About IAS
Exam / Civil Services Exam

IAS Exam,
also known as Indian Administrative Service, is a national level
competition exam conducted by UPSC annually to recruit candidates for
civil services like IPS, IFS (Foreign), IAAS, IRS, IDAS, CAPF-AF and others.
Nearly 2 lac candidates appear for the Civil Services Examinations
each year.

Latest: The 10% Economically Weaker
Section (EWS) reservation will be applicable in IAS 2019. Candidates have to
get their EWS Certificate ready before August 31, 2019.

  • IAS Application Form has beenreleased
    on the official website from February 19, 2019.
  • Last day to
    fill the form is March 18, 2019 after which the link will be disabled. 
  • Any
    candidate possessing a graduation degree can apply for IAS exam.
  • IAS Prelims
    Exam tests General knowledge and Mental Aptitude of the candidates. 

Exam Pattern 
consists of
three stages viz.

  • Stage 1: IAS Prelims – June 2, 2019
  • Stage 2: IAS Mains – September 20, 2019
  • Stage 3: Interview/ Personality Test

Highlights of IAS Exam

Exam Name Civil Services Examination
Exam Level National
Conducting Body Union Public Service
Commission (UPSC)
Official Website
Exam Periodicity Yearly
Exam Mode Offline (Pen-Paper
Expected Registration Approx. 3 lakh
No. of Vacancies Nearly 700   Check  Selection Process

IAS 2019 Exam Dates

  • UPSC will
    follow the timeline mentioned in the table below for IAS 2019:

Event Date Reference
Release of Application Form February 19 – March 18, 2019 Bachelor degree holders are eligible to register
Availability of Admit cards May 2019 Download IAS Admit Card from
IAS Preliminary Exam June 2, 2019 Last year, the General category Cut off was 105.3
Announcement of Preliminary Exam Result August 2019 UPSC Civil Services Prelims 2019 over,
Result in July
IAS Main Exam 2019 September 20, 2019 7 Papers each of 3 hours
Announcement of Main Exam Result January 2020 Check IAS Result online at

Age Limit & Educational
Qualifications for IAS

Candidates have to fulfil the
eligibility criteria set by the authorities to take the exam. The eligibility
parameters are set on the basis of Nationality, Age Limit, Educational
Qualifications, Number of Attempts and Physical Standards. Given below are the
IAS Exam Eligibility Criteria:


  • For IAS and IPS, applicants must be a citizen
    of India.
  • Other services require candidates to be
  • Citizen of India
  • Subject of Nepal
  • Subject of Bhutan
  • Tibetan refugee who came to India
    before January 1, 1962 to settle permanently.
  • An Indian origin migrant from
    Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United
    Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam who came to
    permanently settle in India.

Age Limit

  • The lower age limit for IAS Exam 2019
    is 21 years as on August 1, 2019, while upper age limit is 32 years.
  • There is upper age relaxation for
    reserved category candidates, which is as follows:

    • SC/ST- Upto 5 years
    • OBC- Upto 3 years
    • Defence Services Personnel disabled in
      operations during hostilities- Upto 3 years
    • Ex-servicemen- Upto 5 years
    • ECOs/SSCOs who have completed an
      initial period of assignment of five years of Military Service- Upto 5 years
    • PwD candidates- Upto 10 years
    • Domiciles of Jammu and Kashmir from
      January 1, 1980 to December 31, 1989- Upto 5 years. 


Educational Qualifications

  • Applicants must hold a graduate degree or
    equivalent qualification from a recognized university


Number of Attempts

  • Only six attempts are allowed for a candidate
    to clear IAS Exam 2019.

UPSC 2019 Online Registration

Interested candidates can fill
the application form of the exam on the official website
It can only be filled only online from February 7, 2019. Candidates who clear
the Preliminary Exam have to apply for the Main Exam separately.


to Fill IAS Application Form 2019?

Step 1- Registration
Part 1

  1. Visit the official website i.e.
  2. Click on the link to ‘apply for UPSC
    Civil Services’
  3. Enter details like Name, Gender,
    Category, Nationality etc.
  4. Click on Submit button
  5. You will be redirected to the payment

Step 2- Payment of
Application Fee

  1. Choose the payment method between
    online or offline mode
  2. INR 100 must be submitted via
    Pay-in-slip which must be downloaded from the application portal.
  3. For online payment, candidates can use
    SBI credit card/debit card or Internet Banking Services.
  4. In case of Debit Card, enter the Card
    number, Validity and CVV number.
  5. If you choose Credit Card, enter the
    Card number, Validity and 6 digit special PIN number
  6. For net banking, enter the account
    details of the bank account
  7. Click on pay now post filling the
  8. You will be redirected to the Part 2
    of the UPSC Online Form

Note: This
step is not applicable for candidates who are exempted from paying the fee.

