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UPSC CSE Notification 2023

UPSC CSE 2023 Notification will be out on 1st February 2023 on the official website of UPSC i.e., upsc.gov.in. The Union Public Service Commission conducted the largest and most prestigious examination in the country i.e., the UPSC CSE which is used to find qualified and eligible candidates for prominent positions mainly for Group A and Group B positions in the Government of India.

Read more: UPSC Calendar 2023

UPSC CSE 2023 Notification will be a great opportunity under the central government for those aspirants who are looking forward to a respectable position in the reputed organization. Aspirants can apply for the UPSC CSE application form from the 1st of February 2023 to till 21st of February 2023.

UPSC CSE 2023 Notification in Hindi

UPSC releases every notification, calendar etc., PDF in both Hindi and English Language. It can be easily downloaded from the official website of UPSC. UPSC CSE 2023 Notification in Hindi will be out on 1st February 2023 which is very helpful for the Hindi medium aspirants to understand every aspect of the exam without any language barrier.

Read More: UPSC Syllabus in Hindi

UPSC CSE 2023 Exam Overview

UPSC CSE 2023 Exam: The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) organizes the Civil Services Examination (CSE), which is one of the most desirable examinations in India. For the UPSC Civil Services examination, candidates from different backgrounds and academic fields go to remarkable attempts to prepare for and also succeed. On May 4, 2022, the UPSC published the annual exam calendar 2023 for several national-level examinations on its official website.

The Union Public Service Commission will be conducting the Civil Services Prelims 2023 Examination also including the Indian Forest Service (Preliminary) Examination, 2023 on 28th May 2023 (Sunday) all over India. 

The Union Public Service Commission conducts Civil Service Examinations every year for those graduates who want to serve the nation in various All India Services and Central Civil Services. The candidates can read the overview table below to get a general idea about UPSC CSE 2023.

UPSC CSE 2023 Notification

Exam Name UPSC Civil Service Exam 2023 & UPSC Forest Service Exam 2023
Recruiting Organisation Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)
Exam Level Pan India / National Level
Age Limit 21 years to 32 years (excluding age relaxation)
Application Fill up Mode Online
No. of Exam Stages 3 stages; Prelims, Mains and Personality Test
Educational Qualification Graduates or Relevant Degrees
Exam Frequency Once a year 
Exam Mode Offline / Pen & Paper 
Prelims Exam Date 28th May 2023 (Sunday), 1 day
Mains Exam Date 15th September 2023 (Friday), 5 days
Interview Date To be notified
Admit Card Release Date To be notified
Vacancy To be notified
Posts Group A and Group B Officers
UPSC Official Website upsc.gov.in

UPSC CSE 2023 Notification PDF

The notification PDF of the UPSC CSE 2023 will be released on 1st February 2023 that includes all relevant information regarding the exam date, age limit, eligibility criteria, no. of vacancies, job profile, syllabus, last date etc.

UPSC Syllabus 2023

UPSC Syllabus: Candidates are recommended to evaluate the syllabus provided by the commission before the UPSC CSE 2023 preliminary examination and the main examination because some subjects have undertaken periodic syllabus changes. UPSC CSE 2023 Syllabus is released by the UPSC every year.

UPSC CSE 2023 Exam Pattern

UPSC CSE Exam Pattern 2023: The IAS exam is another name for the UPSC Civil Services Examination (CSE). Every year, the CSE is conducted for lakhs of applicants to take the examination, but only a handful of applicants are chosen. The UPSC CSE is a three-stage examination that consists of:

  • Preliminary Examination (Prelims Exam)
  • Main Examination (Mains Exam)
  • Personality Test (Interview Round)

The preliminary examination is an objective type screening test. Candidates who pass the preliminary exam proceed to the main exam which consists of 9 papers i.e., Essay paper, English, General Studies, and Optional Subject papers. Main examination is subjective in nature. The interview or personality test is the last stage of the UPSC CSE exam.

UPSC CSE 2023 Exam Date

The Union Public Service Commission will conduct the preliminary Civil Services Examination on May 28, 2023, in order to fill all the vacancies of the central government under Group A and Group B.

