IAS 2022: Exam Dates, Notification, Eligibility, Syllabus, Pattern (2023)

IAS Exam 2022: UPSC [Union Public Service Commission] conducts the Civil Services Exam annually for various posts like IAS, IPS, IFS, and other All India service exams. The UPSC Notification for IAS Exam 2022 has already been released. Indian Administrative Service (IAS) is one of the most sought-after positions by the candidates who successfully clear all three stages of the UPSC Examination. Top brass ministry positions in both central and state governments are governed by IAS officers. After serving a tenure of several years, high-performing IAS officers get an opportunity to serve as the Cabinet Secretary of India. Below we have provided UPSC Exam details that include notification, IAS exam date, eligibility criteria, pattern, IAS syllabus (Prelims and Mains), application procedure, and more.


IAS Notification 2022 Highlights

Exam NameIAS Exam
Conducting BodyUnion Public Service Commission (UPSC)
Exam LevelNational
Exam CycleYearly
Exam ModeOffline (Pen & Paper)
Number of candidates apply for the exam10 – 12 lakhs
Number of Vacancies712
Total Number of Services included in exam24
Success rate25%
UPSC Official Websiteupsc.gov.in
IAS Exam – Prelims 20225th June, 2022 (Sunday)
IAS Exam – Mains 202216th September 2022

IAS Exam Eligibility Criteria

Before applying for the IAS Exam 2022, candidates must check IAS eligibility set by UPSC authorities. If they qualify in these conditions, they can go ahead and apply for the UPSC Examination.

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  • Nationality: For IAS and IPS positions, candidates must comply with the standard condition of being Indian citizens. For other services like IRS, IRTS, etc., the candidates could be citizens of India or one of the following:
    • Subject of Nepal
    • Subject of Bhutan
    • Tibetan refugees who have permanently settled in our country and migrated to our nation before 1st January 1962.
    • An Indian origin person who migrated earlier to Pakistan/ Burma/ Sri Lanka/ Kenya/ Uganda/ United Republic of Tanzania/ Zambia/ Malawi/ Zaire/ Ethiopia/ Vietnam but returned to India with sole intentions of permanently settling here.
    • Candidates looking out for IFS positions cannot be subjects of Bhutan/ Nepal or Tibet.
  • Educational Qualification for IAS: The candidate must hold a graduate degree or equivalent qualification from a recognized university of India.
  • Age Limit for IAS 2021: The lower age limit is 21 years as on August 01, 2021 and the upper age limit is 32 years.
  • Age Relaxation: Age relaxation for various categories is explained below
    • SC/ST – 37 years
    • OBC – 35 years
    • Physically Challenged – 42 years
    • Ex-Servicemen – 37 years
    • Defense Services Personnel disabled – 35 years
    • ECOs/SSCOs – completed five years of Military Service – 37 years
  • Number of Attempts: The UPSC committee offers certain age relaxation norms for reservation category candidates.
    • General Category – 6 attempts
    • Economically Weaker Section – 6 attempts
    • OBC – 9 attempts
    • ST/SC – N/A

IAS Exam Pattern

The IAS Exam Pattern consists of three significant stages – Prelims, Mains, and Personal Interview. Each exam stage has a different set of patterns and question formats. The number of questions, type of questions, and marks allocation for each stage are given below.

IAS Prelims Exam Pattern

The preliminary exam consists of two papers, i.e., Paper-I and Paper-II. Cut off marks is calculated for Paper-I only and Paper-II is qualifying in nature. The candidate needs to score 66 marks (33% is the cut off score) to qualify for the IAS Main Exam.

Exam ModeOffline (Candidates would be provided with OMR sheets to mark answers)
Medium of ExamEnglish & Hindi
Number of Papers2 (General Studies & CSAT)
Type of QuestionsMCQ’s (Objective Types)
Number of Questions (GS Paper-I)80
Number of Questions (GS Paper-II)100
Total Marks400
Exam Duration2 Hours (for each paper)
Negative Marking1/3rd of marks are deducted for every wrong answer.

