UPSC Civil Services (Pre) Recruitment 2021 – Apply Online for 712 Vacancy

Name of the Post: UPSC Civil Services (Prelims) Exam Online Form 2021

Post Date: 04-03-2021

Total Vacancy: 712

Application Fee
General: Rs. 100/-
SC/ ST/ Female & PwBD: Nill
Payment Mode: Depositing the money in any Branch of SBI by cash/ Net Banking/ Credit/ Debit card

Important Dates
Starting Date for Apply Online: 01-03-2021
Last Date to Apply Online: 24-03-2021
Last Date for Fee Payment (by cash): 23-03-2021
Last Date for Fee Payment (Online): 24-03-2021
Date for online application Withdrawn: 31-03-2021 to 06-04-2021
Date of Civil Service (Pre) Exam: 27-06-2021

Age Limit (as on 01-08-2021)
Minimum Age: 21 Years
Maximum Age: 32 Years

Qualification
Candidates should posses Degree from a recognized University.

Vacancy Details
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  1. CANDIDATES TO ENSURE THEIR ELIGIBILITY FOR THE EXAMINATION: All candidates
    (male/female/transgender) are requested to carefully read the Rules of Civil Services Examination
    notified by the Government (Department of Personnel and Training) and this Notice of Examination
    derived from these Rules. The Candidates applying for the examination should ensure that they
    fulfill all eligibility conditions for admission to examination. Their admission to all the stages
    of the examination will be purely provisional subject to satisfying the prescribed eligibility
    conditions. Mere issue of e-Admit Card to the candidate will not imply that his/her
    candidature has been finally cleared by the Commission. The Commission takes up
    verification of eligibility conditions with reference to original documents only after the
    candidate has qualified for Interview/Personality Test.
  2. HOW TO APPLY:
    Candidates are required to apply Online by using the website https://upsconline.nic.in
    Detailed instructions for filling up online applications are available on the above mentioned
    website. Brief Instructions for filling up the “Online Application Form” given in Appendix-IIA.
    2.1 Candidate should have details of one Photo ID Card viz. Aadhaar Card/Voter Card/PAN
    Card/Passport/Driving Licence/Any other Photo ID Card issued by the State/Central
    Government. The details of this Photo ID Card will have to be provided by the candidate while
    filling up the online application form. The candidates will have to upload a scanned copy of
    the Photo ID whose details have been provided in the online application by him/her. This
    Photo ID Card will be used for all future referencing and the candidate is advised to carry this
    Photo ID Card while appearing for Examination/Personality Test.
    2.2 The facility of withdrawal of Application is available for those candidates who do not want to
    appear for Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination. In this regard, Instructions are
    mentioned in Appendix IIB of this Examination Notice
  3. LAST DATE FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS :
    The online Applications can be filled up to 24th March, 2021 till 6:00 PM. The eligible
    candidates shall be issued an e-Admit Card three weeks before the commencement of the
    examination. The e-Admit Card will be made available in the UPSC website [
    https://upsconline.nic.in ] for downloading by candidates. No Admit Card will be sent by
    post.
  4. PENALTY FOR WRONG ANSWERS:
    Candidates should note that there will be penalty (negative marking) for wrong answers
    marked by a candidate in the Objective Type Question Papers.
  5. FACILITATION COUNTER FOR GUIDANCE OF CANDIDATES

In case of any guidance/information/clarification regarding their applications, candidature
etc. candidates can contact UPSC’s Facilitation Counter near gate ‘C’ of its campus in person
or over Telephone No. 011-23385271/011-23381125/011-23098543 on working days
between 10.00 hrs and 17.00 hrs.

