About IAS Pre -Main Some Reflections 2017 :
IAS 2016 Recruitment Notification -The Civil Services Examination; more popularly known as the IAS exam is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for recruitment into various sectors of the Government. This exam is considered to be one of the toughest exams in the country with only about 0.1% to 0.2% of applicants passing the exam.
The UPSC main website is to be followed and checked for updates. Once a new notification comes out regarding the exam, the official UPSC website is also updated with all the information regarding the exam. Typically, the exam forms are made available by the month of February or March every Year and the applicants need to fill them out after checking their eligibility by April. Once the forms are submitted, the preparations can begin.
The preliminary exam for IAS is conducted in August and the Mains examination is held sometime in December. Once these written exams are cleared, the result the Personality test / Interviews are conducted sometime in the next year around April /May. The candidate has to pass all the three tests and the final selection is announced in June while the joining for training is usually by the end of July.
This process takes about a year and a half in total from announcement of notification till the joining date in the academy.
Name Of IAS Posts –
The number of vacancies that fall under the UPSC exams can change every year depending upon the requirement. For 2016,the total vacancies were 1079, including all reservations. Broadly, the top 4 sections that are filled by this exam are:
1) Indian Administrative Service (IAS)
2) Indian Police Service (IPS)
3) Indian Foreign Service (IFS)
4) Indian Revenue Service (IRS).
Though all are equally tough to enter, but IAS/Indian Administrative Services is the top most and most difficult level to get into. IAS is the premier administrative level in the civil services of Government of India and these officers hold the most important and strategic positions in the Government offices; whether state or union.
Eligibility Criteria –
A candidate must have a Bachelor’s degree from any University which is recognized by the State or Central Government. This maybe a degree earned by correspondence education or distance education, degree from an Open University or any qualification recognized by the Govt. of India as being equivalent to either of the above.
Students who have appeared for their final exam can also apply but they will need to provide proof of passing the examination before the final selection process.
Age limit and no of attempts –
|Category||Age Limit||Attempts allowed (max)|
|PH – Gen||42||9|
|PH – OBC||45||9|
|PH – SC/ST||47||Unlimited|
|J&K – Gen||37||9|
|J&K – OBC||40||9|
|J&K – SC/ST||42||Unlimited|
|J&K – PH||50||Depends upon category|
|Ex – Servicemen – Gen||37||9|
|Ex – Servicemen – SC/ST||40||9|
|Ex – Servicemen – PH||42||Unlimited|
|Disabled Defence – Gen||37||9|
|Disabled Defence – OBC||40||9|
|Disabled Defence – SC/ST||42||Unlimited|
Application fees –
The application fees for the General Category – Males is Rs. 100/- and this is to be paid online at the time of submitting the form.There is no application fee for all reserved categories and for females regardless of their category.
Selection process –
To get selected in IAS, one needs to clear 3 hurdles in total. Starting with the first hurdle which is the Preliminary exam; candidate need to attain minimum qualifying marks for both the sections i.e. General studies and Aptitude skills. These marks are only a ticket to sit for the Mains examination and will not be carried forward in any way.
Once the preliminary exams are cleared, the candidate needs to prepare for the 9 examinations that are held during the Mains examinations. This is the second hurdle. The mains examination includes General studies, English and any other Indian language. After appearing in all these examinations the maximum aggregate of marks amounts to 1750. The candidate needs to attain the minimum qualifying marks in every exam and also appear in the overall merit list as well. Once this is cleared the next and final stage is the personal interview.
Personal interview is of 275 marks and this changes the overall ranking by a huge margin as these marks are added in the aggregate of the final selection process. After the interview a final merit list is prepared and only the candidates on the list finally join the IAS academy where they are trained for their jobs. For qualifying for IAS, one needs to be among the top scorers in the UPSC exam.
Important dates –
A candidate needs to check the UPSC website for regular updates on the Civil services examinations. Fresh applications are open during February to March every year with the prelims in first week of August followed by the Mains in November / December. One needs to keep this in mind and needs to keep checking the website for regular updates as well.
Application process –
A candidate needs to apply online on the main website of UPSC only. Once application is sent, then the candidate needs to clear Preliminary and Mains examination to be eligible for the Interview.
- A) Preliminary examination – consists of two papers of 200 marks each for 2 hours. The subjects are General studies and aptitude skills.
- B) Mains examination – There will be 9 examinations –
Paper-1 = One of the Indian Languages – 300 marks
Paper-2 = English – 300 marks
Paper-3 = Essay – 250 marks
Paper-4 to 7 = General Studies – 250 for each exam = 1000 marks
Paper-8 & 9 = Optional subject – 250 for each exam = 500 marks.
Total marks for mains examination in selection process – 1750 marks
- C) Interview Test will be of 275 marks making the Grand total of 2025 marks.
Apart from testing aptitude and skills, the UPSC exams also test the candidate for composure and how they deal with stressful situations. Therefore, before preparing for the IAS exam, one needs to be mentally prepared for the hardship and struggle that is to follow. The written tests and exams are not going to be easy and will test you at every step but as you clear each step, your determination will become stronger. An applicant can be good in the subjects and at giving exams but if they can’t handle the mental pressure then the scope is almost nil.
Therefore, prepare yourself for the exams with the course material but also mentally calm yourself and prepare your mind for handling pressure because only then will you have clarity of thought which will lead you to your goal. Always remember that nothing is impossible, and all that it needs for you to cross the hurdle is your determination and hard work.