1.What is the IAS exam?

The Indian Administrative Services (IAS) exam is the more popular short name for the Civil Services Examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The same exam is taken to get into many other services like IPS,IRS, IFS etc.

2. What is the exam scheme?
The exam is held in three stages, with only successful candidates eligible to apply in subsequent stages. The first stage is the Preliminary Exam, open for all applicants. Upon clearing this the successful candidate has to apply again to sit for the Mains Exam. Successful candidates at this stage are called for the Personality Test or Interview. Those passing the Personality Test are the ultimate successful candidates.

3. When does the notification for the exam come out?
It comes out usually during the first week of February every year.The notification is published in Employment News and RozgarSamachar and is avaliable online also.

4.What is the eligibility for IAS exam
The candidate should be 21 years of age with graduation from a recognised university and should be an Indian National.
When is Prelims notification published?
The notification is published in February every year.
When is the Prelims exam conducted?
The Prelims is usually conducted in the 2nd or 3rd Sunday of June each year.
5. What is the restriction on number of attempts in Civil services Examinations?
General-4, OBC-7, SC/ST- No restriction.

6. Is there any relaxation in number of attempts for physically handicapped?
Yes, physically handicapped candidates belonging to the general category shall be eligible for 7 attempts

7. Can a candidate who has completed his education from an open school/ University apply for Commissions Examination?
Yes, provided it is a recognized University and he possess the educational qualifications prescribed for the exam and is otherwise eligible.

8. Can a candidate who has completed his education from Foreign University for example Cambridge, Oxford etc. apply for Commission’s Examination.
No, there the degree must be approved with the UGC or the any other government organization that is mentioned in the notification.

9. Is a candidate who has done his graduation without passing the class Xth and class XIIth eligible for civil services examination?

10. Whether a candidate belonging to a community included in the OBC list of states but not in the Central list of OBCs is eligible for age relaxation, reservation etc. for Commission’s Examinations?

No. Only candidates belonging to communities which are included in the Central list of OBCs are eligible for such concessions.

11. If a candidate has applied for the CS Prelims Examination but has not appeared at any paper in the CS Prelims Examination will it be counted as an attempt?
No. An attempt is counted only if a candidate has appeared in at least one paper in CS Prelims Examination.

12. Can a candidate write different papers of Civil Service (Mains) Examination in different languages?
No, Candidates have the option to write their answers either in English or in any one of the Eighth schedule languages.

13. Can a candidate write the Civil Service (Main) Examination in English and take the interview in Hindi or any other Indian language?
If a candidate opts an Eighth schedule language for the CS (Mains) Examination he will have the option to take the interview in same language or in English.

14. How one should start preparing for civil services examination?
The best way to start for this examination is by knowing the nature of examination. After having decided for the optionals one should develop a keen interest in looking at the past years questions to get an idea as to what one should be preparing for. One should also get a proper guidance for the channelization of one’s time, energy and resources. Planning is very crucial. One must plan and work the plan in a disciplined manner. There should be time frame and small targets fixed to work in this direction.

15. What is the minimum age at which aspirants should start preparing for the civil Services Examination?
The preparation for IAS exam should start in a focused manner in first or second year of graduation. This is the time student is able to focus on the goal properly and is in a position to peak at the right time. Preferably the preparation should start in a focused manner after +2. Starting too early has a likelihood of backfiring or starting very late will disadvantage in terms of competitive edge of early start.

16. How can one chose the optional subjects?

The choice of the optional subject depends on the following criteria:-

a.    Candidate’s Educational Background.
b.    Candidate’s Interest.
c.    Syllabus of the Subject.
d.    Mentorship of the subject.


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