UPSC Civil Services 2019 Examination

Union Public Service Commission ( UPSC ) invites Application for the post of Civil Services ( Preliminary ) Examination 2019 for 782 Vacancies.

UPSC Civil Services Vacancy Details

  • Post Name : Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination 2019
  • No of Vacancy : 782 Posts

UPSC Civil Services Eligibility 2019

The candidate must hold a degree of any of Universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University Under Section-3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification.

Note I : Candidates who have appeared at an examination the passing of which would render them educationally qualified for the Commission’s examination but have not been informed of the results as also the candidates who intend to appear at such a qualifying examination will also be eligible for admission to the Preliminary Examination. All candidates who are declared qualified by the Commission for taking the Civil Services ( Main )

Examination will be required to produce proof of passing the requisite examination with their application for the Main Examination failing which such candidates will not be admitted to the Main Examination. The applications for the Main Examination will be called sometime in the month of July / August, 2019.

Note II : In exceptional cases the Union Public Service Commission may treat a candidate who has not any of the foregoing qualifications as a qualified candidate provided that he / she has passed examination conducted by the other Institutions, the standard of which in the opinion of the Commission justifies his/her admission to the examination.

Note III : Candidates possessing professional and technical qualifications which are recognised by the Government as equivalent to professional and technical degree would also be eligible for admission to the examination.

Note IV : Candidates who have passed the final professional M.B.B.S. or any other Medical Examination but have not completed their internship by the time of submission of their applications for the Civil Services ( Main ) Examination, will be provisionally admitted to the Examination provided they submit along with their application a copy of certificate from the concerned authority of the University / Institution that they had passed the requisite final professional medical examination. In such cases, the candidates will be required to produce at the time of their interview original Degree or a certificate from the concerned competent authority of the University / nstitution that they had completed all requirements ( including completion of internship ) for the award of the Degree.

Age Limit

A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 32 years on the  August, 2019 i.e., he must have been born not earlier than 2nd August, 1986 and not later than 1st August, 1997. Necessary action to make corresponding changes in respective Rules/Regulations pertaining to various services is being taken separately

The upper age-limit prescribed above will be relaxable

  • up to a maximum of five years if a candidate belongs to a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe;
  • up to a maximum of three years in the case of candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes who are eligible to avail of reservation applicable to such candidates;
  • up to a maximum of five years if a candidate had ordinarily been domiciled in the State of Jammu and Kashmir during the period from the 1st January, 1980 to the 31st day of December, 1989;
  • up to a maximum of three years in the case of Defence Services Personnel, disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof;
  • up to a maximum of five years in the case of ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least five years Military Service as on 1st August, 2018 and have been released

UPSC Civil Services 2019 Exam Pattern

The competitive examination comprises two successive stages :

  • Civil Services ( Preliminary ) Examination ( Objective Type ) for the selection of candidates for Main Examination and
  • Civil Services ( Main ) Examination ( Written and Interview ) for the selection of candidates for the various Services and posts.

The Preliminary Examination will consist of two papers of Objective type ( multiple choice questions ) and carry a maximum of400 marks in the subjects set out in sub-section (A) of Section II. This examination is meant to serve as a screening test only; the marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination by the candidates who are declared qualified for admission to the Main Examination will not be counted for determining their final order of merit. The number of candidates to be admitted to the Main Examination will be about twelve to thirteen times the total approximate number of vacancies to be filled in the year through this examination. Only those candidates who are declared by the Commission to have qualified in the Preliminary Examination in the year will be eligible for admission to the Main Examination of that year provided they are otherwise eligible for admission, to the Main Examination.

Note I : The Commission will draw a list of candidates to be qualified for Civil Services ( Main ) Examination based on the criterion of minimum qualifying marks of 33% in General Studies Paper-II of Civil Services ( Preliminary ) Examination and total qualifying marks of General Studies Paper-I of Civil Services ( Preliminary ) Examination as may be determined by the Commission.

Note II : There will be negative marking for incorrect answers for all questions except some of the questions where the negative marking will be inbuilt in the form of different marks being awarded to the most appropriate and not so appropriate answer for such questions.