  1. MOBILE PHONES BANNED:
    (a) The use of any mobile phone (even in switched off mode), pager or any electronic equipment
    or programmable device or storage media like pen drive, smart watches etc. or camera or
    blue tooth devices or any other equipment or related accessories either in working or
    switched off mode capable of being used as a communication device during the examination
    is strictly prohibited. Any infringement of these instructions shall entail disciplinary action
    including ban from future examinations.
    (b) Candidates are advised in their own interest not to bring any of the banned items including
    mobile phones/pagers to the venue of the examination, as arrangement for safe-keeping
    cannot be assured.
  2. Candidates are advised not to bring any valuable/costly items to the venue of the examination,
    as safe-keeping of the same cannot be assured. Commission will not be responsible for any loss in
    this regard.
    F. No. 1/13/2020-E.I(B) : Preliminary Examination of the Civil Services Examination for
    recruitment to the Services and Posts mentioned below will be held by the Union Public Service
    Commission on 27th June, 2021 in accordance with the Rules published by the Department of
    Personnel & Training in the Gazette of India Extraordinary dated 4th March, 2021. All candidates
    must carefully read the Civil Services Examination-2021 Rules together with all the Appendices along
    with the Annexures thereof and this Examination Notice derived from the CSE Rules, 2021 in entirety
    for gaining awareness of the current Rules and Regulations as changes may have been incorporated
    since the previous Examination Rules.
    (i) Indian Administrative Service
    (ii) Indian Foreign Service
    (iii) Indian Police Service
    (iv) Indian Audit and Accounts Service, Group ‘A’
    (v) Indian Civil Accounts Service, Group ‘A’
    (vi) Indian Corporate Law Service, Group ‘A’
    (vii) Indian Defence Accounts Service, Group ‘A’
    (viii) Indian Defence Estates Service, Group ‘A’
    (ix) Indian Information Service, Junior Grade Group ‘A’
    (x) Indian Postal Service, Group ‘A’
    (xi) Indian P&T Accounts and Finance Service, Group ‘A’
    (xii) Indian Railway Protection Force Service, Group ‘A’
    (xiii) Indian Revenue Service (Customs & Indirect Taxes) Group ‘A’
    (xiv) Indian Revenue Service (Income Tax) Group ‘A’
    (xv) Indian Trade Service, Group ‘A’ (Grade III)
    (xvi) Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service, Group ‘B’ (Section Officer’s Grade)
    (xvii) Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar
    Haveli Civil Service (DANICS), Group ‘B’
    (xviii) Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar

Haveli Police Service (DANIPS), Group ‘B’
(xix) Pondicherry Civil Service (PONDICS), Group ‘B’
The number of vacancies to be filled through the examination is expected to be approximately
712 which include 22 vacancies reserved for Persons with Benchmark Disability Category, i.e. 5
vacancies for candidates of (a) blindness and low vision; 6 Vacancies for (b) deaf and hard of
hearing; 6 Vacancies for (c) locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism,
acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy; and 5 Vacancies for (e) multiple disabilities from
amongst persons under clauses (a) to (c) including deaf-blindness. The final number of vacancies
may undergo change after getting firm number of vacancies from Cadre Controlling Authorities.
Reservation will be made for candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes. Scheduled Tribes, Other
Backward Classes, the Economically Weaker Sections and Persons with Benchmark Disability in
respect of vacancies as may be fixed by the Government.
As per the decision taken by the Government for increasing the access of unemployed to job
opportunities, the Commission will publicly disclose the scores of the candidates (obtained in the
Written Examination and Interview/Personality Test) through the public portals. The disclosure
will be made in respect of only those willing candidates who will appear in the
Interview/Personality Test for the Civil Service Examination and are not finally recommended for
appointment. The information shared through this disclosure scheme about the
non-recommended candidates may be used by other public and private recruitment agencies to
appoint suitable candidates from the information made available in the public portal.
Candidates will be required to give their options at the time of Interview/Personality Test,
while downloading the e-Summon Letter from the Commission’s website for the interview. A
candidate may opt out of the scheme also and in that case his/her details will not be published by
the Commission.
Besides sharing of the information of the non-recommended willing candidates of this
examination, the Commission will not assume any responsibility or liability for the method and
manner in which information related to such candidates is utilized by public/private
organizations.

The Centres and the date of holding the examination as mentioned above are liable to be changed
at the discretion of the Commission. Applicants should note that there will be a ceiling on the
number of candidates allotted to each of the Centres, except Chennai, Dispur, Kolkata and Nagpur.
Allotment of Centres will be on the “first‐apply‐first allot” basis, and once the capacity of a
particular Centre is attained, the same will be frozen. Applicants, who cannot get a Centre of their
choice due to ceiling, will be required to choose a Centre from the remaining ones. Applicants are,
thus, advised that they may apply early so that they could get a Centre of their choice.
NB: Notwithstanding the aforesaid provision, the Commission reserves the rightto change the
Centres at itsdiscretion if the situation demands. All the Examination Centres for Civil Services
(Preliminary), Examination, 2021 will cater to examination for Persons with Benchmark Disability
in their respective Centres. Candidates admitted to the examination will be informed of the time
table and place or places of examination. The candidates should note that no request for change of
Centre will be entertained.
(B) Plan of Examination:
The Civil Services Examination will consist of two successive stages (vide Appendix I Section‐I)
(i) Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination (Objective type) for the selection of candidates for
the Main Examination; and
(ii) Civil Services (Main) Examination (Written and Interview) for the selection of candidates
for the various Services and posts noted above.
Applications are now invited for the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination only. The
Candidates who are declared by the Commission to have qualified for admission to the Civil
Services (Main) Examination will have to apply online again and submit on-line Detailed
Application Form-I [DAF-I] along with scanned documents/certificates in support of date of birth,
category {viz. SC/ST/ OBC (without OBC Annexure) /EWS [Economically Weaker Sections]
(without EWS Annexure) /PwBD / Ex-Serviceman} and educational qualification with required
Examination Fee. Any delay in submission of DAF-I or documents in support beyond the
prescribed date will not be allowed and will lead to cancellation of the candidature for the
CSE-2021.
The candidates who are declared to have qualified Civil Services (Main) Examination will be
required to mandatorily indicate order of preferences only for those services participating in the
Civil Services Examination for the year, for which he is interested to be allocated to, in the on-line
Detailed Application Form-II [DAF-II], before the commencement of Personality Tests (Interview)
of the examination. Further, the candidates who wish to indicate IAS/IPS as their Service
preference are advised to indicate all the Zones and Cadres in the order of preference in their
on-line DAF-II as per the extant Cadre Allocation Policy applicable for the Civil Services
Examination, 2021. With this DAF-II, a candidate will also be required to upload
documents/certificates for higher education, achievements in different fields, service experience,
OBC Annexure (for OBC category only), EWS Annexure [for EWS Category only], etc. Any delay in
submission of DAF-II or documents in support beyond the prescribed date will not be allowed
and will lead to cancellation of the candidature for the CSE-2021.

