The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the Civil Services Examination consistently for enlistment to different renowned positions in the Government of India. The UPSC Civil Services Examination, regularly known as the IAS test because of the high permeability and prevalence of the Indian Administrative Service as a career alternative, is viewed as the hardest assessment in India. The IAS is a national level competitive examination. In this article, you will get to know all the important dates of the IAS exam 2020.

IAS Exam Dates 2020

  • The release of the notification of IAS EXAM 2020 is on 12th February 2020.
  • The commencement of the IAS exam application date 2020 is on 12th February 2020.
  • The last date to submit the IAS exam application 2020 is 3rd March 2020.
  • The IAS exam comprises of 3 stages –
    • 1. Preliminary examination
    • Mains examination
    • Personal Interview test
  • The IAS preliminary examination is qualifying in nature. It consists of 2 papers of 200 marks each, Paper 1 - General Ability Test (GAT) and paper 2 - Civil Service Aptitude Test (CSAT). Paper 1 contains 80 objective type questions and Paper 2 contains 100 objective type questions. Candidates will get 2 hours of the time of each paper and 0.33% of marks will be deducted for each wrong answer.
  • The IAS mains examination comprises of 9 papers, the candidate will get 3 hours for each paper. It includes both objective and subjective type questions, and only for objective type question if there is any wrong answer then 0.33% marks will be deducted as penalty.
  • The IAS preliminary exam will be held on 31st May 2020.
  • The IAS mains exam will be held on 18th September 2020.

Highlights of IAS Exam

Exam Name UPSC IAS
Exam Level National level
Conducting Body Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)
Official Website Upsc.gov.in
Exam Periodicity Yearly
Exam Mode Offline (Pen-Paper Mode)
No. of Vacancies 800+

IAS Exam Date 2020 Application Form

  • There will be no offline registration for IAS EXAM 2020.
  • Candidates can only apply online for IAS EXAM 2020
  • The application date of IAS EXAM 2020 was 12th February 2020.
  • The last date to apply for IAS EXAM 2020 is till 3rd March 2020 online.
  • The General/EWS/OBC category candidates have to pay Rs. 100/- for the preliminary examination application form, and Rs. 200/- for the mains examination application form.
  • The Females/SC/ST/Persons with Benchmark Disability category candidates don’t have to pay any application fee.
  • The application charge can be paid both on the web (net banking/platinum card/Visa) and disconnected (e-challan).

The table below shows the IAS Application Dates 2020: -

Events Dates
Release of notification of IAS EXAM 2020 12th February 2020
Commencement of IAS Application Form 2020 12th February 2020
Last day to submit the application form 2020 3rd March 2020

Steps involved filling the application form

  • SIGNUP/REGISTRATION
  • FILL THE PERSONAL DETAILS IN APPLICATION FORM
  • UPLOAD YOUR REQUIRED DOCUMENTS
  • PAYMENT OF APPLICATION FEES

 IAS Admit Card Dates 2020

  • The Admit cards for the Preliminary exam of IAS 2020 will be released online in April 2020.
  • The IAS Exam Admit cards 2020 for the mains examinations are expected to be released in September 2020.
  • The IAS EXAM 2020 Admit card will be available on the official website.
  • The applicant needs to carry the admit card alongside the Aadhar Card and a Passport size photo on the test day.
  • The candidate who does not carry there admit card with them on the exam day in the exam center cannot be allowed to give the exam without admit card.
  • Candidate should check their admit card before downloading if there is any slip-up on the admit card. The candidate should immediately report the mistake to the concerned authority.
  • Admit card is the most significant document which a competitor needs to convey with them since it contains the roll no. And the exam center of the candidate.
  • The last to download the admit card is the last day of the exam.

The table below shows the IAS Admit Card dates 2020: -

Events Dates
Availability of Admit card of the Prelims April 2020
Availability of Admit card of the Mains September 2020

Steps to download IAS Admit Card 2020

  • Go to the official site of UPSC – www.upsc.gov.in
  • Snap-on the link 'Download IAS Admit Card 2020'
  • Read the directions referenced cautiously and click 'Yes'
  • Enter Registration ID or Roll Number followed by Date of Birth of the applicant
  • Submit in the wake of entering the captcha in the given clear field
  • Print IAS Admit Card 

IAS Prelims Exam Dates 2020

The prelims examination of IAS 2020 will be held on 31st May 2020. The table below shows the IAS Prelims exam dates 2020: -

Events Dates
Release of notification of IAS EXAM 2020 12th February 2020
Commencement of IAS Application Form 2020 12th February 2020
Last day to submit the application form 2020 3rd March 2020
Availability of Admit card of the Prelims April 2020
IAS 2020 Preliminary exam date 31st May 2020

IAS Mains Exam Dates 2020

The mains examination of IAS 2020 will be held on 18th September 2020. The table below shows the IAS MAINS exam dates 2020: -

Events Dates
Release of notification of IAS EXAM 2020 12th February 2020
Commencement of IAS Application Form 2020 12th February 2020
Last day to submit the application form 2020 3rd March 2020
Availability of Admit card of the Mains September 2020
IAS 2020 Mains exam date 18th September 2020

 IAS Results Dates 2020

IAS exam result will be released by the Union Public Service Commission soon after the exam is held. Applicants can check the result on the official website – www.upsc.gov.in

 In order to check the result, candidates have to search in with their respective IAS exam roll number.

  • The result of the IAS Prelims Examination will be out in July 2020.
  • The result of the IAS Mains Examination will be out in November 2020.

The table below shows the Result dates of both prelims & mains 2020: -

Events Dates
Prelims Result Date 2020 July 2020
Mains Result Date 2020 November 2020
Personal Interview Test date To be announced soon

Given below are the steps to check the IAS Exam Result –

  • Go to the official site of IAS i.e. upsc.gov.in
  • Snap-on the link ‘View IAS Result 2020’
  • Find your roll number in the list of the roll numbers mentioned in the PDF
  • Download PDF for further use.
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