[Notification] UPSC Prelim CSAT-2017 Notification is out! 99 Vacancies less than last year, No change in age-attempt limit, optional or syllabus

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  1. CSAT 2017 Notification out
  2. No change in Age-Attempt limit
  3. No change in structure of the exam
  4. No change in the syllabus of the exam
  5. Can last semester student apply?
  6. How much fees do I need to pay?
  7. When will I get the hallticket/admit-card for prelims?
  8. Multiple applications by same candidate?
  9. Warning: Optional and centre
  10. OBC alert

CSAT 2017 Notification out but with less vacancies

  • UPSC has released notification for civil services 2017 and forest services 2017 exam.
  • 980 vacancies this time. [99 less than last year]. Therefore, less candidates will qualify for mains and interview compared to previous years.
  • Last date to apply is 17th March 2017, 6PM.
  • Online application link is http://www.upsconline.nic.in
  • Apply at earlier because exam centers are first applying first allot basis.
  • Prelim exam to be held on 18th June 2017. (How many days left- just watch the left hand corner green box of our website).
  • Helpdesk numbers: No. 011-23385271/011-23381125/011-23098543

IAS vacancies are declining

No change in Age-Attempt limit

  • It is same as last year.  Minimum age is 21 years.
  • Age is counted on 1st August of 2017. i.e. you must not be born later than 1st August 1996.
  • Candidate already in IAS or Indian foreign service (IFS)- not eligible to appear.
CategoryMaximum AgeAttempt
General326 [must not be born before 2nd August 1985]
SC/ST32+5=37till upper age
Physically disabled (Blind, Deaf-mute, Orthopedic)32+10=42
  • if general then 9
  • OBC then 9
  • SC/ST- then upper age
J&K domicile32+5=37depending on above categories (Gen, OBC, SC/ST, PH)
Disabled serviceman discharged from duty32+3=35same as above
Ex-serviceman with five years duty
* specific condition on page2 of notification
32+5=37same as above

Above relaxation are cumulative e.g. OBC candidate from J&K = 32 + 3(OBC) + 5 (J&K) = 40 years up age limit.
What doesn’t count as an attempt?

  • Ans. If you applied in previous exam, but remain absent in BOTH prelim papers, then your attempt is not counted.
  • If you fail in prelims, attempt is counted.

No change in structure of the exam

Preliminary exam aka Civil service Aptitude Test (CSAT)
Paper 1Paper 2
general studies (GS)aptitude / CSAT
Marks counted for selection in mains exam…yes
  • You need to get only 33% passing marks. i.e. 200 x 0.33 = 66 passing marks required to clear prelims.
200 marks200 marks
0.33% negative marking0.33% negative marking
20 minutes for blind and locomotors disabilitySame


Mains and interview
English300. Marks not counted in merit only 25% passing marks required.
Indian language paper (Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi etc. depending on your choice)Same as above.
GS (mains) Paper1, 2, 3, 4250 each x 4 papers = 1000 marks.
ONE Optional subject500 marks.
Written total1750
grand total2025

No change in the syllabus of the exam

Can last semester student apply?

  • Minimum education standard is graduation.
  • Candidates from last semester can apply. Once you clear prelims, you’ll have to fillup a new form called “Detailed application form” to appear in UPSC Mains exam. With this form, you’ve to submit scanned copies of your graduation Certi / last year mark sheet.
  • MBBS candidate must finish internship before interview phase.

How much fees do I need to pay?

General Male and OBC maleRs.100 for Prelims, Rs. 200 for Mains.
Female of any categoryNo fees
SC/ ST, PHno fees

When will I get the hallticket/admit-card for prelims?

  • Hall ticket will be available online, usually 3 weeks before prelim exam. They don’t send it through post anymore. You’ve to download and take printout.
  • If problem, contact   011-23381125/011-23385271/011-23098543.

Multiple applications by same candidate?

  • Every time you apply, you get new registration ID (RID). you must preserve RID because you’ll have to quote it again in the Mains application form i.e. DAF form.
  • If you applied multiple times (because of computer glitch, fee problem or xyz reason) then when downloading hallticket, you should use higher RID. Because higher RID corresponds to your latest application.

Warning: Optional and centre

UPSC Exam Centre Selection

  • in prelim online form itself, UPSC will ask you to fill the choice of optional subject and mains exam centre. And later on they don’t allow to change it. (Because in the Mains-DAF form, same data will be prepopulated.)
  • Therefore, make no mistake in filling up mains-optional and mains-exam centre.

OBC alert

To claim OBC reservation benefit in UPSC, you need TWO certificates:

  1. OBC caste certificate [under central list.] MIND IT: some castes are in state backward list but not in central backward list.
  2. Non-creamy layer certificate.
    1. Non creamy layer status depends on your parents’ income and property.
    2. It doesn’t depend on your income/property
    3. It doesn’t depend on your husband/wife’s income/property.
    4. If your mom/dad is government employee, then INCOME criteria doesn’t apply. (e.g. if dad is class3 employee, then it doesn’t matter whether he gets 6 lakhs or 7 lakhs. You’re still non-cream layer.)