  1. Eligibility Conditions:
    (I)Nationality
    (1) For the Indian Administrative Service, the Indian Foreign Service and the Indian Police
    Service, a candidate must be a citizen of India.
    (2) For other services, a candidate must be either:—
    (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.
    Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) shall be a person in
    whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.
    A candidate in whose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary, may be admitted to the
    examination but the offer of appointment may be given only after the necessary eligibility
    certificate has been issued to him/her by the Government of India.
    (II) Age Limits:
    (1) A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of
    32 years on the 1st of August, 2021 i.e., the candidate must have been born not earlier than 2nd
    August, 1989 and not later than 1st August, 2000.
    (2) The upper age-limit prescribed above will be relaxable:
    (a) up to a maximum of five years if a candidate belongs to a Scheduled Caste or a
    Scheduled Tribe;
    (b) up to a maximum of three years in the case of candidates belonging to Other
    Backward Classes who are eligible to avail of reservation applicable to such candidates;
    (c) up to a maximum of three years in the case of Defence Services Personnel, disabled in
    operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and
    released as a consequence thereof;
    (d) up to a maximum of five years in the case of ex-servicemen including Commissioned
    Officers and Emergency Commissioned Officers (ECOs)/ Short Service Commissioned

Officers (SSCOs) who have rendered at least five years Military Service as on 1st August,
2021 and have been released:
(i) on completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due to be
completed within one year from 1st August, 2021, otherwise than by way of
dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency); or
(ii) on account of physical disability attributable to Military Service; or
(iii) on invalidment.
(e) up to a maximum of five years in the case of ECOs/SSCOs who have completed an initial
period of assignment of five years of Military Service as on 1st August, 2021 and whose
assignment has been extended beyond five years and in whose case the Ministry of
Defence issues a certificate that they can apply for civil employment and that they will
be released on three months notice on selection from the date of receipt of offer of
appointment.
(f) up to a maximum of 10 years in the case of candidates belonging to Persons with
Benchmark Disabilities (PwBD) categories viz.
(i) blindness and low vision;
(ii) deaf and hard of hearing;
(iii) locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack
victims and muscular dystrophy;
(iv) autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability and mental illness;
(v) multiple disabilities from amongst person under clauses (i) to (iv) including
deaf-blindness.
Note‐I : Candidates belonging to either the SC or the ST or the OBC category who are also
covered under any other clauses of para 3(II)(2) above, viz. those coming under the category of
Ex-servicemen or PwBD, will be eligible for grant of cumulative age-relaxation under both
categories.
Note‐II : The term Ex-servicemen will apply to the persons who are defined as Ex-servicemen
in the Ex-servicemen (Re-employment in Civil Services and Posts) Rules, 1979, as amended
from time to time.
Note‐III : The age concession under para 3(II)(2) (d) and (e) will be admissible to
Ex-servicemen i.e. a person who has served in any rank whether as combatant or
non-combatant in the Regular Army, Navy and Air Force of the Indian Union and who either has
been retired or relieved or discharged from such service whether at own request or being
relieved by the employer after earning pension.
Note‐IV : Notwithstanding the provision of age-relaxation under para 3(II) (2) (f) above,
candidates of PwBD category will be considered to be eligible for appointment only if they
(after such Medical Examination as the Government or appointing authority, as the case may be,
may prescribe) are found to satisfy the requirements of physical and medical standards for the
concerned Services to be allocated to the candidates of PwBD category by the Government.
Note‐V : Save as provided under para 3(II) (2) above, the age-limits prescribed can in no case
be relaxed.
(3) The date of birth, accepted by the Commission is that entered in the Matriculation or
Secondary School Leaving Certificate or in a certificate recognised by an Indian University as
equivalent to Matriculation or in an extract from a Register of Matriculates maintained by a
University which extract must be certified by the proper authority of the University or in the
Higher Secondary examination certificate or an equivalent examination certificate. The certificate
in support of the date of birth is required to be submitted by a candidate only at the time of
applying for the Civil Services (Main) Examination. No other document relating to age like
horoscopes, affidavits, birth extracts from Municipal Corporation, Service records and the like will
be accepted.
Note‐I : Candidate should note that only the date of birth as recorded in the Matriculation or
Secondary School Leaving Certificate or in an equivalent certificate as mentioned in para 3(III)
(3) above and issued prior to the date of submission of application will be accepted by the
Commission, and no subsequent request for its change will be considered or granted.
Note‐II : Candidates should also note that once a date of birth has been submitted by them in
