UPSC EXAM: UPSC Prelims 2021 Admit Card, Exam Dates ; UPSC 2021 Strategy from Thought Scroll


UPSC has released the official notification for Civil Services Examination on March 4th, 2021. Last Date for the UPSC 2021 Civils Examination was on March 24th, 2021. UPSC list of rejected applications is released on April 1st & last date to submit proof for the UPSC IAS 2021 Exam application payment proof is on April 9th, 2021.

UPSC Prelims 2021 notification was delayed due to a ongoing matter in Supreme Court of India regarding candidates seeking extra attempt in UPSC Exam 2021 due to the prevailing COVID conditions in the year 2020. This matter has been cleared and Union Public Service Commission has announced official Notification for recruitment of 712 Vacancies through the UPSC Civil Services Examination.

Indian Foreign Services(IFS)Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service, Group ‘A’Indian Audit and Accounts Service, Group ‘A’
Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise), Group ‘A’Indian Defence Accounts Service, Group ‘A’Indian Revenue Service (I.T.), Group ‘A’
Indian Ordnance Factories Service, Group ‘A’ (Assistant Works Manager, Administration)Indian Postal Service, Group ‘A’Indian Civil Accounts Service, Group ‘A’
Indian Railway Traffic Service, Group ‘A’Indian Railway Accounts Service, Group ‘A’Indian Railway Personnel Service, Group ‘A’
Post of Assistant Security Commissioner in Railway Protection Force, Group ‘A’Indian Defence Estates Service, Group ‘A’Indian Information Service (Junior Grade), Group ‘A’
Indian Trade Service, Group ‘A’Indian Corporate Law Service, Group ‘A’Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service, Group ‘B’ (Section Officer’s Grade).
Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service, Group ‘B’Pondicherry Police Service, Group ‘B’Pondicherry Civil Service, Group ‘B’


For candidates to be eligible for the posts of IAS & IPS in 2021 they have to be the Citizens of India however this criteria is a little relaxed for the candidates appearing for other posts in Civil Services Examination.

A minimum of 21 Years and Maximum 32 Years as of August 1st, 2021 is the Age Limit for Civil Services Examination.

SC/ST Age Limit for UPSC 2021 Exam- 5 Year Relaxation

OBC Age Limit for UPSC 2021 Exam- 3 Years Relaxation

PWD Age Limit for UPSC 2021 Exam- 10 Years Relaxation

Educational Qualification for UPSC Civils Exam.

Any Graduate from recognized University/College is eligible to apply for UPSC Civil Services Examination. However students who choose their Graduations subjects as their UPSC Mains Optional Subject if it is available, they stand to have better chances at UPSC 2021 Cutoff.

UPSC CIVIL SERVICES EXAMINATION- Number of attempts in 2021.

Total number of attempts for UPSC Civil Service examination is different for different category of Students.

UPSC 2021 General Category – 6 Attempts

UPSC 2021 OBC Category- 9 Attempts

UPSC 2021 SC/ST Category- Unlimited/ Till Age Limit.

UPSC PRELIMS 2021 Exam Dates

UPSC 2021 Admit Card will be released at least 15 days prior to the date of prelims examination. Union Public Service Commission will conduct the UPSC Civils Prelims 2021 exam on June 27th,2021 across various designated exam centers throughout the country.

In it’s yearly calendar UPSC has announced the dates for UPSC 2021 Mains examination which will be conducted on 17th, September 2021.


UPSC Prelims Exam PatternGeneral Studies IGeneral Studies II or CSAT
No of questions10080
Negative (-) MarkingYes (1/3rd of the maximum marks for the question)-0.66 marks for every incorrect answerYes (1/3rd of the maximum marks for the question)-0.83 marks for every incorrect answer
Duration of exam2 hours2 hours
UPSC Prelims 2021 Date of exam27th June 202127th June 2021/ Afternoon
Language of examEnglish/HindiEnglish/Hindi
Maximum marks200200
Cut Off marksCounted for Merit. Cutoff varies every year.33% qualifying criteria (66 marks)
UPSC Prelims 2021 Exam Pattern

UPSC PRELIMS Paper 1 and Paper 2 Syllabus

UPSC Prelims GS Paper 1 Syllabus

  • Current events of national and international importance.
  • History of India and Indian National Movement.
  • Indian and World Geography-Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.
  • Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
  • Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.
  • General issues on Environmental Ecology, Biodiversity, and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialisation.
  • General Science

UPSC Prelims GS Paper 2 Syllabus

  • Comprehension
  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability
  • Decision-making and problem solving
  • General mental ability
  • Basic numeracy Data interpretation

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