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UPSC CSE 2022 Notification, Exam Date & IAS Preparation 

Topics Covered: UPSC CSE (IAS) 2022 Notification & Exam Dates, Preparation Tips for IAS Exam, Recommended Time Table, Choose Optional Subject Wisely, Make Notes, Attempt Mocks & Past Year Papers, Interview Preparation & Stay Positive 

Latest Update: UPSC Mains 2022 Admit Card Has been released on 30th August 2022.

It’s been almost an eon since the last time I appeared for the UPSC IAS exams, and yet even today I stand in awe whenever I sift through the questions asked in the exams.

Such is the quality and the level of it.

There is a reason why the UPSC CSE is considered the toughest when it comes to Govt. Job examinations.

The sheer depth and cleverness of it speak of the efficacy of the exam in selecting from the best of the best.

I remember the first time I had decided to appear for the IAS exams, I was really excited.

I was working as an SBI PO back then. It was one of my college buddies that had inspired me to apply for the IAS exams.

The UPSC exam dates had been released and the UPSC notification was just about to be released.

My SBI office was in Mumbai and… uh oh! Pardon me!!… It seems like I have unknowingly slipped into one of my story-telling sprees again.

For those of you who wouldn’t like to read the story can directly go over to the table of content and know more about the UPSC notification 2022, UPSC exam dates, and how to prepare for UPSC. For the rest of you….

Where was I?

Yeah, so my SBI office was in Mumbai. It was evening and I was just about to leave for home after a hard day’s work when suddenly this friend of mine called me up.

Said he was in town and wanted to meet up. I was a bit taken aback. You see, the strange thing about this particular call was that this fellow had been a ghost for the last 2 years.

Nobody had any clue as to where he was or what he was doing. And now he was here in Mumbai and was suddenly calling me. I had to go see him

So, after exiting the office, I went straight to the rendezvous point where he was waiting for me.

The meeting point was a Café facing the sea on Marine Drive. It was really nice.

When I entered, I saw my friend sitting at one of the corner tables there.

And so, I went up to him and asked him how he was doing and expressed my shock as to where he had disappeared for such a long time.

On being asked this question he laughed out loud and told me that he had been preparing for the UPSC CSEs and had cut off his links with his friends and peers to focus on his IAS preparations.

He also told me that he had cleared the exam, and was now well on his way to becoming an IAS officer, but before he did so, he wanted to meet with me and some of his other friends to douse our curiosity about his disappearance.

The answer was really perplexing for me at the time.

You see, at that point, even though I had was aware of what the responsibilities, IAS salaries, and power of an IAS officer were, I still didn’t entirely know what the UPSC exams were all about.

I didn’t actually know about the kind of effort one had to put in to crack the IAS exams.

Thus, It was during the next 3 – 4 hours of conversation with my friend in that café on Marine drive, that I finally understood the implications of, “preparing for the IAS”.

How hard UPSC preparation actually is, and what are the strategies for a successful IAS preparation.

He also informed me that the UPSC exam dates for the year were already announced and the UPSC notification would be released soon.

After a hearty conversation, we parted ways and I went back to my place; and by the time I had laid my head to rest on the pillow that night, I was already dreaming about preparing for the IAS exam myself.

So, yeah. That’s my story about how I got inspired to appear for the UPSC exams.

Now, it’s your turn to get inspired, my friend. The UPSC notification 2022 has come out and this blog will be about the same. In it, I shall talk about everything you need to know about everything falling under the ambit of the UPSC exam dates, and about the topic of UPSC preparation.

Along with all that I shall also be passing information about the UPSC notification 2022 in detail, the 2022 UPSC exam dates, and tips for your 2022 UPSC preparations.

So, without further ado, let’s begin.

Table of Content – UPSC CSE Notification, Exam Date & IAS Preparation

UPSC Notification 2022

On 2nd February 2022, UPSC released the official notification for UPSC CSE 2022. It is a comprehensive notification, which carries the total vacancies, registration start-end dates, exam dates, the eligibility criteria, the exam pattern, and of course the link for the online application.

