UPSC IAS Exam Overview
The UPSC IAS exam is no shorter than a marathon I tell you. It has three rounds that you
need to clear in order to be selected as an IAS officer. The first round that you’d have
to clear is the IAS prelims, then come the IAS Mains papers which is the second round, and
finally, the third round consists of personal interviews.
If you are able to make it through an IAS officer, then you’d be an indispensable part of
the bureaucratic setup of our nation and the functions that are relegated to it. To help
you understand more about the job profile of an IAS officer, I have written about the same
later in the article.
Now, if we are to talk about the difficulty level of the UPSC IAS exam, it is the toughest
exam in India. Not only is the paper tough, but the competition is huge. Therefore, to
crack this exam will need you to be extremely dedicated, perseverant, and patient, like
it’s said in the TVF’s IAS-based show called” Aspirants” on YouTube.
UPSC Notification 2021
The UPSC IAS Exam’s official notification was released by the UPSC (Union Public Service
Commission) on the 4th of March this year. You can check the notification on the UPSC’s
According to the notification, the 2021 UPSC will conduct the exam for the recruitment
of suitable candidates to fill up 712 vacant civil servant posts.
The 2021 UPSC notification states that the start date of the UPSC online application
process is the 4th of March 2021, and the last date for online registrations is the 24th
of March 2021.
You should also note that the UPSC prelims were scheduled to take place on the 27th of
June this year, whereas the Mains will be held from the 17th of September 2021 onwards.
But now due to the second wave of COVID-19, the UPSC 2021 Prelims will be held on 10th
October 2021 and the date from which Mains will be conducted is yet to be announced.
All you need, to be able to fill into one of the 712 vacant posts this year is the right
amounts of concentration, dedication, hard work, and a whole lot of self-confidence.
I am pretty sure that with the right spirit you’ll be able to get through, and that too
with flying colors.
2021 UPSC Exam Pattern
As I have already mentioned before, the UPSC IAS exam has three rounds that you need to clear in
order to be selected as an IAS officer. The first round that you’d have to clear is the
IAS prelims, then come the IAS Mains papers which is the second round, and finally, the
third round consists of personal interviews.
UPSC IAS Preparation Tips
In this section, I have included some UPSC IAS preparation tips that you can read before
starting with your IAS prep. I am sure that these tips will prove to be useful in your
endeavour to draw up a good UPSC IAS exam preparation strategy before the exam.
So, without further ado, here are the tips: