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IAS Mains 2017 Exam

Last Updated - January 10, 2017

IAS Mains 2017 is to be conducted in the first week of December, 2017. Those candidates who have qualified the IAS Prelims 2017 have to refill the complete IAS Mains 2017 Application Form. The form will be made available on the official site of the UPSC from October 7, 2017.

The IAS Mains Eligibility standards are similar to that of IAS Prelims 2017 except for the fact that the candidates have to score the minimum qualifying marks in the IAS Prelims. The IAS Mains 2017is conducted on multiple days.

The applicants whose applications have been accepted can access their IAS Main Admit Card from November 10, 2017, tentatively. The candidates have to attempt two qualifying papers and 8 other papers that are considered for merit. The final IAS Mains Result is declared in the month of April 2018. The recruitment for the Civil Service posts is made on the basis of IAS Mains scores & the subsequent interview conducted by the UPSC.

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IAS Mains 2017 Exam Dates

UPSC will release the IAS Mains official notification on the first week of October, 207. The IAS Mains Application Form will be available from October 7, 2017, tentatively. The IAS Aspirants can go through the entire details of the IAS Mains Exam Dates for 2017 in the table given below:

Release of Initial Notification for IAS MainsOctober 07, 2017
Availability of IAS Mains 2017 Application FormOctober 07, 2017
Last Date to fill IAS Mains 2017 Application FormOctober 20, 2017
Publish of IAS Mains 2017 Admit CardThe second week of November, 2017
IAS Mains ExamDecember 03, 2017 onwards
IAS Mains 2017 ResultApril, 2018
Declaration of IAS Exam CutoffAfter the final result of UPSC Civil Service

IAS Mains 2017 Eligibility

The IAS Mains 2017 Eligibility is similar to that of the IAS Prelims Eligibility criteria.

  1. Academic Qualification

The candidate must have a graduation degree in any specialization.

  1. Age limit

The candidate must be between 21 years to 32 years. However, there are relaxations for candidates of SC/ST and PWD candidates.

  1. Nationality

They candidates must be a citizen of India, Nepal, Bhutan or 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.

  1. Qualifying marks in IAS Prelims 2017

The candidates have to score a minimum of 33 % in paper II of IAS Prelims 2017 and the total qualifying marks set for the paper I of IAS Prelims 2017.


IAS Mains 2017 Application Form

The candidates qualifying the IAS Prelims 2017 can apply online o the official website of the commission. They have to note the below-mentioned points while filling the IAS Mains 2017 Application Form:

  • The applicants cannot alter the IAS Mains 2017 Exam Center, Optional Subject, Indian Language paper (Paper-A) and Medium of Examination that they have once filled in the IAS Mains 2017 Application Form.
  • They have to indicate their preferences for the services under the Civil Services Examination for the year.
  • The candidate has to mention the order of preferences for various State cadres.
  • The applicants should submit only one application. If in any case, the candidate submits multiple applications, they have to ensure that the application with higher RID is complete in all respects.
  • Candidates already in Government Service, Government owned industrial undertakings or other similar organizations or in private employment have to submit the application directly to the Commission along with an undertaking that their employer is aware of their application.
  • Also, if the Commission receives any communication from their employer regarding the withheld of the candidate’s application, then their application is liable to be rejected.

IAS Mains 2017 Application Fee

The candidates can remit the IAS Mains Application Fee either by online or offline mode. The IAS Mains Application Fee is INR 200

In the case of offline payment, the applicant can pay by cash at any branch of State Bank of India (SBI). In the case of offline payment, the payment can be made 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 2017 Admit Card

The IAS Mains 2017 Admit Card will be available from November 9, 2017, to December 09, 2017. The applicants can download the IAS Mains Admit Card from the official website upsc.gov.in.  UPSC does not send the e-admission certificate by post.

The candidates have to download the IAS Mains Admit Card by using the Registration ID or Roll Number or Name & Date of Birth.


IAS Mains 2017 Exam Pattern

The IAS Mains 2017 Exam Pattern consists of two stages- Written Test & Interview. The Written Test comprises of 9 papers in total. Out of the 9 papers, 2 are qualifying and the rest of the 7 papers are considered for calculation of merit. The most important highlights of the IAS Main 2017 Exam Patternare tabulated below:

Mode of ExaminationOffline
Medium of ExaminationBilingual (English and Hindi)
Weightage of Paper A (Qualifying)300 marks (One of the Indian languages to be opted by the candidate).
Weightage of Paper B (Qualifying)300 marks (English)
Papers to be counted for meritPaper I- Essay (250 marks)
Paper II-General Studies I (250 marks)
Paper III-General Studies II(250 marks)
Paper IV- General Studies III (250 marks)
Paper V- General Studies IV (250 marks)
Paper VI (optional subject for paper I; 250 marks)
Paper VII (optional subject for paper II; 250 marks)
Personality Test Weightage275 marks
Total marks2025 marks
Type of QuestionsObjective type Questions and Comprehension type

Note: Even though the evaluation of all the 9 papers will be done simultaneously, but the Commission will take the papers of Essay, 4 General Studies and the 2 Optional Subjects under cognizance only if the candidates attain a minimum of 25% in the first two qualifying papers of Indian Language & English.

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IAS Mains 2017 Syllabus

The IAS Mains examination is conducted to assess the candidates detailed & extensive understanding of various subjects rather than merely assessing their memory & knowledge.

  • The IAS Mains Syllabus for Paper A (Indian language) & Paper B (English) i.e. the two qualifying examinations is based on the matriculation level.
  • The IAS Mains Syllabus of the Papers II to V is designed in such a way as to evaluate the candidates’ basic knowledge and general awareness of the subjects (History, Geography, Politics, economics, ecology, technology ethics etc.) in relevance to the career.
  • As for the papers VI & VII i.e. the optional subjects the syllabus is based on the Honors level meaning a level more than the Bachelors’ degree and less than the Masters’ degree. If the optional subjects are of Engineering, Medical & Law, then the level of the syllabus is that of the Bachelors’ degree.

In order to attain an optimized preparation for the Civil Services Examination, which is one of the toughest entrances in India, the aspirants should ardently align their preparation in accordance with the complete IAS Syllabus.

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IAS Mains 2017 Result

The IAS Mains 2017 Result will be announced in April, 2018. The IAS Mains Result is solely based on the performance of candidates in the written exam. The marks obtained in the Paper II to Paper V will be counted for merit ranking.  The Commission has the discretion for applying qualifying marks to each of the papers individually.

The steps to download the IAS Mains 2017 Result are mentioned below:

  1. Visit the official website of the UPSC.
  2. Follow the link to view the Result for UPSC Civil Services 2017
  3. Avail the pdf. Find your Roll No. and check the IAS Mains 2017 Result.

IAS Mains 2017 Interview or Personality Test

The IAS Mains 2017 Interview or personality test is the final stage of the civil service examination. The interview has a weightage of 275 marks out of a total of 2025 marks.

The Interview is conducted by the selection committee of the UPSC that aims to assess and test the candidates at the personal level. The Commission sets definite qualifying marks for the Interview.


IAS Mains 2017 Cut off

After UPSC announces the IAS Mains Result including the result of the Interview, the IAS Exam Cut off is released. The IAS Exam Cut off is declared for each of the three stages- Prelims, Mains, and Interview. The difficulty level, the number of candidates taking the test, the number of vacancies will determine the IAS Cut off for the year.


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