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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