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IAS EXAM 2017: Admit Card, Exam Pattern and Syllabus

UPSC IAS Exam: UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) conducts IAS Exam every year. The registration for IAS exam is closed now. Admit Card will be available 2 weeks prior the exam. Check Here IAS Admit Card

IAS Exam is a 3 level exam starting with preliminary round followed by the Mains Exam and after that Personal Interview of the shortlisted candidates. The IAS Prelims is scheduled to be held on June 18, 2017.

IAS Prelims 2017 is the first stage of IAS Exam 2017. It consists of 2 papers– one is General Studies and other is Aptitude test. Both papers are of 200 marks each. The General Studies Paper has 100 questions and the duration of Paper is 2 hours. While the Aptitude Paper has 80 questions and the duration is 2 hours.   

IAS Mains 2017 is the second stage of IAS Exam 2017. IAS Mains paper consists of 9 exams out of which 2 are qualifying exams and 7 are for the ranking purpose. Questions in IAS Mains exam may range from 1 mark to 60 marks. The answers may ranges from 20 words to 600 words. The 9 papers are: Indian Language (qualifying), English Language (qualifying), Essay, General Studies 1, General Studies 2, General Studies 3, General Studies 4 and 2 papers are optional.

IAS Interview 2017 is the final Stage of IAS Exam 2017. In this, the qualified candidates are shortlisted for Interview in UPSC Office, Delhi. IAS interview holds importance in IAS selection process as it carries 275 marks. Maximum number of students who qualify interview have secured 55% or above in Interview. 

IAS Result will be declared after every stage of selection process. IAS Result is followed by the announcement of IAS Cutoff. The cutoff is decided on the basis of performance of candidates in the Preliminary & Mains Round and number of vacancies in the posts available.

IAS Exam Dates 2017

UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) administrates the IAS Exam. IAS Prelims is scheduled on June 18, 2017. The online registration window for IAS prelims has started from February 22, 2017. All the successfully registered candidates will be issued Admit Card. IAS 2017 Exam Dates are mentioned below.

Release of Initial Notification for UPSC IAS PrelimsFebruary 22, 2017
Availability of Application Form for UPSC IAS PrelimsFebruary 22, 2017
Last Date to fill the Online Form for UPSC IAS PrelimsMarch 17, 2017
Publish of Admit Card for UPSC IAS PrelimsFirst Week of June, 2017
UPSC IAS Prelims ExamJune 18, 2017
Announcement of Result for UPSC IAS Prelims examAugust, 2017

IAS Admit Card 2017

IAS Admit Card 2017 will be available 2 weeks prior the IAS exam. Aspirants can download IAS Admit Card from The Admit Card is issued to only those aspirants who have successfully registered for IAS Prelims with requisite Application Fee.

IAS 2017 aspirants must note that the admit card will be available in online mode only. The steps followed to download the e-Admit Card for IAS exam are mentioned below:

  • Visit the official website and follow the link to download the Admit Card for IAS exam
  • Read the instructions mentioned carefully, print them and click on Yes
  • Choose the method of downloading i.e. through Registration ID or Roll Number or Name
  • Enter the Registration ID or Roll Number followed by the Date of Birth of the candidate
  • Submit after entering the captcha in the given blank field
  • Print the displayed Admit Card for IAS Exam

Check IAS Admit Card

IAS Exam Pattern 2017

IAS Exam consists of 3 stages namely Prelims, Mains and Interview. Each stage has diifferent no. of Papers and Different Pattern. 

UPSC IAS Prelims Exam Pattern

IAS Prelims is conducted as a screening test. Candidates have to solve 2 papers with objective questions carrying a weightage of 400 marks. They will be awarded 1 mark for each correct answer. Negative marking prevails in the UPSC Prelims, thus 1/3rd mark is deducted for every incorrect answer. The IAS Exam Pattern for Prelims is tabulated below:

MediumBilingual (English and Hindi)
Number of Papers2
Weightage of Each Paper 200 marks
Type of QuestionsObjective type Questions
Duration of Civil service Exam (Prelims)2 hours per Paper
Duration of Civil service Exam (Prelims) for Blind candidates2 hours 20 minutes per Paper

