FAQs Related to UPSC

Q1) What are the services that the UPSC examination provides?

Answer- There are 3 types of Civil Services provided by UPSC.

  1. All India Civil Services: This comprises of Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS), and Indian Forest Service (IFoS).
  2. Group ‘A’ Civil Services: This comprises of Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Audit and Accounts Service (IAAS), Indian Civil Accounts Service (ICAS), Indian Corporate Law Service (ICLS), Indian Defence Accounts Service (IDAS), Indian Defence Estates Service (IDES), Indian Information Service (IIS), Indian Ordnance Factories Service (IOFS), Indian Communication Finance Services (ICFS), Indian Postal Service (IPoS), Indian Railway Accounts Service (IRAS), Indian Railway Personnel Service (IRPS), Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS), Indian Revenue Service (IRS), Indian Trade Service (ITS), and Railway Protection Force (RPF).
  3. Group ‘B’ Civil Services: This comprises of Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service, DANICS, DANIPS, Pondicherry Civil Service, and Pondicherry Police Service.

Q2) When does the examination notification generally come out?

Answer- First week of December/ January every year.

Q3) Which newspaper or websites publish the examination notice?

Answer- The notification is published in Employment News, Rozgar Samachar, and in various regional newspapers. Websites that provide job notifications also publish the notification. Follow DIADEMY.com for all updates regarding UPSC Notification.

Q4) Who can apply for UPSC?

Answer- Candidate must hold a Graduate degree in any discipline from a recognized University. Candidate must be more than 21 years of age and the upper age limit is 32 years for general candidates.

Q5) Does UPSC provide an annual calendar for the aspirants?

Answer- UPSC publishes an Annual Calendar regarding all the Structured Examinations conducted by it at least 6 months in advance.

Q6) Can a candidate submit multiple online applications?

Answer- Though a candidate should avoid submitting more than one online application, in case of doing so, the data provided in the last application that is successfully submitted online is accepted and previous applications are rejected by the commission.

Q 7) What is ‘Fictitious Payment’?

Answer- Those payments mentioned by the candidates in their online application, which are not authenticated by the State Bank of India.

Q 8) When should I apply if I choose to pay by Bank Challan?

Answer- The closing date of submission of the online application is clearly mentioned in the Examination Notice. Candidates, who make payments through Bank Challan, are required to submit an online application at least a day before the notified closing date so that they can generate the Bank Challan to be submitted in any Branch of SBI within Bank working hours throughout India. The facility of the Challan generation is deactivated on the last day of the online application automatically by the system. However, Candidates can submit Bank Challan on the last day in any Branch of the SBI.

Q 9) Are requests for change of Centre/ Venue accepted?

Answer – The candidates should note that no request for change of Centre / Venue is accepted.

Q 10) Is UPSC IAS 2020 Prelims Exam Postponed?

Answer- Yes. Earlier, the exam was scheduled to be held on 31st May 2020. Now, the exam has been postponed to 4th October 2020.

Q 11) What is the salary of an IAS officer?

Answer- IAS salary structure consists of different pay scales: Junior scale, senior scales, super time scale, above super time scales, etc. Each of the pay scales further consists of different pay bands.

Q 12) Is there any change in UPSC Syllabus?

Answer- No. The syllabus for the UPSC Examination is not been changed yet.

Q 13) What is the mode of the UPSC examination?

Answer- UPSC and other state civil services examinations are conducted offline. Candidates are requested to fill OMR sheets at respective options.

Q 14) Is there any age relaxation given for non- general category candidates?

Answer- Yes. Candidates belonging to OBC/SC/ST/PH can claim age- relaxation.

Q 15) What is the level of the examination conducted by UPSC?

Answer- Generally, UPSC sets the question paper ‘Moderate to Difficult’ level.

Q 16) What are the major UPSC IAS Prelims exam questions comprises of?

Answer- Generally, most of the questions asked in the UPSC IAS exam is related to current issues and events that have occurred in the recent past.

Q 17) What is the best source of current affairs for the UPSC IAS Prelims exam?

Answer- Reading the newspaper and giving mock on current affairs every week can enhance your current affairs preparation for this examination.

Q 18) What is the scheme of the Civil Services (Prelims) Examination?

Answer – The Examination is comprised of two compulsory papers of 200 marks each.

(i) Both the question papers are of objective type (multiple choice questions).

(ii) The question papers are set in Hindi and English.

(iii) Details of the syllabi are provided in the Examination Notice and Gazette Notification

published by the Government. Each paper is of two hours duration.

Q 19) Is the General Studies Paper-II of qualifying nature? What are the Cut-off Marks for this Paper?

Answer – Yes, the General Studies Paper-II is of qualifying nature. The minimum qualifying standards in this Paper are indicated in the Examination Rules and at present, it is 33%.

Q 20) Can a candidate choose an optional subject, which he has not studied at the graduate/post-graduate level?

Answer – Yes.

Q 21) Is it possible that evaluation/ assessment could be affected by the knowledge of a candidates’ identity?

Answer – No. Before evaluation, the Roll No. written on every answer book is detached and computer-based randomized fictitious code no. is given. At no stage of the evaluation process (including the moderation stage) is the actual Roll No./ identity of the candidate known to any of the Examiners/ officials associated in the process.

Q 22) What are the important topics for IAS Prelims?


  • Environment conventions and agreements, International groupings
  • Treaties and conventions
  • Scientific achievements of Indian especially in space and defense
  • New acts passed by Parliament, pending crucial bills and recommendation reports
  • Government’s new social welfare schemes
  • Geographical indications, IPRs, trademarks, patents, and agricultural implications
  • Conservation sites, national parks, wetlands, etc.
  • Freedom movements from 1930 to 1947.
  • Indian geography

Q 23) Which book is best for the preparation of the IAS Prelims examination?

Answer- Indian Polity by M. Lakshmikant, NCERT books are the best book as it comprises of all the topics which are to be known for the examination.

Q 24) Do the IAS Prelims examination also asks Mathematics questions?

Answer- Yes, around 10 to 15 questions are asked from the arithmetic section of mathematics.

Q 25) Can I know the ‘question-wise’ marks awarded to me for a paper?

Answer – The evaluation process does not end after the initial evaluation by an Examiner. Moderation, wherever applied, is on the total award initially given (the so-called ‘raw marks’) and not on the question-wise basis. Therefore, once the evaluation process is complete, neither ‘raw marks’ nor ‘question-wise marks’ subsist.

Q 26) From where one can get previous years UPSC IAS Prelims question papers?

Answer- Previous year question paper can be easily available from the UPSC official website. Other private websites also provide question papers.

Q 27) Which city is the best for the preparation of the UPSC Examination?

Answer- Since most of the rank holders and candidates who have cleared the examination comes from Delhi, so it is considered as the hub of UPSC Aspirants.

Q 28) Is there any sectional based question format?

Answer- No. The questions as directly present to the candidate and it is per the candidate from which question he/she should start or even attempt more/less.

Q 29) How can a candidate qualify written paper in Mains?

Answer- Candidate should have very good writing skills. Correct use of articles, facts, and events should be mentioned in the paper. Candidate can enhance their writing through writing articles or an essay over various on-going topics, reading Editorial of various Daily newspapers.

 Q 30) Is UPSC Syllabus a huge for the aspirants?

 Answer- The UPSC Syllabus is huge and eclectic. Various subjects are to be studied under the syllabus. In addition to the syllabus, the candidate should pay attention to the ‘current affairs’ in detail, i.e., from head to toe of the topic.


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