IAS Examination Pattern

All India Combined Competitive Examination for the Civil Services conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) comprises of two successive stages:

* Preliminary Examination : It is of objective type, which is a qualifying examination.
* Main Examination : It consists of written examination and interview.

The Preliminary Examination is held in May/June and the Main Examination in October/November. One must begin preparations of the main exam along with preliminary exam. This is because there is little time for the Main exam if one waits for the results of the Preliminaries.

A candidate is permitted 4 attempts at the examination. If a person appears in the Preliminary Exam or even appears in one paper, it is counted as an attempt.

Selection to the Indian Forest Service, on the other hand, is on the basis of a written test held in the month of July/August every year. The test comprises: two compulsory papers (General English and General Knowledge); and additional papers in any two subjects chosen from the following options: agriculture / botany / chemistry / physics / geology / zoology / mathematics / agricultural engineering / chemical engineering / civil engineering / mechanical engineering , excepting combinations of agriculture and agricultural engineering , chemistry and chemical engineering.

Examination Papers:

Preliminary Examination The preliminary examination consists of two papers:

* Paper I — General Studies 150 marks
* Paper II — An Optional subject 300 marks

Subjects for Paper II (one subject to be selected): Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science, Botany, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Commerce, Economics, Electrical Engineering, Geography, Geology, Indian History, Law, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Medical Science, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Administration, Sociology, Statistics, Zoology.

Both the papers will be of objective type questions (multiple choice). The question papers are set in Hindi as well as in English. The course content for the optional subjects will be of the degree level. Each paper is of two hours duration. Blind candidates are allowed an extra time of 20 minutes for each paper.

Main Examination It Consists of the following papers:

* Paper I – One Indian language (selected by the candidate) 300 marks
* Paper II – English 300 marks
* Paper III – Essay 200 marks
* Paper IV&V – General Studies 300 marks each
* Paper VI-IX – Any two subjects (optional papers to be selected by the candidate) with two papers each 300 marks for each.

Each paper is of 3 hours duration.

Optional Papers: Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science, Botany, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Commerce, Economics, Electrical Engineering, Geography, Geology, Indian History, Law, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Medical Science, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Administration, Sociology, Statistics, Zoology. The following combinations not allowed are:

* Political Science & International Relations and Public Administration
* Commerce and Management
* Anthropology and Sociology
* Maths and Statistics
* Agriculture and Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
* Management and Public Administration
* Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science and Medical Science
* Any two branches of engineering.

Interview

The final stage of selection is the interview which is conducted in April/May every year. Candidate will be asked questions on matters of general interest. The object is to assess the personal suitability and judge the mental caliber of the candidate. The candidate must exhibit an intelligent interest in events happening around him so that he appears to be a complete personality.

There is also a medical test, especially rigid for IPS. Out of the final candidates selected top rankers are appointed as IAS officers.

Once appointed, all probationary officers of the All India and Central Services undergo a compulsory foundation training.

If you have questions, please ask below

17 Comments

  1. krishna kumar says:

    how a chemical engineer can go for ias exams. i.e. subject combinations. am i eligible in my final year .

  2. harish says:

    hi i wish to take mathematics as an optional for IAS mains please tell me whether marks will be given for each steps while solving a problem ……………

  3. Abhijit says:

    What will be the optional subject for the MCA student who will be preparing for IAS?

  4. Santosh Kumar Meena says:

    hi
    what is syllabus of CSAT-2011(IAS pre exam – 2011)

  5. neeraj kumar says:

    what procedure of ias exam for chemical engineering and pls send also syallbus

  6. MONIS KHAN says:

    WHAT SUBJECTS SHOULD A CHEMICAL ENGINEER OPT FOR UPSC EXAMINATION

  7. sachin says:

    how many candidates are selected in preliminary and main exams
    and how many students appear

  8. pooja says:

    CAN I GIVE I.A.S EXAM IN HINDI MEDIUM. PLZ TELL ME HURRY UP

  9. Shashikala says:

    Hi,
    I completed BBM, now i applied for ias exam, please send information regarding entrence exam or written test conduct for ias

  10. yash shah says:

    m frm last yr IT engineerin..hw many yrs do i need 2 prepare fr IAS examination??

  11. savitha fernandes says:

    where is the test centre for ias

  12. rajasekhar says:

    i complited my b.com i want to appear for IAS.please send the procedure for how to approach ias

  13. kanaga says:

    hi
    i am pursuing my B.E ECE. I want select my optional subject as in my school level.which subject i can select.please give some idea.

  14. Githin Geevarghese says:

    respected sir / madam
    my name is githin geevarghese, i am a graduate in nursing, but i interested in civil service. can i write ias exam .can u suggest the subjects better for me..

  15. deepthi says:

    anthropologi is my optional please sugest books

  16. b.nikitha. says:

    what will be the training time

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