The registration process for 861 vacancies started on 2nd February 2022 and went on till 22nd February 2022.

Following the closing of registration process, in due course the admit card for UPSC Prelims 2022 was released on 10th May 2022.

The Preliminary exam was scheduled to take place on 5th June 2022, and was conducted successfully.

Following the successful completion of the prelims, the result of the respective exam i.e., UPSC Prelims 2022, came out 22nd June 2022.

Now the next stop is the mains exam. The mains examination will be held on the following dates: 16th, 17th, 18th, 24th & 25th September 2022.

Next in the line of sequence of events is the UPSC Mains Admit Card. With UPSC being a punctual body, the mains call letter always releases on time, and gives candidates appropriate time to get hold of the instructions and indeed download the hall ticket.

With that being the case, UPSC activated the admit card link of the UPSC CSE Mains 2022 on 30th August 2022.

While the above information is final, UPSC made a slight change in another element of the examination. In a subsequent notification, UPSC intimated the augmentation in the total number of vacancies. A total of 150 vacancies are added to the IRMS head. The number of vacancies is now increased to 1011.

You can download the official 2022 notification, here.

UPSC Exam Dates 2022

In the given table, I have provided the available information regarding the UPSC Exam Dates 2022.

Important events Dates
Date of Notification 2nd February 2022
Online Application Window 2nd February - 22nd February 2022 (till 6:00 PM)
Date of Commencement of Prelims 5th June 2022
Duration of Prelims Exam One Day
Declaration of Prelims Result 22nd June 2022
Date of Commencement of Mains 16th, 17th, 18th, 24th & 25th September 2022
Duration of Mains Exam Five Days
Declaration of Mains Result To Be Announced
2022 Exam Dates of UPSC CSE

UPSC Notification 2021

Latest Update:

The final result of UPSC 2021 was declared on 30th May 2022.

The official Civil Services Examination (CSE) notification 2021 was released by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on 4th March 2021.

You can download the official notification, here.

According to the official notification, the 2021 Civil services recruitment process will fill up 712 civil servant posts.

As per the UPSC notification, the prelims of the CSE 2021 were scheduled to be conducted on 27th June 2021. However, due to the second wave of COVID-19, it got postponed to 10th October 2021.

You should also note that the exam dates for the 2021 UPSC CSE Mains are 7, 8, 9, 15, and 16 January 2022.

The release date of the 2021 notification, i.e., 4th March 2021 was also the start date for the online registration process for the exam. The last date to apply online was 24th March 2021.

Moreover, according to the UPSC’s official website, the 2021 UPSC exam dates for the CSE Mains are 7, 8, 9, 15, and 16 January 2022.

That said, you should note that the Result of the UPSC prelims exam was announced on 29th October 2021. Consequently, the result of the UPSC CSE Mains 2021 was showcased on 17th March 2022.

Now let’s take a look at the 2021 UPSC exam dates in the form of a table.

UPSC Exam Date 2021

Important events Dates
Date of Notification 04th March 2021
Online Application Window 04th March - 24th March 2021 (till 6:00 PM)
Date of Commencement of Prelims 10th October 2021
Duration of Prelims Exam One Day
Declaration of Prelims Result 29th October 2021
Date of Commencement of Mains 7th, 8th,9th, 15th ,16th January 2022
Duration of Mains Exam Five Days
Declaration of Mains Result 17th March 2022
Declaration of Final Result 30th May 2022
That brings us to the end of this short segment. Now let’s shed some light on the topic of “how to prepare for UPSC”.

How to Prepare for UPSC 2022?

There is a reason why every mentor tells you that you need a strong preparation plan for UPSC, the exams are considered to be the toughest, stringent, and the most prestigious of all in India.

The exam is taken by almost a million aspirants from across the nation every year. However, given that the vacancies are so less in numbers, only a handful from among the million are actually able to fulfill their bureaucratic dreams. This further adds to the toughness of the exam.

The IAS exams are challenging not only in terms of the vastness of the syllabus but also because of their highly unpredictable nature.