the application form and entered in the records of the Commission for the purpose of admission
to an Examination, no change will be allowed subsequently or at any other Examination of the
Commission on any grounds whatsoever.
(III) Minimum Educational Qualification:
A candidate must hold a degree of any of the Universities incorporated by an Act of the central or
State Legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament or
declared to be deemed as a University under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act,
1956 or possess an equivalent qualification.
Note‐I : Candidates who have appeared at a qualifying examination the passing of which would
render them educationally qualified for the Commission’s Examination but have not been
informed of the result as also the candidates who intend to appear at such a qualifying
examination will also be eligible for admission to the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination. All
candidates who are declared qualified by the Commission for taking the Civil Services (Main)
Examination will be required to produce proof of passing the requisite qualifying examination
along with their application (i.e. Detailed Application Form-I) for the Main Examination, failing
which such candidates will not be admitted to the Main Examination. Such proof of passing the
requisite qualifying examination should be dated earlier than the due date (closing date) of
Detailed Application Form-I of the Main Examination.
Note‐II : In exceptional cases, the Commission may treat a candidate who does not have any of the
foregoing qualifications as a candidate, provided that the candidate has passed an examination
conducted by any other institution the standard of which in the opinion of the Commission
justifies the admission to the Civil Services Examination.
Note‐III : Candidates possessing professional and technical qualifications which are recognised by
Government as equivalent to professional and technical degree would also be eligible for
admission to the Civil Services Examination.
Note‐IV : Candidates who have passed the final professional M.B.B.S or any other equivalent
professional examination leading to a medical degree or certificate but have not completed their
internship by the time of submission of their applications for the Civil Services (Main)
Examination, will be provisionally admitted to the Civil Services Examination, provided they
submit along with their application a copy of certificate from the concerned authority of the
University/Institution that they had passed the requisite final professional examination. In such
cases, the candidates will be required to produce at the time of their interview the original degree
or a certificate from the concerned competent authority of the University/Institution that they had
completed all requirements (including completion of internship) for the award of the Degree.
(IV) Number of attempts:
Every candidate appearing at the examination who is otherwise eligible, shall be permitted six
(6) attempts at the CSE. However, relaxation in the number of attempts will be available to the
SC/ST/OBC and PwBD category candidates who are otherwise eligible. The number of attempts
available to such candidates as per relaxation is as under:
Note‐I : The terms – GL for General, EWS for Economically Weaker Sections, SC for Scheduled
Castes, ST for Scheduled Tribes, OBC for Other Backward Classes and PwBD for Persons with
Benchmark Disability – are used for denoting the categories of candidates taking an attempt at
the Examination.
Note‐II : An attempt at a Preliminary Examination shall be deemed to be an attempt at the Civil
Services Examination.
Note‐III : If a candidate actually appears in any one paper in the Preliminary Examination, it
will be deemed that the candidate has made an attempt at the Examination.
Note‐IV : Notwithstanding any subsequent disqualification/cancellation of candidature, the fact
of appearance of the candidate at the Examination will count as an attempt.
(V) Restrictions on applying for the examination:
(1) A candidate who is appointed to the Indian Administrative Service or the Indian Foreign
Service based on the results of an earlier Examination and continues to be a member of that
Service will not be eligible to appear at the Civil Services Examination-2021. In case such a
candidate is appointed to the IAS or IFS after the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination-2021
is over and the candidate continues to be a member of that Service, the candidate shall not be
eligible to appear in the Civil Services (Main) Examination-2021 notwithstanding having
qualified in the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination-2021. If such a candidate is appointed
to the IAS or IFS after the commencement of the Civil Services (Main) Examination-2021 but
before the result thereof is declared by the Commission and continues to be a member of that
Service, the candidate shall not be considered for appointment to any Service/Post on the basis
of the result of the CSE-2021.
(2) A candidate who is appointed to the Indian Police Service based on the results of an
earlier Examination and continues to be a member of that Service shall not be eligible to opt for
the Indian Police Service on the basis of the result of the CSE-2021
(VI) Medical and Physical Standards: Candidates must be physically fit according to physical
standards for admission to Civil Services Examination, 2021 as per guidelines given in
Appendix-III of Rules for Examination published in the Gazette of India Extraordinary dated 4th
March, 2021.

