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  • IAS Exam Dates

    Candidates can go through important UPSC IAS exam dates 2020 below:

    EventDatesSalient Features
    IAS Exam 2020 Notification February 12 The UPSC will issue the Civil Services Exam Notification 2020 mentioning the vacancies and other important information
    Last date to apply for IAS Exam 2020 March 3 The IAS online application will be accepted until this date.
    IAS Prelims Exam 2020 May 31 IAS Prelims 2020 Exam will be conducted in offline mode across the nation.
    IAS Prelims 2020 Result To be announced The result of the IAS Prelims Exam 2020 will be announced by UPSC.
    IAS Main Exam 2020 September 18 The IAS Main Exam 2020 will be conducted by UPSC

    IAS Eligibility

    Eligibility for IAS is one of the first questions which crops up in the mind of an IAS aspirant. The nationality, number of attempts, age limit and the educational qualifications are some of the basic eligibility criteria for IAS exam. All candidates who wish to appear in IAS exam 2020 need to ensure that they meet all the eligibility criteria as mentioned below.


    For Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and Indian Police Service (IPS), a candidate must be a citizen of India. For all other services a candidate can either be a citizen of India or

    • A subject of Nepal/ Bhutan
    • A Tibetan refugee who came over to India before January 1, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India     
    • A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India

    Note: Candidates who are subjects of Nepal/ Bhutan or Tibetan refugees are not eligible to apply for Indian Foreign Service (IFS).

    Age Limit for IAS Exam 2020

    Candidates must be minimum 21 years and maximum 32 years of age as on August 1, 2020. This means that candidates must have born not earlier than August 2, 1988 and not later than August 1, 1999.

    There is also age relaxation of some years for reserved category candidates:


    Age Relaxation 

    SC/ ST

    5 Years


    3 Years

    Defence Services Personnel, disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof

    3 Years

    Ex-servicemen including commissioned officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least five years of military service as on August 1, 2019 and have been released

    5 Years

    PwD [(a) blindness and low vision; (b) deaf and hard of hearing; (c) locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy; (d) autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability and mental illness; and (e) multiple disabilities from amongst persons under clauses (a) to (d) including deaf-blindness]

    10 Years

    No age relaxation is provided to the Economically Weaker Sections in the UPSC Civil Services Exam.

    Educational Qualification

    Candidates must hold a graduation degree in any stream from any university established under the Act passed by the Parliament of India or State legislature. Candidates who are in the last year of the graduation and awaiting results are also eligible to apply for IAS Preliminary exam. However, such candidates need to submit the proof of passing the requisite exam at the time of applying for the Main exam. The applications for IAS Main exam are usually released in the month of July/ August.

    Note: Candidates who have cleared MBBS or any other medical exam but have not completed their internship, by the time of submission of their Civil Services Main Exam applications, will be provisionally admitted to the exam. However, provisional admission to the exam will be given only if candidates submit along with their application a copy of the certificate from the concerned authority of the university/ institution that they had passed the requisite final professional medical exam, informs the official website.

    Physical Standards

    Candidates must be physically fit according to physical standards given in the Civil Services exam notification.

    Number of Attempts in IAS Exam

    All candidates are allowed a maximum of six attempts in the IAS exam. However, it may be noted that the restriction of the number of attempts is not applicable for candidates belonging to SC/ST category. Also, candidates belonging to OBC and Persons with Benchmark Disabilities categories are allowed a maximum of nine attempts in the exam.   

    If a candidate appears in any one paper of the IAS Prelims Exam, then it is deemed that he has made an attempt in the IAS Exam.

Qualifications :

The candidate must hold a degree of any of Universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University Under Section-3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification.


Competitive examination comprises two successive stages :

(i) Civil Services (Preliminary) Examinations (Objective Type) for the selection of candidates for Main

Examination; and

(ii) Civil Services (Main) Examination (Written and Interview) for the selection of candidates for the various services and posts.

2. The Preliminary Examination will consist  of two papers of Objective type (multiple choice questions) and carry a Maximum of 400 marks . This examination is meant to serve as a screening test only; the marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination by the candidates    who are declared qualified for admission to the Main Examination will  not be counted for determining their final order of merit. The number of candidates to be admitted to the Main Examination will be about twelve to thirteen times the total approximate number of vacancies to be filled in the year through this examination. Only those candidates who are declared  by the Commission to have qualified in the Preliminary Examination in the year will be eligible for admission to  the Main Examination of that year .         

Note (i) There will be negative marking of one-third marks for incorrect answers .

(ii) If a question is left blank, i.e. no answer is given by the candidate; there will be no penalty for that question.

(iii). The Main Examination will consist of written examination and an interview test. The written examination will consist of 9 papers of conventional essay type of which two papers will be of qualifying in nature.  Marks  obtained for all the compulsory papers (Paper-I to Paper-VlI) and Marks obtained in Interview for Personality Test will be counted for ranking.

4. Candidates who obtain such minimum  qualifying marks in the written part of the Main Examination as may be fixed by the Commission at their discretion, shall be summoned by them for an interview for a Personality test.

The number of candidates to  be summoned for interview will be about twice the number of vacancies to be filled. The interview will carry 275 marks (with no minimum qualifying marks).Marks thus obtained by the candidates in the Main Examination (written part as well as interview) would determine their final ranking. Candidates will be allotted to the various services keeping in view their ranks in the Examination and the preferences expressed by them for the various services and posts.

Syllabi for the Examination:

NOTE : Candidates are advised to go through the Syllabus published in this Section for the Preliminary Examination and the Main Examination, as periodic revision of syllabus has been done in several subjects.

Part-A Preliminary Examination

Paper I - (200 marks) Duration : Two Hours

  • Current events of national and international importance.
  • History of India and Indian National Movement.
  • Indian and World Geography -Physical, Social, Economic
  • Geography of India and the World.
  • Indian Polity and Governance -Constitution, Political System, Panchayati  Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
  • Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion,Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.
  • General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change - that do not require subject specialization
  • General Science.

Paper II- (200 marks) Duration: Two Hours

  • Comprehension
  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills;
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability
  • Decision-making and problem solving
  • General mental ability
  • Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude ,etc.) (Class X level), 
  • Data interpretation (charts, graphs ,tables, data sufficiency etc. -Class X level)
  • English Language Comprehension skills (Class X level).


Scheme and subjects for the Preliminary and Main Examinations.

A. Preliminary Examination:

The Examination shall comprise of two  compulsory papers of 200 marks each.

Note (i) Both the question papers will be of the objective type (multiple choice  questions).(ii) The question papers will be set both in English and Hindi 

Part-B Main Examination:

The main Examination is intended to assess the overall intellectual traits and depth of understanding of candidates rather than merely the range of their information  and memory.  The nature and standard of questions in the General Studies papers (Paper II to Paper V) will be such that a well-educated  person will be able to answer them without any specialized study. The questions will be such as to test a candidate's general awareness of a variety of subjects, which will have relevance for a career in Civil Services. The questions are likely to test the candidate's basic understanding of all relevant issues and ability to analyze and take a view on conflicting socio- economic goals, objectives  and demands. The candidates must give relevant, meaningful and succinct answers. The scope of the syllabus for optional subject papers (Paper VI and Paper VII) for the examination is broadly of the honors degree level i.e. a level higher than the bachelors' degree and lower than the masters' degree. In the case of Engineering, Medical Science and law ,the level corresponds to the bachelors' degree. Syllabi of the papers included in the scheme of Civil Services (Main)

Examination are given as follows:-


The aim of the paper is to test the candidates ability to read and understand serious discursive prose, and express his ideas clearly and correctly, in English and Indian Language concerned. The pattern of questions would be broadly

as follows :-

(i) Comprehension of given passages

(ii) Precis Writing

(iii) Usage and Vocabulary

(iv) Short Essays

Indian Languages :-

(i) Comprehension of given passages

(ii) Precis Writing

(iii) Usage and Vocabulary

(iv) Short Essays

(v) Translation from English to the Indian

language and vice-versa.

Note 1 : The Papers on Indian Languages and English will be of Matriculation or equivalent standard and will be of qualifying nature only. The marks obtained in these papers will not be counted for ranking.


Essay: Candidates may be required to write essays on multiple topics. They will be expected to keep closely to the subject  of the essay to arrange their ideas in  orderly fashion and to write concisely. Credit will be given for effective and exact expression.


General Studies- I: Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society.

  • Indian culture will cover the salient  aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to  modern times.
  • Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues
  • The Freedom Struggle - its various  stages and important contributors/contributions from different parts of the country.
  • Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the  country.
  • History of the world will include  events from 18th century such as industrial revolution, world wars, redrawal of national boundaries, colonization, decolonization,     political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism etc.- their forms and effect on the society.
  • Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India.
  • Role of women and women's organization, population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization,  their problems and their remedies.
  • Effects of globalization on Indian  society
  • Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism.
  • Salient features of world's physical  geography.
  • Distribution of key natural resources across the world  (including South Asia and the Indian sub-continent); factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary and  tertiary sector
  • Important Geophysical  phenomena  such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity ,cyclone etc. geographical features and their  location- changes in critical         geographical features (including water-bodies and ice-caps) and  in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes.


