Civil Services Exam 2019 (Prelims)

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

UPSC Conducts the Civil Services Exam to recruit candidates for the civil services in various 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. The application process has started from 19th February 2019. Check here complete details about UPSC Civil Services Examination 2019.

UPSC Civil Services Exam 2019 Important Dates

Issue of  Notification19th February 2019
Application form availability19th February 2019
Last date for Application Submission (online)18th March 2019 
Prelims Admit cardLast week of May 2019
Preliminary Exam date2nd June 2019 (1 Day)
Prelims exam resultAugust 2019
Main Exam Admit CardSeptember  2019
Main Exam Date20th September  2019 (5 Days)
Declaration of the final resultJanuary 2020

Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidate must have a 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

CategoryUpper age limitNo. of attempts
General32 Years06 Attempts
OBC35 Years09 Attempts
SC/ST37 YearsNo bar
PH (Blind, Deaf, Orthopedic)42 YearsGEN/OBC= 9 Attempts SC/ST= No bar
J & K DomicileGEN=37 Yrs, OBC= 40 Yrs, SC/ST=40 Yrs, PH=50 YrsNo 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.
PapersDetails of the question papersTotal MarksTotal Time
IGeneral Studies – This paper will be counted for qualifying to write the Civil Services Mains exam.2002 hrs
IIAptitude 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.2002 hrs
Total4004 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.

Paper AOne of the Indian languages from the list selected by the applicants (qualifying)300
Paper BEnglish (qualifying)300
Paper IEssay250
Paper IIGeneral studies I250
Paper IIIGeneral studies II250
Paper IVGeneral studies III250
Paper VGeneral studies IV250
Paper VI, VII2 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
Total marks2025

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

CategoryCS (Pre)CS (Main)CS (Final)

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)
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  7. Jayaprasath Navan says:

    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.

  8. shailender merugu says:

    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 says:

      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

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  10. Saranyamol Santhosh says:

    Thank you sir

  11. Manish Ojha says:

    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.

  12. SRAVAN kumar says:

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  13. SRAVAN kumar says:

    Hi..Manoj ojha..FYI
    If you are from general your’s age limit will be upto 32 r eligible.

  14. Om Rajak says:

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

  15. Sadam hussain says:

    Thank you for detailed information about IAS . It’s very helpful to me …?

  16. Thanks for Reference books

  17. Kiran jagtap says:

    Thanks for all schedule and info…

  18. Kajol Singh says:

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  20. surya says:

    I have bsc degree with only 55% i have aplly upsc ?? Pls clear my doubt

    • Anubhav prakash says:

      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

  21. Ishwar Ahire says:

    Thanks for information so useful

  22. E Mahesh babu says:

    Thank uuu sir

  23. Dinesh Kumar Gupta says:

    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.

  24. honey says:

    THNQ for u r valuable information


    Sir my date of birth is 13 June 1984
    I belong to OBC category
    Can I apply

    • A says:

      No u can’t apply. Sorry

      • Sulakshna says:

        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.

  26. Arbaaz khan says:

    Thanks for this information ..

  27. ASHER LAKRA says:

    Thank you sir

  28. Revanth says:

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  29. Rakshana vani says:

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  31. Riyas.thiruvanamalai says:

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  32. Priya says:

    Can bhm graduate apply….by mistake I did this hotel Mgmt.course….

  33. sreenivasu says:

    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.

  34. sreenivas says:

    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.

  35. Shiv Kumar says:

    Thanks for the above informations ! It’s very helpful for beginners as well as for aspirants.

  36. Rakhi chauhan says:

    Can i fill up form upsc 2019 my DOB is 18 08 1998

  37. kishunath murmu says:

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  38. Shruthi B says:

    Thank you sir

  39. Deepak hembram says:

    Thank you for your information……

  40. Yamuna says:

    i did in computer science in 2018,am i eligible to attempt the 2019 exam .?

  41. megha says:

    Application form kab aayega sir?

  42. Mukesh says:

    sir UPSC IAS Online Registration kab start ho rhe h

  43. praveen says:

    ya sure, u r eligible for this exam .

  44. Akshit kumar meena says:

    Hi , i am in class 12th studying student .i have an dout , can i appear in this ias (upse)exam

  45. Ash Jay says:

    That was very helpful for us.. As a beginner I got almost all information…thank you so much…

  46. Abhishek gupta says:

    When the age should be 21, before preliminary exam or before applying form? Please solve my query quickly.

  47. Khushi says:

    Hi I am belongs to obc. But my husband belongs to general cota can I aaply in obc. Plz suggest am confused on that.

  48. Heena khan says:

    Hi my name is heena.. I have completed masters in pharmacy in 2017 can I apply for this..

  49. Shweta Jain says:

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

  50. 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

  51. gopal krishna says:

    hi sir can you please tell me how many attemts that i can face my date of birth march 3 1991

  52. shubham singh patel says:

    Thank you for the giving information sir. can you tell me which book is better for study in MPPSC exam .

  53. Vanaselvipriya says:

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  54. Manesh Ghaytadak says:

    Thanks sir for given information

  55. MD ANIS Haidar says:

    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.

  56. Ganesh says:

    Sir my Date of birth 23.04.1985 can I apply

  57. Jerlyn Cuyos says:

    hi hello po ask ko lang po if meron po pang age limit ang pagkuha ng Civil Service
    salamat po

  58. Arif khurshid says:

    Thanku sir for effective help..

  59. Pawan Kumar says:

    Thanku sir right guidance

  60. Vishal Gaikwad says:

    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.

  61. Sunny sinha says:

    Hello sir my name is sunny kumar and I m 22years old. I have completed my graduation. So I’m eligible or not for Upsc..

  62. kishunath murmu says:

    Hi, sir if study which books are listed in this site, then can I clear my IAS xam in one sitting.

  63. santhosh says:

    haii sir … i am studying degree 3rd year… can i write upsc exam ???

  64. Parimal Mandi says:

    thank you.

  65. Parimal Mandi says:

    thank you..

  66. Raju kumar kushwaha says:


  67. Ekta says:

    My DOB is 26 aug 1998 will I be eligible for 2019 exam??

  68. Sanju says:

    April 11,1986 : date of birth.
    Can i apply for UPSC exams.. Or for any other civil service exams.

  69. NEERU Bala says:

    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

  70. Leangin says:

    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

  71. Leangin says:

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

  72. Dauji pandey says:


  73. Sudip Dolai says:

    Thanks Sir

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  76. Shilpa says:

    Thanks for information

  77. Himani Nath says:

    Thank you
    Its really helpful

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  80. Neeraj says:

    I am a ex service man. Can I apply the same in ex service man quote. My age is 34 yrs in Gen Cat.

  81. sangram swain says:

    respected sir
    I am sangram swain, sir plz clarify me can a SEBC(NCL) odisha state are eligibble for 9 times upsc civil service exam 2019. plz say.

  82. Nanjesh kumar says:

    Thank you for the information sir /medam

  83. GOYAL BABU says:

    Thanks sir so provide the big information thanks………now you will be success in your dream

  84. Padma Katakam says:

    Thank. U so much

  85. Riyaz Ahmad Alvi says:

    After 12th can i fill the upsc form

  86. Pavani says:

    Thanku for valuable information

  87. Abraham Lincoln n says:

    Am studying 3 rd Bcom can i eligible for upsc exam plz inform me …

  88. Kushal says:

    15/08/1998 wala form fill kar sakta ha kya

  89. Fate Dattatraya says:


  90. Kamaksha says:

    I am in final year of I will complete my graduation in May 2019. Am i eligible to apply for UPSC?

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