  1. FEE:
    Candidates (excepting Female/SC/ST/Persons with Benchmark Disability Candidates who are
    exempted from payment of fee) are required to pay fee of Rs. 100/- (Rupees One Hundred only)
    either by remitting the money in any Branch of State Bank of India or by using Visa/Master/RuPay
    Credit/Debit Card or by using Internet Banking of SBI. Applicants who opt for “Pay by Cash” mode
    should print the system generated Pay-in-slip during part II registration and deposit the fee at the
    counter of SBI Branch on the next working day only. “Pay by Cash” mode will be deactivated at
    11.59 P.M. of 23rd March, 2021 i.e. one day before the closing date; however applicants, who have
    generated their Pay-in- Slip before it is deactivated, may pay at the counter of SBI Branch during
    banking hours on the closing date. Such applicants who are unable to pay by cash on the closing
    date i.e. during banking hours at SBI Branch, for reasons whatsoever, even if holding valid
    pay-in-slip will have no other offline option but to opt for available online Debit/Credit Card or
    Internet Banking payment mode on the closing date i.e. till 06:00 P.M. of 24th March, 2021.
    For the applicants in whose case payments details have not been received from the bank they will
    be treated as fictitious payment cases and a list of all such applicants shall be made available on
    the Commission website within two weeks after the last day of submission of online application.
    These applicants shall also be intimated through e-mail to submit copy of proof of their payment
    to the Commission at the address mentioned in the e-mail. The applicant shall be required to
    submit the proof within 10 days from the date of such communication either by hand or by speed
    post to the Commission. In case, no response is received from the applicants their applications
    shall be summarily rejected and no further correspondence shall be entertained in this regard.
    All female candidates and candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribe/ Persons
    with Benchmark Disability categories are exempted from payment of fee. No fee exemption is,
    however, available to OBC/EWS candidates and they are required to pay the prescribed fee in full.
    Persons with Benchmark Disability are exempted from the payment of fee provided they are
    otherwise eligible for appointment to the Services/Posts to be filled on the results of this
    examination on the basis of the standards of medical fitness for these Services/Posts (including
    any concessions specifically extended to the Persons with Benchmark Disability). A candidate of
    Persons with Benchmark Disability claiming fee concession will be required by the Commission to
    submit along with their Detailed Application Form – I, a certified copy of the Certificate of
    Disability from a Government Hospital/Medical Board in support of his/her claim for belonging to
    Persons with Benchmark Disability.
    NB: Notwithstanding, the aforesaid provision for fee exemption, a candidate of Persons with
    Benchmark Disability will be considered to be eligible for appointment only if the candidate (after
    such physical examination as the Government or the Appointing Authority, as the case may be,
    may prescribe) is found to satisfy the requirements of physical and medical standards for the
    concerned Services/Posts to be allocated to candidates of Persons with Benchmark Disability by
    the Government
    Note I: Applications without the prescribed Fee (unless remission of Fee is claimed) shall be
    summarily rejected.
    Note II: Fee once paid shall not be refunded under any circumstances nor can the fee be held in
    reserve for any other examination or selection.
    Note III: If any candidate who took the Civil Services Examination held in 2020 wishes to apply for
    admission to this examination, he/she must submit his/her application without waiting for the
    results or an offer of appointment.
    Note IV: Candidates admitted to the Main Examination will be required to pay a further fee of Rs.
    200/- (Rupees Two hundreds only).
  2. How to Apply:
    (a) Candidates are required to apply online using the website http://www.upsconline.nic.in.
    Detailed instructions for filling up online applications are available on the above mentioned
    website. The applicants are advised to submit only single application; however, if due to any
    unavoidable situation, if an apllicant submits another/multiple applications, then the applicant
    must ensure that application with the higher RID is complete in all respects like applicants’ details,
    examination centre, photograph, signature, photo ID, fee etc. The applicants who are submitting
    multiple applications should note that only the applications with higher RID (Registration ID) shall
    be entertained by the Commission and fee paid against one RID shall not be adjusted against any
    other RID.
    (b) All candidates, whether already in Government Service, Government owned industrial
    undertakings or other similar organizations or in private employment should submit their
    applications direct to the Commission.
    Persons already in Government Service, whether in a permanent or temporary capacity or as work
    charged employees other than casual or daily rated employees or those serving under the Public
    Enterprises are however, required to submit an undertaking that they have informed in writing to
    their Head of Office/Department that they have applied for the Examination. Candidates should
    note that in case a communication is received from their employer by the Commission
    withholding permission to the candidates applying for/appearing at the examination, their
    application will be liable to be rejected/candidature will be liable to be cancelled.
    NOTE 1: While filling in his/her Application Form, the candidate should carefully decide about
