Best Overview UPSC 2024: Check Calendar, Syllabus Pattern & More Key Details

UPSC 2024: UPSC Civil Services Examination is a very prestigious examination conducted by UPSC to recruit eligible candidates as civil servants in various state departments. Every year the number of…

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UPSC 2024: UPSC Civil Services Examination is a very prestigious examination conducted by UPSC to recruit eligible candidates as civil servants in various state departments. Every year the number of applicants who qualify for the UPSC IAS exam is around 01% of the total number of candidates who appear for the exam. UPSC IAS exam is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) once every year. UPSC CSE recruitment process consists of three stages – preliminary, mains, and personality test. On clearing all the stages of the IAS exam, candidates are recruited into Group A and B services in various states and union territories across the country.

UPSC 2024 overview

Name of the examUnion Public Service Commission exam
VacanciesNot announced yet
Application feeRs. 100 for general, Female/SC/ST are exceptional
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UPSC 2024 calendar is out

The exam calendar for UPSC 2024 is released already. Under this, various recruitment exams including CSE, NDA I & II, and CDS will be conducted. Candidates eager to seem in these mega UPSC examinations next year can check the complete schedule of the examination through the official website Here are all the details provided below too.

  • It is known that the final notification for NDA-NA, CDS Recruitment for the year 2024 will be released on December 20, 2023.
  • Applications for both recruitments will start from January 09, 2024.
  • The recruitment exam for this has been scheduled on April 24, 2024.
  • The NDA, NA, and CDS Mains exam has been scheduled on September 1, 2024.
  • Notification for this will be issued on May 15, 2024, and applications will be from June 4, 2024.
  • The UPSC Preliminary Examination 2024 will be held on May 26, 2024.
  • Notification for this will be issued on February 14, 2024, and the registrar will start on March 5, 2024.
  • Mains UPSC 2024 will be held on September 20, 2024.

How to download Exam Calendar UPSC 2024?

  • First visit the official website –
  • After that click on the Examination tab.
  • Selecting the Calendar section click on ‘Annual Calendar 2024’.
  • The complete schedule will appear on the screen.
  • Download it now and keep a copy with you for further assistance.

Important dates to know

Exam Calendar UPSC 2024May 10, 2023
UPSC 2024 exam notification14 February 2024
UPSC 2024 exam application form14 February 2024 to 5 March 2024
UPSC 2024 admit cardTo be released
UPSC 2024 Civil Services Prelims exam26 May 2024
UPSC 2024 Civil Services Mains exam20 September 2024

Know about UPSC Posts & Vacancies

There are two categories of posts, Group A and Group B. Which are given below.

Group AGroup B
·         Indian Administrative Service (IAS)

·         Indian Foreign Service (IFS)

·         Indian Police Service (IPS)

·         Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service post

·         Indian Audit and Accounts Service

·         Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise)

·         Indian Defense Accounts Service

·         Indian Revenue Service (I.T.)

·         Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service position

·         Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service position

·         Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Service post

Vacancy details

Right now there is no update about vacancies. As soon as possible UPSC will release the 2024 vacancy details with the new official Notification. Earlier, in 2023 this exam had a provision of 1105 vacancies.

UPSC CSE 2024 Eligibility Criteria (UPSC CSE 2024 Eligibility Criteria)

IAS age limit21 to 32 years
Educational Qualification for IASGraduate from recognized university
Number Of AttemptsNormal Attempt – 06 Attempts, OBC – 09 attempts, SC / ST – Unlimited

Age limit overview

CategoryMinimum Age LimitMaximum Age Limit

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Documents required to apply for UPSC 2023

  • Valid email id and mobile number
  • Scanned Photograph and Signature as mentioned by UPSC
  • Valid photo ID details
  • Other Documents (if applicable)
  • Personal & Academic Details
  • Fee Payment Details Debit/ Credit Card/ Internet Banking/ UPI etc.

How to apply for UPSC 2024?

  • Once the official notification is out, candidates can apply for it. Points to be noted to apply for UPSC 2024 are written below.
  • Carefully fill in the online application form.
  • Because of a minor mistake or e, it might get rejected.
  • Write basic details such as name, age, address, etc carefully.
  • The selection of the UPSC exam center, payment of fees, and uploading the photo, signature, and ID proof needs to be done concentratedly.

Steps to download UPSC Admit Card 2023

  • First, go to the official website of UPSC –
  • Click on the link UPSC IAS Admit Card 2023 (UPSC IAS admit card 2023)
  • Click on the ‘Click Here’ tab for the IAS Admit Card login page
  • Read the instructions carefully and click on the checkbox
  • There are two options to download the admit card registration number or roll number. Choose one.
  • Enter the Registration Number or Roll Number.
  • Now Date of Birth along with the Security Code also should be entered.
  • Thus UPSC IAS Admit Card 2023 will appear on the front screen.
  • Carefully check the details mentioned on the UPSC IAS 2023 Hall Ticket.
  • Take a printout of the UPSC Admit Card 2023 and download it for future reference.

Point to be noted that Admit card contains details like name, roll number, photograph, signature, exam center details, date, and time of exam. After downloading the UPSC Civil Services Admit Card, candidates must check the details carefully. Along with the admit card, candidates need to carry photo identity proof and two passport-size photographs to the exam center.

