UPSC Mains 2021 Begins Today! Check Datesheet [January 7-16, 2022], Exam Timings, Omicron Guidelines

UPSC Civil Services Mains Exam 2021 has begun today, that is on January 7, 2022. The exams would continue till January 16th this year.  Check the complete Datesheet, Timings and Omicron Guidelines for the exam below. 

UPSC Mains 2021: Datesheet, timetable
UPSC Mains 2021: Datesheet, timetable

UPSC Civil Services Mains Exam 2021 has begun from today, that is January 7th and would continue till January 16, 2022. Today would be the first paper of the Essay, which would be of three hours. The morning session would be from 9:00 AM to 12: 00 Noon and the afternoon session would be conducted from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Check the complete datasheet, latest official notice and exam timings below. 

Even though a PIL was filed to postpone the exam, UPSC made it clear that the Mains exams would be conducted as per schedule, that is from January 7 to January 16, 2022. 


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UPSC Civil Services Mains 2021 Timetable 

Check the datasheet below for knowing the timings

Dates (2022)

Forenoon Session (9:00 AM-12:00 Noon)

Afternoon Session (2:00 PM to 5:00 PM)

January 7

Paper-I Essay


January 8

Paper-II General Studies I

Paper-III General Studies II

January 9

Paper-IV General Studies III

Paper-V General Studies IV

January 15

Paper-A Language Paper

Paper-B English

January 16

Paper-VI Optional Paper I

Paper-VII Optional Paper 2

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UPSC has also said in a press release, "Keeping in view the restrictions/curbs being imposed by the Governments to contain the disease, the Commission has requested the State Governments for ensuring that no inconvenience is caused to the candidates/ examination functionaries in their movement, especially who are coming from containment / micro-containment zone(s) and if necessary, the candidates’ eAdmit Cards and ID Cards of the examination functionaries are to be used as movement passes. "

The candidates who have passed the UPSC Prelims Exam are to now appear in the UPSC Mains exam which is a subjective test series testing the capability of the candidates in various subjects. Check the exam date sheet, along with the last-minute revision tips and the guidelines to be followed keeping in mind the Covid 19 variant omicron and its spread at the exam centres. 

UPSC Mains 2021: Last Minute Tips and Omicron Guidelines

The candidates are required to download their admit cards and read the back page of the admit card with caution. All the instructions are mentioned there. 

  1. Those who are to appear for the Mains exam must reach their exam centres at least half an hour before the exam is scheduled. 
  2. All candidates must wear a mask at all times without which they may not be allowed to enter the examination venue or appear in the exam. 
  3. All candidates must for precaution carry a sanitiser bottle which MUST be transparent. It would ensure that no malpractices are being followed. 
  4. The candidates would be allowed to carry their water bottles as it may not be safe to drink water outside during the time of the pandemic
  5. The candidates must not carry their mobile phones (even if switched off) inside the venue. They must not possess a smartwatch, any device that may be categorized as a communication device or even a piece of paper other than their admit cards during the exam. 
  6. Candidates need to carry their admit cards copy and in case their photograph is blurred or not visible, they need to carry two passport size photographs as well to the venue.
  7. The candidates must maintain social distancing at all times at the venue. It is essential for their and the fellow candidates' safety. 

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This has been an ongoing debate between the candidates and the Government of the day since the pandemic has broken out. The students demand postponement of the exam while the Government is not in this favour. Now the cases of Omicron are on the rise which is why the students are demanding the exams to be postponed. The final hearing would be conducted on January 6, 2022, and the exam would begin on January 7. 

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What are the guidelines for the UPSC exam for the Omicron virus?

The candidates need to wear a mask at all times while attending exams and maintain social distancing. They can also carry a sanitiser to keep their hands germ free.

What are the new dates of the UPSC Civil Services Exam in 2022?

The UPSC Mains exam 2021 would be conducted from January 7, 2022, and the UPSC CSE Prelims 2022 is scheduled for June 5, 2022.

Will UPSC Mains be postponed?

There is doubt that the court may postpone the UPSC CSE Mains exam that is to be conducted from January 7 onwards in the year 2022. However, till the decision is arrived at, nothing can be said.

Is UPSC Mains 2021 postponed?

No, UPSC Mains for Civil Services has not yet been postponed. The plea has been filed in the Delhi High Court.

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