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Civil Service Examination

Admit card: 01 Sep - 04 Oct 2020

Pen & Paper Mode

Admit card: 01 Sep - 04 Oct 2020

CSE Basic Information

  • Application Fee:₹ 100
  • Examination Modes:Pen & Paper Mode
  • Exam Conducting Body:Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)

CSE 2020 (04 Oct) : Admit Card (Released), Exam Pattern, Syllabus

Updated On - September 08 2020 by Akriti Maurya

CSE 2020 Prelims is rescheduled to be held on 04 October 2020. Admit card for CSE 2020 prelims can be download with help of login credentials until 04 October 2020. The exam is conduced in offline mode in both Hindi & Englih mdium. The prelims exam is divided in two sections. Civil Service Examination or IAS(Indian Administrative Service) exam has been postponed due to COVID-19 Pandemic. This exam is organized by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) at the national level. CSE entrance exam held once in a year in two-stage i.e., preliminary and main to recruit candidates for different all India services or central services for various departments of the Government of India. Candidates should go through the given below article of Civil Service Preliminary Exam 2020 to get full information.
Latest updates
  • CSE 2020 is going to be held on 04 October 2020 due to COVID-19, as per new schedule.
  • CSE 2020 prelims admit card is released on 01 September 2020.
  • IAS Mains 2020 exam is scheduled to be held on 08 January 2020.

CSE 2020 Important Dates

Know when different events related to the UPSC CSE 2020 exam both for Prelims & Mains from the below-given table:

Important EventsDates
Start Date of Application Submission12 February 2020
Last Date of Application Submission03 March 2020
Application form withdrawal12 to 18 March 2020
Re-start of Application form withdrawal01 -08 August 2020
The window for submission of revised choice of centres07-13 July 2020
20-24 July 2020
UOSC CSE 2020 Prelims Exam Date31 May 2020
04 October 2020
Admit Card for Prelims 202001 September - 04 October 2020
IAS Prelims 2020 ResultTo be announced
IAS Main Exam 202018 Sep 2020
08 January 2020
Mains Result DeclarationTo be announced

CSE 2020 Admit Card

Candidates can download the CSE 2020 Admit Card on the official website of the conducting authority. Check the all-important points of CSE Preliminary Admission Ticket:

  • The CSE Preliminary admit card 2020 will be released before three weeks of the examination.
  • Candidates have to download the admit card from the official website, the authority will not send the exam ticket via post or SMS.
  • For downloading the CSE 1 admit card, candidates have to log in with their registration ID and password.
  • Candidates need to enter some required details.
  • Candidates should check their admit card carefully and ensure that every detail that admits card contain such as exam day and time, centre name and address and so on.
  • Candidates are advised to take the print out of their admit card for examination and must carry it in the examination hall along with government photo ID proof.

CSE 2020 Exam Pattern

Applicants must check the CSE 2020 Exam Pattern to know the question paper structure:

Exam ModeOffline Mode (Pen and Paper)
Type of QuestionMultiple Choice Question (MCQ)
MediumHindi or English
Total Marks400
Marking Scheme-1/3 marks deducted for every wrong answer
Duration2 Hours Each Section

CSE 2020 Syllabus 

Aspirants must be full versed with the latest syllabus precribed by the authorities to score good marks. Candidates can check the CSE 2020 Syllabus from the given below table:
 Current events of national and international importanceComprehension
 History of India and Indian National MovementInterpersonal skills including communication skills 
Indian and World Geography-Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the WorldLogical reasoning and analytical ability 
Indian Polity and Governance-Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy,
Rights Issues, etc
Decision Making and problem-solving
Economic and Social Development-Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion,
Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc
General mental ability 
 General issues on Environmental ecology, Bio-diversity, and Climate Change - that do not
require subject specialization
Basic numeracy
General Science 

CSE 2020 Preparation Tips

The following  CSE 2020 preparation tips will help the candidates during their preparation for the exam:

  • The candidates must be aware of the exam syllabus.
  • Candidates must study all the subjects and give equal time to all the subjects.
  • Practice question papers from all the previous year sample papers and question papers.
  • Applicants must take out a printout of the exam syllabus, mark all the important topics prepare short notes and revise them before few days of the exam.
  • Students must take a balanced diet and have proper rest.

