UPSC Civil Services Prelims 2020 (Postponed) | UPSC Prelims 2020 Scheduled on October 4th | Career Launcher

IIn the latest turn of events, amidst the COVID crisis, UPSC has deferred the Civil Services Prelims Examination to October 4th, 2020. UPSC Prelims 2020 was initially scheduled to be conducted on 31st May 2020. However, considering the current situation, in the interest of the aspirants, UPSC has decided to postpone the examination.

UPSC conducts Civil Service Examination for the recruitment into the Civil Services of the Government of India that includes the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and Indian Police Service(IPS). This examination is conducted in three phases namely Prelims, Mains, and Interview.

This article details all the information that UPSC aspirants should have regarding the UPSC Prelims exam, be it UPSC Prelims exam date, UPSC Prelims result, UPSC prelims syllabus or question paper, preparation strategy for prelims and more.

UPSC Prelims 2020 Exam Pattern

UPSC Prelims or the Preliminary examination is the first exam in the UPSC Civil Service Examination. About 5-8 lakh aspirants appear for the prelims every year with just about ten thousand getting selected for mains. A large number of candidates are held back at the prelims stage. Only about 3% of the candidates are selected for UPSC Mains, hence you should prepare for it very strategically.

UPSC Prelims consists of two papers namely, General Studies-I and General Studies-II (CSAT). The GS-II or the CSAT paper is of qualifying nature. Here is the marking scheme of UPSC Prelims Exam:

Name of the Paper

No of Questions

Marks Allotted

Time Allotted

Nature of Exam

Paper I: General Studies (Objective-type)



2 hours

The score will be considered for Cut-off

Paper-II: General Studies-II (CSAT) (Objective-Type)



2 hours

Qualifying Nature- Candidates will have to score 33% to qualify CSAT.

UPSC Prelims Syllabus

It is extremely important to know the UPSC Prelims syllabus in order to prepare for the exam strategically. The commission gives a very brief guideline of the syllabus of prelims, however, you should refer to the syllabus of Mains to get a complete understanding of the syllabus for each subject. Experts at CL have analyzed the past year papers to come up with a list of micro topics for each subject that you can check at our official website under the Strategy for Civil Services.

UPSC Prelims Exam Date

UPSC Civil Services Prelims is generally held on the last Sunday of May, however, it is not fixed. This year, the exam is deferred amidst the coronavirus outbreak and the UPSChas finally announced the fresh dates. The UPSC Prelims 2020 is scheduled to happen on October 4th while the Mains exam will be conducted in January 2021. There are two papers in UPSC prelims that are scheduled on the same day with a gap of 2 hours between them. The paper is conducted in offline mode, thus, the center of examination is mostly the government school in the city of your choice.

UPSC Prelims Results

The result for the preliminary examination of UPSC is usually declared in the month of July (provided that the exam is conducted in June). The commission releases a pdf containing the roll numbers of all the candidates who qualify the preliminary examination. However, with the postponement of the exam, the UPSC Prelims 2020 result will also be delayed. Following the trends of releasing the result one month after Prelims, the UPSC prelims 2020 result may be released in November 2020. If you want to know more about the cutoffs of UPSC prelims, check here.

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