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IAS Exam Pattern

In beneath segment of this page, you can check examination pattern of Indian Administrative Service Exam. According to this paper pattern you can know about the weightage of subject.

IAS exam is divided into in three parts.

Preliminary exam
Main exam (written and interview)

a) Preliminary Exam:

Paper Subjects Total Marks Duration
I General Studies 200 marks 2 hours
II Aptitude Skills 200 marks 2 hours

b) Main Exam:

Papers Topics Total Marks
I One Of The Indian Languages Chosen From The Prescribed List 300
II English 300
III Essay 250
IV/V/VI/VII General Studies (250 Marks For Each Paper) 1000
VIII & IX Optional Subject 1 500
Total Marks For Written Examination 1750

c) Interview Test:

Aspirants who will qualify both Preliminary and Main exam will be called for Interview. Interview test will be of 275 marks.


IAS Eligibility Criteria

IAS Eligibility Criteria Indian Administrative Services (IAS) is considered one of the most prestigious government jobs and thousands of people apply for it but only few of them get selected. IAS Eligibility Criteria and age limit for SC/ST/OBC/General Candidate is mentioned below. IAS Exam is one of the toughest exams and conducted every year by Union Public Service Commission. The exam pattern generally includes preliminary test followed by mains and final interview. For all latest updates related to IAS Eligibility Criteria 2016, you may visit our web portal which is www.shanmugamiasacademy.in

IAS Examination is a common gateway to various government posts and candidates can approach various government jobs with scores secured in IAS Examination. Candidates are encouraged to do their duties under government, since the government related job will be the nature of designation of any given with Consideration of IAS Examination results.


IAS Eligibility Criteria


Name of the Organization:

Union Public Service Commission


  • a citizen of India, or
  • a subject of Nepal, or
  • a subject of Bhutan, or
  • a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India. Or
  • a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Srilanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

Age Limitation & Number of Attempts;

Category Maximum Age Attempt
General 32 6
OBC 32+3=35 9
SC/ST 32+5=37 As many as upto age limt
Physically disabled
(Blind, Deaf-mute, Orthopedic)
32+10=42 if general then 9
OBC then 9
SC/ST- then upto age limt
J&K domicile if general then 32+5=37
OBC then 32+5+3=40
SC/ST then 32+5+5=42
PH then 32+5+10=50
depending on above categories viz.Gen, OBC, SC/ST, Disabled
Disabled serviceman discharged from duty if general then 32+3=35
OBC then 32+3+3=38
SC/ST then 32+3+5=40
Ex-serviceman with five years duty* specific condition on page2 of notification if general then 32+5=37
OBC then 32+5+3=40
SC/ST then 32+5+5=42

Essential Qualification:

  • Aspirants must hold Bachelor’s Degree in relevant discipline from the recognized University/Institution.
  • Candidates who are pursuing in the final year examination or waiting for their final year result they may apply for Civil Services Preliminary Examination. But candidates must have to produce final result for appear in Civil Services Main Examination.

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Recruitment is made in following services through Civil Services Exam

1 Indian Administrative Service (IAS)
2 Indian Foreign Service (IFS)
3 Indian Police Service (IPS)
4 Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service
5 Indian Audit & Accounts Service
6 Indian Customs and Central Excise Service
7 Indian Defence Accounts Service
8 Indian Revenue Service
9 Indian Ordnance Factories Service Group–A (Asst. manager, Non-technical)
10 Indian Postal Service
11 Indian Civil Accounts Service
12 Indian Railway Traffic Service
13 Indian Railway Account Service
14 Indian Railway Personnel Service
15 Posts of Assistant Security Officer, Group-A in Railway Protection Force
16 Indian Defence Estates Service
17 Post of Assistant Commandant, Group–A in Central Industrial Security Force
18 Central Secretarial Service, (Section Officer Grade)
19 Railway Board Secretariat Service, (Section Officer Grade)
20 Armed Forces, Headquarters Civil Service,(Assistant Civilian Staff Officer's Grade)
21 Custom Appraisers Service, Group-B
22 Delhi and Andaman & Nicobar Islands Civil Service, Group B
23 Delhi and Andaman & Nicobar Islands Police Service
24 Posts of Deputy Superintendent of Police in the Central Bureau of Investigation, Group –B
25 Pondicherry Civil Service
26 Pondicherry Civil Service


IAS Previous Year Papers

Candidates who wish to make their career in Government sector and going to appear for IAS exam and looking for IAS Previous Year Papers than you are at right place. From here candidates can check and download Mains/Prelims exam Question paper for IAS Exam. These papers will help you in better preparation of IAS exam.

