Eligibility Criteria for IAS Exam Preparation

IAS Exam Preparation

Indian society has always considered IAS officers as the symbol of prestige and power. IAS officers literally run the country and have the keys to all government affairs. Most of the city’s authority including superintendent of police work under the IAS in many states. Responsibilities and prestige of the IAS officers furthers increases with their unlimited power.

It is a big responsibility to choose the right person for the job of running the country, so the UPSC has designed Civil Services examination in such a way that only the talented bunch can pass the exam. Every year more than 6 lakhs candidates apply for Civil Services Examination, along with ordinary graduates, engineers, doctors and scientists also compete in the exam. However, only 1000 candidates get selected, which show how tough the selection procedure is. That makes civil service examination the most difficult exam in the country to get through.

Many bright students dream of becoming IAS officer once in their lives. The prestige, social status and the morality associated with this service is so extraordinary that it inspires many individuals to become an IAS officer. The influence of this service is not only limited to hooter and a blue beacon on the car, it has the ability to influence many and bring change.

Truth to be told, IAS is not mere a service, it is rater a big responsibility. IAS officers work at multiple levels of the country’s system and direct efforts of many authorities. They are rather seen as leader whom people follow for directive in many works.

Whether it is a small city or a district, central government or state government, you see an IAS officer at the highest level of every department. Let’s delve into the comprehensive process of becoming an IAS officer

The Union Public Service Commission, every year in the month of February, releases notification for Civil Services Exam, which consists of notification for IAS along with 24 Central Civil Services.  Posts that are notified as All India Service are IAS – Indian Administrative Service, IPS – Indian Police Service and IFoS -Indian Forest Service. All other posts come under Central Civil Services, IFS – Indian Foreign Service being at the top. Every year more than 6 lakhs candidates apply for Civil Services Examination, along with ordinary graduates, engineers, doctors and scientists also compete in the exam. However, only 1000 candidates get selected, which shows that the passing percentage is very low.  Furthermore, if the seats’ number decreases, it will lead to the decrease of passing percentage further. 

The citizens India, Nepal, and Bhutan and Tibet’s Refugee Families can apply for this prestigious examination. However, particularly for IAS and IPS service, the candidates must be Indian citizens. Indian origins who reside in other countries than Indian can also apply for the positions.

Educational Qualification
Any graduate in any discipline is eligible for this examination, which is the minimum education qualification for this examination. But, the graduate must have acquired his/her degree from a government recognized university. Candidates from different backgrounds are placed in different fields as the per the exam design. No matter the score in the degrees, civil services exam marks are what matters the most. Students who are in their graduation’s final year can also apply for this post, but the condition is they will have to produce the graduation mark sheet at the time of verification.

Age Criteria
21 years is the minimum age that candidates must have attained to sit for the examination. There are different maximum age limit for different categories. For general category, 32 years, for OBC: 35 years and for SC and ST: 37 years. More relaxation is to be considered or people with disability or deformity. Age is calculated from date 1st August of the notification year.

Form Filling Restrictions
Candidates who are already a member of IAS-Indian Administrative Service or IFS – Indian Foreign Service or have been selected previously are restricted to fill the civil services exam form again.

Important Dates of IAS UPSC Examination 2019

Civil Services Examination (CSE) notification February 19, 2019
IAS online application form February 19 to March 18, 2019
IAS Preliminary admit card  4th week of May
IAS exam date June 2, 2019
IAS Preliminary result  July
IAS Main exam date  September 20, 2019 (10 days)
IAS Main exam result  December 2019
IAS personality test/interview  February/March 2020
IAS final result  April 2020


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