The Complete Information on UPSC CSE 2023, Result, Exam Pattern, Exam Date, Book Lists.

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is the central recruiting agency in India. It is an independent constitutional body that means it has been directly created by the Constitution of India.

Article 315 to 323 in Part XIV of the Constitution contain detailed provisions regarding the composition, appointment and removal of members, powers, functions, expenses and reports of the UPSC.

What is UPSC?

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is the central recruiting agency has been directly created by the constitution of India. It is responsible for recruiting of all the Group ‘A’ officers like IAS, IPS, IFS etc. under Government of India and appointments to and examinations of central government establishments which also includes the central public sector undertakings and the central autonomous bodies.

UPSC recruits candidates to both civil services as well as defence services.

Various exams list for selection into civil services conducted by UPSC:

  1. Civil Services Examination.
  2. Engineering Services Examination.
  3. Combined Medical Services Examination.
  4. SO-Steno (GD-B-GD-) LDCE.
  5. Central Armed Police Force (ACs).
  6. Indian Economic Service and Indian Statistical Service (IES/ISS).
  7. Indian Forest Service Examination.
  8. Combined Geo-Scientist and Geologist Examination.
  9. Special Class Railway Apprentices Exam (SCRA).
  10. Limited Departmental Competitive Examination for selection of Assistant Commandant in CISF.

Various exams list for selection into Defence services conducted by UPSC:

  1. National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Examination – NDA & NA (I).
  2. National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Examination – NDA & NA (II).
  3. Combined Defense Services Exam – CDS (I).
  4. Combined Defense Services Exam – CDS (II).

Selection of the UPSC CSE Exam

UPSC Civil Services Exam (CSE) consists of three stages. The stages are:

  1. Preliminary Exam (Objective)
  2. Main Exam (Written)
  3. Interview (Personality test

The exam window extends around 10-12 months (usually start from June month of a year to June month of the next year when the final results are going to be announced).

What is the Educational Qualification required to apply for UPSC Civil Service Examination?

Eduction Qualification for UPSC Civil Services Exam:

Candidate must hold a Graduate Degree from a Government recognised University or possess an equivalent qualification.

Candidates who are in the final year awaiting results are also eligible to appear for UPSC Preliminary Examination . Such candidates must produce proof of having passed the said examination along with the application for the Main examination.

Candidates having professional and technical qualifications recognised by the Government as equivalent to professional and technical degrees.

Medical students who have passed the final year of MBBS, but are yet to complete their internship are also eligible . Although, along with the Main Examination application, a certificate of course completion (including internship) from the concerned authority of the University/Institution has to be submitted.

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What is the age limit for UPSC CSE?

The candidates must have attained 21 years of age and be less than 32 years of age as of 1st August 2023 i.e., the candidate must have been born not earlier than 2nd August, 1990 and not later than 1st August, 2001. The official notification will carry UPSC Age Limit 2023 details.

Category wise age limit and attempts:


Minimum Age                

Maximum Age


General Merit category

21 years

32 years



21 years

32 years


Other Backward Classes (OBC)

21 years

35 years



21 years

37 years

Unlimited (Up to age limit)

Disabled Defence Services Personnel

21 years

35 years



21 years

37 years


Persons with Benchmark Disability- EWS(Economically Weaker Section

21 years

42 years


  1. Upper age limit for the General category: 32 years.
  2. Upper age limit for OBC: 35 years.
  3. Upper age limit for SC/ST: 37 Years.
  4. Upper age limit for Defense Services personnel disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof: 35 years.
  5. Upper age limit for Ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least five years of Military Service: 37 years.
  6. Upper age limit for blind, deaf-mute and Orthopaedically handicapped persons (general category): 42 years.

Attempts allowed for UPSC Civil Service Examination:

  1. The number of attempts for General Category: 6 attempts till 32 years of age.
  2. The number of attempts for Other Backward Classes (OBC): 9 attempts till 35 years of age.
  3. The number of attempts for SC/ST: unlimited attempts till 37 years of age.
  4. Physically Handicapped /disabled candidates belonging to the General category will get the benefit of 9 attempts till the age prescribed by UPSC – 42 years.