CSE 2020 Answer Key 

Check the CSE or IAS answer key details below in the given points:

  • The Commission releases the answer keys of all objective questions after the exam on the official website.
  • As the preliminary exam consists of only objective type questions, therefore, the official answer keys of the UPSC IAS preliminary exam will be available accordingly.
  • IAS Answer Key 2020 contains all the correct answers to the preliminary question paper. Therefore, it can be used to estimate the score before the result. Furthermore, candidates who do not qualify in the first attempt can also check the correct answer to improve in subsequent attempts.
  • Besides, unofficial answer keys are also available right after the exam. Although not official, these can be useful to unofficially predict the score.

CSE 2020 Result 

Aspirants are able to check their CSE 2020 Result will be declared in the second week of July 2020 on the official website of Union Public Service Commission. Given below are some important points regarding the CSE Preliminary Exam Score 2020:
  • Authority will release the result in the form list in which their name and roll number are mentioned.
  • Those candidates are mentioned in that list are qualify for the CSE Main entrance exam.
  • All the qualified candidates need to apply again for the Main exam through Detailed Application form-1 which is available on the official website.

CSE 2020 Tie Breaking Rule

The Commission implements a two-stage tie-breaking rule in cases where two or more candidates secure the same aggregate marks.

  • The marks scored in compulsory papers and personality test, taken together.
  • If the marks still remain the same, then the candidate older in age are allowed the merit.

CSE 2020 Cut off

In order to give the candidates an idea of how the cut-off of IAS 2020 will look like, we are giving below the cut-off of the previous year. The minimum qualifying standards/marks secured by the last recommended candidate in various categories at various stages are as under:-
CS (Prelim)98.0096.6684.0083.3473.3453.3440.00

CSE 2020 Application Form

The authority has been released the UPSC CSE Application Form 2020 on 12 February 2020 and was filled till 03 March 2020 on the official website of UPSC. Check the given below points regarding the CSE Preliminary Registration process 2020:
  • Candidates need to apply for the entrance exam on the official website only no other mode of filling the form are available.
  • Should give the valid detail of one of the following documents like Aadhar Card, Voter ID card, PAN Card, Passport, Driving License, and any other government photo ID proof which is issued by the state or central government of India.
  • Upload the scanned copy of required documents such as photographs and signature in the prescribed format.
  • Applicants must the submission of multiple application forms.
  • If due some unwanted situation candidate submits multiple applicants then they must ensure that the application form with higher RID (Registration ID) must be completed in all the respect i.e., applicants details, exam centre, photograph, signature, Photo ID and fees.
  • Candidates whether already in the government job or government-owned industrial undertaking or other similar organization or other similar organization or in private employment must submit their application directly to the commission.
  • Application Fees can be paid through online mode only.

CSE Application Fees

Given below are the table of category wise CSE 2020 Application fees:

CategoryApplication Fees
General CategoryRs. 100/-
Female/SC/ST/Persons with Benchmark Disability Exempted 
Mode of Payment: Aspirants can make payment through both mode payment online as well as offline.
Online Mode: Via using VISA/Master/RuPay/Credit Card/Debit Card/or Net Banking of SBI bank.
Offline Mode: Via depositing the money in any branch of SBI bank.

