Following the COVID-19 lockdown, many major exams, including the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) preliminary exams rescheduled. Initially scheduled for 31 May, the civil services exams had to be postponed due to the extension of the lockdown.
The UPSC website had even put up a notice about the same. “The Civil Services Preliminary Examination 2020, scheduled to be held on 31 May stands deferred. [The] decision on fresh date of the examination will be made available on 20 May after assessing the situation.”
Today, the commission updated its schedule, and announced that UPSC prelim exams will commence on 4 October 2020 and the mains will commence from 6 September 2020.
Here is the schedule the UPSC preliminary exams will follow:
|Name of Exam||Date of Notification||Last Day for Application||Date of commencement||Duration|
|NDA & NA Exam (I), 2020||8 January 2020`||28 January 2020||6 September 2020 (Sunday)||1 Day|
|Civil Services (Preliminary)||12 February 2020||3 March 2020||4 October 2020 (Sunday)||1 Day|
|Indian Forest Services (Preliminary) Exam, 2020 through CS(P) Exam, 2020||12 February 2020||3 March 2020||4 October 2020 (Sunday)||1 Day|
|IES/ISS Exams, 2020||10 June 2020||30 June 2020||16 October 2020 (Friday)||3 Days|
|Combined Geo-Scientist (Main) Exam, 2020||Not declared yet||Not declared yet||8 August 2020 (Saturday)||2 Days|
|Engineering Services (Main) Exam, 2020||Not declared yet||Not declared yet||9 August 2020 (Sunday)||1 Day|
|Combined Medical Services Exam, 2020||22 July 2020||11 August 2020||22 October 2020 (Thursday)||1 Day|
|Central Armed Police Forces (ACs) Exam, 2020||18 August 2020||7 September 2020||20 December 2020 (Sunday)||1 Day|
|NDA & NA Exam (II), 2020||10 June 2020||30 June 2020||6 September 2020 (Sunday)||1 Day|
|Civil Services (Main) Exam, 2020||Not declared yet||Not declared yet||8 January 2021 (Friday)||5 Days|
|CDS Exam (II), 2020||5 August 2020||25 August 2020||8 November 2020 (Sunday)||1 Day|
|IFS (Main) Exam, 2020||Not declared yet||Not declared yet||28 February 2021 (Sunday)||10 Days|
|SO/Steno (GD-B/GD-I) LDCE||16 September 2020||6 October 2020||12 December 2020 (Saturday)||2 Days|
|Reserved for UPSC RT/ Exam||20 December 2020 (Sunday)||1 Day|
- Columns marked in bold are revised dates.
- Dates are subject to alteration, given the current circumstances.
- A common exam for both NDA & NA Exam (I) and NDA & NA Exam (II), 2020 will be held on 6 September 2020.
- Personality tests for UPSC civil services (main) exam, 2019 for remaining candidates will commence from 20 July 2020. Candidates will be given details individually.
For further details on the exam dates, check out this notification:
UPSC releases the revised schedule of Examinations:
▪️Civil Services Preliminary to be held on 4th Oct;Mains from 08Jan 21. pic.twitter.com/W4LYfQx7T1
— Prasar Bharati News Services (@PBNS_India) June 5, 2020
The UPSC receives over 10 lakh applications annually and this year, it is expected to fill about 796 vacancies—the lowest number in four years. In 2015-16, a total of 3750 candidates were recruited by the UPSC and in 2018-19, the number fell to 896 last year.
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)