You want to become an IAS officer. You need to score top ranking (within 100) in UPSC Civil Service Exam.
Exam has 3 stages. You need to clear each stage to be eligible to appear for next stage. Failure in any stage, you will have to start all over again. Exam procedure itself is an yearlong
|Nationality||Qualification||Age||Number of Attempts|
|Only Indian for IAS, IPS and IFS.|
Also PIO / Subject of Nepal or Bhutan eligible for other services
|Any graduate or Final year of graduation||21 to 32 years – general category|
21- 35 years – obc
21 – 37 years – SC/ST, J&K Domicile, military service personnels
21-42 years for Physically handicapped persons
|6 – general category|
9 – obc
Unlimited – SC/ ST
Note: OBC – Family income less than 8 lakhs / Class 3 and below govt employees
How to Apply:
https://www.upsconline.nic.in when called to apply
|Prelims||MCQ||June every year||₹100. No fee for Female/SC/ST/PH Candidates|
|Mains||Answer Writing||September – October every year||₹200|
|Interview||Oral||March – April every year||NA|
|Results||NA||May every year||NA|
|Foundation Training||Sessions, Practical and Written||September every year||NA|
Only those who apply for UPSC CSE Prelims can write Prelims exam
Questions Multiple Choice Type. Need to select one correct option among four answer options given for each question
|Prelims Exam Papers||Importance||Maximum Marks||Duration||No. of Questions||Marks given per Correct Answer||Marks cut per Wrong Answer||Subjects|
|General Studies||You need to score minimum 120+ to qualify to write Mains Exam.||200||2 hours||100||2||0.67||Polity, Economy, Geography, History|
|CSAT (Aptitude Test)||Only Qualifying. You need to score minimum grace marks. Your score does not count for cutoffs. i.e even if you score 200/200 in this paper, you may fail if you don’t get cut off score in GS paper.||200||2 hours||80||2.5||0.83||Aptitude, Comprehension, Reasoning, Data Interpretation|
Prelims General Studies I – 200 Marks – 2 Hours – Multiple Choice Questions
|SYLLABUS (By heart it)||REFERENCE BOOKS(strictly limit to these sources)|
|Current events of national and international importance||Follow any one website or read any one newspaper|
|History of India and Indian National Movement.||Indian History – Bipin Chandra.|
NCERTs 11 & 12
Art& Culture – Nithin Singhania
Spectrum – Modern History
|Indian and World Geography – Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.||NCERTs 11 & 12|
India Year Book
|Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc||NCERTs 11 & 12|
Indian Polity – Laxmikanth
|Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc||NCERTs 11 & 12|
Budget & Economic Survey
|General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialisation General Science||NCERT 6 to 12 selectively|
Prelims General Studies II (Aptitude) – 200 Marks – 2 Hours – Multiple Choice Questions
|SYLLABUS||REFERENCE BOOKS(Class X level preparation is enough)|
|Maths, Data Interpretation||NCERTs 7 to 11|
Fast Track Objective Arithmetic
previous year papers
|Reasoning, Arrangement, Blood Relations||High level reasoning: Analytical Reasoning by M.K.Pandey (BSC Publication)|
Routine Topics: R.S.Aggarwal.
previous year papers
|Comprehension, Inferences||Analytical Reasoning by M.K.Pandey|
previous year papers
|Decision Making, Communication Skill||Not asking recently. Refer previous year papers|
Join IAS junior Mentor Program to have a disciplined preparation or
- Memorize the syllabus.
- Make a schedule and regularly read from the above references.
- Understand the concepts clearly. Don’t try to memorize.
- Take previous year question papers and try answering questions.
- Solve as many mcqs as you can topicwise.
- Read, Revise, Retake test over and over again
- Refer the topics with current events
- Keep limited resource. Revise at-least 5 times from those resources.
Only those who can clear prelims are eligible to write mains exam
All Questions are subjective. You need to write answers to the word limit specified in qp.
Total Maximum Marks (qualifying papers should not be considered) = 1750
|Mains Exam Papers||Importance||Maximum Marks||Duration||Subjects|
|Compulsory Language Paper||Only Qualifying. i.e Marks won’t be counted for Cut Off||300||3 hours||Need to choose among 21 languages. Class X level standard qns asked|
|Compulsory English||Only Qualifying. i.e Marks won’t be counted for Cut Off||300||3 hours||Class X level standard qns asked|
|Essay||Marks counted for merit||250||3 hours||Topic/issue based and generic essays|
|GS Paper 1||Marks counted for merit||250||3 hours||Indian Heritage and Culture, History |
and Geography of the World and Society
|GS Paper 2||Marks counted for merit||250||3 hours||Governance,Constitution,Polity,Social Justice and International relations|
|GS Paper 3||Marks counted for merit||250||3 hours||Technology,Economic Development,Bio-diversity,Environment,Security & Disaster Management|
|GS Paper 4||Marks counted for merit||250||3 hours||Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude|
|Optional Subject Paper 1||Marks counted for merit||250||3 hours||Need to choose one from 26 optional subjects – 2 papers on the same subject|
|Optional Subject Paper 2||Marks counted for merit||250||3 hours||Need to choose one from 26 optional subjects – 2 papers on the same subject|
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They will be expected to keep closely to the subject of the essay to arrange their ideas in orderly fashion and to write concisely. Credit will be given for effective and exact expression.