IAS Main Exam Pattern

All candidates who successfully clear the IAS prelims exam and secure marks above the cut-off range shall be provided with a chance to attempt the IAS mains exam. The main exam is subjective in nature. There are 9 papers to be attempted in the mains exam. Language papers based on English and Hindi are only for qualifying purposes. Marks obtained by candidates in these two papers are not considered for the final calculation of marks. The rest of the seven papers are considered for final marks calculation.

Paper ACompulsory Indian Language300
Paper BEnglish300
Paper-IIGeneral Studies I250
Paper-IIIGeneral Studies II250
Paper-IVGeneral Studies III250
Paper-VGeneral Studies IV250
Paper VI, VIIThere will be two papers of 250 marks each based on the subject which the candidate has selected at the time of application filing.500

IAS Personality Test

  • Candidates who successfully clear IAS main examination by securing more marks than the cut-off range shall move to a personal interview round.
  • All selected candidates for personal interviews shall appear before the UPSC panel board for a personality test.
  • This round is conducted for a maximum of 275 marks.

IAS Syllabus

The UPSC prescribes a standard syllabus for each paper of the IAS examination. Candidates must refer to the in-depth IAS syllabus for attempting each paper.

IAS Prelims Syllabus

  • Paper I – Modern history, Indian national movement, Indian geography, world geography, Indian polity and governance, socio-economic development, environmental studies and ecology, science and technology developments, current affairs.
  • Paper II – Comprehension, logical reasoning, decision making and interpretation, general ability, basic numerical problems, interpersonal skills, English language skills.

IAS Mains Syllabus

  • Paper A: Candidate should select any one of the Indian languages that have been listed in the eight schedules of our constitution.
  • Paper B: General English language.
  • Paper I: General Essay – Candidates shall be provided essay topics based on current affairs or topics of national/ international importance pertaining to various disciplines, etc.
  • Paper II: General Studies I – Indian heritage and culture, History and Geography of India and the World
  • Paper III: General Studies II – Governance, constitution, polity, social justice, and International relations management.
  • Paper IV: General Studies III – Technology, Economic Development, biodiversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)
  • Paper V: General Studies IV – Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude
  • Paper VI and VII – All candidates should choose an optional subject for this paper. UPSC provides the list of optional subjects a candidate can choose from.

List of Optional Subjects for IAS Exam

For UPSC Mains, the committee has provided a list of optional subjects. Candidates have to choose any one optional subject from the given list.

MathematicsBotanyMechanical Engineering
ChemistryMedical ScienceCommerce
Civil EngineeringGeologyPhilosophy
Political SciencePsychologyEconomics
Electrical EngineeringStatisticsLaw
Public AdministrationSociologyZoology

List of Literature Optional Subjects in UPSC

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IAS Exam Application Procedure

All candidates who wish to apply for IAS Exam 2022 should apply through ONLINE mode only. Candidates can login to the official website of UPSC [upsc.gov.in.] to access the IAS application form. Below we have provided step by step process to fill IAS 2022 online application form in detail.

  • Visit the official website of UPSC – upsc.gov.in.
  • Click on “Online application form for various UPSC Exam”.
  • Go to the Registration section. Enter basic candidate details and complete registration formalities.
  • Login to the website again with registered candidate details.
  • Enter candidate details in Part I – UPSC Civil Services Prelims Exam
  • In Part-II of the registration form, enter further details requested.
  • Upload candidate photograph, signature, ID proof etc. to complete application form filling process.
  • Now come to the fee payment section. Pay relevant exam fees.
    Submit the application form.
  • Candidates who successfully submit the application form by entering correct details and registering themselves shall receive an e-mail acknowledgement.

IAS Application Fee

The IAS application fee can be remitted in both ONLINE and OFFLINE modes. In online mode, the candidate can pay via credit card/debit card/Rupay card or net banking. In offline mode, the candidate needs to download the e-challan and submit the cash in SBI bank branches on the next day itself. Below we have provided application fee for various categories.

