UPSC, IAS Examination

Every year for nearly one thousand seats several lakh candidates appear for Civil Services exam. UPSC conducts several exams like Civil Services Exam, IFS, NDA, CDS, SCRA, etc. The Civil Services Exam is popularly known as IAS exam which is the toughest exam of India. It includes various 24 services like IFS, IPS, IRS, IRPS, IDAS, ITS to name a few. The ration of vacancies and applicants itself shows how difficult it is to crack this exam. It needs very hard preparation in a well-planned manner. For more official details of exam conducted for 2019, visit the official link.

Official Notification link:


We are providing here some important information regarding IAS exam eligibility and related information.


  1. Citizenship:

1.1 For IAS, IFS, and IPS: The candidate must be a citizen of India.

1.2 For IRS: The candidate should be a citizen of India or

A person of Indian origin who has migrated from countries like Pakistan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Kenya, etc. with an intention of settling in India.


  1. Educational Qualification:

2.1 A degree from Central, State, Deemed University, Open University by regular, distance or correspondence or a degree recognized by Government of India.


  1. Age Limit:

3.1 Minimum age 21 and maximum age limit is 32 years as on 1st August of every year of examination. However, for SC/SC upper age limit is 37 years and for OBS it is 35 years.

  1. Exam Stages:

There are three stages of selection in civil services exam.

4.1 Preliminary Examination: This is objective type comprising two papers of general studies and aptitude test. The prelim exam is for qualifying for the Main exam. There will be 400 marks examination (200 marks for each paper). This is only the qualifying exam and will not be counted for merit.


4.2 Main Examination:  This is a subjective type and comprises of nine papers of essay type. Only qualified candidates from the Prelim exam can appear in the Main examination. The number of candidates qualifies for the main examination are twelve to thirteen times of vacancies.

There are nine papers. First two papers are of the qualifying type with 300 marks each.


Other seven papers are for merit list, each of 250 marks, totaling 1750 marks. There is negative marking of 0.33% of assigned marks for wrong answer attempted.

  1. Personal Interview: Then there will be a personality test of 275 marks. Grand total becomes 2025 marks.


Remember there is a maximum limit of attempting the IAS examination.

.. For General candidates: 4 times

.. OBS candidates: 7 times

.. SC/ST candidates: Unlimited times


Anu Kumari, second topper of 2018 Civil Services Exam, suggests that it is not important to do coaching. Every necessary information is available online. Only complete dedication towards preparation, hardworking and setting your target will lead you to success.


K.R. Nandini, topper of 2017 beliefs that after unsuccessful, the candidate should not get discouraged. They must continue with better preparation and hardworking, believing in themselves.


11845 candidates in Civil Services Prelim exam 2019 have qualified for the Main examination. These candidates must have re-submitted their application for the Main examination on the official website: as the last date was 16/08/2019. The main examination is scheduled for Friday, 20/09/2019.


The information provided above may be useful for the first-timers and also for students appearing after the first time.

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