UPSC CSE 2023 Important Dates

Some Important UPSC CSE 2023 Exam Dates

UPSC CSE 2023 Notification Release Date 01st  February 2023
UPSC CSE 2023 Prelims Exam Registration 01st  February 2023
UPSC CSE 2023 Last Date of Application 21st February 2023
UPSC CSE 2023 Prelims Admit Card Release Date April/May 2023
UPSC CSE 2023 Prelims Exam Date  28th May 2023 (1 day)
UPSC CSE 2023 Mains Admit Card Release Date August 2023
UPSC CSE 2023 Mains Exam Date 15th September 2023 (5 days) 
UPSC CSE 2023 Interview/ IAS interview Date Yet to be notified

UPSC CSE 2023 Application Form

The Union Public Service Commission will provide applicants with around 20 days to submit a successful application for the UPSC CSE 2023 prelims form. The online application process to register for the UPSC CSE 2023 began on February 1, 2023, and the deadline to apply online is February 21, 2023. 

How to Apply Online for UPSC CSE 2023?

Candidates must submit their applications online using the UPSC official website. On the website, there are detailed instructions for filling up online applications. The applicants are recommended to submit just one application; however, if they must submit additional or more applications for any reason, they must make sure that the application with the highest RID (registration Id) is complete in every aspect. The Commission’s decision regarding a candidate’s eligibility for admission to the Examination is final.

Read about: UPSC ESE 2023 Notification

Steps to Apply for the UPSC CSE 2023

There are a few steps to apply for the UPSC CSE 2023 examination such as:

  • Visit the UPSC recruitment official website under the Active Examinations section
  • Go to Registration and create a one-time registration profile
  • Login to fill out the application form
    • Enter your Name, Date of Birth, Active Email Address and Mobile Number
    • Fill in all the personal and professional details
    • Upload relevant documents and submit (Candidates should fill out the Part-I and Part-II of the online application form)
  • Pay the application fee i.e., Rs. 100/- through Online / Offline Mode
  • Download the final submitted form and take a printout.

UPSC CSE 2023 Online Form Important Information

Candidates appearing in UPSC Civil Services Examination, 2023 Prelims will be required to indicate information such as:

  • Detail of exam centres for the Civil Services (Main) Examination and Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination 
  • Optional subject to be selected for the examination
  • Medium of examination for Civil Services (Main) Examination
  • Medium of examination for Optional Subject 
  • Compulsory Indian Language for Civil Services (Main) Examination 

UPSC CSE 2023 Online Form Important Documents

Candidates must be in possession of the following important documentation, the details of which are needed to submit an application:

  • Any Valid Photo ID Proof.
  • Candidates must scan documents of their education certificates and a passport-size photo.

UPSC CSE 2023 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates who want to qualify for the UPSC CSE 2023 examination in order to become IAS/ IPS/ IFS and other officers must fulfil all the eligibility requirements mentioned in the official notification. It is the minimum necessary qualification needed to take the exam. Details on UPSC CSE 2023 eligibility conditions are provided below:

UPSC CSE 2023 Nationality Condition

  • For the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and the Indian Police Service (IPS), a candidate must be a citizen of India. 
  • For other services, a candidate must be either:
    • a citizen of India, or
    • a subject of Nepal, or
    • a subject of Bhutan, or 
    • a Tibetan refugee who entered India prior to January 1, 1962, with the purpose to settle there permanently, or
    • a person of Indian origin who moved to India with the purpose of residing there permanently, primarily from Vietnam, Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, or the East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia.

Read about: CDS 1 2023 Notification

UPSC CSE 2023 Age Limit

UPSC Age Limit: A candidate must have a minimum age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 32 years.

