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Indian Administrative Services


UPSC will be released the Indian Administrative Services (IAS) Application Form on February 02, 2022. The last date to apply for this UPSC IAS will be in 22, February 2022. From the official website of UPSC, the application form can be filled out along with the UPSC IAS notification. It is a national-level exam and will be held every year. 

Highlights of UPSC IAS Exam:

Particulars  Information 
Exam Name UPSE IAS
Conducted by Union Public Service Commission
Recruiting bodies UPSC
Frequency of the exam Once in the year
Stages of exam Three rounds
Total number of vacancies 712 vacancies
Application mode Online
Selection process Prelims

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Applicants for the IAS exam must have to fulfill the eligibility criteria as per the official notification. Applicants need to fulfill the below eligibility criteria: 

Nationality Criteria:

  • Applicants must have the subject of Nepal or Bhutan
  • Applicants of Indian origin who have migrated from either Sri Lanka, Burma, Pakistan/ East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Zambia, Zaire, Ethiopia, Malawi, Tanzania, and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India


Educational Qualification:

  • Applicants must need to hold at least a graduation degree from any stream from the recognized university established under the act passed by the POI (Parliament of India). Applicants who are in the last year of Bachelor’s or graduation and awaiting results are also eligible to apply for the IAS exam. 


Age Qualification:

  • The minimum age limit criteria will be 21 years
  • The maximum age limit criteria will be 32 years
  • For OBC category the age relaxation will be 3 years
  • For ST or SC category the age relaxation will be 5 years
  • For Disabled or Defence Services the age relaxation will be 3 years
  • For Ex-Serviceman including the commissioned officers the age relaxation 5 years


Check the Prelims exam syllabus of the UPSC IAS exam from the below information: 

Prelims Syllabus of UPSC IAS:

Paper 1 Paper 2
Current news and events related to national and international topics. Comprehension
Environmental ecology specially climate change, general issues on the Biodiversity &Climate Change, green energy, solar inventions  etc. Interpersonal skills including communication skills
Sustainable Development, Economic and Social Development, Inclusion, Poverty, Social Sector Initiatives, Demographics, Government schemes, etc. Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) 
Indian and World Geography, General Science. Logical reasoning and analytical ability
Indian Polity and Governance - Constitution, Political System, Rajya Sabha, Lok Sabha, Governor and President powers, Vidhan Sabha, Public Policy, Fundamental Rights Issues, Panchayati Raj, Directive policy of state principals Questions on General mental ability
  Decision making and problem-solving
  Data interpretation (charts, data sufficiency, graphs, tables etc.)

The Mains exam syllabus is very broad, applicants who clear the Prelims exam can check the syllabus from the official webiste.

Exam Pattern

Exam Pattern for Prelims Exam

  • The question paper is available in Hindi or English language
  • There are two papers in the exam
  • The time duration will be four hours
  • There are 100 questions in paper 1 while 80 questions in paper 2
  • 400 will be the total marks for the exam 


Exam Pattern for Mains Exam:

  • There are total of nine papers for the Mains exam
  • The question paper will be available in Hindi as well as English language
  • The time duration of the Mains exam will be three hours
  • There are 300 questions in Part A and Part B
  • There are 250 questions in General Studies and Optional Papers
  • The maximum marks for the exam will be 1750

Exam Important Date

Events  IAS UPSC Exam Important Dates
Releasing date of official notification Feb-22
Application form of UPSC IAS Feb-22
Last date of UPSC IAS Feb-22
Last date for the payment for offline To be announced soon
Last date for payment for online mode To be announced soon
Application withdrawal facility To be announced soon
Prelims exam date To be announced soon
Mains entrance exam date To be announced soon

Exam Application Process

  • Each applicant must have to submit a separate application for each exam of UPSC. 
  • Part I for the UPSC Civil Services Exam and Part II will be of the UPSC Civil Services Examination Application Form.


Follow the below steps to complete the UPSC CSE application form:

  • Go to the UPSC’s official website i.e. at
  • Choose the Exam Notifications link from the drop-down menu.
  • To apply through online mode, tap on the Apply Online page.
  • Register yourself for Civil Services Part-I exam,
  • Read all the instructions carefully on the application form before clicking on the Yes button
  • Fill the application form with all required information
  • Upload your all required documents and then pay the IAS application fees


Selection Process of UPSC IAS Exam:

  • The selection process of the UPSC IAS exam will depend on IAS Prelims Exam, IAS Mains Exam. applicants need to clear both exam to get selected in the UPSC IAS exam.

Exam Center

The UPSC IAS is a national-level exam. The Prelims exam will be held in 73 cities while the Mains exam will be held in 36 cities of India. All the exam centers are available on the official UPSC notification. Applicants can fill their exam center as per their choice.


Ques: How a candidate can start preparation of IAS exam at home?
Applicants can start their preparation for IAS exam from NCERT books and daily newspaper. Complete NCERT subjects Sociology, Economics, Geography, and History first and then start reading other books.


Ques: How many papers on the IAS Mains exam?
There are total 9 papers in the IAS Mains exam. Apart from these nine papers, applicants also need to qualify in the General Hindi and General English papers.


Ques: What is the qualification required for the IAS exam?
Applicants need a Graduation degree from a recognized university of India.


Ques: What is the difference between PCS and IAS?
The full form of IAS is Indian Administrative Services and the full form of PCS is Provincial Civil Services. The recruitment of IAS exam will be done by the Union Public Service Commission while the PCS recruitment will be done through State Public Service Commission.


Ques: Which is the Cadre Controlling Authority of IAS exam?
The Cadre Controlling Authority of IAS is the Ministry of Personnel.

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