UPSC CSE Exam 2022: Notification, Exam Date (Out), Application, Eligibility, Pattern, Syllabus

UPSC CSE Exam 2022: Union Public Service Commission recruits eligible applicants for the post of Indian Administrative Services (IAS), Indian Foreign Services, Indian Police Services (IPS), and Central Civil Services every year through the UPSC CSE Exam 2022. Union Public Service Commission will invite the application for the subsequent vacancies in February 2022.

The last date to apply for the exam is 22 February 2022. The selection process of the recruitment is conducted in three stages that are Prelims, Mains, and Interview. The UPSC CSE Prelims 2022 will be held on 05 June 2022 and the UPSC CSE Mains 2022 will be held on 16 September 2022.

The admit card for each round will be declared on the official website before the exam date. Scroll down the article to get complete details about UPSC CSE Exam 2022.

UPSC CSE Exam 2022 Highlights

Refer to the following table mentioned below to know the major highlights about the IAS exam 2022:

Name of the examUPSC Civil Services Examination 2022
Conducting BodyUnion Public Service Commission (UPSC)
UPSC Vacancies712 (Around)
Mode of examPen and Paper Mode i.e Offline
Application FeePrelims- Rs 100 Mains- Rs 200
Selection StagePrelims, Mains, and Interview
LanguagePrelims – English and Hindi Mains- 24 different test centers
Frequency of the examOnce a year
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UPSC IAS 2022 Important dates

Refer to the following table mentioned below to know the important dates about the UPSC CSE exam 2022:

Release Date of UPSC Notification02 February 2022
Last date to apply22 February 2022
Admit card Release DateJune 2022 (Tentative)
UPSC CSE Prelims Exam Date 202205 June 2022
UPSC CSE Prelims 2022 ResultJuly 2022 (Tentative)
UPSC CSE Main admit cardAug 2022 (Tentative)
UPSC CSE Main Exam 202216 September 2022
UPSC CSE Main 2022 resultDecember/January 2022 (Tentative)
UPSC CSE Interviews 2022March 2022 (Tentative)

UPSC CSE Exam 2022 Eligibility Conditions


For IAS, IFS and IPS Post- The applicants need to be an Indian citizen

(2) For other post, the applicants can be either of the following:

(a) a citizen of India, or

(b) a subject of Nepal, or

(c) a subject of Bhutan, or

(d) a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or

(e) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

Age Limit

The age of the applicants must be between 21 years to 32 years on the 1st of August, 2022. There will be some relaxation to the upper age limit of the candidates.

Minimum Educational Qualification

The applicants must possess a graduation degree in any discipline from any of the recognized Universities.

How to apply for UPSC CSE Exam 2022?

The applicants must follow the step-by step guide mentioned below to apply for UPSC CSE Exam 2022:

UPSC IAS Part-I Registration

Candidates need to follow the given steps mentioned below for Part-I Registration:

  • In the first place, visit the official website of UPSC at
  • Select the tab of Exam Notifications.
  • Then, hit the Apply Online link.
  • After that, click on the Part- 1 registration link
  • Then read the instruction related to the application and then select Yes.
  • After that, fill the basic details personal details, address, educational qualification, and etc asked in the registration form.
  • Then, click on continue and verify all the details and then hit the submit button.

UPSC IAS Part-II Registration

Candidates need to follow the given steps mentioned below for Part-II Registration:

  • In the first step, make the payment of application fee online (via SBI Net Banking/ debit card/ credit card) or offline (via SBI bank challan) mode.
  • Then, in the next step upload the scanned documents such as photograph, signature and photo ID card according to the prescribed format
  • After that, enter the information related to payment of fee and exam centre
  • Then, after going through the declaration, click on “I agree” button
  • Last but not least, a page with the registration number will be generated after clicking on the button. Write down the registration number or take a printed copy of the page.

UPSC CSE Exam 2022 Application Fees

Refer to the following table mentioned below to know the application fees of the IAS exam 2022:

CategoryApplication Fees
General/OBC/EWS for Prelims ExamRs 100
General/OBC/EWS for Mains ExamRs 200
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UPSC CSE Exam Pattern 2022

The selection process of the recruitment is conducted in three stages that is Prelims, Mains, and Interview. Refer to the exam pattern of each round discussed below in the article:

UPSC CSE Prelims Exam Pattern

Refer to the following table given below to know the UPSC CSE Prelims Exam Pattern:

Exam ModeOffline
Question TypeObjective i.e Multiple Choice Questions
Number of Papers2
Medium of ExamEnglish and Hindi
Paper NameGeneral Studies and Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT)
Total number of QuestionsPaper 1- 100 Paper 2- 80
Maximum Marks400 marks
Negative MarkingYes
Exam Duration2 hours each paper

UPSC CSE Mains Exam Pattern

Refer to the following table given below to know the UPSC CSE Mains Exam Pattern:

Exam ModeOffline
Question TypeSubjective
Number of Papers9
Maximum MarksPaper A and Paper B- 300 Remaining 7 Papers- 250
Exam Duration3 hours each paper

Marks Distribution of UPSC CSE Mains 2022

Paper‐A300 Marks
Paper‐B300 Marks
Essay250 Marks
General Studies‐I250 Marks
General Studies‐II250 Marks
General Studies‐III250 Marks
General Studies‐IV250 Marks
Optional Studies- Paper 1250 Marks
Optional Studies- Paper 2250 Marks
Sub-total (Written Test)1750 Marks
Personality Test275 Marks
Grand Total2025 Marks

UPSC CSE Syllabus 2022

Refer to the UPSC CSE Syllabus for both Prelims and Mains exam in the below-given points:

Part A Preliminary Examination

  • Current events of national and international importance.
  • History of India and Indian National Movement.
  • Indian and World Geography-Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.
  • Indian Polity and Governance-Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy,
  • Rights Issues, etc.
  • Economic and Social Development-Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion,
  • Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.
  • General issues on Environmental ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – that do not
  • require subject specialization.
  • General Science.


  • Comprehension;
  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills;
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability;
  • Decision making and problem-solving;
  • General mental ability;
  • Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data
  • interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. — Class X level);

Mains Syllabus 2022


Essay: The applicants need to write essays on several topics.


  • General Studies-I: Indian Heritage and Culture, History, and Geography of the World and
  • Society.
  • Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, literature, and Architecture from
  • ancient to modern times.
  • Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present significant events, personalities, issues.
  • The Freedom Struggle — its various stages and important contributors/contributions from
  • different parts of the country.
  • Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country.
  • The history of the world will include events from the 18th century such as the industrial revolution,
  • world wars, redrawing of national boundaries, colonization, decolonization, political
  • philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism, etc.— their forms and effect on the
  • society.
  • Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India.
  • Role of women and women’s organization, population and associated issues, poverty and
  • developmental issues, urbanization, their problems, and their remedies.
  • Effects of globalization on Indian society.
  • Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism.
  • Salient features of the world’s physical geography.
  • Distribution of key natural resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian
  • sub-continent); factors responsible for the location of the primary, secondary, and tertiary sector
  • industries in various parts of the world (including India).
  • Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclones
  • etc., geographical features and their location-changes in critical geographical features
  • (including water-bodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes.


  • General Studies- II: Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International
  • relations.
  • Indian Constitution—historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant
  • provisions and basic structure.
  • Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues, and challenges pertaining to
  • the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels, and challenges
  • therein.
  • Separation of powers between various organs disputes redressal mechanisms and institutions.
  • Government strives to have a workforce that reflects gender balance and women candidates are encouraged to apply.
  • Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries.
  • Parliament and State legislatures—structure, functioning, the conduct of business, powers &
  • privileges and issues arising out of these.
  • Structure, organization, and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary—Ministries and
  • Departments of the Government; pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their
  • role in the Polity.
  • Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act.
  • Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions, and responsibilities of
  • various Constitutional Bodies.
  • Statutory, regulatory, and various quasi-judicial bodies.
  • Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising
  • out of their design and implementation.
  • Development processes and the development industry —the role of NGOs, SHGs, various
  • groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders.
  • Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the
  • performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions, and Bodies constituted for the
  • protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.
  • Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health,
  • Education, Human Resources.
  • Issues relating to poverty and hunger.
  • Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency &
  • accountability and institutional and other measures.
  • Role of civil services in a democracy.
  • India and its neighborhood- relations.
  • Bilateral, regional, and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting
  • India’s interests.
  • Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests,
  • Indian diaspora.
  • Important International institutions, agencies, and fora- their structure, mandate.


