UPSC Calendar 2021 – Check IAS Prelims & Mains, ESE, CDS and NDA Exam notification and Exam Dates

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released the UPSC Calendar 2021 at its official website i.e. upsc.gov.in on August 17, 2020. The UPSC Calendar contains the exam dates of all the examinations that are to be held in the year 2021. Candidates preparing to appear in the examination can check the UPSC Calendar 2021 given below.  

Earlier on August 14, 2020 the commission had revised exam calendar for the 2020-21 exams. In the UPSC exam calendar, candidates will get the notification release date, last date to apply and exam date for the various exam conducted by UPSC.

Due to COVID-19 pandemic, various examinations and recruitment tests conducted by UPSC were deferred for which dates were to be released on June 5, 2020. As per the revised UPSC exam calendar, IAS exam 2020 (Prelims) which was scheduled to be held on May 31, 2020 will now be conducted on October 4, 2020. IAS mains exam 2020 which was scheduled to be held on September 18, 2020 will now be conducted on January 8, 2021. 

UPSC Exam Calendar 2021

Candidates preparing for the various exam can get the important dates in the official UPSC calendar 2021 provided below.

NAME OF EXAMINATION DATE OF NOTIFICATION LAST DATE FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS DATE OF COMMENCEMENT OF EXAM DURATION OF EXAM
Combined Geo-Scientist (Preliminary) Exam, 2021 07.10..2020 27.10.2020 21.02..2021
(SUNDAY)
1 DAY
C.D.S. EXAM.(I), 2021 28.10.2020 17.11.2020 07.02.2021
(SUNDAY)
1 DAY
RESERVED FOR UPSC RT/EXAM 21.02.2021
(SUNDAY)
1 DAY
RESERVED FOR UPSC RT/EXAM 07.03.2021
(SUNDAY)
1 DAY
CISF AC(EXE) LDCE-2021 02.12.2020 22.12.2020 14.03.2021
(SUNDAY)
1 DAY
N.D.A. & N.A. EXAM.(I), 2021 30.12.2020 19.01.2021 18.04.2021
(SUNDAY)
1 DAY
Reserved for EO/AOEPFO 09.05.2021
(SUNDAY)
1 DAY
CIVIL SERVICES (PRELIMINARY) EXAM.2021 10.02.2021 02.03.2021 27.06.2021
(SUNDAY)
1 DAY
INDIAN FOREST SERVICE (PREL.)EXAM. 2017 through CS(P) Exam. 2021 10.02.2021 02.03.2021 27.06.2021
(SUNDAY)
1 DAY
Reserved for UPSC RT/ Examination 04.07.2021
(SUNDAY)
1 DAY
I.E.S./I.S.S. EXAM., 2021 07.04.2021 27.04.2021 16.07.2021
(FRIDAY)
3 DAYS
Combined Geo-Scientist (Main) Examination, 2021 17.07.2021
(SATURDAY)
2 DAYS
ENGINEERING SERVICES (Preliminary)EXAMINATION, 2021 07.04.2021 27.04.2021 18.07.2021
(SUNDAY)
1 DAY
CENTRAL ARMED POLICE FORCES (ACs)EXAMINATION, 2021 15.04.2021 05.05.2021 08.08.2021
(SUNDAY)
1 DAY
COMBINED MEDICAL SERVICES EXAM,2021 05.05.2021 25.05.2021 29.08.2021
(SUNDAY)
1 DAY
RESERVED FOR UPSC RT/EXAM 29.08.2021
(SUNDAY)
1 DAY
N.D.A. & N.A. Examination (II), 2021 09.06.2021 29.06.2021 05.09.2021
(SUNDAY)
1 DAY
RESERVED FOR UPSC RT/EXAM 12.09.2021
(SUNDAY)
1 DAY
CIVIL SERVICES (MAIN) EXAM, 2020 17.09.2021
(FRIDAY)
5 DAYS
Engineering Services (Main) Examination, 2021 10.10.2021
(SUNDAY)
1 DAY
C.D.S. EXAM.(II), 2020 04.08.2021 24.08.2021 14.11.2021
(SUNDAY)
1 DAY
INDIAN FOREST SERVICE (MAIN)EXAM. 2020 21.11.2021
(SUNDAY)
10 DAYS
S.O./STENO (GD-B/GD-I) LTD. DEPTTL.COMPETITIVE EXAM 2017 (WRITTEN) 15.09.2021 05.10.2021 11.12.2021
(SATURDAY)
2 DAYS