  • General Merit/OBC/EWS – INR 100
  • SC/ST/PwD – No Fee
  • Female candidates – No Fee

IAS Admit Card

Candidates who have successfully filled the online application form will receive an e-mail acknowledgment of application submission and will be able to download IAS admit card from the official website. The IAS 2022 admit card contains important information like candidate name, registration number, exam centre, timings and duration of exam, contact number and address, etc. All candidates need to carry the UPSC IAS admit card to the exam venue without fail.

  • Visit the official website of UPSC.
  • Click on the link ‘Download IAS Admit Card 2021’
  • Enter details like ‘Registration Number’ and ‘Date of Birth’
  • Enter Captcha code if displayed.
  • Submit details. Admit card shall be displayed on the screen.
  • Download the UPSC admit card and take a hard copy print of the same.

Please Note: Candidates should check for correctness of details. IF there are wrong entries, the same should be reported to the grievance cell of UPSC commission immediately

IAS Selection Process

There are three steps in the selection process of candidates who have successfully cleared all rounds of the UPSC Civil Service Exam with high scores.

  • The first round of selection is the IAS Preliminary exam. Candidates who achieve more than the cut-off marks shall move on to the Mains exam.
  • In the IAS mains exam, candidates shall further attempt 9 papers. All candidates who successfully score above the cut-off marks [the last 7 papers are considered for calculating cut-off marks] shall qualify for the personal interview round.
  • In the last round of personality tests, candidates who possess very good communication and interpersonal skills and exceptional skill sets eligible for officer cadre roles are selected.
  • The total score of candidates selected in the personal interview round is calculated. Total marks include mains exam marks [last seven papers] plus personality test round marks.
  • Based on final marks, all candidates are shortlisted according to ranking.
  • Candidates who score exceptionally high marks occupy top ranks and get postings as IAS, IPS, and IFS officers.
  • The remaining ranks are allotted for other All India services plus Group A and Group B services.

IAS Result

All candidates have to check for their IAS results on the official website of UPSC. Here are the steps to follow for checking results on the official website:

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  • Go to the official website of UPSC, i.e. upsc.gov.in
  • Login to the homepage.
  • Click on the “Results” section.
  • Click on the link indicating results for CSE Prelims/ Mains/ Personal Interview Round 2021.
  • Enter the date of birth/candidate registration details.
  • Results shall be displayed.

IAS Exam Preparation

The journey to crack the IAS exam is quite tough and challenging. With the right strategy and approach, candidates can aim to clear the IAS exam in the very first attempt; here are some valuable tips to follow:

  • Follow strategic time management tips with a strict, working timetable.
  • Extensive reading habits and in-depth learning of all topics indicated in the syllabus is the biggest trick.
  • Always structure your studies around UPSC provided syllabus only. Do not leave any topic untouched in the syllabus.
  • Solve previous year’s IAS exam question papers. Practice enough with mock test series.
  • Achieve a good understanding of your basics by referring to a whole lot of NCERT textbooks. Fundamental knowledge in all subjects is essential.
  • Read at least two newspapers every day. One national newspaper plus another local newspaper is mandatory.
  • Update yourself every day with current affairs, both at national and international levels.
  • Revision is crucial. Dedicate the last month before exams to thoroughly revise what you’ve studied for your exams.
  • Practice studies with good illustration techniques. Pictorial depictions, representations, charts, and visual learning aids are very effective.
  • Last but not least, maintain a good and positive frame of mind. Develop confidence and approach the exam with a calm mindset for optimum results.

Posts offered through Civil Services Exam

Once the UPSC final merit list is out, candidates get a call for postings based on their ranking. The list of services that candidates get to choose from are:

Group A Services

  • Indian Administrative Service (IAS)
  • Indian Police Service (IPS)
  • Indian Foreign Service (IFS)
  • Indian P&T Accounts and Finance Service (IP&TAFS)
  • Indian Audit and Accounts Service (IA&AS)
  • Indian Civil Accounts Service (ICAS)
  • Indian Corporate Law Service (ICLS)
  • Indian Defence Accounts Service (IDAS)
  • Indian Defence Estates Service (IDES)
  • Indian Information Service (IIS)
  • Indian Ordnance Factories Service (IOFS)
  • Indian Postal Service (IPoS)
  • Indian Railway Accounts Service (IRAS)
  • Indian Railway Personnel Service (IRPS)
  • Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS)
  • Indian Revenue Service (IRS-IT)
  • Indian Revenue Service (IRS-C&CE)
  • Indian Trade Service (ITrS)
  • Railway Protection Force (RPF)

