UPSC CSE 2024: Latest News, Exam dates, Eligibility, Salary & Vacancies

March 26, 2024

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The Union Public Service Commission, Civil Services Examination (UPSC CSE) is a highly coveted and competitive examination that selects candidates for many different posts in the Indian Civil Services. UPSC CSE is conducted in three stages – Prelims, Mains, and Personality Test/Interview. The exam is known for its rigorous evaluation process and is considered one of the toughest examinations in India. It attracts thousands of candidates every year who aspire to become administrators, police officers, foreign service officers, and other high-ranking officials in the Indian bureaucracy.


Latest Updates from UPSC CSE

  • UPSC CSE Prelims exam is to be conducted on 26th May 2024 is now postponed to 16th June 2024.
  • UPSC CSE Correction window opens from 7th March 2024 for Prelims Exam.
  • Interview scheduled from 19th February 2024 to 15th March 2024
  • For more details regarding the Interview process, Candidates can check the official website Union Public Service Commission, Civil Services Examination2023_Interview_Phase1
  • UPSC Mains Results declared on 8th December 2023 where the exam was conducted on 18th-29th September 2023

UPSC CSE 2024 will be an opportunity for aspiring candidates to showcase their knowledge and skills in various fields such as history, politics, geography, economics, science, and technology. The preliminary exam will be conducted on 16th June 2024 and it is an objective type test comprising two papers – General Studies Paper-I and General Studies Paper-II (CSAT). Candidates qualifying for the prelims would be eligible for the mains exam. The Mains exam will consist of nine papers, including an essay paper, two language papers, four General Studies papers, and two optional papers chosen by the candidate. The final stage of the examination will be the personality test/interview, which will be conducted for candidates who have qualified for the Mains examination.

The calendar for UPSC CSE 2024 has been released, and candidates aspiring to appear in the exam should commence their preparation without delay.

UPSC CSE Highlights

Below are the essential highlights of the UPSC CSE 2024 Recruitment examination:

Exam NameUPSC Civil Services Examination (CSE) 2024
Conducting AuthorityUnion Public Service Commission (UPSC)
Exam StagesPreliminary Exam, Main Exam, Personality Test/Interview
Preliminary Exam Date16th June 2024
Main Exam DateTo be notified
EligibilityBachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognized university
Age Limit21 to 32 years (counting from 1st August 2023)
NationalityIndian citizen or a subject of Nepal/Bhutan or a Tibetan refugee who came to India before 1st January 1962
Number of Vacancies1105
Application ProcessOnline through the UPSC website
Exam PatternPrelims: Objective type
Mains: Subjective type
Selection ProcessBased on the combined scores of the Prelims, Main Exam, and Personality Test/Interview
Exam SyllabusIncludes subjects such as history, polity, geography, economics, science, and technology
Admit CardTo be released on the UPSC website before the exam
ResultTo be announced on the UPSC website after the exam
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UPSC CSE 2024 Important Dates

The examination dates for UPSC CSE 2024 have been provided below as announced:

Events of UPSC CSE Exam 2024UPSC CSE Exam Dates
UPSC CSE Notification 2024 Release Date14th February 2024
Application Start Date 202414th February 2024
Last date to apply for UPSC Exam 20246th March 2024
UPSC Prelims Admit Card Release Date 2024To be notified
UPSC Prelims Exam Date 202416th June 2024
UPSC CSE Prelims Result 2024To be notified
UPSC Mains Exam Date 2024To be notified
UPSC CSE Mains Result 2024To be notified
UPSC CSE Interview Dates 2024To be notified
UPSC CSE Result 2024 (Final list of selected candidates)To be notified

UPSC CSE Latest Notification 2024


UPSC CSE Eligibility Criteria

Candidates appearing for the UPSC CSE exam must go through the eligibility criteria before moving on to the registration process. a candidate’s eligibility will be measured on 4 grounds i.e., educational qualifications, age limit, nationality, and the number of attempts. The candidate must pass through all these criteria in order to appear for the UPSC CSE examination.

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Education Qualification

The UPSC exam does not require applicants to possess an extensive educational qualification certificate. Candidates must have a graduation-level degree from a government-recognized or UGC-approved university, irrespective of the branch of study. Applicants who are in their last year of graduation can also apply for UPSC CSE, as long as they receive their graduation results before the final exam.

Age Limit

The age limit for the UPSC 2024 exam must be calculated as of August 1, 2023, and it is imperative for candidates to meet the age criteria specified in the notification.

CategoryMinimum Age for UPSC 2024Maximum Age
For General Candidate21 year32 year
For OBC candidates21 year35 year
For SC/ST21 year37 year

Age Relaxation

Age relaxation for various categories is provided by UPSC, and it is essential for candidates to review the age relaxation details for the exam.