Step 3- Registration
Part 2

  1. Post receipt of the fee,
    fill other details of the IAS Application form
  2. Enter the choice of IAS Exam
  3. Enter the qualification and other
    communication details 
  4. Post verification, click on submit to
    proceed to the next step

Step 4- Uploading the

  1. Click on the link or blank space
    provided to upload the photograph
  2. Browse the location of the image and
    select the image
  3. Click on open/upload
  4. Check if the image is opened correctly
    and clearly
  5. Repeat the same steps to upload the
    image of the signature
  6. Click on “I Agree” to approve of the
    declaration and submit the complete 

Note: Female
applicants and SC/ST/ PwD category candidates are exempted from paying the fee.


Posts Offered through IAS

There are total 782 vacancies
that have been announced this year via civil services exam. It is for the first
time in a decade that the vacancies announced by UPSC are this less. Following
posts are offered in two given groups:

Indian Administrative Service Indian Post and Telecommunication Accounts and
Finance Service
Indian Audit and Accounts Service Indian Postal Service
Indian Civil Accounts Service Indian Railway Accounts Service
Indian Corporate Law Service Indian Railway Personnel Service
Indian Defence Accounts Service Indian Railway Traffic Service
Indian Defence Estates Service Indian Revenue Service (Custom and Central Excise)
Indian Foreign Service Indian Revenue Service (Income Tax)
Indian Information Service (Junior Grade) Indian Trade Service (Gr. III)
Indian Ordnance Factories Service (Assistant Works
Manager, Administration)
Assistant Security Commissioner in Railway
Protection Force
Indian Police Service
Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Services (Section
Officer’s Grade)
Pondicherry Civil Service
Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep,
Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Services
Pondicherry Police Service
Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep,
Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Services


IAS 2019 Admit Card

The admit card for both the
exams will be made available on the UPSC website. The admit card for the Main
Exam will be released in August 2019. Candidates can download their admit cards
by following the steps mentioned below:

  1. Visit the official website of UPSC
  2. Click on link ‘Download IAS
    Prelims/Main Admit Card 2019’ 
  3. Read the instructions mentioned
    carefully and click ‘Yes’
  4. Enter Registration ID or Roll
    Number followed by Date of Birth of the candidate
  5. Submit after entering the captcha in
    the given blank field
  6. Print IAS Admit Card

Discrepancy in IAS Admit Card

In case candidate finds any
discrepancy in the IAS
2019 Admit Card
, he/she must report it immediately to the UPSC
examination authorities. Note that following particulars must be enclosed in
the redressal document:

  • Name and Year of Examination
  • Registration ID
  • Roll number
  • Complete postal address

IAS 2019 Exam Centers for

The Preliminary Exam will be
conducted in numerous centres across 72 cities in the country. The Main Exam is
held in 24 different cities across India.

IAS 2019 Exam Pattern- Examination Scheme

IAS Exam 2019 consists of 3 stages namely,
Preliminary, Main and Personal Interview. Each exam has different pattern and
different number questions.

  • Preliminary
    exam in IAS Exam 2019 is just a screening test to shortlist candidates for
    further selection process.
  • Those who
    qualify Prelims are required to re-register for IAS Mains 2019 which is
    qualifying in nature.
  • Further,
    selected candidates will appear for personal interview session.

The Exam Patternfor IAS 2019 is given
in the table below:

Mode Offline Offline
Medium Bilingual (English and
Bilingual (English and
Number of qualifying
2 7
Total weightage 400 Marks (200 each) 1750 Marks
Type of questions Objective Both Objective and
Negative marking for
each incorrect answer
one-third (0.33) one-third (only for
objective type questions)
Duration of exam 2 Hours per Paper 3 Hours per Paper

UPSC IAS 2019 Syllabus

IAS Syllabus is decided by Union Public
Service Commission (UPSC) each year. Each stage in IAS exam has a
different syllabus.

