1. UPSC 2015 application
  2. Age & Attempt limit for UPSC
  3. Education requirement
  4. Physical Standard: Eye, Height, Chest from gazette
  5. Which jobs reserved for PH?
  6. Multiple applications by same candidate?
  7. Prelim Papers / CSAT
  8. How to prepare for UPSC Prelims?
  9. Mains exam structure
  10. Syllabus of mains exam?
  11. Syllabus of optional subject
  12. OBC alert
  13. Fees
  14. Download Hallticket?

UPSC Notification 2015 is out

  • online application link: upsconline.nic.in
  • Read the notification carefully before applying.
  • Last date to pay fees: 18th June 2015.
  • Last date to apply: 19th June 2015. Till 23:59 hours.
  • Prelim Exam date: 23rd August 2015 (Sunday)
  • Total vacancies: 1129. within that, 29 for physically disabled

UPSC 2015 notification-n


Age & Attempt limit for UPSC

  • Minimum age is 21 years.
  • Age is counted on 1st August of 2015.
  • Candidate who gave Prelims-2011, is eligible for one more attempt, even if he has crossed the age / attempt limit in following table. Ref: rule 3(ii)C on page 2 of notification
  • Candidate already selected in IAS or Indian foreign service (IFS)- not eligible to appear.
Category Maximum Age Attempt
General 32 6
OBC 32+3=35 9
SC/ST 32+5=37 till upper age
Physically disabled
(Blind, Deaf-mute, Orthopedic)
  • if general then 9
  • OBC then 9
  • SC/ST- then upper age
J&K domicile 32+5=37 depending on above categories
viz.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.

Education requirement

  • Bachelor’s degree from a university setup under union or state act or ‘deemed university’ under Union Government C.
  • Candidates from last semester can apply, provided that they can show proof passing examination in October /November 2015. Because at that time, they’ll be required to fill up a new form for Mains exam (known as DAF form i.e. detailed application form).
  • MBBS candidate must finish internship before interview phase.

Physical Standard: Eye, Height, Chest from gazette

This pdf file (click me) has all the answers about eyesight, height, chest, color blindness, lasik surgery etc.

Which jobs reserved for PH?

  • 13 for Locomotor + 5 for blind + 11 for hearing impairment = total 29 jobs reserved.
  • The ‘physical requirement’ for particular service, are mentioned in first table of the notification. from there you can find out whether your given disability is eligible for IAS / IFS or not?

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.

Prelim Papers / 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

How to prepare for UPSC Prelims?

  1. Refer to Previous year’s Answerkey and analysis click me
  2. This video lecture click me

Mains exam structure

Paper Max. Marks
English Compulsory Paper 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

Syllabus of mains exam?

Refer to page 6 of notification

Syllabus of optional subject

Refer to page 7 onwards of notification

OBC alert

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

  1. OBC caste certificate
  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. For more, read this PDF file click me)


General Male and OBC male Rs.100 for Prelims, Rs. 200 for Mains.
Female of any category No fees
SC/ ST, PH no fees

Download Hallticket?

  • Hall ticket will be available online, 3 weeks before prelim exam. exam on 23rd August
  • If problem, contact   011-23381125/011-23385271/011-23098543.