  • There are four alternatives for the answers to every question. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate, one-third ( 0.33 ) of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty.
  • If a candidate gives more than one answer, it will be treated as a wrong answer even if one of the given answers happen to be correct and there will be same penalty as above for that question.
  • If a question is left blank i.e. no answer is given by the candidate, there will be no penalty for that question.

The Main Examination will consist of written examination and an interview test. The written examination will consist of 9 papers of conventional essay type in the subjects set out in sub-section (B) of Section II out of which two papers will be of qualifying in nature. Also see Note (ii) under Para I of Section II (B) Marks obtained for all the compulsory papers ( Paper – I to Paper – VII ) and Marks obtained in Interview for Personality Test will be counted for ranking.

Candidates who obtain such minimum qualifying marks in the written part of the Main Examination as may be fixed by the Commission at their discretion, shall be summoned by them for an interview for a Personality Test, vide subsection ‘C’ of Section II. The number of candidates to be summouned for interview will be about twice of the number of vacancies to be filled. The interview will carry 275 marks ( with no minimum qualifying marks ).

Marks thus obtained by the candidates in the Main Examination ( written part as well as interview ) would determine their final ranking. Candidates will be allotted to the various Services keeping in view their ranks in the examination and the preferences expressed by them for the various Services and posts.

Preliminary Examination

The Examination shall comprise of two compulsory Papers of 200 marks each.


  • Both the question papers will be of the objective type ( multiple choice questions ).
  • The General Studies Paper-II of the Civil Services ( Preliminary ) Examination will be a qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%.
  • The question papers will be set both in Hindi and English.
  • Details of the syllabi are indicated in Part A of Section III.
  • Each paper will be of two hours duration. Blind candidates and the candidates withLocomotor Disability and Cerebral Palsy where dominant ( writing ) extremity is affected to the extent of slowing the performance of function ( minimum of 40% impairment ) will; however, be allowed an extra time of twenty minutes per hour for each paper.

Main Examination

The written examination will consist of the following papers

Qualifying Papers


( One of the Indian Language to be selected by the candidate from the Languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution ). 300 Marks


  • English : 300 Marks

Papers to be counted for merit Paper-I

  • Essay : 250 Marks


  • General Studies – I : 250 Marks

( Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society )


  • General Studies -II : 250 Marks

( Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations )


  • General Studies -III : 250 Marks

( Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management )


  • General Studies -IV : 250 Marks

( Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude )


  • Optional Subject – Paper 1 : 250 Marks


  • Optional Subject – Paper II : 250 Marks
  • Sub Total ( Written test ) : 1750 Marks
  • Personality Test : 275 Marks

Grand Total : 2025 Marks

Candidates may choose any one of the optional subjects from amongst the list of subjects given in para 2 below


The papers on Indian languages and English ( Paper A and paper B ) will be of Matriculation or equivalent standard and will be of qualifying nature. The marks obtained in these papers will not be counted for ranking.

Evaluation of the papers, namely, ‘Essay’, ‘General Studies’ and Optional Subject of all the candidates would be done simultaneously along with evaluation of their qualifying papers on ‘Indian Languages’ and ‘English’ but the papers on Essay’, General Studies and Optional Subject of only such candidates will be taken cognizance who attain 25% marks in ‘Indian Language’ and 25% in English as minimum qualifying standards in these qualifying papers.

The paper A on Indian Language will not, however, be compulsory for candidates hailing from the States of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim.

Marks obtained by the candidates for the Paper I-VII only will be counted for merit ranking. However, the Commission will have the discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or all of these papers.

UPSC Civil Services Application form 2019

Candidates are required to apply Online by using the website Detailed instructions for filling up online applications are available on the above mentioned website. Brief Instructions for filling up the “Online Application Form”

The online Applications can be filled up to 6th March, 2018 till 6:00 PM. The eligible candidates shall be issued an e-Admission Certificate three weeks before the commencement of the examination. The e- Admission Certificate will be made available in the UPSC website [ ] for downloading by candidates. No Admission Certificate will be sent by post.