Group B Services

  • Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Services (AFHCS)
  • Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands Civil Service (DANICS)
  • Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands Police Service (DANIPS)
  • Pondicherry Civil Service (PCS)
  • Pondicherry Police Service (PPS)

UPSC IAS 2022 – FAQs

1. What is IAS Exam?
Answer: UPSC conducts the coveted Civil Services Exam for recruitment to various All India Services like IAS, IPS and Group ‘A’ and ‘B’ services. This exam is commonly known as the IAS exam.

2. How to apply for IAS Exam?
Answer: To apply, visit the official website of UPSC in the stipulated time duration. Download and fill all details in the application form. Upload documents and pay the application fee. Submit the form.

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3. What is the last rank for IAS?
Answer: It generally depends on vacancies. Usually, the rankings till 90 get IAS postings, though the ranking limit is bound to vary every year.

4. Which degree is best for IAS?
Answer: A Bachelors’ degree is the minimum qualification required. Degree in any stream or specialisation is equally good for applying to Civil Services Exam.

5. Which optional subject is best for IAS Exam?
Answer: The choice of optional subjects should be made depending on the candidate’s specialization, aptitude, understanding and interest in the subject. Choices shouldn’t be made depending on the popularity or toughness level of the exam.

6. How to become an IAS Officer?
Answer: All aspirants who clear all three rounds of the UPSC Examination with top-ranking [below 100 ideally] shall be eligible for posting to IAS cadres.

7. Who got the highest marks in UPSC ever?
Answer: Anudeep Durishetty scored the highest ever marks in UPSC exam. He was the topper of the 2017 year exams. He scored a whopping 1126 out of 2025 marks in the IAS exam.

8. What is UPSC?
Answer: UPSC is the main exam conducting body for recruitment to various All India services, Group A, Group B services. It also conducts exams for various other subordinate services and state level public service exams. It looks into the recruitment, examination, posting and other major decisions related to these exams.

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9. What is the age limit for IAS Exam?
Answer: Minimum age is 21 years, and the maximum age allowed is 32 years. This is the general rule applicable for all. For other categories, there are various reservations in age limits.

10. Can an average student crack IAS?
Answer: YES. Any student – average/ bright/ exceptional can clear the UPSC Civil Services Exam with the right preparation strategy, good practice and effective time management skills.


How many questions do you need to attempt to qualify for UPSC Prelims? ›

You need to attempt at least 70-85 questions correctly to clear UPSC Prelims.

What is the pattern of answer writing in UPSC? ›

Your writing should be clear, complete and concise. Avoid using jargon and flowery language as this can induce ambiguity in your answers and reduce marks. Points or paragraphs: A lot of aspirants have this doubt – whether to write in points or paragraphs. There is no rule set here that you should follow.

How many answer should I correct in UPSC Prelims? ›

UPSC Cut Off Marks

There is no such hard and fast rule that attempting this number of questions will make one clear the exam. Instead, it is generally understood that approximately 70-85 questions can be answered to be within a safer limit.

Which is the toughest stage of IAS exam? ›

Civil Services Preliminary Exam – the first step in UPSC CSE – is considered by many as the toughest stage in the whole process of IAS selection. Surprised? Do you wonder why? Out of the 100 candidates who write Prelims, 97 may not clear prelims!

How are CSAT marks calculated? ›

UPSC CSAT Exam Pattern & Marking Scheme

Each question carries 2.5 marks in the CSAT paper making a total of 200 marks. There is a penalty for incorrect answers. For every incorrect answer, the candidate is penalized 1/3rd of the total marks allotted to that question, i.e., 0.83 marks will be cut.

