IAS ExamIndian Administrative service

Introduction - IAS

Indian Administrative Service IAS Exam conducted by UPSC

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. IAS 2019 Preliminary Exam was successfully concluded on June 2, 2019 in offline mode. UPSC has released IAS Result 2019 for Preliminary Examination on July 12, 2019.

Latest Update:

  • UPSC has released IAS Detailed Application Form (DAF-1) on their official portal on 1st August 2019.
  • IAS Prelims qualified candidates will have to register again for Main examination by filling DAF-1.
  • Last day to apply for UPSC CSE (Main) Exam is 16th August 2019.
  • UPSC Civil Services 2018 Allocation List has been released.
  • Out of 644 candidates, 177 will serve as IAS, 136 as IPS and 27 as IFS officers.

Exam Highlights: IAS 2019

Exam Name Civil Services Examination
Exam Type National Level
Conducting Body Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)
Exam Periodicity Yearly
Exam Mode Offline (Pen-Paper Mode)
No. of Papers Two – written test (9 papers) and an Interview test
Total Marks Written Test: 1750 marks | Interview Test: 275 marks (with no qualifying marks)
Duration of Exam 3 hrs each
Medium of Exam Hindi and English (other than the literature of language papers)
No. of Vacancies Nearly 900
Official Website upsc.gov.in

Key points - Civil Services (Main) Exam

  • UPSC will conduct IAS 2019 Main exam on 20th, 21st, 22nd, 28th and 29th September 2019 (for 5 days).
  • IAS Main exam will be conducted across 24 cities in offline mode.
  • IAS Admit Cards for Main exam will be issued in the last week of August 2019.
  • IAS Syllabus for main exam consists of 7 merit deriving (with two optional papers) and two qualifying languages papers.
  • The civil services selection process consists of following 3 stages:
    Stage 1: IAS Prelims – June 2, 2019 (Over)
    Stage 2: IAS main – September 20-29, 2019
    Stage 3: Interview/ Personality Test - February 2020

Important Dates: IAS 2019

IAS 2019 Exam Event Dates
IAS Preliminary Exam 2nd June 2019 (Over)
Preliminary Exam Result 12th July 2019 (Out)
IAS Main Detailed Application Form 1st August 2019 – 16th August 2019 (Available)
IAS Main Admit Card 4th week of August 2019
IAS Main Exam 2019 20th, 21st, 22nd, 28th and 29th September 2019 (5 days)
Main Exam Result January 2020

IAS Main Exam Time Table 2019

Date and Day Morning Session
9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
Afternoon Session
2:00 AM to 5:00 PM
20th September 2019 (Friday) Paper – I Essay No Paper
21st September 2019 (Saturday) Paper – II
General Studies – I
Paper – III
General Studies – II
22nd September 2019 (Sunday) Paper – IV
General Studies – III
Paper – V
General Studies – IV
28th September 2019 (Monday) Paper – A
Indian Language
Paper – B
29th September 2019 (Tuesday) Paper – VI
Optional Paper – I
Paper – VII
Optional Paper – II
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Eligibility Criteria 2019

Age Limit & Educational Qualifications for IAS

Candidates have to fulfill 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 either,
    • 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 the upper age limit is 32 years.
  • There is upper age relaxation for reserved category candidates, which is as follows:
    • SC/ST- Up to 5 years
    • OBC- Up to 3 years
    • Defense Services Personnel disabled in operations during hostilities- Up to 3 years
    • Ex-servicemen- Up to 5 years
    • ECOs/SSCOs who have completed an initial period of assignment of five years of Military Service- Up to 5 years
    • PwD candidates- Up to 10 years
    • Domiciles of Jammu and Kashmir from January 1, 1980, to December 31, 1989- Up to 5 years.

Educational Qualifications

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

Number of Attempts

Only 6 attempts are allowed for a candidate to clear IAS Exam 2019.