Candidates are required to apply online using the website http:/ / Detailed instructions for filling up online applications are available on the above mentioned website. The applicants are advised to submit only single application; however, if due to any unavoidable situation, if he / she submits another / multiple applications, then he / she must ensure that application with the higher RID is complete in all respects like applicants’ details, examination centre, photograph, signature, fee etc. The applicants who are submitting multiple applications should note that only the applications with higher RID ( Registration ID ) shall be entertained by the Commission and fee paid against one RID shall not be adjusted against any other RID.

All candidates, whether already in Government Service, Government owned industrial undertakings or other similar organisations or in private employment should submit their applications direct to the Commission.

Persons already in Government Service, whether in a permanent or temporary capacity or as work charged employees other than casual or daily rated employees or those serving under the Public Enterprises are however, required to submit an undertaking that they have informed in writing to their Head of Office / Department that they have applied for the Examination. Candidates should note that in case a communication is received from their employer by the Commission withholding permission to the candidates applying for / appearing at the examination, their application will be liable to be rejected / candidature will be liable to be cancelled.

NOTE 1 : While filling in his / her Application Form, the candidate should carefully decide about his / her choice of centre for the Examination. If any candidate appears at a centre other than the one indicated by the Commission in his / her Admission Certificate, the papers of such a candidate will not be evaluated and his / her candidature will be liable to cancellation.

NOTE-2 : Suitable provisions for information regarding use of scribes by the blind candidates and candidates with Locomotor Disability and Cerebral Palsy where dominant ( writing ) extremity is affected to the extent of slowing the performance of function ( minimum of 40% impairment ) have been made in the online application at the time of the initial online application itself.

NOTE-3 : Candidates appearing in CS ( P ) Examination, 2019 will be required to indicate information such as (a) detail of centres for Civil Services (Main) Examination and Indian Forest Service ( Main ) Examination (b) Optional subject to be selected for the examination, (c) medium of examination for Civil Services ( Main ) Examination and (d) compulsory Indian Language for Civil Services ( Main ) Examination at the time of the filling up online application itself.

NOTE 4 : Candidates are not required to submit alongwith their applications any certificate in support of their claims regarding Age, Educational Qualifications, Scheduled Castes / Scheduled Tribes / Other Backward Classes and Physically disabled etc. which will be verified at the time of the Main examination only. The candidates applying for the examination should ensure that they fulfil all the eligibility conditions for admission to the Examination. Their admission at all the stages of examination for which they are admitted by the Commission viz. Preliminary Examination, Main (Written) Examination and Interview Test will be purely provisional, subject to their satisfying the prescribed eligibility conditions. If on verification at any time before or after the Preliminary Examination, Main ( written ) Examination and Interview Test, it is found that they do not fulfil any of the eligibility conditions; their candidature for the examination will be cancelled by the Commission. If any of their claims is found to be incorrect, they may render themselves liable to disciplinary action by the Commission in terms of Rule 14 of the Rules for the Civil Services Examination, 2019

Application Fee

Candidates ( excepting Female / SC / ST / PH Candidates who are exempted from payment of fee ) are required to pay fee of Rupee 100/- either by remitting the money in any Branch of SBI by Cash, or by using net banking facility of State Bank of India / State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur / Sate Bank of Hyderabad / State Bank of Mysore / State Bank of Patiala / State Bank of Travancore or by using Visa / Master Credit / Debit Card. Applicants who opt for “Pay by Cash” mode should print the system generated Pay-in-slip during part II registration and deposit the fee at the counter of SBI Branch on the next working day only. “Pay by Cash” mode will be deactivated at 23.59 hours of  March, 2019 i.e. one day before the closing date; however applicants who have generated their Pay-in- Slip before it is deactivated may pay at the counter of SBI Branch during banking hours on the closing date. Such applicants who are unable to pay by cash on the closing date i.e during banking hours at SBI Branch, for reasons whatsoever, even if holding valid pay-in-slip will have no other offline option but to opt for available online Debit / Credit Card or Internet Banking payment mode on the closing date i.e. till 18:00 Hours of  March, 2019.

For the applicants in whose case payments details have not been received from the bank they will be treated as fictitious payment cases and a list of all such applicants shall be made available on the Commission website within two weeks after the last day of submission of online application.