    his/her choice of centre for the Examination. If any candidate appears at a centre other than the
    one indicated by the Commission in his/her Admission Certificate, the papers of such a candidate
    will not be evaluated and his/her candidature will be liable to cancellation.
    NOTE-2: The Persons with Benchmark Disabilities in the categories of blindness, locomotor
    disability (both arm affected – BA) and cerebral palsy will be provided the facility of scribe, if
    desired by the person. In case of other category of Persons with Benchmark Disabilities as defined
    under section 2(r) of the RPWD Act, 2016, the facility of scribe will be allowed to such candidates
    on production of a certificate to the effect that the person concerned has physical limitation to
    write, and scribe is essential to write examination on behalf, from the Chief Medical Officer/ Civil
    Surgeon/ Medical Superintendent of a Government Health Care institution as per proforma at
    Appendix – IV. The candidates have discretion of opting for his/her own scribe or request the
    Commission for the same. The details of scribe i.e. whether own or the Commission’s and the
    details of scribe in case candidates are bringing their own scribe, will be sought at the time of
    filling up the application form online. Suitable provisions in Online Application have been made.
    NOTE -3:-The qualification of the Commission’s scribe as well as own scribe will not be more than
    the minimum qualification criteria of the examination. However, the qualification of the scribe
    should always be matriculate or above.
    NOTE -4:- The Persons with Benchmark Disabilities in the category of blindness, locomotor
    disability (both arm affected – BA) and cerebral palsy will be allowed Compensatory Time of
    twenty minutes per hour of the examination. In case of other categories of Persons with
    Benchmark Disabilities, this facility will be provided on production of a certificate to the effect that
    the person concerned has physical limitation to write from the Chief Medical Officer/ Civil
    Surgeon/ Medical Superintendent of a Government Health Care institution as per proforma at
    Appendix – IV.
    NOTE‐5: Candidates appearing in Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2021 will be required
    to indicate information such as (a) detail of Centres for Civil Services (Main) Examination and
    Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination (b) Optional subject to be selected for the examination,
    (c) Medium of examination for Civil Services (Main) Examination, (d) Medium of Examination for
    Optional Subject if he/she chooses any Indian Language as the Medium of Examination for Civil
    Services (Main) Examination and (e) compulsory Indian Language for Civil Services (Main)
    Examination at the time of the filling up online application itself. No request for changes in these
    details once online application is submitted shall be entertained by the Commission.
    NOTE 6: Candidates are not required to submit alongwith their applications any certificate in
    support of their claims regarding Age, Educational Qualifications, Scheduled Castes/ Scheduled
    Tribes/Other Backward Classes/ Economically Weaker Sections and Persons with Benchmark
    Disability etc. which will be verified at the time of the Main examination only.
    The candidates applying for the Civil Services Examination should ensure that they fulfil all
    the eligibility conditions for admission to the Examination. Their admission at all the stages of
    Examination for which they are admitted by the Commission viz. Civil Services (Preliminary)
    Examination, Civil Services (Main) Examination – either Written or the Interview/Personality Test
    – will be purely provisional, subject to their satisfying the prescribed eligibility conditions. If on
    verification at any time before or after the Preliminary Examination, Main Examination (Written)
    and Interview/Personality Test, it is found that they do not fulfil any of the eligibility conditions,
    their candidature for the Examination will be cancelled by the Commission. The decision of the
    Commission as to the eligibility or otherwise of a candidate for admission to the Examination shall
    be final.
    If any of their claims is found to be incorrect, they may render themselves liable to
    disciplinary action by the Commission in terms of Rule 19 of the Rules for the Civil Services
    Examination, 2021 reproduced below:
    (1) A candidate who is or has been declared by the Commission to be guilty of :-
    (a) Obtaining support for candidature by the following means, namely :-
    (i) offering illegal gratification to; or
    (ii) applying pressure on; or
    (iii) blackmailing, or threatening to blackmail any person connected with the conduct of
    the examination; or
    (b) impersonation; or
    (c) procuring imper onation by any person; or
    (d) submitting fabricated/incorrect documents or documents which have been tampered
    with; or
    (e) uploading irrelevant or incorrect photo/signature in the application form in place of
    actual photo/signature; or
    (f) making statements which are incorrect or false or suppressing material information; or
    (g) resorting to the following means in connection with the candidature for the examination,
    namely :-
    (i) obtaining copy of question paper through improper means; or
    (ii) finding out the particulars of the persons connected with secret work relating to the
    examination; or
    (iii) influencing the examiners; or
    (h) being in possession of or using unfair means during the examination; or
    (i) writing obscene matter or drawing obscene sketches or irrelevant matter in the scripts;
    or
    (j) misbehaving in the examination hall including tearing of the scripts, provoking fellow
    examinees to boycott examination, creating a disorderly scene and the like; or
