPSC exam, after graduation (in any stream) and join the team of CID as an Assistant sub-inspector.

  • Clear the Graduation in criminology and qualify the UPSC exam. It also helps in joining the CID …

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