UPSC IAS 2019 Syllabus

IAS Syllabus is decided by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) each year. Each stage in the IAS exam has a different syllabus.
  • IAS Syllabus for Prelims evaluates a candidate’s knowledge and aptitude in current affairs.
  • IAS Syllabus for Main 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.
  • 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.
  • In Main examination, candidates have to choose two optional subjects in which they have specialization and the level of paper corresponds to the bachelors’ degree.
IAS Syllabus is released on the UPSC Official Website for all the papers in detail. Candidates can check out the detailed syllabus for the related discipline on the important topics to be asked in the exam.

IAS Main Exam Pattern 2019

IAS Main has 9 papers out of which 7 Papers are compulsory and 2 are optional papers that candidates have to choose.
  • Out of the 7 papers, 2 are language papers (A and B).
  • For paper A, candidate has to choose one of the Indian Language that is included in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution. Paper B will have questions from English.
  • Questions will be subjective in nature.
  • Each paper is of 250 marks while language papers are of 300 marks each.
  • The marks obtained in the language papers are not counted in the formation of IAS Merit List as they are qualifying in nature.
  • The total time duration of IAS Main exam is 3 hours.
  • Blind candidates will be given 20 minutes extra for each paper.

Here is the brief about all the papers in IAS Main

Papers Subjects Marks
Paper 1 Essay writing 250
Paper 2 General Studies I
Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society
Paper 3 General Studies II
Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations
Paper 4 General Studies III
Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management
Paper 5 General Studies IV
Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude
Paper 6 Optional Subject – Paper 1 250
Paper 7 Optional Subject – Paper 2 250
Personal Interview 275
Grand Total 2025

Question Papers

Name of Exam Question Papers
Agriculture Question Paper 2018: Agriculture - I
Question Paper 2018: Agriculture - II
Question Paper 2017: Agriculture - I
Question Paper 2017: Agriculture - II
Question Paper 2016: Agriculture - I
Question Paper 2016: Agriculture - II
Botany Question Paper 2018: Botany - I
Question Paper 2018: Botany - II
Question Paper 2017: Botany - I
Question Paper 2017: Botany - II
Question Paper 2016: Botany - I
Question Paper 2016: Botany - II
Chemistry Question Paper 2018: Chemistry - I
Question Paper 2018: Chemistry - II
Question Paper 2017: Chemistry - I
Question Paper 2017: Chemistry - II
Question Paper 2016: Chemistry - I
Question Paper 2016: Chemistry - II
Civil Engineering Question Paper 2018: Civil Engineering - I
Question Paper 2018: Civil Engineering - II
Question Paper 2017: Civil Engineering - I
Question Paper 2017: Civil Engineering - II
Question Paper 2016: Civil Engineering - I
Question Paper 2016: Civil Engineering - II
Economics Question Paper 2015: Economics - I
Question Paper 2015: Economics - II
English Question Paper 2014: English - I
Question Paper 2014: English - II
General Studies Question Paper 2016: General Studies - I
Question Paper 2016: General Studies - II
Hindi Question Paper 2014: Hindi - I
Question Paper 2014: Hindi - II
Question Paper 2014: Hindi (Compulsory)
Sanskrit Question Paper 2018: Sanskrit - I
Question Paper 2018: Sanskrit - II
Question Paper 2017: Sanskrit - I
Question Paper 2017: Sanskrit - II
Question Paper 2016: Sanskrit - I
Question Paper 2016: Sanskrit - II
Question Paper 2014: Sanskrit (Compulsory)

IAS 2019 Exam Centers

UPSC Main Exam will be held in numerous IAS Exam Centres in 24 different cities across India listed below:

Ahmedabad Dehradun Mumbai
Aizawl Delhi Patna
Allahabad Dispur (Guwahati) Raipur
Bengaluru Hyderabad Ranchi
Bhopal Jaipur Shillong
Chandigarh Jammu Shimla
Chennai Kolkata Thiruvananthapuram
Cuttack Lucknow Vijayawada

How to Check IAS Result 2019?

