UPSC Civil Services IAS and IFS Prelim Exam Online Form 2022
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UPSC has released the advertisement (upsc syllabus) for Civil Services IAS and Indian Forest Service IFS 2022 Preliminary Examination. Any eligible candidates who fulfill the eligibility of this recruitment can apply online from 02 to 22 February 2022. This recruitment written preliminary exam will be conducted on 05 June 2022. For complete information about this recruitment, read the advertisement and apply only after that.
The Civil Services Examination is one of the exams conducted by UPSC and the commission releases notification once a year with a particular number of vacancies. The commission also mandates that the candidates who apply for the exam should fulfil the eligibility criteria.
According to the UPSC Calendar 2022 released on the official website, the UPSC notification 2022 was released on 2nd February 2022 as scheduled. Therefore, the candidates can start submitting their applications from this date. Also, the last date for receipt of applications has been notified as 22nd February 2022 till 18:00.
The IAS Prelims is scheduled to be held on 5th June 2022. The Prelims stage is the screening stage and is the first stage of the exam. Those candidates who wish to appear in UPSC 2022, should fill the application form online between the given dates.
UPSC IAS Application Form
The UPSC Civil Services Exam 2022 has three stages:
- Interview/Personality Test
To read about the UPSC Exam Pattern in detail, check the linked article.
The UPSC has notified dates regarding the notification and exam, and they are tabled below:
|UPSC 2022 Recruitment Details|
|Release Date of Notification – UPSC CSE 2022||2nd February 2022|
|Start of UPSC Online Registration for UPSC CSE 2022||2nd February 2022|
|Last Date to Apply for UPSC CSE 2022||22nd February 2022 till 18:00 hrs|
|UPSC CSE Prelims 2022 Exam||5th June 2022 [Sunday]|
|UPSC CSE Mains 2022 Exam||16th September 2022 onwards [5 days]|
The candidates have to fill a form before each stage of the Civil Services Exam. In this article, the forms that have to be filled and their guidelines/instructions to be followed are discussed in detail below:
UPSC Prelims Application Form
The candidates are required to apply online after going through the detailed instructions and an official notification is released every year which give all the details regarding the exam.
How to Apply for IAS Prelims 2022?
The candidates who wish to apply for CSE 2022 have to check their UPSC Eligibility Criteria, from the linked article. Any non-fulfilment of the criteria will result in disqualification or cancellation of candidature.
Here are step-by-step instructions useful for the candidates who wish to apply for IAS 2022. These pointers will provide you with information on the detailed instructions to be followed while filling the application form for IAS 2022 Exam.
- Candidates are required to apply Online by using the website https://upsconline.nic.in.
- There are two parts to the registration process. Both the parts have to be completed within the given deadline.
- The candidates will be required to complete the Online Application Form containing two stages viz. Part-I and Part-II as per the instructions available.
The candidates have to fill up all the required fields in both parts to finish the application.
- RID is the Registration ID, which is generated by the system when the applicant completes Part-I registration of his application. Candidates should note down the RID for future references.
- After completing the process of filling in Part-I of the online application, the candidates are required to fill in Part-II of the online application process, which consists of three steps viz. Payment of Examination Fee (if applicable), uploading signature and photograph and choice of Examination centre.
- The candidates are required to pay a fee of Rs.100/- Rupees One Hundred only) [excepting SC/ST/ Female/Persons with Benchmark Disability candidates who are exempted from payment of fee] either by depositing the money in any branch of State Bank of India by cash, or by using net banking facility of State Bank of India or by using any Visa/Master/RuPay Credit/ Debit Card.
- Before start filling up Online Application, a candidate must have his photograph and signature duly scanned in the .jpg format in such a manner that each file should not exceed 300 KB each and must not be less than 20 KB in size for the photograph and signature. Check this link for more on Requirements For Photograph And Signature To Be Uploaded For UPSC Exam.
- Applicants should avoid submitting multiple applications. However, if due to any unavoidable circumstances, any applicant submits multiple applications then he/she must ensure that the applications with higher RID are complete in all respects.
- The applicants must ensure that while filling their Application Form, they are providing their valid and active E-Mail IDs as the Commission may use an electronic mode of communication while contacting them at different stages of the examination process.
- Candidates are strongly advised to apply online well in time, without waiting for the last date for submission of Online Applications.
- The facility of withdrawal of Application is available for those candidates who do not want to appear for Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination.
- The OBC candidates applying for CSE-2022 must produce OBC (Non-Creamy Layer) certificate based on the income for the last three Financial Years (FY).
