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 720|
|Expected registrations||More than 8 lakh|
The UPSC has postponed the IAS Preliminary Exam 2021 scheduled on June 27 due to the ongoing lockdown and the second wave of Novel Coronavirus (COVID 19) pandemic. The Commission has decided to conduct the IAS Preliminary Exam 2021 on October 10th.
The official notice reads, "Due to the prevailing conditions caused by the Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19), the Union Public Service Commission has deferred the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2021, which was scheduled to be held on 27th June, 2021. Now, this Examination will be held on 10th October, 2021."
Big news for Civil Services aspirants! The Central Government has decided not to grant an extra attempt to Civil Services' aspirants, who could not appear for the Preliminary exam held in October last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Additional Solicitor General SV Raju said, "This is not the exam where you prepare at the last minutes. People prepare for years together."
The SC bench comprises of Justices AM Khanwilkar and Dinesh Maheshwari said, "We appreciate your stand."
The UPSC has released the important instructions for candidates while appearing for IAS Preliminary 2021 examination amid Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The sources suggest that the Commission is likely to continue the same guidelines to appear for the exam. Candidates should wear a face mask or cover, carry their own hand sanitiser and following the social distancing norms at the exam centre. Aspirants can download UPSC IAS Prelims 2021 (COVID-19) exam guidelines here.
The UPSC will be conducting the IAS Prelims 2021 exam in pen and paper mode on June 27. Candidates should note that the UPSC Civil Services 2021 exam date is based on the calendar issued in August.
The UPSC has released the Civil Services Examination (CSE) 2021 notification on March 4, 2021. Candidates who are aiming for the All India Services along with other services can apply online between March 4 and 24, 2021. The CSE notification was released for a total of 712 vacancies which include 22 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 was released on March 4, 2021. Candidates can apply online until March 24, 2021. The preliminary exam will be held on June 27 and Main exam in the month of September.
|Civil Services Examination (CSE) notification||March 4, 2021|
|IAS online application form||March 4 to 24, 2021|
|IAS Preliminary admit card||2nd week of May|
|IAS Prelims exam date||June 27, 2021|
|IAS Preliminary result||August 2021|
|IAS Main exam date||September 17, 2021 (5 days)|
|IAS Main exam result||November/ December 2021|
|IAS personality test/ interview||February/ March 2022|
|IAS final result||April 2022|
The total number of vacancies announced in the official notification is approximately 712, out of which 22 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 22 reserved vacancies)|
|Total reserved vacancies||22|
|Blindness and low vision||5|
|Deaf and hard of hearing||6|
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 2021 window on March 4. Interested candidates who meet all the eligibility conditions set by the Commission can register for IAS exam until March 24, 2021.
Aspirants need to complete the application form of IAS with great attention. A single mistake in IAS application form 2021 would lead aspirants to wait for one more year. Hence, we suggest candidates refer our UPSC online application form 2021 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 2021.
(9.00 AM to 12.00 Noon)
(2.00 PM to 5.00 PM)
September 17, 2021
September 18, 2021
January 19, 2021
January 25, 2021
January 26, 2021
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 2021 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, 2021. But he/she must have been born not earlier than August 02, 1989 and not later than August 01, 2000. 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 is all set to conduct the postponed IAS 2020 interviews from August 2. Candidates are advised to check the IAS interview 2020 date and session on the official website.
The official notice reads, "After reviewing the situation, the Commission has decided to commence the personality test of the civil services examination, 2020 from 02.08.2021,"
Earlier, the Commission has decided to defer the IAS interviews scheduled in April due to the COVID-19 pandemic.11 June 2021
The UPSC has deferred the IAS Preliminary exam scheduled on June 27 due to the second wave of Novel Coronavirus (COVID 19) pandemic. The Commission is likely to conduct the IAS preliminary exam on October 10, 2021.
The official notice reads, "Due to the prevailing conditions caused by the Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19), the Union Public Service Commission has deferred the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2021, which was scheduled to be held on 27th June, 2021. Now, this Examination will be held on 10th October, 2021."14 May 2021
The UPSC has postponed the IAS 2020 personality test (interview) process. Candidates who are aspiring for the exam scheduled to be conducted from April 26 to June 18 stands deferred.
The Commission has taken the decision due to a surge in the COVID-19 cases across the country. It is likely to announce the new interview schedules soon. The UPSC has also postponed the UPSC EPFO written exam and IES/ISS interview.20 April 2021
The UPSC has released the IAS interview date 2021. Candidates who were shortlisted for the final phase of the exam can check the interview date published on the official website.
The Commission will be conducting the IAS interview between April 26 and June 18, 2021. It will release the e-summons letters of personality tests (interviews) of the candidates will be available soon on the official website. The air tickets will be reimbursed booked through the Airlines or travel agents.7 April 2021
The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has started the Detailed Application Form (DAF-2) on March 25. The qualified candidates can fill the DAF 2 till April 5 on the official website at upsc.gov.in.
The IAS DAF II 2020 is an important step for candidates under the selection process to get their preferences in the order of merit. One should carry all the original documents to the interview.
Earlier, the UPSC has released the Mains result on March 23.25 March 2021