However, if someone appear for the Civil Services Preliminary Exam his/her attempt is counted. But, if someone fills-up the form but not appeared in the Preliminary Exam, his/her attempt will not be Counted.

How to prepare for UPSC CSE Exam?

Proper preparation and practice increase the chances of success of aspirants in the UPSC Civil Services Examination.

You can may join the coaching and you can qualify the Civil Services Examination by self study.

How to prepare for UPSC Civil Service Examination by Self Study?

Yes, you can crack UPSC Civil Services Examination by studying self. You just need to make a proper strategy. Strategy may different for different individuals. You have to make your own strategy based on your own capabilities and understanding. You can also refer to several videos by experts that are available on internet for your reference and then you make your own. A brief one year strategy is discussed bellow:

For first three months(June ,July,August):

  • Step 1 : For the first 7 to 15 days analyse the syllabus and just read the previous year question papers so that you can have an idea what to read and you will find how to answer those questions.
  • Step 2 : Start basics from NCERTs, you need not read all NCERTs. Some of them are discussed in What to read section. Make notes in 2nd or 3rd reading.
  • Step 3 : Start reading reference books for each subject(Discussed below).

For second quarter(September, October, November):

  • Step 4 : Start second reading of some of subjects and start new subjects that are pending.
  • Step 5 : You have to complete your optional subject till December.
  • Step 6 : Start reading news paper and give maximum one to one and half hour for reading.
  • Step 7 : In this phase you have to start notes making. Need not make notes of all NCERTs.

For third quarter ( January, February,March ):

  • Step 8 : Start ethics and compare and relate with the understanding of other subjects as you completed most of them.
  • Step 9 : Start writing essay. You need to have a good content and presentation.
  • Step 10 : Start answer writing of every subject. You may start answer writing from the June only. It will be more helpful for you to start as early as possible as if you think you can start after Prelims it might be late.
  • Step 11 : Start Concentrate on Current Affairs.

For last quarter ( April, May and June):

  • Step 12 : Start focusing on Preliminary examination and sharpen your answer writing skills.

What is the syllabus for UPSC CSE Exam?

For complete syllabus and exam procedure Click Here.

What are the books recommended for UPSC Civil Services Exam?

Apart from NCERT books reference books of subjects are recommended for UPSC aspirants.

Some the best- selling books are given below:

  1. Indian Polity – by M. Laxmikant
  2. Indian Economy – by Ramesh Singh and Nitin Singhania
  3. Geography of India- by Majid Husain
  4. Certificate Physical and Human Geography- Goh Cheng Leong( GC Leong)
  5. Oxford Atlas
  6. Indian Art and Culture- by Nitin Singhania
  7. Modern Indian History- by Rajiv Ahir
  8. Modern Indian History- by Bipin Chandra
  9. Medical Indian History- NCERT
  10. Ancient History- Tamil Nadu Text book.
  11. Science and Technology- News paper and background information related to it.
  12. For Current Affairs: The Hindu and The Indian Express.

How to file the UPSC Online Application?

There is a website for UPSC online applications –

Once the application window for an exam opens (usually in Feb for UPSC CSE), you can apply online.

Exam Dates 2023

UPSC 2023

  • UPSC CSE 2023 Prelims Date: May 28 2023 (Sunday)
  • UPSC CSE 2023 Mains Date: September 15 2023 (5 days)
  • UPSC CSE 2023 Interview Date:  January-March 2024 (expected)
  • UPSC CSE 2023 Final Result Date: April 2024 (expected)


  1. When will UPSC CSE Exam 2022 results declare?

Ans: April 2023 (expected) Announced Soon

2. What is full form of UPSC?

Ans: Union Public Service Commission

3. What is Age limit for UPSC CSE Exam?

Ans: 21 years of age and be less than 32 years of age

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