Everything About UPSC Exam Centres

Every Year, UPSC conducts the civil services exam at official UPSC exam centres in the country for IAS, IPS and other Group ‘A’ & Group ‘B’ posts. Candidates should consider nearby UPSC exam centres before filling out the UPSC Civil Services examination form.

Topics Covered

  • UPSC Exam Centres List for Prelims
  • UPSC Exam Centres List for Mains
  • How exam centres for UPSC are allotted?
  • UPSC Exam Centre Guidelines
  • Documents To Carry at UPSC Exam Centres
  • What are the timing for reporting at the UPSC Exam Centres?

UPSC Exam Centre List for Prelims, Mains & Interview

For every stage, To facilitate candidates from every part of the country, there are official UPSC exam centres.

UPSC Exam Centres List for Prelims

AgartalaGhaziabadGautam Buddh Nagar
AgraGorakhpurPanaji (Goa)
AjmerGurgaonPatna
AhmedabadGwaliorPort Blair
AizawlHyderabadPuducherry
AligarhImphalPune
AllahabadIndoreRaipur
Anantpur (Andhra Pradesh)ItanagarRajkot
AurangabadJabalpurRanchi
BangaloreJaipurSambalpur
BareillyJammuShillong
BhopalJodhpurShimla
BilaspurJorhatSiliguri
ChandigarhKochiSrinagar
ChennaiKohimaThane
CoimbatoreKolkataThiruvananthapuram
CuttackKozhikode (Calicut)Tiruchirapalli
DehradunLucknowTirupati
DelhiLudhianaUdaipur
DharwadMaduraiVaranasi
DispurMumbaiVellore
FaridabadMysoreVijayawada
GangtokNagpurVishakhapatnam
GayaNavi MumbaiWarangal

UPSC Exam Centres List for Mains

AhmedabadDehradunDehradun
AizawlDelhiDelhi
AllahabadDispur (Guwahati)Raipur
BengaluruHyderabadRanchi
BhopalJaipurShillong
ChandigarhJammuShimla
ChennaiKolkataThiruvananthapuram
CuttackLucknowVijayawada

UPSC Exam Centres for Interview

Candidates who reach the final stage of civil services are eligible for the interview round at Dholpur House, UPSC Bhawan, New Delhi.

How exam centres for UPSC are allotted?

The Commission strives to allocate candidates to their preferred exam center on a “first-apply, first-allot” basis. Once a center reaches its capacity, it will no longer be available as an option, and candidates will need to select from the remaining centers. Therefore, it is advisable to apply early to secure the preferred center. However, candidates should note that the Commission reserves the right to change assigned centers if necessary to address special circumstances.

How to get the desired UPSC exam centres?

  1. Fill out the application form as early as possible

    Each exam centre has a certain capacity and to get the desired centres, applicants need to fill out the form and choose the desired centres

UPSC Exam Centre Guidelines

(a) Mobile phones (even in switched-off mode), any electronic equipment or programmable device or storage media like pen drive, smart watches etc. or camera or bluetooth devices or any other equipment or related accessories either in working or switched-off mode capable of being used as a communication device or any other communication devices and IT gadgets, are banned items and are, therefore, not allowed inside the premises of the exam centres where the Examination is being conducted.
Note: Any infringement of these instructions shall entail disciplinary action including cancellation of candidature for that Examination and debarment from all future Examinations/Selections of the Commission.


(b) Candidates are advised in their own interest not to bring any of the banned items including mobile phones/Bluetooth devices etc. (as detailed above) to the Venue of the Examination and the UPSC premises when the examination process is underway.

(c) Candidates are also advised not to bring any valuable/expensive items to the Examination Halls/UPSC premises, as safety of such items cannot be assured. The Commission will not be responsible for any loss in this regard.

Documents To Carry at UPSC Exam Centres

The number of the Photo ID Card is printed on the e-Admit Card of the Examination issued to the candidate. The candidate is then required to carry the same Photo ID Card along with the eAdmit Card/e-Summon Letter for appearing at the Examination/Interview. This Photo ID Card will be used for all future referencing. In case he/she is unable to produce the same during Examination/Interview, he/she will have to submit an Undertaking alongwith any other Photo ID Card issued by the Central/State/UT Government.

What are the timing for reporting at the UPSC Exam Centres?

The candidates are advised to reach the Venue well in time so that their entry inside the Examination Venue can be ensured smoothly after observing the necessary protocol. As regards the time for closure of entry, the candidate may note that the entry into the Examination Venue is closed 10 minutes before the commencement of the Examination Session e.g. if the Session starts at 10:00 a.m., the entry inside the Examination Venue shall be closed sharp at 09:50 a.m.

1. Can a candidate appear in any UPSC exam centres?

No candidate is allowed to appear at a Centre/Venue other than the Centre/Venue mentioned by the Commission in his/her e-Admit Card. If a candidate appears at such a Centre/Venue (except by a court order), the papers of that candidate shall not be evaluated and his/her candidature will be liable for cancellation.

1. Can a candidate change exam centres?

The candidates should note that no request for the change of Centre/Venue is accepted.

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