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On February 14, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) commenced registration for the Civil Services Preliminary examination (UPSC CSE Prelims 2024) and released the notification. The application window closes on March 5, with approximately 1,056 vacancies to be filled through UPSC CSE 2024. In this article, we will learn how to fill up the UPSC Civil Services Prelims form, the importance of UPSC preliminary exam, understanding the eligibility criteria, and tips for a smooth application process.

Overview of UPSC Civil Services Exam:

Aspire to serve the nation in prestigious roles like an IAS officer or an IPS leader? Then the UPSC Civil Service Exam, your gateway to these coveted positions, awaits you!


  • Indian citizen between 21 and 32 years old (relaxations for certain categories)
  • Graduation degree from a recognized university

Exam Pattern:

Three-stage format: Preliminary, Mains, and Interview

  • Prelims:
    • Two objective-type papers of 200 marks each (General Studies & CSAT)
    • Marks not counted for final ranking, but qualifying for Mains is crucial.
    • Negative marking applies to the General Studies paper only.
  • Mains:
    • Written descriptive exams testing knowledge, analytical skills, and writing ability.
    • Nine papers (two qualifying): total marks of 1750 contribute to final ranking.
  • Interview (Personality Test):
    • Assesses personality, suitability for civil service 
    • 275 marks added to Mains score for final ranking.

Number of Exams:

  • You appear for the UPSC civil services Prelims once a year.
  • If you clear the UPSC civil services Prelims, you get one shot at the Mains in the same year.
  • Candidates can attempt the Prelims up to a certain number of times depending on their category.

Understanding the UPSC Civil Services Prelims Form

So, you’re aspiring to become an IAS officer, and the UPSC Civil Services Prelims form stands between you and the first hurdle. No worries, let’s break it down!

Understanding the Form:

Imagine this form as your passport to the Prelims exam. It collects essential information like your education, personal details, and chosen exam center. Filling it accurately is crucial to avoid any hiccups in your journey.

  • Personal Information: Name, father’s name, address, etc. Easy peasy!
  • Educational Qualification: List your degrees and academic details. Show off your brainpower!
  • Category and Reservation: Indicate if you belong to any reserved category for eligibility consideration.
  • Exam Center Choice: Pick a test center closest to you for maximum convenience.
  • Declaration and Uploads: Agree to the terms and upload scanned documents as proof. Be honest and complete!

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Age: Be between 21 and 32 years old (with relaxations for certain categories).
  • Nationality: You must be an Indian citizen.
  • Education: Possess a graduation degree from a recognized university.

Important Dates and Deadlines:

Keep an eye on the UPSC website for the official notification announcing these dates. Don’t be late!

  • Notification Released: February 14, 2024
  • Application Open: February 15 – March 5, 2024 (Don’t miss this window!)
  • Prelims Exam Date: May 26, 2024

Application Fee Structure:

  • General/OBC: ₹100
  • SC/ST/Female/PWD: Exempt

Remember, UPSC civil services prelims form is  just your first step. Stay focused, study hard, and dream big! Next, we’ll dive into a Step-by-Step Guide on How to Fill up the UPSC Civil Services Prelims Form and provide tips for a smooth IAS application process. For your Prelims exam preparation, you can visit our website. Additionally, for guidance or to strategize your Prelims exam plan, feel free to call us at +91 8355951603

Step-by-Step Guide on How to Fill up UPSC Civil Services Prelims Form

Steps to Complete the Online Application form for UPSC IAS 2024:

Part 1

1. Go to the UPSC website at

2. In the What’s New section on the homepage, find and click on the link labeled “Exam Notification: Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2024.”

3. Click on the provided link to apply online.

4. Select “Yes” to register for Civil Services Part-l.

5. Carefully fill out Part-l of the application form with all required details, such as your name, date of birth, category, gender, email address, contact information, permanent address, marital status, parents’ names, community, and educational level.

6. After entering all the information, click “Continue.” Review every detail in the online form, and when satisfied, click the “Submit” button.

Steps for Completing UPSC Application Form Part 2:

1. Payment of Application Fee: You can pay the UPSC application fee offline (in cash using an SBI bank challan) or online (using SBI Net Banking, a debit card, or a credit card). All candidates are required to pay Rs 100/-; however, female candidates, SC, ST, and PwBD applicants are exempt from payment.

2. Upload Documents: Upload scanned copies of your photo, signature, and photo ID card, ensuring they meet UPSC’s specified dimensions.

3. Provide Exam Location and Fee Payment Details: Enter the examination center location and relevant information regarding fee payment.

4. Agree to Terms: After reading the statement, click on the “I Agree” button.

5. Record Registration Number: Upon clicking the button, a page with a registration number will be generated. Make sure to note down this registration number on paper and print out the page for your records.


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Quick Tips for a Smooth IAS Application Process

For a smooth IAS application process:

  • Read guidelines carefully: Familiarize yourself with UPSC’s instructions.
  • Prepare required documents: Gather necessary paperwork beforehand.
  • Double-check information: Ensure accuracy in all details provided.
  • Follow photo/signature specifications: Adhere to UPSC’s guidelines for images.
  • Choose exam centers wisely: Select locations convenient for you.
  • Complete form in one session: Minimize interruptions to avoid data loss.
  • Review before submission: Verify all entered information.
  • Submit before deadline: Ensure timely submission to avoid issues.
  • Save confirmation details: Keep a record of your application.
  • Seek assistance if needed: Don’t hesitate to reach out for help

Conclusion | How to Fill up UPSC Civil Services Prelims Form

In this article, we provide an overview of UPSC IAS, guide you through understanding and filling the UPSC Civil Services Prelims Form, and quick tips for a smooth IAS application process. If assistance during the application process is required, our coaching center stands ready to help. Additionally, we offer free resources, daily current affairs updates, and personalized mentorship. Contact us at +91 8355951603 to achieve the dream of becoming a civil servant with confidence and ease.

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Exam Notification

UPSC CSE Calendar 2024

  • Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2024 & Indian Forest Service (Preliminary) Examination, 2024 through CS(P) Examination 2023 26 May 2024

Download UPSC CSE Notification 2024: Click here

Exam Pattern

UPSC Syllabus

UPSC Prelims Syllabus

UPSC Mains Syllabus

Previous Papers

YearPrelims-GSPrelims-CSATMains-GS 1Mains-GS 2Mains-GS 3Mains-GS 4Mains-EssayMains-EnglishMains-Hindi

Prelims Previous Years Papers – Subject & Year Wise

PRE SUBJECT201820172016201520142013
Science & Technology201820172016201520142013
Modern India201820172016201520142013
Medieval India201820172016201520142013

Mains Previous Years Papers – Subject & Year Wise

MAINS SUBEJECT201820172016201520142013
Internal Security201820172016201520142013
Ethics – I201820172016201520142013
Ethics – II (Case Studies)201820172016201520142013
Environment and Ecology201820172016201520142013
Disaster Management201820172016201520142013
Ancient History and Art & Culture201820172016201520142013
Agriculture201820172016No Question20142013
Indian Society2018201720162015 20142013

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