CSE 2020 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates advised ensuring their CSE 2020 Eligibility Criteria before applying for the exam, to know they are eligible for the exam or not. Check all relevant information of CSE eligibility criteria:
  • For Indian Administrative Service(IAS), Indian Foreign Service(IFS) and Indian Police Service(IPS), must possess the citizenship of India. 
  • For other services possess the citizenship of India, Nepal, or Bhutan
Age Limit: Check the age criteria for the exam-
CategoryAge Limit
Lower Age21 Years
Upper Age32 Years
Upper Age for SC/ST37 Years
Upper Age of OBC35 Years
Educational Qualification: Applicants need to hold the degree of any of the universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or Legislature in India or other institutes established by an act of parliament or declared to be deemed as a university under section-3 of the university grants commission act, 1956.
Number of Attempts: All eligible candidates are allowed to appear for the exam six times i.e., six attempts shall provide to the candidates.
Physical Fitness: Candidates should physically fit according to the physical standard of for the admission to civil service examination.

Download UPSC IAS 2020 Information Brochure Pdf

How many services are there in the UPSC IAS Exam 2020?

Check the list of services available for CSE qualifiers:

All India Services

  • Indian Administrative Services(IAS)
  • Indian Police Servies(IPS) 
  • Indian Forest Services(IFoS) [Prelims Only]

Central Civil Services

Indian Foreign Services(IFS)

Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service, Group ‘A’Indian Audit and Accounts Service, Group ‘A’
Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise), Group ‘A’Indian Defence Accounts Service, Group ‘A’Indian Revenue Service (I.T.), Group ‘A’
Indian Ordnance Factories Service, Group ‘A’ (Assistant Works Manager, Administration)Indian Postal Service, Group ‘A’Indian Civil Accounts Service, Group ‘A’
Indian Railway Traffic Service, Group ‘A’Indian Railway Accounts Service, Group 'A'Indian Railway Personnel Service, Group ‘A’
Post of Assistant Security Commissioner in Railway Protection Force, Group ‘A’Indian Defence Estates Service, Group ‘A’Indian Information Service (Junior Grade), Group ‘A’
Indian Trade Service, Group 'A'Indian Corporate Law Service, Group ‘A’Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service, Group ‘B’ (Section Officer’s Grade).
Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service, Group 'B'Pondicherry Police Service, Group ‘B’Pondicherry Civil Service, Group 'B'
Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Service, Group 'B'

CSE 2020 Test Centre

Candidates can check the list of all the CSE Test Centre 2020 from the given below table:

Aizawl Hyderabad
Anantpur(Andhra Pradesh)Indore
Port BlairChandigarh
Prayagraj (Allahabad)Chennai
GayaNavi Mumbai
GhaziabadGautam Buddha Nagar

CSE 2020 Highlights

Given below are the table of CSE examination 2020 basic information:

Exam CSE 2020
Full NameCivil Service Examination 
Conducting BodyUnion Public Service Commission (UPSC)
LevelNational Level
Exam ModePen and Paper Based
CSE or IAS Official Website
AimRecruit candidates for different all India services or central services for various departments of the Government of India

About UPSC

Union Public Service Commission is India's premier central recruiting agency. It is responsible to organise exams for All India Services & group A & B of Central services.  The Union Public Service Commission shall be consulted on all matters relating to
  • methods of recruitment to civil services and for civil posts
  • making appointments to civil services and posts
  • making promotions and transfers from one service to another
  • the suitability of candidates for such appointments, promotions or transfers
  • on all disciplinary matters against a civil servant serving in a civil capacity, including memorials or petitions relating to such matters.

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CSE Important Dates

Application Form begins from 12 Feb - 03 Mar 2020
Application Correction20 Jul - 24 Jul 2020
Admit card01 Sep - 04 Oct 2020

Civil Service Examination Exam Pattern

Paper 1
Exam Duration:

2 hours

Total Marks:


Question Paper Type :


Negative Marking:


NOTE:There will be deduction of 0.33 marks

Paper 2
Exam Duration:

2 hours

Total Marks:


Question Paper Type :


Negative Marking:


NOTE:There will be deduction of 0.33 marks


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Form Start Date:

12 Feb 2020

Form End Date:

03 Mar 2020

The last date to submit the form was on 03 Mar 2020
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