In this section of the article, I am going to inform you about how to prepare for UPSC in detail.

So, the first thing that you need to know about UPSC preparation is that it is not possible to succeed by just being a bookworm. Along with being a bookworm, you’d also need to be well-read, socially and politically aware, and also confident as a person. Along with all of that you’d also need to have an assertive yet pleasing personality.

That being said, let’s me now start with the topic of Best Tips for UPSC Preparation:

In this section, I have listed some really effective tips pertaining to the topic of IAS preparation. Now, a lot of you might say that these tips are for beginners.

However, I am absolutely sure that they will be of immense help to you in drawing up the perfect 2022 UPSC preparation strategy. So, without further ado here are the IAS preparation tips:

Preparation Tips for UPSC IAS Exam

1. Know the Exam

  • The first thing you should know about the topic of how to prepare for IAS is that you should be absolutely sure about whether you want to go through with the journey or not. Know that you should board the IAS preparation train, only if you are ready to make the journey with utmost sincerity and seriousness right till the end.
  • Before you start with your UPSC preparation, you should prepare yourself physically as well as mentally. Also, you should set goals for your study plan, and devote time to your IAS preparation accordingly.
  • Go through the UPSC exam pattern extremely thoroughly so that you can internalize it to an extent where you know it like the back of your hands. To do so read through the exam pattern section given in the UPSC notification PDF, over and over again.
  • In case you are a working professional that has decided to take the UPSC exam, while also continuing to work your day job simultaneously, make sure to chart a UPSC preparation study plan that takes into account your day job hours and follow the same accordingly.

2. Prepare a Time Table

  • One thing that separates the wheat from the chaff in terms of those that will succeed in the UPSC exams and those who won’t, is a well-organized and properly thought-out daily study routine. 
  • When talking about how to prepare for IAS efficiently, it is of utmost importance that you set for yourself a comfortable timetable that is easy to follow. That way you’d be able to stick to it with greater sincerity and ease. 
  • Having an easy-to-follow timetable will help you stick to your deadlines better, and help you complete the syllabus faster. 

3. Know the Syllabus by Heart

  • Whenever a mentor starts saying anything related to the topic of how to prepare for UPSC CSE (IAS), the first words that come out of their mouth are, “Know the syllabus by heart”. This is because the syllabus is the soul of the exam. You should know it well before you get to know the UPSC exam dates. That way you’ll have much more time for revisions.
  • The syllabus of the UPSC CSE has been provided by the organization in detail on its official website and also in the official notification PDF. Alternatively, you can always check the detailed UPSC syllabus on my linked blog.
  • Knowing the syllabus thoroughly will help you prioritize the topics and subjects according to your strengths and weaknesses, and also choose the right reading materials to study from.

4. IAS Current Affairs

  • Throughout the years, one question that has been asked time and time again by millions of first-time UPSC aspirants is how to prepare for IAS current affairs, and the answer to that has always been the same, and still is today. Newspapers. Reading from daily newspapers has always been one of the most important aspects of the IAS exam preparation.
  • Clearing your IAS exams without having gone through the newspaper dailies of at least the past one year, is next to impossible.
  • This is because most questions that are asked in the IAS exams are directly or indirectly connected to the topics of current affairs.

5. Choose your Optional Wisely

  • The optional subject-based papers account for 500 marks in the final tally of the UPSC IAS exam.
  • Therefore, it is very important that you choose your optional subject after very careful consideration of the pros and cons pertaining to the selection of the same.
  • I have listed below, some of the factors that you should keep in mind while selecting your UPSC CSE optional subject:
      • Availability of study material.
      • Availability of mentoring.
      • Your interest in the subject.
      • Prior understanding of the subject.
      • Overlap with subjects of GS papers.