  • IAS
    Syllabus for Prelims evaluates a candidate’s knowledge and aptitude
    in current affairs.
  • IAS
    Syllabus for Mains assesses a candidate’s academic expertise in his
    specialized subject. It also tests his ability to present knowledge in a
    clear and coherent manner and his overall intellectual traits and
    understanding of concepts. 
  • The
    prelims section of IAS Exam 2019 covers questions from History, Polity,
    Geography and Agriculture, Science and Technology, Ecology and
    Environment, Economics, Arts and Culture, Social Welfare and GK. 
  • The
    scope of IAS Syllabus for Mains section as optional subject papers (Paper
    VI and Paper VII) for the examination is broad of the honors degree level.
  • In the
    case of Engineering, Medical Science and law, the level corresponds to the
    bachelors’ degree.

Preparation Books for IAS Exam 2019

The following books can assist candidates to
prepare well for one of the most competitive government exams of the

Find below the list of Preparation books for IAS
Exam 2019:

History Of Modern India
Bipan Chandra
India’s Struggle For
Independence (History)
Bipan Chandra
India’s Ancient Past
R.S. Sharma
History Of Medieval
India (History)
Satish Chandra
A New Look at Modern
Indian History
BL Grover
The Wonder That Was India
A.L. Bhasham
Indian Art and Culture
Our Parliament SubashKashyap
Geography of India
Majid Husain
Oxford School Atlas
Science and Technology TMH
CSAT Book Cracking the
CSAT Paper-2
Certificate Physical
and Human Geography (Geography)
Goh Cheng Leong
Indian Polity for Civil
Services Examinations (Polity)
M. Laxmikanth
Indian Economy
Ramesh Singh
Environmental Studies:
From Crisis to Cure (Environment)
A History of Modern
Environment for Civil
Services Prelims and Mains (Environment)
Facets of Indian
Indian Constitution PM Bakshi
Verbal & Non-Verbal
R. S. Aggarwal

How to Check IAS Result 2019?

UPSC declares the result of all the three stages
separately. The result of IAS Exam 2019 is declared on the official
website of UPSC. The Preliminary Exam’s result will be declared in July 2019
while that of Main Exam in January 2019.

Candidates can follow the below steps to access the IAS Result for each exam:

  1. Visit the official website of IAS i.e.
  2. Click on the link which says ‘View IAS Result 2019’
  3. Find your roll number in the list of the roll
    numbers mentioned in the PDF
  4. Download PDF for future reference

IAS Cut off 2019- Category- wise

  • The
    minimum qualifying marks or cut off is released by the authorities post
    the declaration of result of each stage.
  • Candidates
    scoring more than or equal to the cut off marks are eligible for the next
    step of the selection process.
  • The cut
    off for both the examinations depends upon a number of factors like
    the difficulty level of the IAS Exam, vacancies available
    and number of appearing candidates etc.
  • IAS 2019 Expected Cut off for different categories is tabulated

General 150-200 660-679 860-889
OBC 140-201 600-631 809-845
ST 103-180 610-620 800-815
SC 101-185 615-633 815-835
PH 1 101-170 550-615 800-820
PH 2 89-120 550-630 780-835
PH 3 60-125 450-515 690-726

IAS Selection Process 2019

The selection process of IAS Exam is a 3 stage
assessment, wherein, candidates have to appear for Prelims, Mains and Personal

  • Preliminary
    exam is basically screening test in which, over 15 lakh candidates
  • There
    are two papers for candidates to attempt compulsorily in IAS Exam 2019
  • The
    basic requirement to clear this stage is to at least secure 33% marks in
    General Science section.
  • Further,
    on the basis of IAS Exam 2019 result for prelims, candidates register for
    Mains exam.
  • IAS
    Exam 2019 Mains will cover 9 conventional essay type papers, 2 being
    optional in them.
  • Mains
    exam and interview session form basis of candidate’s selection. 
  • After
    the IAS Exam 2019 Mains examination of 1750 marks, candidates have to
    clear the cut off as decided by UPSC.
  • Those
    who clear the cut off are called for Interview session.
  • Marks
    obtained in personal interview out of the total of 275 marks will also be
    considered while preparing the list of finally selected candidates.