  • General Studies-III: Technology, Economic Development, Biodiversity, Environment,
  • Security and Disaster Management
  • Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization, of resources, growth,
  • development and employment.
  • Inclusive growth and issues arising from it.
  • Government strives to have a workforce that reflects gender balance and women candidates are encouraged to apply.
  • Government Budgeting.
  • Major crops-cropping patterns in various parts of the country, – different types of irrigation
  • and irrigation systems storage, transport, and marketing of agricultural produce and issues
  • and related constraints; e-technology in the aid of farmers.
  • Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices; Public
  • Distribution System- objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping; issues of buffer stocks
  • and food security; Technology missions; economics of animal-rearing.
  • Food processing and related industries in India- scope’ and significance, location, upstream
  • and downstream requirements, supply chain management.
  • Land reforms in India.
  • Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy, and their effects on
  • industrial growth.
  • Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways, etc.
  • Investment models.
  • Science and technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life.
  • Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and
  • developing new technology.
  • Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, nano-technology, bio-technology and
  • issues relating to intellectual property rights.
  • Conservation, environmental pollution, and degradation, environmental impact assessment.
  • Disaster and disaster management.
  • Linkages between development and spread of extremism.
  • Role of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges to internal security.
  • Challenges to internal security through communication networks, the role of media and social
  • networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cybersecurity; money-laundering
  • and its prevention.
  • Security challenges and their management in border areas – linkages of organized crime with
  • terrorism.
  • Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate.

Paper V

  • General Studies- IV: Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude
  • This paper will include questions to test the candidates’ attitude and approach to issues
  • relating to integrity, probity in public life, and his problem-solving approach to various issues and
  • conflicts faced by him in dealing with society. Questions may utilize the case study approach to
  • determine these aspects. The following broad areas will be covered :
  • Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants, and consequences of Ethics in-human
  • actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics – in private and public relationships. Human Values –
  • lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers, and administrators; the role of
  • Government strives to have a workforce that reflects gender balance and women candidates are encouraged to apply.
  • family society and educational institutions in inculcating values.
  • Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behavior;
  • moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion.
  • Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service, integrity, impartiality, and non-partisanship,
  • objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance, and compassion towards the
  • weaker-sections.
  • Emotional intelligence-concepts, and their utilities and application in administration and
  • governance.
  • Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and the world.
  • Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical
  • concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations and
  • conscience as sources of ethical guidance; accountability and ethical governance;
  • strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance; ethical issues in international
  • relations and funding; corporate governance.
  • Probity in Governance: Concept of public service; Philosophical basis of governance and
  • probity; Information sharing and transparency in government, Right to Information, Codes of
  • Ethics, Codes of Conduct, Citizen’s Charters, Work culture, Quality of service delivery,
  • Utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption.
  • Case Studies on the above issues.

UPSC IAS Admit Card

UPSC 2022 admit card will be declared three weeks prior to the commencement of the prelims exam. The admit card is expected to be declared in June 2022 and the exam for the same is likely to be held in June 2022 itself. The admit card for each round will be declared separately on the official website. The UPSC admit card is one of the compulsory documents that candidates must mandatorily carry to the exam hall.

How to Download the UPSC CSE exam admit card 2022?

Refer to the following the steps given below to download the admit card of IAS exam:

  • Visit the official website of UPSC
  • Then, click on the download link of the admit card mentioned on the website of the homepage.
  • After that read the instructions carefully and select the yes button
  • Then, choose any of the options such as Registration ID or Roll Number.
  • After that, if you select Registration ID then enter registration ID and date of birth or if you choose Roll Number option then enter the roll number and date of birth in the required space
  • Then, hit the Submit button.
  • Last but not least, download or take the print out of the UPSC IAS admit card for the future reference

UPSC IAS Result 2022

The UPSC result 2022 for each round will be declared separately on the official website. The applicants can check the result online released in the PDF Format at the official website.  With the help of the UPSC Result, the candidates will get the confirmation of their eligibility to appear in the next stage of the exam.

How to Download the UPSC IAS exam Result 2022?

Refer to the following the steps given below to download the result of IAS exam:

  • Visit the official website at
  • Then, click on the download link of the result mentioned on the website of homepage
  • After that, the result will appear on the computer screen
  • Then the candidates can check the result available in PDF format with the roll number
  • Last but not least, download or take the print out of the UPSC IAS admit card for the future reference

UPSC IAS Exam Frequently Asked Questions

There are overall nine question papers available in the CSE Main Exam. There are two qualifying papers i.e General English and General Hindi out of the 9 question papers. To elaborate more, the qualifying paper marks will not considered while determining the final merit.

The applicants must possess a graduation degree in any discipline from any of the recognized Universities.

The UPSC CSE Prelims 2022 is expected to be held in June 2022 and the UPSC CSE Mains 2022 is expected to be held in September 2022.

The UPSC IAS 2022 Notification will be released in March 2022 on the official website.

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