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UPSC Exam Calendar 2020 (Revised)

NAME OF EXAMINATION DATE OF NOTIFICATION LAST DATE FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS DATE OF COMMENCEMENT OF EXAM DURATION OF EXAM
ENGINEERING SERVICES (Preliminary)EXAMINATION, 2020 25.09.2019 15.10.2019 05.01.2020
(SUNDAY)
1 DAY
Combined Geo-Scientist (Preliminary) Exam, 2020 25.09.2019 15.10.2019 19.01.2020
(SUNDAY)
RESERVED FOR UPSC RT/EXAM     19.01.2020
(SUNDAY)
1 DAY
C.D.S. EXAM.(I), 2020 30.10.2019 19.11.2019 02.02.2020
(SUNDAY)
1 DAY
Tentatively reserved for EO/AOEPFO     23.02.2020
(SUNDAY)
1 DAY
CISF AC(EXE) LDCE-2020 04.12.2019 24.12.2019 01.03.2020
(SUNDAY)
1 DAY
RESERVED FOR UPSC RT/EXAM     08.03.2020
(SUNDAY)
1 DAY
N.D.A. & N.A. EXAM.(I), 2020 08.01.2020 28.01.2020 19.04.2020 (SUNDAY)
06.09.2020(SUNDAY)
1 DAY
CIVIL SERVICES (PRELIMINARY) EXAM.2020 12.02.2020 03.03.2020 31.05.2020 (SUNDAY)
04.10.2020 (SUNDAY)
1 DAY
INDIAN FOREST SERVICE (PREL.)EXAM. 2017 through CS(P) Exam. 2020 12.02.2020 03.03.2020 31.05.2020 (SUNDAY)
04.10.2020 (SUNDAY)
1 DAY
I.E.S./I.S.S. EXAM., 2020 25.03.2020
10.06.2020
13.03.2020
30.06.2020
26.6.2020 (FRIDAY)
16.10.2020 (FRIDAY)
COMBINED GEO-SCIENTIST AND GEOLOGIST EXAM., 2020 27.6.2020 (SATURDAY)
08.08.2020(SATURDAY)
ENGINEERING SERVICES (Main)EXAMINATION, 2020     28.6.2020(SUNDAY)
09.08.2020(SUNDAY)
CENTRAL ARMED POLICE FORCES (ACs)EXAMINATION, 2020 22.04.2020
18.08.2020
12.05.2020
7.09.2020
09.08.2020 (SUNDAY)
20.12.2020 (SUNDAY)
1 DAY
COMBINED MEDICAL SERVICES EXAM,2017 08.04.2020
22.07.2020
28.04.2020
11.08.2020
19.07.2020 (SUNDAY)
22.10.2020 (THURSDAY)
1 DAY
RESERVED FOR UPSC RT/EXAM     23.08.2020
(SUNDAY)
1 DAY
N.D.A. & N.A. EXAM.(II), 2020 10.06.2020 30.06.2020 06.09.2020
(SUNDAY)
1 DAY
RESERVED FOR UPSC RT/EXAM     13.09.2020
(SUNDAY)
1 DAY
CIVIL SERVICES (MAIN) EXAM, 2020     18.09.2020 (FRIDAY)
08.01.2021(FRIDAY)
5 DAYS
C.D.S. EXAM.(II), 2020 05.08.2020 25.08.2020 08.11.2020
(SUNDAY)
1 DAY
INDIAN FOREST SERVICE (MAIN)EXAM. 2020     22.11.2020 (SUNDAY)
28/02/2021 (SUNDAY)
10 DAYS
S.O./STENO (GD-B/GD-I) LTD. DEPTTL.COMPETITIVE EXAM 2017 (WRITTEN) 16.09.2020 06.10.2020 12.12.2020
(SATURDAY)
2 DAYS

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UPSC Exam Calendar 2019

UPSC Calendar for 2019 exam is released, and it has mentioned the IAS exam date for 2019 as well. It states that the Prelims exam will be held on June 02, 2019, and Mains in October 2019.

