10 Facts Aspirants should Know about the IAS Exam

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 appear in Civil Services Exam which is conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). Clearing this exam opens up a host of civil services to the candidate, and most desired one of them is the IAS. This is why the UPSC civil services exam is also known in common parlance as the IAS exam.

Fact #1: The IAS exam is held every year in three stages. They are:

  1. Prelims
  2. Mains
  3. Interview

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 in total 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: To be eligible for the UPSC CSE, you must be an Indian citizen.

Fact #3: You need to be at least a graduate from a recognized university. And yes, if you are awaiting results of your graduation then also you can appear in the prelims exam.

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. Also, age relaxations are provided for candidates of reserved categories.

Fact #5: The UPSC Syllabus is very 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. So, a lot of hard work accompanied with smart work is required for studying the syllabus properly.

Fact #6: It takes at least one year to prepare for this exam. 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. Many questions can be linked to current affairs, directly or indirectly.

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 rank you get decided which service you will be alloted. 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 a man perfect. Thus, you should solve previous years’ question papers well in advance and work upon your weaknesses and strengths.

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