Mrunal recommends

  1. (free) NCERT, NIOS, TN-Books
  2. Environment by ShankarIAS
  3. Indian Polity M.Laxmikanth (Hindi | English)
  4. Art & Culture by Nitin Singhania (Hindi | English)
  5. Spectrum: Modern History (Hindi | English)
  6. Bipin Chandra: Post Independence
  7. Fast-track to Arithmetic Rajesh Verma
  8. MK Pandey’s Analytical Reasoning
  9. Disha’s Topicwise Paperset (Hindi | English)
  10. School Atlas
  11. Mains: Language papers
  1. (free) NCERT, NIOS, TN-Books 4 History,Geo,Sci
  2. Indian Polity M.Laxmikanth (Hindi | English)
  3. Spectrum: Modern History (Hindi | English)
  4. Maths: Quantam CAT Sarvesh Kumar
  5. Objective General English SP Bakshi
  6. Word Power made Easy -Norman Lowe
  7. Topic wise Solved Paperset by Disha

So far 207 Comments posted

  1. D.Prakash

    The march is on….i will not sit idle…let it be one more to go…

  2. divyank

    Gud evening Sir kya mains gs me general candidate ke liye minimum marks kya hai……….


    sir! please correct me if i am wrong.i think there is a mistake in what you have mentioned.you have mentioned that if ones parents are government employee earning 6 or 7 lakhs then they are non-creamy layer candidate.i think you wanted to say creamy layer.typo error perhaps.

  4. Vipul

    Can we fill two forms with two optionals later to decide which optional to take after seeing the marks?
    or it will be rejected by upsc only later one will be considered please clarify..

  5. Chaitra


    My dad is a Class3 employee in state government. Along with OBC caste certificate I should have a certificate stating he is class3 employee?

    1. SANDY

      Only OBC NCL certificate is required.

  6. Vivek

    Feeling Pity of all Delhi Coachingwallahas who spread rumours for last 6 months that Optional will be scrapped 100% this time!!! 😀

    1. Aashu

      Haha, yes! I remember Sriram’s office staff suggested me to not focus on optional when I went there for query regarding admission

  7. Piyush

    My father is class B officer in bihar government and my mother is a housewife my father income from salary exceeds 6 LPA . And we do not have any other source of income . Am i eligible for obc non creamy layer certificate if yes how can i get it.

  8. NSl

    Sir, Plz provide such info about UP PSC as well. Thank you!

  9. Paras Bhirud

    less Vacancies…. 🙁 Need to study more .. 😐

  10. Hobby

    Since NDA govt has came to power it has been reducing the vacancies by 100 as compared to the preceding year…. it seems that if it again came to power in 2019 for next 5 years… Number of vacancies will be just 100 to 200…

  11. Kk

    Can write essay and gs paper in different languages or same language ?

    1. SANDY

      Same language for all written papers of mains

  12. Abhinav

    They are making a mockery of the highly prestigious exam.they are planning to implement their ambitious schemes without the help of bureaucrats.strange!!!
    I wonder why their is a decrease!!!

  13. madhu

    sir hw far is it advisable to mention previous work experience while filling upsc cse 2017 online application form since i’m working in psb obtaining noc isnt possible

  14. anji

    Hi Mrunal sir, What is the validity of OBC certificate. I took in 2015. Is it valid?

  15. Jasmendra

    How to know about previous
    attempts …..

  16. Rajan

    If someone is from general category and has already appeared in prelims 6 times, can he sit for an extra attempt as UPSC once said that everyone is eligible for an extra attempt if one had appeared in 2011 prelims. Please confirm

    1. Deepak Sharma

      Brother please file rti

  17. Ashish S.

    Sir, I am belongs to SBC category in Maharashtra state so Can I apply in OBC category for Civil Services Pre exam 2017 ?

  18. prateek

    is there any reservation in these 980 seats also?

  19. mohit

    Abe mrunal koi age limit ya attempt changes nhi hogi…..

    1. Johny Johny

      wah beta!! kya sanskaar hain tere..

      1. rahul

        tu to pakka IAS hi banega……….

    2. B M

      mohit…….. mind your language. If you are preparing for IAS then you shd hv etiquette how to talk about respected peoples.

    3. chetan

      tameej sikh le bado se bat krne ki

    4. selvan

      have some shame… ask your parents to teach you some manners…

  20. prateek

    if I registered and do not appear for the exam will it be still counted as an attempt.

    1. SANDY

      Attempt will be counted only after appearing in the upsc pre exam.

    2. Saxena

      naa re.. u wl be treat as nalla still

    3. ash

      no it wont be counted if u dont appear for exam

  21. Pramod Kumar

    Essay paper is missing in main subject list

  22. Saurabh

    Bhai, can you please help me out about Non creamy layer issue.

    My father is coal mine worker in PSU. Earns more than 7 lakh per annum. My mother is zp school teacher. Can I apply for Non creamy layer.

  23. Suraj

    Last yr I had attempted prelims only for indian forest service. Does that attempt will b counted for civil services??

  24. Shubham pore

    M pursuing 5 year law degree and m for 3rd year.. after clearing 3rd year i will get BSL degree.. so my question is “m i eligible for upsc?”

