Indian Administrative Service (IAS) was formerly known as the Imperial Civil Service (ICS) is the Civil Services Examination and one of the toughest competitive exams in India. It is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission for the recruitment of officers for the All India Administrative Civil Service.
The Indian Administrative Service is the premier administrative civil service of the Government of India. Hierarchy-wise, IAS is the highest administrative post among the 24 services like IPS, IFS etc.
Popularly known as the IAS exam, officially it is called as Civil Services Examination (CSE), which is conducted every year by the central recruiting agency, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).
IAS is the permanent bureaucracy in India and forms a part of the executive branch. It is one of the three All India Services, its cadre can be employed by both the Union Government, the State Governments and public-sector undertakings.
Indian Administrative Service (IAS) has been termed as one of the prestigious services among the 24 government services like IPS, IFS (Foreign), IFS (Forest), IP & TAFS, IAAS, IRS, IDAS, CMSE, IRTS, IRAS, IRPS, ITS, CAPF-AF to name a few.
All these examinations are conducted by UPSC in the form of Civil Services Examination (CSE) for selecting the appropriate candidates for the jobs. Every year lakhs of candidates appear for this examination, testing their lucks and hard work to get through one of these prestigious posts.
It is important to mention that any officer selected into the IAS can be employed by Union government, state governments and/or public-sector undertakings and gets exposure in numerous job roles like the collector, head of public sector units, commissioner, chief secretary, cabinet secretary to name a few.
When on deputation outside India, the IAS officer can be engaged in inter-governmental organizations like the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank (WB), the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), the United Nations (UN), or its agencies and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to name a few.
It is very important for aspirants to know and understand the requirements of the examination such as the UPSC IAS syllabus, pattern, eligibility criteria, application procedure and other such significant details before kick-starting the registrations.
Annually, the UPSC conducts the Civil Services Examination (CSE) to shortlist the candidates for more than 20 services, such as IAS, IPS and IFS. On average, more than eight lakh candidates register for the IAS exam and around five lakh candidates appear for the examination.
The selection of the candidates will be made through the preliminary exam, main examination and an interview/personality test. This year-long selection process will begin in the month of June and conclude in April. The final merit list for the CSE will be released in May.
|Exam||Civil Services Examination|
|Organising body||Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)|
|Exam type||Pen and paper-based (offline)|
|Number of services||24|
|Number of attempts||6 attempts|
|Number of Vacancies||Approximately 900|
|Expected registrations||More than 8 lakh|
The UPSC has released the important instructions for candidates while appearing for IAS Preliminary 2020 examination amid Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Candidates should wear a face mask or cover, carry their own hand sanitizer and following the social distancing norms at the exam centre. Aspirants can download UPSC IAS Prelims 2020 (COVID-19) exam guidelines here.
The UPSC has released the IAS final result 2020 in August. Aspirants can visit the official website to check the result. It has recommended a total of 829 candidates for appointment against 927 vacancies. The official result notice also stated that marks will be available on the official website within 15 days from the date of declaration of result. Check the complete details about IAS Civil Services Examination 2019 result.
The UPSC has postponed the IAS Prelims 2020 examination due to lockdown caused by Coronavirus (COVID 19) pandemic. The Preliminary exam scheduled on May 31 was postponed. The Commission will announce the new exam date on May 20 after assessing the situation. The Commission has announced the new exam date for Prelims in June. The IAS Prelims 2020 will be held on October 4, 2020. Explore UPSC Coronavirus latest updates.
The UPSC has released an important notice regarding the IAS Preliminary exam centre. The Commission allows IAS aspirants to change the Preliminary exam centre, if so. However, the UPSC made it clear that the change in the centres will be considered based on the principle of ''First-apply-first-allot'' basis.
The notice reads, "The window of submitting the revised choice of Centres by the candidates will be operational in two phases i.e. 7th-13th July, 2020 (06.00 PM) and 20th-24th July, 2020 (06.00 PM) on the Commission’s website https://upsconline.nic.in."
The UPSC also allows aspirants to withdraw the application during the period from August 1 to 8, 2020.
The UPSC has released the Civil Services Examination (CSE) 2020 notification on February 12, 2020. Candidates who are aiming for the All India Services along with other services can apply online between February 12 and March 3, 2020. The CSE notification was released for a total of 796 vacancies which include 24 vacancies for persons with benchmark disability category. Aspirants are advised to check the official notification for all the details.
The Civil Services Examination (CSE) notification will be released on February 12, 2020. Candidates can apply online until March 3, 2020. The preliminary exam will be held on May 31 and Main exam in the month of September.
|Civil Services Examination (CSE) notification||February 12, 2020|
|IAS online application form||February 12 to March 3, 2020|
|IAS Preliminary admit card||2nd week of May|
|IAS exam date||October 4, 2020|
|IAS Preliminary result||November 2020|
|IAS Main exam date||January 8, 2021 (5 days)|
|IAS Main exam result||February 2021|
|IAS personality test/ interview||March/April 2021|
|IAS final result||May 2021|
The total number of vacancies announced in the official notification is approximately 896, out of which 39 vacancies are reserved for Persons with Benchmark Disability Category. Aspirants should note that the list was prepared based on the previous year. The vacancies will be updated after the official notification.
|Total number of vacancies||796 (including 24 reserved vacancies)|
|Total reserved vacancies||24|
|Blindness and low vision||3|
|Deaf and hard of hearing||9|
Candidates have to note that the final number of vacancies may change after getting the firm number of vacancies from the Cadre Controlling Authorities.
