This year, the preliminary examination will be held on August 23 in 71 centres at about 3,000 venues.
Candidates are required to apply through online mode on the Commission's website--www.upsconline.nic.in. No other mode is allowed for submission of application. Filing of online applications started on May 23 and will conclude on June 19 (till 11.59 PM), according to the notification.
Eligible candidates shall be issued an e-admission certificate three weeks before the commencement of the examination. The e-admission certificate will be made available in the UPSC website. No admission certificate will be sent by post, the UPSC said.
Every candidate appearing at the examination who is otherwise eligible, shall be permitted six attempts at the examination, it said.
It is estimated that this year, the number of applicants for the preliminary examination would increase to approximately 13 lakh. In 2014, the number of candidates who applied for preliminary examination had exceeded 9.45 lakh...For full notification please see http://www.upsc.gov.in/exams/notifications/2015/CSP_2015/CSP_2015_eng.pdf