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UPSC Civil Services Examinations 2020

Prelims on 31st May
Mains on 18th September

The UPSC Civil Service exam is one of the toughest exams of this genre anywhere in the world. Around 10 lakh aspirants register for barely a thousand posts in the various Group ‘A’ services. In the Indian social context, entry into any of the elite services provides a level of comfort and job security which remains unmatched in any other sector of the ever evolving job markets in India. While some degree of lateral entry into senior government positions is taking place, the complexity of governance in India leaves very little alternative to the present style to life time employment offered by the government. No army anywhere gives lateral entry at the level of generals. Similarly, the senior positions in the civil service can be managed most efficiently only by those who have spent decades learning the nuances of public policy and concomitant delivery systems being offered to the ever more demanding populace becoming increasingly conscious of its rights.

UPSC Civil Services Examinations

Athena Coaching Academy offers customized coaching for the thinking aspirant who has her own mind. While syllabus for any subject creates the class room teaching platform, the aspirant is expected to become a genuinely well read person first and assimilate not only facts but also multiplicity of ideas with the dexterity of a seasoned news editor. She has to acquire an attitude which facilitates integration of ground realities of governance issues in the country with latent future possibilities in every aspect of life in this great country. That is why we spend an hour each working day with the aspirant discussing the socio economic diversities of India’s myriad cultures.

The Union Public Service Commission was set up in 1926. It has the wisdom and the institutional gravitas to filter off the shallow and the superficial. It seeks to recruit, for and on behalf of the central government, only those aspirants who are genuinely knowledgeable and show visible promise of commitment to the larger ideas of nation building. Therefore, learning by rote, strategy sessions on the pattern of questions likely to be asked, mindless scrutiny of inane information and such other things will not work.

At Athena Coaching Academy, the aspirants have to learn to understand the depth and diversity of the contemporary world and the role that India is destined to play as a nation which is about to become the most populous nation on earth and faces enormous challenges in the years to come.

Prelims Exam Pattern

Then Prelims Examination consists of two compulsory Papers of 200 marks each

  • Both the question papers are of objective type (MCQ) and of two hours duration each.
  • The General Studies Paper-II is only a qualifying paper with 33 % minimum qualifying marks.
  • The question papers will be set both in Hindi and English.

Mains Exam Pattern

The written examination will consist of the following papers :-

Paper-A : Any one of the Languages included in the VIIIth Schedule to the Constitution).  300 Marks

Paper-B : English  300 Marks

Paper-I : Essay  250 Marks

Paper-II : General Studies-I  250 Marks

(Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society) Paper-III : General Studies -II  250 Marks

(Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations) Paper-IV : General Studies -III  250 Marks

(Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security etc.) Paper-V : General Studies -IV  250 Marks

(Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude) Paper-VI : Optional Subject - Paper 1  250 Marks

Paper-VII : Optional Subject - Paper 2  250 Marks

Sub Total (Written test)  1750 Marks

Personality Test  275 Marks

Grand Total  2025 Marks

Services for which exam is held :

All India Services

  • Indian Administrative Service.
  • Indian Police Service.

Central Govt. Group ‘A’ Services

  • Indian Foreign Service.
  • Indian Audit and Accounts Service.
  • Indian Revenue Service (CBDT)
  • Indian Revenue Service (CBIT)
  • Indian Defense Estates Service
  • Indian Defense Accounts Service.
  • Indian Ordnance Factories Service.
  • Indian Postal Service.
  • Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service
  • Indian Civil Accounts Service.
  • Indian Railway Traffic Service.
  • Indian Railway Accounts Service.
  • Indian Railway Personnel Service.
  • Indian Information Service.
  • Indian Trade Service.
  • Indian Corporate Law Service.
  • Assistant Security Commissioner, RPF.

Central Govt. Group ‘B’ Services

  • Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service. (Section Officer Grade)
  • Delhi & other Union Territories Civil Service.
  • Delhi & other Union Territories Police Service.
  • Pondicherry Civil Service,
  • Pondicherry Police Service

Details of previous years' selections

Year No.of aspirants
registered for Prelims
Aspirants actually
appeared for Prelims
Aspirants called
for Mains
Aspirants called
for interviews
Aspirants selected for
various services
2010 54,76,982 2,69,036 11,865 2,589 965
2011 4,99,120 2,43,236 11,237 2,415 999
2012 5,50,080 2,71,442 12,190 2,674 998
2013 7,76,604 3,23,949 14,178 3,003 1,122
2014 9,47,428 4,51,602 16,286 3,308 1,236
2015 9,45,908 4,65,882 15,008 2,797 2,568
2016 11,36,000 5,00,000 15,452 2,961 1,099
2017 10,00,000
13,366 2,568 1,960

Cut off for the year 2018 (Excluding Physical disability quotas)

Categort Vacancy No.of candidates
Minimum qualifying
(Out of 200)
Minimum qualifying
[Written Exam]
(Out of 1750)
Marks secured by the
last qualifiying Candidate
[Final Stage]
(Out of 2025)
General 414 333 98.00 774 982
OBC 209 204 96.66 732 938
SC 128 126 84.00 719 912
ST 61 60 83.34 719 912
Total 812 723 - - -

Classes Pattern at Athena

Periods Subjects
1st Period
03:00pm to 04:15pm
Relating to paper - 1 (General Studies part - I)

History of India (Ancient, medieval & modern).
Indian & World Geography-Physical, Social, Economic.
Anthropology & Archaeology of India.
Environmental, ecology, Bio-diversity & Climate Change.
General Science, including Physical & Life Sciences.

2nd Period
04:15pm to 05:00pm
Relating to paper - 1 (General Studies part - II)

Current events of national and international importance.
Indian Polity and Governance-Constitution & Political Systrm.
The Independence movement (1910-1947), Public Policy, Rights of citizens, Panchayati Raj.
Economic and Social Devlopment-Sustainable Development, Poverty,
Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, Current Economic issues etc.

3rd Period
05:00pm to 06:45pm
Relating to paper - 2 (CSAT) (Qualifying exam only)

Interpersonal skills including communication skills;
Logical reasoning and analytical ability;
Decision making and problem solving;
General mental ability;
Basic numeracy & Data interpretation.

The actual fees to be paid at any point of time would be dependent on the prevailing fee structure for this segment of coaching. These details can always be ascertained through regular updates given on the Facebook page "Athena IAS Coaching in Lucknow".

Athena Coaching Academy maintains the highest professional standards for individually customized coaching. Aspirants joining here will find it easier to compete successfully in this extremely competitive career defining national exam.