[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.)

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219 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. 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 ….

  2. gr8 info…

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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?

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.


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


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

  11. Well that was only for 2015….

  12. I have an querry sir, there is a hindu article which says For example, salary of a peon in RBI is Rs.7 lakh during retirement. The DoPT says such PSU employment will hereafter be treated on a par with business/private employment unlike government employment. Currently, at least 35 candidates have been denied allocation of service because of this issue.
    I am confused whether i am in OBC(NCL) or not. My father has salary of more than 6 lakhs & grade 3 employee.
    Kindly Clarify the issue.

    1. HI, same is my problem too, plz infrom if u get d right information

      1. There is a CAT judgement dated jan 2017, according to which now you can apply under obc-ncl, it is available on forumias web page ( obc relaed thread), show it to authority, i am sure they will issue certificate now.

  13. I had my caste certificate renewed in June 2015. Will that be valid for this year’s application also or do i need to get it renewed again ?
    Because the authorities (which renewed it) said that it is valid for three years ?

    1. hi saurabh, did you get clarification for your doubt? because i am also having same problem in filling the application form.please let me know if u get clarified.

      1. Call to DoPT they will clarify ur doubts

    2. saurabh, if you are talking about CENTRAL OBC NC the validity is one year, kindly cross check with authorities again.

  14. can anyone share sociology video lecture of vikas ranjan sir

  15. hey guys when i login to further my part 2 registration, it leads me to payment page and when i try to fill it up then in the middle of the procedure the page goes back to the login page for part 2 registration. Whats going on guys. is it just me or even other are facing the same kind of issue


      1. after using chrome for making payment, i got saved from above mentioned anomaly

  16. U r eligible for obc ncl

  17. hello sir,
    my father is a vetrinary doctor in uttar pradesh government and his income is nearly about 9.5 lac annually.
    wheather i belong to creamy layer or non creamy layer.
    i searched about that but i couldnt found any proper GO about this.
    please tell me.

    1. creamy layer . 6 lakh is limit for creamy layer

  18. Hi Mrunal sir,
    My mother belongs to group B service.

    Do i fall under creamy layer?

  19. Hi friends. … I fulfilled wrong obc certificate date. Is there any problems with wrong date in the next stage.please advice me on that issue.

  20. Obc k non creamy layer certificate b closing date s pahle banwana Hoga kya

  21. i want know about physical standard for indian forest services
    i went through appendix 3 but not able to find physical standard,

  22. height required in IFos?????

  23. Sir where is detail format regarding obc certificate,??
    Is there any format available for obc certificate
    Plz help me out

    1. Divya there is download link in the UPSC website, there you will get OBC certificate format and also declaration format

  24. sir meri umr 55 sal hai…..sikhane ki bahut iccha hai…kya mai apply kr sakta hun ias k liye?

  25. which optional can be good for me based on availability of material/books/Resources in Gujarati language, if i Wish to appear for CSM in Gujarati medium.?

  26. Helo Sir , I’m a Karnataka state govt Group B employee.. Am i suppose to take NOC for applying for upsc civil service?

  27. sir should I get NEW OBC certificate every year or can i apply with the old one which i have got in Jan 2015? Because for SSC EXAMS it is valid for 3years, will the same thing apply for UPSC also?

    1. no matter…when u got ur obc certificate…

      u jst mention d date..when u got ur certificate first time…

      no need to get…fresh certificate …

      in upsc..old certificate will work…

      if demanded….u can renew it…dnt wry at all !!!

      1. for more clarification…u can jst talk to upsc…on helpline nos…

        all d best :)

  28. U r in creamy layer

  29. Gaurav singh U r in creamy layer

  30. Vipinyadav fill up a new application form, otherwise there may be a problem in future

  31. Karthik at the time of filling u have to intimate ur office, But before interview u have to get NOC from ur office.

  32. Akshay verma u are eligible for obc ncl. Govt employees group A officers and group b officers who become group A officer before 40 years age, their children come under obc ncl.

  33. Sakshi,
    Yes it should be issued before the last date of application

  34. Divya,
    Go to UPSC.gov.In
    Go to recruitment and find the link for certificates form.
    That is the form where you need to get issued the OBC NCL before the closing date of the application

  35. If u wish can apply freshly with correct date.


  37. In age relaxation box i entered No thouhg i belong to OBC Non-creamy layer. it will become problem in future what? i wrongly interpreted , it is for PH and Ex servicemen like persons.

    1. Pramod bro, if u want to avail the benefit of OBC for age, then u should enter correct code of obc in the box. if u dont want to avail the same then u filled correct. otherwise file a fresh application form. The latest form is accepted, former is not considered.

  38. unable to fill up part II REGISTRATION

  39. I’ve applied with my 2015 certificate.. Please let me know is there any problem with that..

  40. Is this necessary to provide different mobile no and mail id for multible applications?
    Is it compulsory to choose only our latest RID for appear in prelims?

    1. U cant choose the RID, it is UPSC that chooses the RID, but upsc already mentioned that in case of any problem or mistake then a fresh application may be filed and it will be considered by the UPSC.

  41. sir
    my father is a scale 2 officer in sbi.me belongs to padmasali BC B.am i eligible to come under obc for civils exam.and also am i creamy or non creamy layer

  42. I hv cmpletd my registration successfully..bt d prob s is i had given obc certificate dated 2012 for 2017 upsc xam.
    . Will it be k??

    1. its ok..no prb at all…

      if demanded in future…jst get it renewd…

      take it easy…all d best :)

  43. sir my obc certificate date is 22/5/2015, can I apply this obc certificate in upsc prelims 2017 ?

    1. The validity of the certificate is 1 financial year. You need to get a new certificate. I think they ask the date of the certificate while filling the form. Anyway, you will need the certificate in the next round (for DAF) where you are required to upload it.

  44. I have to renew my caste certificate for OBC
    but the authorities here issue in Hindi format
    while upsc asking in English format

    so does it matter ?
    If yes please guide me for further solution..

    1. Pawan which state do u belong, normally the state obc certificate (not central obc certificate) is issued in its own administrative language,but the central obc certificate which is required for central/all india service (here is upsc), is issued by the state’s concerned district in english language only so pls check ur obc.

  45. Sir i have atempted 06 times iincluding 2011 can i aapply this times i m general candidate

    1. Yeah.. me tooo…I have the age limit as I am J&K domiciled but have attempted 6 times I including 2011..if 2015 was an extra attempt can I attempt this year?

  46. To
    all aspirants
    Everything is possible…..
    work hard and win the world

  47. Sir I belong to OBC. My parents are no more. My father was a tax payer. Am I eligible to mark creamy layer?
    I do not have certificate. On whose name I should take?

  48. my optionalsub is lit of tamil language… thenmediumof my language from paper 1to paper 7

  49. My OBC certificate is dated June 2015. Can i use it OR need to get a new one?
    Please reply.

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