What is the selection process for UPSC 2024?

UPSC CSE 2024 selection process (UPSC Civil Services selection procedure 2024) consists of three stages which are as follows:

  • Preliminary Examination – Civil Services Preliminary Examination is conducted for all those candidates who have successfully registered for the UPSC 2024 exam. UPSC The 2024 preliminary exam is conducted to screen candidates for the IAS mains exam. The marks obtained in the preliminary stage are not considered while preparing the final IAS merit list.
  • Mains Exam – UPSC 2024 mains exam is conducted for the shortlisted candidates who have cleared the UPSC IAS Prelims cutoff marks. 12 to 13 times more candidates than the number of vacancies are selected for UPSC 2024 mains exam. There are a total of 9 descriptive papers in the mains exam.

The Indian Languages ​​and English (Paper A and B) papers of the Civil Services Main Examination are of qualifying nature. These papers’ marks are also not counted for the merit list preparation. Marks obtained by the candidates in all other IAS Mains papers are taken into account to prepare the final UPSC IAS merit list 2023.

Interview – In this stage, twice the number of vacancies, candidates are called for personal interviews based on their performance in the main examination. The marks obtained by the candidates in the Main Examination and Personality Test are considered together for preparing the All India Merit List for IAS Examination. The allotment of services will be done according to the rank of the candidate in the merit list and the preference for services and posts.

Point to note that Applicants who qualify for the UPSC IAS exam will have to undergo training for the service for which they have been selected, before being deputed to their respective cadre. A total of 24 services are recruited through the UPSC IAS exam.

Exam pattern for UPSC

Prelims Total Marks – 400 (GS Paper II is qualifying in nature with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%)

  • PaperPaper TypeNo. of questionsTotal MarksDurationNegative marks
    General Studies IObjective1002002 hoursYes
    General Studies II (CSAT)Objective802002 hoursYes


PaperSubjectDurationTotal marks
Paper ACompulsory Indian language3 hours300
Paper BEnglish3 hours300
Paper IEssay3 hours250
Paper IIGeneral Studies I3 hours250
Paper IIIGeneral Studies II3 hours250
Paper IVGeneral Studies III3 hours250
Paper VGeneral Studies IV3 hours250
Paper VIOptional I3 hours250
Paper VIOptional II3 hours250


This examination term consists only 275 marks.

UPSC 2024 syllabus and books in detail

Prelims SyllabusPrelims Books
General Studies – paper 1

·         Current events of national and international importance.

·         History of India and Indian National Movement.

·         Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World (Indian and World Geography).

·         Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc which are included in Indian Polity and Governance.

·         Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc which are included in Economic and Social Development.

·         General issues on Environmental Ecology, Biodiversity, and Climate Change.

CSAT – paper 2

·         Comprehension

·         Interpersonal skills, including communication skills

·         Logical reasoning and analytical ability

·         Decision-making and problem-solving

·         General mental ability

·         India’s Struggle for Independence written by Bipan Chandra (History).

·         Indian Art and Culture by Nitin Singhania

·         Geography

·         Certificate Physical Geography by G C Leong

·         World Atlas (Orient Black Swan)

·         Indian Polity by M Laxmikanth

·         Indian Economy by Nitin Singhania

·         Economic Development & Policies in India written by Jain & Ohri

·         International Relations

·         Current Affairs

·         CSAT

·         Tata McGraw Hill CSAT Manual

·         Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning written by R S Aggarwal

Mains syllabus

Mains SyllabusMains Books
·         Compulsory Indian Language – paper A

·         Paper B – English

·         Essay

·         Indian Heritage & Culture, History & Geography of the World & Society (General Studies I )

·         Governance, Constitution, Welfare Initiatives, Social Justice & International Relations (General Studies II)

·         Technology, Economic Development, Agriculture, Biodiversity, Security & Disaster Management (General Studies III).

·         Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude which are included in General Studies IV

·         Optional Subject – Paper I

·         Optional Subject – Paper II

·         Indian Art and Culture by Nitin Singhania.

·         India’s Struggle for Independence by Bipan Chandra (History, Indian Heritage & Culture)


·         Geography of India by Majid Husain

·         World Geography by Majid Husain

·         Fundamentals of Physical Geography NCERT Class 11


·         Indian Polity by M. Laxmikanth which is

·         Introduction to the Constitution of India written by DD Basu

·         Pushpesh Pant (Polity & International Relations)


·         Indian Economy – Nitin Singhania

·         Environment and Disaster Management written by Tata McGraw Hill

·         Challenges to Internal Security of India by Ashok Kumar (Economy)


·         Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude for Civil Services Main Examination written by Subba Rao and P.N. Roy Chaudhary

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FAQ regarding UPSC 2024

What is full form of UPSC?

- Union Public Service Commission.

Is it easy to become an IAS?

- Not at all.

How many years of preparation will be sufficient to become an IAS?

- Although you have to prepare for this exam very well in advance.

What is the salary of IAS?

- It starts from 56,100, in which traveling allowance, dearness allowance, rent allowance etc. are added separately.

How many papers are there in IAS?

- The UPSC IAS Mains exam consists of a total of 9 papers which include two qualifying papers and 7 merit-based papers.