IAS- Indian Administrative Services
IAS is conducted by UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) each year. Indian Administrative Services exam is a three-tier exam, with preliminary round followed by the Mains Exam and then the Personal Interview of all shortlisted candidates.
This year, IAS (Prelims) is set to be conducted on June 18, 2017. It consists of 2 papers- General Studies and 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. Download IAS Admit Card
Mains is the second stage of IAS. This year, it will be conducted on October 28, 2017. This 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 range from 20 words to 600 words. Check IAS Syllabus
Post these written exams, an interview round will be conducted for all qualifying candidates. IAS interview holds importance in IAS selection process as it carries 275 marks. It is generally seen that students who qualify the interview round secure 55% or above marks.
IAS Exam Results will be declared separately for every stage. It will be followed by the announcement of IAS Cutoff. The cutoff is decided on the basis of performance of candidates in Preliminary & Mains Round and number of vacancies available.
Here are some interesting insights about IAS 2016:
- Number of candidates who registered for IAS 2016- 11.37 lacs
- Number of candidates who appeared for IAS Prelims 2016- 5 lacs
- Number of candidates who qualified for IAS Mains 2016- Nearly 15,445
- Number of candidates shortlisted for Interview round- 2,955
IAS Exam Dates 2017
UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) administrates IAS. IAS Prelims is scheduled on June 18, 2017. The online registration window for IAS prelims closed on March 17, 2017. All the successfully registered candidates will be issued Admit Card. All IAS 2017 Exam Dates are mentioned below.
|Release of IAS Notification 2017||February 22, 2017|
|Availability of IAS 2017 Application Form (Prelims)||February 22, 2017|
|Last Date to fill IAS 2017 Application Form (Prelims)||March 17, 2017|
|Availability of IAS Admit Card (Prelims)||First Week of June, 2017|
|UPSC IAS Prelims Exam||June 18, 2017|
|Announcement of IAS Result (Prelims)||August, 2017|
IAS Eligibility 2017
Candidates must make sure that they fulfill the academic qualification, age limit and citizenship criteria before they fill IAS Application Form. Any candidate not meeting IAS Eligibility will be liable for rejection. Here are the basic eligibility criteria that an applicant must satisfy:
- Candidate must have passed or obtained a degree or any equivalent qualification from any of the recognized Universities
- The age of the candidate must range between 21 years to 32 years to be eligible for IAS
- Reserved category candidates can avail the age relaxation according to the category and post applied for.
- Candidate must be a citizen of India.
- For other services, 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.
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IAS 2017 Reservation Criteria
Candidates can avail relaxation in age as given below:
- IAS Reservation for SC/ ST- Up to 5 years
- IAS Reservation for OBC- Up to 3 years
- IAS Reservation if candidate has been living in J&K from January 1st, 1980 to December 31st, 1989- Up to 5 years
- IAS Reservation for Defence Personnel- Up to 3 years
- IAS Reservation for Ex- Servicemen along with ECOs/SSCOs and Commissioned Officers, who have served at least 5 years of Military Services- Up to 5 years
- IAS Reservation for orthopedically handicapped candidates blind, deaf, and mute- Up to 10 years in the case of
IAS 2017 Application Form
Registration for IAS will be done online. Candidates have to register online at the official website of UPSC. The registration is done in two parts followed by the payment of the application fee. Candidates have to enter their choice of center in the form and submit the same to proceed to the next step.
How to apply for IAS?
Candidates have to fill two different forms for both IAS Prelims and IAS Mains. IAS 2017 Application Form for Prelims will be available on the official website from February 22 to March 17, 2017. The steps to register for IAS 2017 are given below:
Step 1- Registration Part 1
- Visit the official website i.e. upsc.gov.in
- Click on the link to ‘apply for UPSC Civil Services’
- Enter details like Name, Gender, Category, Nationality etc.
- Click on Submit button
- You will be redirected to the payment step
Step 2- Payment of Application Fee
- 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 other details of the IAS Application form
- Enter the choice of IAS Exam Center
- Enter the qualification and other communication details
- 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 Application Fee
- Application Fee for Prelims is INR 100 while for Mains, it is INR 200.
