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The IAS exam (officially known as the Civil Services Examination) is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) annually. Those who clear all the three stages of the IAS exam enter into the prestigious civil services of the country, and become officers in the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and a host of other services. Although regarded as one of the toughest exams in the country, with the right approach and strategy, an aspirant can crack the IAS examination in the very first attempt. It is essential for aspirants to know and understand the requirements of the IAS exam 2019 such as the UPSC syllabus for IAS Prelims and Mains, pattern, eligibility criteria, application procedure and other such significant details before kick-starting the preparations. Here, we present all the relevant details an aspirant needs to know if he/she wants to crack the UPSC IAS exam.IAS Exam 2019 General Details
|IAS Exam Conducting Body||UPSC|
|Mode of IAS exam||Offline|
|Number of times conducted||Once every year|
|Prescribed age limit||21 – 32 years (upper age relaxation for reserved candidates)|
|IAS Exam – Prelims 2019||2nd June 2019|
|IAS Exam – Mains 2019||Starts 20th September 2019 (exams for five days)|
|IAS Exam Pattern||Prelims (MCQs), Mains (Descriptive papers)|
The Indian Administrative Service (IAS) is one of the 20-odd services for which candidates are recruited by the UPSC via the Civil Service Exam. However, the CSE exam is commonly referred to as the IAS exam as well.
You can check the IAS Exam Calendar 2019 for details below:
UPSC 2019: Calendar of Examinations
IAS Exam Pattern
The IAS Exam is conducted by the UPSC every year in three stages and they are:
- Stage I: Preliminary Examination (IAS Prelims)
- Stage II: Mains Examination (IAS Mains)
- Stage III: UPSC Personality Test (IAS Interview)
Stage I: IAS Exam – UPSC Prelims
|Sl. No.||Name of the Paper||Nature of the Paper||Duration of the Exam||Questions||Marks|
|1||IAS Exam Paper – I : General Studies||Merit Ranking Nature||2 Hours||100||200 Marks|
|2||IAS Exam Paper – II : General Studies (CSAT)||Qualifying Nature||2 Hours||80||200 Marks|
- The questions in the IAS Exam (Prelims) are of the objective type or Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
- There is ‘Negative Marking’ in the IAS Exam for each incorrect answer but only in the Prelims stage. The negative marking for incorrect answers will be 1/3rd (0.66) of the allotted marks of that question.
- The GS Paper II (CSAT) in IAS exam is of qualifying nature and candidates should score a minimum of 33 per cent in this paper to qualify to the next stage of the IAS exam i.e. the Mains.
- Blind candidates are given an extra time of 20 minutes for each paper in the IAS Exam (Prelims).
- It is mandatory for the candidates to appear in both the papers of civil services prelims exam for the evaluation.
- The marks scored by the candidates in the preliminary examination are not counted for the final score. It is only a screening test where candidates not securing the cut-off marks are eliminated.
Stage II: IAS Exam – UPSC Mains
The second stage of the IAS Exam is called the Mains Exam, which is a written descriptive examination and comprises 9 papers. The 9 papers in IAS Exam (Mains) are as follows: Paper-A (Compulsory Indian Language); Paper –B (English) which are qualifying in nature, while the other papers like Essay, General Studies Papers I, II, III, and IV, and Optional Papers I and II are considered for the final ranking.
|Sl. No.||IAS Exam Paper||Name of the Paper||Nature of the Paper||Duration of the Exam||Marks|
|1||Paper – A||Compulsory Indian Language||QUALIFYING NATURE||3 Hours||300 Marks|
|2||Paper – B||English||3 Hours||300 Marks|
|3||Paper – I||ESSAY||MERIT RANKING NATURE||3 Hours||250 Marks|
|4||Paper – II||General Studies I||3 Hours||250 Marks|
|5||Paper – III||General Studies II||3 Hours||250 Marks|
|6||Paper – IV||General Studies III||3 Hours||250 Marks|
|7||Paper – V||General Studies IV||3 Hours||250 Marks|
|8||Paper – VI||Optional Paper I||3 Hours||250 Marks|
|9||Paper – VII||Optional Paper II||3 Hours||250 Marks|
|Interview or Personality Test||275 Marks|
|GRAND TOTAL||2025 Marks|
- The candidates can select their medium of writing the UPSC Civil Services IAS Mains Exam as Hindi or English or any other language listed in the 8th Schedule of the Indian Constitution.
