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UPSC Prelims 2023, Exam Date, Syllabus, Test Series, Strategy

UPSC Prelims 2023

The Civil Service Exam, also known as CSE is held annually by the Union Public Service Commission for recruitment into Group “A” and Group “B” services of the Government of India. The examination process consists of 3 stages – Prelims, Mains and Interviews. 

Every year lakhs of students give prelims examination, but few thousands get through it. Consider, for example, that in 2022, nearly 11 lakh applications were filled, and some 13 thousand students made it to the mains stage. Clearly, competition is high, and one needs the right strategy to get an edge over the others. Here is a quick overview of all you need to know about UPSC Prelims 2023.

UPSC Prelims 2023 Notification

Official notification of UPSC Prelims 2023 is expected that it will be released on 1st February 2023. The UPSC Prelims Notification is the official announcement by the UPSC of the schedule and important dates for the CSE Preliminary Examination. This notification typically includes information such as the date of the examination, the syllabus, and the eligibility criteria for the examination. You can find the latest UPSC Prelims Notification on the official website of the UPSC (upsc.gov.in).

UPSC Prelims 2023 Exam Date

As per the official calendar of UPSC for the year 2021, the date for the UPSC Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2021 is 28th May 2023.

UPSC Prelims 2023 Exam Centers

Here is a list of centres at which the examination will be conducted (as per UPSC CSE notification 2022).

UPSC Prelims 2023 Exam Centers
AGARTALA GORAKHPUR PATNA
AGRA GURGAON PORT BLAIR
AJMER GWALIOR PRAYAGRAJ (ALLAHABAD)
AHMEDABAD HYDERABAD PUDUCHERRY
AIZAWL IMPHAL PUNE
ALIGARH INDORE RAIPUR
ALMORA (UTTARAKHAND) ITANAGAR RAJKOT
ANANTHAPURU JABALPUR RANCHI
AURANGABAD JAIPUR SAMBALPUR
BENGALURU JAMMU SHILLONG
BAREILLY JODHPUR SHIMLA
BHOPAL JORHAT SILIGURI
BILASPUR KOCHI SRINAGAR
CHANDIGARH KOHIMA SRINAGAR (UTTARAKHAND)
CHENNAI KOLKATA SURAT
COIMBATORE KOZHIKODE (CALICUT) THANE
CUTTACK LEH THIRUVANANTHAPURAM
DEHRADUN LUCKNOW TIRUCHIRAPALLI
DELHI LUDHIANA TIRUPATI
DHARWAR MADURAI UDAIPUR
DISPUR MUMBAI VARANASI
FARIDABAD MYSURU VELLORE
GANGTOK NAGPUR VIJAYAWADA
GAUTAM BUDDH NAGAR NASIK VISHAKHAPATNAM
GAYA NAVI MUMBAI  WARANGAL
GHAZIABAD PANAJI (GOA)

UPSC Prelims Application Date

As per the UPSC official calendar, forms for UPSC Prelims 2023 can be filled out online from 1st February 2023. The last date for filling out the application form is 21st, February 2023. 

UPSC Prelims 2023 Result Date 

Going by the trends of previous years, results are generally declared within a month from the date of the examination. By this measure, one can expect the result in the third week of June. 

UPSC Prelims 2023 Syllabus

UPSC Prelims Syllabus: The examination will consist of two papers. A brief syllabus of each paper is discussed below:

Paper  Syllabus 
Paper – I (General Studies)
  • Important current events on national and international issues 
  • Indian history and the Indian National Movement  
  • The physical, social, and economic geography of India and the rest of the world
  • Indian politics and governance, including the constitution, political system, Panchayati raj, public policy, and rights issues  
  • Economic and social development: initiatives in the social sector, poverty, inclusion, demographics, etc.  
  • Issues of general nature that are related to Environmental ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change (do not require subject specialization)  
  • General Science
Paper – II (CSAT)
  • Comprehension
  • interpersonal abilities, particularly communication skills  
  • Decision-making and problem-solving skills, analytic thinking, and general mental ability  
  • Basic numerical skills (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) at the Class X level, Charts, graphs, tables, and other types of data interpretation (at a Class X level)

It should be noted that both papers will be for a period of 2 hours.

UPSC Prelims 2023 Syllabus in Hindi

Here is the UPSC Prelims 2023 Syllabus in Hindi:

UPSC hindi

UPSC Prelims 2023 Preparation Strategy

Every year, many aspirants dream of qualifying for the prelims. However, only a few make it. It needs a clear, crafted strategy to get through this stage. Over the years, many toppers have shared their strategies, the gist of which is discussed below:

  • Completion of the Syllabus: It is important that one has a basic understanding of all topics listed in the syllabus. One can go through NCERT textbooks to cover them. Daily reading of newspapers is needed to link the static portion one is reading in textbooks with the current happenings around them. 
  • Notes Making: While reading textbooks and newspapers, it is always advisable to make short bulleted notes which are handy for revision. 
  • Comprehensive Approach: It is important that an aspirant does not see prelims and mains examination as separate while covering the syllabus. In fact, one can largely say that the mains exam syllabus is a detailed version of the prelims exam syllabus. Developing good conceptual clarity is the fundamental requirement of both exams. Furthermore, for the preliminary exam, one must have a firm grasp of a number of critical facts.
  • Previous year papers and official syllabus: Both of them should be the guiding light as one moves forward in the preparation journey. 
  • Revision: Once the syllabus is complete, the next step is multiple revisions of notes. One can also supplement the notes with content from current affairs magazines to bring a sense of completion. 
  • Practice: It is always advisable to practice a few mock tests before one writes the actual paper. One must ensure to adhere to strict timings while practising the mocks. Also, one must keep practising the previous year’s questions to have an idea of what type of questions are expected in the actual exam.

UPSC Prelims Test Series

It is generally advised that an aspirant practice a sufficient number of questions based on the UPSC pattern to be in a comfortable position during the actual exam. An aspirant can go with any test series released by a good institute. We at StudyIQ provide a comprehensive Prelims Test Series which is designed by experts and matches the level of real-time exam in terms of quality and content of the questions.

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FAQs

When can I apply for UPSC Prelims 2023?

Application process will start from 1st, February 2023. Please keep checking the official UPSC website for the same.

Will there be UPSC exam in 2023?

Yes. The official UPSC calendar has already given the dates.

Is 2 months enough for UPSC Prelims revision?

Yes. Many years hundreds of aspirants crack the exam. What is needed is good strategy. Please see above for detailed UPSC prelims strategy.

Is optional removed from UPSC 2023?

There is no official statement by the UPSC in this respect. It is important that one focus on the preparation of optionals as well, unless any official word is out regarding any changes.

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