- A candidate will be eligible to get the benefit of community reservation only in case the particular caste to which the candidate belongs is included in the list of reserved communities issued by the Central Government. And the persons who are claiming reservation may have to produce documents to claim the relaxations. The candidates can go through the below-mentioned links to know more about it in detail:
- EWS Reservation Eligibility
- PH Criteria for UPSC
UPSC Mains Application Form
The candidates who have been considered qualified on the basis of the result of the Preliminary Exam are required to fill the Detailed Application Form – I ONLINE.
How to Apply Mains Application Form?
Here are a few points/guidelines the aspirants should know before filling the application form for Mains Examination.
- The candidates must fill up and submit the Online Detailed Application Form by using the website www.upsc.gov.in.
- The candidates should ensure that all columns should be filled in correctly. No correspondence will be entertained by the Commission from candidates to change any of the entries made in the online Detailed Application Form.
- Before filling up the Online Detailed Application Form (DAF), the candidates should register themselves at the official website, www.upsc.gov.in.
- The candidates will be required to create registration accounts by clicking appropriately on the link provided below the “login” button.
- The candidates have to fill in personal details such as name, e-mail address, roll number, date of birth while registration process. After successful registration, the password will be sent to the registered email address.
- After this, the candidates will be required to go back to the website (http://www.upsc.gov.in) and log in to the login module with their Roll Number (six-digit numbers) along with the password.
The Online DAF has six modules:
- Educational Information,
- Parental Information,
- Employment Information,
- Upload documents and
- Final Submission
- The candidates have to carefully fill in all the details required in all six modules, and they can save each module after completion.
- However, candidates will have the option to make changes in any module before the final submission of DAF. Once the Final Submission has been made, no change will be possible Online.
- The scanned documents/certificates to support a few criteria has to be submitted while filling the online Detailed Application Form-I (DAF-I) which are as follows:
- Date of birth,
- Category [viz. SC/ST/OBC (without OBC Annexure)/EWS (without EWS Annexure)/PwBD/ExServicemen] and
- Educational qualification with required Examination Fee.
- The Roll No. of the candidate for the Main Examination will be the same as the Roll Number given to him/ her for the Preliminary Examination.
- The candidates must carry their Photo ID Proof submitted by them while applying for Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2021 to the Examination Venues for Civil Services (Main) Examination along with the e-Admit Card in support of their identity.
- The information earlier given by candidates in the application form for the Preliminary Examination will be cross-checked with the information given by them in the application form for the Main Examination. If there are any serious discrepancies, candidates are liable to be refused admission to the Main Examination in such cases.
- Not in all the cities, there are centres available for the IAS exam, especially for the Mains level. To know about the list of UPSC Exam Centres for Prelims and Mains, check the linked article.
UPSC Interview Application Form
All the candidates who qualify for the Personality Test/Interview on the basis of the Result of Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2022 will be required to submit their Order of Preferences for Zone(s)/State(s) Cadre (for IAS/IPS) through online Detailed Application Form – II.
Guidelines to fill Interview Application Form
This DAF-II will be made available to the qualified candidates of the written examination of Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2022. Here are a few points to be remembered while filling out the IAS Interview Application Form.
- Before the commencement of the Interview/Personality Test of the Examination, a candidate shall be required to mandatorily indicate the order of preferences only for those Services which are participating in the Civil Services Examination-2022 and for which the candidate is interested to be allocated in case of eventual selection, in the online Detailed Application Form-II (DAF-II).
- OBC Annexure (for OBC category only) and EWS Annexure (for EWS category only) is required to be mandatorily submitted.
- A candidate may also upload additional documents/certificates of higher education, achievements in different fields, service experience, etc.
- Any delay in submission of the DAF-II or documents in support beyond the prescribed date will not be allowed and will lead to the cancellation of the candidature for the CSE-2022.
- No change in preferences for services once submitted by a candidate would be permitted.
- In case preference for none of the Services is indicated, the candidate will not be considered for Service Allocation.
- No change in preference of Zones and Cadres once submitted by a candidate would be permitted.
- The candidates are advised to indicate preferences for various services or posts very carefully.
IAS Exam Syllabus: What are the subjects that should be studied for the Civil Services Exam – Prelims, Mains, and the Interview?
UPSC Syllabus for Civil Service Exam (CSE) can be accessed and downloaded from this page. Aspirants may bookmark this page to refer the latest syllabus the Civil Services Exam, popularly known as ‘IAS exam’.
