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UPSC 2023 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 2023 & Steps to download Admit Card, Admit Card Important Instructions, Forget UPSC IAS Registration ID & Exam Day Instructions

When we hear or read about the UPSC examination, we begin to meditate upon its huge syllabus or its difficult selection process. 

While cracking one of the toughest exams in the world requires immense hard work and dedication. However, these are not the only factors associated with the exam. 

A genuine aspirant must remain focused from the start and should be aware of the pre-requisites before appearing for the examination for UPSC.  

Talking about the pre-requisites, this page is dedicated to explaining and simplifying the process of errorless filling of the application form. 

Now, many of you must be wondering what is so special about the UPSC Apply Online process and the UPSC admit card? 

It’s because the UPSC online registration 2023 process entails a comprehensive yet lengthy application form which carries the scope for committing mistakes. 

Believe me, I have seen many online applications getting canceled just because there was a minor fault from the aspirant’s end.  

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

Likewise, it is crucial to know details regarding the admit card which includes knowing the steps to download it.  

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.

Before you proceed, you can check the latest UPSC syllabus in case you haven’t done so yet.  

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

UPSC Apply Online 2023

Latest Update: The process for filling the Detailed Application form (DAF- I) for UPSC Mains Examination 2023 has started from 10th July 2023 and is available till 19th July 2023 (06:00 PM). To fill this form, the candidates can click on the UPSC Mains DAF -I.

UPSC online application 2023 process started on the same day as the official release of exam notification i.e., from 1st February 2023 and the registration process was active till 21st February 2023. 

In case any correction or change needs to be made in the application form by the candidate, the application window process for correction dated from 22nd February to 28th February 2023.   

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. 

The table given below showcases the dates of UPSC 2023. 

Events Important Dates
UPSC CSE Notification 2023 01st February, 2023
Start date of the Application 1st February, 2023
Last date of Application 21st February, 2023
UPSC Prelims 2023 28th May, 2023
UPSC Mains 2023 15th, 16th, 17th, 23rd & 24th September 2023 (5 Days)
Website Banner UPSC 2022 Rank 156

UPSC Apply Online 2024

According to the calendar for UPSC 2024 which came out on 10th May 2023, the official UPSC CSE 2024 notification will be declared on 14th February 2024.  

The online registration process will start along with release of the notification i.e.,14th February 2024 and will remain active till 5th March 2024.  

As per the information provided in the notification, the UPSC CSE Prelims exam will commence on 26th May 2024. Whereas the examination for Mains will take place from 20th September 2024 for a combined period of 5 days. 

UPSC 2023 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
SC/ ST/ PH candidates
Female candidates (All Categories)
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. 


UPSC Apply Online Process 2023

Though the procedure for filling the “UPSC Application Form 2023 is over; however, you can refer to the following steps for future UPSC apply online process. 

Step 1: Go to the official UPSC website  and click on the “apply online” button on the homepage. Now, select the link, One- time registration (OTR) for examination for UPSC” on the new page. Click on this link to proceed.  
You can also directly go to www.upsconline.nic.in and click on “One- time registration for examinations of UPSC and online application. 

Step 1 - Apply Online for UPSC 2023

Step 2: Now, click on the New Registration on the registration page. Following which, you would be required to fill in your basic details under the application form such as your name, date of birth, mobile number, your mother’s or father’s name, etc.  

Step 2 - Apply Online for UPSC 2023

Step 3: Click on submit after filling in your details. If you wish to make any changes to the form, you can click on “Update/ Change here or simply proceed to click on “I agree” if you have filled in the information correctly. 

Step 3 - Apply Online for UPSC 2023

Step 4: After submitting your OTR form, you have to login to the portal using your phone no. or email id, then you would be given an OTP to register. Upon entering the OTP, you must create a password to login to the portal to fill your UPSC application form. 

Step 4 - Apply Online for UPSC 2023

Step 5: Proceed to login the portal. Then, click on Part-1 registration. After reading the instructions to fill the online application form, click on “Yes” to proceed.

Step 5 - Apply Online for UPSC 2023

Step 6: Fill in other details for examination application such as educational qualifications, address. Then, continue and click on age relaxation if applicable.

Step 6 - Apply Online for UPSC 2023

Step 7: Next, fill in details related to photo identity card, no. of attempts and specific information regarding the UPSC mains examination.

Note: Be careful while filling in the details for CSE mains examination, as no change will be allowed to make later.

Step 7 - Apply Online for UPSC 2023

Step 8: After filling the form, you can click on “I agree to proceed. If you wish to make any change in the details, then click on Update. After successful completion, you can print the slip for part 1 registration.  

Step 8 - Apply Online for UPSC 2023

Step 9: Now, proceed to part – II registration page. You need to upload documents such as your photograph, signature, photo identity card. Next, choose your exam center and click on the button “I have read the declaration and agree”. 

Step 9 - Apply Online for UPSC 2023

Step 10: After the final submission of your registration form, a Registration Number will be provided to you, save it for future reference. You can also view or print your complete application form. 

Step 10 - Apply Online for UPSC 2023

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. 

But before you submit your application form, make sure that you are thorough with the latest UPSC Eligibility criteria.  

Important Instructions to filling the UPSC Application Form

There are a few things that you must be mindful of while filling in the UPSC application form 2023, as errors in your application form can spoil your chances of appearing for the UPSC examination. So, here are a few points mentioned below you must take note of: 

    • 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 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. 
    • 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. 
    • 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.
    • As far as photos and signatures are concerned, upload a scanned copy of your signature, photo and Photo ID in PDF format only.

In table below, I have mentioned below the size and dimensions of these documents as follows: 

Documents Size Dimensions
Photo ID 20 KB – 300 KB PDF Format
Signature 20 KB – 300 KB Minimum: 350 pixels (Width) X 350 pixels (Height)
Maximum:1000 pixels (Width) X 1000 pixels (Height)
Photo 20 KB – 300 KB Minimum: 350 pixels (Width) X 350 pixels (Height)
Maximum:1000 pixels (Width) X 1000 pixels (Height)

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. 

UPSC Admit Card 2023

Latest update: The admit card for UPSC Mains exam 2023 has been officially released on 29th August 2023. You can download the UPSC Mains Admit Card.

The Admit Card usually releases at least 15 days before the exam. However, that’s an assertion.  

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.  

The UPSC Prelims admit card 2023 has been released on 8th May 2023 and the UPSC examination for prelims will be conducted on 28th May 2023. You can download the admit card.  

Before we move on, to ensure effective UPSC preparation, you must get hold of the exam pattern. If you agree with me then have a good look at the UPSC Exam Pattern 2023 

Now, let us now take a look at the steps to download UPSC Admit card for UPSC Exam.  

Mains Admit Card of UPSC CSE 2022

Steps to Download Admit Card:

Step 1: To download your UPSC admit card you need to visit over to upsc.gov.in and click on the “Admit Cards” link.


You can 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 EXAMINATION, 2023” to download your UPSC admit card.

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

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

Alongside downloading your admit card you can also go through the UPSC previous year papers to assess the difficulty level and nature of questions asked in the exam. 

UPSC Admit Card Important Instructions

Whether it is the preliminary, mains or the interview stage, each one of the UPSC examination phases requires an entry ticket that is gloriously known as the Admit Card. 

Heading to the examination center without having the possession of the admit card can have dire consequences.

Hence, it is always advised to keep a copy of the call letter ready with you prior to the day of the exam. 

Along with that, please follow the following instructions to avoid any potential inconvenience. 

    • Upon downloading the UPSC Admit Card, carefully note details like the date of the exam, the reporting time and the address of the examination Centre. 
    • Cross-check your name, roll number and registration number. 
    • If there is a discrepancy in any of the particulars, then you must instantly contact the concerned authorities for a solution. 
    • Read the instructions given along the admit card to remain aware of the documents that will be required to carry along. 
    • Know that upon entering the examination hall you will not be permitted to take your mobile phone or any other gadget inside. Thus, plan an arrangement in advance. 

Pay heed to these instructions as on the exam day you will have to summon your finest performance, and for that to happen everything else needs to be sorted. 

How to download UPSC Admit Card if I forget UPSC IAS Registration ID?

If a situation comes into existence where there is no trace left of your IAS Registration ID, then you must panic.

Jokes aside, first stop worrying, take a deep breath and calm yourself down. Now do as instructed to re-generate your registration id.

Step 1: Visit the official website of UPSC, and search for the admit card link.

Step 2: Click on the admit card link and read the instructions given.

Step 3: Click on “Yes” and after that click on the link “Forget RID

Step 4: At this stage, a new page will open which will ask you your particulars, such as, your Name, your father’s and mother’s name, your date of birth, and of course a captcha code will be given for final submission.

Step 5: Upon filling the details, you have to click on the submit button.

Step 6: Click on it and what you were seeking will be at your disposal. Your IAS Registration ID will be re-generated.

As simple as that!

UPSC Admit Card Exam Day Instructions

Candidates must inculcate all the instructions that are needed to be followed during the exam at the center. To remove all the fuss about it, I have placed the UPSC Admit Card exam day instructions below. 

    • Candidates must bring the UPSC Admit Card to the exam hall. After the commencement of the exam, the candidate must retain the admit card till the declaration of the final result. 
    • The candidate must reach the examination hall at least 30 minutes before the reporting time. 
    • Candidates must refrain from using any unfair means in the examination as it would lead to permanent prohibition from appearing in the exam. 
    • Candidates have to mark their answers on an OMR sheet using only a black ball point pen. 

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. 


With that, let me inform you that everything related to UPSC CSE 2023 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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FAQs: UPSC Application Form, Apply Online & Admit Card

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    When will the UPSC Mains Admit Card for 2023 be released?

    The admit card for the UPSC Mains 2023 is expected to be released 2-3 weeks prior to the commencement of the Mains examination. The UPSC Mains 2023 are scheduled to take place on 15th September 2023 tentatively 

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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? 

    No, candidates are not allowed to withdraw their exam applications after successful submission of the same.

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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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    What should be kept in mind while filling the UPSC Application Form? 

    Make sure to fill out the application form with utmost care. Double-check whether you have given accurate information. Also, stay wary of any spelling mistakes, as they can lead to a bigger issue later on. 

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    What to do If I have lost my registration ID for admit card?
    In case you have lost the registration ID for admit card, I have provided below the steps you can follow: 

    • Visit the official website of UPSC, and search for the admit card link. 
    • Click on the admit card link and read the instructions given. 
    • Click on “Yes” and after that click on the link “Forget RID 
    • At this stage, a new page will open which will ask you your particulars, such as, your Name, your father’s and mother’s name, your date of birth, and of course a captcha code will be given for final submission. 
    • Upon filling in the details, you must click on the submit button. 
    • Click on it and what you were seeking will be at your disposal. Your IAS Registration ID will be re-generated. 

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    When will the UPSC Prelims Admit card 2023 release?
    The admit cards for UPSC Prelims 2023 the same are expected to release in the 1st-2nd week of May and the Prelims exam is scheduled on 28th May 2023.  


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    What are the things that I cannot carry inside the examination hall of UPSC IAS Exam?
    You cannot carry gadgets of any form such as a Smartphone, Digital Calculator, or any Bluetooth device, can be taken inside the examination hall. 

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    What documents are required for mains DAF?
    To fill the detailed application form for UPSC Mains, some of the documents required are as follows: 

    • Graduation degree certificate/ Final year appearing certificate 
    • Matriculation certificate 
    • Domicile certificate for notified areas like J&K 
    • Caste certificate along with income/ property proof (if applicable) 
    • Disability certificate (if applicable) 
    • Undertaking (in case of government servants) 

  1. KODHI



    I have a name 10th Admit Card which was changed by doing Affidavit and Gazette Notification and hence all documents are of new name.

    My UPSC Hall Ticket has been printed with 10th Admit Card name.

    Shall the examiners allow me inside the hall?

    • admin

      Hello Rukmini,
      You will not face any problem for UPSC Admit Card if your name has changed. Examiners will allow you inside the hall for your exam.

  3. Tabssum bano

    Rgistretion krwana h

    • admin

      Hello Tabssum,
      According to the Official Calendar 2024, the online registration process will start along with release of the notification i.e.,14th February 2024 and will remain active till 5th March 2024.
      Therefore, you will be able to register for UPSC exam next year. If you still have any queries, you can contact me on this number 9999466225.

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