Name of Examination Date ofNotification Last Date forreceipt ofApplications Date ofcommencementof Exam Duration ofExam
Engineering Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2019 26.09.2018 22.10.2018 06.01.2019(SUNDAY) 1 DAY
Reserved for UPSC RT/ Examination     20.01.2019(SUNDAY) 1 DAY
C.D.S. Examination (I), 2019 31.10.2018 26.11.2018 03.02.2019 (SUNDAY) 1 DAY
Reserved for UPSC RT/ Examination     24.02.2019(SUNDAY) 1 DAY
CISF AC(EXE) LDCE-2019 05.12.2018 31.12.2018 03.03.2019(SUNDAY) 1 DAY
Reserved for UPSC RT/ Examination     10.03.2019(SUNDAY) 1 DAY
N.D.A. & N.A. Examination (I), 2019 09.01.2019 04.02.2019 21.04.2019 (SUNDAY) 1 DAY
Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2019 19.02.2019 18.03.2019 02.06.2019(SUNDAY) 1 DAY
Indian Forest Service (Preliminary) Examination, 2019through CS(P) Examination 2018 19.02.2019 18.03.2019 02.06.2019 (SUNDAY) 1 DAY
I.E.S./I.S.S. Examination, 2019 20.03.2019 16.04.2019 28.06.2019 (FRIDAY) 3 DAYS
Combined Geo-Scientist and Geologist Examination, 2019 20.03.2019 16.04.2019 28.06.2019(FRIDAY) 3 DAYS
Engineering Services (Main) Examination, 2019     30.06.2019 (SUNDAY) 1 DAY
Combined Medical Services Examination, 2019 10.04.2019 06.05.2019 21.07.2019(SUNDAY) 1 DAY
Reserved for UPSC RT/ Examination     11.08.2019 (SUNDAY) 1 DAY
Central Armed Police Forces (ACs) Examination, 2019 24.04.2019 20.05.2019 18.08.2019 (SUNDAY) 1 DAY
Reserved for UPSC RT/ Examination     11.08.2019(SUNDAY) 1 DAY
N.D.A. & N.A. Examination (II), 2019 07.08.2019 03.09.2019 17.11.2019(SUNDAY) 1 DAY
Reserved for UPSC RT/ Examination     15.09.2019 (SUNDAY) 1 DAY
Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2019     20.09.2019(FRIDAY) 5 DAYS
Reserved for UPSC RT/ Examination     20.10.2019 (SUNDAY) 1 DAY
C.D.S. Examination (II), 2019 12.06.2019 08.07.2019 08.09.2019 (SUNDAY) 1 DAY
Reserved for UPSC RT/ Examination     24.11.2019 (SUNDAY) 1 DAY
Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination, 2019     01.12.2019 (SUNDAY) 10 DAYS
S.O./Steno (GD-B/GD-I) LDCE 18.09.2019 10.10.2019 14.12.2019 (SATURDAY) 2 DAYS
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UPSC Exam Calendar 2018

UPSC Calendar for 2018 exam is released, and it has mentioned the IAS exam date for 2018 as well. It states that the Prelims exam will be held on June 3, 2018, and Mains in October 2018.

Name of Examination Date ofNotification Last Date forreceipt ofApplications Date ofcommencementof Exam Duration ofExam
Engineering Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2018 27.09.2017 23.10.2017 07.01.2018(SUNDAY) 1 DAY
Reserved for UPSC RT/ Examination     21.01.2018(SUNDAY) 1 DAY
C.D.S. Examination (I), 2018 08.11.2017 04.12.2017 04.02.2018(SUNDAY) 1 DAY
Reserved for UPSC RT/ Examination     25.02.2018(SUNDAY) 1 DAY
CISF AC(EXE) LDCE-2018 06.12.2017 29.12.2017 04.03.2018(SUNDAY) 1 DAY
Reserved for UPSC RT/ Examination     11.03.2018(SUNDAY) 1 DAY
N.D.A. & N.A. Examination (I), 2018 10.01.2018 05.02.2018 22.04.2018(SUNDAY) 1 DAY
Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2018 07.02..2018 06.03.2018 03.06.2018(SUNDAY) 1 DAY
Indian Forest Service (Preliminary) Examination, 2018through CS(P) Examination 2018 07.02..2018 06.03.2018 03.06.2018(SUNDAY) 1 DAY
I.E.S./I.S.S. Examination, 2018 21.03.2018 16.04.2018 29.6.2018(FRIDAY) 3 DAYS
Combined Geo-Scientist and Geologist Examination, 2018 21.03.2018 16.04.2018 29.6.2018(FRIDAY) 3 DAYS
Engineering Services (Main) Examination, 2018     01.07.2018(SUNDAY) 1 DAY
Combined Medical Services Examination, 2018 11.04.2018 07.05.2018 22.07.2018(SUNDAY) 1 DAY
Reserved for UPSC RT/ Examination     29.07.2018(SUNDAY) 1 DAY
Central Armed Police Forces (ACs) Examination, 2018 25.04.2018 21.05.2018 12.08.2018(SUNDAY) 1 DAY
Reserved for UPSC RT/ Examination     19.08.2018(SUNDAY) 1 DAY
N.D.A. & N.A. Examination (II), 2018 06.06.2018 02.07.2018 09.09.2018(SUNDAY) 1 DAY
Reserved for UPSC RT/ Examination     23.09.2018(SUNDAY) 1 DAY
Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2018     28.09.2018(FRIDAY) 5 DAYS
Reserved for UPSC RT/ Examination     28.10.2018(SUNDAY) 1 DAY
C.D.S. Examination (II), 2018 08.08.2018 03.09.2018 18.11.2018(SUNDAY) 1 DAY
Reserved for UPSC RT/ Examination     25.11.2018(SUNDAY) 1 DAY
Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination, 2018     02.12.2018(SUNDAY) 10 DAYS
S.O./Steno (GD-B/GD-I) LDCE 12.09.2018 05.10.2018 15.12.2018(SATURDAY) 2 DAYS