Syllabus for individual subjects in IAS mains (including optional subjects) is provided on the corresponding links below. Scroll down to refer or download the same.
UPSC Syllabus – Civil Services Preliminary Exam
The Civil Services Preliminary exam comprises of two compulsory papers of 200 marks each (General Studies Paper I and General Studies Paper-II). The questions will be of multiple-choice, objective type. The marks in prelims will not counted for final ranking, but just for qualification for the main exam.
The Commission will draw a list of candidates to qualified for Civil Service (Main) Examination based on the criterion of minimum qualifying marks of 33% in General Studies PaperII of Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination and total qualifying marks of General Studies Paper-I of Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination as may be determined by the Commission.
UPSC Syllabus for Paper-I – 200 marks
This objective paper is for a duration of two hours. There will be 100 questions. Marks of only this paper is counted to decide the toppers of the preliminary exam. The syllabus of GS Paper 1 is given below.
- Current events of national and international importance.
- History of India and Indian National Movement.
- Indian and World Geography – Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.
- Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
- Economic and Social Development Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.
- General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialization.
- General Science.
UPSC Syllabus for Paper-II – 200 marks
This objective paper is for a duration of two hours. There will be 80 questions. Marks of this paper is counted to decide the toppers of the preliminary exam. This paper is only qualifying in nature. Aspirants just need to ensure that they score at least 33% marks in this paper. The syllabus of GS Paper 2 (CSAT) is given below.
- Interpersonal skills including communication skills.
- Logical reasoning and analytical ability.
- Decision-making and problem-solving.
- General mental ability.
- Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. – Class X level).
UPSC Syllabus – Civil Services Mains Exam
A candidate’s rank in UPSC Civil Service Exam depends only on the mark scored in Main and Interview. The main exam has 1750 marks while interview has 275 marks.
The written examination (main) will consist of the following nine papers, but only 7 papers will counted for final merit ranking. For the rest two papers, the candidate should secure minimum marks prescribed by UPSC each year.
1. Paper‐I: (Essay) – 250 Marks
In Essay Paper, candidates may required to write essays on multiple topics. They will expected to keep closely to the subject of the essay to arrange their ideas in an orderly fashion and to write concisely. Credit will given for effective and exact expression.
2. Paper‐2: (General Studies 1) – 250 Marks.
General Studies 1 Paper Syllabus for UPSC Civil Services Mains Exam consists of the below major areas: Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society.
General Studies 1 Paper Syllabus for UPSC Civil Services Mains
- Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.
- Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues.
- The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the country.
- Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country.
- History of the world will include events from the 18th century such as industrial revolution, world wars,
- redrawal of national boundaries, colonization, decolonization, political philosophies like communism,
- capitalism, socialism etc.- their forms and effect on the society.
Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India.
- Role of women and women’s organization, population and associated issues, poverty and
- developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies.
- Effects of globalization on Indian society
- Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism.
- Salient features of the world’s physical geography.
- Distribution of key natural resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian subcontinent);
- factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary, and tertiary sector industries in
- various parts of the world (including India)
- Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone etc.,
- geographical features and their location- changes in critical geographical features (including water bodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes.
3. Paper‐3: (General Studies 2) – 250 Marks
General Studies 2 Paper Syllabus for UPSC Civil Services Mains Exam consists of the below major areas: Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations.
General Studies 2 Paper Syllabus for UPSC Civil Services Mains
- Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.
- Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein.
- Separation of powers between various organs; dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions.
- Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries
- Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning, the conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these.
- Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary Ministries and Departments of the Government; pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their role in the Polity.
Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act.
- Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies.
- Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies.
- Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.
- Development processes and the development industry- the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders.
- Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.
- Issues relating to the development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.
Issues relating to poverty and hunger.
- Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures.
- Role of civil services in a democracy.
- India and its neighbourhood- relations.
- Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests.
- Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian Diaspora.
- Important International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate.
4. Paper‐4: (General Studies 3) – 250 Marks
General Studies 3 Paper Syllabus for UPSC Civil Services Mains Exam consists of the below major areas: Technology, Economic Development, Biodiversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management. Detailed syllabus as provided by UPSC is as below:
General Studies 3 Paper Syllabus for UPSC Civil Services Mains
- Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment.
- Inclusive growth and issues arising from it.
- Government Budgeting.
- Major crops cropping patterns in various parts of the country, different types of irrigation and irrigation systems storage, transport and marketing of agricultural produce and issues and related constraints; e-technology in the aid of farmers.
- Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices; Public Distribution System- objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping; issues of buffer stocks and food security; Technology missions; economics of animal-rearing.
- Food processing and related industries in India- scope and significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management.
Land reforms in India.
- Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth.
- Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc.
- Investment models.
- Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life.
- Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology.
- Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, nanotechnology, biotechnology and issues relating to intellectual property rights.
- Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment.
Disaster and disaster management.
- Linkages between development and spread of extremism.
- Role of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges to internal security.
- Challenges to internal security through communication networks, the role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber security; money-laundering and its prevention.
- Security challenges and their management in border areas; linkages of organized crime with terrorism.
- Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate.
5. Paper‐5: (General Studies 4) – 250 Marks
General Studies 4 Paper Syllabus for UPSC Civil Services Mains Exam consists of the below major areas: Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude. Details of the syllabus as provided by UPSC is as below: This paper will include questions to test the candidates’ attitude and approach to issues relating to integrity, probity in public life and his problem-solving approach to various issues and conflicts faced by him in dealing with society. Questions may utilise the case study approach to determine these aspects.
General Studies 4 Paper Syllabus for UPSC Civil Services Mains
- Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics in private and public relationships. Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values.
- Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behaviour; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion.
- Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service, integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker sections.
- Emotional intelligence-concepts, and their utilities and application in administration and governance.
Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and the world.
- Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance; accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance; ethical issues in international relations and funding; corporate governance.
- Probity in Governance: Concept of public service; Philosophical basis of governance and probity; Information sharing and transparency in government, Right to Information, Codes of Ethics, Codes of Conduct, Citizen’s Charters, Work culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption.
- Case Studies on the above issues.
6. Paper‐6: (Optional Subject Paper 1) – 250 Marks
7. Paper‐7: (Optional Subject Paper 2) – 250 Marks
Qualifying Paper A – Not counted for final ranking
Paper ‐ A – Indian Language – Syllabus. (One of the Indian Languages to be selected by the candidate from the Languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution. This paper will not be compulsory for candidates hailing from the States of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim.) 300 Marks.
Qualifying Paper B – Not counted for final ranking
Paper ‐ B – English Language – Syllabus. 300 Marks.
UPSC Syllabus – Civil Services Interview
- The candidate will be interviewed by a Board who will have before them a record of his/her career. He/she will be asked questions on matters of general interest. The object of the interview is to assess the personal suitability of the candidate for a career in public service by a Board of competent and unbiased observers. The test is intended to judge the mental calibre of a candidate. In broad terms, this is really an assessment of not only his/her intellectual qualities but also social traits and his/her interest in current affairs. Some of the qualities to be judged are mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical exposition, a balance of judgement, variety and depth of interest, ability for social cohesion and leadership, intellectual and moral integrity.
- The technique of the interview is not that of a strict cross-examination but of a natural, though directed and purposive conversation which is intended to reveal the mental qualities of the candidate.
- The interview test is not intended to be a test either of the specialised or general knowledge of the candidates which has been already tested through their written papers. Candidates are expected to have taken an intelligent interest not only in their special subjects of academic study but also in the events which are happening around them both within and outside their own state or country as well as in modern currents of thought and in new discoveries which should arouse the curiosity of well-educated youth.
Sub Total (Written test): 1750 Marks
Personality Test: 275 Marks
Grand Total: 2025 Marks
Frequently Asked Questions on UPSC IAS Application Form
upsc exam date 2021
The UPSC Preliminary exam 2021 will take place on October 10, 2021. The Civil Services Main Exam will be held from January 07, 2022. Earlier, the Commission has postponed the IAS Prelims exam date scheduled on June 27 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. IAS Prelims Exam Date 2021
Does applying for UPSC count as an attempt?
No. If a candidate actually appears in any one paper in the Preliminary Examination, it will be deemed that the candidate has made an attempt at the Examination.
What is the minimum age to apply for UPSC 2022?
The candidate must be at least 21 years of age to apply for the UPSC civil services examination.
What is the registration fee for IAS Mains?
The candidates applying (Except Female/SC/ST/PwBD candidates who are exempted from payment of fee) for Civil Services (Main) Examination are required to pay a fee of Rs.200/- (Rupees Two Hundred only).
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What is the full form of UPSC exam?
The full form of the UPSC is Union Public Service Commission. To understand the meaning of UPSC exam, candidates can visit the civil services exam page. UPSC conducts a National Level Exam for 24 services under the Central & State Government of India.