- The Indian Languages included in the IAS exam are as per languages listed in the 8th Schedule of the Indian Constitution.
- The candidates who score above the prescribed cut-off marks in the IAS exam (Mains) will get the summons for the Personality Test (last stage of the IAS exam).
- The final ranking of the candidates is on the basis of the marks obtained by them in the Main Examination and Personality Test/Interview Round of the IAS exam.
For a detailed IAS exam syllabus for prelims and mains, click on UPSC Syllabus 2019.
Stage III: IAS Exam – UPSC Interview/Personality Test
Candidates who clear the Mains stage of the IAS exam with the required cut-off marks qualify for the final stage of the IAS exam i.e., the Personality Test or Interview round with the UPSC Board Members. The candidates who qualify to the final stage will be sent an e-summon by the Commission for a face-to-face discussion round with the board members. In this round, the board assesses the personality traits of the candidates and questions will be asked on their hobbies, current affairs, general knowledge, situation questions, etc. to evaluate if they are fit for a career in the civil services or not. The UPSC personality test will be held only in the UPSC Bhavan in New Delhi.
IAS Exam Eligibility:
There are conditions of nationality, age, number of attempts and educational qualification if candidates wish to take the IAS exam. In general, the candidate must be a citizen of India or a PIO, must have a graduate degree, must be between the ages of 21 and 32, and must not have attempted the IAS exam 6 times. But there are certain relaxations and other conditions to the above.
Gujarat Public Service Commission (GPSC) released an official notification for Gujarat Administrative & Civil Service Exam 2018 for the appointment of 294 Candidates in various departments of Gujarat Department. The candidates need to qualify Gujarat Civil Services Exam 2018 to secure a job in Class I and Class II Vacancies in the Gujarat Government.
It is important to know the GPSC Exam Pattern inside out as part of preparation. Sometimes lack of knowledge of the syllabus and GPSC Exam Pattern is the primary cause of failure.
Besides GPSC Exam Pattern, one needs to know about the GPSC Syllabus well. To get recruited through Gujarat Public Service Commission, candidates need to clear the three most essential sections which are as follows:
- GPSC Pre Exam
- GPSC Main Exam
GPSC Syllabus, therefore, can be broadly divided into two parts; GPSC Prelims Syllabus and GPSC Mains Syllabus.GPSC Exam Pattern for PrelimThe preliminary examination will consist of two paper of objective type (multiple choice questions). On the basis of marks obtained in this examination, candidates are declared qualified for Main Examination. Final selection list will be prepared only on the basis of marks obtained in Main Examination and Interview.
- Question papers will be of objective type (multiple choice questions) and will be out of 200 marks each.
- Each question will have four probable answers grouped under A, B, C and D of which the only one will be the correct answer.
- Both GS-I and GS-II question papers consist of 200 questions each.
- The total marks for both papers are 400 and time duration for each paper is 2 hours.
- Each question paper will be in English or Gujarati.
|Sr No||Nature of Exam||Name of Paper||Time||Total Allotted Marks|
|1||Objective||General Studies-I||2 Hours||200|
|2||Objective||General Studies-II||2 Hours||200|
GPSC Exam Pattern for Mains
Main Examination will consist of a written examination. The Written examination will consist of six papers of conventional essay type questions.
- All papers are descriptive in nature.
- Each paper will be of three hours duration.
- Marks assigned to all six papers is 150 and the total marks allotted is 900 marks.
- The Personality test will be out of 100 marks bringing the grand total to 1000 marks.
|Sr No||Nature of Exam||Name of Paper||Time||Total Allotted Marks|
|1||All Papers are Descriptive||Gujarati||3 Hours||150|
|4||General Studies-I||3 Hours||150|
|5||General Studies-II||3 Hours||150|
|6||General Studies-III||3 Hours||150|
|Total Marks of Written Examination||900|
Total Marks to be considered for final selection1000