A lot of youngsters nurture the IAS dream and want to appear in the Civil Services Examination, but very few get selected for the desired post. The Indian Administrative Service or IAS is the most coveted service among all the government services in India. We also come across several candidates, who give a time span of 6-7 years for their preparation but still are not able to crack it.
Clearing this exam opens up a host of civil services to the candidate, and the 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.
10 Important Facts about the IAS Exam
Here we are giving 10 highly valuable facts that will boost your UPSC preparation.
Fact 1: IAS Exam Stages
The IAS exam is held every year in three stages which are:
- UPSC Prelims
- UPSC Mains
- Interview/Personality Test
Each round eliminates candidates who fail to get the required cut off marks. The UPSC Prelims consist of two papers of MCQ type questions. The UPSC 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: Eligibility
The IAS eligibility criteria are explained under 3 headings:
- Age Limit
- Number of Attempts
Fact 3: Educational Qualification
You need to be at least a graduate from a recognized university. And yes, if you are awaiting the results of your graduation, then also you can appear in the prelims exam.
Fact 4: Age Limit
You need to be at least 21 years of age. The candidate must have attained the age of 21 years as on 1st August of the year in which the exam would be held. This means, for the UPSC 2020 exam, the candidate must be at least 21 years as on 1st August 2020. Check the latest official notification before applying for exam.
Also, age relaxations are provided for candidates of reserved categories.
Fact 5: UPSC Syllabus
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 by smart work is required for studying the syllabus properly.
Fact #6: UPSC Preparation
It takes at least one year to prepare for this exam thoroughly. The prelims, mains and the final interview are conducted over a period of 9-10 months.
Fact 7: Current Affairs
For UPSC question papers, Current Affairs is the most important aspect. 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: Academic and Social Background
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 single-minded devotion, you can definitely clear the exam and become an IAS officer provided you get the desired rank.
Fact 9: UPSC Recruitment
The rank you get decides which service you will be allocated. There is a minimum rank required for every service. Generally, the IAS and the IFS (foreign services) are acquired by the top-ranked candidates. Click on the link to know more about All India Services – IAS, IPS and IFS.
Fact 10: UPSC Previous Years’ Question Papers
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.