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IAS- Indian Administrative Services

Updated On - January 11th 2018

Indian Administrative Exam (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.

  • UPSC has declared IAS Mains result on January 10, 2018 on Official website of UPSC IAS. Check Here
  • IAS Mains is the second stage of IAS. The exam consists of 9 papers out of which 2 are qualifying exams and 7 are considered for IAS Merit.
  • Questions in IAS Mains range from one to 60 marks. The answers vary from 20 words to 600 words. Check IAS Mains Syllabus

The commission has announced IAS Mains Result 2017 on its official website on January 10, 2018. The shortlisted students will be called for Interview Process which holds weightage of 25% in the final merit list. Finally, students are selected as per their position in the Merit list and recruited in various departments. 

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Here are some interesting insights about IAS 2016:

  • Number of candidates who registered for IAS Exam 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 Mains 2017 Exam Dates 

UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) administrates IAS. IAS Prelims was scheduled on June 18, 2017. The Result of IAS Prelims 2017 was announced on on July 27, 2017. The qualified students appeared for IAS 2017 Mains as per the following dates. 

Release of IAS Mains Notification 2017August 17, 2017
Last Date to fill IAS 2017 Application Form September 2017
Availability of IAS Admit Card October 2017
IAS Mains ExamOctober 28, 2017
Announcement of IAS Result January 10, 20178

IAS 2017 Reservation Criteria

UPSC offers reservation to candidates from following categories. 

  • 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
Reservation in IAS
  • IAS Reservation for orthopedically handicapped candidates blind, deaf, and mute- Up to 10 years


IAS Mains 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 Mains?

Candidates have to fill Detailed Application Form (DAF) at to register for IAS Mains. The Application Form for IAS Mains 2017 will be available on the official website from August 17, 2017 to September  2017. The steps to register for IAS 2017 are given below:

how to apply for ias?

Step 1- Registration Part 1

  1. Visit the official website i.e.
  2. Click on the link to ‘apply for UPSC Civil Services’
  3. Enter details like Name, Gender, Category, Nationality etc.
  4. Click on Submit button
  5. You will be redirected to the payment step

Step 2- Payment of Application Fee

  1. Choose the payment method between online or offline mode
  2. 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
  3. Online mode includes payment through debit/credit card or net banking
  4. If you choose Debit Card, enter the Card number, Validity and CVV number
  5. If you choose Credit Card, enter the Card number, Validity and 6 digit special PIN number
  6. For net banking, enter the account details of the bank account
  7. Click on pay now post filling the details
  8. 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

  1. Post receipt of the fee payment, fill other details of the IAS Application form
  2. Enter the choice of IAS Exam Center
  3. Enter the qualification and other communication details 
  4. Post verification, click on submit to proceed to the next step

Step 4- Uploading the Images

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

IAS Application Fee

  • Application Fee for IAS Mains 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.

Fill Here IAS Application Form

IAS Mains 2017 Admit Card

  • Aspirants can download IAS Mains Admit Card from the official website i.e.
  • 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:

how to download ias admit card
  1. Visit the official website of IAS i.e.
  2. Click on link ‘Download IAS Mains Admit Card 2017’ 
  3. Read the instructions mentioned carefully and click ‘Yes’
  4. Enter Registration ID or Roll Number followed by Date of Birth of the candidate
  5. Submit after entering the captcha in the given blank field
  6. Print IAS Admit Card

Check IAS Admit Card

IAS Mains 2017 Exam Centers

  • 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 Mains 2017 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 Center for Mains

IAS Exam Centers for Mains
AllahabadDispur (Guwahati)Raipur

IAS Mains 2017 Exam Pattern 

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 Mains

  • 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
MediumBilingual (English and Hindi)
Number of Qualifying Papers2 (300 Marks Each)
Number of Merit 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 and Subjective both
Duration of exam3 Hours per Paper
Duration of exam for Blind candidates3 Hours 20 Minutes per Paper

Read more about IAS Exam Pattern

IAS Exam Pattern for Personality Test

  • All candidates qualifying the Mains examination will proceed towards the Personality Test.
  • This would include the Psychometric Test, Assessment Test as well as the Personal Interview.
  • In broad terms, this is really an assessment of not only his intellectual qualities but also social traits and his interest in current affairs. 
  • This test will be conducted in the language of choice. 
  • The interview will be graded for 275 marks. The total marks of IAS is 2025 marks 
  • Candidates will be ranked on basis of the grand total and called for the final interview.

IAS Mains Preparation 

Candidates are required to consider IAS Mains 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) SpectrumIndian Economy 7th Edition (Ramesh Singh)
Facets of Indian Culture by SpectrumEnvironmental Studies: From Crisis to Cure (Environment)

Preparation Tips


Cracking IAS will turn out to be a cakewalk if candidates work under proper guidance and help. Some of the most helpful IAS Mains 2017 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 Mains 2017 Result

  • 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 is announced in July 27, 2017 while the result for Mains has been declared on January 10, 2018.

Candidates can follow the below steps to check IAS Mains 2017 Results or Marksheet:

ias result

  1. Visit the official website of IAS i.e.
  2. Click on the link which says ‘View IAS Result 2017’
  3. Find your roll number in the list of the roll numbers mentioned in the PDF
  4. 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:

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

Posts Offered through IAS Exam

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:

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

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:

IAS Prelims

  • 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.

IAS 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 7 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.
  • A test of 275 Marks would be taken of the candidates qualified in the Mains Examination. This would include Psychometric Test, Assessment Test as well as the Personal 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.
  • The Marks obtained in the Personality Test would be added in the calculation for the declaration of the final Merit list.

ReadHow to prepare for IAS Interview?

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.

Read details about  IAS Selection Process


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,,,,,, 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.


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Hi, I'm a biology student and will be completing my Bs.c in Enviornmental science in 2020, will I be eligible for IAS exam then?

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