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The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) today announced the revised dates for the civil service examinations 2020 and interviews. According to the new schedule, the UPSC Civil Services (Prelims) will now be conducted on October 4. The Civil Services (Mains) examinations will be held on January 8, 2021. Indian Forest Service (Prelims) will be held along with the UPSC Civil Service examination and Mains will be held on February 28, 2021.

The Civil Services Examination consists of three stages – Prelims, Mains and interview — to select officers for the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and the Indian Police Service (IPS), among others. At least 796 vacancies were announced by the commission to be filled through the civil services examination 2020.

The examination was scheduled to be held on May 31. It has been deferred in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic in India. The UPSC board decided to defer the examinations on May 4 after the second-phase of the nationwide lockdown.

There will be only one entrance exam for National Defence Academy and Naval Academy this year. "A common examination for both NDA& NA Exam (I) and NDA & NA Exam (II), 2020 will be held on 06.09.2020," the UPSC has notified. The examination will be held on September 6.

The UPSC board will release another notification regarding NDA and NA examinations on June 10. The application portal will be active till June 30.

Indian Economic Service Exam/ Statistical Service Exam will be conducted on October 16. UPSC will release the notification for IES and ISS examination 2020 next week. Combined Medical Services Examination will be held on October 22. Central Armed Police Forces (ACs) Examination is scheduled on December 20.

The UPSC Personality Tests for Civil Services (Mains) Examination, 2019 for remaining candidates will be resumed from July 20.

Candidates can log on to the official website — upsc.gov.in — to check the revised schedule online. An e-admit card will be issued before the examinations which can be downloaded from the official website.

Personnel Minister Jitendra Singh told PTI that the announcement of fresh date for the civil services exam would allay apprehensions in some quarters of it being cancelled.

In the wake of coronavirus pandemic, the central government imposed a nationwide lockdown in the last week of March. The total number of coronavirus case in India crossed 2.16 lakh today.

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