- The application fee for IAS 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).
- For offline payment, the 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.
- 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.
- Female and reserved category candidates are exempted from paying the fee.
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IAS Admit Card 2017
IAS Admit Card will be available 2 weeks prior the IAS exam. Aspirants can download IAS Admit Card from the official website i.e. upsc.gov.in. The Admit Card is issued to only those aspirants who have successfully registered for IAS with payment of requisite fee.
IAS 2017 aspirants must note that IAS admit card will be available in online mode only. The steps followed to download the e-Admit Card for IAS are mentioned below:
- Visit the official website of IAS i.e. upsc.gov.in
- Click on link ‘Download IAS Admit Card 2017’
- Read the instructions mentioned carefully and click ‘Yes’
- Enter Registration ID or Roll Number followed by Date of Birth of the candidate
- Submit after entering the captcha in the given blank field
- Print IAS Admit Card
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IAS Exam Center 2017
Candidates have to enter their choice of IAS Exam Center at the time of registration. The exam centers for IAS vary for both the stages. The allotment of IAS Exam Center is done by the Commission on the First-Come-First Allotment 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.
IAS Exam Centers for Prelims
|IAS Exam Centers for Prelims|
|Ahmedabad||Delhi||Jaipur||Gautam Buddha Nagar||Thiruvananthapuram|
|Anantpur (Andhra Pradesh)||Gangtok||Kochi||Puducherry||Varanasi|
IAS Exam Center for Mains
|IAS Exam Centers for Mains|
IAS Exam Pattern 2017
IAS consists 3 stages namely Prelims, Mains and Interview. Each stage has diifferent no. of Papers and Pattern. They are described below:
IAS Exam Pattern for Prelims
- IAS Prelims is 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 IAS Prelims. Thus, 1/3rd mark is deducted for every incorrect answer.
IAS Exam Pattern for Prelims is tabulated below:
|IAS Exam Pattern for Prelims|
|Medium||Bilingual (English and Hindi)|
|Number of Papers||2|
|Weightage of Each Paper||200 marks|
|Type of Questions||Objective|
|Duration of exam||2 hours per Paper|
|Duration of exam for Blind candidates||2 hours 20 minutes per Paper|
IAS Exam Pattern for Mains
- UPSC IAS Mains is a written test.
- It comprises 2 papers namely Paper A and Paper B.
- Paper B has 7 subjects out of which paper VI and Paper VII are optional subjects for Paper I and Paper II.
The exam pattern for IAS Mains is given in the table below:
|IAS Exam Pattern for Mains|
|Medium||Bilingual (English and Hindi)|
|Number of Qualifying Exam||2 (300 Marks Each)|
|Number of Ranking Papers||Paper 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 Mains||1750 Marks|
|Type of Questions||Objective and Subjective both|
|Duration of exam||2 Hours per Paper|
|Duration of exam for Blind candidates||2 Hours 20 Minutes per Paper|
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Candidates are required to consider IAS Syllabus to prepare well for the exam. This syllabus elaborates well on which topics to study for IAS. Each paper has has a different pattern and syllabus that candidates must be well acquainted with.
To improve your scores, here are some books for IAS that can be referred to for help:
|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) Spectrum||Indian Economy 7th Edition (Ramesh Singh)|
|Facets of Indian Culture by Spectrum||Environmental Studies: From Crisis to Cure (Environment)|
Cracking IAS will turn out to be a cakewalk if candidates work under proper guidance and help. Some of the most helpful IAS Preparation Tips 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 an integral part of the preparations
- Time management is the key
- Don’t panic during the exam and read all the questions carefully.
- A relaxed state of mind helps to increase the accuracy and decreases the time usage
IAS Result 2017
UPSC declares IAS Exam Result separately for all the three stages viz. Prelims, Mains and Interview. This result is solely based on the performance of candidates in the written exam. Candidates can visit the official website of IAS to check their respective result.
