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UPSC CSE Notification 2023

Last updated on 11-Jul-2023

UPSC Notification 2023

UPSC Notification 2023 was released on the 1st of February 2023 for the recruitment of Civil Services Officers. The Preliminary examination was conducted in May 2023 and the results were released on the 12th of June 2023. Candidates who have qualified for the preliminary examination will appear in the Mains examination in September 2023. In this blog, we will provide you with all the details of the UPSC CSE Notification 2023 and the recruitment process.

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UPSC Notification 2023 - Overview

We have mentioned below the detailed overview of the UPSC Recruitment for all the candidates.

Particulars UPSC Notification 2023 Details
NameUnion Public Service Commission Civil Services Examination (UPSC CSE)
Conducted byUnion Public Service Commission
Exam LevelNational
Exam ModeOffline
Selection ProcessPreliminary, Mains, and Interview
Educational QualificationGraduation
Age Limit21-32 years
Official Websiteupsc.gov.in

UPSC CSE Notification 2023 - Important Dates

Candidates must be aware of the important dates and schedule of the examination to create a proper study plan. We have mentioned below the important dates for the UPSC Recruitment 2023.

Online Registration Starts01-02-2023
Online Registration Ends21-02-2023
Prelims Admit Card Release08-05-2023
Prelims Exam Date28-05-2023
Prelims Result Date12-06-2023
Mains Admit Card ReleaseSeptember 2023
Mains Exam Date15th to 19th September 2023

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UPSC CSE Notification 2023

The notification consists of all the detailed aspects of the recruitment. Candidates must surely go through the notification to have a better understanding of the examination. We have mentioned below the direct link to download the notification.

Download the UPSC CSE Notification 2023

UPSC Notification 2023 - Apply Online Link

Aspiring candidates for UPSC CSE need to fill out the application form in three stages, one at the time of UPSC prelims, the other at the time of UPSC Mains, and the last at the time of the Interview. The application process for the Mains examination has been closed. Candidates who have qualified for the Mains examination need to fill out the application form. We have mentioned below the detailed steps to apply online for the examination.

Steps to Apply Online

Apply Online for UPSC Mains 2023

Step 1: - Visit the official website of UPSC or click on the direct link mentioned above.

Step 2: - Navigate to the Civil Services Examination (CSE) section.

Step 3: - Click on the "Apply" button to start your application process.

Step 4: - Fill in all the required details (Including Name, Father Name, Mother Name, Educational Qualification, etc.) and upload your latest photo and signature.

Step 5: - Check the preview of your application and click on "Submit" to complete your registration process.

Application Fees/ Intimation Charges

CategoryFee Amount
SC/ST/PwBD & Female CandidatesNil
GEN/OBC/EWSs(Male)₹ 100

UPSC Notification 2023 - Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria for UPSC CSE are divided into three categories

  • Age
  • Educational Qualification
  • Nationality

Let us look into it in detail

Age Limit

CategoryMinimum AgeMaximum Age
UPSC CSE age limit for General21 year32 year
UPSC CSE age limit for OBC21 year35 year
UPSC CSE age limit for SC/ST21 year37 year

Age Relaxation

The UPSC has mentioned age relaxation for the candidates applying for the UPSC 2023 exam. UPSC age relaxation for the general category is not applicable, however, the UPSC age relaxation for SC/ST, OBC, Defence Personnel, ex-servicemen, and others is mentioned below.

CategoryAge Relaxation
Scheduled caste/Scheduled tribe5 years
Other backward classes (OBC)3 years
Defense Services Personnel3 years
Ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs5 years
Deaf, hard of hearing, low vision or blindness, ex-servicemen or candidates with any other locomotor disability or muscle deformity10 years

Educational Qualification

The UPSC CSE Educational Qualification states that the candidates applying for the UPSC Civil Services Examination must have a graduation degree from a govt. recognized university. The educational qualification is not limited to any particular stream.

