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 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||May 31, 2020|
|IAS Preliminary result||July|
|IAS Main exam date||September 18, 2020 (5 days)|
|IAS Main exam result||December 2020|
|IAS personality test/ interview||February/March 2021|
|IAS final result||April 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)
September 18, 2020
September 19, 2020
September 20, 2020
September 26, 2020
September 27, 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 2019:
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 Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released an important notice regarding the Civil Services interview (personality test) 2019. The Commission has postponed the interviews due to COVID19 (Coronavirus) scheduled between March 23 and April 3, 2020. Candidates are advised to follow the latest updates on the official website.
The IAS 2020 Preliminary examination scheduled on May 31. There is no official announcement yet regarding IAS 2020 Prelims exam postponed.20 March 2020
The UPSC has released the list of applications rejected due to non-payment of fee (fictitious fee). The Commission has not received the application fee of Rs 100 from the Bank authorities of the 51 candidates. Hence, UPSC has cancelled their applications and they are not eligible to appear for Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination 2020.
In case of any appeal, candidates should contact the UPSC within 10 days along with the documentary evidence of application fee payment. Aspirants can send the evidence either speed post or by hand only to The Under Secretary (CSP), Union Public Service Commission, Examination Hall Building, Hall No.2, 4th Floor, Dholpur House, Shahjahan Road, New Delhi- 10069.
The UPSC will conduct IAS Preliminary exam on May 31, 2020.12 March 2020
The UPSC is likely to close the IAS 2020 application window on March 3. Interested candidates who have not yet registered for the Civil Services Examination (CSE) 2020 can visit the official site to apply online.
Candidates should enter their all details including the number of attempts. One can appear for the UPSC exam only for 6 times till 32 years. It is 9 times for OBC and unlimited attempts for SC/ST categories. The registration will not be successful until the payment of a fee.
The Commission will conduct the IAS exam on May 31, 2020. The admit cards will be available at least three weeks before the exam date. The result will be declared in July. The qualified candidates will be eligible for the Main exam.2 March 2020
The UPSC has released the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) 2020 notification. Candidates who are aspiring for the pioneer government service in the country can register online through the official website. They can access the IAS notification 2020 on the official site. The Commission has released the Civil Services 2020 notification for a total of 796 vacancies.
The online application for IAS will be available through Civil Services 2020. The last date to apply online is March 3, 2020. Aspirants should pay the application fee to complete the Civil Services 2020 registration process.
The selection of the candidates will be based on the Civil Services' Preliminary, Mains and Interview. The first phase of the exam, i.e., Preliminary, will be held on May 31, 2020. Candidates will be allotted the IAS cadre based on their marks obtained in the Main examination and Interview. The Civil Services final result will be declared in April 2021.12 February 2020
The UPSC is likely to release the IAS notification 2020 on February 12. Candidates who are aspiring for the Civil Services can check the notification on the Commission's official website.
Candidates should meet all the prerequisites set by the UPSC to register online for the exam. The upper age limit is 32 years for candidates belonging to General category. One can attempt the exam only for six times.
Aspirants should pay the prescribed application fee to complete the registration process. The exam will be held on May 31, 2020. The online applications will be accepted until March 3, 2020.10 February 2020