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UPSC IAS FAQs 2020: Check Answers of Frequently Asked Questions..

UPSC IAS 2020 FAQs: Get here Answers of Frequently Asked Questions for UPSC Civil Services IAS exam. Know details of IAS 2020 Vacancies, Exam Date, Admit Card, Exam Pattern ..

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.

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 Date12 February 2020
Start of IAS Application Process12 February 2020
Last Date of IAS Application Process3 March 2020
IAS Admit Card 2020 release dateReleased
IAS Prelims Exam Date 20204 October 2020
IAS Mains Exam Date 202018 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:

General32 Years
OBC 35 Years
SC & ST37 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:

NationalityCitizen of India ORTibetan refugee who came to India before January 1, 1962, ORIndian-origin person migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Kenya, Uganda, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaire, and Ethiopia
Educational QualificationGraduate Degree in any discipline(no minimum percent required)
Age LimitAs 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

PaperNo. of QuestionsTotal MarksTime Duration
Paper I: General Studies1002002 Hours
Paper II: General Studies (CSAT) – Qualifying802002 Hours

IAS Mains 2020 Exam Pattern

PaperNameTime DurationMarks
Paper – AAny Indian Language(objective) – Qualifying3 Hours300
Paper – BEnglish (objective) – Qualifying3 Hours300
Paper IEssay3 Hours250
Paper IIGeneral Studies I3 Hours250
Paper IIIGeneral Studies II3 Hours250
Paper IVGeneral Studies III3 Hours250
Paper VGeneral Studies IV3 Hours250
Paper VIOptional Paper I3 Hours250
Paper VIIOptional Paper-II3 Hours250

For detailed exam pattern, visit the following link:

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 LevelBasic PayYears of Service RequiredPosts
10Rs 56,1001-4ASP/SDM/Assistant Commissioner
11Rs 67,7005-8ADM/Deputy Secretary/Undersecretary
12Rs 78,8009-12DM/Joint Secretary/Deputy Secretary
13Rs 1,18,50013-16DM/ Special Secretary-Director/ Director
14Rs 1,44,20016-24Divisional Commissioner/Secretary-Commissioner/Joint Secretary
15Rs 1,82,20025-30Divisional Commissioner/Principal Secretary/ Additional Secretary
16Rs 2,05,40030-33Additional Chief Secretary
17Rs 2,25,00034-36Chief Secretary
18Rs 2,50,000Above 37 yearsCabinet 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: