Indian Administrative Service (IAS) was formerly known as 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 an 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) 2019 notification on February 19, 2019. Candidates who are aiming for the All India Services along with other services can apply online between February 19 and March 18, 2019. The CSE notification was released for more than 896 vacancies which include 39 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 19, 2019. Candidates can apply online until March 18, 2019. The preliminary exam will be held on June 2 and Main exam in the month of September.
|Civil Services Examination (CSE) notification||February 19, 2019|
|IAS online application form||February 19 to March 18, 2019|
|IAS Preliminary admit card||4th week of May|
|IAS exam date||June 2, 2019|
|IAS Preliminary result||July|
|IAS Main exam date||September 20, 2019 (5 days)|
|IAS Main exam result||December 2019|
|IAS personality test/ interview||February/March 2020|
|IAS final result||April 2020|
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 2019.
(9.00 AM to 12.00 Noon)
(2.00 PM to 5.00 PM)
September 20, 2019
September 21, 2019
September 22, 2019
September 28, 2019
September 29, 2019
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.
|Total number of vacancies||896 (including 39 reserved vacancies)|
|Total reserved vacancies||39|
|Blindness and low vision||8|
|Deaf and hard of hearing||11|
Candidates have to note that the final number of vacancies may change after getting the firm number of vacancies from the Cadre Controlling Authorities.
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, 2019. But he/she must have been born not earlier than August 02, 1987 and not later than August 01, 1998. 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:
With the roles and responsibilities of an IAS officer, aspirants might have understood that Civil Services is opted not for attractive salary or perks though the pay scale of an IAS officer is lucrative. Aspirants have to consider that IAS is neither a profession nor a career to earn more perks, indeed, they should think about they're a part of nation-building for the future.
The salary structure of a Civil Servant increased drastically with the 6th Pay Commission and this was further increased in the 7th Pay Commission in 2016. Despite a whopping increase with the successive Central Pay Commission (CPC), many still debate that the salary offered to an IAS officer doesn't match to the perks offered by the private companies. However, aspirants give the least preference to the benefits and perks because of the powers and responsibilities of an IAS officer.
Here, we display the current salary of an IAS Officer depending upon the post. The source of the below data is the 7th Pay Commission.
|Post||Pay Scale||Grade Pay|
|Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) & SDO||INR 50,000 to INR 1,50,000||INR 16,500|
|Sub-Collector (2 years after probation)||INR 50,000 to INR 1,50,000||INR 16,500|
|District Magistrate (DM)||INR 50,000 to INR 1,50,001||INR 20,000|
|Collector||INR 50,000 to INR 1,50,001||INR 20,000|
|Joint Secretary (Government of India)||INR 50,000 to INR 1,50,001||INR 20,000|
|Special Secretary||INR 50,000 to INR 1,50,002||INR 23,000|
|Head of Government Departments||INR 50,000 to INR 1,50,002||INR 23,000|
|Secretary (Minister)||INR 1,00,000 to INR 2,00,000||INR 26,000|
|Principal Secretary||INR 1,00,000 to INR 2,00,000||INR 30,000|
|Chief Secretary (States)||INR 2,25,000||-|
|Union Secretary (Ministries of Government)||INR 2,25,000||-|
|Cabinet Secretary of India||INR 2,25,000||-|
The UPSC is responsible for releasing the admit card. Aspirants who submitted their online applications successfully can download the admit card from the Commission's official website. The admit card will be released separately for preliminary and main examination. The admit card will be available on the website until the exam date. The admit card download process is similar to the preliminary and main examination. Check the steps to access IAS E-admission certificate.
Note: Aspirants should know what are the details mentioned on IAS admit card. Hence, we advise candidates to read our UPSC admit card page.
The UPSC Civil Services Prelims Result 2018 has been declared on the official website on July 12. Aspirants who have qualified in the preliminary exam are only eligible to appear for the Main exam. Candidates whose numbers were present in the list should fill up the Detailed Application Form-I (DAF) for the Main Examination. The Commission will conduct the Main exam in the month of September 2019. The qualified candidates have to appear for the interview round, which will be held in March 2019. The final merit results will be released in April 2020 on the UPSC's official website after the interview round.
Indian Administrative Service (IAS) is one amongst the All India Services, which include Indian Foreign Services (IFS) and Indian Police Services (IPS). There are three ways to become an IAS officer: Through Civil Services Examination (CSE) conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), promotion of State Civil Service officers to IAS and selection of non-State Civil Service officers.
The best way to become an IAS officer is through clearing the CSE conducted by the UPSC because it will take you to the highest positions, such as Cabinet Secretary. The Civil Services is a common examination conducted every year to shortlist the candidates for various services, such as IAS, IPS, IFS, IRS, IAAS, etc. To pass with flying colours in Civil Services, aspirants should know about the important stages to become an IAS officer.
The preliminary examination is the first stage in the selection process of Civil Services Examination (CSE). This is considered as the screening round. The Civil Services preliminary is an objective-type exam consisting of two papers and carries a total of 400 marks. The Paper-I consists of general studies subjects, such as history, geography, polity, science, environment, etc. Paper-II is a Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT), which consists of comprehension, interpersonal skills, decision making, basic numeracy, etc. The preliminary is a screening test meant only to shortlist the candidates for the main examination.
