IAS Exam 2024 – UPSC CSE Notification, Exam Date, Eligibility, Exam Pattern and Syllabus

UPSC CSE Notification, Exam Date, Eligibility, Exam Pattern and Syllabus

UPSC Civil Services Notification 2024 will be out soon! The Union Public Service Commission has declared the result of the Mains Examination held by the UPSC from 15th September 2023 to 24th September 2023. This Result is for the 2023 cycle. Successful Candidates have been qualified for the Personality Test (Interview) for selection to the IAS, IPS, IFS & other Group ‘A’ and Group ‘B’ services. Earlier, the UPSC Prelims Result was Out which was held on 28th May 2023. In this article, aspiring candidates can find all the important details about the UPSC Civil Services Exam such as eligibility, important dates, etc. Also, check the latest UPSC Civil Services Notification 2024 below.

IAS Exam – Overview
Name of OrganizationUPSC
UPSC Full FormUnion Public Service Commission
Official WebsiteUPSC Website
Exam Cycle20232024
Total Vacancy1105To be announced
Civil Service Exam Notification Released on1st February 2023 14th February 2024
Last Date to Apply21s February 20235th March 2024
Prelims Admit Card Release Date8th May 2023To be announced
Prelims Exam Date28th May 202326th May 2024
Prelims Result Date12th June 2023To be announced
Mains Admit Card Release Date28th August 2023To be announced
Mains Exam Date15th, 16th, 17th, 23rd and 24th September 202320th September 2024
Mains Result Date8th December 2023To be announced
Personality TestTo be announcedTo be announced
UPSC All 1603376811

UPSC Vacancies 2024 vacancies will be out shortly. The commission released 1105 vacancies for various posts in the UPSC CSE 2023 Examination.

  • This includes 37 vacancies reserved for Persons with Benchmark Disability Category, i.e. 7 Vacancies for candidates of blindness and low vision; 5 Vacancies for deaf and hard of hearing.

  • 15 Vacancies for locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy; and 10 Vacancies for multiple disabilities.

  • The final number of vacancies may undergo change.

  • Reservations will be made for candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes, the Economically Weaker Sections and Persons with Benchmark Disability in respect of vacancies as may be fixed by the Government.  

UPSC Vacancy Details
UPSC CSE Post/ServiceNumber of Vacancies
Indian Administrative Service180
Indian Foreign Service37
Indian Police Service200
Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service, Group ‘A’25
Indian Audit and Accounts Service, Group ‘A’20
Indian Defence Accounts Service, Group ‘A’24
Indian Revenue Service (I.T.), Group ‘A’186
Indian Revenue Service Custom and Indirect Taxes Group ‘A’109
Indian Ordnance Factories Service, Group ‘A’ (Assistant Works Manager, Administration)0
Indian Civil Accounts Service, Group ‘A’7
Indian Railway Protection Force Service13
Indian Railway Traffic Service, Group ‘A’
Indian Railway Accounts Service, Group ‘A’
Indian Railway Personnel Service, Group ‘A’
Indian Defence Estates Service, Group ‘A’9
Indian Information Service (Junior Grade), Group ‘A’27
Indian Trade Service, Group ‘A’10
Indian Corporate Law Service, Group “A”5
Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service, Group ‘B’ (Section Officer’s Grade)30
Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service, Group ‘B’17
Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Service, Group ‘B’40
Pondicherry Civil Service, Group ‘B’3
Pondicherry Police Service, Group ‘B’1
Total UPSC Vacancy1105

IAS Exam 2024 – Eligibility Criteria

Now that you are aware of the number of vacancies, let’s learn about the UPSC Eligibility Criteria. As per the official notification of the year 2024, certain criteria have to be fulfilled before applying for the Civil Services exam. Candidates can check the eligibility criteria for the UPSC CSE 2024 examination below.

UPSC Civil Services Exam – Age Limit

Candidates have to be in the age group of 21 years to 32 years on the 1st of August, 2024 i.e., the candidate must have been born not earlier than 2nd August, 1991 and not later than 1st August, 2002 or else they cannot apply for this exam. However, there are a few relaxations granted to various candidates which are given in the following table.
  • Minimum age limit: 21 years
  • Maximum age limit: 32 years
  • Age Relaxation

    Category Age Relaxation
    SC/ST 5 Years
    OBC 3 years.
    PWD 10 Years

UPSC Civil Services Exam – Educational Qualification

  • Candidates must possess a degree from a Government recognized University or possess an equivalent qualification.

  • Candidates who are awaiting results or are in their final year are also eligible to appear for UPSC preliminary examination.

  • Technical and professional qualifications are recognized by the Government as equal to professional and technical degrees.

  • Medical students who have passed the final year of MBBS are also eligible for the UPSC exam.