Upper Age Limit Relaxation

Category Relaxation 
Scheduled Caste (SC) or a Scheduled Tribe (ST) Up to a maximum of 5 years
Other Backward Classes (OBCs) who are eligible to avail of reservation  Up to a maximum of 3 years
Defence Services Personnel Up to a maximum of 3 years
Ex-servicemen Up to a maximum of 5 years
A person with Benchmark Disability (PwBD) Up to a maximum of 10 years

Candidates seeking benefits for SC/ST/OBC/EWS/PwBD/Ex-Servicemen must make sure they are eligible for those benefits according to the eligibility requirements mentioned in the Rules/Notice.

UPSC CSE 2023 EWS Reservation

A candidate for UPSC CSE 2023 will only be qualified to receive the benefits of the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) Reservation if they meet the requirements established by the Central Government and are in possession of the necessary Income & Asset Certificate based on the income for Financial Year (FY) 2021–2022. In the UPSC CSE 2023, there is no age relaxation for the Economically Weaker Sections.

UPSC CSE 2023 Educational Qualification

A candidate must possess an equivalent degree or hold a graduate degree from any of the Indian universities established by an act of the central or state legislature, or from one of the other educational institutions recognised as universities under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956.

UPSC CSE 2023 Number of Attempts

Each candidate who appears for the UPSC CSE 2023 examination and is otherwise eligible to give the examination is liable to six (6) attempts to take the UPSC CSE. Candidates from the SC/ST/OBC and PwBD categories who are otherwise eligible, however, will be allowed a relaxation in the number of attempts. Such candidates may make the following number of attempts under the relaxation:

Number of Attempts  Category to which the Candidate Belongs
Unlimited 09 09 for GL/EWS/OBC;

Unlimited for SC/ST

*GL – General Category

UPSC CSE 2023 Online Application Last Date

The last date for the UPSC CSE 2023 prelims online application is 21st February 2023 till 6:00 PM after that the link will be disabled. Candidates are strongly recommended to apply online well in time without waiting for the last date for submission of Online Applications.

UPSC CSE 2023 Result

UPSC will release the UPSC CSE 2023 prelims stage results probably in June/July 2023 and will release the qualified candidates for stage II (Main Examination) PDF list on their official website. An applicant must clear the cutoff for the preliminary stage as determined by the commission in order to proceed to the next stage. The commission will release the selected candidate’s status once all stages of the selection process have been completed.  The official website allows candidates to check their results here.

UPSC CSE 2023 Cut Off

After conducting the entire stages of the CSE examination, UPSC releases a minimum cutoff mark for both the Prelims and Main examination which an aspirant must clear to be selected for the next stage of the process. Candidates can check the UPSC CSE 2023 Cut off from the link provided below.

UPSC CSE 2023 Exam Fees

UPSC CSE 2023 Exam Fees: Candidates must pay a fee of Rs. 100/- (Rupees One Hundred Only) either by remitting the money to any State Bank of India (SBI) branch, by using a Visa, Mastercard, or RuPay credit or debit card, or by using SBI’s Internet Banking. All Female/SC/ST/Persons with benchmark disabilities candidates are exempted from paying a fee. However, OBC/EWS candidates are not eligible for any fee exemptions and must pay the entire amount of the specified fee.

Category UPSC CSE 2023 Application Fee
General / OBC / EWS Rs. 100/-
Female / SC / ST / PwBD Fee exempted

UPSC CSE 2023 Vacancy

The UPSC has not yet announced the UPSC CSE 2023 Vacancy information. They will subsequently announce the number of vacant positions for different job profiles on its official website after providing the UPSC CSE 2023 notification.

According to a UPSC official, 11.52 lakh applicants applied to take the examinations in 2022, and 13090 of them successfully qualified for the UPSC CSE Mains 2022 i.e., stage II. The official added that the number of vacancies for the Civil Services Examination 2022 has increased from the initial 861 to 1,022. Compared to the past few years, the 2022 vacancy is one of the highest among all. For more clarity, the number of vacancies in past years is given below in the table:

Year Number of Vacancies for Various Posts in Civil Services
2009 580
2010 965
2011 880
2012 1037
2013 1000
2014 1291
2015 1129
2016 1079
2017 980
2018 782
2019 896
2020 796
2021 712
2022 1022

UPSC CSE 2023 Salary

UPSC CSE is India’s prestigious service which provides a very lucrative salary, emoluments, perks and above all respect and honour in society. It also provides power and responsibilities to the candidate. These are the major factors to attract a candidate for this job. Such compensation is not offered by any other jobs in India. 

