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UPSC 2024 – Exam Date (Out), Eligibility Criteria, Exam Pattern, Vacancies, and Preparation Tips

Get ready for UPSC 2024! Explore the UPSC 2024 exam date, eligibility criteria, exam pattern, and vacancies. Prepare to become an IAS, IPS, or IFS officer. 

The UPSC 2024 Exam is scheduled for 26 May 2024, according to the official calendar released on 10 May 2023. The Civil Services Examination (CSE) conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is a highly competitive process, consisting of three stages: Preliminary, Mains, and Interview. Aspirants who successfully navigate all stages will secure coveted positions in various civil services, including IAS, IPS, IFS, IRS, and more. In this comprehensive guide, we delve into the essential aspects of UPSC 2024, ranging from exam dates to preparation strategies.  


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UPSC 2024 Exam Date

The key dates for UPSC 2024 are as follows: 

UPSC Exam Calendar 2024May 10, 2023
UPSC 2024 exam notification14 February 2024
UPSC 2024 exam application form14 February 2024 to 5 March 2024
UPSC 2024 admit cardTo be released
UPSC 2024 Civil Services Prelims exam26 May 2024
UPSC 2024 Civil Services Mains exam20 September 2024

UPSC 2024 Eligibility Criteria

Before diving into UPSC 2024 preparation tips, candidates must understand the eligibility criteria. Here are the details.


  • Indian Citizen, or
  • Nepal/Bhutan residents, or
  • Tibetan refugees before January 1, 1962, with the intent of permanent residence, or
  • Person of Indian ancestry returning from specified countries for permanent residence.


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, or
  • Final-year graduation candidates can appear for Prelims, but they must provide passing results before Mains Application.


  • General category: 21 to 32 years on August 1st of the exam year.
  • Birth between August 2, 1992, and August 1, 2003.
  • Age relaxations for reserved categories
CategoryAge Relaxation
OBC3 years
SC/ST5 years
Physically Disabled10 years
Defense Services personnel3 years
Ex-servicemen5 years

Number of Attempts:

  • General: 6 attempts
  • OBC: 9 attempts
  • SC/ST: No restrictions

Physical Fitness:

Required for certain services like IPS and IFoS

UPSC 2024 Exam Pattern

Understanding the UPSC Exam Pattern is crucial for effective preparation. The exam comprises three stages: Prelims, Mains, and Personality Test.

UPSC Prelims:

Number of papers2
Language of paperEnglish, Hindi
Duration of exam4 hours (2 hours each)
Number of questionsGS paper 1: 100, GS paper 2: 80
Maximum marks400 (200 each)
Qualifying marks33%

UPSC Mains:

Number of papers9
Language of paperEnglish, Hindi, 22 regional languages
Mains Exam Duration3 hours each
SubjectsCompulsory Indian language, English, Essay, General Studies I-IV, Optional I-II
Number of questionsPart A and B: 300 each, General studies and optional paper: 250 each
Maximum marks1750

UPSC CSE 2024 Vacancies and Posts

The total number of vacancies for UPSC CSE 2024, categorised into Group A (All India Services) and Group B (Central Services), will be detailed in the UPSC Notification 2024. The services include IAS, IPS, IFS, and various Central Services like IRS, Indian Audit and Accounts Service, and more.

UPSC Interview

Candidates clearing the Mains proceed to the Personality Test or Interview. This face-to-face discussion assesses personality traits, current affairs knowledge, and situational scenarios. Preparation for the interview involves staying updated with current events and polishing communication skills.

UPSC 2024 Application Form

To apply for UPSC 2024, candidates must fill out the online application form. The process starts soon after the notification release, and the last date for submission is crucial. Here are the steps to apply:

  1. Visit the official website.
  2. Register and create a profile.
  3. Fill out the application form with accurate information.
  4. Preview for errors before submission.
  5. Pay the application fee online.
  6. Submit the form, receive confirmation, and note the registration number.
  7. Take a printout for future reference.

UPSC Application Fee:

CategoryApplication Fees
General/OBCRs. 100

UPSC Admit Card 2024

The UPSC 2024 admit card, a vital document for examination, will be released a few weeks before the exam. Candidates can download it from the official website using their registration ID and password. The admit card contains essential details like candidate information, examination centre details, and instructions. Ensure all details are accurate, and keep the admit card safe for the entire selection process.

Steps to Download Admit Card:

  • Go to the official website.
  • Select ‘Admit Cards’ and choose the exam.
  • Enter the registration ID or roll number.
  • Enter the Captcha code.
  • Click ‘Submit’ to access the admit card.
  • Download and print for exam use.

How to Prepare for UPSC 2024?

Preparing for UPSC 2024 requires a strategic approach:

  • Understand Exam Pattern and Syllabus: Know the pattern, syllabus, and marking scheme.
  • Make a Study Plan: Tailor a plan based on your learning style and schedule.
  • Follow Current Events: Stay updated with news and events for the current affairs section.
  • Use Standard Reference Books: Refer to quality study materials and make comprehensive notes.
  • Practise Mock Tests: Evaluate performance, identify strengths and weaknesses, and improve time management.
  • Stay Motivated: The journey is challenging, so stay motivated and confident in your abilities.

Embarking on the UPSC 2024 journey requires meticulous planning and dedication. By understanding the exam nuances, meeting eligibility criteria, and following a robust preparation strategy, aspirants can enhance their chances of success in this prestigious examination. Start early, stay focused, and make every day count towards achieving your dream of serving the nation through civil services.


Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to the most common queries related to the UPSC 2024.

Can a candidate modify their date of birth submitted in the online application?

No, UPSC does not allow modification of date of birth details once submitted. Providing false information can lead t...Read full

When will the UPSC 2024 exam admit card be issued?

Candidates can download their UPSC 2024 e-admit card three weeks before the scheduled exam. Official notifications w...Read full

What is the UPSC Calendar 2024?

The UPSC Calendar 2024 outlines important dates and timelines for various examinations and recruitment tests conduct...Read full

How to crack the UPSC exam?

To crack the UPSC exam, follow a well-structured study plan, comprehensively cover the syllabus, practise previous y...Read full

What is the UPSC exam age limit?

The UPSC exam typically has an age limit ranging from 21 to 32 years, with specific relaxations available for certai...Read full