UPSC Exam 2025 Calendar PDF | UPSC Prelims and Mains 2025 Dates

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The UPSC 2025 Exam Calendar has been released, marking key dates for a variety of examinations, including the highly anticipated Civil Services Exam (CSE). UPSC CSE Prelims Exam to be held on 25th May 2025. This is almost the same schedule every year for the prelims’ examination. However, this year, around 3 months are given in between the Prelims and mains Examination, compared to the 4 Months given last year (Before rescheduling of exam).

Download the Official UPSC 2025 Exam Calendar PDF

Overview of the UPSC 2025 Exam Calendar

The 2025 calendar sets out a comprehensive schedule that spans several important examinations. Aspirants need to take note of the following key exams and their respective dates to effectively plan their preparation strategies.

UPSC CSE Prelims and Mains 2025 Exam Dates:

Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2025 Notification date is set January 22, 2025, with the application deadline set for February 11, 2025.

UPSC CSE Prelims 2025 will be held on 25th May 2025. This level of exam is held in 2 sessions; 1st session will be conducted for the General Studies paper 1 Exam and 2nd Session will be conducted for the Qualifying CSAT Examination.

The Preliminary exam is scheduled for May 25, 2025. Notifications will begin circulating as early as January 22, 2025, with the application deadline set for February 11, 2025. The Main examination will follow on August 22, 2025.

UPSC Mains 2025 exams are scheduled to be start from August 22, 2025. The exams are conducted for 5 days, excluding the breaks provided in between the examination. The proper Schedule for the Mains Examination will be released at the later stage.

Engineering Services and Combined Geo-Scientist Exams:

Both exams are scheduled for February 9, 2025, with notifications released in September 2024.

National Defence Academy (NDA) & Naval Academy:

The first session of these exams will occur on April 13, 2025.

The UPSC 2025 calendar provides a clear roadmap for all aspiring candidates. By adhering to this schedule and following a disciplined preparation strategy, aspirants can significantly enhance their chances of success. Regular updates and official announcements should be monitored to avoid missing crucial changes in the preparation phase.

UPSC 2025 Exam Calendar

Sl. No.Name of ExaminationDate of NotificationLast Date for ApplicationsDate of Commencement of ExamDuration of Exam
1Reserved for UPSC RT/ Examination11.01.202511.01.2025 (Saturday)2 Days
2Combined Geo-Scientist (Preliminary) Examination04.09.202424.09.202409.02.2025 (Sunday)1 Day
3Engineering Services (Preliminary) Examination18.09.202408.10.202409.02.2025 (Sunday)1 Day
4CBI (DSP) LDCE27.11.202417.12.202408.03.2025 (Saturday)2 Days
5CISF AC(EXE) LDCE-202504.12.202424.12.202409.03.2025 (Sunday)1 Day
6N.D.A. & N.A. Examination (I), 202511.12.202431.12.202413.04.2025 (Sunday)1 Day
7C.D.S. Examination (I), 2025
8Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination22.01.202511.02.202525.05.2025 (Sunday)1 Day
9Indian Forest Service (Preliminary) ExaminationThrough CS(P) ExamThrough CS(P) Exam25.05.2025 (Sunday)
10Reserved for UPSC RT/ Examination14.06.2025 (Saturday)2 Days
11I.E.S./I.S.S. Examination, 202512.02.202504.03.202520.06.2025 (Friday)3 Days
12Combined Geo-Scientist (Main) Examination21.06.2025 (Saturday)2 Days
13Engineering Services (Main) Examination22.06.2025 (Sunday)1 Day
14Reserved for UPSC RT/ Examination05.07.2025 (Saturday)2 Days
15Combined Medical Services Examination19.02.202511.03.202520.07.2025 (Sunday)1 Day
16Central Armed Police Forces (ACs) Examination05.03.202525.03.202503.08.2025 (Sunday)1 Day
17Reserved for UPSC RT/ Examination09.08.2025 (Saturday)2 Days
18Civil Services (Main) Examination22.08.2025 (Friday)5 Days
19N.D.A. & N.A. Examination (II), 202528.05.202517.06.202514.09.2025 (Sunday)1 Day
20C.D.S. Examination (II), 2025
21Reserved for UPSC RT/ Examination04.10.202

Early Planning: With the release of the calendar, aspirants should mark these dates and begin their preparation early to cover the extensive syllabus effectively.

Prioritize Your Exams: If you are planning to sit for multiple exams, prioritize your preparation based on the exam dates, allocating more immediate focus to the ones occurring first.

Stay Updated: Always keep an eye on the official UPSC website for any changes in the schedule or additional instructions related to the examinations. For example, this year, UPSC has postponed the exam due to ongoing general elections.

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