Do you want to become an IAS officer? Or is this your dream job? Perhaps you have set your mind to be an IAS officer since you were 17? So if that is so then, I guess you would like to know the eligibility and preparation tips. In this guide, you will know everything about an IAS officer. So keep reading the guide!


What is the Indian Administrative Service?

Indian Administrative Service (IAS) is the prestigious services among the 24 services like IPS, IFS which the UPSC conducts Civil Services Examination to provide a job as a civil servant, Civil Servants are the bureaucrats that influence the decision making of the government significantly. An officer selected into the Indian Administrative Service gets exposure in handling duties, the responsibilities of law & order, a collection of taxes and developmental work within State, Central areas of jurisdiction, implementation of social welfare activities. So the basic pay of entry-level IAS officers will be 56100 Rs, and Basic Pay + DA + TA + HRA will increase with the experience.

What are the Roles and Responsibilities of an IAS officer?

Once a candidate clears the UPSC exam then, they will become head secretariats as well as district administrations throughout the country then; they need to handle duties, the responsibilities of law & order, a collection of taxes and developmental work within State, Central areas of jurisdiction, implementation of social welfare activities. Thus, the role of the IAS officers is venerable which demands a great deal of responsibility and reverence as it is important to be physically and mentally fit and healthy to handle the work pressure. So following are the roles and responsibilities for IAS officers.

  • He/She need to handle the affairs of government which involves framing and implementation of policy in consultation with the concerned Minister.
  • He/she needs to travel to the places where approved policies are implemented.
  • He/she needs to be appointed in the State Secretariat or may serve as Heads of Departments or in Public Sector Undertakings
  • He/She may have to serve in different positions from the State to the Centre and vice versa.
  • He/She have to join the state administration at the sub-divisional level and resuming their services as sub-divisional magistrates then look after law and order, general administration and development work in the area assigned to them.

What should I do to become an IAS officer?

To get Indian Administrative Service (IAS) is not simple and easy but it is not impossible for a candidate who has the right attitude and approach

So, first, you have to sit for the IAS exam which is officially called the UPSC Civil Services Exam. It consists of 3 stages that are Prelims, Mains, and Interview.

Union Public Service Commission conducts Civil Service Examination is the government agency responsible for selecting the right candidates for the service as a civil servant that can handle duties, the responsibilities of law & order, a collection of taxes and developmental work within State, Central areas of jurisdiction, implementation of social welfare activities.

In every year around 1000 candidates will be selected combining all the 24 services and each year approximately about 10 lakh candidates apply for UPSC Civil Service Exam, out of which 5 lakh candidates can appear for the prelims. Moreover, the UPSC Civil Services Examination is one of the toughest exams in the world as the exam duration extends 1 year, depth of the syllabus, and the competition.

It has 3 stages;

  • The first stage of the exam is the preliminary (objective) that conducts in June.
  • The 2nd stage is the Mains (written) that conducts in September-October.
  • After clearing the Mains, a candidate needs to face an interview/personality test in March-May, and the final result will be out in May end.

How to Clear Civil Services Exam?

A candidate needs to have a long-term strategy to clear the IAS exam, some candidate starts preparing 9-12 months before the exam date, so candidates can achieve top ranks with only a few months of dedicated study. The only thing it matters in the UPSC Civil Services Exam is not only the duration of the preparation but the quality as well. If you have a disciplined and focused mind with a passion for learning & reading is the primary characteristic of the success of a candidate. Furthermore, the UPSC Civil Services exam is like a test of the analytic and presentation skills with the knowledge of candidates rather than a test which checks mathematical or verbal skills of candidates.

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Eligibility Criteria of IAS Exam

The following are the “Eligibility Criteria” for appearing in UPSC CSE Exam

Nationality: A citizen of India and if a refugee from Nepal & Bhutan or a Tibetan who came to India before January 1, 1962.

Educational Qualification: A Bachelor’s Degree in any subject from recognized universities and technical qualifications recognized by the Government or its equivalent are also eligible to apply. Students those who are in the final year can apply too.

Age Limit: Minimum 21 years and maximum of 32 years but he/she must born earlier than August 02, 1987 and not later than August 01, 1998.

5 Years – Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST)

3 Years – Other Backward Classes (OBC)

3 Years – Defence Services personnel

5 Years – ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs or SSCOs who have rendered at least 5 years Military Service as on August 01, 2019 5 Years in the case of ECOs/SSCOs

10 Years – Blind, deaf-mute, and orthopedically handicapped persons

5 Years – In the case of ECOs/SSCOs those who have completed an initial period of assignment for five years of Military Service as on 1st August, 2019 and whose assignment has extended more than five years and in case the Ministry of Defence issues a certificate that can apply for civil employment and will be released on three months’ notice on selection from the date of receipt of offer of appointment.

Number of attempts permitted In IAS Exam

The following is the number of attempts that a candidate can attempt.

Restrictions on the maximum: A candidate can try for 6 times, and some categories have relaxations.

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IAS syllabus

First, a candidate needs to have a good understanding of UPSC syllabus and exam pattern.

The Civil Services Preliminary exam has two compulsory papers of 200 marks each which is General Studies Paper I and General Studies Paper-II, questions will be of multiple choices, objective type.

However, the marks of prelims will not count in the final ranking; it is for qualifying for the main exam.

In UPSC Civil Service Exam, a candidate’s rank depends on the mark scored in Main and Interview.

Now the Mains (written examination) consists of nine papers, but 7 papers are count as final merit ranking, so rest two papers candidate should secure minimum marks which will prescribe by UPSC every year, and Mains has 1750 marks then interview has 275 marks.

How To Prepare Online for the IAS exam?

A candidate can go to websites like, free online study materials for guidance outside the classroom and for those who can’t afford it due to financial constraints. If the candidate is guided then, self-study is enough to clear UPSC CSE.

Importance of mock exams

You guys must have known that tested in an exam atmosphere with negative marking can an improves the ability to deliver in the actual exam hall. So take the online test in the new innovative platform that integrates learning with test-taking and enhances quantity & quality by working on mistakes. So practice, again and again, then you will be surprised to see how fast you can learn!

Books for Civil Services Exams

Candidates can take inputs from toppers, and you can get the best UPSC books that are available in the market with the latest UPSC syllabus for each subject in Prelims and Mains.

Candidates can read from UPSC topper’s interviews so that you will come to know strategies straights from the horse’s mouth.