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UPSC 2022 Application Form, Apply Online and Admit Card

Topics Covered: UPSC CSE Application Form, Steps to Apply Online, Important Instructions for Filling the Application Form, Application Fees, Admit Card & Steps to download Admit Card

Latest Update: UPSC Mains 2022 Admit Card has been released. The link to download the admit card has been activated on 30th August 2022 and will remain functional till the exam concludes i.e. 25th September 2022.

When we hear or read about the term UPSC CSE Exam, we straightaway limit our thinking and begin to ponder upon its huge syllabus and difficult selection process.

It is true that the exam is listed as one of the most laborious exams in the world, and cracking it requires immense hard work and dedication, however, these are not the only factors associated with the exam.

A genuine aspirant has to remain focused from the start and be aware of the pre-requisites before appearing for the UPSC CSE exam.

This page is dedicated to those pre-requisites, or if I’d rephrase it is about the process of errorless filling of the application form.

You may wonder what is so extraordinary in the UPSC Apply Online process?

There is! It asks for common sense.

It’s a comprehensive yet lengthy application form which opens up the scope of committing mistakes.

Believe me, I have seen many online applications getting canceled just because there was a minor fault at the end of the aspirant

Nevertheless, to lift you from the UPSC Application Form process unscathed and motivated, I have prepared this blog for your reference.

On this page, you will get thorough information about the application process and about UPSC Admit Card, which usually gets released a week or two before the exam.

So, pay attention as here I will tell you all the major and minor insights about UPSC Application Process, and the UPSC Admit Card for Prelims, Mains, and Interview.

Table of Content – UPSC Application Form, Apply Online, & Admit Card

UPSC Apply Online 2022

In this section, I shall be explaining to you the UPSC Apply Online process for the UPSC CSE exam.

Latest update:

The UPSC 2022 Notification was released on February 2, 2022. The application form window for the same opened on 2nd February, 2022 itself and continued till 22nd February 2022.

In relation to the concerned application form, the 2022 withdrawal window opened on 1st March 2022 and closed on 7th April 2022.

In the notification, it was also mentioned that the UPSC Prelims 2022 exam will be conducted on 5th June 2022 and the Mains exam for the same will take place on 16th September 2022.

The mains examination will be held on the following dates: 16th, 17th, 18th, 24th, and 25th September 2022

With the aspect of exam dates being crystal clear, it is time you should open your horizons to the other areas of the exam of the exam. It may seem like a tedious task, but it is not, definitely not when there is a dedicated UPSC Notification Page available at your disposal.

To give you a better idea about the 2022 UPSC CSE application process timeline, I have listed a table below:

Events Important Dates
UPSC CSE Notification 2022 02nd February, 2022
Last date of Application 22nd February, 2022
UPSC Prelims 2022 05th June, 2022
UPSC Mains 2022 16th, 17th, 18th, 24th & 25th September 2022

Since UPSC CSE 2022 process is yet to be completed, hence, as of now the complete information regarding the dates is not available. However, to give you a hint about the entire exam cycle, I have placed the past updates of 2021 exam.

The 2021 UPSC CSE (Civil Services Exam) notification was released on 4th March 2021, along with the start of registrations for the IAS exam on the same day itself. The submission window for new registrations was then closed by 24th March 2021.

Due to the second wave of COVID-19, UPSC decided to postpone the UPSC 2021 Prelims to 10th October 2021. While the UPSC 2021 Mains was conducted on 7, 8, 9, 15 & 16 January 2022.

UPSC Apply Online Process 2022

Though the “UPSC CSE Application Form 2022” tenure is now over; you can refer the following steps for future UPSC apply online process.

Step 1: You need to go to the official UPSC website, and look for the “apply online” button on the homepage. Click on it you’d be directed to a new page. On the new page, there’d be a link, “Online Application for Various Examinations”. Select the UPSC Civil Services exams by clicking on this link and proceed to apply for them.
You can also alternatively directly go to www.upsconline.nic.in and click on “Online Application for Various Examinations of UPSC”.

Step 2: Clicking on it will direct you to a new page, where you should click on “Part-1 Registration”.

Note: Before you fill the registration form, make sure to meticulously go over the “Important Instructions to keep in mind while filling the UPSC application form” that I have written below.

Step 3: In the Part – I registration page, fill in all the personal information like name, age, corresponding address, etc.

Step 4: After filling in the details, please ensure that they are absolutely correct because you won’t be able to change any of them after clicking on the submit button down below.

Step 5: Next comes the step of clicking on the submit button.

Step 6: Next, you’d be needed to fill in the part – II registration page. In it, you should submit all the important documents such as your educational certificates, age relaxation if applicable, ID proof, photograph, signature, payment details, and declaration.