Under the new pay structure of the 7th Central Pay Commission, “Consolidated Pay Levels” have replaced the “Pay Grades for Civil Services” system. Now, the IAS pay scale is determined by the “Basic Pay” combined with TA, DA, and HRA. All IAS officers begin with the same starting salary, which rises as they gain experience and receive promotions. The entry-level basic pay for IAS offices is Rs. 56100 (excluding TA, DA and HRA) per month and that can go up to Rs. 2,50,000 for a level of Cabinet Secretary.

UPSC CSE 2023 Posts

There are two types of services available through UPSC CSE 2023 exam i.e., All India Service and Central Civil Service.

S. No. Name of Services
All India Services
1. Indian Administrative Services (IAS)
2. Indian Police Service (IPS)
3. Indian Forest Services(IFoS) (Prelims Only)
Central Civil Services
1. Indian Foreign Service
2. Indian Audit and Accounts Service, Group ‘A’
3. Indian Civil Accounts Service, Group ‘A’
4. Indian Corporate Law Service, Group ‘A’
5. Indian Defence Accounts Service, Group ‘A’
6. Indian Defence Estates Service, Group ‘A’
7. Indian Information Service, Junior Grade Group ‘A’
8. Indian Postal Service, Group ‘A’
9. Indian P&T Accounts and Finance Service, Group ‘A’
10. Indian Railway Protection Force Service, Group ‘A’
11. Indian Revenue Service (Customs & Indirect Taxes) Group ‘A’
12. Indian Revenue Service (Income Tax) Group ‘A
13. Indian Trade Service, Group ‘A’ (Grade III)
14. Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service, Group ‘B’ (Section Officer’s Grade)
15. Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service (DANICS), Group ‘B’
16. Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Service (DANIPS), Group ‘B’
17. Pondicherry Civil Service (PONDICS), Group ‘B’

UPSC CSE 2023 Selection Process

Civil service is such examination which is conducted by the UPSC every year. It is a three-stage examination namely Prelims, Mains and Personality Test. A prelims examination is an objective type (multiple choice questions) paper whose marks are not counted for final merit. This stage includes two General studies papers i.e., GS Paper 1 (Subject specific) and GS Paper 2 (CSAT). CSAT is just a qualifying paper (minimum 33% score required). There is a negative marking i.e., one-third (0.33) of the marks assigned to the question are deducted for every wrong answer for both Paper 1 and Paper 2.

UPSC CSE 2023 Exam Preparation Tips

To crack UPSC CSE 2023 on the First Attempt for any medium (English/Hindi/Other Languages) aspirants, Candidates are urged to diligently read the syllabus and according to that read fundamental books/resources for clearing their concepts. A candidate should make sure that all subjects covered in the IAS syllabus and current events are in-depth. The selection for the IAS Exam depends heavily on the resources you choose and the revisions that you have done during your preparation.

UPSC CSE 2023 Exam Preparation Do’s & Don’ts

  • Examine the UPSC CSE Syllabus and Exam Pattern first.
  • Preparation of prelims and mains should be integrated but the approach will be different.
  • NCERT books are fundamental books for building up the basic concepts and also refer to the Foundational Books of StudyIQ like Fundamentals of Geography, Indian Geography, Indian Polity etc. for reference.
  • Daily Current affairs Audios/Videos/Print Material should be referred to understand topics better.
  • Make sure that in CSAT, score at least 33%, so prepare judiciously for CSAT. 
  • Make a timetable and follow it judiciously and make sure to study and revise all the subjects. Without proper revision of every section, you will probably carry more confusion into the exam hall and also mark unnecessarily wrong answers and end up with a higher negative score.
  • Make a peer group who Indulges in Quality Discussions.
  • Solve PYQs/Mock Papers Regularly.
  • Maintain a Healthy Diet and Regular Sleep.

