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.


  • 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 720
Admit card  online
Expected registrations More than 8 lakh


Civil Services Prelims 2022 Exam Date 

The UPSC will be conducting the IAS Prelims 2022 exam in pen and paper mode on June 05. Candidates should note that the UPSC Civil Services 2022 exam date is based on the calendar issued in December.

UPSC IAS Notification 2022

The UPSC has released the Civil Services Examination (CSE) 2022 notification on February 02, 2022. Candidates who are aiming for the All India Services along with other services can apply online between February 02 and 02, 2022. 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.

UPSC IAS Exam 2022 Important Dates  

The Civil Services Examination (CSE) notification has released on February 02, 2022. Candidates can apply online until February 22, 2022. The preliminary exam will be held on June 06, 2022 and Main Exam on 16 September, 2022

Civil Services Examination (CSE) notification  February 02, 2022
IAS online application form February 02 to 22, 2022
IAS Preliminary admit card  2nd week of May 
IAS Prelims exam date  June 06, 2022
IAS Preliminary result  August 2022
IAS Main exam date  September 16, 2022 (5 days)
IAS Main exam result  Nov / December 2022
IAS final result  June 2023

IAS 2022 Number Of Vacancies (tentative)

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
Locomotor disability 6
Multiple disabilities 5

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 2022

The UPSC will activate the IAS application form 2022 window on February 02, 2022. Interested candidates who meet all the eligibility conditions set by the Commission can register for IAS exam until February 22, 2022. 

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 2022 page for detailed steps. 

IAS Online Application Form 2022 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 2022

UPSC has released the Civil Services Main Exam 2022 dates on its official website. Aspirants who have passed with flying colours in Preliminary Exam 2022, the results of which were declared on August 2022, alone are eligible to appear for the Main Examination. The Commission conducts the Main Examination for a total of five days on 16, 17, 18, 24 & 25 September, 2022. Candidates are advised to explore the Civil Services Main Exam dates 2022


Forenoon Session

(9.00 AM to 12.00 Noon)

Afternoon Session

(2.00 PM to 5.00 PM)

September 16, 2022




No Paper 

September 17, 2022



General Studies‐I


General Studies‐II

September 18, 2022



General Studies‐III


General Studies‐IV

September 24, 2022



Indian Language



September 25, 2022



Optional Paper-I


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 2022:

  • Main Syllabus

  • Prelims Syllabus


Eligibility Criteria

  1. Nationality:

    • For the Indian Administrative Service, the Indian Foreign Service and the Indian Police Service, a candidate must be a citizen of India.
    • 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 2022 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, 2022. But he/she must have been born not earlier than August 02, 1990 and not later than August 02, 2001. 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, 2022.
    • 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, 2022 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

    Number of Attempts

    Category to which the Candidate Belongs

    SC / ST OBC PwBD
    Unlimited 09 09 for GL / EWS / OBC & 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
UPSC IAS Marksheet 2020 Released

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released the IAS marksheet 2020. The Commission has released the IAS Marksheet for candidates qualified and not qualified in the written examination (Main).

Earlier, the Commission has released IAS Final result 2020 in the last week of September. Aspirants need to enter their login ID and password to download IAS Main Examination Marksheet. 

4 October 2021
UPSC IAS 2021 Prelims Admit Card Released

The UPSC has released the IAS Preliminary admit card 2021. Candidates who have registered for the written exam can download the IAS Prelims admit card on the official portal. One should take the printout of the IAS admit card and carry the same to the examination centre. 

The written exam will be held on October 10 in two shifts - General Studies (morning) and CSAT (afternoon).

17 September 2021
UPSC IAS Curriculum At LBSNAA Is Being Modified: Jitendra Singh

While delivering his speech at LBSNAA, Dr Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of State PMO (Personnel, Public Grievances) has announced that the curriculum of IAS is being modified keeping in mind the changing needs of India at 75. 

The IAS Prelims 2021 Prelims exam will be conducted on October 10. Candidates who qualify in the IAS Preliminary exam 2021 will be eligible for the Mains exam scheduled in December. 

26 August 2021
UPSC IAS Prelims 2022 To Be Held on June 5

The UPSC has released the Annual Calendar 2022. The IAS Preliminary 2022 will be held on June 5. Aspirants who are aiming for the exam can check the date of notification, last date to receipt of online applications. The Commission has released the tentative dates for all the examinations or recruitment tests in 2022. 

Candidates should note that the IAS Prelims 2021 will be conducted on October 10.

16 August 2021
Students Who Clear IAS Prelims Will Get Rs 50,000 Grants

The Uttarakhand Cabinet has proposed to grant Rs 50,000 each to a total of 100 candidates who clear the UPSC IAS Preliminary examinations 2021 under the ''Udayman Chhatra Yojana scheme''.

The decision was taken to encourage the competitive exams and support aspirants in finance. The IAS Prelims 2021 exam is scheduled on October 10. 

29 July 2021
UPSC IAS Interview 2021 Admit Card Released
IAS 2021 Centre Change Option Details
IAS Mains 2021 Exam Dates Revised
IAS 2020 Interview Begins From August 2
IAS 2021 Prelims Exam Postponed
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