update on May-04-2020: UPSC has announced through a scrolling banner on its website that:

  1. UPSC Civil Service Prelims exam, that was scheduled at 31/5/2020 stands deferred. (स्थगित)
  2. Decision on fresh date will be made available on 20th May 2020 after assessing the situation.

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Today (15th April) UPSC held a special meeting and announced following to curb the speculation related to UPSC Civil Services IAS/IPS Prelims postponed in the times of Corona lockdown

Prelims-2020 not Postponed, YET

Q1. Will UPSC Prelims-2020 be postponed due to Corona Lockdown?

Ans. Today (15th April, 2020) UPSC announced prelims date unchanged 31st May 2020. However, if any changes, they’ll notify in future.

Pending Interviews of Last Round

Q2. What about pending interviews of candidates who had cleared IAS-Mains-2019 but due to Corona Lockdown UPSC had suspended the interview process?

Ans. UPSC will notify after 3rd May, 2020 when Phase-II of Corona Lockdown over.

Afterthoughts: Prelims Revision Strategy?

Refer to the revision chart:

UPSC prelims revision strategy during corona because prelims not postponed

If you are going to spend your time daydreaming and gossiping on whatsapp/telegram about whether the exam will be cancelled or not then you will lose the pressure and Momentum to finish the syllabus on time. Better use the available time wisely.