    1. SANDY

      u r eligible if u really get the Degree .

  25. Pankaj

    One query. Preliminary syllabus does not mention Indian art and culture .explicitly.. so do we need to still need to refer some speciallized book like indian Art and Culture by Nitin Sanghi… or whatever art and culture portion we are encounter in history books of ncert , that will ne sufficent…
    Asking this because art and culture is damn boring and studying one whole book for pre dedicted to art and culture is herculius task for me

  26. Anant

    Sir i could not understand the last statement – “If your mom/dad is government employee, then INCOME criteria doesn’t apply. (e.g. if dad is class3 employee, then it doesn’t matter whether he gets 6 lakhs or 7 lakhs. You’re still non-cream layer”.
    Actually my mom n dad both are in service , are class 3 employee, and cumulative income would be nearly 8 lac per annum . So where do i belong in OBC category , CL(treated as general) or NCL.??

  27. Rohit

    My father is retired college lecturer (class B ). Can i get non creme layer benifits for upsc cse ?

  28. Mani 23

    Anyone help please, jinke father PSU me job karte hai unke salary obc certificate ke liye income me count Hoti hai ya nahi??

  29. Ym

    Friends please help, mere father PSU me job karte hai to OBC k liye unki salary income me count hogi ya nahi, wese mere paas OBC NCL certificate hai, but last year UPSC ne OBC selected students ko disqualify kar diya tha, so please help k me OBC se apply karu ya general category se karu???

  30. krishna

    The phenomena of gradual reduction in the cadre size is probably not by any govt’s arrival at center, but by not making the top posts vacant at state govts even after crossing the superannuation of top political heads’ favourable beauracratic corrupts and thier tenure is kept on extended by these political heads at states for fulfilling their interests to the max possible, despite the good officers standing in line. So less vacancies reported.

    1. jaipal singh

      but then what about ssc (cgl) where no of vacancies has gone down from approx 18000 in 2013 to 7000 this year.

  31. Jojo

    Achchhe din aa gaye? 😝 lolwa…..

  32. ym

    Friends please help, mere father PSU me job karte hai to OBC k liye unki salary income me count hogi ya nahi, wese mere paas OBC NCL certificate hai, but last year UPSC ne OBC selected students ko disqualify kar diya tha, so please help k me OBC se apply karu ya general category se karu?????

    1. SANDY

      if u have obc ncl certificate from the competent authority, how the upsc can disqualify. UPSC cant it.

  33. Amit

    Mohit u have no any sense how to talk with ur elders and respected teachers.This type of atitude show that u can never be an IAS.

  34. Harsh

    CSIR NET & UPSC PRELIM-2017 ,both exams are going to held on same date on 18 June 2017. I hv already submitted CSIR net application,now upsc notification came out,what can I do ??? Pls suggest me mrunal.org…I want to appear in both exams…

  35. Saurabh

    I belonging from OBC but my father is a Bank Manager. Can i feel OBC in my catagory or OBC creamy layer. plz inform me bcoz m still confused.

  36. amit

    dekhte jao.. mera desh badal raha hai .. aage bad raha hai… sab k sab skill india and mgnrega ka hissa banane wale hai .. agar yehi haal raha declining number of vaccancies ka.

  37. Minesh

    sir my obc is dated 4th march 2015, can i still apply for prelim 2017

    1. ravi

      i hv same doubt.pls let me know if u get the solution..tq in advance

  38. Rangrej Maksud M Ismail M

    I was born on 29/8/1986… I am in general category…. I have doubt about how many attempts I have…. pls reply

  39. Vinay

    You just need one seat….

  40. S

    If father is a retired Class 3 employee getting pension <6lpa, would I be considered a creamy layer candidate?

  41. tawfiq mir

    Jk domiciled koi explain karhe plz ( somebody plz explain Jk domiciled ,,,, )

  42. Dc

    Sir, obc certificate ki bhi koi validity hoti hai kya becoz they ask to enter date of community certificate while applying for prelims.plz explain

  43. Aspirant

    Civil service exam won’t suit you, do politics !

  44. Manish

    plzzz help guyzzz what is actually OBC’s non creamy layer certificate i.e format of 2nd one. I have only above one OBC certificate…


    Res sir
    I am filling form first time i am done my BCA so what can choose in subject streame please sir reply me..

  46. Anurag

    Mrunal Sir, you have not mentioned about Essay Paper of 250 marks in Mains

  47. vikas

    is state wise breakup of posts available???

  48. vikash


    subject-Discrepancy in creamy /non creamy

    issue-in 2012 filled SCRA form part 1and 2 not given exam.i have the print out of both registration but,dont know whether i filled creamy or non creamy layer,even in the print out only OBC is mention.

    for 2017 CSE -want to fill the form and hold a ”NON-CREAMY LAYER”
    when try to fill the form and its shows and i quote’candidates who registered befor 25-06-2016 are required to registered afresh’ unquote.

    1-so if i fill then there will be any issues/cancellation.
    2-no matter one will be registered as a new/afreah candidature.

    plz murnal sir and all help ////// im a first timer….

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