Read more: NDA 1 2023 Notification

UPSC CSE 2023 Exam Center

The candidate should carefully consider his or her choice of examination centre before submitting his or her application. The papers of any candidate who arrives at a location other than the one listed by the Commission in their Admission Certificate will not be examined, and their candidature may be cancelled.

UPSC CSE 2023 Prelims Exam Center


UPSC CSE 2023 Mains Exam Center
Ahmedabad Dehradun Mumbai
Aizawl Delhi Patna
Allahabad Dispur (Guwahati) Raipur
Bengaluru Hyderabad Ranchi
Bhopal Jaipur Shillong
Chandigarh Jammu Shimla
Chennai Kolkata Thiruvananthapuram
Cuttack Lucknow Vijayawada

Note: The Centres of the examination as mentioned above are liable to be changed at the discretion of the Commission.

UPSC CSE 2023 Admit Card

On May 28, 2023 (Sunday), across India, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will conduct the UPSC CSE 2023 Examination. The UPSC will upload the e-Admit card for the convenience of the admitted candidates on its website (http://upsconline.nic.in). It is advised that the applicants download and print their electronic admit cards. Until the announcement of the Civil Services Examination, 2023 final results, the e-Admit Card must be kept safe and secure. There would not be a printed admit card for this examination.

For the purpose of appearing in the UPSC CSE 2023 Examination, the applicants must present a printout of their electronic admit card. In order to appear at each session of the exam, candidates must also bring their photo ID card, whose number is listed on the e-Admit Card.

Important Instructions to the Candidates
The entrance to the examination venue will close 10 minutes before the examination’s scheduled start time, which is 09.20 A.M. for the forenoon session and 02.20 P.M. for the afternoon session. After the entrance gate has closed, no candidate may enter the examination venue.

UPSC CSE Previous Year Question Paper

Previous Year’s Question Paper is a very important segment of the UPSC CSE preparation. It gives a basic idea of the level of the question paper, the types of questions, the importance of the topics, the relevance of every section of the syllabus etc. Solving the previous year’s question papers will help an aspirant to understand the UPSC CSE 2023 examination in a better way. Candidates can get an idea of how to attempt the questions in a specific time period without any panic and also minimise their negative marking. StudyIQ is providing the UPSC CSE previous year’s questions paper with you in PDF format. Download the previous year’s question paper in PDF format here.

UPSC CSE 2023 Answer Key

After conducting every stage of the UPSC CSE 2023, the commission will release the answer key of the UPSC CSE 2023 Prelims examination on its official website. The Answer Key of the examination will help an aspirant get a rough idea about the marks they scored in the examination. Both qualified and non-qualified candidates may take a printout of their respective Question Paper(s) along with the Final Answer Key.

UPSC CSE Notification 2023 FAQs

Q. Will UPSC reduce the age limit in 2023?

Ans. As of right now, there has been no official announcement regarding the reduction in the age limit by the UPSC. According to the commission, the upper age limit for the general category is 32 years. 

Q. Is UPSC optional removed from 2023?

Ans. As of now, there has been no official announcement regarding the removal of the optional subjects/papers from the UPSC CSE 2023 exam. So, the UPSC Mains exam still includes the Optional Subjects.

Q. When can I apply for UPSC 2023?

Ans. On February 1, 2023, the UPSC CSE 2023 IAS online application will begin. The last date for submitting an application for the UPSC IAS 2023 is February 21, 2023. The UPSC IAS 2023 preliminary examination is scheduled to take place on May 28, 2023.

Q. Will there be a UPSC exam in 2023?

Ans. The UPSC CSE 2023 calendar is released, and aspirants who plan to prepare for the exam should start preparing as soon as possible. The Civil Services Preliminary examination will be held on May 28, 2023, according to the UPSC calendar year 2023.

Q. How many vacancies are there in UPSC 2023?

Ans. UPSC CSE 2023 vacancies will be released with the official notification on 1st February 2023.