The UPSC application form is the first step to the Civil Services Examination. UPSC generally releases the application form in February. Aspirants filling out the UPSC online application form must be careful about the key details asked in the application form and fill it out correctly.
For the UPSC 2023 exam, the application form was available online from 1st February 2023 to 21st February 2023. Many candidates who did not fill out the online application form correctly faced rejection of the application. Therefore, let’s understand the critical aspects of the UPSC online form in this article.
Important Instructions to be Followed before Submitting the UPSC Online Application Form
All UPSC aspirants are aware of the UPSC form-filling process, but sometimes, they miss the information and instructions given before filling out the form. Therefore, if any misses happen, it would lead to the rejection of the application and candidature.
Here are some important instructions to be followed while submitting the UPSC online application form.
- The UPSC online application form is divided into two sections: Part-I Registration and Part-II Registration. Only once both parts have been completed and submitted will their registration be valid.
- The fields in the UPSC online application form marked with an asterisk (*) must be completed.
- Any changes/edits must be made before submitting the online application; any changes made after that will not be approved.
- If candidates want to make modifications, they can submit a new application with the updated information by the application’s deadline. The registration ID for the most recently fully completed application will be processed, and all previously submitted applications will be revoked.
- Candidates should be careful while uploading their digital signature and scanned photograph. The digital size of each file should not exceed 300 KB each and must not be less than 20 KB, and the resolution should be 350 pixels (Width) X 350 pixels (Height) minimum, 1000 pixels (Width) X 1000 pixels (Height) maximum and the bit depth of image file should be 24 bit.
- Candidates should provide their valid email addresses for the commission to communicate with the candidates through emails if required.
- Candidates should note that no change will be allowed in the details like the centre of examination, optional subjects, medium of examination and compulsory Indian language for the Civil Services (Main) Examination once submitted.
- Candidates should also upload photo identity card documents in PDF format only. The digital size of the PDF file should not exceed 300 KB and must not be less than 20 KB.
UPSC Online Application Form Fees
The UPSC charges a minimum fee from candidates for Prelims and Mains registration. Candidates can pay the UPSC online application form fee online or offline.
The fee details for UPSC Prelims and Mains exam are as follows:
- The UPSC Prelims exam fee is Rs. 100 for General/OBC male candidates.
- The UPSC Mains exam fee is Rs. 200 for General/OBC male candidates.
- All female candidates, SC/ST and other categories are exempted from the fee payment.
Once the online application form is submitted and marked as valid, eligible candidates will receive their e-Admit Card three weeks before the commencement of the examination. The UPSC Admit Card will be made available on the UPSC website for downloading by candidates.
Aspirants must remember that their UPSC admit card will not be sent via post to their addresses. If candidates cannot find their UPSC admit cards online, they must check and download the UPSC notice that mentions the names of the candidates whose applications were rejected due to fictitious fee payment issues.