IAS Exam

Indian Administrative Service Exam

What is IAS Exam?

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.


  • 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.

Commonly known as the IAS exam, officially it is called as Civil Services Examination (CSE), which is conducted every year by 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.

UPSC IAS 2018:

The UPSC Civil Services Prelims Result 2018 has been declared on the official website. Aspirants who have qualified for the Main exam will have an exam from September 28, 2018, to September 30, 2018, and October 6, 2018, to October 7, 2018. We have provided the best UPSC Civil Services Main reference books which can buy through online at an affordable cost. Click here to buy. The Commission has released the Main exam results and qualified candidates have to appear for the interview round, which will commence from February 4, 2019. The final merit results will be released soon on the UPSC's official website after the interview round. 

UPSC IAS 2019:

The UPSC has released the tentative dates of civil services exam 2019. According to the UPSC calendar, the UPSC Preliminary Exam 2019 will take place on June 2, 2019. The Civil Services Main exam will be held on September 20, 2019.

IAS Civil Services Date of Notification - February 19, 2019

Online Registration Start Date - February 19, 2019

Online Registration Last Date - March 18, 2019, up to 6:00 PM

The release of Admit Card (Preliminary) - 4th Week of May 2019

Date of Civil Services Preliminary Examination - June 02, 2019

Date of Civil Services Main Examination - September 20, 2019

Being an IAS Officer

An IAS officer is given administrative command of an entire district as a District Collector.  IAS officers also represent Government of India at 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:

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 2019 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 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:

    • 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, 2019
    • 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: 7 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
Top 10 Qualities Of An IAS Officer 

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. 

Click here to read the qualities of an IAS officer

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
UPSC Civil Services Main Examination 2018 begins today

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.

28 September 2018
UPSC Civi Services Main Examination Admit Card 2018

The Civil Services Main Examination will be held from September 28, 2018, to September 30, 2018, and October 06, 2018, to  October 07, 2018. UPSC Civil Services Main Examination 2018 Admit Card has been released on the official website of UPSC.

The e-Admit Cards will bear exam date, venue and timing of the Main Examination. A candidate who has successfully qualified the Prelims can follow the instructions below and download his/her e-Admit Card on or before 7th October 2018 up to 6:00 PM.

Click here to know more about the steps to download the UPSC Civil Services Main e-Admit Card 2018.

12 September 2018
UPSC IAS 2019 Exam Details

The UPSC 2019 notification is going to be released on February 19, 2019. The UPSC Preliminary Exam 2019 will take place on June 2, 2019, whereas the Civil Services Main exam will be held on September 20, 2019.

A registration will start from February 19, 2019, and it will end on March 18, 2019, up to 6:00 PM. Application forms will be available only on the official website and it can be submitted through online mode only. No other mode is available to submit the application form.

Aspirants who desire to apply for the Civil Services 2019 Exam is required to fulfil the eligibility criteria. Click here to know more about the important dates for 2019.

3 September 2018
UPSC IAS 2019 Registration Process Is Going To Start

The UPSC has released the dates of civil services exam 2019 (Tentative). The registration is going to start in February. Click here to know more about the registration process.

27 August 2018
Top 10 IAS Coaching Centres In Uttar Pradesh

Are you a civil services aspirant from Uttar Pradesh looking for the right coaching centre to study? Click here to check out the list of top 10 coaching centres in Uttar Pradesh.

6 March 2018
Is Coaching A Must To Crack The IAS Exam?

The pattern for UPSC CSE 2018 prelims exam for Indian Administrative Services (IAS) remains the same as of now. The preliminary exam will have two objective type papers like last year- Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) and General Studies. The big question here is if coaching is required to crack the IAS exam. Click here to know!

16 March 2017
UPSC Prepones Civil Services Prelims Exams

The civil services preliminary examination has been preponed and it is scheduled to be held in June this year instead of August. The civil services preliminary examination, 2017, will be held by the Commission on 18 June 2017, as per an official order. Click here for more information.

3 March 2017
UPSC Issues Notification For Indian Civil Services Exam 2018

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on February 8, 2017 issued a notification announcing date and procedure for applying for Indian Civil Services Preliminary Examination, 2017 on its official website.

Important dates to remember:

  • Last date to apply: The Online Applications can be filled up to June 3, 2018 till 18:00 Hrs.
  • UPSC Prelims Exams will be held: June 18, 2017.

For further information about the notification, click here

27 February 2017

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