UPSC IAS Mains Exam Pattern

UPSC IAS Mains is a written test. The IAS 2017 Exam Pattern comprises 2 papers namely Paper A and Paper B. Paper B has 7 subjects out of which subject 6 is an optional subject for subject 1 and subject 7 is an optional subject for subject 2. The exam pattern for UPSC Mains is given in the table below:

MediumBilingual (English and Hindi)
Number of Qualifying Exam2 (300 Marks Each)
Number of Ranking PapersPaper 1 (250 marks)
Paper 2 (250 marks)
Paper 3 (250 marks)
Paper 4 (250 marks)
Paper 5 (250 marks)
Paper 6 (optional subject for paper I; 250 marks)
Paper 7 (optional subject for paper II; 250 marks)
Total weightage of written exam for UPSC Mains1750 Marks
Type of QuestionsObjective type Questions and Comprehension type
Duration of Civil service Exam (Prelims)2 Hours per Paper
Duration of Civil service Exam (Prelims) for Blind candidates2 Hours 20 Minutes per Paper

IAS Exam Eligibility 2017

Candidates have to fulfil the IAS Eligibility such as academic qualification, age limit and citizenship. The IAS Exam Eligibility is given below:

Academic Qualification

Candidate must have passed or obtained a degree or any equivalent qualification from any of the Universities included in the act of Central or State Legislature of India or institutes established by Act of Parliament or a deemed University as per the University Grants Commission Act.

Age limit

The age of the candidate must range between 21 years to 32 years to be eligible for the IAS Exam. Reserved category candidates can avail the age relaxation according to the category and post applied for.


  1. Candidate must be a citizen of India.
  2. For other services, the candidate must satisfy any one of the following citizenship criteria:
  • Citizen of India
  • Citizen of Nepal
  • Citizen of Bhutan
  • A Tibetan refugee or a person of Indian who migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention to settle in India.

IAS Exam 2017 Application Form

IAS Registration will be done online. The candidates have to register online on the official website of UPSC for the IAS Exam. The registration is done in two parts followed by the payment of the application fee. The candidates have to enter their choice of center in the form and submit the same to proceed to the next step.

The succeeding step includes uploading of required documents and declaration for final submission. The pre-requisites with their specifications is given in the table below:

PhotographRecent colored Photograph; White Background
JPEG format
Size- 3 Kb to 40 Kb
SignatureWhite paper; Blue/black pen
JPEG format
Size- minimum size 1 Kb 

Steps to Apply for IAS Exam 

Candidates have to fill two different IAS online form for both UPSC Prelims and UPSC Mains. The IAS online form for UPSC Prelims will be available on the official website from February 22 to March 17, 2017. They can avail IAS Online Form on the official website. The steps followed to fill IAS Online form are given below:

Step 1 Registration Part 1

  • Visit the official website and click on the link to apply for UPSC Civil Services
  • Enter the details Name, Gender, Category, Nationality and other personal details
  • Click on Submit button
  • You are redirected to the payment step

Step 2 Payment of Application

  • Choose the payment method between online or offline mode
  • Offline mode includes downloading the Pay-in-slip provided on the page and paying in cash at nearest branch of State Bank of India during working hours of the bank
  • Online mode includes payment through debit/credit card or net banking
  • If you choose Debit Card, enter the Card number, Validity and CVV number
  • If you choose Credit Card, enter the Card number, Validity and 6 digit special PIN number
  • For net banking, enter the account details of the bank account
  • Click on pay now post filling the details
  • You are redirected to the Part 2 of the UPSC Online Form

Note: This step is not applicable for candidates who are exempted from paying the fee.

Step 3 Registration Part 2

  • Post receipt of the fee payment, fill the other details of the IAS Application form
  • Enter the choice of IAS Exam Center
  • Enter the qualification and other communication details asked correctly
  • Post verification, click on submit to proceed to the next step

Step 4 Uploading the Images

  • Click on the link or blank space provided to upload the photograph
  • Browse the location of the image and select the image
  • Click on open/upload
  • Check if the image is opened correctly and clearly
  • Repeat the same steps to upload the image of the signature
  • Click on “I Agree” to approve of the declaration and submit the complete IAS Online Form.

