How to Apply for the IAS exam?

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) holds the Civil Services Exam (also known as the IAS exam) every year. It is an important examination through which candidates can get into various government services such as the Indian Foreign Service, Indian Administrative Service, Indian Police Service etc. Candidates have to pass the 3 phases of the examination to get recruited into the Civil Services. The 3 phases include the preliminary examination, main exam and interview.

Aspirants who wish to prepare for the UPSC Civil Services Examination need to go through the previous years’ question papers and UPSC syllabus 2022. The past question papers and the syllabus helps aspirants help in streamline the preparation. The syllabus is published in the official CSE notification every year. The past question papers can be accessed from the official website of the Union Public Service Commission.

The procedure to apply for the UPSC Civil Services Examination is given below.

UPSC CSE Application Process

Aspirants should visit the official website of the UPSC, i.e. and go through the CSE notification before registering for the examination. Candidates who wish to apply for the forthcoming UPSC CSE should follow the steps given below and keep the following points in mind while registering for the exam.

  • Visit the website.
  • Select the UPSC CSE application link. Candidates need to first complete the Part-1 registration. In Part-1 registration, applicants have to fill in the basic information, such as:
    • Name of the candidate
    • Date of birth
    • Gender
    • Category
    • Email ID
    • Contact number
    • Permanent address
    • Name of parents
    • Educational qualification, etc.
  • After completing the Part-1 registration, the registration number will be generated by the system. Candidates should login again using the registration number and date of birth to fill in Part-2 of the online application form.
  • In Part-2 of the registration, candidates have to pay the exam fee, and upload the signature, photograph, and valid photo ID proof. Valid ID proof for the UPSC CSE includes:
    • Aadhar Card
    • Voter Card
    • Driving Licence
    • Passport
    • PAN Card
    • Any other photo ID proof issued by the State or the Central Government.
  • Candidates can pay the exam fee online or offline. The fee, once paid, is non-refundable. Applicants who are unable to pay the prescribed fee will not be able to write the exam. Exam fee can be paid with the help of the following modes:
    • Visa/Master/RuPay Credit/Debit card
    • Remitting the fee in any branch of State Bank of India or by using SBI Internet Banking.

Applicants who use the “Pay by Cash” option should take a printout of the system-generated pay-in-slip and deposit the fee at the SBI Branch on the next working day only. UPSC Civil Services Exam fee for various categories of candidates is given below:

UPSC Civil Services Exam Fees
S.No. Category CSE Preliminary Exam Fees CSE Main Exam Fees
1 General and OBC candidates Rs.100 Rs.200
2 Female candidates (all categories) Exempted
3 SC, ST and Persons with Benchmark Disability candidates Exempted


  • Candidates should review the information given in the online application form before final submission.

Applicants should ensure that they read the official notification as well as the instructions given on the UPSC’s website, before applying for the examination. They should go through the eligibility requirements provided in the notification released by the Union Public Service Commission.

Every stage of the UPSC CSE examination is important, and candidates have to prepare well for them. Even though the UPSC prelims exam is a screening test, it is important to take this phase seriously. Candidates have to clear the cut-off marks determined by the UPSC to pass the prelims examination.

The UPSC CS exam takes almost a year to complete, and therefore, it becomes important that candidates remain consistent throughout their preparation. In order to get ready for the exam, aspirants should revise frequently and take mock tests.

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