Procedure for IAS Exam 2017

IAS procedure and syllabus

Are you an Indian youth who wants to serve the country by becoming an IAS officer, but don’t know anything about the IAS except its full form? Don’t despair. Read this article to find out everything about the IAS exam, and the full procedure for IAS exam 2017. Starting with the basics:

IAS stands for Indian Administrative Service. It is an administrative post with the Indian government. Typically, as an IAS officer you would be in-charge of a district or subdivision in the beginning and you will have to take care of the functioning of the local administration there. Read more about the functions of an IAS here.

In fact, to become an IAS officer, you have to clear the civil services exam conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) every year. The civil services exam is attempted by lakhs of people and only a few make the cut finally as civil servants, and even fewer become IAS officers. If you clear the CSE, you can be appointed as civil servants or diplomats (Indian Foreign Service), and your posting location and service is decided by your final rank.

Read about the various services you can get into by clearing the civil services exam here.

The IAS is the most coveted service and also the one requiring the highest ranks. Check out the last rank that was needed to get into the IAS category-wise for 2014 from the table below:






















Civil service 2017 exam date:

The UPSC has released the civil service 2017 exam date. The CSE application form will be available from 22nd February, 2017 on the UPSC official website. Applications will be accepted only online.

IAS Exam notification will be out on: 22nd February 2017

Last date for submission of application forms: 17th March 2017

IAS Exam Prelims will be held on: 18th June 2017

IAS Exam Mains will be held on: 28th October 2017

Also Read | Civil Service Exam Schedule 2017

Before anything, you must check if you are eligible to take the IAS exam. You must have completed 21 years and must be at least a graduate to be eligible to sit for the UPSC exam. Read about the UPSC exam qualification and age limit.

How to apply for IAS Exam?

  • You have to login to the UPSC official website and search for “Application Form”.
  • Once you reach the application form window, you will see two stages of registration – part I and part II.
  • Fill in the asked details in part I and submit it whereupon you will receive a registration ID.
  • Use the registration ID and fill in the details asked in the second part of the registration process.
  • Here, you would select the examination you wish to take.
  • Also, you are required to upload scanned copies of your photograph and signature as per the requirement.
  • Then, the application fee must be paid which is a sum of ₹100/- (Female/SC/ST/PH candidates are exempted from paying the application fee). There are two modes of payment as discussed below:
  1. Online mode

Here, fees can be paid through the net banking option of SBI/State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur/State Bank of Hyderabad/State Bank of Mysore/State Bank of Patiala/State Bank of Travancore or you can pay by Visa/MasterCard or debit card.

  1. Offline mode

Here, you can pay the fees by cash at any SBI branch. To pay through this mode, applicants have to take a printout of the system-generated challan during registration part I.

  • Once the fee payment is complete, the registration process is finished.
  • Now you can take a printout of the submitted form for future reference.

Now that you know the technical details of the IAS exam, you might be wondering, ‘How can I start preparation for IAS exam?’ Before embarking on that journey, you must familiarize yourself with the IAS exam syllabus and pattern 2017.

IAS exam pattern 2017:

The IAS exam is conducted in three stages –

  1. UPSC Prelims
  2. UPSC Mains
  3. UPSC Personality Test/Board Interview

Know more about each stage by clicking on the link below:

Indian Administrative Service (IAS) EXAM SCHEME

What is the syllabus of UPSC civil services?

Download the UPSC Prelims syllabus PDF.

Download the UPSC Mains syllabus.

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If you are wondering about the pay scale of IAS officers, make no mistake. It is quite an attractive package especially when you combine the perks and benefits of an IAS officer along with the monetary remuneration.

Also Read | IAS officer salary after 7th pay commission

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