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Exam pattern and the selection procedure for UPSC IAS exam


It is well known that being an IAS is a very reputed thing. It has a very prestigious and bright career ahead. In our country, a major number of students opt for IAS as a career and applies for this examination.

An IAS officer gets appointed as a District Collector and thus he is highly responsible for the various affairs of the assigned District. As the authorities and responsibilities are so very significant, the examination, scoring and selection procedure is also very critical and tough.

Almost every candidate has a curiosity to know the examination pattern and the selection procedure for IAS Exams. Here we are going to explain it in detail.

The IAS exam is plotted for testing a candidate’s academic skills as well as his confidence of presenting himself in an analytical manner. To summarize this we can say that to be an IAS officer a candidate should best in his intellectual skills.

Basically, these exams are conducted in three parts:

  • Preliminary examination
  • Mains examination
  • Interview

After clearing the Mains examination the selected candidates are called for a final interview.

Preliminary examination:

This exam is known as Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT). It is common for all the candidates. It comprises of two papers of 2 hours each.

  1. General studies
  2. Aptitude test

Both the papers are of 200 Marks each. There is objective type of questions. The question paper is in both the languages Hindi as well as English. The minimum qualifying marks are not really fixed and vary every year on the basis of the number of applicants and the number of vacancies available but for a rough idea of its approx. 33%.

Mains Exam

Only those candidates are eligible for Mains exams who qualify the prelims. The grand total of Mains exam is 2075 marks distributed in 9 papers followed by an interview. Candidates who qualify in Mains (written) exams are called for the final interview which is of 275 marks. Different subject covers under these exams are general studies, economics, history, geography, Constitution, social justice, English, etc. The last two papers are of the optional subjects. Most of the exams are of 250 marks each.

To qualify for Mains exams the candidate has to reach the cutoff percentage set by UPSC as it again varies every year.


Eventually, a personality test is taken in assessing the mental strength of the candidate, which is called as an interview. This is only for selected candidates. The purpose of this test is not to assess the intellectual skills, but to test the mindset and personality also. And there are no fixed qualifying marks for clearing the interview.

The final result is decided on the basis of the marks obtained in main exams combined with the marks obtained at interview.

So, as of now, you are available with the marks distribution and relevant information; you must start your preparation keeping in mind, your target.

Lastly, do follow some tips to achieve assured success.

  • Always have planned studies.
  • Practice leads towards perfection, so practice as much as you can.
  • Always attend mock interviews and motivational lectures.

Stay connected with the best IAS coaching institutes, for proper guidance and training. And always remember; don’t get disheartened and never lose hope.

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