Candidates who are pursuing graduation and are waiting for their final results can also apply, but only on the condition that the result should be declared before filling out the application for the UPSC Mains 2023 exam. Also, candidates who have appeared for degrees such as MBBS, ICSI, ICAI, and ICWAI and are awaiting results can apply, but they need to provide proof of qualifying for the degree.


The candidates who wish to appear in the UPSC civil services examination 2023 should be a:

  • citizen of India or
  • should be a citizen of Nepal or
  • the subject of Bhutan or
  • he/she must be Tibetan Refugee who migrated to India to settle permanently before January 01, 1962, or
  • person of Indian origin who migrated from Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Kenya, Vietnam, and Zaire.

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UPSC Exam Pattern 2023

UPSC CSE exam is held in three phases in order to arrive at a merit list for the available vacancies. The three phases are:

  • UPSC Prelims
  • UPSC Mains
  • Interview

The exam pattern of each exam is presented in a tabular format as follows

UPSC Prelims Exam Pattern

PaperNo. of Qs.MarksExam Duration
General Studies Paper-I (GS Paper 1)100200 Marks2 Hours
CSAT- Paper–II80200 Marks2 Hours

Note: UPSC Prelims Paper 1 marks will be counted to determine the merit list whereas the CSAT Paper-II will be of qualifying in nature (33% marks required).

UPSC Mains Exam Pattern

PaperUPSC Mains Exam PapersDurationMarks
Paper – ACompulsory Indian Language (One of the Indian Language to be selected by the candidate from the Languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution)3 Hours300 Marks
Paper – BCompulsory English3 Hours300 Marks
Paper – IEssay3 Hours250 Marks
Paper-IIGeneral Studies–I (Indian Heritage and Culture, History, and Geography of the World and Society)3 Hours250 Marks
Paper – IIIGeneral Studies-II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)3 Hours250 Marks
Paper – IVGeneral Studies– III (Technology, Economic Development, Biodiversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)3 Hours250 Marks
Paper – VGeneral Studies– IV (Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude)3 Hours250 Marks
Paper – VIOptional Paper– I (Candidates may choose any one of the optional subjects)3 Hours250 Marks
Paper – VIIOptional Paper-II3 Hours250 Marks
Total1750 Marks  

Note: Paper A & B is of Qualifying in Nature (25% i.e. 75 marks required). Whereas marks of Paper I to VII will be counted to determine the final order of merit.

UPSC Interview

Personality Test/Interview275 Marks
  • Candidates who have cleared the UPSC Mains Exam are called for an interview or a personality test, here the candidates are interviewed by a board that is appointed by the UPSC.
  • The candidate will be interviewed by a board based on the details and interests updated by him/her in the Detailed Application Form (DAF).
  • The objective of the interview is to assess the suitability of the candidate for civil services
  • In the personality test, the candidates must be very well versed with their field of study as well as the current affairs both at the national and international level.
  • This interview is more of a conversation that is aimed at gauging the mental as well as the analytical ability of the candidate.
  • The grand total is arrived at by adding the marks obtained in the mains exam and the interview out of a maximum possible marks of ( 1750 +275 = 2025). Based on this number, the merit list is prepared.

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UPSC Notification 2023 - Syllabus

UPSC has released the official notification on 1st February 2023 and a detailed syllabus was also released along with the notification. Candidates must check the syllabus for both the prelims and mains in order to have a clear understanding of the exam.

UPSC CSE Prelims Syllabus 2023

UPSC prelims consist of 2 papers:

  • Paper 1 - General Studies
  • Paper 2 - CSAT

Syllabus for UPSC General Studies Paper (Paper I)

  • 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
  • General Science.

Syllabus for UPSC CSAT Paper (Paper-II)

  • Comprehension; 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 Mains Syllabus 2023

UPSC Syllabus for Mains Examination consists of the syllabus of GS papers and Optional papers. UPSC Mains Syllabus 2023 is mentioned in detail in the official notification.

