What is the structure of IAS Prelims Exam?

Q. What is the structure of IAS Prelims Exam?


Answer:Civil service Preliminary examination consists of two papers i.e. General Studies Paper-I and General Studies Paper-II (CSAT). Both the papers carry 200 marks each. IAS Prelims General Studies Paper I contains 100 questions of 2 marks each and IAS Prelims General Studies Paper II CSAT contains 80 questions of 2.5 marks each.


Can a candidate who has completed his education from an open school/ University apply for Commission's Examination

Q. Minimum Educational Qualification/ Can a candidate who has completed his education from an open school/ University apply for Commission's Examination?      

Answer:  A degree of any of the Universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be a Deemed University under the UGC Act, 1956, or an equivalent qualification.

Candidates who have appeared or intend to appear for the qualifying examination and are awaiting results are also eligible to appear for the Preliminary Examination however, they are supposed to submit proof of passing the requisite qualification along with Detailed Application.

Candidate who has completed his education from an open school/ University can apply for Commission's Examination; provided it is a recognized University and he possess the educational qualifications prescribed for the exam and is otherwise eligible. 

How to prepare for IAS Interview?


Question: How to prepare for IAS Interview?

Answer: IAS interview is not just an interview, but an overall test of the personality of a candidate. IAS interview for Civil Service Exam is the last step of the ladder to your success. It is the final stage of an IAS examination. The interview round is not qualifying in nature, but it indeed plays a pivotal role in determining your selection and final rank. Therefore, it is absolutely imperative that each and every candidate should prepare for this final round with utmost zeal. In the IAS interview for civil service exam, the confidence, understanding and personality of the candidate is adjudged. Here are a few tips that will help you know how to prepare for IAS interview for civil service exam:

Fill your IAS forms meticulously

It is very important that you fill up your IAS forms very meticulously because your forms depict your level of seriousness. It is through these forms that the judges will acknowledge you. Therefore it becomes important for any candidate to fill up the forms with precision and earnestness.

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Importance of understanding and analysing the IAS Prelims syllabus

Question: What is the importance of understanding and analysing the IAS Prelims syllabus?


Answer: Understanding the syllabus for the IAS Prelims Exam is very important for the candidates in order to channelize their energy in the right direction. If a candidate fails to understand the syllabus clearly, it can lead to studying the irrelevant topics and hence wastage of time and effort. It can also lead to leaving out some of the important areas that are included in the syllabus. This makes it absolutely indispensable for the candidates to understand and analyse the IAS Prelims Syllabus properly.

The most important and the foremost step, here, is to take a thorough reading of the syllabus to get an idea about what all is broadly included in the exam. This will help the candidates further analyse which topics would be included under these broader topics.

The syllabus also needs to be analysed in the light of the previous years’ questions.  Some of the topics are not explicitly mentioned in the syllabus but are included within some broader topics. For example, Art and Culture is not directly mentioned under the IAS Prelims syllabus but as we look at the past years’ questions, we understand that quite a few questions have been asked from this topic which means that it has been implicitly mentioned under the Indian History section. Thus it is also important to read between the lines while analysing the syllabus which can be done by a combined analysis of the syllabus and previous years’ questions.

How to start preparation for IAS PRE 2017

Question: How to start preparation for IAS PRE 2017?

Answer: Union Public Service Commission has released the Examination Schedule for the 2017. According to the released schedule, the IAS Preliminary Exam 2017 will be conducted on 18th June, 2017. So for the candidates who are planning for the IAS Preliminary 2017 will have around few days from now. Right now is the ideal time to start the preparation as the exam demands around one year of concentrated and focused study. The candidate can start their preparation for the IAS Preliminary 2017 by starting from the basic books and learning about the current scenario of national and international happenings. IAS Preliminary Exam is a test of the candidates overall persona. It is all about to handle the pressure during exam preparation and at the time of exam.  It is high time to start preparation by gauging one’s own preparation in respect to the IAS Preliminary Examination. The IAS Preliminary Exam 2017 will consist of two papers because UPSC has not announced any further change in the pattern of IAS Preliminary examination. The candidate should always have a keen eye on the current events, their repercussions, their importance for the national and international scenario and above all the conditions which resulted in such event.

For the candidate Syllabus and the Previous Year Question Papers are the key to know the demand of the examination. The development of perspective is very important for the preparation of IAS Preliminary exam. The candidate should try to find out the ‘what’, ‘why’, ’how’, ’when’ and ’who’ of the news. The General Studies Paper I of the IAS Preliminary Exam, in the recent past, has become very much current oriented. The paper asked about the under currents of the news. The traditional who’s who is a thing of past now. The exam is more oriented toward the background of the news. The main and the big problem which the candidates are facing is the comprehensiveness of the information on a topic. The exam paper questions asked each and every aspect of any topic such as all the provisions of a policy or all the rules of any government notifications and the likes. This is a big problem which surfaces as the candidate appear in the examination.

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IAS Exam 2017: Understanding Process of Examination

Q. 1.  What is the Whole Process for IAS Exam 2015?

Answer.  Indian Administrative Service is Premier Administrative Service in India. Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the Exam for this service. Exam for this service is conducted in two stages. First stage exam is called IAS Prelims Exam which is conducted to screen the candidates. Those who qualify first stage (IAS Prelims) Test are called for IAS Main Exam. Generally around fifteen times candidates of notified vacancies are called for IAS Main Exam.

Notification for IAS exam was released on 22.02.2017 and candidates had to apply up to the 17.03.2017. IAS Prelims Exam would be conducted on 18th of June 2017. Union Public Service (UPSC) also notifies syllabus of IAS Prelims in advertisement.

Candidate must have completed 21 years of age. General category candidates are allowed 6 attempts and maximum age allowed is 32. There is no limit to number of attempts to SC/ST candidates and maximum age limit allowed is 37. OBC candidates have been given 9 attempts and maximum age allowed is 35.

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