Candidates who qualify in the preliminary examination and obtain minimum cut-off score are only eligible to appear for the main examination. The number of candidates eligible to appear for the main examination will be around twelve to thirteen times the total the approximate number of vacancies.
The main examination is conducted to assess the overall intellectual traits of a candidate. It consists of nine papers that include two qualifying papers. However, the merit is counted only for an essay, general studies and optional papers. Candidates who obtain a minimum qualifying mark in the written examination fixed by the UPSC will be called for the interview/Personality Test. The total number of candidates called for the interview will be twice the number of vacancies.
The personality test will be conducted in Delhi at the Commission's headquarters. The interview is conducted for 275 marks. There will be no minimum qualifying marks for personality test. Marks obtained by the aspirants in the main examination and interview will be considered for the final ranking. Candidates will be allotted the services such as IAS, IPS, IRS, IFS, etc. based on their ranks and preferences.
Aspirants should note that apart from the selection through Civil Services Examination, UPSC also promotes the state government officers to the rank of an IAS officer.
The Civil Services Main Exam is the second stage of the selection process after Preliminary. The UPSC will shortlist around 12,000 candidates for the Main exam and 2,500 candidates for the Personality Test, i.e., Interview. Aspirants should never go wrong with the Main exam after the success in Preliminary. Unfortunately, a few candidates commit mistakes unknowingly in the conventional exam. Hence, Careerindia has decided to list the common mistakes to avoid in the Civil Services Main Exam.
Aspirants are advised to avoid these points while preparing for the Civil Services Main Exam. They are also advised to explore the perfect way to cancel the attempted answers and correct way to fill a QSCAB first page in the Civil Services Main Exam.
The UPSC has released the Detailed Application Form-II (DAF II) for Civil Services on its official website. Candidates who stand out in the Civil Services Main Examination 2019 need to indicate the order of preferences for which they are interested to be allocated to, in the on-line Detailed Application Form-II, prior to the commencement of Personality Test. Candidates should upload the documents and certificates. The last date to submit DAF II is January 27, 2020.
The official notification reads “A candidate who wishes to be considered for Indian Administrative Service or Indian Police Service shall be required to indicate in his on-line Detailed Application Form-II his order of preferences for various Zones and Cadres for which he would like to be considered for allotment in case he is appointed to the Indian Administrative Service or Indian Police Service and no change in preference of Zone and Cadre once indicated by a candidate would be permitted.”18 January 2020
The UPSC has kick-started the Civil Services Main Examination 2019 today, i.e., September 20. The Main Examinations will be held for a total of five days. The first paper in Civil Services Mains 2019 is Essay, which held between 9 am to 12 noon.
The Essay consists of a total of eight questions in two sections. Candidates have to choose one each from the sections. Each essay carries 125 marks and should be written in 1000-1200 words. Here, we have listed the eight questions asked in the IAS Mains 2019 Essay paper.
The Civil Services Main Exam will be held until September 29, 2019. The result is expected in the month of December. Candidates who qualify and score above cut-off will be called for the personality test.20 September 2019
The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has conducted the IAS Preliminary 2019 on June 2. The year-long selection process for the Civil Services Examination (CSE) kick-started with the screening round, i.e., Preliminary. Over 5 lakh candidates appeared for the CSE Preliminary exam which held in two shifts.
Aspirants who have appeared for the Preliminary examination expressed that the question paper is tough compared to the previous year. Candidates who appeared for the previous year examination said that both General Studies and Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) question papers are moderate.
There are some changes in the pattern of the English verbal sections in CSAT. There is no change in the quantitative and reasoning sections. This year, the cut-off score for general candidates will be more than 108. However, the cut-off score for SC/ST will be between 90 and 97.3 June 2019
Indian Administrative Service (IAS) is a dream to every graduation passout. IAS is not only a lucrative career but also a profession with the highest degree of respect across the world. In order to become an IAS officer, one should pass with flying colours in the Civil Services Examination (CSE) conducted by the Union Public Service Commission.
Lakhs of candidates put their blood and sweat for the Civil Services' preparation every year to ace the exam. If you assess what makes the difference between the successful and unsuccessful, you will certainly figure out some astonishing qualities. If you are aiming for an IAS, start honing these qualities while preparing for the Civil Services.
Some of the best qualities of an IAS officer are leadership, commitment hard work, ethics & honesty, discipline, communication, patriotism, time management, out of box thinking, decision-making ability and service oriented.12 December 2018
The Civil Services Main Examination has started from September 28, 2018, and will be scheduled to take place next on September 29, 2018, September 30, 2018, October 06, 2018, and October 07, 2018. On the basis of marks secured in the Main exam and Interview, the UPSC release the final result of all candidates who have selected.
The Main exam consists of Paper A, Paper B, Paper I to Paper VII, Paper VI, and Paper VII are the optional subjects. Candidates may choose any one of the optional subjects.
A candidate has to understand the examination pattern before kick-starting the exam preparation. Click here to know more about the Civil Services Main Exam Pattern 2018.