IAS (Indian Administrative Service) Short Details of Notification

The most prestigious and sought after career is Civil Service without any stretch of imagination. Becoming an IAS Officer is the most popular dream that floats in-front of the eyes of Indian youths.

Nevertheless, the journey to this wonderful career is not that easy and requires Hard Work, Determination and Proper Planning & Time Management. Webste:- http://www.upsc.gov.in/
These are the key attributes that should be in the pipeline of IAS preparation. The blend of all these parameters along-with dedication and self-belief can do wonders for any aspirant preparing for IAS exams.

Educational Qualification for Appearing in IAS Exam

A degree of any of the Universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be a Deemed University under the UGC Act, 1956, or an equivalent qualification.

Candidates who have appeared or intend to appear for the qualifying examination and are awaiting results are also eligible to appear for the Preliminary Examination however, they are supposed to submit proof of passing the requisite qualification along with Detailed Application Form for Civil Services (Main) Examination.

Number of Attempts and Age Limit for Appearing in IAS Exam

  1. For General Category candidates, the new age limit is 32 years and the number of attempts is 06.
  2. For OBC Category candidates, the new age limit is 35 years and the number of attempts is 09.
  3. For SC/SC Category candidates, the new age limit is 37 years while the number of attempts unlimited.
  4. For Physically Handicapped candidates, age limit is 42, 45 and 47 years for General, OBC and SC/ST category respectively while the number of attempts is 09 for General and OBC and unlimited for SC/SC category.
  5. The changes in the number of attempts and age limit will apply w.e.f. Civil Services Examination 2014.
  6. Certain categories of persons as specified in the Commission's Notice as published in Employment News/Rozgar Samachar are eligible for age relaxation.

IAS Syllabus for General Studies:-

Papers I:-

  1. History of Modern India and Indian Culture
    The History of Modern India will cover history of the Country from about the middle of nineteenth century and would also include questions on important personalities who shaped the freedom movement and social reforms. The part relating to Indian culture will cover all aspects of Indian culture from the ancient to modern times as well as principal features of literature, arts and architecture.
  2. Geogrphy of India
    In this part, questions will be on the physical, economic and social geography of India.
  3. Constitution of India and Indian Polity
    This part will include questions on the Constitution of India as well as all constitutional, legal, administrative and other issues emerging from the politico-administrative system prevalent in the country.
  4. Current National issues and topics of social relevance
    This part is intended to test the candidate's awareness of current national issues and topics of social relevance in present-day India, such as the following:
  • The Indian economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment.
  • Issues arising from the social and economic exclusion of large sections from the benefits of development.
  • Other issues relating to the development and management of human resource.
  • Health issues including the management of Public Health, Health education and ethical concerns regarding health-care, medical research and pharmaceuticals.
  • Law enforcement, internal security and related issues such as the preservation of communal harmony.
  • Issues relating to good governance and accountability to the citizens including the maintenance of human rights, and of probity in public life.
  • Environmental issues, ecological preservation, conservation of natural resources and national heritage.


  1. India and the World
    This part will include questions to test candidate's awareness of India's relationship with the world in various spheres such as the following:- * Foreign Affairs with special emphasis on India’s relations with neighbouring countries and in the region. * Security and defence related matters. * Nuclear policy, issues, and conflicts. * The Indian Diaspora and its contribution to India and the world.
  2. India’s Economic Interaction with the World
    In this part, questions will be on economic and trade issues such as foreign trade, foreign investment; economic and diplomacy issues relating to oil, gas and energy flows; the role and functions of I.M.F., World Bank, W.T.O., WIPO etc. which influence India’s economic interaction with other countries and international institutions.
  3. Developments in the Field of Science & Technology, IT and space
    In this part, questions will test the candidate's awareness of the developments in the field of science and technology, information technology, space and basic ideas about computers, robotics, nanotechnology, biotechnology and related issues regarding intellectual property rights.
  4. International Affairs and Institutions
    This part will include questions on important events in world affairs and on international institutions.
  5. Statistical analysis, graphs and diagrams
    This part will test the candidate's ability to draw conclusions from information presented in statistical, graphical or diagrammatical form and to interpret them.


Candidates will be required to write an essay on a specific topic. The choice of subjects will be given. They will be expected to keep closely to the subject of the essay to arrange their ideas in orderly fashion, and to write concisely. Credit will be given for effective and exact expression.

English Qualifying Syllabus for IAS:-

The pattern of questions would be broadly as follows :-
  • Comprehension of given passages.
  • Precis Writing
  • Usage and Vocabulary
  • Short Essay
Indian Languages:-
  • Comprehension of given passages.
  • Precis Writing
  • Usage and Vocabulary.
  • Short Essay
  • Translation from English to the Indian language and vice-versa.
Note 1 : The Papers on Indian languages will be of Matriculation or equivalent standard and will be of qualifying nature only. The marks obtained in these papers will not be counted for ranking.
Note 2 : The candidates will have to answer the Indian Languages papers in the respective Indian language (except where translation is involved).

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