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About Exam

IMPORTANT:

Besides the information given below regarding IAS Examination, SATHYA IAS ACADEMY not only alert its students with new changes introduced by UPSC but also predicts well in advance about the changes in the upcoming Civil Services Examination.

IAS Examination Pattern

The entrance for Civil Services comprises of two successive stages:

Preliminary Examination (abjective type with negative marks)

Main Examination (Written and Interview)

The details follow:

A. IAS Preliminary Examination

Paper Subject Duration Maximum Marks
I General Studies 2 hours 200
II CSAT 2 hours 200
Total 400

For the Syllabus of the Preliminary Exam check “Prelims” under Study Guide.

The Study guide also provides, syllabus, suggested readings, books, sathya and previous years question papers for all subjects.

For more detailed exam instructions for Conventional and Objective type papers go through Exam Instructions.

B.1. IAS Main Examination

Paper Subject Duration Maximum Marks
I One of the Indian Languages chosen from the prescribed list 3 hours
II English 3 hours
III Essay 3 hours 250
IV General Studies paper I 3 hours 250
V General Studies paper II 3 hours 250
VI General Studies Paper III 3 hours 250
VII General Studies Paper IV 3 hours 250
VIII Optional Subject  – Paper 1 3 hours 250
IX Optional Subject  – Paper 2 3 hours 250
Total 1750

For the list of optional subjects and syllabus for the Main Exam check �Mains� under Study Guide.

The Study guide also provides, syllabus, suggested readings, books, sathya and previous years question papers for all subjects.

For more detailed exam instructions for Conventional and Objective type papers go through Exam Instructions.

B.2. IAS Interview

Eligibility

Nationality

A candidate must be either:

(a) A citizen of India, or

(b) a subject of Nepal, or

(c) a subject of Bhutan, or

(d) a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India. or

(e) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Srilanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.

Age Limits

A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 30 years on 1st August of notification year.

The upper age limit prescribed above will be relaxable in the follwing cases:

(disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof)

NOTE II

Cumulative Age relaxation

Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes and the Other Backward Classes who are also covered under other clauses mentioned above will be eligible for grant of cumulative age-relaxation under both the categories.

Ex-servicemen eligibility

The term ex-servicemen will apply to the persons who are defined as ex-servicemen in the Ex-servicemen (Re-employment in Civil Services and Posts) Rules, 1979, as amended from time to time.

The age concession will not be admissible to Ex-Servicemen and Commissioned Officers including ECOs/SSCOs, who are released on own request.

NOTE II

Date of Birth Certificate

The date of birth accepted by the Commission is that entered in the Matriculation or Secondary School Leaving Certificate or in a certificate recognised by an Indian University as equivalent to Matriculation or in an extract from a Register of Matriculates maintained by a University, which extract must be certified by the proper authority of the University or in the Higher Secondary or an equivalent examination certificate.

No other document relating to age like horoscopes, affidavits, birth extracts from Municipal Corporation, service records and the like will be accepted.

Once the date of birth is recorded in the Commission, no change is allowed subsequently (or at any other Examination of the Commission) on any grounds whatsoever.

Educational Qualifications

The candidate must hold a degree of any of 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 deemed as a University Under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification.

NOTE

Number of attempts

The maximum number of attempts restriction is effective from the examination held in 1984. In case other eligibility conditions apply:

Recently UPSC has provided two more attempts for each category

NOTE1

NOTE 2: Restrictions on reapplying for the examination

How to Apply for IAS Examination

Application form

NOTE 1

(A) Submit the application directly to the commission

All candidates, whether already in Government Service, or in Government owned industrial undertakings or other similar organizations or in private employment should submit their applications direct to the Commission.

(B) Information to the Head of Department of your Employer

Persons already in Government service, whether in a permanent or temporary capacity or as workcharged employees other than casual or daily rated employees or those serving under Public Enterprises are required inform (in writing) to their Head of Office/Department that they have applied for the Examination.

(C) Employer’s permission for the examination

In case a communication is received from their employer by the Commission withholding permission to the candidates applying for/appearing at the examination, their applications will be liable to be rejected/candidature will be liable to be canceled.

NOTE 2

Only one application for one examination

While filling in his/her application form, the candidate should carefully decide about his choice for the centre and optional subjects for the Examination. More than one application from a candidate giving Different centres and/or optional subjects will not be accepted in any case.

NOTE 3

(A) No submission of certificates is required with the application

Candidates are not required to submit along with their applications any certificate(s) in support of their claims regarding Age, Educational Qualifications, Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes/Other Backward Classes and Physically disabled etc.

(B) The certificates will be required only after the results of the written examination

Candidates are requested to keep ready the attested copies of the following documents for submission to the Commission soon after the declaration of the result of the written part of the examination.

  1. Certificate of Age.
  2. Certificate of Educational Qualification.
  3. Certificate in support of claim to belong to Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and Other Backward Classes/Physically Disabled where applicable.
  4. Certificate in support of claim for age/fee concession, where applicable.

Application Fees

NOTE

Receipt of Application

The completed application form should reach the following address:

Secretary, Union Public Service Commission,

Dholpur House,

Shahjahan Road,

New Delhi-110069

Last date relaxation

NOTE

NOTE:

Besides above information regarding IAS Examination, SATHYA IAS ACADEMY not only alert its students with new changes introduced by UPSC but also predicts well in advance about the changes in the upcoming Civil Srvices Examination