IAS 2019

Q. What
is the IAS Exam?

Ans. IAS
stands for Indian Administrative Service. It is a civil services exam that is
conducted by UPSC each year. It contains 3 stages viz. Prelims, Prelims and
Interview. All shortlisted candidates can choose from the given Group A/ B

Q. What
is the salary of an IAS officer?

Ans. The
7th Pay Commission recommendations were approved by Cabinet on June 29, 2016.
Now the basic pay of entry level IAS officers is INR 56100. Allowances like
Dearness Allowance (DA), House Rent Allowance (HRA) and Travel Allowance (TA)
will be extra. The salary will increase as experience increases. The basic pay
of Cabinet Secretary is fixed at INR 2,50,000.

So, IAS Salary = Basic Pay + DA + HRA + TA

Q. What
are some useful websites to prepare for IAS?

Ans. Candidates
preparing for IAS can take help from websites such,,,, etc.

Q. What
are the minimum qualifying marks for clearing IAS interview?

Ans. There
are no minimum marks to qualify the interview round. However, the interview
round carries 275 marks.

Q. What
are the number of vacancies available through IAS each year?

Ans. The
number of available vacancies is noted in each of the advertisements. They vary
every year. However, in the last 4 years, the number of vacancies has varied
between 1000-1200.

Q. When
does IAS Notification come out?

releases IAS Notification for Prelims in the month of May, for the exam which
is held in August. The applications are for the same are accepted till June
end. For Prelims, IAS Notification is generally released in September.

Q. I have
studied from an Open University? Am I eligible to apply for IAS?

Ans. Yes,
you can apply only if it is a recognized university and you possess the
educational qualifications prescribed for the exam.

Q. How
many times can I appear for IAS?

Ans. A
candidate from General Category can sit for IAS max 6 times. Candidates from
reserved categories can sit as many times as they want. There is no

Q. I
don’t have my class X and XII Marksheet. Can I still sit for IAS?

Ans. Yes,
provided the graduation has been completed from a recognized University and you
possess the educational qualifications prescribed for the exam.

Q. When
will the notification for IAS exam release and who is responsible for releasing

Ans. The
notification for IAS exam was released on February 7 and UPSC is responsible
for releasing it.

Q. How
and when will the students able to fill the IAS 2019 application form?

Ans. Students
will be able to fill the IAS 2019 Application form from February 7, 2019, to
March 6, 2019, in online mode only.

Q. When
and what are the different phases in which the IAS 2019 exam conducted?

Ans. The
IAS 2019 exam will be held in two different phases i.e. Prelims and Mains.
Prelims will be conducted on June 3, 2019, and Mains will be held on September
28, 2019.

Q. If
students are unable to clear the Phase II exam can they able to appear for the
interview round?

Ans. No,
students qualifying IAS Mains exam will only be called for interview round.

Q. Are
12th pass candidates eligible to appear for the IAS 2019 examination?

Ans. No,
for appearing in the IAS 2019 Exam, the student must possess graduation degree
from a recognized college or university.

Q. What
should be the students maximum and minimum age required to fill the IAS 2019
Application form?

Ans. Student’s
minimum age should be 21 years and maximum age should be 32 years as on August
1, 2019.

Q. In
which year students must be born so that they are able to fill the application

Ans. Students
must have been born not earlier than August 2, 1986, and not later than August
1, 1997.

The age
limit for different categories is as:

Category Upper age limit
General 32 years
OBC 35 years
SC/ ST 37 years
PWD 42 years
J & K Domicile Gen = 37 years, OBC =
40 years, SC/ ST = 40 years, PH = 50 year
Disabled Servicemen Gen = 37 years, OBC =
40 years, SC/ ST = 40 years

Q. Other
than Indian students who else can apply for the IAS 2019 exam.

Ans. Except
for Indian Students, a citizen of Nepal or Bhutan or a Refugee from any other
country can apply for IAS 2019 Exam but they must have a permanent plan to
settle in India

Q. What
are the important details that students need to provide while filling the
application form?

Ans. The
details that students need to provide while filling the application form are
applicants name, fathers name, mothers name, address, contact no., and email ID

Q. What
are the documents that students need to bring along with them on the exam day?

Ans. On the
examination day, students need to bring their admit card and ID proof along
with them.

Q. How
much is the IAS 2019 Application fee and what are the methods to pay the fees?

Ans. For
general category, male candidates have to pay INR 100/- as application fees and
SC/ ST/ PWD/ Female candidates don’t have to pay the application fees. Online
or offline are both the mode to pay the application fees.

