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All about IAS Exam – Syllabus, Eligibility, Papers, Strategy
Eligibility Criteria to apply the Civil service Exam
To apply for this examination, you should must eligible in certain criteria, as we know that eligibility is an entry point in any examination.
There are three stages of selection process
Number of vacancies is notified by UPSC which remains around 700-1000 for civil services. But only top 70-100 candidates are allotted Indian Administrative Service. Indian Police Service is second most opted choice among services, third is Indian Foreign Service, Fourth is Indian Revenue Services and then other civil services follows.
General Studies Paper II is a qualifying paper only with cut off score as 33%, the merit list is created solely based on score of GS Paper I.
Syllabus for IAS Exam Paper I (PT) – (200 marks)
Paper I is having Social Studies, Indian Economy, General Science, Current Affairs, Environment etc. The duration of exam remains two hours generally scheduled in the first half of the day (9 am – 11 am). Following is the syllabus provided by UPSC for this paper.
Syllabus for Paper II – (200 marks)
Paper II has Comprehension and Aptitude. Its duration is also of two hours, scheduled in second half of the day. Syllabus provided by UPSC:-
Cut off marks for Selection in Civil Services Prelimanry Exam Exam
Paper I – Generally cut off marks for selection in PT remains between 50-55 percent. However we suggest you to aim at scoring 60 percent to play safe.
Paper II – It is a qualifying paper candidates need to score a minimum 33% marks in this paper to qualify.
UPSC Civil Services Mains Exam
After qualifying the Preliminary Examination candidates are allowed to go for mains exam which consist of two parts –
It consist of nine paper and followed by a personality test (Total marks is 1750)
|Paper A||One of the Indian language should be selected||300|
|Paper I||Essay writing||250|
|Paper II||Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World||250|
|Paper III||Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations||250|
|Paper IV||Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment||250|
|Paper V||Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude||250|
|Paper VI, VII||One subject is selected from the prescribed optional subjects||500(250×2)|
Some of the Indian languages that will be useful while selecting are Hindi, Gujarati, Punjabi, Marathi, Telugu, Urdu etc.
Candidate is allowed to take up literature as an optional subject “without the conditionality of having to do his/her graduation in that language’s literature.
The optional subjects are Geography, Agriculture, Chemistry, Economics, Law, Psychology etc.
Sub Total (Written test) 1750 Marks
Marks of English and Language will not be counted so total marks for Written exam will be 1750 Marks Only
Interview/Personality Test – 275 marks
Candidate can give preference of the language in which they may like to be interviewed. UPSC will make arrangement for the translators.
Grand Total 2025 Marks
A candidate is allowed to use any one language from the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution or English as the medium of writing the examination.
How to start IAS preparation?
One this you will find common in all aspirants about IAS preparation that they start it with reading NCERT books. Any beginner can start his UPSC preparation with reading NCERT books, soon after this aspirants need to go through one text book of each subject and keep revising as well as practicing for answer writing. Along with it a newspaper preferably The Hindu should be read by IAS Aspirants.
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