IAS Exam Result 2017 for Prelims paper will be announced in August 2017 while the result for Mains will be declared after 15 days of the exam. Candidates can follow the below steps to check IAS Exam Results or Marksheet:
- Visit the official website of IAS i.e. upsc.gov.in
- Click on the link which says ‘View IAS Result 2017’
- Find your roll number in the list of the roll numbers mentioned in the PDF
- Download PDF for further correspondence
IAS Cut off 2017
The Cut off is released post declaration of IAS Exam Result. Candidates with marks above the mentioned cutoff will be shortlisted for the posts. The Cut off for the Civil Services depends upon the difficulty level of the IAS Exam, vacancies available and number of appearing candidates etc. IAS Cut off List for different categories is tabulated below:
Posts Offered Through IAS
Candidates must clear the exam 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. Various Group A and Group B services have been tabulated separately below:
|Indian Administrative Service||Indian Post and Telecommunication Accounts and Finance Service|
|Indian Audit and Accounts Service||Indian Postal Service|
|Indian Civil Accounts Service||Indian Railway Accounts Service|
|Indian Corporate Law Service||Indian Railway Personnel Service|
|Indian Defence Accounts Service||Indian Railway Traffic Service|
|Indian Defence Estates Service||Indian Revenue Service (Custom and Central Excise)|
|Indian Foreign Service||Indian 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||--|
|Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Services (Section Officer’s Grade)||Pondicherry Civil Service|
|Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Services||Pondicherry Police Service|
|Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Services||-|
IAS Selection Process
The selection process of IAS involves three stages viz. Prelims, Mains and Interview. Candidates have to fulfill minimum marks required in the IAS Prelims to qualify for IAS Mains. All three stages are elaborated below:
- The first stage, IAS 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 be 12 or 13 times the total number of vacancies.
- The qualifying criterion for IAS 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.
- Candidates who qualify for IAS 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 Selection Procedure.
- The minimum qualifying marks for IAS 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 obtained by a candidate in the Main Examination (written part as well as interview) will determine his final rank. 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.
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Ques. What is the IAS Exam?
Ans. IAS stands for Indian Administrative Service. It is a civil services exam that is conducted by UPSC each year. It contains 3 stages viz. Prelims, Mains and Interview. All shortlisted candidates can choose from the given Group A/ B posts.
Ques. What is the salary of an IAS officer?
Ans. The 7th Pay Commission recommendations were approved by Cabinet on June 29, 2016. Now the basic pay of entry level IAS officers is INR 56100. Allowances like Dearness Allowance (DA), House Rent Allowance (HRA) and Travel Allowance (TA) will be extra. The salary will increase as experience increases. The basic pay of Cabinet Secretary is fixed at INR 2,50,000.
So,IAS Salary = Basic Pay + DA + HRA + TA
Ques. What are some useful websites to prepare for IAS?
Ans. Candidates preparing for IAS can take help from websites such as ClearIAS.com, cleariasexam.com, Mrunal.org, insightsonindia.com, iasbaba.com, gktoday.in, iasscore.in etc.
Ques. What are the minimum qualifying marks for clearing IAS interview?
Ans. There are no minimum marks to qualify the interview round. However, the interview round carries 275 marks.
Ques. What are the number of vacancies available through IAS each year?
Ans. The number of available vacancies are noted in each of the advertisements. They vary every year. However, in the last 4 years, the number of vacancies have varied between 1000-1200.
Ques. When does IAS Notification come out?
Ans. UPSC releases IAS Notification for Prelims in the month of May, for the exam which is held in August. The applications are for the same are accepted till June end. For Mains, IAS Notification is generally released in September.
Ques. I have studied from an Open University? Am I eligible to apply for IAS?
Ans. Yes, you can apply only if it is a recognized university and you possess the educational qualifications prescribed for the exam.
Ques. How many times can I appear for IAS?
Ans. A candidate from General Category can sit for IAS max 6 times. Candidates from reserved categories can sit as many times as they want. There is no restriction.
Ques. I dont have my class X and XII Marksheet. Can I still sit for IAS?
Ans. Yes, provided the graduation has been completed from a recognized University and you possess the educational qualifications prescribed for the exam.