IAS (Indian Administrative Services)

Eligibility Criteria

Age Educational Qualification No. of Attempts
General 21-32 Years
Graduate (any stream)
General 6
OBC 21-35 Years
Graduate (any stream)
SC/ST  21-37 Years
Graduate (any stream)
SC/ST Any number of attempts in the age limit

Examination Pattern

IAS exam covers three stages:-

Stage-1 - Preliminary Examination

Paper-I (200 Marks)   Duration : 2 Hrs.
S.No. Subject
1. Indian History and Freedom Struggle
2. World and Indian Geography : Physical, Social, Economic, Political Geog.
3. Indian Polity : (i) Constitution
4. Indian Economy
5. General Science : (i) Zoology (ii) Botany (iii) Physics and Chemistry
6. Bio diversity
7. Ecology and Environment
8. Current Events of National and International Importance
Paper-I (200 Marks)   Duration : 2 Hrs.
S.No. Subject
1. Decision Making & Problem Solving
2. Interpersonal Skill & Communication Skill)
3. Comprehension
4. Administrative Analytical Reasoning
5. Basic Numeracy
6. General Mental Ability
7. Data Interpretation

Note :
  • The questions will be multiple choice, objective type.
  • Correct Marking-2 Marks for each correct answer.
  • Negative Marking-0.33 Marks of the marks assigned to the Question.

Stage-II - Mains Examination

The main Examination is intended to assess the overall intellectual traits and depth of understanding of candidates rather than merely the range of their information and memory. The nature and standard of questions in the General Studies papers (Paper II to Paper V) will be such that a well-educated person will be able to answer them without any specialized study. The questions will be such as to test a candidate's general awareness of a variety of subjects, which will have relevance for a career in Civil Services. The questions are likely to test the candidate's basic understanding of all relevant issues, and ability to analyze, and take a view on conflicting socio-economic goals, objectives and demands. The candidates must give relevant, meaningful and succinct answers. Syllabi of the papers of general studies included in the scheme of Civil Services (Main) Examination are given as follows:-

Qualifying Papers

Paper-A (300 Marks)
One language paper from list of eight schedule such as Hindi language.
Paper-B (300 Marks)
English Language

Paper to be counted for Merit

S.No. Paper Marks Topic
1. PAPER-I – Essay:

Candidates will be required to write an essay on a specific topic. The choice of subjects will be given. 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.

General Studies 2nd Paper
  1. Indian Heritage and Culture
  2. World History
  3. World & Indian Geography
  4. Social Issues
General Studies 1st Paper
  1. Governance
  2. Constitution
  3. Political System
  4. Social Justice
  5. International Relation
General Studies 3rd Paper
  1. Technology
  2. Economic Development
  3. Biodiversity
  4. Environment
  5. Security
General Studies 4th Paper
  1. Ethics
  2. Integrity
  3. Administrative Aptitude
Optional Paper-I
Optional Paper-II
Written Examination Total Marks= 1750
Personality Test = 275
Total Marks : 2025
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