New Dates for UPSC Prelims Are Out: Check Full Time Table, Notification Here


The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) today announced the revised dates for the civil service examinations 2020 and interviews. #BulletinBoard

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:

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Name of ExamDate of NotificationLast Day for ApplicationDate of commencementDuration
NDA & NA Exam (I), 20208 January 2020`28 January 20206 September 2020 (Sunday)1 Day
Civil Services (Preliminary)12 February 20203 March 20204 October 2020 (Sunday)1 Day
Indian Forest Services (Preliminary) Exam, 2020 through CS(P) Exam, 202012 February 20203 March 20204 October 2020 (Sunday)1 Day
IES/ISS Exams, 202010 June 202030 June 202016 October 2020 (Friday)3 Days
Combined Geo-Scientist (Main) Exam, 2020Not declared yetNot declared yet8 August 2020 (Saturday)2 Days
Engineering Services (Main) Exam, 2020Not declared yetNot declared yet9 August 2020  (Sunday)1 Day
Combined Medical Services Exam, 202022 July 202011 August 202022 October 2020 (Thursday)1 Day
Central Armed Police Forces (ACs) Exam, 202018 August 20207 September 202020 December 2020 (Sunday)1 Day
NDA & NA Exam (II), 202010 June 202030 June 20206 September 2020 (Sunday)1 Day
Civil Services (Main) Exam, 2020Not declared yetNot declared yet8 January 2021 (Friday)5 Days
CDS Exam (II), 20205 August 202025 August 20208 November 2020 (Sunday)1 Day
IFS (Main) Exam, 2020Not declared yetNot declared yet28 February 2021 (Sunday)10 Days
SO/Steno (GD-B/GD-I) LDCE16 September 20206 October 202012 December 2020 (Saturday)2 Days
Reserved for UPSC RT/ Exam20 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:

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)

Feature image for representation. Source: Hitesh Vagouriya/ Facebook.

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