    (k) harassing, threatening or doing bodily harm to the staff employed by the Commission for
    the conduct of the examination; or
    (l) being in possession of or using any mobile phone, (even in switched-off mode), pager or
    any electronic equipment or programmable device or storage media like pen drive, smart
    watches etc. or camera or bluetooth devices or any other equipment or related
    accessories (either in working or switched-off mode) capable of being used as a
    communication device during the examination; or
    (m)violating any of the instructions issued to candidates along with their admission
    certificates permitting them to take the examination; or
    (n) attempting to commit or, as the case may be, abetting the commission of all or any of the
    acts specified in the foregoing clauses;
    in addition to being liable to criminal prosecution, shall be disqualified by the Commission
    from the Examination held under these Rules; and/or shall be liable to be debarred either
    permanently or for a specified period :-
    (i) by the Commission, from any examination or selection held by them;
    (ii) by the Central Government from any employment under them;
    and shall be liable to face disciplinary action under the appropriate rules if already in service
    under Government;
    Provided that no penalty under this rule shall be imposed except after :-
    (i) giving the candidate an opportunity of making such representation in writing as the
    candidate may wish to make in that behalf; and
    (ii) taking the representation, if any, submitted by the candidate within the period
    allowed for this purpose, into consideration.
    (2) Any person who is found by the Commission to be guilty of colluding with a candidate(s) in
    committing or abetting the commission of any of the misdeeds listed at the clauses (a) to (m)
    above will be liable to action in terms of the clause (n) in Rule 19 (1) above.
    will be disabled. Detailed instructions regarding filling of online application is available at
    Appendix-IIA.
  3. CORRESPONDENCE WITH THE COMMISSION:
    The Commission will not enter into any correspondence with the candidates about their candidature except in the following cases:
    (i) The eligible candidates shall be issued an e-Admit Card three weeks before the commencement of the examination. The e-Admit Card will be made available on the UPSC website [www.upsc.gov.in] for downloading by candidates. No Admit Card will be sent by post. If a candidate does not receive his e-Admit Card or any other communication regarding his/her candidature for the examination three weeks before the commencement of the examination, he/she should at once contact the Commission. Information in this regard can also be obtained from the Facilitation Counter located in the Commission’s Office either in person or over phone Nos. 011-23381125/011- 23385271/011-23098543. In case no communication is received in the Commission’s Office from the candidate regarding non-receipt of his/her e-Admit Card at least 3 weeks before the examination, he/she himself/herself will be solely responsible for non-receipt of his/her e- Admit Card. No candidate will ordinarily be allowed to take the examination unless he/she holds an e-Admit Card for the examination. On downloading of e-Admit Card, check it carefully and bring discrepancies/errors, if any, to the notice of UPSC immediately. The candidates should note that their admission to the examination will be purely provisional based on the information given by them in the Application Form. This will be subject to verification of all the eligibility conditions by the UPSC.
    The mere fact that an e-Admit Card to the Examination has been issued to a candidate, will not imply that his/her candidature has been finally cleared by the Commission or that entries made by the candidate in his/her application for the Preliminary examination have been accepted by the Commission as true and correct. Candidates may note that the Commission takes up the verification of eligibility conditions of a candidate, with reference to original documents, only after the candidate has qualified for Civil Services (Main) Examination. Unless candidature is formally confirmed by the Commission, it continues to be provisional.
    The decision of the Commission as to the eligibility or otherwise of a candidate for admission to the Examination shall be final. Candidates should note that the name in the Admit Card in some cases, may be abbreviated due to technical reasons.
    (ii) In the event of a candidate downloading more than one Admit Card from the Commission’s website, he/she should use only one of these Admit Card for appearing in the examination and report about the other(s) to the Commission’s Office.
    (iii) Candidates are informed that as the Preliminary Examination is only a screening test, no marks sheets will be supplied to successful or unsuccessful candidates and no correspondence will be entertained by the Commission, in this regard.
    (iv) Candidates must ensure that their emails IDs given in their online application are valid and active. Important: All communications to the Commission should invariably contain the following particulars.
  4. Name and year of the examination.
  5. Registration ID (RID)
  6. Roll Number (if received)
  7. Name of candidate (in full and in block letters)
  8. Complete postal address as given in the application.
    N.B. I. Communication not containing the above particulars may not be attended to.
    N.B. II. Candidates should also note down their RID number for future reference. They may be required to indicate the same in connection with their candidature for the Civil Services (Main) Examination.
  9. Reservation against vacancies for Persons with Benchmark Disability:
