How Many Ranks are there in UPSC? Find Out Ways to Increase Your Rank!

How Many Ranks are there in UPSC

Each year UPSC announces the application date for the civil service exam and the number of vacancies they accept. For the year 2020, the vacancy was 796.  There is a certain number of vacancies saved for physically disabled people as well. There is only one exam called the CSE which caters to all the 24 services including IFS, IPS, IAS, Group A, Group B. For each service, UPSC accepts rank according to the different categories such as general, OBC, SC, etc. Let us see how many ranks are there in UPSC and the number of seats allocated to each service.

Lets first discuss the number of seats in UPSC available

How many Seats are there in UPSC?

In India, UPSC adopts the reservation system. The poorer parts of society are granted special rights by looking at their socio-economic conditions and the situations in which they reside. Article 16 of the Indian Constitution provides that the state government may make provision for the weakest segments of society. In order to bring SC/ST/OBC to mainstream society, the Government of India has agreed to provide them with reservations about UPSC and other government jobs.

There are a number of relaxations made by the government for SC/ST/OBC candidates. They mostly get relaxation in age, a number of attempts, fees, etc. In addition, the government also offers financial assistance to the well-deserved students of the poorer sections. A stipulated amount is offered to them at each point of the examination to help them prepare for the next step.

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Here is a table illustrating the number of seats allocated to the services take from here:

Service General O.B.C. EWS S.C. S.T. Total
Indian Administrative Service 72 52 18 25 13 180
Indian Foreign Service 12 6 2 3 1 24
Indian Police Service 60 42 15 23 10 150
Group A 196 109 34 64 35 438
Group B 57 42 14 14 8 135

UPSC publishes the allocation of vacancies in each department to different known categories. As you can see from the table below the quota for Scheduled Caste varies from 24 percent to 30 percent in each department. Seat reservations for the Scheduled Tribe vary from 8 percent to 12 percent in each department. The vacancies mentioned in the category are allocated to students belonging to that specific category.

Let’s move to the number of ranks allotted to each service.

Allocated Services General Category

Last Rank


Last Rank


Last Rank


Last Rank

IAS 92 457 492 528
IFS 134 450 468 603
IPS 236 480 638 645
IRS (IT) 239 485 602 674

If you want to know about how to get into IPS or SSC, the recruitment process and the eligibility criteria for the same. Do check out this. 

How to Get a Higher Rank?

The entire UPSC exam process appears to be strenuous and mentally exhausting. Most of the aspirants won’t make it. But those who do, besides working hard, seem to have one thing in common: they prepared for all possible outcomes, and they manage to overcome the problems they face.

Here are some tips to help you out:

Strategic Revision- The last few days must be devoted to the re-reading and revision of the notes prepared for the exam. The portions of the curriculum that are already revised and those that require more review should be properly defined. The aim is to improve your strengths and to focus on your weaknesses. Thus, such a strategic revision works better than merely re-reading notes.

Mindset is the Key

Your state of mind before the test can have an impact on the outcome. Any action or circumstance can have an effect on your mood. So as far as possible avoid anything that could have a negative effect.

Group revisions also make some students more optimistic and others more nervous about their chances in the exam. So, select the study pattern according to your preference, and stop suddenly changing your study patterns for no good reason.

Notation- Create ready notes that can be used to mark the steps taken on the paper. For example, drawing a cross around a question number to show that it is left out, drawing a circle around a question number if it is to be changed, etc. That way, you’re going to make sure no question is missed.


The Civil Services Exam can be a gruesome experience that can lead to occasional bouts of doubt and panic. Looking through the articles of previous toppers’ journeys and picking up the qualities and tricks they adopted can definitely help.

It is true that the syllabus is large, and the variables that could influence outcomes are countless. Bear in mind, however, that every year, many well-deserved candidates, from a variety of backgrounds, get the rank they aim for!

Also Read IAS vs IPS vs IFS: Here’re All the Aspects of Different Posts Available after UPSC Exam

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