6. Pick up your NCERTs

  • Remember how important NCERT used to be for us when we were kids. Well, guess what? It’s equally, if not more, important for your UPSC IAS preparation. Talking about NCERT books, it’s the books from classes 6 – 12 that are the most important from the exam point of view.
  • The NCERT books are an excellent source of all the basic concepts and theories needed to ace the GS papers.
  • All the information provided in the NCERT books is done so in a very easy-to-understand and coherent style of writing. Also, the reliability of the information provided in the books cannot be questioned because the source is the government itself.
  • There have been instances in the past where the UPSC has asked questions directly from NCERT textbooks.
  • Therefore, the NCERT books are undoubtedly the best starting point for your IAS preparation. You can read about the complete NCERT book list for the UPSC in one of my blogs.

7. Make Notes

  • Regularly Making notes of whatever you learn can work wonders in your IAS preparation.
  • Considering the vastness of the UPSC syllabus, making notes will help you keep track of all portions of the syllabus that you have already gone through. Also, these notes will serve as excellent revision material once you are finished with the syllabus.
  • Make sure to allocate separate notebooks or files for separate subjects. A lot of aspirants choose files as the better option out of the two. This is because it’s easier to add notes to the topic that is kept in the form of a file.

8. Practice Answer Writing

  • As you might already know, the UPSC Mains papers are all descriptive in nature. This is so because, through these papers, the UPSC seeks to test you on your ability to think and critically analyse topics, and also simultaneously communicate the same in a fluid and concise manner.
  • Therefore, to score well in the UPSC Mains, you’d need to have conceptual clarity about the various topics, the ability to structure your opinions, thoughts, and perception, and also the ability to write down the same in an easy-to-understand language.
  • Oh, another thing about the Mains papers is that the time and space provided to you during the exams is limited, so you’d also have to be quick and concise in your answers.
  • All of the above can only be possible if you practice answer writing adequately. Without adequate practice in writing answers, your performance in the Mains exam would be nothing but a dud.

9. Solve Past Year UPSC Papers & Mocks

  • Solving past years’ UPSC papers is the most reliable way to get an idea about the actual difficulty level, pattern, and question types of the exam.
  • Therefore, solving the past years’ papers is extremely important to gauge your strengths and weaknesses, and also to know the topics that are most important from the exam point of view.
  • Solving mock is an essential aspect of the IAS preparation, that’s because by solving mock you get to assess yourself by understanding your strengths and weaknesses better.
  • I’d recommend enrolling in one or more mock test series for your IAS preparations, especially if you are preparing for the exams without joining a coaching institute.

To know more about UPSC Previous year papers and download them, you can also go over my blog on UPSC past year papers.

10. Make use of Govt Resources & Relevant Magazines

  • Therefore, when preparing for the UPSC IAS exam, one can also make use of the many government resources that are available, such as the government websites like the PIB, PRS, and national TV programs featured on the Rajya Sabha TV, etc.
  • Through these government sources, you’ll be able to update yourselves with the latest events and topics pertaining to current affairs.
  • Apart from all the points that I have mentioned above, you also focus on doing one more very important thing, that is read magazines like Yojana, Kurukshetra, and Economics and Political Weekly, etc. Reading from these magazines is an absolute imperative when preparing for the IAS exams.
  • These magazines will provide you with info on topics like governance, polity, economy, agriculture, etc.

11. Revise, and then revise some more

  • Revision is the finishing touch you cannot do without, especially if it’s the UPSC IAS exams you have been preparing for.
  • You see, the IAS syllabus being so vast and varied in its nature, it’s only natural if you forget a lot of the things that you might have studied earlier. That is why timely and careful revisions are important.
  • Also remember, the more the duration between your mastering the UPSC syllabus and the USC exam dates, the better. That’s because you can use this entire duration to revise and revise, and then revise some more.

12. Start your Interview Preparations Early

  • I know it’s too early to ask you to prepare for the interview round, especially if you haven’t even taken the UPSC prelims exam yet. However, when I talk about preparing for the interview round, I do not mean reading books and all, that’s obviously there, what I mean here is honing your personality. Things like working on your confidence level, and an alert mind.
  • In the interview round you shall be judged on the basis of your communication skills, diplomatic ability, reaction to stress, etc. For these, you’d need to focus on the things I have mentioned in the point above.
  • Also, in this round, you might be asked about your interests, hobbies, education, work experience if any, etc. So, you’d also need to work on these too.