About UPSC

Union Public Services Commission (UPSC) is the central recruitment agency for central government services. It derives powers and function from the constitution of India.

Under Article 320 of the Constitution of India, the Commission is required to be consulted on all matters relating to recruitment to civil services and posts. The functions of the Commission under Article 320 of the Constitution are:

  • Conduct examinations for appointment to the Central Government services
  • Direct recruitment is through interviews
  • Appointment of officers on promotion / deputation / absorption
  • Disciplinary cases relating to different Civil Services

UPSC Competitive Exams

UPSC conducts various examinations on biannual/annual/biennial basis throughout India for appointment to various Civil/Defence services. The notifications for these examinations are published on UPSC website, Employment newspaper, national news dailies and online sources.

List of Competitive Exams conducted by UPSC

  • Civil Services Examination (IAS)
  • Engineering Services Examination (IES)
  • Combined Medical Services Examination (CMSE)
  • Combined Defence Services Examination (CDS Exam)
  • National Defence Academy Examination (NDA)
  • Naval Academy Examination
  • Special Class Railway Apprentice (SCRA)
  • Indian Forest Service Examination
  • Indian Economic Service Examination
  • Indian Statistical Service Examination
  • Combined Geoscientist and Geologist Examination
  • Central Armed Police Forces (Assistant Commandant) Examination (CAPF Exam)
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UPSC Exam Calendar FAQs

Q. Is there any changes in UPSC 2020? 

A. UPSC 2020 official notification was released on February 12, 2020, where candidates can access the details about civil services exam. Since the same exam pattern continues for the last 4 years, there will not be any change in UPSC civil services exam. For more details, read the IAS exam article.

Q. When can I apply for civil service exam 2020? 

A. Candidates preparing for UPSC civil services exam 2020 can apply for the exam on the official website after the release of official notification on 12-February-2020. For more details, read the IAS Application Form article.

Q. Is there any change in UPSC CSE Syllabus 2020? 

A. There will not be any changes in the UPSC syllabus 2020. Candidates can check the official notification of any changes made in the civil services exam. For more details, read the UPSC IAS Syllabus article.

Q. What is the syllabus of UPSC 2020? 

A. The syllabus for prelims exam provided by UPSC is not comprehensive, it provides the broad topics of the subjects.

In the IAS mains exam, there are four general studies papers. GS Paper 1 deals with History, Geography, Society; GS Paper 2 covers Polity, Governance, International Relations and Social Justice topics; GS paper 3 topics include Economy, Science and Tech, Environment, Security and Disaster Management; GS paper 4 is ethics, integrity and aptitude. 

Q. Is the UPSC exam tough? 

A. Well, the answer is, yes! It is is one of the most difficult competitive exams. And there is not only a single factor that makes it difficult but multiple factors contribute to make it a tough nut to crack. But if you are determined and hardworking then cracking IAS exam will be a cakewalk.

Q. Is 1 year sufficient for IAS preparation? 

A. If candidates have proper planning and prepare comprehensively for UPSC prelims and mains exam, then one year of preparation is more than sufficient to crack IAS exam.

Q. Can an average student crack IAS?

A. It is an exam conducted to recruit the best minds of India, who are interested and eager towards contributing to the welfare of society. It does not need high IQ; all it demands for, is an average student with a positive mind frame.

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