The Indian Administrative Service or IAS is the most coveted service among all the government services in India. A lot of youngsters nurture the IAS dream and want to take the IAS exam that is held by the UPSC every year. Well, for the uninitiated, there is no ‘IAS exam’. The correct term is the UPSC civil services exam. Clearing this exam opens up a host of civil services to the candidate, and one of them and the most desired is the IAS. This is why the UPSC civil services exam is also known in common parlance as the IAS exam.
Read on 10 facts every aspirant should know about the ‘IAS exam’.
Fact #1: The IAS exam is held every year in three stages. They are:
Each round eliminates candidates who fail to get the required cut off marks. The Prelims consist of two papers of MCQ type questions. The mains exam has nine papers which are descriptive in nature. The last round which is the interview or personality test round is basically an interview with the UPSC panel.
Fact #2: You must be an Indian citizen to be eligible for the UPSC CSE.
Fact #3: You need to be at least a graduate from a recognised university. You can take the prelims if you are awaiting results of your graduation.
Fact #4: You need to be at least 21 years of age to attain eligibility to sit for the prelims. Also, your age should not have exceeded 32 years. There are age relaxations for reserved category candidates.
Fact #5: The UPSC Syllabus is vast and diverse. It encompasses a varied array of subjects like history, polity, geography, public administration, economics, science and technology, current affairs and so on.
Fact #6: The UPSC exam preparation will take at least one year’s time. The prelims, mains and the final interview are conducted over a period of 9-10 months.
Fact #7: Current affairs is the most important aspect of the UPSC question papers. So, daily reading of a good newspaper is essential if you are intending on taking the IAS exam. All the questions can be linked to current affairs.
Fact #8: People from any academic and social background can clear the IAS exam. Only the eligibility criterion needs to be adhered to. If you are willing to work really hard with a single-minded devotion, you can definitely clear the exam and become an IAS officer provided you get the desired rank.
Fact #9: The service that you are allotted to will depend on the rank you get. There is a minimum rank required for every service. Generally, the IAS and the IFS (foreign services) are acquired by the top ranked candidates.
Fact #10: You will need to practice previous years’ question papers if you are serious about your IAS ambitions. The competition in the exam is so intense that you cannot wait till the exam hall to get a feel of the kind of questions asked. Practice makes perfect.
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