Documents Required For UPSC

The UPSC conducts the Civil Services exam every year to recruit officers into the Indian civil service. The Civil Services exam offers youngsters in the country to be civil servants or diplomats in various services like the IAS, IFS, IPS, IRS, and so on. The CSE is considered a tough exam as the success rate is rather abysmal. Nevertheless, lakhs of people apply to take the exam lured by the prospects of a career in the civil services which offers them the chance to serve the country by being part of the system. In this article, you will read about the documents required for the UPSC online exam application and the various stages of the IAS exam.

The UPSC CSE is held in three stages. Only an online application is permitted by the UPSC. Candidates are required to apply online on the official UPSC website as per the CSE notifications that it releases.

What Documents required for UPSC exam?

List of Documents required for UPSC Prelims Exam

When you apply online for the UPSC Prelims exam, you do not have to send any document to the UPSC. The only documents you need to upload online are:

  1. A scanned photograph of yourself
  2. A scanned signature of yourself
  3. Government-issued Photo-id card
    • Aadhaar Card/Voter Card/PAN Card/Passport/Driving Licence/Any other Photo ID Card issued by the State/Central Government.

Regarding the Photo-id card, this is as per the latest UPSC notification, “The details of this Photo ID Card will have to be provided by the candidate while filling up the online application form. The candidates will have to upload a scanned copy of the Photo ID whose details have been provided in the online application by him/her. This Photo ID Card will be used for all future referencing and the candidate is advised to carry this Photo ID Card while appearing for Examination/Personality Test.”

List of Documents required for UPSC Mains Exam

If you clear the UPSC prelims exam, you will be eligible to take the mains exam that will follow. Your name will figure in the list given out by the UPSC when they release the prelims result. After this, the commission will release the mains notification when you would have to apply online once again, this time for the mains exam. This form is called the Detailed Application Form or DAF in short. This time, you will have to upload scanned copies of certain documents on the UPSC official website, which are given below:

  1. Proof of age: Only matriculation or secondary school leaving certificate.
  2. Certificate of educational qualification: Your degree certificate is awarded by the university or an equivalent qualification as recognised by the UPSC.
  3. EWS Certificate – Proof is required to avail of the EWS reservation.
  4. Certificate supporting OBC/SC/ST status (if applicable): Certificate issued by the District Officer/Sub-divisional Officer/any other officer as authorised by the government to issue such certificates of the district in which your parents reside. If parents are deceased, then the district in which the applicant normally lives will apply.
  5. Disability certificate (if applicable): Certificate issued by a Medical Board constituted by the Central or State government.
  6. Documents supporting non-creamy layer OBC status (if applicable): Proof in support of service/landholding/status/income from different sources/property held by your parents in support of non-creamy layer OBC claim.
  7. Certificate for proof of hailing from the north-eastern states of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Nagaland, Mizoram, Meghalaya or Sikkim (if applicable): Issued by the same authority that issues caste certificate (OBC/SC/ST certificate).
  8. Undertaking for government servants (if applicable): Undertaking stating that you have intimated in writing to your Head of the Office/Department about you taking the UPSC CSE.
  9. J&K Domicile (if applicable): Issued by the District Magistrate under whose jurisdiction you had resided in J&K between 1 January 1980 and 31 December 1989. Please check the latest data for exact year information.
  10. Disabled while in defence service (if applicable): Issued by the Director-General Resettlement, Ministry of Defence stating that you were disabled while in service and were discharged from duty on account of it.
  11. Certificate supporting age relaxation claim (if applicable): This includes the OBC/ST/SC status certificate and/or disability certificate and/or J&K domicile certificate and/or defence personnel certificate.

List of Documents required for UPSC Personality Test

While attending the interview, candidates should carry with them the following certificates in


  1. Matriculation certificate: for proof of name and DOB. Also, carry a self-attested photocopy of the same.
  2. Degree certificate: for proof of educational qualification. (In case, the degree certificate has not been issued by the university, then the candidate should carry the provisional certificate or the mark sheet). Also, carry a self-attested photocopy of the same.
  3. Print-out of the e-Summon Letter.
  4. Government-issued Photo-id card
  5. 2 recent passport size photographs, out of which one should be self-attested.
  6. Certificates in support of age relaxation if applicable.

Additional documents to be carried for SC/ST candidates:

  1. Caste certificate: original and photocopy.
  2. PG Degree or higher education certificates and mark sheets (Original and photocopy).
  3. TA Form – two copies plus proof of journey (Travelling Allowance for non-Delhi candidates).
  4. Affidavit in case of minor discrepancies in the name.

Additional documents to be carried by PH category candidates:

  1. Physically Handicapped Certificate: original and photocopy. For PH-I category, the DWE Certificate also should be brought. DWE is the Dominant Writing Extremity certificate (for candidates who claimed the extra 20 minutes per hour in the mains written exam).
  2. Age relaxation certificates.
  3. PG Degree or higher education certificates and mark sheets (Original and photocopy).
  4. TA Form – two copies plus proof of journey (Travelling Allowance for non-Delhi candidates).
  5. Affidavit in case of minor discrepancies in the name.

Documents required for medical examination:

  1. 8-10 Passport size photographs.
  2. Prescriptions or medical certificates if any that may be helpful for an eye check-up.

General Queries Related to UPSC CSE

  • How can I apply for UPSC Prelims 2021?
  • Check the registration process with the UPSC Online Application Form 2021 mentioned in the linked article.  UPSC notification 2021 is released and the last date to submit your application is 24th March 2021.
  • How many candidates appeared in UPSC Prelims 2020?
  • As per the news data, around 10.58 lakh candidates registered for the UPSC Prelims 2020. In 2019, about 8 lakh candidates applied for UPSC Civil Services Exam (Preliminary) 2019, out of which around 11,845 candidates qualified for IAS Mains.
  • How can I check my marks in UPSC Prelims?
  • The Union Public Service Commission will release the marks for Prelims after the entire exam process for the exam year gets over.

To understand how you can check your UPSC Prelims marks, refer to the article.

  • When is UPSC Prelims 2021?
  • 27th June 2021. One can download the UPSC Notification and get all the required information to sit for the exam.
  • How can I clear UPSC Prelims?
  • To clear UPSC IAS Prelims, a candidate has to score above the cutoff in GS Paper I and score at least 33% marks in GS Paper II (CSAT).
  • Which magazine is best for UPSC 2021 preparation?
  • For UPSC preparation, Yojana magazine is one of the key resources. It has credible facts and data which can also be quoted in the IAS Mains exam as it is published by the Government of India ( I&B Ministry). However, you have to read the Yojana magazine as per the requirements of the IAS exam.
  • What is the syllabus of UPSC Prelims?
  • The UPSC Prelims syllabus can be divided into:
    • General Studies (GS) Paper I – History, Geography, Economics, Current Affairs
    • CSAT/ GS Paper II – Analytical and Comprehension questions ( Class X level)

Download the latest UPSC syllabus pdf from the linked article.

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