Step 7: Then fill in your exam center preferences.

Step 8: Then give in your email address for further correspondence with the UPSC.

Step 9: Finally click on the “I Agree” button and submit the application form.

Step 10: After the final submission of your registration form, a Registration Number will be provided to you, save it for future reference.

Having said all of that, before you fill the registration form, make sure to meticulously go over the “important instructions to keep in mind while filling the UPSC application form” that I have written below.

Another point to note is that of the UPSC IAS Application form withdrawal, meaning that if for any reason you’d want to withdraw your application form from further processing you can follow certain steps. I have mentioned these steps in the FAQ section given at the end of the article, you can check it out there.

Online Application Form Steps for UPSC CSE

Important Instructions to filling the UPSC Application Form 2022

Well, there are a few things that you must keep in mind while filling in the UPSC application form 2022, because making errors while filing the application form can cost you the wastage of the application fees and also can ruin your chances of appearing for the UPSC examination. So, be very alert while filling out the UPSC application form and keep in mind the points mentioned below.

  • You can submit the online forms only on the https://upsconline.nic.in/.
  • Do not leave out the fields with the (*) mark on them as they are to be filled mandatorily.
  • Know, that once you click on the submit button and your application is submitted, no changes can be made after that.
  • If you want to make any changes, submit a fresh application with updated information before the registration window closes. Also, only the registration-id of the latest application will be taken into consideration, and previous applications will be canceled.
  • There are 2 parts to the online UPSC application form, Part-1 Registration, and part-2 Registration. You’d need to fill & submit both before your candidature can be considered valid.
  • In Part-1 Registration, fill in your personal details, educational qualification, and address.
  • In Part-2 Registration, provide your payment details, your choice of Exam Center, photograph, signature, photo id documents, and declarations.
  • As far as photos and signatures are concerned, upload a scanned copy of your signature and photo. Size of each file – 20 KB to 300 KB. The resolution: (350 x 350 pixels) to (1000 x 1000 pixels). The image file should have a bit depth of 24 bits.
  • Provide your email address for the UPSC to communicate with you.
  • Note that details like optional subjects, exam center, Choice of Indian language for Indian language paper, and medium of examination cannot be changed after form submission.
  • Also, upload photo id documents in PDF format only. Size shouldn’t be more than 300 KB or less than 20 KB.
  • Give your photo id card number in the application form and also upload a copy. You’d have to carry the same photo-id later to the exam hall.
  • Having said all that, I’m providing an image of the UPSC Application Form that will give you an idea of what the actual application form looks like. So, have a good look.
Application Form of UPSC

UPSC 2022 Online Application Fee

The Application fee for applying for the UPSC exams is 100 INR for general category candidates.

For people belonging to ST/SC/PwD categories or are females, the fee is 0 INR, meaning that they are exempted from paying the fee.

Category UPSC Prelims Exam Fee UPSC Mains Exam Fee
General/ EWS/ OBC Candidates (Male) INR 100 INR 200
Female candidates (All Categories) Exempted from fee payment Exempted from fee payment
SC/ ST/ PH candidates Exempted from fee payment Exempted from fee payment

For online payment of fees, you can pay through the net banking portal of the State Bank of India or by RuPay Credit/ Debit Card/ MasterCard/Visa.

Now that you know about the UPSC Online application process, I think you’ll easily be able to register for the exams.

That’s all there is to know about the topic of UPSC apply Online for now.

UPSC Admit Card 2022

The UPSC 2022 prelims admit card was released on 10th May 2022. Following that the exam took place on 5th June 2022.

Similarly for mains, the exams are set to take place on 16th, 17th, 18th, 24th and 25th September 2022. And the admit card of UPSC Mains 2022 has been released on 30th August 2022.

The UPSC admit cards are electronic in nature. That means it will not be sent to you by post, rather you’d have to download it from the official website of the UPSC and take a printout of it.

Let us now take a look at the steps to download IAS Admit card for UPSC Mains Exam.

Mains Admit Card of UPSC CSE 2022

Steps to Download Admit Card:

Step 1: To download your UPSC admit card you need to first go over to upsc.gov.in and click on the “Admit Cards” link on the right side of the page. You can also choose to go to upsconline.nic.in and click on the link called, “E-Admit Cards for various examinations of UPSC”.

Step 2: You will then be redirected to a page where there is a list of the various UPSC exams for which e-admit cards are available.

Step 3: Next comes the step where you click on the link called “CIVIL SERVICES (MAIN) EXAMINATION, 2022” to download your IAS mains admit card.

Step 4: Before you are able to download your admit card, you will be asked to enter your roll no. or registration Id for the UPSC mains.

