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UPSC IAS 2023: Notification Out, Apply Online, Exam Date, Eligibility, Syllabus, Pattern

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UPSC IAS 2023: UPSC has released UPSC IAS 2023 notification on 1 February 2023, Wednesday. Check here UPSC IAS Notification PDF 2023, apply online link, selection process, IAS syllabus, pattern, exam date, question paper, books and latest updates here. 

UPSC IAS 2023 Notification

UPSC has released UPSC IAS 2023 notification on its website on 1st February. A total of  1105 vacancies have been released for the UPSC IAS 2023 exam. This is a huge number of vacancies that has been released for the IAS exam after a long time. Candidates who have been waiting eagerly for the IAS notification to be released can apply for the exam from 1st February to 21st February 2023. UPSC conducts the Civil Services exam every year to recruit IAS/IPS/IFS officers at an All-India level. The recruitment is carried out through two different phases - IAS Prelims Exam and IAS Mains Exam & Interview Round.

Download UPSC IAS Notification PDF 2023

The UPSC IAS notification PDF consists the important information related to the exam such as exam date, vacancy, syllabus, pattern, etc. 

UPSC IAS 2023 Exam Date

In the following table below, you can check out the important dates related to UPSC IAS 2023 exam. UPSC has announced the IAS Prelims and Mains exam date on its website which is on 28 May and 15 September respectively.

UPSC IAS 2023 Events Dates
UPSC 2023 Notification Release Date 01 February 2023
UPSC IAS Application Form 2023 Release Date 01 February 2023
Last Date to apply 21 February 2023
UPSC IAS Admit Card release date First week of May
IAS Exam Date 2023 for Prelims 28 May 2023
IAS Prelims Result releases on to be announced
UPSC IAS Mains admit card release date to be announced
UPSC IAS Mains 2023 Exam Date 15 September 2023
Result 2023 date for Mains Exam to be announced
IAS Interview Date to be announced
IAS Final Result date releases on to be announced

UPSC IAS 2023 Application Form

UPSCshall activate the online link of IAS Application Form 2023 on 1st February @ Candidates need to apply online and pay the application fee on time to sit for IAS Prelims Exam 2023. Have a look at the detailed application process below:

Step 1: IAS Registration 2023

Candidates who apply for the IAS exam 2023 will have to register themselves on the UPSC website to get IAS registration number. Here is the step-wise process to apply for UPSC IAS 2023 exam.

• Visit

• Click on ‘UPSC Civil Services Examination 2023’

• Fill your Name, Date of Birth, Mobile Number, Email Address & captcha code

• You get your IAS Registration Number

Click here to apply for UPSC IAS 2023

Step 2: IAS Application Form 2023

To fill the UPSC Civil Services application, follow these steps:

• Log-in by entering your Roll Number and Password or Date of Birth

• Fill your personal details, educational qualification, age, gender, religion, & others

• Upload scanned images of your Photo & Signature

• Pay the IAS Application Fee through Debit Card/Credit Card/Internet Banking or Offline through the e-challan of SBI Bank

IAS Eligibility Criteria 2023

The eligibility criteria for the UPSC IAS Civil Services exam include age limit, educational qualification, nationality and the number of attempts. The IAS eligibility criteria are different for all categories such as GEN/EWS/OBC/SC/ST/PWD. Have a look:

Nationality: Citizen of India OR Tibetan refugee who came to India before January 1, 1962, OR person of Indian origin who migrated from Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Burma, Vietnam, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, and Ethiopia

Educational Qualification: Graduate Degree in any discipline of University/Institution established or incorporated by an Act of Parliament or declared a Deemed University under the UGC Act, 1956

Note: No requirement for any minimum percentage

Age Limit: The minimum age limit is 21 years and the maximum age limit is different for different categories:

• General: 32 years

• OBC: 35 years

• SC & ST: 37 year

• PwD: 42 Years

Number of Attempts: Have a look at the maximum number of attempts allowed for each category:

• General: 6 Attempts

• EWS: 6 Attempts

• OBC: 9 Attempts

• SC & ST: Till the Age limit

• PwD: 9 Attempts for OBC; Till the Age limit for SC/ST

IAS Selection Process 2023

The UPSC IAS selection process is done through three stages, Prelims, Mains and Interview. A candidate has to qualify at each stage to be eligible to be appointed to the post of IAS/IPS/IFS/IRS and other posts. 

  • UPSC IAS Prelims
  • UPSC IAS Mains 
  • UPSC IAS Interview

UPSC IAS Prelims is qualifying in nature. The marks of IAS Prelims are not considered in the final merit list, from which the selection of candidates is made. The UPSC prepares the final merit list on the basis of marks secured by candidates in the IAS Mains exam and Interview. Hence, all the candidates must obtain maximum marks in the Mains and Interview to be eligible for an appointment.

