UPSC Calendar 2021 – UPSC Exam Dates and Notifications

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The UPSC Exam 2021 is definitely on track with its schedule. The commission released the calendar for the exam in August 2020. The UPSC Calendar 2021 covers the dates of different service examinations scheduled in the year. The exam sees lakhs of applicants every year from India and from abroad.

This is why the application process starts months before the exam. The commission has certain criteria for the applicants to apply. The IAS Eligibility is something all the candidates should take a look at before filling the application. 

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UPSC Calendar 2021

The UPSC Prelims 2020 took place on 4 October and the Mains is due in the coming year. The pandemic has definitely delayed the process but the commission is keen on ensuring a smooth examination process.

The UPSC Schedule 2021 revealed 17 service examinations with the dates and notifications. The UPSC Notification 2021 is expected to come out on 10th February 2021. The last date to apply and exam duration is also part of the schedule. Let us take a look at the time table for the exams now – 

Civil Service Exam Dates 2021

  1. Civil Services Prelims Examination 2021 – 27th June 2021
  2. Civil Services Mains Examination 2021 – 17th September 2021 (starting date)

UPSC Civil Service Exam Strategy

The UPSC Exam Dates are out now. The candidates must have their strategy in place. The candidates should preferably opt for subject wise preparation. You can refer to these notes for your UPSC preparation strategy. 

List of UPSC Recruitment Examinations 2021

The Commission mentioned 17 recruitment examinations in the current schedule. Here is the list of those exams with the date of examination. 

  • Combined Geo-Scientist Preliminary Examination, 2021 – 21st February 2021
  • C.D.S. Examination 2021 – 7th Feb
  • CISF AC(EXE) LDCE-2021 – 14th March
  • N.D.A. & N.A. Examination I 2021 – 18th April
  • Indian Forest Service Prelims Examination – 27th June
  • I.E.S./I.S.S. Examination 2021 – 16th July
  • Combined Geo-Scientist Main Examination 2021 – 17th July
  • Engineering Services Prelims Examination 2021 – 18th July
  • Central Armed Police Forces Examination 2021 – 8th August
  • Combined Medical Services Examination 2021 – 29th Aug
  • N.D.A. & N.A. Examination II 2021 – 5th September
  • Engineering Services Main Examination 2021 – 10th October
  • C.D.S. Examination II 2021 – 14th November
  • Indian Forest Service Main Examination 2021 – 21st November
  • S.O./Steno GD-B/GD-I LDCE – 11th December

Candidates can refer to this table for a more detailed UPSC Exam Schedule –

No.UPSC Examination NameNotification DateLast date to ApplyExam Date Duration 
1Combined Geo-Scientist Preliminary Examination07/10/2027/10/2021/02/211 day
2C.D.S. Examination 28/10/2017/11/2007/02/211 day
3Reserved for UPSC RT / Exam20/02/211 day
4Reserved for UPSC RT / Exam07/03/211 day
5CISF AC(EXE) LDCE02/12/2022/12/2014/03/211 day 
6N.D.A. & N.A. Examination30/12/2010/01/2018/04/211 day
7Reserved for UPSC RT / Exam09/05/211 day 
8Civil Services Prelims Exam10/02/2102/03/2127/06/211 day
9Indian Forest Service Prelims Examination
10Reserved for UPSC RT / Exam04/07/211 day
11I.E.S./I.S.S. Examination07/04/2124/04/2116/07/213 day
12Combined Geo-Scientist Main Examination17/07/212 days
13Engineering Services Prelims Examination 07/04/2127/04/2118/07/211 day
14Central Armed Police Forces Examination 15/04/2105/05/2108/08/211 day
15Combined Medical Services Examination 05/05/2125/05/2129/08/211 day
16Reserved for UPSC RT / Exam29/08/211 day
17N.D.A. & N.A. Examination II09/06/2129/06/2105/09/211 day
18Reserved for UPSC RT / Exam12/09/211 day
19Civil Services Mains Exam17/09/215 days
20Engineering Services Main Examination10/10/211 day
21C.D.S. Examination II 04/08/2124/08/2114/11/211 day
22Indian Forest Service Main Examination21/11/2110 days
23S.O./Steno GD-B/GD-I LDCE15/09/2105/10/2111/12/211 day

UPSC Civil Services Examination 2021

The Civil service exam will have three stages. They are –

  1. UPSC Prelims – General Ability Test I and General Ability Test II
  2. UPSC Mains – Indian language Paper, English, Essay, General Studies I, General Studies, General Studies III, General Studies IV, Optional Paper I and Optional Paper-II
  3. UPSC Interview – Personality Test

UPSC Civil Services Examination 2020

  • IAS UPSC Prelims 2020 – 4th October
  • IAS UPSC Mains 2020 – 8th January 2021 (starting)
  • UPSC Interview – Awaited


With the release of UPSC Calendar 2021, the candidates are on to their preparation. This article will cover all the important elements of the calendar including – the application date. Notification date, exam date, and the duration.

Since most of the candidates apply for the civil service exams, there is more emphasis on that. This will help you sort out your application process and preparation strategy accordingly. If you are an applicant for this exam then this article will definitely prepare you for further steps.

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