UPSC Registration 2021 | How to apply for UPSC Online?

Every year Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts Civil Services Examination, also known as the UPSC CSE exam or IAS Exam. The exam is conducted to recruit suitable candidates for cadre posts such as IAS, IPS, IFS, and other allied services. 

The UPSC registration process for UPSC CSE 2021 commenced in February. It is a completely online process. The registration process for UPSC begins with the release of the UPSC notification that contains all the information regarding the UPSC online registration process. It also includes the details about the UPSC application form deadline, exam calendar, vacancies, syllabus, and exam pattern.

Candidates were able to do UPSC Registration 2021 by filling the application form that was available on the official UPSC website. You are required to online register for the examination and fill the UPSC application form. The selection process in the Civil Services Examination starts right from the UPSC Registration. The first step towards successfully filling the application form. There are two parts of UPSC registration, Part 1 and Part 2. 

The step-by-step process for successfully completing the UPSC Online Registration is given below:

Step 1: Go to the official website of UPSC and click on Apply Online. You will be redirected to a page wherein you will see the link “Online Application of Various Examination”. Click on this link.

Step 2: You will be able to see Part I and Part II registration alongside the examination name Civil Services Examination, 2021.

Step 3: You need to complete Part 1 of the UPSC registration 2021 before. So, Click on “Click here for Part 1”. You will be redirected to the page which will have information and instructions regarding the UPSC registration process. Carefully read the instructions and complete the Part 1 registration. In Part 1 registration, you will be required to fill in basic details such as personal details, educational qualification, and address.

Step 4: After successful registration for Part 1, click on the Part-II registration. Here you will be required to fill the exam center preferences, photograph, signature and photo identification proof. Next, you will be made to complete the application process by completing the payment.

Important Guidelines for UPSC Online Registration 2021 And UPSC Online Application Form Filling Process

  • It should be noted that after the completion of the registration process, no changes in specific details such as optional subject, the center of examination, the medium of examination, details of compulsory Indian language for CSE Mains will NOT be changed. Hence, candidates are advised to be extra careful while filling the application form.
  • Candidates are required to carefully note the registration number for further logging into their account and for downloading the admit card.
  • Candidates can pay the application fee both online and offline. For submission of the fee online, you can pay through net banking or debit card. For offline payment of the fee, you are required to generate challan slip and submit the fee in State Bank of India.
  • Female candidates and candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC/PwD are exempted from the fees.
  • All other applications without the submission of the application fee will be rejected by the commission.
  • Fees once paid will not be refunded under any circumstances. Neither shall the commission, reserve the amount of fee for any other examination.
  • Candidates selected for the Mains Examination will be further required to pay INR 200/- as the fees for Mains Examination.
  • The scanned copies of passport size photographs, signature and photo should be uploaded in the prescribed format. Read the instructions provided alongside the upload documents section carefully.
  • Candidates are requested to read the eligibility criteria beforehand. Their admission to each stage of the examination is provisional and may be canceled at any time if the candidate is unable to furnish proof of the details submitted in the application form.
  • Candidates are requested to submit only ONE application form during UPSC registration. However, under unavoidable circumstances, application bearing the higher Registration ID will be accepted. Hence, make sure you complete the application form bearing a higher Registration ID in all regards. Furthermore, fees paid against one registration form will not be adjusted against the other.

Read more | UPSC Notification 2021

UPSC Exam Pattern

UPSC Civil Services Exam is a three-stage examination namely Preliminary Exam, Main Exam, and Interview.




Mode of Exam



Number of Exams

General Studies-I and General Studies-II (CSAT)

9 papers (2 Qualifying + 7 Merit-Oriented)

Total Marks



Type of Exam

Objective (MCQ-based)


Negative Marking

⅓ of the total marks of incorrect question


Exam Duration

2 hours for each paper

3 hours for each Paper

Detailed Exam Pattern of UPSC Civil Services | Check here

UPSC Syllabus 2021

The syllabus for UPSC Exam is extensive. Therefore, it is always advisable to keep a copy of the syllabus on your study table. The commission defined the syllabus of the examination in the notification. To make it simpler, our CL-experts have simplified the syllabus into micro-topics that you can check out here

Detailed UPSC Syllabus 2021 for Prelims and Mains | Check here

How to prepare for UPSC Online?

Earlier, students had to move to big cities to prepare for UPSC. However, to let you prepare from the comfort of your home, Career Launcher brought the UPSC classes online and made UPSC Online Preparation possible. You can choose to enroll in a course of your choice to enhance your UPSC preparation. Here are some tips while preparing for UPSC Online:

  1. Always keep a copy of the UPSC syllabus with you. It will ensure that you do not divert from reading relevant.

  2. Make a proper study plan and try to abide by it. Often, while doing self-preparation, we lose the track of days and lag behind. A flexible study-plan will help you in avoiding such lags in your preparation.

  3. If you face difficulties in some areas, it is always a great idea to speak to your mentor to clear your doubts. 

  4. If you’re just beginning with UPSC preparation, start with NCERTs. You can also download the NCERT compilations for our Telegram Channel (cl_civils) to ease out your preparation. 

These are some of the tricks that might help you in your UPSC Online preparation journey. You can read more such helpful articles here

FAQs regarding UPSC Online registration 2021 process

Q. Can we give UPSC Online?

Ans. No, UPSC is an offline pen and paper mode exam.

Q. Will UPSC 2021 be delayed?

Ans. The notification for UPSC Civil Services Exam is released on the official website. You can fill the application form till 24th March, 2021. The exam will not be delayed and will be conducted on June 27th, 2021.

Q. Are offline forms for UPSC CSE also available?

Ans. No, the registration for UPSC Civil Services Examination is an entirely online process. No offline forms are available.

Q. How can I apply for the UPSC Civil Services Examination 2021?

Ans:The application form is released on the official website. You can fill the application form released on the official website to apply for UPSC CSE 2021. Check out the instructions for filling the UPSC Online Registration form in the above article.

Q. Will my attempt be counted if I fill the application form and not give the Prelims exam?

Ans: No, the attempt is counted only when you appear for the General Studies Paper in Prelims.

Q. What is the exam pattern of UPSC CSE 2021?

Ans: You can check out the exam pattern of the Civil Services Examination here.

Q. When does UPSC registration starts?

Ans: UPSC Registration usually commences in the month of February. The candidates are allowed to register themselves by filling the application form on the official website.

To know about the exam pattern of the Civil Services Examination, click here.

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