About IAS

It is one of the prestigious and dignified services among the other services like IPS, IFS, IRPS etc. An officer selected into the Indian Administrative Service will serve as collector, commissioner, head of public sector units, chief secretary, cabinet secretary etc. It is the opportunity of making positive changes in the life of millions in India.

IAS exam is also called as CIVIL SERVICE EXAM (CSE) conducted every year by UPSC It is the dedicated and focused journey of an year You need to clear all 3 stages as follows:

Preliminary Examination

Preliminary examination consisting 2 papers

1: General studies paper -I for 200 marks

This paper qualified the candidate for next stage.

2: General studies paper -II for 200 marks

It is also known as CSAT (civil service aptitude test) This paper not qualified in nature but a candidate need to score at least 33% marks.

Mains Examination

Paper – I

Language for 300 Marks.

Candidate can take any Modern Indian language but this paper is of qualifying nature.

Paper – II

English for 300 Marks

This paper is of qualifying nature .

Paper – III

Essay for 250 Marks

Can be written in the medium or language of the candidate’s choice.


General Studies-I for 250 Marks.

(Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society).


General Studies –II for 250 Marks.

(Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)


General Studies –III for 250 Marks.

(Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)


General Studies –IV for 250 Marks

(Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude) Marks carried by General Studies.


Optional Subject – Paper 1 for 250 Marks


Optional Subject – Paper II for 250 Marks.

Candidate is allowed to take up literature as an optional subject “without the conditionality of having to do his/her graduation in that language’s literature.

Interview/Personality Test

Interview/Personality Test for 275 marks

Candidate can give preference of the language in which they may like to be interviewed. UPSC will make arrangement for the translators.


The educational qualification needed to appear in UPSC CSE is any degree (graduation) in any stream. Final year students can also apply.

Number of attempts

  • Number of attempts permissible for a general category candidate is 6.
  • For OBC candidates the number of attempts permitted it 9.
  • SC/ST category candidates will have unlimited attempts till they attain the upper age limit to appear for UPSC CSE.

Age Limit

IAS Exam Age Limits

The minimum age to appear for UPSC Civil Services Exam is 21 years.

Upper age limit

  • for General category is 32 years.
  • for OBC it is 35 years.
  • for SC/ST it is 37 years.