Unveiling the UPSC 2024: An In-depth Look at the Annual Calendar and Key Exam Dates

    The Union Public Service Commission has released the 2024 Annual Calendar, with key exam dates including the Civil Services Prelims, CDS, and NDA.

    The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), a central agency responsible for conducting examinations for all-India services and group A & group B of central services, has made public its annual calendar for the year 2024.

    The calendar, which details the dates of various recruitment exams, including Civil Services (CSE), Combined Defence Services Examination (CDS), National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Exam (NDA & NA), and others, can be accessed on the official UPSC website.

    The Calendar: A Snapshot

    According to the annual calendar, the commission will conduct the Civil Service Prelims Exam and the Indian Forest Service Prelims exam on May 26, 2024. The application period for these exams will run from April 5 to May 14, 2024, providing candidates ample time to prepare and submit their applications.

    Key Exam Dates

    Here’s a snapshot of some key examination dates and application windows:

    Examination Application Period Examination Date
    Civil Services Prelims, Indian Forest Service Prelims April 5 – May 14, 2024 May 26, 2024
    Combined Defence Services (CDS) -1, NDA & NA-1 December 20, 2023 – January 9, 2024 April 21, 2024
    CDS-2, NDA & NA-2 May 15 – June 4, 2024 September 1, 2024
    Indian Economic Service/Indian Statistical Service (IES/ISS) April 10 – April 30, 2024 June 21, 2024

    How to Download the Calendar

    Accessing the UPSC Annual Calendar 2024 is a straightforward process:

    1. Visit the official UPSC website at
    2. Click on the notification link titled ‘UPSC Annual Calendar 2024’ displayed on the homepage
    3. This will lead you to the PDF of the annual calendar
    4. Review the exam dates and mark them in your calendar
    5. Download the UPSC Exam Annual Calendar 2024 for future reference

    A Year of Opportunities

    The 2024 calendar brings with it a year filled with opportunities for aspiring candidates across various disciplines. From the Civil Services and Indian Forest Service Prelims in May to the Combined Defence Services Examination and National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Exam staggered across April and September, a multitude of career paths are open for exploration and conquest.

    In the wise words of Thomas Edison, “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” This sentiment holds particularly true for aspirants of UPSC exams, known for their rigorous nature and the intense competition they attract. The road to success in these exams is often paved with persistence, perseverance, and an undying spirit of inquiry.

    It is, therefore, crucial for candidates to strategically plan their preparation, adhering to the timeline set out in the annual calendar. This will ensure they are well-prepared to face the challenges these exams present, stepping into the examination hall with confidence and a comprehensive understanding of their subject matter.

    The complete annual calendar can be found here.

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