2014 UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Examination Will Be Held On 24th August 2014

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Now that is a huge departure both for UPSC and lakhs of IAS aspirants. In a ‘surprising’ move, UPSC, in the just released timetable of examinations published for the year 2014, has allotted 24th August 2014 as the Date for 2014 Civil Services Preliminary examination.

Earlier, except in 2011, Preliminary exams were conducted in late May every year. In 2014, the departure is 3 months from the usual date.

This has ‘surprised’ many aspirants. But if one analyzes the reason for this move by UPSC, there is nothing baffling in it.

Probable reasons for the delay is the forthcoming 16th General elections for the Lok Sabha in 2014.

The term of incumbent UPA government ends on 31st May 2014. The government has made it clear that there won’t be mid-term polls and it would complete its term and then go for the General elections.

The General elections in India, largest and longest electoral process held anywhere in the world,  usually lasts for 2 months – from the date of announcement of election dates (code-of-conduct comes into effect from this day) from the Election Commission to the declaration of result.

Assuming elections starts in the first week of June, it would end only either on the first or second week of August.

Till then UPSC can not conduct Civil Services examination which is very important for it  – if it ventures to conduct this exam during election time, some political parties might make it an issue. This is a possibility.

In 2009, during the 15th General Elections (held between 16th April 2009 and 13th May 2009), UPSC conducted Preliminary exam on May 17th – after the election was over.

Why not conduct before May 30, 2014 then?

This year, Mains is scheduled to be held from December 1 for five days. Earlier Mains was conducted for 21 days in the month of November and the Mains result used to be announced after 3 months (March next year).

2013 Mains result will be announced in April 2014. Personality Test (Interview) would consume another two months – say till late May.

UPSC, till now has followed a convention of announcing the Final result before Preliminary examination.

Next year, it can not follow its time-tested convention – it is impossible for UPSC to announce final results in the month of May.

Hence, for these reasons (probably) UPSC will conduct 2014 Prelims in the month of August 2104.

Notification date is on 17th May 2014 and last date for submission of applications is 16th June 2014.

2014 Mains will be held from 14th December of that year. Only 3 months of gap will be there between prelims and mains that year.

Should an aspirant worry about this change of schedule next year?

No. Instead of looking at the gap between Prelims and Mains as – “Oh God! Only 3 months, che unpredictable UPSC!“, (half glass empty), look at it as – “OMG! Eight months for next Prelims!! I am going for the Kill this time!” (half glass Full)

Prepare both for the Prelims and Mains 2014 in an integrated approach. The problem will be solved.

Actually UPSC has done you a favour – during General elections, you hardly can focus on exam preparation because of hype and fever this election generates. So, before next May, finish your  preparation and then keep ready your all notes for revision after Prelims.

  • anup

    THANKS for giving important information about civil services (P.T. & Mains ) Thank you very much

  • Nizy

    thanks very much for the information.I too think its a great advantage for us if we use this one year in a apt manner

  • Shashank

    sir , i m graduate in computer science ( B.Sc ) and wanted to prepare for civil services…..is it possible for me to cover the whole syallabus in one year since i have very little knowledge of gs and UPSC syllabus is very huge.

  • RAFI

    i am so week in CSAT paper 2.please tell me about how to solve paper 2

    • Practice more. There is no short cut. Solve previous year questions. Buy a question bank and solve them. This paper is not actually tough – go through previous papers and see yourself. Remove that fear first about this paper. 🙂

  • sir i have a small doubt
    i m in 5 th year pharm.D (6 years course)……this is my final year for study
    and next year is my internship
    now in 2014 am i eligible to write priliminary exams
    i may get relieved in 2015 may

    • You may write prelims and apply for mains, but you will be provisionally admitted to the Examination provided you submit alongwith your application a copy of the certificate from the concerned authority of the University/lnstitution that you had passed the requisite final professional medical Examination.

      And when you appear for the interview, you must carry Degree certificate. If you can get this before next March, I think you can write prelims 2014.

  • Thanks for sharing useful information As the exam is scheduled to august 24th many aspirants feel better and should target the subjects which are weak in so that they can gain more and achieve success.

    • Thanks. Yes, aspirants will get more time to plan better and execute it.

  • Jugni

    I have just completed B.Com. And now, I’m just so confused as what should I choose to be. Preparing for civil services looks always so fascinating. When I glance over the previous years question papers, they really frighten me a lot. Since, I’m a student of commerce, my maths is very weak and so is general studies. There is no doubt that I’d put in a lot of hard work but I just want to be dead certain to chose a career and not regret my decision later. Please help!

  • Thanks for the information. Very beneficial t the aspirants who are appearing for Civil Services Examination 2014.Good work

  • MG

    I just wanted to ask that whether prelims will be conducted in August from now on??? Because for 2014 attempt,Mains will be held in December 2014. Will the final results be declared in May 2015??
    What is your opinion on this???
    Please reply!!!!
    Thanks in Advance.

  • Zaheer

    I think this will remain the trend from now on
    prelims will always have to be held in Aug because of the delay in final results

  • devi

    thankyou so much for the information…..

  • shubham dahelkar

    dear sir,
    i have to become an ips officer. At currently i’m studying polytechnic final yr(age 17) what should i foccused from at that of my age to becm an ips officer.

  • Disha Dilip

    I have completed my btech Course in 2013…but i’ve got 2 back papers and can write it only on april 2014 and the results will be out by november.Can i appear for the prelims and apply for the mains



  • karthika

    hi,i am a graduate in engineering(electronics&communications).since i am a beginner please tell me how to enter in this exam process also how to start preparing for it.

  • prasanna

    when will the prelims exam be held in 2015?

  • Brajesh Singh

    A lot of thanks for giving us a very importent information.

  • Shibnath Baroi

    is it necessary to taken tutions for IAS preparation??
    …m abit confused regarding what to do

  • Ritu

    Best way to prepare current affaires ??? Strategy -sources everything .please reply .

  • jeena

    Sir i will complete my final year exams in d year of 2015 do i eligible for 2014 civils exam notification

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  • priyanka

    thanks for giving information

  • Md Fayaz Uddin

    query for Indian services

  • Sal

    Where can we find online application form for CSAT-2014 ?
    Can someone give the link?

  • wen will the preliminary exam be held in 2015?

  • Badal Goel

    what is timming of the exam, means at what time it starts nad end


    Could you please let me know the date/month on which the UPSC 2015 prelims will be conducted?

    Thanks in Advance…

  • rahul

    can we change subject after clearingxe civil service pre for mains .

  • yogesh

    sir my DOB is 25-12-94 can I apply for UPSC 2015 exam.
    thanks in advance