UPSC Exam Calendar 2022 - Notification, Exam Dates, Application Form

Last Modified: 06 Jun 2024

UPSC, Union Public Service Commission, is a government agency responsible for the recruitment of officers in the civil services, Group A, and Group B services of the country. The commission conducts the recruitment examinations and selects suitable candidates based on pre-defined criteria.

Popular recruitment exams conducted by the Commission includes Civil Services Examination (CSE - also known as IAS exam), IES (Indian Engineering Services), IES/ISS (Indian Economic Service/ Indian Statistical Service), IFS (Indian Forest Service), NDA & NA (National Defence Academy & Naval Academy), CDS (Combined Defence Services), Combined Geo-Scientist and Geologist exam, etc.

Every year, the commission releases the annual calendar for all the exams. The annual calendar includes the dates for notification release, the last date of application, and exam dates for various examinations to be conducted by the commission in that particular year. In the article here, we will be checking out the UPSC exam calendar 2022, which was recently uploaded to the official website. The detailed notifications for the examinations are uploaded to the official website and released in the Rozgar Samachar/ Employment News and the Gazette of India.

UPSC Exam Calendar 2022

S. No.

Exam Name

Notification Date

Exam Date and Day


Combined Geo-Scientist (Preliminary) Exam, 2022

22nd September 2021

20th February 2022 (Sunday)


Combined Defence Services (CDS) Exam (I) 2022

22nd November 2021

10th April 2022 (Sunday)


Reserved for UPSC Recruitment Test


16th January 2022 (Sunday)


Reserved for UPSC Recruitment Test


29th January 2022 (Sunday)



1st December 2021

13th March 2022



NDA & NA Exam (I) 2022

22nd December 2021

10th April 2022 (Sunday)


Reserved for UPSC Recruitment Test


13th March 2022 (Sunday)


Civil Service (Preliminary) Examination 2022


2nd February 2022


5th June 2022 (Sunday)


Indian Forest Service (Preliminary) Examination 2022 through CS (P) exam 2022


Reserved for UPSC Recruitment Test


3rd July 2022 (Sunday)


Indian Economic Service/ Indian Statistical Service (IES/ ISS) Exam 2022

6th April 2022

24th June 2022 (Friday)


Combined Geo-Scientist (Main) Exam, 2022


25th June 2022 (Saturday)


Engineering Services (Preliminary) Exam 2022

22nd September 2021

20th February 2022 (Sunday)


Central Armed Police Forces (ACs) Exam 2022

20th April 2022

7th August 2022 (Sunday)


Combined Medical Services Examination 2022

6th April 2022

17th July 2022 (Sunday)


Reserved for UPSC Recruitment Test


21st August 2022 (Sunday)


NDA & NA Exam (II) 2022

18th May 2022

4th September 2022 (Sunday)


Reserved for UPSC Recruitment Test


9th October 2022 (Sunday)


Civil Service (Main) Examination 2021


16th September 2022 (Sunday)


Engineering Services (Main) Examination 2022


26th June 2022 (Sunday)


Combined Defence Services (CDS) Exam (II) 2022

18th May 2022

4th September 2022 (Sunday)


Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination 2022


20th November 2022 (Sunday)


S.O./ Steno (GD-B/ GD-I) LDCE

13th September 2022

10th December 2022 (Saturday)

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As per the official notification; “The dates of notification, commencement and duration of Examinations/ RTs are liable to alteration if the circumstances so warrant.”

Procedure for Downloading UPSC Exams Calendar 2022

The annual calendar for the UPSC examination is uploaded to the official website. Candidates can download the PDF file using the following steps:

  • Visit the official UPSC website -
  • Take the mouse over the ‘Examination’ drop-down on the top of the home page.
  • Click the ‘Calendar’ option from the list.
  • Click the PDF link ‘Revised Annual Calendar 2022
  • The PDF file will open; check the dates for the exam you are interested in.
  • You can take a printout of the PDF if required.

The annual calendar for UPSC 2022 exams was released on 22nd December 2021 on the official website.

Previous Years Solved Papers

  • UPSC Civil Services & IFS Preliminary Solved Papers (E-Book) Download
  • IES 2009 - 2018 Previous Year Papers E-Book Download

UPSC Exam Calendar 2021 (Remaining Exams)

Some exams for the 2021 recruitment are still to be conducted. The dates for the remaining 2021 exams are as under:

UPSC Exams 2021

Exam Dates

Civil Services (Main) Exam 2021

7th, 8th, 9th, 15th, and 16th January 2022

Indian Forest Service (Main) Exam 2021

27th February to 8th March 2022

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UPSC Examinations

Let’s check out the details related to major UPSC examinations.