The UPSC has activated the IAS application form 2020 window on February 12. Interested candidates who meet all the eligibility conditions set by the Commission can register for IAS exam until March 3, 2020.
Aspirants need to complete the application form of IAS with great attention. A single mistake in IAS application form 2020 would lead aspirants to wait for one more year. Hence, we suggest candidates to refer our UPSC online application form 2020 page for detailed steps.
The UPSC will release the Civil Services Main Exam dates on its official website. Aspirants who have passed with flying colours in Preliminary Exam are only eligible to appear for the Main Examination. The Commission conducts the Main Examination for a total of five days in the month of September. Candidates are advised to explore the Civil Services Main Exam dates 2020.
(9.00 AM to 12.00 Noon)
(2.00 PM to 5.00 PM)
January 8, 2021
January 9, 2021
January 10, 2020
January 16, 2020
January 17, 2020
An IAS officer is given administrative command of an entire district as a District Collector. IAS officers also represent the Government of India at the international level in bilateral and multilateral negotiations.
Given below is the detailed scenario like eligibility criteria, roles & responsibilities, etc. for the upcoming Civil Services Examination 2020:
Candidate applying for the Civil Services 2020 exam is required to fulfil the following criteria:
A candidate should be a minimum of 21 years and maximum 32 years old as on August 01, 2020. But he/she must have been born not earlier than August 02, 1988 and not later than August 01, 1999. Necessary action will take to make corresponding changes in respective Rules/Regulations pertaining to various services.
The upper age limit prescribed above is relaxable for the following candidates:
Restriction on the maximum number of attempts is effective since 1984:
The role of IAS officers is very venerable, demands a great deal of responsibility and reverence. It is also important that an officer is physically and mentally fit and healthy to handle the work pressure without giving in. The following are the roles and responsibilities that an IAS officer is deputed:
The UPSC has released the IAS (Mains) exam 2020 schedule. Candidates who have qualified the IAS (preliminary) exam 2020 will be eligible for the Main exam.
The Commission will conduct the IAS (Main) exam 2020 from January 8, 9, 10, 16 and 17, 2021. The IAS Main exam will be held in two session - forenoon session (9 AM to 12 noon) and afternoon session (2 PM to 5 PM).
The UPSC will be releasing the IAS Mains admit card 2020 in the last week of December.6 November 2020
The UPSC has started accepting the Detailed Application Form (DAF-I) Mains application form for IAS Exam 2020. Candidates who have passed with flying colours and shortlisted for the Mains exam can submit the DAF-I online application on the official website. The last date to submit the IAS Mains DAF Application Form-I is November 11, 2020.
Aspirants should pay Rs 200 as application fee for IAS Mains exam 2020. The Commission will conduct the IAS Mains exam from January 8, 2021, across different centres of India.28 October 2020
The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has declared the IAS Preliminary 2020 result on October 23. Candidates can check their IAS Prelims result 2020 in the pdf file through their roll number.
Candidates who have qualified in the IAS Preliminary 2020 exam have to fill the DAF for IAS Mains exam 2020. The IAS DAF 1 form will be available from October 28 to November 11, 2020, till 06:00 P.M.
The Commission has conducted the IAS Prelims 2020 exam on October 4. The IAS Mains exam will be held from January 8, 2021. onwards (5 days).24 October 2020
Press Information Bureau (PIB) has busted the fake news circulating on social media regarding the upper age limit of the IAS exam. A piece of news circulating on social media stated that UPSC is likely to reduce the upper age limit for IAS from 32 years to 26 years. The claim is fake.
The upper age limit for UPSC IAS is 32 years for general category and age relaxation is provided for OBC, SC and ST categories. IAS aspirants are advised to follow the news only on the official site of UPSC.
PIB tweeted, "Claim: In a news article, it is being claimed that the maximum age for taking the UPSC Civil Examination for students of general category is going to decrease from 32 years to 26 years. #PIBFactCheck: This claim is fake. No such decision has been taken by UPSC."23 October 2020
The UPSC has released the IAS marksheet for the Civil Services 2019 examination. Candidates who have appeared for the written examination can check the marksheet at the official site with their login details.
Aspirants are advised to download the markseet and cross-check the same with the official answer key available on the official site.
The UPSC has conducted the Preliminary exam in May 2019 and Main exam in October 2019. The personality test or interview for the 2019 exam got delayed and held in August 2020 due to COVID pandemic.17 October 2020