UPSC Civil Services Exam 2019 (Prelims): Dates, Application Form, Eligibility, Exam Pattern, Syllabus

Civil Services Exam 2019 (Prelims): Dates, Application Form, Eligibility

UPSC recruits the various central civil services and designations of the country successfully for the past few years. For the recruitment of various civil services, Union Public Commission Services (UPSC) will release the notification as UPSC Civil Services Exam 2019 in the month of February. The UPSC has released the dates for the examination. Check here complete details for UPSC Civil Services Exam 2019.

Civil Services Exam 2019 Notification

  • Civil Services Application Process will be started from 19th February 2019. Candidates can Click Here to apply for the examination.


Civil Services Exam 2019 Overview

EXAM NAME Civil Services Exam 2019
CONDUCTED BY Union Public Commission Services (UPSC)
EXAM TYPE Central Level Exam
RECRUITS FOR Various central civil services and designations 
MODE OF EXAM Offline mode
STAGES Stage-1: Preliminary Exam (Objective type questions -100 Marks), Stage-2: Main Exam (Descriptive Type), Stage-3: Personal Interview (275 Marks)
TOTAL MARKS Preliminary Exam (100 Marks), Personal Interview (275 Marks)
TYPE OF QUESTIONS Preliminary Exam (Objective type questions), Main Exam (Descriptive Type)
EXAM DURATION 2 hours duration for each exam in Preliminary Stage
ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA Bachelor degree in any discipline
EXAM DATE 2nd June 2019 (Prelims)

UPSC Civil Services Exam 2019 Important Dates

Issue of  Notification 19th February 2019
Application form availability 19th February 2019
Last date for Application Submission (online) 18th March 2019 
Prelims Admit card Last week of May 2019
Preliminary Exam date 2nd June 2019 (1 Day)
Prelims exam result August 2019
Main Exam Admit Card September  2019
Main Exam Date 20th September  2019 (5 Days)
Declaration of final result January 2020

UPSC Civil Services Exam 2019 Application Form

Aspirants for UPSC civil services like IAS, IPS, IES and other civil services need to fill the Application form online through official website i.e. Eligible candidate should apply online only as there is no other mode to apply. Before going to apply, the applicant must know the instructions carefully by visiting the official website. Applicants will have to fill all the necessary information and personal details in the application form. Candidates will have to upload the scanned photo and signature, after filling all the personal and educational details in the application form.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidate must know the eligibility criteria before going to apply.


  • The following eligibility conditions are required to appear in the UPSC Civil Services Exam 2019.


  • Candidate must have Bachelor degree in any discipline from recognized university.


  • Candidates are appearing the final year exams can also apply.


Age limit and Number of Attempts

Category Upper age limit No. of attempts
General 32 Years 06 Attempts
OBC 35 Years 09 Attempts
SC/ST 37 Years No bar
PH (Blind, Deaf, Orthopedic) 42 Years GEN/OBC= 9 Attempts SC/ST= No bar
J & K Domicile GEN=37 Yrs, OBC= 40 Yrs, SC/ST=40 Yrs, PH=50 Yrs No bar
Disabled servicemen, disabled from duty. GEN=37 Yrs, OBC=40 Yrs, SC/ST=40 Yrs. No bar

Application Fee

  • The application fee for General/Others is Rs.100/-


  • The SC/ST/PH Candidates are no need to pay the application fee.


  • Candidates have to pay application fee through Credit/Debit card/Internet banking or cash in SBI Bank.

Selection Procedure

  • The following stages will be considered for final selection.


  • Only main exam & Interview marks will be considered for final selection list.


  • Stage-1: Preliminary Exam (Objective type questions -100 Marks)


  • Stage-2: Main Exam (Descriptive Type)


  • Stage-3: Personal Interview (275 Marks)

Exam Pattern

Preliminary Exam

  • The pattern of preliminary exam is known as CSAT (Civil Services Aptitude Test). There will be 2 papers in the preliminary exam of 2 hours duration for each containing 200 marks for each paper.


  • Paper, I will check the applicant’s knowledge on current events, Indian history, Indian national movements, Indian & world geography, Indian polity, economy, social development, environmental ecology, biodiversity etc.


