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IAS Exam Overview

    1. The IAS Preliminary exam (objective / multiple choice questions type) has two papers:
  1. Paper – I (General Studies: duration – 2 hours; Marks – 200)
  2. Paper – II (CSAT duration – 2 hours; Marks – 200)


  1. The minimum qualifying marks for Paper II is 33 percent.
  2. In both Paper I and Paper II for each wrong answer there is a negative marking of 1/3rd of the allotted marks of that question.

  1. The second stage of the civil services is IAS Mains Exam (subjective or descriptive type) and it consists a total of 9 papers which is divided as given below: 
  2. Essay
  3. English
  4. General Studies Paper I  (Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society)
  5. General Studies Paper II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)
  6. General Studies Paper III (Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)
  7. General Studies Paper IV (Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)
  8. Optional Subject Paper I
  9. Optional Subject Paper II
  10. Language Paper

  1.  For detailed UPSC exam pattern and syllabus click here Those, who clear UPSC Mains exam with the prescribed cut offs will be called for personality test/interview round (the third and final round) by the commission which will be held only in the UPSC Bhawan in New Delhi. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA for IAS EXAMThe eligibility for IAS exam is based on the following parameters:
    1. Nationality
    2. Age
    3. Education
    4. Number of attempts


    1. For the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and the Indian Police Service (IPS), a candidate must be a citizen of India.
    2. To know more about IAS age limit, UPSC age limit,and the eligibility criteria for other services

      IAS Age Limit and Number of Attempts Criterion

      Category Age Limit Attempts
      General 32 Years 6
      OBC 35 years 9
      SC / ST 37 Years Unlimited
      PH Gen-42 Years OBC-45 Years SC/ST-47 Years Unlimited
      J & K Domicile Gen-37 Years OBC-40 Years SC/ST-42 YearsPH-50 Years depending on the categories viz. Gen, OBC, SC/ST, PH
      EX-Servicemen Gen-37 Years OBC-40 Years SC/ST-42 Years depending on the categories viz. Gen, OBC, SC/ST, PH
      Disabled Defence Services Personnel* conditional Gen-37 Years OBC-40 Years SC/ST-42 Years depending on the categories viz. Gen, OBC, SC/ST, PH


      Academic Eligibility for IAS Exams UPSC Online Application Procedure

    3. The candidates applying for the IAS Exam should make sure that they satisfy all the eligibility criteria for admission to the examination. The candidates’ admission to all the stages of the examination will be only conditional subject to fulfil the above-mentioned eligibility conditions. With the issue of admission certificate to a candidate does not indicate that the candidate’s application has been finally accepted by the Commission. As the Commission takes up verification of eligibility criteria with the reference to the original documents only when a candidate qualifies the final round that is the Interview/Personality Test.


  2. The application procedure for UPSC examination has been entirely made online at the preliminary level and UPSC e-admit cards are issued which candidates appearing for IAS exam should download from the UPSC official website.
  3. The candidate must hold a degree of any University that is recognized by the state or central government. A degree received through Correspondence Education or Distance Education. A degree from an Open University. A qualification recognized by the Government of India as being equivalent to either of the above. Candidates who have given their final year graduation exam/ waiting for the results can also apply for this exam (but they will be required to produce proof of passing the graduation exam) before the final selection process.
  4. The candidates who apply for the UPSC IAS examination should ensure that they meet all the eligibility criteria


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