About UPSC Civil Service Exam


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.

Educational Qualification

Candidates must hold graduation degree. Candidate who have appeared in qualifying degree is also eligible for this exam.

IAS Prelims Examination

IAS Prelims Exam consists of two papers those are General Studies Paper I and General Studies Paper-II (CSAT). CSAT means Civil Service Aptitude Test.

Both the papers carry 200 marks each. IAS Prelims General Studies Paper I contains 100 questions of 2 marks each

IAS Prelims Paper II CSAT contains 80 questions of 2.5 marks each.

Candidates are tested rigorously on areas of History, Economics, Polity, Geography, Environment, Science and Technology in General Studies Paper I.

Comprehension, basic numeracy, decision making and English in General Studies Paper II CSAT.

CUT OFF 2015:

IAS Prelims cut off for General Category was 107.34 out of 200 subject to minimum 66 marks in paper-2. Cut off for Main (written) exam was 676 out of 1750 subject to minimum 10 % in each paper. THe final cut off was 877

IAS Main Examination


Those who qualify the Preliminary exam proceed to IAS Main examination. IAS Main exam would start in month of 28.10.2017 and duration of exam would be five days.

Syllabus for IAS Main exam is contained in Notification

Main Exam consists of Language Test (English and one Indian Language), Essay Writing, General Studies I, General Studies II, General Studies III and General Studies IV, and Optional Paper I and II.


IAS Personality Test

Those who qualify the Main (Written) Exam are called for interview. Generally two times candidates of notified vacancies are given call for interview. Interview will be conducted in month of April –May 2018.