IAS Exam

Indian Administrative Service Exam

What is IAS Exam?

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.

Founded:

  • 1858 (as Imperial Civil Service)
  • January 26, 1950 (as Indian Administrative 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.

IAS Exam Highlights

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
Exam level National
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
Admit card  online
Expected registrations More than 8 lakh

UPSC IAS Final Result 2020 

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. 

Download UPSC IAS Final Result 2020

Download UPSC IAS Toppers 2020 List

UPSC IAS Prelims Exam Date 2020 

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

IAS Prelims Exam Centre Change Option 

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. 

UPSC IAS Notification 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. 

Click here to download UPSC IAS notification 2020

UPSC IAS Exam 2020 Important Dates  

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

IAS 2020 Number Of Vacancies 

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
Locomotor disability 8
Multiple disabilities 4

Candidates have to note that the final number of vacancies may change after getting the firm number of vacancies from the Cadre Controlling Authorities. 

IAS Application Form 2020 

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. 

IAS Online Application Form 2020 Steps 

  • Visit the official site of UPSC – www.upsc.gov.in 
  • Go to ''Apply Online'' tab. 
  • Click on ''Online Application for Various Examinations'' 
  • Find the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination 
  • Start IAS registration with Part-I. 
  • Fill-up the personal details, educational qualification and address. 
  • Pay the prescribed application fee (Rs 100)
  • Choose the exam centre 
  • Upload the photo, sign and photo identity card. 
  • Accept the declaration. 
  • Check the complete details and submit. 
  • Take a printout of IAS application form for future reference. 

UPSC IAS Main Exam Dates 2020 (Tentative)

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

Date

Forenoon Session

(9.00 AM to 12.00 Noon)

Afternoon Session

(2.00 PM to 5.00 PM)

January 8, 2021

(Friday) 

Paper-I

Essay

No Paper 

January 9, 2021

(Saturday) 

Paper-II

General Studies‐I

Paper-III

General Studies‐II

January 10, 2020

(Sunday)

Paper-IV

General Studies‐III

Paper-V

General Studies‐IV

January 16, 2020

(Saturday) 

Paper‐A

Indian Language

Paper‐B

English 

January 17, 2020

(Sunday) 

Paper‐VI

Optional Paper-I

Paper‐VII

Optional Paper-II

Being an IAS Officer

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:


  • Main Syllabus

     
  • Prelims Syllabus

     

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Nationality:

    • Candidate must be a citizen of India
    • Candidate must be a citizen of Nepal or a subject of Bhutan
    • Candidate must be a Tibetan Refugee who came to India before January 1, 1962, to be settled permanently in India
    • Candidate must be person of Indian Origin who has migrated from Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam, Zaire, or Zambia with an intention of permanently settling in India
  2. Educational Qualification:

    Candidate applying for the Civil Services 2020 exam is required to fulfil the following criteria:

    • Candidate must hold a Bachelor's Degree from any of the recognized universities
    • Candidates who have appeared for the qualifying examination and are awaiting results or those who are yet to appear for the qualifying examination are also eligible for the Preliminary Examination. Such candidates have to produce proof of passing the said examination along with the application for the Main Examination
    • Candidates with professional and technical qualifications recognized by the Government or its equivalent are also eligible to apply
    • Candidates who have passed the final year of MBBS or any Medical Examination but are yet to complete the internship can also appear for the Main Examination. However, they must submit a certificate from the concerned University that they have passed the final professional medical examination
  3. Age Limit :

    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:

    • 5 Years - Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST)
    • 3 Years - Other Backward Classes (OBC)
    • 3 Years - Defence Services personnel
    • 5 Years - ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least 5 years Military Service as on August 01, 2020.
    • 5 Years in the case of ECOs/SSCOs
    • 10 Years - Blind, deaf-mute, and orthopedically handicapped persons
    • 5 Years -  In the case of ECOs/SSCOs who have completed an initial period of assignment of five years of Military Service as on 1st August, 2019 and whose assignment has been extended beyond five years and in whose case the Ministry of Defence issues a certificate that they can apply for civil employment and that they will be released on three months’ notice on selection from the date of receipt of offer of appointment
  4. Number of attempts:

    Restriction on the maximum number of attempts is effective since 1984:

    • For General Candidates: 6 attempts (Up to 32 Years)
    • Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Candidates (SC/ST): No Limits (Up to 37 Years)
    • Other Backward Classes (OBC): 9 attempts (Up to 35 Years)
    • Physically handicapped- 9 attempts for general and OBC, while unlimited for SC/ST

Roles and Responsibilities

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:

  • Handling affairs of government that involve framing and implementation of policy in consultation with the concerned Minister
  • Implementing policies through supervision and also traveling to the places where the approved policies will be implemented
  • Implementing policies comprises disbursement of funds through personal supervision
  • Answerable to the Parliament and State Legislatures for any violation of rules while on duty
  • Functions and responsibilities differ at different levels of career.
  • Initially, IAS officers join the state administration at the sub-divisional level, resuming their services as sub-divisional magistrates, and look after law and order, general administration and development work in the area assigned to them
  • The post of the District Officer also known as District Magistrate, District Collector or Deputy Commissioner is the highly respected and responsible post the IAS officers enjoy
  • At the district level, an IAS officer deals with district affairs, including implementation of developmental programs
  • The officers may also be appointed in the State Secretariat or they may serve as Heads of Departments or in Public Sector Undertakings
  • They may serve in different positions from the State to the Centre and vice versa. This happens through deputation.
  • At the Centre, IAS officers serve at the highest position as the Cabinet Secretaries, Secretaries/Additional Secretaries, Joint Secretaries, Directors, Deputy Secretaries and Under Secretaries. They are appointed to these posts based on seniority.
  • At the Centre, the IAS officers play a key role in formulation and implementation of policies related to a particular area; for instance, finance, commerce, etc.
  • During formulation of a policy and decision making, IAS officers serving at different levels i.e. joint secretary, deputy secretary give their valuable inputs
  • The policy takes its final shape through a final decision the minister concerned or the cabinet, depending on the seriousness of the situation
IAS Prelims 'CSAT Paper' Not To Be Dropped: Minister Jitendra Singh

Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh replied has informed that the Government of India is not interested to drop the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) in the Civil Services Examination (CSE) Preliminary exam. He revealed the information in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha in a query on the plans to drop the UPSC CSAT paper in Prelims.

The IAS selection process consists of Preliminary, Mains and Personality Test (Interview). The IAS Preliminary exams consist of two papers - General Studies and CSAT paper. The IAS 2020 Prelims to be conducted on October 4, 2020. The Commission has released the IAS Prelims 2020 admit card for the written exam. 

17 September 2020
IAS Admit Card 2020 Released

The UPSC has released the IAS Preliminary exam admit card 2020 on the official website. Candidates who have registered for the IAS 2020 examination can visit the official website to download IAS Prelims hall ticket 2020.

Candidates can download their IAS Prelims admit card either using their registration number or roll number and date of birth. One should download the IAS admit card and take a printout of the same. They should carry the hard copy of downloaded IAS admit card 2020 to the examination centre.

The IAS (Prelims) exam 2020 will be conducted on October 4. The Commission has also released the list of candidates who have withdrawn their online applications for Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination 2020.

1 September 2020
IAS 2021 Prelims And Mains Exam Date Announced

The UPSC has released the IAS 2021 Prelims and Mains exam date. It has released the UPSC Calendar for the list of examinations or recruitment tests to be conducted in 2021. 

  • IAS Preliminary Exam Date 2021 - June 27
  • IAS Mains Exam Date 2021 - September 17 (5 days)

The official notice reads, "The dates of notification, commencement and duration of Examinations/ RTs are liable to alteration, if the circumstances so warrant."  

Aspirants can visit the official site to download the UPSC Calendar 2021. It has released the exam dates for other examinations such as NDA, CDS, IES, IFS and Engineering Services. 

28 August 2020
IAS Cut-off 2019 Released

The UPSC has declared the IAS cut-off marks list. It has released the cut-off for all the three stages of the exam 2019. Candidates can check the list based on various categories. Earlier, it has also released the final result of IAS 2019. 

The list below is the marks secured by the last recommended candidate in General category.  

  • CS (Prelims) - 98
  • CS (Main) - 751
  • CS (Final) - 961

The official notice reads, "Cut off marks on the basis of GS Paper-I only. GS Paper-II was of qualifying nature with 33% marks as per Rule-15 of Civil Services Examination, 2019." 

14 August 2020
UPSC Has Not Notified COVID Related Instructions For IAS Prelims 2020

The UPSC has announced that the Commission has not notified any COVID-19 related instructions for the IAS exam 2020. 

A piece of news circulated in the social media claims that UPSC will only allow candidates who test COVID-19 negative to appear for the IAS Prelims exam 2020. According to the government's fact check, the Commission made it clear that it has not released such guidelines regarding the exam.

Earlier, the UPSC has postponed the IAS Preliminary exam 2020 and decided to conduct the exam on October 4 after outbreak of Novel Coronavirus. 

13 August 2020
IAS Final Result 2019 Declared
IAS Prelims 2020 Centre Change Closing Date Today
IAS Prelims 2020: Exam Centre Change Option Till July 13
IAS Prelims 2020: UPSC Allows Aspirants To Change Exam Centre
IAS 2019 Interview Schedule Released
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