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Civil Services Exam 2019 (Prelims)

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

UPSC Conducts the examination to recruit candidates for Civil Services in varaious departments of the Government of India,  The posts filled under this examination are Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and Indian Administrative Service (IAS). The examination is conducted throughout the country. There are three phases of this examination. Application nprocess will be started from 19th February 2019, After release of the official notification candidates can apply for the same. Check here complete details about UPSC Civil Services Examination 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. 

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 the final result January 2020

Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidate must have Bachelor degree in any discipline from a 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

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 given in the notification. We will updated here, UPSC Civil Services online application link after released of official notice.

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 the 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 a total of 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

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


  • 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)


  1. Jayaprasath Navan

    Dear Sir,
    My DOB is 17 Sep 1981 and belongs to SC category.
    Please could you clear me that I can appear in UPSC Prelims 2019.
    I am confusing with age limit. Kindly clarify me.

  2. shailender merugu

    Thank you for the above information, it is very useful as i have very less knowledge about the UPSC exam.
    I also have a doubt that I am a graduate from hyderabad and secured a very less 52%!!!!
    will i be eligible to attempt the exam, do they have any specific cutoff as a part of eligibility criteria?

    • Vaidehi

      I have a doubt regarding age limit many are informing me that from 2019 upsc going to change criteria for age that is they are reduce the age limit is it true, kindly reply me sir

  3. Manish Ojha

    Hi, My DOB is 18th Aug 1987, i am a working professional, working as Project Manager, i am targeting UPSC 2019, but i m doubtful about my Age eligibility as i am belong from General category.

    Can some one please help me to clear my dought whether i am eligible for next year attempt or not.

  4. Om Rajak

    Hi,this is Om Rajak
    i,m Completed my graduation of Accounts (Hon) From Burdwan university.
    Can i eligible for this Examination

  5. Kajol Singh

    Thank you Sir for giving such a valuable and brief information about UPSC is really very helpful to people like me. Your work really deserve a compliment.

    • Anubhav prakash

      yes sure bhai u can apply
      but you you have to minimum age limit 21 years and maximum 32 if you belong to general category

  6. Dinesh Kumar Gupta

    Dear Sir,
    My DOB is 27-nov.,1986 and belongs to General category.
    Please could you clear me that I can appear in UPSC Prelims 2019.
    I am confusing with age limit. Kindly clarify me.

      • Sulakshna

        Why can’t she apply, being OBC she has her upper age limit up to 35. If the notification comes anywhere before June, she would b in her 34 + only, so can’t she apply. Iam also of the same category and is preparing thinking I have one more attempt.pls clarify.

  7. sreenivasu

    sir this sree My Date of Birth is 04 june 1982 and belongs to SC .
    Please could you clear me that I can appear in UPSC Prelims 2019.
    I am confusing with age limit. Kindly clarify me.

  8. sreenivas

    sir My DOB is 04june982 and belongs to SC.
    Please could you clear me that I can appear in UPSC Prelims 2019.
    I am confusing with age limit. Kindly clarify me.

  9. Shweta Jain

    Kindly suggest. My DOB is 7th October 1986. Whether I shall be eligible for 2019 UPSC Exams. I belong to General Category.


    Sir I have completed my graduation on age basis I have done my 10th after that on age basis I did my graduation in correspondence.. Can I eligible for the exam plz kindly confirm me
    Thanks and Regards

  11. MD ANIS Haidar

    Dear Sir,
    My DOB is 05Sep 1997 and belongs to OBC category.
    Please could you clear me that I can appear in UPSC Prelims 2019.
    I am confusing with age limit. Kindly clarify me.

  12. Vishal Gaikwad

    Same question sir my date of birth is 25-9-1997 am I eligible for 2019 exam can I apply for the exam. And I’m degree 3rd year.

  13. Raju kumar kushwaha


  14. NEERU Bala

    Hello,sir I am M.A B.Ed & school teacher with 8years experience but I am weak in Maths can I apply for this exam. Pls reply me sir

  15. Leangin

    I don’t know any of the Indian language except English.
    How will i write for GS1 for qualifying paper since I don’t know even hindi.
    Please help me out

  16. Leangin

    Please help me out for GS1 qualifying paper for Indian language because I don’t know any Indian language except English..will be eligible

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