CategoryAge Relaxation
SC/ST5 years
OBC3 years
Defense Services Personnel3 years
Ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs5 years
Hearing problem, deaf, ex-servicemen, low vision, blindness, muscle deformity10 years


The candidate must meet one of the following criteria:

  1. The candidate must be a citizen of India.
  2. The candidate must be a subject of Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh refugee who came to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention to settle permanently.
  3. A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Burma, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and East African countries such as Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, Malawi, Ethiopia, Zaire, or Vietnam with the intention to settle permanently in India.

Number of Attempts

  1. The General Category is provided with 6 attempts in total.
  2. The EWS and OBC categories are provided with 9 attempts in total.
  3. The SC/ST category has unlimited attempts till they reach 37 years of age.
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UPSC CSE 2024 Vacancies

The Union Public Service Commission has announced 1105  UPSC Civil Services vacancies for 2024 for the posts of IAS, IPS, IFS, IRS, etc. The number has increased from the previously notified 816 vacancies.  37 vacancies will be reserved for the Persons with Disabilities category, the breakdown being: Deaf and Hard of Hearing – 05 vacancies, Locomotor Disability – 15 Vacancies, Multiple Disabilities – 10 vacancies, Blindness and Low Vision – 07.

UPSC CSE 2024 Registration Process

In order to complete the application process, candidates must visit the official website of UPSC and carefully read the instructions provided. The following steps should be followed to successfully fill out the UPSC application form:

Step 1- Filling the Application Form

  1. Visit the official website of UPSC
  2. Click on the link ‘ UPSC Civil Services Examination 2024 ‘under the active examination section.
  3. Go to the “Apply Online” page to apply online.
  4. Start filling in the respective details accurately.
  5. There will be six modules, keep saving each module after filling in the details.
  6. If you have entered incorrect information somewhere in the form, you can make changes after the final submission.

Step 2- Payment of Application Fee

  1. Candidates can make the payment for the UPSC CSE examination through both online and offline channels.
  2. For online payment, candidates may use Credit/debit cards and net banking. For offline payment download an e-challan and submit the fee in cash at SBI bank branches.
  3. The Application Form fee for the General and OBC category is Rs. 100/- while the SC/ST/PWD/Females are exempted from paying any application fees.
  4. Download the payment slip and save it for future use.

Step 3 – Uploading documents

  1. Upload scanned copies of all the documents asked in the portal.
  2. The following list of documents needs to be uploaded by the candidate during the registration process:
  • Scanned photograph and signature within the digital dimensions prescribed by UPSC.
  • Scanned copies of Valid photo ID
  • Personal and Academic documents
  • Fee payment details
  • Other documents (If applicable)

Step 4 – Selecting the Centre and Signing the Declaration

  1. After verifying all the necessary documents, select the “Examination Center/City” from the drop-down list for the Prelims.
  2. Read the declaration before submitting the Application Form for UPSC CSE 2024.
  3. Click on the “I have read the declaration and agree” button and submit the UPSC CSE 2024 Application Form.

UPSC CSE Application Fees

The application fee for UPSC CSE can be paid through both online and offline channels. Candidates can pay the fees by Credit Card/Debit Card or Net Banking portals or download the e-challan and pay the fee in cash at the nearest SBI Branch within a day. Given below is the fee structure for online applications.

CategoryApplication Fee
General Category and Other Backward CategoryRs. 100/-
Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe/Persons with Disabilities and FemalesExempted from fees

UPSC CSE Admit Card 2024

The UPSC exam admit card will be made available for download on the official UPSC portal. On the official website, candidates who have successfully applied for the UPSC CSE exam can download the admit cards using their login credentials. The following steps should be followed to download the UPSC admit card:

  • Step 1: Visit the official UPSC website (
  • Step 2: Look for the “Admit Card” under important announcements.
  • Step 3: Enter your registration ID and password.
  • Step 4: Save and download your UPSC admit card.

Details mentioned on the Admit Card

After downloading the admit card, the candidates must make sure that all the details are correctly mentioned in the admit card. If not, candidates must get them rectified by the latest. The Admit Card will contain:

  1. Attested Photograph of the Candidate
  2. Date and Timing of the Examination
  3. Venue of the Test Centre
  4. Name of the Candidate
  5. Candidate’s Roll Number
  6. Date of Birth of the Candidate
  7. Father’s Name
  8. General Instruction for the Examination

UPSC CSE Exam Pattern

Please find below the exam pattern for UPSC CSE. Additionally, you can refer to the Indian Administrative Services Exam Pattern.

Prelims Exam Pattern

  • Both Paper 1 and 2 have a system of negative marking, where an incorrect answer leads to a deduction of one-third (0.33) of the marks assigned to the corresponding question.
  • GS Paper II (CSAT) is considered qualifying, and candidates must obtain a minimum score of 33% to pass it.