These applicants shall also be intimated through e-mail to submit copy of proof of their payment to the Commission at the address mentioned in the e-mail. The applicant shall be required to submit the proof within 10 days from the date of such communication either by hand or by speed post to the Commission. In case, no response is received from the applicants their applications shall be summarily rejected and no further correspondence shall be entertained in this regard.

All female candidates and candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste / Scheduled Tribe / Physically Handicapped categories are exempted from payment of fee. No fee exemption is, however, available to OBC candidates and they are required to pay the prescribed fee in full. Physically disabled persons are exempted from the payment of fee provided they are otherwise eligible for appointment to the Services / Posts to be filled on the results of this examination on the basis of the standards of medical fitness for these Services / Posts ( including any concessions specifically extended to the physically disabled ). A physically disabled candidate claiming fee concession will be required by the Commission to submit along with their Detailed Application Form, a certified copy of the certificate from a Government Hospital / Medical Board in support of his / her claim for being physically disabled.

NB : Notwithstanding, the aforesaid provision for fee exemption, a physically disabled candidate will be considered to be eligible for appointment only if he / she ( after such physical examination as the Government or the Appointing Authority, as the case may be, may prescribe ) is found to satisfy the requirements of physical and medical standards for the concerned Services / Posts to be allocated to physically disabled candidates by the Government.

Note I : Applications without the prescribed Fee ( Unless remission of Fee is claimed ) shall be summarily rejected.

Note II : Fee once paid shall not be refunded under any circumstances nor can the fee be held in reserve for any other examination or selection.

Note III : If any candidate who took the Civil Services Examination held in 2018 wishes to apply for admission to this examination, he / she must submit his/her application without waiting for the results or an offer of appointment.

Note IV : Candidates admitted to the Main Examination will be required to pay a further fee of Rupee 200/-.

UPSC Civil Services Exam Centres 2019

Preliminary Exam Centres

The examination will be held at the following Centres


Mains Exam Centres


Government strives to have a workforce which reflects gender balance and women candidates are encouraged to apply.

The centres and the date of holding the examination as mentioned above are liable to be changed at the discretion of the Commission. Applicants should note that there will be a ceiling on the number of candidates allotted to each of the Centres, except Chennai, Dispur, Kolkata and Nagpur. Allotment of Centres will be on the “first-apply-first allot” basis, and once the capacity of a particular Centre is attained, the same will be frozen. Applicants, who cannot get a Centre of their choice due to ceiling, will be required to choose a Centre from the remaining ones. Applicants are, thus, advised that they may apply early so that they could get a Centre of their choice.

NB : Notwithstanding the aforesaid provision, the Commission reserves the right to change the Centres at their discretion if the situation n demands. All the Examination Centres for CS (P) 2019 Examination will cater to examination for Low Vision Candidates in their respective centres. Candidates admitted to the examination will be informed of the time table and place or places of examination. The candidates should note that no request for change of centre will be entertained.

UPSC Civil Services Selection Process 2019

The Civil Services Examination will consist of two successive stages.

  • Civil Services ( Preliminary ) Examination ( Objective type ) for the selection of candidates for the Main Examination; and
  • Civil Services ( Main ) Examination ( Written and Interview ) for the selection of candidates for the various Services and posts noted above.

Applications are now invited for the Civil Services ( Preliminary ) Examination only. Candidates who are declared by the Commission to have qualified for admission to the Civil Services ( Main ) Examination will have to apply online again, in the Detailed Application Form which would be made available to them. The Main Examination is likely to be held in September 2019

penalty for wrong answer

Candidates should note that there will be penalty ( negative marking ) for wrong answers marked by a candidate in the Objective Type Question Papers.

UPSC Civil Services 2019 Results

UPSC Exam Date

UPSC Civil Services Exam was conducted on  June, 2019

UPSC Result Date

UPSC Civil Services result has been declared

UPSC Civil Services 2019 Important dates

1Date of Notification7th February, 2018
2Starting Date for Registration of Application Form7th February, 2018
3Last Date for Receipt of Applications6th March, 2018 - 6:00pm
4Last Date for Payment Of Application Fee by Cash5th March, 2018
5Date of Commencement of Examination3rd June, 2018
6Duration of ExaminationOne Day

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