How To Apply For Civil Services Examination 2021?

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The application procedure for the Civil Services Examination has been changed from the year 2015. Applications for UPSC exams can be submitted online only. No other mode of application is allowed.

How To Apply For Civil Services Examination 2021?

UPSC Apply Online

In this section, I shall be explaining to you the UPSC Apply Online process for the UPSC exams. Before I get into it let’s look into the dates of the 2020 UPSC exams once. 

The 2020 UPSC exam is already on the way. The 2020 UPSC notification had come out at the beginning of the year on the 12th of February of 2020.

The last date to apply for the exam was March 3rd, and the prelims were held on the 4th of October 2020.  

It is to be noted that the prelims papers, which are normally held in late May to June every year were held in October this year due to the COVID situation. 

Therefore, it’s quite understandable that the 2020 UPSC Mains are to be held on the abnormal date of the 8th of January 2021, and the 2020 UPSC Interviews have been postponed due to the second wave of COVID-19.

Now the UPSC 2020 interviews will be conducted in the month of July 2021. 

Having said that you’d do good to note that UPSC was not going to follow the same trend UPSC for the 2021 UPSC exam.

The UPSC IAS Prelims for the year 2021 was scheduled to be held on the 27th of June 2021 and the 2021 Mains would begin from the 17th of September of 2021.

But this would have been only possible we would not have been hit by the second wave of COVID-19.



Latest update: 

Now, due to the second wave of COVID-19, UPSC decided to postpone the UPSC 2021 Prelims and conduct it on 10th October 2021 and the dates of the UPSC 2021 Mains will be 7,8,9,15,16 January 2022. 

You should also note that the 2021 UPSC CSE (Civil Services Exam) notification was released on the 4th of March 2021, along with the start of registrations for the IAS exam on the same day itself. The submission window for new registrations was then closed by the 24th of March 2021. 

To give you a better idea about the 2021 UPSC CSE date, I have listed a table below: 

EventsImportant Dates
UPSC CSE Notification 2021March 04, 2021
Last date of ApplicationMarch 24, 2021
UPSC Prelims 2021October 10, 2021

UPSC Apply Online Process

The following are the steps that you normally need to follow while applying for the UPSC exam.

  1. You need to go to the official UPSC website,, and look for the “apply online” button on the homepage. Click on it you’d be directed to a new page. On the new page, there’d be a link, “online application for various examinations”. Select the UPSC Civil Services exams by clicking on this link and proceed to apply for them.
  2. You can also alternatively directly go and click on it.
  3. Clicking on it will direct you to a new page, where you should click on “part-1 registration”.
  4. Before you fill the registration form, make sure to meticulously go over the “important instructions to keep in mind while filling the UPSC application form” that I have written below.
Steps to Apply Online for UPSC CSE

Important instructions to filling the UPSC Application Form

  • You can submit the online forms only on the official website of the UPSC. 
  • Do not leave out the fields with the (*) mark on them as they are to be filled mandatorily. 
  • Know, that once you click on the submit button and your application is submitted, no changes can be made after that.  
  • If you want to make any changes, submit a fresh application with updated information before the registration window closes. Also, only the registration-id of the latest application will be taken into consideration, and previous applications will be canceled. 
  • There are 2 parts to the online UPSC application form, Part-1 Registration, and part-2 Registration. You’d need to fill & submit both before your candidature can be considered valid. 
  • In Part-1 Registration, fill in your personal details, educational qualification, and address.  
  • In Part-2 Registration, provide your payment details, your choice of Exam Center, photograph, signature, photo id documents, and declarations. 
  • As far as photos and signatures are concerned, upload a scanned copy of your signature and photo. Size of each file – 20 KB to 300 KB. The resolution: (350 x 350 pixels) to (1000 x 1000 pixels). The image file should have a bit depth of 24 bits. 
  • Provide your email address for the UPSC to communicate with you. 
  • Note that details like optional subjects, exam center, Choice of Indian language for Indian language paper, and medium of examination cannot be changed after form submission.  
  • Also, upload photo id documents in PDF format only. Size shouldn’t be more than 300 KB or less than 20 KB.  
  • Give your photo id card number in the application form and also upload a copy. You’d have to carry the same photo-id later to the exam hall.  

Online Fee Payment for UPSC Online Application

The Application fee for applying for the UPSC exams is 100 INR for general category candidates.

For people belonging to ST/SC/PwD categories or are females, the fee is 0 INR, meaning that they are exempted from paying the fee.

CategoryPrelims Exam FeeMains Exam Fee
General/ EWS/ OBC Candidates (Male)INR 100INR 200
Female candidates (All Categories)Exempted from fee paymentExempted from fee payment
SC/ ST/ PH candidatesExempted from fee paymentExempted from fee payment

For online payment of fees, you can pay through the net banking portal of the State Bank of India or by RuPay Credit/ Debit Card/ MasterCard/Visa. 

That’s all there is to know about the topic of UPSC apply Online for now.

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Anuj jindal

Living in India