The detailed exam pattern is outlined below:

PaperNo. of QuestionsTotal MarksDuration
General Studies Paper I1002002 hours
General Studies Paper II (CSAT)802002 hours  

Mains Exam Pattern

  • Candidates taking the CSE main examination are required to take qualifying papers in Indian Language and English.
  • The minimum score required on each paper is 25%.
  • Essay, General Studies, and optional papers are included in the merit-based papers.
  • The duration for each paper is 3 hours.
  • Candidates from Sikkim, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, and Arunachal Pradesh are exempted from taking the Indian Language paper.

The written exam is comprised of the following papers:

PaperSubjects              Marks
Paper AOne Indian language to be selected by the candidate.300 marks
Paper BEnglish300 marks
Paper – 1Essay250 marks
Paper – 2General Studies – 1250 marks
Paper – 3General Studies – 2250 marks
Paper – 4General Studies – 3250 marks
Paper – 5General Studies – 4250 marks
Paper – 6Optional Subject – paper 1250 marks
Paper – 7Optional subject – paper 2250 marks

Interview Pattern 2024

The Personality test is comprised of the following papers:

Personality test275 marks

UPSC CSE Syllabus 2024

The Preliminary examination for the Civil Services comprises of two papers commonly referred to as the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT). These papers are categorized as general studies and cover a range of topics.

UPSC CSE Prelims Syllabus

The UPSC CSE Prelims syllabus is as follows:

Paper 1●     General Science
●     Current events of national and international importance
●     Indian and World Geography- Physical, Social, Economic
●     Indian Polity and Governance- Constitution, Public Policy, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Rights Issues, etc.
●     General issues on Ecology, Environment, Biodiversity and Climate Change (no subject specialization required)
●     Economic and Social Development- Social Sector Initiatives, Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, etc.
History of India and Indian National Movement
Paper 2 ●     Comprehension
●     General mental ability
●     Logical reasoning and analytical ability
●     Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, etc. — Class X level)
●     Data interpretation
●     Tables, charts, graphs, data sufficiency etc. — (Class X
●     level)
●     Decision making and problem-solving
Interpersonal skills including communication skills

UPSC CSE Mains Syllabus

The UPSC CSE 2024 Mains syllabus is as follows:

Paper AOne Indian language to be selected by the candidate.
Paper BEnglish
Paper – 1Essay
Paper – 2General Studies – 1 (Indian Heritage and Culture, History, and geography of the world.)
Paper – 3General Studies – 2 (Governance, International Relations, Constitution, etc.)
Paper – 4 General Studies – 3 (Environment, Technology, Disaster Management, etc.)
Paper – 5General Studies – 4 (Aptitude, Integrity, and Ethics.)
Paper – 6Optional Subject – paper 1
Paper – 7Optional subject – paper 2
EnglishIndian Language

●     Comprehension of Given Passages
●     Short Essays
●     Usage and Vocabulary
●     Precis Writing
●     Comprehension of Given Passages
●     Short Essays
●     Usage and Vocabulary
●     Precis Writing & Translation from the Indian language to English and English to the Indian Language
Optional subjects·      Agriculture
·      Animal husbandry and Veterinary Science
·      Anthropology
·      Botany
·      Chemistry
·      Civil Engineering
·      Commerce and Accountancy
·      Economics
·      Electrical Engineering
·      Geography
·      History
·      Law
·      Management
·      Mathematics
·      Mechanical Engineering
·      Medical Science
·      Philosophy
·      Political Science
·      Psychology
·      Political Administration
·      Sociology
·      Statistics & Zoology

UPSC CSE 2024 Answer Key

After conducting the UPSC Exam 2024, the UPSC will publish the answer key and candidates’ scores on its website. The minimum scores required to qualify for the exam will also be announced after the final results are declared. To access the UPSC Answer Key 2024, candidates should follow these steps:

  • Visit the official website of the UPSC.
  • Click on the “Answer Key” option and look for the UPSC CSE 2024 exam.
  • Download and save the UPSC Answer Key 2024 for future reference after it appears on your screen.

UPSC CSE 2024 Cut-off

The cut-off marks for the year 2024 have not yet been made available. However, the cut-off marks for the year 2021 are provided below:


UPSC CSE Result 2024

Upon the conclusion of the UPSC Exam 2024, the UPSC will publish the exam results, including candidates’ scores and the minimum scores required to pass the exam in different categories, on its website.

How to download the UPSC CSE 2024 results?

To check the UPSC Result 2024, follow the steps below:

  • Visit the official website of UPSC
  • ‌The UPSC CSE result link will be highlighted on the page. 
  • ‌Click on it. A pdf file of the result will appear on the screen containing all the roll numbers and names of candidates.
  • ‌Find your name in the list by using Ctrl + F for either your roll number or name. 
  • ‌Download the file for future use. 

