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UPSC CSE 2022: Exam Date (Out), Admit Card, Exam Pattern, Syllabus

Updated On - February 04 2023 by Divyansh K

UPSC CSE 2023 registration forms have been released on February 1 2023 till February 21 2023. UPSC preliminary exam will be conducted on 28 May 2023. The exam will be conducted in offline mode in both Hindi & English mediums. The prelim exam is divided into two sections. This exam is organized by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) at the national level. UPSC CSE entrance exam is held once 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 Civil Service Preliminary Exam 2023 to get full information.

Latest Updates

  • Registration forms for UPSC CSE 2023 have been released on February 1 2023 till February 21 2023.
  • UPSC CSE Prelims exam will be conducted on 28 May 2023.

UPSC CSE 2023 Exam Status


Civil Service Prelims Examination 2023 Status

28 May 2023

UPSC CSE 2023 Important Dates

Know when different events related to the UPSC CSE 2023 exam both for Prelims & Mains from the below-given table:

Important EventsDates
Start Date of Application Submission1 February 2023
Last Date of Application Submission21 February 2023
Application Withdrawal01-07 March 2023
Admit Card for Prelims 2023May 2023
UPSC CSE 2023 Prelims Exam Date28 May 2023
IAS Prelims 2023 ResultTo be announced
IAS Main Exam 2023To be announced

UPSC CSE 2023 Admit Card

Candidates can download the UPSC CSE 2023 Admit Card on the official website of the conducting authority. Check the all-important points of the UPSC CSE Preliminary Admission Ticket:

  • The UPSC CSE Preliminary admit card 2023 has been released three weeks before 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 UPSC 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 contains such as exam day and time, centre name and address and so on.
  • Candidates are advised to take the printout of their admit card for examination and must carry it in the examination hall along with government photo ID proof.

UPSC CSE 2023 Exam Pattern

Applicants must check the UPSC CSE 2023 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

UPSC CSE 2023 Syllabus 

Aspirants must be fully versed with the latest syllabus prescribed by the authorities to score good marks. Candidates can check the UPSC CSE 2023 Syllabus from the given below table:
 Current events of national and international importanceComprehension
 History of India and the Indian National MovementInterpersonal skills including communication skills 
Indian and World Geography-Physical, Social, and 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 

UPSC CSE 2023 Preparation Tips

The following  UPSC CSE 2023 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's 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 a few days before the exam.
  • Students must take a balanced diet and have proper rest.
Candidates can download the UPSC CSE 2023(Preliminary) Information Brochure Pdf here.

UPSC CSE 2023 Answer Key 

Check the UPSC 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 2023 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 on 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.

UPSC CSE 2023 Cut off

To give the candidates an idea of how the cut-off of IAS 2023 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

How many services are there in the UPSC IAS Exam 2023?

Check the list of services available for UPSC 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'

UPSC CSE 2023 Test Centre

Candidates can check the list of all the UPSC CSE Test Centre 2023 from the given below table:

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

UPSC CSE 2023 Result 

Aspirants can check their UPSC CSE 2023 Result will be declared in July 2023 on the official website of the Union Public Service Commission. Given below are some important points regarding the UPSC CSE Preliminary Exam Score 2023:
  • Authority will release the result in the form list in which their name and roll number are mentioned.
  • Those candidates mentioned in that list qualify for the UPSC 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.

UPSC CSE 2023 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 tests, taken together.
  • If the marks remain the same, then the candidate older in age are allowed the merit.

UPSC CSE 2023 Application Form

The authority released the UPSC UPSC CSE Application Form 2023 on 02 February 2023 and is filled out till 22 February 2023 on the official website of UPSC. Check the given below points regarding the UPSC CSE Preliminary Registration Process 2023:
  • Candidates need to apply for the entrance exam on the official website only no other mode of filling out 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 signatures in the prescribed format.
  • Applicants must be submissive to multiple application forms.
  • If due to 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 respect i.e., applicants details, exam centre, photograph, signature, Photo ID and fees.
  • Candidates whether already in a government job or government-owned industrial undertaking or other similar organization or other similar organization or private employment must submit their application directly to the commission.
  • Application Fees can be paid through online mode only.

UPSC CSE Application Fees

Given below is the table of category-wise UPSC CSE 2023 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.

UPSC CSE 2023 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates are advised to ensure their UPSC CSE 2023 Eligibility Criteria before applying for the exam, to know whether they are eligible for the exam or not. Check all relevant information of UPSC 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 be physically fit according to the physical standard for admission to the civil service examination.

UPSC CSE 2023 Highlights

Given below is the table of UPSC CSE examination 2023 basic information:

Exam UPSC CSE 2023
Full NameCivil Service Examination 
Conducting BodyUnion Public Service Commission (UPSC)
LevelNational Level
Exam ModePen and Paper Based
UPSC CSE or IAS Official Website
Application LinkApply Now
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 01 Feb - 21 Feb 2023
Exam Date28 May 2023

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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