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UPSC CSE Mains 2023 Just Four Days Away; Exam Day Guidelines, Prohibited Items, and Reporting Time

UPSC CSE Main Exam 2023 Date: The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is all set to conduct the Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2023 starting from September 15, 2023. Only candidates who have successfully passed the UPSC CSE Prelims 2023 are eligible to participate in the UPSC Mains Exam, which marks the second stage of the selection process. With the exam just four days away, aspiring IAS candidates are urged to download their e-admit cards from the official websites – upsc.gov.in and https://upsconline.nic.in/. Additionally, candidates should carefully review the examination day guidelines, prohibited items, and reporting times provided below.

Reporting Time for UPSC Mains Exam
Candidates appearing for the UPSC Mains Exam should arrive at the examination hall at least 30 minutes before the scheduled start of each session. Entry to the examination hall will be closed 10 minutes prior to the commencement of each session.

UPSC Mains Exam Schedule – Dates and Times
The UPSC Mains Exam will take place in two shifts on September 15, 16, 17, 23, and 24, 2023. The exam will be conducted in two sessions – the morning session (9:00 AM to 12:00 noon) and the afternoon session (2:00 PM to 5:00 PM).

Items to Bring to the UPSC CSE Main Exam 2023
To gain admission to the Examination Hall, candidates must bring the following:

E-Admit card (printed copy)
Original Photo Identity Card, the number of which is mentioned in the e-Admit Card
Black ballpoint pen for making entries in the attendance list
A mask/face cover (to be worn, but removed for verification when required)
Hand sanitizer in a transparent bottle
Adherence to COVID-19 norms such as social distancing and personal hygiene within the Examination Halls/Rooms and the venue premises
Passport-size photograph (if the e-admit card has unclear photographs), one for each session, along with an Undertaking
Prohibited Items for UPSC CSE Main Exam 2023
Candidates are advised not to bring valuables or costly items to the Examination Halls, as their safekeeping cannot be guaranteed. The Commission will not be held responsible for any loss of such items.

The use or possession (even in switch-off mode) of mobile phones and other electronic/communication devices is strictly prohibited at the examination premises. Any violation of this rule will result in disciplinary action, including a ban from future examinations, as per examination rules.

Scientific calculators of the non-programmable type are allowed and may be brought by candidates if deemed necessary. However, programmable-type calculators are not permitted in this examination.

Other Guidelines for UPSC CSE Main Exam 2023

Candidates must appear at the center/sub-center and choose an optional subject/Indian language (if applicable) as indicated in their e-Admit Card. Deviating from this may result in the non-evaluation of answer scripts and cancellation of candidature.
It is imperative for candidates to answer all parts and sub-parts of questions in the Question Cum Answer (QCA) booklet, following the instructions provided in the booklet. Any violation of these instructions may lead to marks deduction and disciplinary action, including cancellation and debarment from future examinations.
Candidates should cross out any remaining blank spaces/pages in the QCA booklets before handing them over to the Invigilator after detaching the Question Paper available in detachable form at the end of the QCA Booklet.
Candidates are encouraged to review the Previous Year’s Question Papers, accessible here: [Insert Link]

Violation of any instructions will result in the cancellation of the candidate’s candidature, along with appropriate actions taken by the Commission, as per examination rules. For additional details, please visit the official UPSC website.

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