For an outright focus on preparation, inculcate the entire UPSC CSE Exam Pattern now.

Finally, I’d like to say that you need to stay positive. It should be known to you that each and every point that I have written above will be rendered useless if you are not positive or hopeful of cracking the UPSC exam.

There is a certain force/motivation that you get out of staying positive. This force is extremely important for you to maintain your stability of mind and be consistent in your IAS preparation.

There are a few ways to stay positive during the long-drawn process of the IAS preparation. Things like yoga, meditation, sports, etc. should help.

That brings us to the end of the section on How to prepare for IAS. I hope the points have proved to be helpful for you guys.


With that, we come to the end of this fairly long but hopefully informative article. My aim, here, was to provide you with valuable information pertaining to the exam dates and the detailed notification. Additionally, I think reading through this article carefully enough, you should get a well-rounded gist of the How to prepare for the UPSC IAS exams. I guess it’s now time for me to bid you farewell and very good luck. Ciao!

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About Anuj Jindal


Anuj Jindal, the founder, is an ex-manager from SBI, with an M.Com from Delhi School of Economics. He also has a JRF in Commerce & Management and NET in HRM, along with more than 5 years of experience in the field of Education.

FAQs: UPSC CSE Notification, Exam Date & IAS Preparation

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    When was the Prelims exam date for UPSC IAS 2022? 

    The 2022 UPSC prelims exam date was 5th June 2022. 

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    When are the UPSC 2022 Mains Exams  scheduled?  

    The UPSC Mains 2022 exam is scheduled on the 16th, 17th, 18th, 24th & 25th September 2022.

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    When was the UPSC IAS notification released? 

    The UPSC IAS exam notification for 2022 was released on 2nd February 2022.   

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    When was the last date to apply online for UPSC IAS 2022?  

    The last day to apply for the 2022 UPSC IAS exam was 22nd February 2022. 

    Know more about the process to apply online for UPSC CSE

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    What are the important current affairs topics from where IAS questions can be asked in UPSC Prelims 2022? 

    Okay, this is a very important question because the current affairs topics form a major part of the question pool of the prelims stage. So let us understand the kind of topics that you should be aware of to successfully clear the UPSC cut offs for the prelims.  

    So, UPSC usually asks questions from schemes, programs, acts, and National/international events that have been in the news for the last 2 years. Therefore, to ace the current affairs portion of the Prelims exam, you’d need to go through all the current affairs news daily without a miss. 

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    Is it possible to prepare for UPSC through self-study? 

    Of course, you can undertake your IAS preparations from the comforts of your home. As a matter of fact, most aspirants carry on with their IAS preparations from the coziness of their homes.    

    Let me tell you, if you have the right IAS preparation strategy, the right books, and the right materials from the right online sources, you can easily prepare for the IAS exams and succeed without once stepping out of the confines of your home.  

    And, along with a good IAS preparation strategy and all of the aforementioned you’d also need to work hard, be dedicated, and be extremely motivated to carry on with your studies. 

    However, I’d also add here, that taking help from online coaching agencies, at least as far as their Mock test series or current affairs modules go, is not a bad idea. They help cut down preparation time by a whole lot. 

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    What kind of questions are asked in the IAS interview? 

    The kind of questions asked in the IAS interviews varies from candidate to candidate as per their educational background and work experience if any.  

    However, one thing that we know is that the questions are of a nature that tests you on your mental and social traits.  

    Questions that are asked are usually to test you on your ability to critically analyze a piece of information, your balance of judgment, your mental alertness, logical prowess, and your moral and intellectual integrity.  

    Some examples of wit-based questions asked in the interview are listed below:  

    • Q. How can you drop a raw egg onto a concrete floor without it cracking?  
      Ans. Concrete floor cannot crack.  
    • Q. Name three consecutive days without using the words Wednesday, Friday, or Sunday?  
      Ans. Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow. 

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