IAS Exam Application Fee

The application fee can be remitted either by online or offline mode. The offline payment includes payment by cash at any branch of State Bank of India (SBI). The online payment includes payment through Debit/Credit Card or through the net banking service provided by State Bank of India/State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur/ State Bank of Hyderabad/ State Bank of Mysore/ State Bank of Patiala/ State Bank of Travancore.

IAS Mains Application Fee: INR 200

The female and reserved category candidates are exempted from paying the fee

For offline payment, candidate is required to download the Pay-in-slip available on the official website. They must carry the same with the cash fee to the nearest branch of State Bank of India during working hours of the bank. It should be noted that the fee is non-refundable and non-transferrable.

Fill Here IAS Application Form

IAS Exam Center 2017

Candidates have to enter their choice of IAS Exam for UPSC Prelims during the Part 2 of the Registration Process. The exam centers for IAS Exam varies for UPSC IAS Prelims and UPSC IAS Mains. The allotment of the IAS Exam Center is done by the Commission on the First Cum First Allot basis.

Candidates have to choose the desired exam center as early as possible before the maximum number of candidates for that particular center reaches its limit. Once the maximum number of candidates choose a similar exam center, the option freezes. Choose the IAS Exam Center wisely as no change is permitted after allocation of the Exam Center.

The table below mentions the list of cities where UPSC Prelims will be conducted:

AjmerDehradunJabalpurNavi MumbaiThane
AhmedabadDelhiJaipurGautam Buddha NagarThiruvananthapuram
AizawlDharwadJammuPanaji (Goa)Tiruchirappalli
AllahabadFaridabadJorhatPort BlairUdaipur
Anantpur (Andhra Pradesh)GangtokKochiPuducherryVaranasi
BareillyGorakhpurKozhikode (Calicut)RajkotVishakhapatnam

The table below gives the list of Exam Centers for UPSC IAS Mains. Choose the Exam Center for UPSC IAS Mains carefully as it cannot be changed or switched later. The allocation of the center is done by the Commission only.

AllahabadDispur (Guwahati)Raipur

IAS Preparation 2017

Candidates are required to consider the IAS Exam Syllabus to prepare accordingly for the IAS Exam. The UPSC IAS preparation must be done from the most followed books. Some books are enlisted in the following table:

India’s Ancient Past (English)Indian Polity (English) 4 Edition
History of Medieval India (English)Certificate Physical and Human Geography
India’s Struggle for Independence (English)Wizard Geography for General Studies
A Brief History of Modern India (English) SpectrumIndian Economy 7th Edition (Ramesh Singh)
Facets of Indian Culture by Spectrum--

Preparation Tips

Cracking the IAS exam will turn out to be a cakewalk if the candidate gets proper guidance and help. The IAS Preparation Tips to prepare for the IAS Exam are mentioned below:

  • Prepare and revise all the subjects of the General Studies (Paper I) to assure a good score
  • Brushing up NCERT books and previous years' question papers would be a good idea if you are time-crunched
  • Prepare the current affairs considering the latest schemes and bills introduced by the Government of India
  • Taking up the Mock tests is the integral part of the preparations for the IAS exam
  • Bring the clarity about the major topics of the IAS Exam
  • Time management is the key
  • Don’t panic during the IAS Exam and read all the questions carefully. As the relaxed state of mind helps to increase the accuracy and decreases the time usage

IAS Result 2017

IAS Result 2017 for Prelims paper will be announced in August 2017. The UPSC IAS Prelims Result is solely based on the performance of candidates in the written exam. Steps to download the IAS Exam Result or Marksheet are mentioned below:

  • Go to the official website of the UPSC at
  • Follow the link to view the Result for UPSC Civil Services 2017
  • Find your roll number in the list of the roll numbers mentioned in the PDF
  • Download the PDF for further correspondence

IAS Exam Cut off 2017

IAS Exam Cutoff is released after the announcement of the Result of IAS Exam. Candidates with marks above the mentioned cutoff will be shortlisted for the post of Indian Administrative Services. The Cut off for the Civil Services depends upon the difficulty level of the IAS Exam, vacancies available and number of appearing candidates etc. The IAS Exam Cut off List for different categories is tabulated below:

PH 1101-170550-615800-820
PH 289-120550-630780-835
PH 360-125450-515690-726

IAS Exam Posts Offered 2017

Candidates who aspire to be recruited as an IAS (Indian Administrative Service) officer, IPS (Indian Police Service) officer, IFS (Indian Foreign Service) officer and other Group A Services and Group B services. The various Group A and Group B services have been tabulated separately below:

Group A Services
Indian Administrative ServiceIndian Post and Telecommunication Accounts and Finance Service
Indian Audit and Accounts ServiceIndian Postal Service
Indian Civil Accounts ServiceIndian Railway Accounts Service
Indian Corporate Law ServiceIndian Railway Personnel Service
Indian Defence Accounts ServiceIndian Railway Traffic Service
Indian Defence Estates ServiceIndian Revenue Service (Custom and Central Excise)
Indian Foreign ServiceIndian Revenue Service (Income Tax)
Indian Information Service (Junior Grade)Indian Trade Service (Gr. III)
Indian Ordnance Factories Service (Assistant Works Manager, Administration)Assistant Security Commissioner in Railway Protection Force
Indian Police Service--
Group B Services
Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Services (Section Officer’s Grade)Pondicherry Civil Service
Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil ServicesPondicherry Police Service
Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Services 

IAS Exam Selection Process 2017

Candidates have to undergo a 3-stage IAS Exam Selection Process which includes UPSC Prelims followed by UPSC Mains and Interview. Candidates have to fulfil minimum marks requirement in the UPSC Prelims to qualify for the UPSC Mains. The UPSC Prelims, UPSC Mains and Interview are given below:

UPSC Prelims

The UPSC Prelims serves as a screening test only. Candidates have to appear for two papers carrying 200 marks and objective type questions. The number of candidates who qualify for UPSC Mains will 12 or 13 times the total number of vacancies. The qualifying criteria for the UPSC Mains is consideration of marks obtained in Paper I and Paper II (General Studies) of UPSC Prelims. The marks obtained in UPSC Prelims Paper 1 and 33% marks of Paper 2 is considered as the qualifying criteria for UPSC Mains.

UPSC Mains

Candidates who qualify for the UPSC Mains have to appear for a written test followed by a personality test or interview. They have to qualify both to be selected for the desired post. The written examination comprises of 9 conventional papers of essay type. Those who qualify the UPSC Mains will be intimated about their selection on the e-mail ID.

Interview or Personality Test

The interview or personality test is the last stage of the IAS Exam Selection Procedure. The minimum qualifying marks for UPSC Mains Written Test will be set by the Commission and will be announced in the Cut off for Interview. Candidates are questioned related to the career pursued and matters of general interest. The object of the interview is to assess the personal suitability of the candidate for a career in public service by a Board of competent and unbiased observers.

Final Merit List

Marks thus obtained by the candidates in the Main Examination (written part as well as interview) would determine their final ranking. Candidates will be allotted to the various Services keeping in view their ranks in the examination and the preferences expressed by them for the various Services and Posts.

IAS Exam Reservation 2017

Candidates can avail the IAS Exam Reservation in age relaxation. The age relaxations for each category is explained below:

  • Up to 5 years if a candidate belongs to Scheduled Caste or  Scheduled Tribe
  • Up to 3 years if a candidate belongs to OBC category
  • Up to 5 years if a candidate had been domiciled in Jammu and Kashmir from January 1st, 1980 to December 31st, 1989
  • Up to 3 years in case of Defence Services Personnel
  • Up to 5 years in the case of Ex- Servicemen along with ECOs/SSCOs and Commissioned Officers, who have served at least 5 years of Military Services
  • Up to 10 years in the case of orthopedically handicapped candidates blind, deaf, and mute

The reservation for IAS Exam can be availed by the following criteria:

  • The physical disabilities as per the commission can avail the Reservation for IAS Exam
  • The community reservation can be availed by candidates whose communities are mentioned in the list of communities issued by Central Government
  • Candidates who seek reservation under various reserved categories must possess all the requisite certificates prescribed by the Commission.

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