The Union Public Service Commission has confirmed 712 vacancies to be filled by the Civil Services Examination 2021. The announcement follows the publication of the UPSC Notification 2021 on March 4, 2021.

In 2021, there are 84 fewer UPSC civil service vacancies than in 2020. For IAS 2020, a total of 796 vacancies have been announced.

The number of UPSC vacancies varies according to the needs of various ministries. After receiving a firm number of vacancies from Cadre Controlling Authorities, the total number of jobs for the UPSC exam 2021 may shift.

UPSC Services and Posts

Indian Administrative Service.

Indian Foreign Service.

Indian Police Service.

Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service, Group ‘A’.

Indian Audit and Accounts Service, Group ‘A’.

Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise), Group ‘A’.

Indian Defence Accounts Service, Group ‘A’.

Indian Revenue Service (I.T.), Group ‘A’.

Indian Ordnance Factories Service, Group ‘A’ (Assistant Works Manager, Administration).

Indian Postal Service, Group ‘A’.

Indian Civil Accounts Service, Group ‘A’.

Indian Railway Traffic Service, Group ‘A’.

Indian Railway Accounts Service, Group ‘A’.

UPSC Posts and Services

Indian Railway Personnel Service, Group ‘A’.

Post of Assistant Security Commissioner in Railway Protection Force, Group ‘A’.

Indian Defence Estates Service, Group ‘A’.

Indian Information Service (Junior Grade), Group ‘A’.

Indian Trade Service, Group ‘A’.

Indian Corporate Law Service, Group “A”.

Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service, Group ‘B’ (Section Officer’s Grade).

Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service, Group ‘B’.

Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Service, Group ‘B’.

Pondicherry Civil Service, Group ‘B’.

Pondicherry Police Service, Group ‘B’.

Why UPSC Vacancies are Decreasing?

As per a study submitted by the Institute of Public Administration (IIPA), if the government wishes to close the gap by 2020, it should hire more than 180 IAS officers per year. The government has agreed to hire 180 IAS and IPS officers per year based on this suggestion.

So, if there is a scarcity of officers, why doesn’t the government designate more than 180 officers and raise the number of positions open for direct recruitment thru the UPSC civil services examination? Such a step will undoubtedly please the lakhs of young people in the country who aspire to become IAS officers in the future. However, the government has given clear explanations about why it is unable to raise the number of vacancies.

Also Read: What are the Toughest Questions asked in UPSC CSE Interviews? Check to be Prepared for the PI Round

IAS Application 2021

Applicants will have 20 days to complete the IAS submission 2021. Applicants must request the IAS application fee for their group and the IAS application 2021 will be cancelled if the application fee is not paid.

Applicants must fill out the IAS online application form within the time limit. After completing the application process, applicants must pay the IAS application fee either online or in person.

The application fee for the 2021 UPSC exam for General or EWS or OBC is Rs. 100 and Rs. 200 (for Prelims and Mains respectively).

The application fee for the 2021 UPSC exam for Females or SC or ST or Persons with Benchmark Disability is FREE (for Prelims and Mains respectively).

IAS Exam Preparation

Learn about the Exam

Before studying for every test, it is important to grasp the exam’s intricacies. Read the UPSC exam warning carefully to familiarise yourself with the exam syllabus, exam format, exam timetable, and eligibility requirements. After that, pick up the following year papers and skip through them to get a sense of what will be asked in the test. If you devote a set amount of time to this activity, you will save a significant amount of time during your training journey! Conversely, you should read through the papers on our website to discover what there is to know about the test! You can also start reading the newspaper at this time.

Also Read: How to Balance Optional and General Studies to Clear UPSC? Here’s the Way to Ace the Balancing Game

Don’t Forget the Foundations

No wonder what your history is, you must grasp the foundations of the UPSC syllabus. As a consequence, link to NCERTs, which can be obtained for free from NCERT’s official site.

Take Help of Standard Books

After you’ve finished all of the NCERTs, it’s time to broaden your experience by reading the regular books. The complete booklist for UPSC planning can be found in the linked post. Read all the books at least once or twice and then take handwritten notes to be used for subsequent answer writing practice! You will also complement your awareness by watching video tutorials on our YouTube channel on essential topics.

Practice as Much as You Can

After you have finished a topic from the NCERT as well as regular books, you will begin to practise answering questions. Prior to that, it would be a meaningless exercise because you will have to rely on books for the answer’s substance. It is also crucial at this point to implement the coherent revision. You should set aside the weekends for devoted revision of the new information you’ve gained during the week.

Take Mock Tests and Revision

You should start using a mock test-based learning method 2 months before the preliminary exam. Simultaneously take an exam-style mock test and evaluate your results. Examine your weak points and review any ideas you might have forgotten. This will not only help you control your fear during the test, but it will also train you exceptionally well for the test!


Decreasing the number of UPSC vacancies means that the competition will get tougher and tougher. But if you have a dream of becoming an IAS officer, this factor shouldn’t stop you from achieving your goal. Don’t forget to follow these preparation strategies to get a step closer to your goal.

For more informative articles like this, check out the blog section of UPSC Pathshala.

Also Read: How to Concentrate on Studies for UPSC Exams? Here’re 12 Powerful Tips to Boost Your Preparation

Content Protection by
Why UPSC Vacancies are Decreasing? Decoding the Reasons for the Shortage of UPSC Vacancies
Article Name
Why UPSC Vacancies are Decreasing? Decoding the Reasons for the Shortage of UPSC Vacancies
Do you know about the fact that the vacancies of UPSC are decreasing? What can be the reason for this shortage? Find the solutions to all your queries in this article. Click here to read now.
Publisher Name
UPSC Pathshala
Publisher Logo

About the Author

Madhurjya Chowdhury

Madhurjya Chowdhury, a web content writer in Ufaber EduTech has a very strong passion for writing and alluring the readers. You can find him writing articles for the betterment of exam aspirants and children. With immense interest in research-based content writing and copywriting, he likes to reach out to more and more people with his creative writing style. On the other side, he is an Electronics and Communication Engineer from LPU, Jalandhar. In his leisure time, he likes to play badminton or read about space discoveries. Apart from this, he is a pro gamer on PC, PS and Mobile gaming platforms.

View All Articles