UPSC Postpones Civil Services Preliminary Exam to June 16 Due to Lok Sabha Elections

Reported by Harsh Tripathi

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has made a significant change to its annual civil services examination schedule. Instead of the previously announced date of May 26, the preliminary examination will now take place on June 16. This adjustment is due to the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, which are set to begin on April 19 and conclude on June 4.

The civil services examination, conducted in three stages—preliminary, main, and interview—is a crucial gateway to prestigious positions such as the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), the Indian Foreign Service (IFS), and the Indian Police Service (IPS), among others. This postponement also affects the screening test for the Indian Forest Service examination, 2024.


The decision was made to accommodate the busy election schedule and ensure the smooth conduct of both events. With approximately 1,056 vacancies expected to be filled through this year’s examination, aspiring candidates will now have more time to prepare for the rigorous selection process.

Stay tuned for further updates and announcements from the UPSC regarding the revised examination schedule and other related details.

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