UPSC prelims preponed: To be conducted in June


The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) this year has preponed the examination month of the civil services preliminary examination. According to the official notification, the exam will be conducted in the month of June instead of August after a gap of three years. As per the official order, the preliminary examination will be held by the Commission on June 18 this year.

Official notification released

The official notification of the same was released on February 22. All those candidates who are interested in applying for the same are required to get themselves registered at the official website till March 17 by 6 pm. The preliminary tests for 2016, 2015 and 2014 were held during the month of August, a senior UPSC official said.

The exam is held for prestigious posts in the administration including IAS, IRS, IPS, IFS etc.


Eligibility criteria

  • Those interested in applying should possess a degree of graduation in any stream from any university recognised by the University Grants Commission (UGC)
  • Those who have appeared in the qualifying exam and are waiting for their results are also eligible to apply, provided they submit the certificate of qualification along with the mark sheet to the UPSC before the main exam

The number of vacancies to be filled on the result of the examination is expected to be approximately 980, which includes 27 vacancies reserved for those in physically handicapped category, the order said. The final number of vacancies may undergo change after getting firm number of vacancies from cadre controlling authorities.

Reservation will be made for candidates belonging to scheduled castes, scheduled tribes, other backward classes and physically disabled categories in respect of vacancies as may be fixed by the government,” the order said.