  • The candidate must be a citizen of India or

  • a citizen of Nepal

  • a subject of Bhutan

  • The candidate must have been a Tibetan Refugee who came to India before January 1, 1962, to be settled forever in India

  • The candidate must be a person of Indian Origin who has migrated from the given countries- Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam, Zaire, or Zambia with an intention of permanently settling in India.

Number of Attempts

As per the official notification, there is a restriction on the number of attempts available for each candidate. Here is the category-wise number of attempts for the IAS Exam.

CategoryNo. of Attempts Allowed
SC/STAge Limit
PwD9 Attempts or Age Limit

IAS Exam Pattern 2024

There will be two exams in the IAS Exam 2024 namely the preliminary exam and the main exam. You have to qualify in the prelims or else you cannot appear for the mains exam. The marks obtained by the candidates in the mains exam will be considered for the merit list. Here is the IAS Exam Pattern for both prelims and mains exams for the year 2024.

Phase-I (Preliminary Examination):

The UPSC CSE Preliminary Examination will be conducted on 26 May 2024. Candidates can start preparing for this exam by first going through the exam pattern given below. 

Sr. NoParticularsNo. of QuestionsMarksDuration
1Paper I: General Studies1002002 Hours
2Paper II: GS (CSAT)802002 Hours

Phase-II (Main Examination):

Candidates who qualify in the preliminary examination will be eligible for the Civil Services Mains 2024. Here is the exam pattern for UPSC CSE Mains 2024. The latest IAS Mains 2024 exam pattern has been shared below.

AAny Indian Language (objective)Qualifying3003 Hours
BEnglish(objective)3003 Hours
1EssayMerit Ranking2503 Hours
2General Studies I2503 Hours
3General Studies II2503 Hours
4General Studies III2503 Hours
5General Studies IV2503 Hours
6Optional Paper I2503 Hours
7Optional Paper-II2503 Hours

How to Apply Online for IAS Exam 2024?

Only those candidates who are eligible as per the requirements given above can register for this exam. If you are looking to learn how to apply for this exam, follow the steps given below.

Direct Link To Apply Online for UPSC Civil Services Exam 2024

Step 1: Click on the direct link provided above.

Step 2: In Part – I registration, candidates will have to fill in all the personal information like name, age, address, etc.

Step 3: After the completion of this section, candidates must ensure/double-check that they have filled in all details correctly. Corrections cannot be made after clicking on the submit button.

Step 4: In Part – II registration candidates have to submit all the requisite documents, namely; educational certificates, ID proof, age relaxation if applicable, photograph, signature, payment details, and declaration. (Photograph & Signature should be uploaded in JPG format).

Step 5: Candidates must also choose the exam centre they wish to write the examination.

Step 6: Candidates must also ensure that they give a valid email address for further use.

Step 7: Candidates can finally click on the “I Agree” button and submit the application form after filling in all the details. A Registration Number will be provided to the candidates, make sure to keep it safe and also take copies of the application form for future reference.

General, EWS & OBCINR.100 
SC, ST, PwD & FemaleNil
UPSC CSE – Prelims Exam Centre
UPSC CSE – Mains Exam Centres

The Commission releases the admit card once the application process is completed. Admit card is usually released 15-20 days before the exam. Candidates have to download the e-admit card and take a printout of the same. This is necessary as you have to carry the printed IAS Exam admit card to the exam hall. Here are the steps which you can follow to download & print the admit card.

Step 1: Visit the official website of UPSC once the admit cards are issued.

Step 2: Click on the freshly activated link for IAS Exam Admit Card 2023.

Step 3: Now enter your registration ID and password to gain access.

Step 4: Download the e-admit card and save it on your computer

The authority is anticipated to issue the UPSC Answer key within 2-3 weeks following the exam. Candidates can look at the answer key and calculate their scores.

How To Download The IUPSC Civil Services Answer Key?

Step 1: Click on the direct link given above.

Step 2: A new page will appear on the candidate’s screen in a PDF format.

Step 3: Candidates can download the answer key and start comparing their answers with it.

Step 4: Alternatively candidates can visit the official website and click on the UPSC Prelims/Mains Answer Key 2023 link. The candidates can then download the answer key for their use.


IAS Exam 2024 Preparation Tips

Preparing for the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) exam can be a daunting task, but with the right approach and strategies, it is possible to crack it.

  1. Understand the exam pattern and syllabus thoroughly.

  2. Prepare for each stage of the exam separately.

  3. Stay updated on current affairs by reading newspapers and magazines regularly.

  4. Create a UPSC Study Timetable and Study Plan and stick to it, setting realistic goals and prioritizing based on strengths and weaknesses.

  5. Consider joining a coaching institute or taking online courses for guidance, study materials, and mock tests.

  6. Practice previous year question papers and take mock tests regularly to improve time management, accuracy, and confidence.

  7. Take care of your health and mental well-being by getting adequate rest, exercise, and proper nutrition.

By following these preparation tips with dedication, hard work, and proper planning, anyone can crack the IAS exam and fulfil their dreams of serving the nation.


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