UPSC IAS 2023 Prelims Exam Pattern

UPSC IAS exam pattern has been mentioned in the following table below. The Prelims exam consists of two papers, General Studies and CSAT. The IAS GS paper is for 100 marks while CSAT is for 80 marks. It is mandatory to obtain at least 33% in CSAT to be eligible to UPSC Prelims Paper 1 marks will be used to determine the merit list, while the CSAT Paper 2 will be of qualifying in nature (33% marks).

• IAS Prelims exam will have questions that are in Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) format

• There will be a Negative Marking of 1/3rd marks (0.66) for each wrong answer

• GS Paper II (CSAT) is qualifying in nature; you need only 33 per cent marks to clear this paper

• In the PwD category, blind candidates are allotted 20 minutes extra for each paper


Total Questions


Time Duration

Paper I: General Studies



2 Hours

Paper-II: GS (CSAT)



2 Hours

IAS Mains Exam Pattern

Candidates who qualify UPSC IAS prelims exam 2023 exam by securing the cutoff marks will fill in the detailed application form or DAF and appear for the Mains examination. UPSC Mains Exam consists of two types papers, qualifying papers and merit.

  • IAS Mains papers A and B are qualifying in nature. On the other hand, Papers 1 to 7 of the Mains exam will be used to determine the final merit list of the candidates. 
  • Candidates must choose one UPSC optional subject for the Mains exam.
  • IAS Mains exam is objective as well as descriptive in nature
  • Candidates need to obtain IAS Cut off marks to qualify this round
  • The cut off is decided on the basis of total vacancies, the difficulty level of paper and candidates appearing for the exam.
  • There will be a Negative Marking of 1/3rd marks (0.66) for each wrong answer in objective paper only


Name of Paper

Nature of Paper

Time Duration


Paper – A

Any Indian Language



3 Hours


Paper – B



3 Hours


Paper I


Merit Ranking

3 Hours


Paper II

General Studies I

3 Hours


Paper III

General Studies II

3 Hours


Paper IV

General Studies III

3 Hours


Paper V

General Studies IV

3 Hours


Paper VI

Optional Paper I

3 Hours


Paper VII

Optional Paper-II

3 Hours




Interview Round


Grand Total


UPSC Optional Subjects

Every candidate has to choose one optional paper for the IAS Mains exam. UPSC has given a list of 48 subjects that the candidates can select in the IAS optional subject. T

List of Optional Subjects for UPSC Exam 2023



Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science








Civil Engineering


Commerce & Accountancy




Electrical Engineering














Mechanical Engineering


Medical Science






Political Science & International Relations




Public Administration






IAS Syllabus 2023

The IAS Syllabus covers subjects like History, Polity, Geography, Economy, Environment & Ecology, General Science and Current Affairs. Have a look at the detailed syllabus of UPSC IAS Civil Services on the link mentioned below:

UPSC IAS Syllabus 2023

IAS 2023 Exam Preparation Tips & Strategy

Cracking the UPSC exam requires a huge amount of practice and patience as the IAS syllabus is very vast. One has to be consistent in learning and practicing things while preparing for the IAS exam. Here are some tips for the UPSC IAS preparation tips that will guide you toward your preparation for the exam. 

- Read newspapers daily such as The Hindu, Economic Times, others. Stay updated with GK from every domain. 

- Get yourself acquainted with the most important Current Affairs topics by going through reliable sources such as; Yojana & Frontline magazines; PIB, News on Air.

- Keep an eye on the latest happenings and try to link them with the UPSC IAS Syllabus. If you find it relevant, then prepare it thoroughly.

- Go through the IAS Previous Year Question Papers to brush up on your preparations

- Read complete NCERT books from 9th to 12th standard of subjects link Geography, Polity, Economics, History, Science, and Maths.

- Prepare notes every time you are reading. For IAS Prelims, prepare short notes in bullet points and for IAS Mains, prepare descriptive notes.

- Prepare for General Studies CSAT by practising more and more mock tests and important questions. CSAT paper tests your accuracy and time management.

- Revise the sample papers or practice sets you have already attempted. This will help you in knowing your weak and strong areas.

You may go through the following UPSC IAS preparation articles:

UPSC IAS Question Papers

UPSC IAS question paper forms the most important part of the preparation strategy for any IAS aspirant. Goting through the previous year question paper gives you an insight into the questions that have been asked in the UPSC exam over the previous years. 

UPSC (IAS) Prelims 2021 Paper - 1 (9:30 AM to 11:30 AM) & Paper - 2 (02:30 PM to 04:30 PM) were conducted on 10th October. UPSC (IAS) Prelims General Studies Paper 1 contained 100 questions on subjects Indian Polity, History, Indian Economy, Geography, Art and Culture, Science & Technology and Current Affairs, etc.


UPSC Admit Card 2023

UPSC Admit Card 2023 is released for Prelims, Mains and Interview separately by the Commission on its website. UPSC does not send the hall ticket to the candidates through offline mode. In order to download IAS admit card, one has to visit the UPSC website and login using his/her UPSC 2023 registration ID and password. 

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