  • Paper II will check the applicants’ knowledge on comprehension, interpersonal skills, communication, logical reasoning, analytical ability, decision making, problem-solving, data interpretation, English language etc.


  • The exam will be conducted in offline mode in duration.


  • Each question will be 1/3 Mark penalty for the wrong answer.
Papers Details of the question papers Total Marks Total Time
I General Studies – This paper will be counted for qualifying to write the Civil Services Mains exam. 200 2 hrs
II Aptitude test (CSAT) – This paper is of qualifying nature, but candidate must score at least 33% marks in this paper. However, marks of this paper are not counted for writing the Mains examination. 200 2 hrs
Total 400 4 hrs

Main Exam

There will be total nine papers in the main exam- 2 are of qualifying in nature and the rest 7 are ranking in nature. The qualified applicants of the Main examination will be called for personal interview.

Papers Subjects Marks
Paper A One of the Indian languages from the list selected by the applicants (qualifying) 300
Paper B English (qualifying) 300
Paper I Essay 250
Paper II General studies I 250
Paper III General studies II 250
Paper IV General studies III 250
Paper V General studies IV 250
Paper VI, VII 2 papers on subjects to be selected by the applicants from the list of optional subjects (250 marks for each paper) 500
Sub-total (of Written Exam) 1750
PI 275
Total marks 2025

Personal Interview

The main objective of this test is to assess the applicant’s personal suitability for a particular service. The board of competent will evaluate the applicants on their mental abilities, intellectual skills, social traits & interest in current affairs. The interview will not only be a strict cross questioning but of a natural conversation. The applicants are expected to have interest in the happening around them in Indian as well as in the world instead of showing their knowledge about the particular academic subject.

Civil Services 2019 Cut Off

Cutoff can be expected as we are giving the cutoff for the previous year

Exam Gen OBC SC ST PH-I PH-2 PH-3
CS (pre) 107.34 106.00 94.00 91.34 90.66 76.66 40.00
CS(Main) 676 630 622 617 580 627 504
CS (Final) 877 834 810 801 802 830 697

Admit Card

  • The admit card will be available on the official website of UPSC.


  • Candidates can download the admit card in the pdf format.


  • There will separate admit card for all the candidates.


  • After downloading the admit card, candidates can take the printout of the same.


  • It will be mandatory for all the candidates to take the admit card with them at the exam centre to be eligible to enter the exam hall.


  • The UPSC Civil Services exam result will be released for preliminary and main exams separately.


  • The preliminary result will be available in the month of August 2019 and Main exam result will be declared on January 2020.


  • Candidates can check their result by the candidate roll no. in PDF format file.


Cut Off

  • After the examination and interview, the cutoff marks for Civil/IAS exams for will be declared by UPSC.


  • On the basis of cutoff marks by UPSC, candidates will be shortlisted depending upon number vacancies in particular field.


Syllabus for Civil Services Exam

Paper I Syllabus (General Studies)

  • History of India and Indian National Movement


  • Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.


  • Indian and World Geography-Physical, Social, Economic geography of India and the World.


  • General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change (no subject specialization required)


  • Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.


  • Current Affairs: Events of national and international importance


  • General Science

Paper II Syllabus

  • Comprehension


  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability


  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills


  • General mental ability


  • Decision making and problem solving


  • English Language Comprehension skills (Class X level).


  • Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude etc.) (Class X level), Data Interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. – Class X level)


  • Questions relating to English Language Comprehension skills of Class X level. (will be tested through passages from English language only without providing Hindi translation)

General Studies to Prepare for Civil Services 2019

  • There are 100 questions to be answered in two hours as.


  • Multiple Choice Questions – multiple response correct


  • Multiple Choice Questions – single response correct


  • Multiple Choice Questions – Matching type


  • It means there will be around 80 seconds to answer each question.


  • Each question carries two marks


  • Correct answer will fetch 2 marks; a wrong answer means a loss of 0.66 marks.


  • So speed and accuracy is essential to tackle this examination.