Paper – IEssay (can be written in the medium of the candidate's choice)
Paper-IIGeneral Studies – I (Indian Heritage & Culture, History & Geography of the World & Society)
Paper – IIIGeneral Studies – II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice & International Relations)
Paper – IVGeneral Studies – III (Technology, Economic Development, Biodiversity, Security & Disaster Management)
Paper – VGeneral Studies – IV (Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude)
Paper – VIOptional Subject – Paper I
Paper – VIIOptional Subject – Paper II

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UPSC Notification 2023 - Admit Card

UPSC CSE mains admit card is expected to be released in the first week of the September as the mains exam will be conducted from 15th to 19th September 2023. Candidates who will be appearing in the mains examination must be aware of the detailed procedure to download the admit card.

Steps to Download UPSC CSE Admit Card

Candidates must follow these steps in order to download the UPSC CSE prelims admit card

  • Visit the UPSC official website ( https://upsconline.nic.in/)
  • Click on the "e-Admit Card Civil Services (Mains) Examination, 2023".
  • Read the Important Instructions
  • Then click on Yes for "Have You Read & Taken the Print Out of 'Important Instructions'"
  • Select the option for downloading the admit card
  • Enter Registration number or roll number and DOB.
  • Enter the Captcha Code as shown in the image
  • Admit card will appear on the screen.
  • Take a printout of the UPSC CSE admit card and save it for future reference.

UPSC 2023 Prelims Result

UPSC has released the result for the preliminary examination on 12th June 2023 for all the qualified candidates. We have mentioned below the direct link to download the result.

Download the UPSC Prelims Result 2023 PDF

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How to Check the Result?

  • Visit the official website of UPSC – www.upsc.gov.in or use the link given above.
  • Scroll down and click on the ''Written Result.''
  • Locate the Result PDF link and click on it. The PDF contains the list of ‘Roll Numbers' of the selected candidates.
  • Search for your roll number in the PDF document using Ctrl+F'. If roll number is present in the document, you are shortlisted for UPSC Civil Services.
  • Download the result and take a printout for future reference.

UPSC CSE 2023 - Salary

GradePostNo. Of Year's ExperienceAfter 6th Pay CommissionAfter 7th Pay commission  
   Grade PayPay Scale(INR)Pay LevelBasic Pay (INR)
Junior or Lower Time ScaleASP/SDM/ Asst. Commissioner1-4540015600 – 391001056100
Senior Time ScaleADM/Deputy Secretary/ Undersecretary5-8660015600 – 391001167700
Junior AdministrativeDM/ Joint Secretary/ Deputy Secretary9-12760015600 – 391001278,800
Selection GradeDM/ Special Secretary cum director/ Director13-16870037400 – 67000131,18,500
Selection GradeDivisional Commissioner/ Secretary Cum Commissioner/ Joint Secretary16-24870037400 – 67000141,44,200
Super Time ScaleDivisional Commissioner/ Principal Secretary/ Additional Secretary25-301200037400 – 67000151,82,200
Above Super Time ScaleAdditional Chief Secretary30-33NA80000 (Fixed)162,05,400
Apex ScaleChief Secretary34-36NA90000 (Fixed)172,25,000
Cabinet Secretary GradeCabinet Secretary of India37+ yearsNA90000 (Fixed)182,50,000

Exam Date

Prelims - 28th May 2023 , Mains - 15th September 2023 onwards

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What is the age limit for general category candidates in UPSC CSE?

Minimum age 21 years and Maximum age 32 years. Age relaxation for other categories is applicable.

What is the application fee for UPSC CSE? +

Male candidates from General and OBC categories need to pay Rs.100, while candidates belonging to SC/ST/PWD & Female candidates are exempted from paying the UPSC application fee.

When the UPSC CSE Notification 2023 was released? +

UPSC CSE Notification 2023 was released on 1st February 2023.

When will the UPSC Mains 2023 be conducted? +

UPSC Mains 2023 will be conducted from 15th to 19th September 2023.

From where can I check the UPSC Prelims Result 2023? +

Candidates can check the UPSC Prelims Result 2023 from the direct link mentioned in the article.

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