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

UPSC IAS 2020: Union Public Service Commission will conduct the UPSC IAS Prelims 2020 exam on 4 October 2020 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.

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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:



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


IAS Prelims Exam Date 2020

4 October 2020

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:


 32 Years


 35 Years


 37 Years


 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:


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:




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


No. of Questions

Total Marks

Time Duration

Paper I: General Studies



2 Hours

Paper II: General Studies (CSAT) - Qualifying



2 Hours

IAS Mains 2020 Exam Pattern



Time Duration


Paper – A

Any Indian Language

(objective) - Qualifying

3 Hours


Paper – B

English (objective) - Qualifying

3 Hours


Paper I


3 Hours


Paper II

General Studies I

3 Hours


Paper III

General Studies II

3 Hours


Paper IV

General Studies III

3 Hours


Paper V

General Studies IV

3 Hours


Paper VI

Optional Paper I

3 Hours


Paper VII

Optional Paper-II

3 Hours








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 has released the UPSC IAS Admit Card 2020 on its official website

14. How to download UPSC IAS 2020 Admit Card?

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

Step 1: Visit

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



Rs 56,100


ASP/SDM/Assistant Commissioner


Rs 67,700


ADM/Deputy Secretary/Undersecretary


Rs 78,800


DM/Joint Secretary/Deputy Secretary


Rs 1,18,500


DM/ Special Secretary-Director/ Director


Rs 1,44,200


Divisional Commissioner/Secretary-Commissioner/Joint Secretary


Rs 1,82,200


Divisional Commissioner/Principal Secretary/ Additional Secretary


Rs 2,05,400


Additional Chief Secretary


Rs 2,25,000


Chief Secretary


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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