UPSC PREPARATION

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts Indian Administrative Services (IAS) Exam or Civil Services exam annually in order to recruit candidates for different services in the Government of India. The official UPSC Notification 2020 (https://upsc.gov.in/sites/default/files/Notification-CSPE_2020_N_Engl.pdf) for IAS Exam is released on February/ March every year.

The Civil Services Exam (CSE) in India is a nationwide competitive examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). Through the Civil Services Examination, the UPSC recruits’ candidates for various Central and All India Civil Services i.e. Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian Revenue Service (IRS) and Group ‘B’ Services etc..

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List of the posts under Civil service examination as conducted by UPSC:

All India Services

  • Indian Administrative Services (IAS)
  • Indian Forest Services (IFoS)
  • Indian Police Services (IPS)

Group ‘A’ Services

  • Indian Foreign Service (IFS)
  • Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service
  • Indian Audit and Accounts Service
  • Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise)
  • Indian Defence Accounts Service
  • Indian Revenue Service (I.T.)
  • Indian Ordnance Factories Service (Assistant Works Manager, Administration)
  • Indian Postal Service
  • Indian Civil Accounts Service
  • Indian Railway Traffic Service
  • Indian Railway Accounts Service
  • Indian Railway Personnel Service
  • Post of Assistant Security Commissioner in Railway Protection Force
  • Indian Defence Estates Service
  • Indian Information Service (Junior Grade)
  • Indian Trade Service
  • Indian Corporate Law Service
  • Indian Revenue Service (CBEC)

Group ‘B’ Services

 

  • Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service (Section Officer’s Grade)
  • Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service
  • Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Service
  • Pondicherry Civil Service
  • Pondicherry Police Service

 

IAS EXAM DATE 2020

NAME OF THE EXAM

UPSC CSE 2020

MODE OF THE EXAM

OFFLINE

NUMBER OF TIMES CONDUCTED

ONCE PER YEAR

PRESCRIBED AGE LIMIT

21 – 32 years (upper age relaxation for reserved candidates)

IAS EXAM 2020 NOTIFICATION

12th FEBRUARY 2020

IAS Exam – Prelims 2020

Sunday, May 31, 2020

IAS Exam – Mains 2020

Starts 18th September 2020 (exams for five days)

IAS Exam Pattern

Prelims (MCQs), Mains (Descriptive papers)

ABOUT CIVIL SERVICE EXAMS

ABOUT CIVIL SERVICE EXAMS

The Civil Services Exam (CSE) in India is a nationwide competitive examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). Via the Civil Services Examination, the UPSC recruits candidates for various Central and All India Civil Service posts in the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian Revenue Service (IRS), etc.

Civil Services are jobs directly related to public service and are widely considered prestigious in India. UPSC conducts Civil Service Exams for Central Government job vacancies while PSC in each state fills the State Government job vacancies.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR CIVIL SERVICE EXAMINATION

IAS Exam Pattern

IAS Exam Pattern

UPSC IAS Exam is conducted in two stages – Preliminary (objective - type paper) and Mains (Descriptive paper and interview). Those who clear all the three stages of the IAS exam enter into the prestigious civil services of the country, and become officers in the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and a host of other services.

Although CSE is regarded as one of the toughest exams in the country, with the right approach and strategy, an aspirant can crack the IAS examination in the very first attempt. It is essential for aspirants to know and understand the requirements of the IAS exam 2020, such as the UPSC syllabus for IAS Exam (Prelims and Mains), pattern, eligibility criteria, application procedure, and other such significant details before kick-starting the preparations. Here, we present all the relevant UPSC Exam details for aspirants planning to crack the IAS Exam.

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Stage I: IAS Exam – UPSC Prelims

IAS Exam – UPSC Prelims

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  • The questions in the IAS Exam (Prelims) are of the objective type or Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
  • There is ‘Negative Marking’ in the IAS Exam for each incorrect answer but only in the Prelims stage. The negative marking for incorrect answers will be 1/3rd (0.66) of the allotted marks of that question.
  • The GS Paper II (CSAT) in IAS exam is of qualifying nature and candidates should score a minimum of 33 per cent in this paper to qualify to the next stage of the IAS exam i.e. the Mains.
  • Blind candidates are given an extra time of 20 minutes for each paper in the IAS Exam (Prelims).
  • It is mandatory for the candidates to appear in both the papers of civil services prelims exam for the evaluation.
  • The marks scored by the candidates in the preliminary examination are not counted for the final score. It is only a screening test where candidates not securing the cut-off marks are eliminated.

Stage II: IAS Exam – UPSC Mains

IAS Exam – UPSC Mains

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The second stage of the IAS Exam is called the Mains Exam, which is a written descriptive examination and comprises 9 papers. The 9 papers in IAS Exam (Mains) are as follows: Paper-A (Compulsory Indian Language); Paper –B (English) which are qualifying in nature, while the other papers like Essay, General Studies Papers I, II, III, and IV, and Optional Papers I and II are considered for the final ranking.

Note:

  • The candidates can select their medium of writing the UPSC Civil Services IAS Mains Exam as Hindi or English or any other language listed in the 8th Schedule of the Indian Constitution.
  • The Indian Languages included in the IAS exam are as per languages listed in the 8th Schedule of the Indian Constitution.
  • The candidates who score above the prescribed cut-off marks in the IAS exam (Mains) will get the summons for the Personality Test (last stage of the IAS exam).
  • The final ranking of the candidates is on the basis of the marks obtained by them in the Main Examination and Personality Test/Interview Round of the IAS exam.

Stage III: IAS Exam – UPSC Interview/Personality Test (Free Online Mentoring & Interview Materials)

Candidates who clear the Mains stage of the IAS exam with the required cut-off marks qualify for the final stage of the IAS exam i.e., the Personality Test or Interview round with the UPSC Board Members. The candidates who qualify to the final stage will be sent an e-summon by the Commission for a face-to-face discussion round with the board members. In this round, the board assesses the personality traits of the candidates and questions will be asked on their hobbies, current affairs, general knowledge, situation questions, etc. to evaluate if they are fit for a career in the civil services or not. The UPSC personality test will be held only in the UPSC Bhavan in New Delhi.