Q. How and when can I download my admit card?

An e-admit card is released at least three weeks prior to the commencement of the examination. The e-Admit Cards are made available on the UPSC website [https://upsconline.nic.in] for downloading by the candidates. The Admit Card is not sent by post.


Q. What should I do in case my admit card has not been issued?

If the candidate’s admit card has not been released three weeks prior to the date of examination, he/she must contact the Commission. Information in this regard can also be obtained from the Facilitation Counter located in the Commission’s Office either in person or over phone Nos. 011-23381125/011- 23385271/011-23098543. 


Q. Is identity proof necessary to be carried along at the examination venue?

The candidates are required to carry identity proof at the exam venue. Aadhaar Card/Voter Card/PAN Card/Passport/Driving License/Any other Photo ID Card issued by the Central or State/UT Government is acceptable.


Q. What documents need to be carried to the venue at the time of the Interview?

The call letter for the Interviews is sent to the registered email address of the candidates. The list of documents that are to be carried to the examination venue is also mentioned in the hall ticket and e-summon generated by the Commission.

Q.What is the procedure adopted for allotment of Roll Numbers, Centre and Venues to the candidates?

Allotment of Roll Numbers and Venues to the eligible candidates is carried out though computer in a random manner without  manual intervention. The Commission makes all efforts to allot the candidate  the Centre of his/her choice, which is done on the “first-apply-first allot” basis. Once the capacity of a particular Centre is exhausted, the same shall not be available to the applicants as an option. The applicants shall, therefore, be required to choose one of the available Centres. It is, thus, advised to apply early for getting the choice Centre. However, it may be noted that the Commission may change the Centres of the candidates as per its discretion to address the special situations arising at that point of time.

Q. Are requests for change of Centre/ Venue accepted?

The candidates should note that no request for change of Centre / Venue is accepted.

Q. Can a candidate appear at a Centre/Venue other than the Venue mentioned his/her e-Admit Card?

No candidate is allowed to appear at a Centre/Venue other than the Centre/Venue mentioned by the Commission in his/her e-Admit Card. If a candidate appears at such a Centre/Venue (except by a court order), the papers of that candidate shall not be evaluated and his/her candidature will be liable for cancellation.

Q. What are the precautions to be taken while uploading candidates’ photographs and signatures?

Before filling up the Online Application, a candidate must have his/her photograph and signature duly scanned in the “JPG” format in such a manner that each file should not exceed 300 KB and must not be less than 20 KB. The photograph and signature must be clearly discernible. Samples of acceptable photograph and signature are displayed in the application module.

Candidates should take due care while uploading their photograph since no changes are allowed once the photograph is uploaded and online application is submitted. Uploading of photograph/signature is the sole responsibility of the candidate and in case a wrong photograph/signature is uploaded, his/her candidature is liable to be cancelled for false identity.

Candidates should check the e-Admit Card carefully and discrepancies/ errors, if any, should be brought to the notice of the UPSC immediately.

Q. What items are banned at the Examination Venues during Examinations and during conduct of the Personality Tests (Interviews) in the UPSC premises?

(a) Mobile phones (even in switched off mode), any electronic equipment or programmable device or storage media like pen drive, smart watches etc. or camera or bluetooth devices or any other equipment or related accessories either in working or switched off mode capable of being used as a communication device or any other communication devices and IT gadgets, are banned items and are, therefore, not allowed inside the premises of the Venue where the Examination is being conducted as also in the UPSC premises during conduct of the Personality Tests (Interview). Any infringement of these instructions shall entail disciplinary action including cancellation of candidature for that Examination and debarment from all future Examinations/Selections of the Commission.

  • Candidates are advised in their own interest not to bring any of the banned items including mobile phones/Bluetooth devices etc. (as detailed above) to the Venue of the Examination and the UPSC premises when the examination process is underway.
  • Candidates are also advised not to bring any valuable/expensive items to the Examination Halls/UPSC premises, as safety of such items cannot be assured. The Commission will not be responsible for any loss in this regard.


Q. Is it essential to carry Photo ID Card for appearing at an Examination/Interview?

The applicant is required to fill in the number of the Photo ID Card (viz. Aadhaar Card/Voter Card/PAN Card/Passport/Driving Licence/Any other Photo ID Card issued by the Central/State/UT Government) and to upload the same while filling up the online application form of an Examination of the Commission. The above number of the Photo ID Card is printed on the e-Admit Card of the Examination issued to the candidate. The candidate is then required to carry the same Photo ID Card along with the e- Admit Card/e-Summon Letter for appearing at the Examination/Interview. This Photo ID Card will be used for all future referencing. In case he/she is unable to produce the same during Examination/Interview, he/she will have to submit an Undertaking alongwith any other Photo ID Card issued by the Central/State/UT Government.

Q. What are the timing for reporting at the Examination Venue and time of closure of entry into the Examination Venue?

The candidates are advised to reach the Venue well in time so that their entry inside the Examination Venue could be ensured smoothly after observing necessary protocol. As regard time for closure of  entry,  the candidate may note that the entry into the Examination Venue is closed 10 minutes before commencement of the Examination Session e.g.  if   Session starts at 10:00 a.m., the entry inside the Examination Venue shall be closed sharp at 09:50 a.m.


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