The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is the central recruiting agency for shortlisting candidates to various services of the Union and the services of the state. The major responsibility of the Commission is to scrutinise candidates for the All India Services comprising three prestigious services – Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Foreign Service (IFS).
Every year, the Commission releases the UPSC calendar for all examinations. Candidates who are aspiring for the Central services can check the UPSC exam dates before the release of notification. The central recruiting agency also releases the UPSC time table that includes the date of notification, last date for receipt of applications, date of commencement of exam and duration of the exam.
The UPSC has released the revised programme of examinations/recruitment tests 2021. The Commission held a special meeting on June 5 and released a revised exam schedule. The new exam dates were announced for NDA & NA (I), Civil Services (Prelims), IES/ISS, Combined Geo-Scientist, Engineering Service (Mains), Combined Medical Services, CAPF (AC), NDA & NA (II) and IFS Main exam 2021.
Earlier, the UPSC has postponed the exams due to the outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Commission has announced that Civil Services (Preliminary) 2021 examination scheduled on May 31 was postponed due to the nationwide lockdown.
|Name of Examination||Date of Notification||Last Date for Receipt of Applications||Date of Exam|
|Engineering Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2020||September 25, 2019||October 15, 2019||January 5, 2020|
|Combined Geo-Scientist (Preliminary) Examination,2020||September 25, 2019||October 15, 2019||January 19, 2020|
|Reserved for UPSC RT/ Examination||January 19, 2020|
|C.D.S. Examination (I), 2020||October 30, 2019||November 19, 2019||February 2, 2020|
|Reserved for UPSC RT/ Examination||February 23, 2020|
|CISF AC(EXE) LDCE-2020||December 4, 2019||December 24, 2019||March 1, 2020|
|Reserved for UPSC RT/ Examination||March 8, 2020|
|N.D.A. & N.A. Examination (I), 2020||January 8, 2020||January 28, 2020||September 6, 2020|
|Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2020||February 12, 2020||March 3, 2020||October 4, 2020|
|Indian Forest Service (Preliminary) Examination, 2020 through CS(P) Examination 2020|
|I.E.S./I.S.S. Examination, 2020||June 10, 2020||June 30, 2020||October 16, 2020|
|Combined Geo-Scientist (Main) Examination, 2020||October 17-18, 2020|
|Engineering Services (Main) Examination, 2020||October 18, 2020|
|Reserved for UPSC RT/ Examination||July 5, 2020|
|Combined Medical Services Examination, 2020||July 22, 2020||August 11, 2020||October 22, 2020|
|Central Armed Police Forces (ACs) Examination, 2020||August 18, 2020||September 7, 2020||December 20, 2020|
|Reserved for UPSC RT/ Examination||August 23, 2020|
|N.D.A. & N.A. Examination (II), 2020||June 10, 2020||June 30, 2020||September 6, 2020|
|Reserved for UPSC RT/ Examination||September 13, 2020|
|Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2020||January 8, 2021 (5 days)|
|Reserved for UPSC RT/ Examination||October 4, 2020|
|C.D.S. Examination (II), 2020||August 5, 2020||August 25, 2020||November 11, 2020|
|Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination, 2020||February 28, 2021 (10 days)|
|S.O./Steno (GD-B/GD-I) LDCE||September 16, 2020||October 6, 2020||December 12, 2020|
|Reserved for UPSC RT/ Examination||December 20, 2020|
The UPSC releases the exam dates at least a year before the Civil Services Examination (CSE). The Commission has recently released the Civil Services Exam Schedule. Aspirants can check IAS exam dates 2021 before the release of notification.
|Date of Notification||February 10, 2021|
|Last date for receipt of applications||March 2, 2021|
|Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2020||October 10, 2021|
|Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2020||September 17, 2021 (5 days)|
Note: Candidates are advised to track the latest updates on the official site of UPSC because the dates of notification, exam dates and duration of examinations are liable to change if the conditions so warrant.