Civil Services Examination (CSE)

Civil Services include three types of services - All India Services, Group A Services, and Group B Services. After qualifying for the CSE, candidates are shortlisted for these services as per their merit rank. Here are the services that come under three types:

All India Services - Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), and Indian Police Service (IPS).

Group A Services - Indian Revenue Service, Railway Protection Force, Indian Railway Personnel Service, Indian Railway Account Service, Indian Railway Traffic Service, Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service, Indian Audit & Accounts Service, Indian Customs and Central Excise Service, Indian Ordnance Factories Service, Indian Defence Accounts Service, Indian Defence Estates Service, Indian Postal Service, Indian Civil Accounts Service, Central Industrial Security Force.

Group B Services - Central Secretariat Service, Delhi and Andaman & Nicobar Islands Civil Service, Delhi and Andaman & Nicobar Islands Police Service, Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service, Custom Appraisers Service, Railway Board Secretariat Service, Pondicherry Civil Service.

CSE is also known as the IAS exam and is conducted in three stages - Preliminary, Main, and Interview. It is considered as the toughest exam in the country. Check out the complete details about the exam here.

IES (Indian Engineering Services)

The exam is conducted for engineering graduates in the country. It is also known as the Engineering Service Exam (ESE). The qualified candidates are recruited as Assistant Executive Engineer in the services namely Power, Public Works, Central Water, Railways, Roads, Telecommunication, Defence, etc. The examination is conducted for four categories of Engineering - Civil, Mechanical, Electronic and Telecommunication, and Electrical Engineering. The recruitment process comprises Preliminary, Main, and Interview rounds. For complete details about the selection process, eligibility, syllabus, and more, read the complete information here.

IES/ISS (Indian Economic Service/ Indian Statistical Service)

For recruitment of eligible candidates in the Indian Economic department and Indian Statistical department, UPSC conducts the IES/ ISS exam. It is a national-level exam conducted in two stages - Written Exam and Interview. In the written exam, candidates are required to appear for different economics and statistical subjects. Some papers are objective types while others are descriptive. Candidates must check the eligibility requirements before applying for the exam. For eligibility conditions, detailed exam pattern, and other information, check out the complete article here.

IFS (Indian Forest Service)

Candidates who are interested in joining the Indian Forest Service as officers are required to qualify for the IFS exam conducted by UPSC every year. The main role of a forest officer is to protect and preserve forests and their resources. It is an offline exam comprising Preliminary, Main, and Interview phases. Candidates are required to qualify all the phases for final selection. Details such as eligibility, pattern, syllabus, application process for the IFS exam are provided here. Check out the complete article for updated information.

NDA & NA (National Defence Academy & Naval Academy)

NDA & NA exam is conducted for candidates who have passed 10+2 level education. On qualifying for the exam, candidates get admission into the National Defence Academy or Naval Academy where they undergo training to become commissioned officers in different wings (Army, Navy, and Air Force) of the Indian Army. The examination is held twice a year by UPSC. Interested candidates must check out the educational qualification and age limit criteria for the exam. Written exam and interview are the two phases of the selection process. If you are interested in the exam, check out the detailed information here.

CDS (Combined Defence Services)

CDS exam is conducted for recruiting eligible candidates for all three wings of the Indian Defence Service namely Army, Navy, and Air Force. The exam is conducted for graduate candidates. It is conducted twice a year by UPSC. The selection of candidates is done based on their performance in the written examination and interview. The detailed information on exam pattern, syllabus, important dates, the application process, etc. are provided here.

Combined Geo-Scientist and Geologist Exam

This exam is conducted for recruiting candidates in the Geological Survey of India and Central Water Board. Candidates are selected for Group A posts - Geologist, Geophysicist, and Chemist and Group B posts - Junior Hydrologist. Candidates are selected based on the written exam and interview phase. Post-graduate candidates in the respective fields are eligible for appearing in the exam. For exam pattern details, syllabus, and other information related to the exam, read the complete article here.

All the exams under UPSC are very competitive and have a vast syllabus. Thus, candidates are advised to start their preparation as early as possible following a systematic strategy. Also, it is advised to check the eligibility criteria for all the exams carefully before applying for it (or even start preparing) as ineligibility determined at any stage of recruitment will result in the cancellation of candidature.

The above UPSC exam calendar 2022 will help you in calculating the preparation time for the exams. Refer to it and make a timetable that can be followed daily. Joining a coaching class is also a good option for UPSC exams.