UPSC has declared IAS Preliminary Exam Result 2019 on July 12 at upsc.gov.in. Candidates can follow the below steps to access IAS Result 2019:
  • Visit the official UPSC website of IAS
  • Click on the link which says ‘View IAS Result 2019’
  • Find your roll number in the list of the roll numbers mentioned in the PDF
  • Download PDF for future reference

IAS Cutoff 2019

IAS Cutoff Marks is the minimum score that must be obtained by the candidate in order to qualify the exam.
  • Candidates scoring more than or equal to the cutoff marks are eligible for the next stage of IAS selection process.
  • The cutoff for both prelims and main depends upon a number of factors like the difficulty level of the exam, vacancies available and number of appearing candidates etc.
  • The cutoff for each stage is released by the authorities post the completion of entire process of civil services examination. Meanwhile, candidates can check IAS 2019 Expected Cutoff for different categories as tabulated below:

Cutoff 2019 Category-wise

Category Preliminary Main Final
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, main and Personal Interview round.
  • Preliminary exam is basically a screening test in which, over 8 lakh candidates participated in the year 2019.
  • There are two papers for candidates to attempt compulsorily in IAS Exam 2019 Prelims.
  • Further, on the basis of IAS Exam 2019 result for prelims, candidates register for main exam.
  • IAS Exam 2019 main will cover 9 conventional essay type papers, 2 being optional in them.
  • The main exam and interview session form the basis of a candidate’s selection.
  • After the IAS Exam 2019 main examination of 1750 marks, candidates have to clear the cut off as decided by UPSC.
  • Those who clear the cut off are called for the Interview session which is the last stage of IAS Selection Process.
  • Marks obtained in personal interview out of the total of 275 marks will also be considered while preparing the list of finally selected candidates.

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IAS 2019 FAQs

Ques.: What are some tricky Interview questions?

Ans.: Read here: Civil Services (UPSC) Interview Questions Common Puzzles Questions Trickiest Interview Questions Tricky Interview Questions

Ques.: Tell us some inspiring stories who cracked IAS Exam?

Ans.: Read here: Success Stories by Civil Services Toppers - UPSC

Ques.: 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.

Ques.: 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.

Ques.: 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.

Ques.: 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.

Ques.: 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. So, IAS Salary = Basic Pay + HRA + DA + TA

Ques.: 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.

Ques.: 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.

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

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

Ques.: 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.

Ques.: 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.

Ques.: 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 etc.

Ques.: 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.

Ques.: 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.

Ques.: Except for the branches of SBI bank can students pay the application fees to other banks?

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

Ques.: 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.

Ques.: In how many sections the IAS 2019 main 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.

Ques.: 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.

Ques.: What are the types of questions asked in the both the Prelims and main exam?

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

Ques.: 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.

Ques.: 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.

Ques.: 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.

Ques.: List down the impact of cut off marks in all the stages while short listing the candidates?

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

Ques.: 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.

Ques.: 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 782.

Ques.: If a student writes the exam in English can they interview in Hindi or any other language?

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

Ques.: 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.



Exam Highlights: IAS 2019

Key points - Civil Services (Main) Exam

Important Dates: IAS 2019

IAS Main Exam Time Table 2019

Eligibility Criteria 2019

Age Limit and Educational Qualifications for IAS

Nationality and Age Limit for IAS

Educational Qualifications for IAS

Number of Attempts for IAS

UPSC IAS 2019 Syllabus

IAS Main Exam Pattern 2019

Brief about all the papers in IAS Main

Question Papers

IAS 2019 Exam Centers

How to Check IAS Result 2019?

IAS Cutoff 2019

Cutoff 2019 Category-wise

IAS Selection Process 2019

IAS 2019 FAQs