Contemporary Essays for Civil Services Examination – Ramesh Singh
(Only if needed)
| General Studies I (Indian heritage and culture, history and geography of India and the World)|
|General Studies II (Governance, constitution, polity, social justice and International relations management)|
|General Studies III (Technology, economic development, bio diversity, environment, security and disaster management)|
|General Studies IV (ethics, integrity and aptitude) |
- The number of candidates to be selected for interview will be about two and half times the number of vacancies to be filled.
- The interview carries 275 marks (with no minimum qualifying marks).
- Interviews are conducted in UPSC building in Delhi.
- There will be panel of 4 – 5 members who will be interviewing you. One UPSC member + Retired senior Officers / Experts / Academicians.
- Your academic and general knowledge is already gauged in mains exam.
- What will they assess in interview is
– How alert you are.
– Leadership quality
– Do you have a balanced opinion?
– Your reaction to stress.
– Your curiosity to current happenings
– Your innovative but practical solution to social problems
– Your intellectual and moral integrity
- How you should prepare
You cannot change your personality completely if it doesn’t have above attributes. However, you can overcome your little weaknesses and mould yourself. To do that, You need to know about yourself first.
Become a positive and confident person. ‘To Be Officer’ will be excited not anxious or worried.
Improvise on your communication skills. Discussions with your peers, friends and family helps.
Prepare well for questions from your hobbies, graduation subject, optional subject, work experience, latest news, native place.
Give truthful and balanced answers.
Don’t beat around the bush. Come straight to the point.
Don’t give readymade answer. Be Yourself and express your true opinion. Smile throughout J.
Training Programme Overview for IAS Probationers
|Sl. No||Induction Programme||Duration (Weeks)||What is Taught?||Where is it held|
|1.||Foundational Training||15||Understanding of the constitutional, political, socio-economic and legal framework of the country.|
Building spirit-de-corps and cultivating an attitude of cooperation and inter-dependence.
|2||IAS Professional Training, Phase-I||26||Develop and hone the professional skills in handling a large range of responsibilities that an officer shoulders within the first ten years of service.||Bharat Darshan – Travels across country.|
Officer Trainees (OTs) attached to Parliamentary offices
|3||District Training||52||Learn about the various facets of administration at the district level. Assignments and field studies attached with tehsil, BDO, SDO, SP, includes 28 weeks Independent charge as Assistant Collector and Magistrate||Respective Postings in their allotted districts|
|4||IAS Professional Training, Phase-II||6||Learning and Study Assignment of the district experiences gained over one year.||LBSNAA, Mussoorie|
|Scales of IAS Officers||Pay Band|
|Junior Scales (0-4 years)||Rs 15600-39100 plus Grade Pay Rs 5400|
|Senior Scales (4-9 years)||Rs 15600-39100 plus Grade Pay Rs 6600|
|Junior Administrative grade (9 years+)||Rs 15600-39100 plus Grade Pay Rs 7600|
|Selection Grade (13 years+)||Rs 37400-67000 plus Grade Pay Rs 8700|
|Super Times Scale(16 year+)||Rs 37400-67000 plus Grade Pay Rs 10000|
|Above Super Time Scale(25 years+)||Rs 37400-67000. Plus Grade Pay of Rs 12000.|
The Apex Pay Scale of Rs 80000 (fixed). No Grade Pay.
Cabinet Secretary Grade of Rs 90000 (fixed). No Grade Pay.
Various Civil Service Posts you could get into based on your merit in the exam:
|Various Posts||Specific Training Centres|
|Indian Administrative Service (IAS)||LBSNAA, Mussoorie for IAS|
|The Indian Police Service (IPS)||Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy in Hyderabad.|
|The Indian Foreign Service (IFS)||Foreign Service Institute in New Delhi|
|Indian Audit and Accounts Service (IAAS)||National Academy of Audit and Accounts in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.|
|Indian Civil Accounts Service (ICAS)||National Institute of Financial Management (NIFM), Faridabad and National Academy of Direct Taxes at Nagpur|
|Indian Corporate Law Service (ICLS)||at Manesar, Haryana Campus of the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA)|
|Indian Defence Accounts Service (IDAS)||training grounds at Bangalore, Kolkata, Lucknow, Meerut, and Pune.|
|Indian Defence Estates Service (IDES)||National Institute of Defence Estates Management (NIDEM) located in New Delhi.|
|Indian Information Service (IIS)||Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC)|
|Indian Ordnance Factories Service (IOFS)||National Academy of Defence Production (NADP) in Nagpur.|
|Indian Post & Telecommunication Accounts and Finance Service (IP&TAFS) / The Indian Communication Finance Services (ICFS)||National Institute of Financial Management at Faridabad.|
|Indian Postal Service (IPoS)||Rafi Ahmed Kidwai National Postal Academy (RAKNPA) in Ghaziabad.|
|Indian Railway Accounts Service (IRAS)||National Academy of Direct Taxes in Nagpur; Railway Staff College in Vadodara|
|Indian Railway Personnel Service (IRPS)||National Academy of Indian Railways in Baroda|
|Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS)||Indian Railway Institute of Transportation Management (IRTM) in Lucknow.|
|Indian Revenue Service (IRS)||Nation Academy of Direct Taxes in Nagpur or the National Academy of Customs, Excise & Narcotics in Faridabad|
|Indian Trade Service (ITS)||Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) in New Delhi.|
|Railway Protection Force (RPF)||Jagjivan Ram Railway Protection Force Academy in Lucknow.|
|Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service||National Defence University|
|Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service||Delhi and respective states and Union Territories|
|Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Police Service||Delhi and respective states and Union Territories|
|Pondicherry Civil Service||Delhi and respective states and Union Territories|
|Pondicherry Police Civil Service||Delhi and respective states and Union Territories|