UPSC CSE Personality Test 2024

How to check the UPSC CSE Personality Test Schedule

  • Step 1: Visit, the UPSC’s official website.
  • Step 2: Look for and select the PT schedule link that appears on the homepage.
  • Step 3: A PDF file with all the information about the personality test will open.
  • Step 4: Review and save the schedule for the interview.
  • Step 5: Print and save the page for later use.

UPSC CSE 2024 Salary

In 2024, the UPSC offers a starting basic salary of 55,000 (excluding DA, TA, HRA, etc.) that can go up to 2,50,000. Additionally, the candidates are entitled to various allowances and benefits, listed as follows.

  • Dearness Allowance
  • Travel Allowance
  • House Rent Allowance
  • Official residence
  • Security
  • Official vehicle
  • Medical treatment
  • Leaves
  • Educational facilities
  • Post-retirement benefits

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Preparation Tips for UPSC CSE 2024

If you are planning to take the UPSC Civil Services Examination (CSE) in 2024, then be aware that it is one of the most highly competitive exams in India. Achieving success in this exam demands a methodical approach and unwavering commitment. To assist you in preparing for the UPSC CSE 2024, here are a few tips:

  • Understand the syllabus: Before you start preparing, make sure you have a good understanding of the UPSC CSE syllabus. The syllabus is vast and covers a wide range of topics, so it’s essential to know what to focus on.
  • Make a study plan: Once you understand the syllabus, make a study plan. Break down the syllabus into smaller, manageable sections and allocate time for each. Ensure that you allocate enough time for revision and practice.
  • Read newspapers and current affairs: Read newspapers and magazines regularly to stay up-to-date with current events. Focus on issues that are relevant to the UPSC CSE syllabus.
  • Refer to NCERT books: NCERT books are a great source of information and are recommended by UPSC. Read the NCERT books for relevant subjects thoroughly to build your foundational knowledge.
  • Choose the right study material: To perform well in the exam, it is crucial to select study materials that comprehensively cover the syllabus and are easy to comprehend. A clear comprehension of concepts is imperative for achieving high scores.
  • Practice writing: Writing practice is crucial for UPSC CSE. Write answers to previous years’ question papers, and get them evaluated by an experienced mentor. Your answer-writing skills will improve as you identify your strengths and weaknesses.
  • Test yourself: Take mock tests regularly to assess your preparation level. This will also help you manage time better during the actual exam.

Stay motivated: Preparing for UPSC CSE can be overwhelming, so it’s important to stay motivated. Surround yourself with positive people, take breaks when needed, and remember why you started preparing for the exam in the first place


What is UPSC CSE 2024?

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) in India administers the Civil Services Examination (CSE), a highly competitive national-level test that will be held in 2024. The exam is designed to select qualified candidates for a range of civil services, including but not limited to the Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian Administrative Service (IAS), and Indian Foreign Service (IFS).

When will UPSC CSE 2024 be conducted?

The Prelims exam for the UPSC CSE 2024 examination will be conducted on 16th June 2024.

Is there any eligibility criteria for UPSC CSE 2024?

The eligibility criteria for the position are as follows:
The applicant should hold Indian citizenship.
The applicant should possess a bachelor’s degree from a recognized university.
The applicant’s age should fall between 21 to 32 years as of August 1, 2023. However, the government provides age relaxation for specific categories as per their norms.

How can I apply for UPSC CSE 2024?

The application process for UPSC CSE 2024 is conducted online on the official website of UPSC. Candidates will have to register themselves on the website and fill in the application form with all the necessary details. The application fee can be paid online.

What is the UPSC CSE exam pattern?

The UPSC CSE 2024 exam consists of three stages:
Preliminary examination (objective type questions)
Main examination (written exam)
Personality Test (interview)

What is the syllabus for UPSC CSE 2024?

The syllabus for UPSC CSE 2024 includes topics like Indian Polity and Governance, Indian Economy, Indian History and Culture, Geography of India, Environment and Ecology, General Science, etc.

How does the UPSC CSE 2024 selection process work?

The selection process for UPSC CSE includes three stages – Preliminary examination, Main examination, and Personality Test. In order to qualify for the main examination, candidates must pass the preliminary examination. Candidates who qualify in the main examination will be called for the Personality Test (interview). The final selection will be based on the candidate’s performance in all the three stages.

How can I prepare for UPSC CSE 2024?

To prepare for UPSC CSE 2024, candidates should follow a structured study plan, refer to standard textbooks and study materials, solve previous years’ question papers and mock tests, current affairs, and practice answer writing. Coaching institutes can also be helpful, but they are not mandatory.