    The eligibility for availing reservation against the vacancies reserved for the Persons with Benchmark Disabilities shall be the same as prescribed in “The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 (RPwD Act, 2016)”. The candidates of Multiple Disabilities will be eligible for reservation under category (e)-Multiple Disabilities only of Section 34(1) of RPwD Act, 2016 and shall not be eligible for reservation under any other categories of disabilities i.e. (a) to (d) of Section 34(1) of RPwD Act, 2016 on account of having disability of 40% and above in any of these sub-categories of PwBD. Provided further that the candidates from Persons with Benchmark Disability category shall also be required to meet special eligibility criteria in terms of Functional Classification and Physical Requirements (abilities/disabilities) (FC&PR) consistent with requirements of the identified Service/post as may be prescribed by its Cadre Controlling Authority.
    Note‐I : The details of Functional Classification (FC) and Physical Requirements (PR) of each Service participating in CSE-2021 are indicated in Para -1 of this Examination Notice which are identified and prescribed by the respective Cadre Controlling Authorities (CCAs) as per the provisions of Section 33 and 34 of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016. This list is also available in the Rules of Civil Services Examination, 2021 at Appendix – IV.
    Note‐II : Persons with Benchmark Disability with only those category(ies) of disability(ies) mentioned in Para-1 of this Examination Notice shall be eligible to apply for the Examination under PwBD category. Therefore, candidates concerned are advised to read it carefully before applying appropriately for admission to the Examination.
    Note‐III : Candidates belonging to Persons with Benchmark Disability category are likely to have been previously tested and in possession of related medical certificates even before applying for admission to the Examination. However, it is to be noted clearly that the prescribed Medical Examination as per these Rules, also including that for benchmark disability category(ies), shall be mandatory and only the results of the prescribed Medical Examination shall be deemed valid for assessing whether a PwBD category candidate meets the requirements to be appointed.
  10. Eligibility for Availing Reservation:
    (1) A candidate will be eligible to get the benefit of community reservation only in case the particular caste to which the candidate belongs is included in the list of reserved communities issued by the Central Government.
    (2) The OBC candidates applying for CSE-2021 must produce OBC (Non-Creamy Layer) certificate based on the income for the Financial Year (FY) 2019-2020, 2018-19 and 2017-18.
    (3) A candidate will be eligible to get the benefit of the Economically Weaker Section reservation only in case the candidate meets the criteria issued by the Central Government and is in possession of requisite Income & Asset Certificate based on income for Financial Year (FY) 2019-2020.
  11. Candidates seeking reservation/relaxation benefits available for
    SC/ST/OBC/EWS/PwBD/Ex-servicemen must ensure that they are entitled to such
    reservation/relaxation as per eligibility prescribed in the Rules/Notice. They should also be in possession of all the requisite certificates in the prescribed format in support of their claim as stipulated in the Rules/Notice for such benefits, and these certificates should be dated earlier than the due date (closing date) of the application of Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2021.
  12. The closing date fixed for the receipt of the application of Civil Services (Preliminary)
    Examination – 2021 will be treated as the date for determining the OBC status (including that of creamy layer) of the candidates.
  13. Change of Category: If the category indicated by a candidate in the application form for Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination is Unreserved category but the candidate subsequently writes to the Commission to change the category to a reserved one, such request shall not be entertained by the Commission. Further, once a candidate has chosen a reserved category, no request shall be entertained for change to other reserved category viz. SC to ST, ST to SC, OBC to SC/ST or SC/ST to OBC, SC to EWS, EWS to SC, ST to EWS, EWS to ST, OBC to EWS, EWS to OBC. No Reserved category candidates other than those recommended on General Merit shall be allowed to change their category from Reserved to Unreserved or claim the vacancies (Service/Cadre) for Unreserved category after the declaration of final result by UPSC.
    Further, no candidate belonging to any sub-category of Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PwBD) shall be allowed to change the sub-category of disability.
    While the above principle will be followed in general, there may be a few cases where there was a gap of not more than 3 months between the issuance of a Government Notification enlisting a particular community in the list of any of the reserved communities and the date of submission of the application by the candidate. In such cases, the request of change of category from Unreserved to Reserved may be considered by the Commission on merit. In case of a candidate unfortunately becoming a Candidate belonging to Person with Benchmark Disability during the course of the examination process, the candidate should produce valid document of acquiring a disability to the extent of 40% or more as defined under the RPwD Act, 2016 to enable drawing the benefits of reservation as available to the Persons with Benchmark Disability (PwBD).
  14. Withdrawal of applications: The online Applications can be withdrawn from 31st March, 2021 to 6th April, 2021 till 6.00 PM after which the link will be disabled. Detailed instructions regarding withdrawal of Applications is available at Appendix IIB. No request for withdrawal of candidature will, however, be entertained after the expiry of the specified period by the Commission under any circumstances.

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