Q. Other
than Visa Card/ Debit Card or Credit card is there any other method for paying
the online application fees.

Ans. No,
online application fees can only be paid via Visa Card/ Credit Card or Debit
card through net banking of SBI branches throughout India.

Q. Except
for the branches of SBI bank can students pay the application fees to other

Ans. No,
the application fees can only be paid at SBI branches.

Q. Name
the subjects from which the questions will be asked in IAS 2019 Prelims exam?

Ans. In IAS
2019 Prelims exam, the questions will be asked from the subjects namely General
Studies and Aptitude Test.

Q. In how
many sections the IAS 2019 Mains exams is divided and name the subjects from
which the questions will be asked.

Ans. The
IAS 2019 Main exam is divided into 9 sections and the subjects from which the
questions asked are Modern Indian Language Skills, English Language Skills,
Essay Writing, General Studies – I, General Studies – II, General Studies –
III, General Studies – IV, Optional Subject Paper – 1, and Optional Subject
Paper – 2.

Q. In
which medium the exam is conducted and what is the total time duration to complete
the paper?

Ans. The
exam is conducted in both the English and Hindi medium. For prelims exam, total
time duration given to complete per paper is 2 hours and for Main, to complete
per paper 3 hours will be given.

Q. What
are the types of questions asked in the both the Prelims and Mains exam?

Ans. The
questions in the prelim exam are of objective type and for mains exam; the
questions are of both objective and subjective type.

Q. What
is the marking scheme of IAS 2019 Prelims exam? Is there is any marks deduction
for wrong answers?

Ans. In IAS
2019 Prelims exam, each question in general studies carries 2 marks and civil
service aptitude test carries 2.5 marks. For every incorrect answer, 0.33 marks
will be deducted as penalty.

Q. How
many marks will students get for every correct answer in IAS 2019 Mains exam?
Will the marks have deducted for wrong answers?

Ans. For
every correct answer, students will get 2.5 marks. While 0.33 marks will only
be deducted for every wrong objective type answer.

Q. If
students are unable to submit the filled in application form, will they be able
to download the admit card?

Ans. No,
only those students are able to download the admit card who have successfully
submitted their application form

Q. When
and who will release the IAS 2019 Admit card and what is the mode to download

Ans. The
admit card will be released on the official website in the last week of May
2019. It can download through online mode only.

Q. What
if students did not bring the admit card on the examination day?

Ans. Those
who did not bring the admit card will not be able to sit for the exam.

Q. What
information do students need to enter for downloading the admit card?

Ans. Students
need to enter their registration number and date of birth for downloading the
admit card

Q. Where
to report if the students found any discrepancy in the admit card?

Ans. In the
case of any discrepancy in the admit card, students have to instantly report
the higher authorities.

Q. Why
the cut off marks are so important in the recruiting process and who will
consider it?

Ans. Cut
off are important in recruiting process for short listing the students. UPSC
board will consider the cut off marks.

Q. List
down the impact of cut off marks in all the stages while short listing the

Ans. At the
time of prelims exam, cut off marks is applicable to shortlist the candidates
for IAS Mains exam Cut off of mains exam helps to select students for the
personal interview

Q. When
is the result of IAS 2019 Prelims exam announced? Who is responsible for
declaring it?

Ans. The
IAS 2019 Prelims result will be announced in July and it will be declared by
Commission on the official website.

Q. How
many rounds that students have to clear for their final selection?

Ans. For
the student’s final selection they have to clear the three rounds i.e.
Preliminary exam, Main exam and Personal Interview round.

Q. How
will the final merit list be prepared and when is merit list declared?

Ans. For
preparing the final merit list, both the marks of written test and final
interview will be taken into consideration and merit list will be prepared
after the declaration of the result.

Q. How
many times can students appear for an IAS exam? Is there any kind of
restriction that students need to face for appearing in the exam?

Ans. General
category candidates can sit for the exam for maximum 6 times. There is no
restriction for reserved category candidates (OBC- NCL category- 9 attempts),
they can appear as many times as they want.

Q. What
is the total number of vacancies available for IAS and who will release it?

Ans. The
total number of vacancies released by the UPSC every year for civil services is

Q. If a
student writes the exam in English can they interview in Hindi or any other

Ans. No, if
a student writes the exam in the English language they can give the interview
in the same language only.

Q. Can
final year students of graduation apply for IAS 2019 examination?

Ans. Yes,
final year students of graduation can apply for IAS 2019 but they have to give
their passing proof.