The IAS (Indian Administrative Service) is considered one of the most prestigious job profile in the country. Union Public Service Commission is a body under the Constitution of India, which conducts the exams for the Civil Services. About 5 lac aspirants appear for the exam. The Prelims e xam is conducted in August while the Mains exam is conducted in October/November.
The Exam is divided into three stages β Prelims, Main and Interview
Stage 1 - Prelims
Prelims is an objective based exam consisting of two papers where each question has four alternatives.
Paper 1 comprises of GS while Paper 2 is a CSAT (Civil Services Aptitude Test) .Each paper is of 200 marks each. The marks in Prelims is not counted in the final marks but used a qualification criteria for the Main Exam.
Stage 2 - Main
Main is a subjective based exam consisting of 9 papers:
Paper 1 β Essay
Paper 4 β GS 3
Paper 7 β Optional Subject
Paper 2 β GS 1
Paper 5 β GS 4
Paper 8 β English
Paper 3 β GS 2
Paper 6 β Optional Subject
Paper 9 β Any Language
Each paper is of 250 marks except Paper 8 & 9 which is 300 marks each. The marks for Paper 8 & 9 are not counted in the final score. For the optional subject UPSC has a list of 26 subjects to choose from. Candidates will have to choose one subject and it has 2 papers (i.e. Paper 6 and Paper 7)
Stage 3-Interview/Personality Test : Interview is for 275 Marks.
The educational qualification needed to appear in UPSC Civil Services Exam is a Graduation Degree in any subject, recognized by UGC.
The minimum age to appear for UPSC Civil Services Exam is 21 years as on 1st August of that year. Upper age limit for General Category is 32 years, for OBC it is 35 years while for SC/ST it is 37 years.
No of Attempts
Number of attempts permissible for a general category candidate in UPSC Civil Services Exam is 6, for OBC candidates the number of attempts permitted it 9, SC/ST category candidates will have unlimited attempts till they attain the upper age limit to appear for UPSC Civil Service Exam.
Notification and Form filling
Prelim Exam with UPSC β February / March
Date of Prelim Exam β August (In 2016)
Declaration of Main Exam Results β January / February
Result of Prelim Exam β August / September
Personality Test β March / April
Commencement of Main Exam β October
Declaration of Final Merit List β May
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FAQ’S ABOUT IAS EXAMINATION
Question 1: What does IAS mean?
Answer : IAS stands for Indian Administrative Services. The Indian Administrative Services are the chief authoritative common administration of the Government of India. IAS officers play a vital role in the Union Government, States and Public sector services.
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Question 2: What is the Age Limit for IAS exam?
Answer : For the General Categories candidates: up to 32 years & For the OBC Categories candidates: up to 35years. For the SC/ST Categories candidates: up to 37years
Question 3: How many numbers of attempts by a candidate for IAS exam?
Answer : For the General Categories candidates: 6 Attempts
For the OBC Categories candidates: 9 Attempts
For the SC/ST Categories candidates: countless Attempts
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Question 4: Is physically handicapped candidates are eligible for IAS examination?
Answer : Yes, Physically Handicapped students are eligible for IAS examination. They have following eligibility criteria:
For physically handicapped candidates
For General: 42 years
For OBC: 45 years
For SC/ST: 47 years
Number of attempts:
For General and OBC: 09
For SC/ST, unlimited attempts.
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Question 5: Question : How can I collect past year IAS exam papers?
Answer : Past year IAS papers can be downloaded from website of UPSC.
Question 6: How can I get my IAS exam admit card?
Answer : The eligible applicants can download his/her IAS exam Admit Card from IAS, UPSC official website (www.upsc.gov.in).
Question 7: Is there negative marking in the IAS examination?
Answer : Yes, there is negative marking in IAS exam. 0.25 marks deducted for every incorrect answer.
Question 8: If there is some technical problem in personal computer during exam then what happens?
Answer : There is a buffer system at the centre of Examination, if there are technical problems in PC during examination, and then Examination centre will take care of your lost time, because every second is recorded by the server of the centre.
Question 9: What does online exam means?
Answer : It is an uninterrupted and secured Computer based exam using Local Area Network (LAN).
Question 10 How to start Preperation for IAS EXAM
Answer : Start with reading of NCERT books from class 6th to 12th and also join a good coaching institute with best faculty and results in chandigarh.