IAS Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. Why should I prepare for IAS with the BYJU’S IAS Tablet Program?

The BYJU’S IAS Tablet Program offers a comprehensive course for your IAS preparation. We offer a complete coverage of the UPSC syllabus through our video lectures which are prepared and delivered by the best IAS trainers from across the country. We also offer weekly webinars on current affairs so that your current affairs material is up-to-date and complete. Plus, printed study material for prelims and mains exams.

Q2. What is unique about the BYJU’S IAS program?

We offer a personalised mentorship program wherein students will be allocated a personal mentor throughout the course. Students can talk to the mentors and clear their doubts directly. Mentors will also help students with a detailed study plan which is customised as per each student’s background, routine and comfort level. Students will also get a boost of confidence talking to mentors who are all experts in the IAS exam field.

Q3. What exactly are the IAS tablet course offerings?

  • 500+ hours of video lectures for GS prelims, GS mains and CSAT by India’s best IAS trainers
  • Personalized faculty support for mentoring and doubt clearing
  • Exclusive Current Affairs module: Daily SMS updates, Weekly Webinars
  • Comprehensive printed study material (IAS Prelims & IAS Mains Examination)
  • Access to All India Prelims and Mains Test Series with evaluation and one-on-one feedback
  • More than 6000 practice questions
  • Use the tablet like a normal tablet after the expiry of the content after the mains paper

Q4. What is the most challenging part of the IAS exam?

Each stage of the IAS exam has its own challenges. For instance, in the prelims, it’s about tackling the negative marking. In the mains exam, completing the paper in the right manner is the key. And, in the interview round, it’s all about how you tackle various questions from the board with confidence, that is, ‘how you say’ assumes more importance than ‘what you say’. Tackling these challenges require a good knowledge of the particular demands of each stage. It also requires adequate practice and confidence, all of which can be obtained by studying from the right material. All this is possible only with the proper guidance and approach towards preparation.

Q5. Are the UPSC dates for the IAS exam released?

Yes, the UPSC has released the dates for the 2021 civil services exam. The IAS Prelims will be held in June.

Q6. When will the UPSC notification for the exam be released?

The UPSC 2021 notification will be out on in February. Follow the BIAS Notifications page and you will be updated on all the latest news and developments about the IAS exam.

Q7. How do I apply for the UPSC Prelims?

The UPSC notification will give all the details regarding the application process. You have to apply online through the official website of the UPSC. No other form of application is entertained. Fill in the required online form. You will be sent the admit cards if your application is as per procedure. Read this link for more details on how to apply.


Q8. When is the last date to apply for UPSC Prelims ?

It depends on the latest notification.

Q9. When will the admit cards be sent?

The admit cards for the IAS Prelims will have to be downloaded from the official website of the UPSC. It will be uploaded on the website about three weeks before the prelims. You should download and keep it safe.

Q10. What if there are discrepancies in my admit card?

The admit card contains details like the candidate’s name, roll number, father’s name, mother’s name, disability status and whether the candidate has requested the services of a scribe or not. Once you take a printout of the admit card, check if all the particulars are correct. In case of any discrepancy, please intimate UPSC as given in the ‘Important Instructions’ section on the website at the time of downloading the admit card.

Q11. Is there any exam fee for the IAS exam?

Yes, there is an exam fee of ₹100/- for the prelims exam and ₹200/- for the mains exam. The exam fee is exempt for candidates who are female, SC, ST and/or physically disabled.

Q12. How do I pay the exam fee?

The prelims exam fee is to be paid at the time of applying for the prelims exam online. You can pay it either by credit card/debit card, or SBI net banking, or by cash. If you wish to pay by cash, a challan will be generated after your online application. You should take a printout of this challan and deposit the cash at the nearest SBI branch after 24 hours of challan generation. Further details on how to pay the fees will be available in the UPSC notification.

Q13. Can the same admit card be used for the mains exam?

No, these are only for prelims exam. If you qualify for the mains by scoring the cut-off marks in the prelims, you will have to apply again for the mains exam online. After that, you will be able to download the mains admit card once the UPSC uploads it on their website.

Q14. How to apply for the UPSC Mains exam?

The prelims exam results will be announced about a month after the exam is conducted. If you clear the prelims, you are then eligible to take the mains exam. For this, you have to apply separately online again on the UPSC website. The admit cards for the mains will be released a few weeks before the mains exam begins. Follow the BYJU’S Notifications page and you will be updated on all the latest news and developments about the IAS exam.

Q15. What is the DAF?

DAF stands for Detailed Application Form. You will have to fill this form while applying online for the mains exam. This is an important form that you will have to fill with care. The details you fill in here will be used by the UPSC Board during your interview. The interview questions will be based on, among other things, your DAF. Fill in details like hobbies, interests, work experience, etc. honestly and carefully.

Q16. Should we apply for the interview separately?

No. If you clear the mains exam, you will be summoned for the interview, officially called the UPSC personality test, by the UPSC. It will be held in UPSC Bhavan, New Delhi only. The date and time the candidate will have to appear for the interview will be released by the UPSC about a month before the interview rounds begin.

Q17. How will BYJU’S IAS help for the interview round?

BYJU’S, with its team of academic experts, IAS officers in service and retired bureaucrats will help you build self-confidence such that you face the interview board without panic and self-assuredly. Mock interviews will help you get a feel of the process and ease nerves during the D-day!

Q18. Is it important to read the daily newspaper for success in the IAS exam?

Yes, newspapers are considered the Bible for the IAS exam. Current affairs is extremely important for the exam and the best source for the same is the daily newspaper. The Hindu is the best bet in this regard. You can go through BYJU’S Comprehensive News Analysis which gives a complete coverage of the UPSC-important news of the day and analyses news and events in the right perspective for the exam. You can also watch the video analysis of the daily news from The Hindu every day. Watch a sample Hindu news analysis video now.

Q19. Is it important to take mock test series before the IAS exam?

Absolutely yes! The IAS exam is highly competitive and the pass percentage is very low (less than 1%). Hence, it is very important to practice mock test papers both for prelims and the mains exams. The negative marking in the prelims exam makes it tricky. The cut-off for the prelims varies each year and your competition would have taken similar tests earlier too. In such a scenario, you should be able to score higher and in this regard, it is your knowledge coupled with experience in tackling MCQs that will help. Even for the mains exam, loads of writing practice is necessary to ensure that you acquire adequate speed in thinking as well as writing.

Q20. How can I buy the BYJU’S IAS Tablet Course?

You can buy BYJU’S IAS tablet course from the following link:
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