General Studies- II: Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations.

Indian Constitution- historical under pinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure. Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the

federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein.

  • Separation of powers between various organs dispute redressal  mechanisms and institutions.
  • Comparison of the Indian constitutional  scheme with that of other  countries
  • Parliament and State Legislatures - structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and  issues arising out of these.
  • Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary Ministries and  Departments of the Government;  pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their role in the Polity.
  • Salient features of the  Representation of People's Act.
  • Appointment to various  Constitutional posts, powers,  functions and responsibilities of  various Constitutional Bodies.
  • Statutory, regulatory and various  quasi-judicial bodies
  • Government policies and interventions  for development in various  sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.
  • Development processes and the  development industry- the role of  NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities,  institutional and other               stakeholders
  • Welfare schemes for vulnerable  sections of the population by the  Centre and States and the performance of these schemes;  mechanisms, laws, institutions  and       Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections
  • Issues relating to development  and management of Social  Sector/Services relating to Health, Education,   Human Resources.
  • Issues relating to poverty and hunger.
  • Important aspects of governance,  transparency and accountability, e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and  potential; citizens charters,         transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures.
  • Role of civil services in a democracy.
  • India and its neighborhood- relations.
  • Bilateral, regional and global  groupings and agreements involving  India and/or affecting India' interests
  • Effect of policies and politics of  developed and developing countries  on India's interests, India  Diaspora.
  • Important International institutions,  agencies and for a- their  structure, mandate.


General Studies-III: Technology, Economic Development, Bio diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management.

  •  Indian Economy and issues relating  to planning, mobilization of  resources, growth, development and employment.
  • Inclusive growth and issues arising   from it.
  • Government Budgeting.
  • Major crops cropping patterns in  various parts of the country, different  types of irrigation and irrigation systems storage, transport  and marketing of agricultural produce  and issues and related constraints; e- technology in the aid of farmers Issues related to direct and indirect  farm subsidies and minimum support prices; Public Distribution  System- objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping; issues of  buffer stocks and food security; Technology missions; economics  of animal-rearing.
  • Food processing and related  industries in India- scope and significance, location, upstream and   downstream requirements, supply  chain management.
  • Land reforms in India.
  • Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial  policy and their effects on industrial growth.
  • Infrastructure: Energy, Ports,  Roads, Airports, Railways etc.
  • Investment models.
  • Science and Technology- developments   and their applications  and effects in everyday life
  • Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology.
  • Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, nano-technology, bio-technolog and issues relating to intellectual  property rights.
  • Conservation, environmental pollution  and degradation, environmental  impact assessment

  Disaster and disaster management

  • Linkages between development  and spread of extremism
  • Role of external state and non state  actors in creating challenges  to internal security
  • Challenges to internal security  through communication networks, role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges,  basics of cyber security;  money-laundering and its prevention
  • Security challenges and their  management in border  linkages of organized crime with  terrorism
  • Various Security forces and agencies  and their mandate


General Studies- IV: Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude

This paper will include questions to test the candidates' attitude and approach to issues relating to integrity, probity in public  life and his problem solving approach to various issues and conflicts faced by  him in dealing with society. Questions may  utilize the case study approach to determine these aspects. The following broad areas will be covered. 

  • Ethics and Human Interface:

             Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human  actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics in private  and public relationships. Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers administrators; role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values.

  • Attitude: content, structure, function;  its influence and relation with thought and behaviour; moral and political attitudes; social influence and  persuasion.
  • Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service , integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker-sections.
  • Emotional intelligence-concepts, and their utilities and application in administration and governance.
  • Contributions of moral thinkers and   philosophers from India and world.
  • Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration:  Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance; accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical  and moral values in governance; ethical issues in international relations  and funding; corporate governance.
  • Probity in Governance: Concept of public service; Philosophical basis of governance and probity ;Information sharing and transparency  in government, Right to Information, Codes of Ethics, Codes of Conduct, Citizen's Charters, Work culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public  funds, challenges of corruption.
  • Case Studies on above issues.


Optional Subject Papers I & II Candidates may choose any optional  subject.





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