Step 5: The admit card will then open as a PDF. Download it and then take a print out of it. You’ll need to carry the admit card to your mains exam center in order to be able to sit for all the mains papers.

Special Scenario:

If in case you have forgotten your registration Id for the mains, you can click on the “forgot RID” option and enter the required details (Name, Mother’s & Father’s name, and your Date of Birth), then submit to view your registration ID.

After obtaining your Id you can continue with your download process normally.

That’s the end of the final section or the UPSC Admit card section of the article.

I think I have given you adequate information about how to go about downloading your admit card.

Like downloading of admit card has a step-wise procedure, there is a dedicated process associated with the exam preparation as well. Access the UPSC Study Material and kick-start your preparation now.

UPSC Exam Pattern 2022

One of the initial steps in UPSC preparation is getting hold of the exam pattern.

Being aware of all the subjects will help you prepare a mind map of the syllabus, which in turn will help you go about with your exam preparation. Hence, it is a fixated procedure.

So, if you agree with me then have a good look at the UPSC Exam Pattern 2022.


With that, let me inform you that everything related to UPSC CSE 2022 Application form, Apply Online & UPSC Admit Card has been inculcated in you.

Now, I would recommend that you read through it as many times as it requires for you to understand the topics covered in it. I guess it’s now time for me to bid farewell.

Good luck and Goodbye!

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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 Application Form, Apply Online & Admit Card

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    When will the UPSC IAS Mains Admit Card for 2022 be released? 

    The UPSC Mains 2022 are scheduled to take place on 16th, 17th, 18th, 24th and 25th September 2022. The admit card for the same has been released on 30th August 2022. 

     The UPSC IAS Prelims of 2022 took place in June 2022. As for the admit cards of the same, they were released on 10th May 2022. I say this keeping in mind the general trend, i.e., the admit cards are usually being released approximately a month before the particular stage. 

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    What all information does the UPSC IAS Admit card have? 

    The information written on the IAS admit card pertains to all the important inputs made by the candidate during the registration process such as: 

    • Date of Examination 
    • Name of the Candidate 
    • Roll Number 
    • Photo ID Card (e.g., Aadhar Card etc.) 
    • Name of the Candidate’s Father 
    • Name of the Candidate’s Mother 
    • Physically Handicapped Status 
    • Center & Venue of Examination 
    • Time of the Examination 
    • Candidate’s Photograph & Registration ID 
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    What happens if a candidate submits multiple online applications? 

    In the case where a candidate applies for the IAS exam multiple times, only the last UPSC application form submitted successfully shall be considered for further processing. This means that all the previous application forms filled and submitted by the candidate will be ignored. 

    Therefore, it is advised that you fill only one UPSC application form. 

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    Can I withdraw my application from this exam? 

    Yes, a candidate may withdraw their exam applications if they so choose. A candidate may choose to withdraw due to several reasons, one of them being the unavailability of time to undertake a proper IAS preparation or the unavailability of a proper IAS preparation strategy, or they might be ill, so on and so forth.  

    Anyway, the important thing to note is that, even though the UPSC allows for the candidates to withdraw their applications, but it does so only for a short window of time, usually a week or so.  

    The 2022 application withdrawal window will begin from 1st March 2022 to 7th April 2022. 

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    How can I get my UPSC IAS Application Form Corrected? 

    To get your UPSC IAS application corrected you should contact the Union Public Service Commission Officials. You can take this step if you have any doubts or objections regarding the same. Any discrepancies that you might find related to the UPSC IAS Application Form can be resolved if you contact the officials on the contact details that the UPSC has provided for candidates. I have mentioned them below.   

    UPSC Contact Details:  

    UPSC Help Desk/Phone numbers: 011-23098543 / 23385271 / 23381125 / 23098591. 

    UPSC Official Website – https://www.upsc.gov.in/

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    How to withdraw the UPSC IAS Application? 

    You can withdraw your application form in case if you find any discrepancy in it, or in case that you do not want to carry forward with the registration process.  

    In order to withdraw the UPSC IAS application form, you can follow the steps I have mentioned here.  

    First, you should go to the official website of UPSC. Then hover over to the section called “What’s new”. Then go to the “Withdrawal of Application link for Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination” of the year of concern. After that you should follow the instructions and then click on withdraw.   

    Next, click on the Application withdrawal link located on the right corner of the page once again. After that, read all the instructions carefully and then click on the Yes button given there. Next, fill in details like your Registration ID and press the enter.   

    Then you’d have to enter your details such as your name, Date of birth, Gender, Father’s and mother’s names, mobile number, and email ID. Then press on the Withdrawal of application form button for the particular year and press agree after that. 

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