IAS Exam (Indian Civil Services Exam) is conducted by UPSC every year. Exam notifications are published in the employment news and other leading newspapers in the month of November / December and exam is conducted in the month of May the very next (following) year.
IAS Exam Eligibility Criteria:
Age Limit: Candidate’s age should lie from 21 to 30 years on 1st August of the year of examination. For SC / ST candidates, 5 years relaxation in upper age is given.
No. of Allowed Attempts: general (open) category candidates can appear up to 4 times where as physically disabled and OBC category candidates can appear up to 7 times and SC /ST candidates can appear any number of times.
Educational Qualifications: candidate should be holding graduate degree in any stream from a recognized university or equivalent. Candidate’s appearing in Graduation final year can also appear in entrance exam but they are required to produce degree proof and other essential documents asked by commission on some prescribed date.
IAS Exam Selection Procedure: Entrance is divided into 3 parts :
Written Test (Preliminary Exam and Main Exam), Personality Interview
NOTE: Only Students who qualified preliminary exam will appear in Main exam and students who qualify the main exam will have to appear for personality interview.
IAS Preliminary Exam: Exam will be of objective type and is consisted of two papers :
Paper 1: general studies (total 150 marks)
Paper 2: Optional subject selected by candidate ( total 300 marks)
NOTE: language of exam can be Hindi or English.
List of optional Subjects for IAS Preliminary Exam:
Public Administration, Indian History, Zoology, Law, Mechanical Engineering, Botany, Agriculture, Mathematics, Geography, Sociology, Medical Science, Chemistry, physics, Commerce, Political Science, Civil Engg ,Electrical Engg , Geology, Statistics, Economics, Animal Husbandry / Vetinary Secience, Philosophy, Psychology.
IAS Main Exam: Main exam scheme will be as follows:
1st paper: 300 marks paper on any Indian language selected by candidate from 18 languages mentioned in constitution’s viii schedule. this is a qualifying paper.
2nd paper: 300 marks on English. This is a qualifying paper.
3rd paper: 200 marks on Essay Writing.
4th & 5th paper: 300 marks each on general studies.
6th, 7th, 8th and 9th papers: 300 marks each on any two optional subjects chosen by candidate.
List of optional Subjects for IAS Main Exam:
Agriculture, Management, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Botany, , Chemistry, Philosophy, Civil Engineering, Physics, Commerce & Accountancy, Political Science & International Relations
Economics, Psychology, Electrical Engineering, Public Administration,Anthropology, Geography, , Geology, Statistics
Indian History, Zoology, Law, Animal Husbandry & Vetinary Science., Sociology, Medical Science.
Peronslaity Interview: Candidates who qualify main test will be called for personality. interview which is the final test of 300 marks.
For more information about IAS (Civil Services Exam) , visit UPSC website: http://www.upsc.gov.in