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.
|Exam Name||Civil Services Examination|
|Exam Type||National Level|
|Conducting Body||Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)|
|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|
|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|
|Date and Day||Morning Session
9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
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
|Paper – B
|29th September 2019 (Tuesday)||Paper – VI
Optional Paper – I
|Paper – VII
Optional Paper – II
|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|
|Name of Exam||Question Papers|
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
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
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
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
Question Paper 2015: Economics - I
Question Paper 2015: Economics - II
Question Paper 2014: English - I
Question Paper 2014: English - II
Question Paper 2016: General Studies - I
Question Paper 2016: General Studies - II
Question Paper 2014: Hindi - I
Question Paper 2014: Hindi - II
Question Paper 2014: Hindi (Compulsory)
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)
Ques.: What are some 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.