In the present scenario, Civil services are one of the well-regarded professions. On the other hand, it is in fact very tough to clear the exams and the interviews for civil services. Every year number of candidates appears for exam but only few clear the exam and the interview.


UPSC is an India’s central agency which was founded in the year of 1926. Here!!! On this page we are providing all the upcoming and currently active UPSC Notification. You can also find here UPSC Exam Date with procedure to submit UPSC Online Application. Union Public Service Commission conducts various examinations like C.S, E.S, C.D.S., NDA, Combined Geoscientist and Geologist Examination, SCRA, I.A.S, NA, I.E.S or I.S.S, Special Class Railway Apprentice etc. Applicants, who want to make their career Government sector, they must appear for these examinations.

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UPSC Calendar

UPSC Calendar

Union Public Service Commission has issued the UPSC Calendar for conducting various civil service exams. Candidates may get all information about UPSC Calendar 2016 through this page, so keep in touch with us. Union Public Service Commission is going to conduct the UPSC Exam for recruitment of eligible and dynamic candidates for various posts.

Here we have UPSC Calendar for the contestants who are going to appear for the UPSC examination. Individuals can download UPSC Exam Schedule or Exam Date Sheet in PDF form through online mode. Union Public Service Commission takes examination by pre announced exam schedule. You may fetch all the Exam Dates form UPSC Calendar.

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Candidates, who are waiting for UPSC Exams in 2016, for them UPSC exam calendar will be very helpful for their preparation. Below we have given UPSC calendar through which you can schedule your preparation and apply for the respective examination given below:

UPSC Calendar

Name of Examination Date of
Last Date for
receipt of
Date of
of Exam
Duration of
1 Engineering Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2018 27.09.2017 23.10.2017 07.01.2018
2 Reserved for UPSC RT/ Examination     21.01.2018
3 C.D.S. Examination (I), 2018 08.11.2017 04.12.2017 04.02.2018
4 Reserved for UPSC RT/ Examination     25.02.2018
5 CISF AC(EXE) LDCE-2018 06.12.2017 29.12.2017 04.03.2018
6 Reserved for UPSC RT/ Examination     11.03.2018
7 N.D.A. & N.A. Examination (I), 2018 10.01.2018 05.02.2018 22.04.2018
8 Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2018 07.02..2018 06.03.2018 03.06.2018


9 Indian Forest Service (Preliminary) Examination, 2018
through CS(P) Examination 2018
10 I.E.S./I.S.S. Examination, 2018 21.03.2018 16.04.2018 29.6.2018
11 Combined Geo-Scientist and Geologist Examination, 2018 21.03.2018 16.04.2018 29.6.2018
12 Engineering Services (Main) Examination, 2018     01.07.2018
13 Combined Medical Services Examination, 2018 11.04.2018 07.05.2018 22.07.2018
14 Reserved for UPSC RT/ Examination     29.07.2018
15 Central Armed Police Forces (ACs) Examination, 2018 25.04.2018 21.05.2018 12.08.2018
16 Reserved for UPSC RT/ Examination     19.08.2018
17 N.D.A. & N.A. Examination (II), 2018 06.06.2018 02.07.2018 09.09.2018
18 Reserved for UPSC RT/ Examination     23.09.2018
19 Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2018     01.10.2018
20 Reserved for UPSC RT/ Examination     28.10.2018
21 C.D.S. Examination (II), 2018 08.08.2018 03.09.2018 18.11.2018
22 Reserved for UPSC RT/ Examination     25.11.2018
23 Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination, 2018     02.12.2018
10 DAY
24 S.O./Steno (GD-B/GD-I) LDCE 12.09.2018 05.10.2018 15.12.2018

Note: The dates of notification, commencement and duration of Examinations/ RTs are liable to alteration, if the circumstances so warrant