UPSC IAS FAQs 2020: Know Answers of Frequently Asked Questions - New Exam Date, Admit Card, Syllabus

UPSC IAS 2020: Union Public Service Commission will be declaring the UPSC IAS Prelims 2020 exam date soon for recruitment of IAS/IPS/IFS officers in Civil Services. UPSC IAS Civil Services is a good opportunity for candidates aspiring to get a job as officer in the Indian Administrative Services (IAS), Indian Police Services (IPS) and Indian Foreign Services (IFS). In this articles, we have answered the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) in context of UPSC IAS Exam 2020 such as Vacancies, Exam Date, Admit Card Date, Exam Pattern & Syllabus, Cut Off, Exam Centre, Result Date, and Notifications. IAS aspirants should definitely go through the following questions to get answers for all their queries.  

So, let us look at those Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and their answers in detail:

1. What is UPSC IAS Exam 2020?

Answer: UPSC IAS is the most coveted exam held every year for the recruitment of IAS, IPS, IFS and other officers in Indian Civil Services. The exam is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) in three phases - Prelims, Mains and Interview.

2. What is UPSC IAS Prelims Exam Date 2020?

Answer: The UPSC IAS Prelims exam date is 4 October 2020.

3. Is UPSC IAS 2020 Prelims Exam Postponed?

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

4. How many Vacancies will be filled through UPSC IAS Civil Services Recruitment 2020?

Answer: UPSC has notified a total of 796 vacancies under the UPSC IAS Civil Services Recruitment 2020. These 796 posts include 24 vacancies reserved for Persons with Benchmark Disability (PwBD).

5. What are the UPSC IAS Important Dates 2020?

Answer: Have a look at the Important Dates of UPSC IAS 2020 Exam below:

Event

Date

IAS Notification 2020 Release Date

12 February 2020

Start of IAS Application Process

12 February 2020

Last Date of IAS Application Process

3 March 2020

IAS Admit Card 2020 release date

May 2020

IAS Prelims Exam Date 2020

Postponed

IAS Mains Exam Date 2020

18 September 2020

6. What is the AGE LIMIT to apply for UPSC IAS Recruitment 2020?

Answer: Have a look at the age limit for UPSC IAS 2020:

Minimum Age Limit: 21 Years

Upper Age Limit for IAS:

General

 32 Years

OBC

 35 Years

SC & ST

 37 Years

PwD

 42 Years

7. What is the Eligibility Criteria and Educational Qualifications for UPSC IAS/IPS/IFS 2020?

Answer: Have a look at the detailed eligibility criteria including the educational qualification for the UPSC IAS Recruitment 2020:

Nationality

Citizen of India OR

Tibetan refugee who came to India before January 1, 1962, OR

Indian-origin person migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Kenya, Uganda, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaire, and Ethiopia

Educational Qualification

Graduate Degree in any discipline

(no minimum percent required)

Age Limit

As mentioned above

8. What is the Selection Process for IAS Officer?

Answer: The UPSC follows three-phased selection process for IAS Officer:

Prelims

Mains

Interview

9. Is UPSC IAS Exam conducted Online OR Offline?

Answer: UPSC IAS 2020 Prelims & Mains Exam are held offline in pen and paper mode.

10. What is the EXAM PATTERN for UPSC IAS Prelims & Mains 2020 exams?

Answer: The exam pattern is different for UPSC IAS Prelims and IAS Mains exam. The UPSC IAS Prelims is an objective multiple choice questions (MCQ) format exam and the IAS Mains is a descriptive format exams. Have a look at the detailed exam pattern of both the phases below along with the number of questions asked and marking scheme:

IAS Prelims 2020 Exam Pattern

Paper

No. of Questions

Total Marks

Time Duration

Paper I: General Studies

100

200

2 Hours

Paper II: General Studies (CSAT) - Qualifying

80

200

2 Hours

IAS Mains 2020 Exam Pattern

Paper

Name

Time Duration

Marks

Paper – A

Any Indian Language

(objective) - Qualifying

3 Hours

300

Paper – B

English (objective) - Qualifying

3 Hours

300

Paper I

Essay

3 Hours

250

Paper II

General Studies I

3 Hours

250

Paper III

General Studies II

3 Hours

250

Paper IV

General Studies III

3 Hours

250

Paper V

General Studies IV

3 Hours

250

Paper VI

Optional Paper I

3 Hours

250

Paper VII

Optional Paper-II

3 Hours

250

Total

1750

Interview

275

Total

2025

For detailed exam pattern, visit the following link:

UPSC IAS Exam Details

11. Is there negative marking in UPSC IAS Exam 2020?

Answer: Yes, there is negative marking of 1/3rd marks for each wrong answer in IAS Prelims exam and in IAS Mains objective papers.

12. How many ATTEMPTS are allowed for UPSC IAS Exam 2020?

Answer: The total of attempts are different for different category candidates. Have a look:

GEN: 6

EWS: 6

OBC: 9

SC/ ST: Till the Age limit

PwD - OBC: 9

PwD -SC/ST: Till the Age limit

13. When will the UPSC IAS Admit Card 2020 release?

Answer: Union Public Service Commission is expected to release the UPSC IAS Admit Card 2020 in May 2020 first week as the exam is scheduled to be held on 31 May 2020.

14. How to download UPSC IAS 2020 Admit Card?

Answer: Candidates can download the UPSC IAS Admit Card easily by visiting the official website upsc.gov.in. Follow the given steps to download the IAS Admit Card:

Step 1: Visit upsc.gov.in

Step 2: Click on Admit Card download link

Step 3: Enter your Registration ID OR Roll Number and Date of Birth.

Step 4: Click on Submit button.

Step 5: Download UPSC IAS Admit Card 2020

15. What is the SALARY of IAS Officer after 7th Pay Commission?

Answer: The Salary of an IAS officer is different for different grades and posts. Have a look at the pay scale or salary structure for IAS/IPS/IFS officers as per 7th CPC Pay Commission:

Pay Level

Basic Pay

Years of Service Required

Posts

10

Rs 56,100

1-4

ASP/SDM/Assistant Commissioner

11

Rs 67,700

5-8

ADM/Deputy Secretary/Undersecretary

12

Rs 78,800

9-12

DM/Joint Secretary/Deputy Secretary

13

Rs 1,18,500

13-16

DM/ Special Secretary-Director/ Director

14

Rs 1,44,200

16-24

Divisional Commissioner/Secretary-Commissioner/Joint Secretary

15

Rs 1,82,200

25-30

Divisional Commissioner/Principal Secretary/ Additional Secretary

16

Rs 2,05,400

30-33

Additional Chief Secretary

17

Rs 2,25,000

34-36

Chief Secretary

18

Rs 2,50,000

Above 37 years

Cabinet Secretary

16. What is the highest post of an IAS Officer?

Answer: The highest post of an IAS Officer in the state is of the "Chief Secretary" and the highest post at all-India level is of the "Cabinet Secretary" in Union Government.

17. Where can I get UPSC IAS Study Material 2020 for FREE?

Answer: Candidates can get the complete IAS Study Material in PDF Download format for free on the links given below:

UPSC IAS Important Topics 2020

UPSC IAS Important Questions 2020

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