Sunday, January 25, 2009

About IAS Exam

This might be useful for you if you are planning to take up the Civil Services Exam but not really sure of where to start from.

Exam Pattern

  • The Civil Services Examination will consist of two successive stages.
  • 450 marks - Civil Services Preliminary Examination(Objective Type)for the selection of candidates for the Main Examinations and
  • 2300 Marks - Civil Services Main Examinations (Written and Interview) for the selection of candidates for the various Services

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The Preliminary Examination (Objective Type) for selection of candidates for the Main Examination is held in the month of May.

The Civil Services Main Examination is held in the months of October/November.


  • A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 30 years on 1st August, of that year.i.e; he must have been born not earlier than 2nd August that year. And not later that 1st August of that year.
  • The upper age limit prescribed above will be relax-able.
  • The candidate must hold a degree of any of 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 deemed as a University Under section 3 of the University Grant Commission Act, 1956, or Possess an equivalent qualification.

No. Of Attempts

Combination of Optional papers (for Prelim & Main Exams) that are NOT allowed
  • Political Science & International Relation and Public Administration
  • Commerce & Accountancy and Management
  • Anthropology and Sociology
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Agriculture and Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science
  • Management & Public Administration
  • Civil Engineering, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering – not more than one Engineering subject.
  • Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science and Medical Science.

Exam Fee

Examination Fee: Rs. 40/- (Rupees Forty only). No fee for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, etc. Fee should be paid through Central Recruitment Fee Stamps only.

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Some free resources

We all are eligible for taking up the IAS exam. Why not try for it? Not necessarily to become IAS but at least to know how competitive it is. The recent statistics shows, nearly 4 Lac people have applied for the last year IAS exam out of which only 3 Lac people appeared. Only Technical knowledge is not enough, to know what kind of questions will be asked (if in case we make it to the Interview), check