[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.
Category Maximum Age Attempt
General 32 6 [must not be born before 2nd August 1985]
OBC 32+3=35 9
SC/ST 32+5=37 till 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 domicile 32+5=37 depending on above categories (Gen, OBC, SC/ST, PH)
Disabled serviceman discharged from duty 32+3=35 same as above
Ex-serviceman with five years duty
* specific condition on page2 of notification
32+5=37 same 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 1 Paper 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 marks 200 marks
0.33% negative marking 0.33% negative marking
20 minutes for blind and locomotors disability Same


Mains and interview
English 300. 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, 4 250 each x 4 papers = 1000 marks.
ONE Optional subject 500 marks.
Written total 1750
Interview 275
grand total 2025

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 male Rs.100 for Prelims, Rs. 200 for Mains.
Female of any category No fees
SC/ ST, PH no 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.)
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222 Comments on “[Notification] UPSC Prelim CSAT-2017 Notification is out! 99 Vacancies less than last year, No change in age-attempt limit, optional or syllabus”

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

  2. Achchhe din aa gaye? 😝 lolwa…..

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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…

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

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

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

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

  10. You just need one seat….

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

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

  13. 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

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

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  16. 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…

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

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

  19. is state wise breakup of posts available???


    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….

  21. vacancy decline ho rhi h..general caste ka job wala banda agar tayari karke aagey badna chaahe to ye govt nahi badne degi…
    general ko age me relaxation kyu nhi dete.. A grade job hai, sabko fair mauka do.. jisko initial guidance naa mili ho wo baad me karna chaahe kuch to ye saala gaovt nahi karni degi. isliye system ka itna bura haal h INDIA me. hame bhi mauka do, hm bhi bhu kuch kar sakte hain.. Thoda RELAXATION to do

    1. Sahi bola apne …..

    2. aap ne sahi baat galat jagah keh di……..

    3. boss this is the opportunity you are getting every year come and the see the situation of rajasthan …2013 kisi ko kisi vacancy ki
      joining nai mili or na hi koi new exam conduct hua hai? its almost 4 years
      here is the govt of most favorite ..person of planet ….

  22. gr8 info…

  23. You can apply any number of applications..
    Remember to use different set of email and phone to each RID..
    Rid 1 email 1 phone 1
    Rid 2 email 2 phone 2.
    I applied like this in 2015 with different set of centres. I received 2 admit cards..

    1. so can we apply two different centers with different ph no and email.
      what if the commission treats only the second one

      1. r4711 please reply me and give detailed information on this.

  24. Sir I am st born in April 1980 am eligible to write exam this time or my attempts r exhausted

  25. Hi,

    I belong to OBC (Non Creamy layer – DOB 13/10/1981) . I get an error message stating that my dob is not valid for applying.

    Can anyone help?


    1. No response yet? Can anyone chime in, pls?

  26. Sir , my mom and dad both are government servants( C-group both ) … if i add both annual salary its nearly 10 lack … Whether i belong to creamy layer or non-creamy layer ?

    1. yes you are non creamy layer only, if your father become gazetted before 40 years then only its not applicable..!

    2. U belong to non creamy layer..for government employee salary not considered..their grade is considered

    3. you belong to non-creamylayer, income doesnt matter for wards of govt employees if none of your parents have got promoted to group A before 40.

    4. Hello , my father Group C employee, when I ask in tahasildar office they ask for my father’s income, which is above 6lakhs ,n send me back saying u belong to creamy layer n so
      Please help me to get one

  27. Hi,

    In Part I of the application it says:
    SC /ST /OBC Candidates claiming relaxation must ensure that all certificates should have been issued earlier than the closing date
    What does the closing date means?

    Also where can i see the community certificate date?

    Please anybody reply

    1. it means closing date of the notification.

  28. Those of you who are asking questions here about attempts age limits, OBC, notification etc, I would suggest you to visit “discuss[dot]forumias[dot]com” and ask there either by creating a thread or commenting in one of the existing threads. You can also search that website for answers as most of the questions you are posting have been asked there before.


  29. not able to complete part ii . IS ANY ONE FACING SIMILAR ISSUE ????


  30. Closing date means 17 march before 6: pm that is the last day and time for filling the forms

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