Important Books for Pre Exam

  • History Of Modern India – Bipan Chandra. (History)


  • India’s Ancient Past – R.S. Sharma. (History)


  • India’s Struggle For Independence – Bipan Chandra. (History)


  • The Wonder That Was India – A.L. Bhasham. (Culture)


  • History Of Medieval India – Satish Chandra. (History)


  • Geography of India – Majid Husain. (Geography)


  • Indian Art and Culture – Nitin Singhania. (Culture)


  • Certificate Physical and Human Geography – Goh Cheng Leong. (Geography)


  • Oxford School Atlas – Oxford. (Geography)


  • Indian Economy – Ramesh Singh. (Economy)


  • Indian Polity for Civil Services Examinations – M. Laxmikanth. (Polity)


  • Science and Technology in India – TMH. (Science and Technology)


  • Economic Survey. (Economy)


  • Environment for Civil Services Prelims and Mains – Khuller. (Environment)


  • Environmental Studies: From Crisis to Cure – Rajagopalan. (Environment)


  • Manorama Yearbook. (Current Affairs)


  • India Year Book (Current Affairs)


  • Analytical Reasoning – M. K. Pandey (CSAT – Paper 2: Analytical Reasoning)


  • CSAT Paper – 2 Manual by TMH or CSAT-II – Arihant (CSAT – Paper 2)


  • Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning – R. S.Aggarwal (CSAT Paper 2: Reasoning)

Important Books for Main Exam

  • Essays for Civil Services – Pulkit Khare (Essay Paper)


  • Norman Lowe OR History of Modern World – Jain and Mathur (World History – GS1)


  • India After Gandhi – Ramchandra Guha (History – GS1)


  • IAS Mains General Studies Paper 2 (Arihant Manual – GS2)


  • Social Problems In India – Ram Ahuja. (Indian Society – GS1)


  • Pax Indica – Shashi Tharoor. (Foreign Policy – GS2)


  • Governance in India for CSE. (Governance – GS2)


  • IAS Mains General Studies – GS3. (Arihant Manual – GS3)


  • India and the World by Surendra Kumar. (Foreign Policy – GS2)


  • Challenges to Internal Security of India. (Internal Security – GS3)


  • India’s National Security: A Reader. (Internal Security – GS3)


  • IAS Mains General Studies – Ethics. ( Arihant Manual – GS4)


  • Lexicon for Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude. ( Ethics – GS4)


Civil Services Preparation Tips 2019

  • Know the complete Syllabus of IAS 2019 exam: It is very important to know the complete syllabus & topics to be covered for IAS 2019 examination. The applicants should go through IAS 2019 syllabus thoroughly before they strategize their study.
  • Know the details about Examination Pattern of IAS 2019 exam: The applicants are advised to check the examination pattern. They will get an idea about No. of questions, total marks, time duration & No. of sections.
  • Solve previous years’ question papers: It is a very good preparation tip. The applicants should try to solve previous year question papers as many they can do. It will help them to improve their accuracy & speed level as well.
  • Books selection: The applicants should try to choose one good book on each topic that clarifies the basic concepts rather than following many books. Referring more books on one topic may increase your knowledge but you will get confused as well.
  • Regular revision is very important: Regular revisions of each topic are very important to do well in the examination. Regular revisions will help them to understand the topic thoroughly.
  • Making short notes: The applicants should also make short notes that will help them in the revision of topics.

Subject-wise Strategy for IAS 2019

  • General awareness: The applicants can go through the year book that will consist of many things which will help you to prepare for this subject.
  • History: Much stress has been given to modern history & freedom movement. History of ancient India is also focused. A little preparation on medieval history will also serve the purpose.
  • Economy: The applicants need to prepare well with the Indian Economy & follow the business page of any national newspaper.
  • General studies: You can make the preparation of general studies easier with following last years’ question paper. Get an idea from there and then plan your study accordingly.
  • Current affairs: The best way to prepare for current affairs is to go through daily updates happening both nationally & internationally.
  • Art & culture: The applicants should prepare well on facets of Indian culture for both preliminary & main examinations.
  • Geography: Pay more attention to physical geography and also practice map related questions. Try to get more familiar with the map by following Atlas.
  • General Science: This will cover a huge chunk, hence be well-versed with the topics of general science from a standard guidebook.
  • English & Reasoning: The applicants should pay attention on English Comprehension, Data Interpretation & Reasoning.


NB: This upcomimg vacancy is expected to be released on above given dates.  We are not liable if it does not release or any mismatch with the official notification. Please check official website regularly for further updates. 

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