Mission UPSC 2022 – All You Need to Know

The Union Public Service Commission has released their official calendar with the tentative dates for the civil services exam, 2022. Aspirants who have been waiting for an opportunity to apply for the IAS Exam, must now start their full-fledged preparation for the upcoming recruitment.

Through UPSC CSE, the conducting body appoints candidates into the All India Services and the Central Government posts for Group ‘A’ and ‘B’. Of all these posts, the Indian Administrative Services is one of the most highly sought-after professions in the country. Aspirants can read more in detail about IAS in the linked article.

Since the job profile is highly reputable, the exam is not a cakewalk. The civil services exam is said to be one of the highest grade examinations conducted in the country. The vacancies released are fewer than 1000, but the number of applicants crosses over 10 lakhs each year, making the exam even more competitive.

Therefore, know all about the IAS Exam further below in the article, and based on this information, kickstart your preparations.

IAS Exam Notification

Based on the tentative schedule released by the Commission, the official notification for the upcoming recruitment is expected to be released on February 2, 2022. Other related exam dates are as mentioned below:

Prelims Exam June 5, 2022
Mains Exam September 16, 2022


The notification mentions all the important information like eligibility criteria, number of vacancies, salary, probation, application fee and more. Aspirants must carefully go through all the terms mentioned in the recruitment notification and only then, fill in the application form.

Exam Pattern & Syllabus for CSE

There are three stages of the examination conducted for the Indian Administrative Services:

  1. Prelims
  2. Mains
  3. Personality Test

Given below is the exam pattern in brief:

Civils Exam Pattern – Prelims
Paper Type No. of questions UPSC Total Marks Duration Negative marks
General Studies I Objective 100 200 2 hours Yes
General Studies II (CSAT) Objective 80 200 2 hours Yes


UPSC CSE Exam Pattern – Mains
Paper Subject Duration IAS Total marks
Paper A Compulsory Indian language 3 hours 300
Paper B English 3 hours 300
Paper I Essay 3 hours 250
Paper II General Studies I 3 hours 250
Paper III General Studies II 3 hours 250
Paper IV General Studies III 3 hours 250
Paper V General Studies IV 3 hours 250
Paper VI Optional I 3 hours 250
Paper VII Optional II 3 hours 250

UPSC Eligibility Criteria

Candidates who fulfil the three criteria given below are eligible to apply for the IAS exam:

  • The applicant must be a citizen of India.
  • His/Her age must not be less than 21 years or more than 32 years. However, certain relaxations are applicable in specific categories.
  • The candidate must have at least a bachelor’s degree from a recognised university to take the UPSC exam.

Number of Attempts

Every eligible candidate appearing for the examination, shall be permitted a fixed number of attempts unless exempted under specific categories. Given below are the details about the exemptions:

  Category to which the Candidate Belongs
General SC/ST OBC PwBD
Number of Attempts 06 Unlimited 09 09 for GL/EWS/OBC Unlimited for SC/ST

Preparation Strategy for Civil Services Exam

Given below are the key tips that can be followed to excel in the civil services examination:

  1. Analyse the Exam Pattern and Syllabus – The first step is to carefully go through the syllabus and exam pattern, and accordingly strategise a plan ensuring the entire syllabus is covered on time.
  2. Strategise a Time Table – Set up a plan such that sufficient time is allotted to each subject with a focus on time management.
  3. Collect the Relevant Study Material – Online and offline study material in the form of books, notes and newspapers are all easily available and accessible.
  4. Make Proper Notes – Candidates must make accurate notes based on each subject so as to ensure revision becomes easy, and all the important points about every topic are available in a single space.
  5. Attempt Mock Tests – The best way to revise the entire syllabus is by solving mock tests which are easily available on various online portals. These are set based on the latest exam pattern.
  6. Revise – This is the key to success. One must ensure that proper revision is done so that things are fresh in mind. Considering the lengthy syllabus, forgetting the earlier topics is easy. Thus, revision is extremely important.

With an ample amount of time remaining for the upcoming recruitment, candidates must refer to all the details mentioned above in this article and start with their preparations. To analyze the IAS Syllabus for the prelims and mains exam, candidates can visit the linked article.

The stakes are high, competition is tough and the preparation required is comprehensive. It is a candidate’s perseverance that can ultimately lead him/her to crack the civil services exam.

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