How to tackle UPSC prelims? ›

How to prepare for UPSC Prelims | Step-by-Step Prelims Strategy For UPSC Aspirants
  1. Step One: Know the Syllabus and Exam Pattern. ...
  2. Step Two: Build Your Foundation Strong. ...
  3. Step Three: Build On The Foundation. ...
  4. Step Four: Revision. ...
  5. Step Five: Mock Test Based Learning.

How do you write a perfect answer? ›

Here are some tips to write the perfect answer that will get you full marks.
  1. Read all questions carefully. ...
  2. Good handwriting. ...
  3. Structure your answer. ...
  4. Use simple language. ...
  5. Don't write everything you know. ...
  6. Review your answers thoroughly. ...
  7. Choose questions wisely. ...
  8. Attempt all the questions.

How much is 150 words in UPSC? ›

The Intermediate
Word CountMarks
150 words10 marker
200-225 words15 marker
300 words20 marker
350 words25 marker
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Aug 16, 2018

What is the meaning of 7 5 3 rule? ›

SEVEN – Candidates' should aim to answer questions within 7 minutes per question. FIVE – Write 5 points in their answers related to the keyword. It would be better to break down the answer into bulleted points. THREE – Elaborate each point in 3 dimensions as per the requirements listed in the question.

How can I reduce wrong answers in UPSC Prelims? ›

Tips to beat negative marks
  1. First, finish off all the questions whose answers you are 100% sure of.
  2. Next, focus on those questions where you can eliminate 2 wrong choices. ...
  3. Thirdly, leave all those questions where you have no inkling as to the right answer.
Oct 15, 2019

How can I maximize my UPSC Prelims score? ›

Maximise your attempt– Some people attempt only the questions they are sure of and leave the rest. If you are 100% sure of at least 60 questions, which is very unlikely, you can leave the rest of the questions. But in the examination, you will need to attempt questions for which you are not 100% sure.

How many words should be written in UPSC mains answer? ›

You are always advised to practice the UPSC Sample answer sheets or Sample questions to maintain your word limit as required in each question. If the word limit is not mentioned, then make a space of 150 - 200 words. This limit is usually considered as the ideal word limit for UPSC Mains.

What is the lowest marks to become IAS? ›

Candidates have to score at least 25% marks in each qualifying paper in order to clear the main examination.

Which is the lowest position in IAS? ›

Ans The lowest post of the IAS officer is the IAS trainee or IAS probationer given to them during the training period.

Which is the most powerful IAS position? ›

The Cabinet Secretary of India

What is the penalty for wrong answer in CSAT? ›

In the CSAT exam, ⅓ marks are deducted from the total marks allotted to the question as negative marking in case of a wrong answer.

How many questions do you need to get right on CSAT? ›

The total marks for the CSAT exam is 200, and there are 80 questions. Each question carries 2.5 marks. Candidates need to score at least 33% or at least 66 marks to qualify for this paper. So if one scores more than 33% then he/she will qualify for the CSAT paper.

What is a good score for CSAT? ›

CSAT scores can vary significantly by industry, however, a score above 75% is typically considered good across most industry types.

What is the best strategy for UPSC exam? ›

Always remember when you are preparing for the IAS exam, your goal should only be to clear the IAS, and not to acquire knowledge in a subject. When you study in the university, you should study for knowledge; but when you are studying for the IAS, you should study solely with the intention of clearing the UPSC exam.

How can I improve my UPSC Prelims accuracy? ›

Ways to improve accuracy in UPSC Prelims
  1. '✓' tick mark those which you are 100% sure to be correct.
  2. 'O' circle around those where you have eliminated 2 options confidently.
  3. 'X' cross the question where you have eliminated 1 option confidently.
May 7, 2020

How can I avoid distractions while preparing for UPSC? ›

Methods to Ward off Distractions
  1. Create and follow a routine: Human beings are creatures of habit. ...
  2. Think of your purpose: Your purpose and the final goal should alone keep you focused on your IAS preparation. ...
  3. Learn to say 'NO': This is a handy tip especially when you are studying. ...
  4. Clean your mess: ...
  5. Break it down:

What is a good sentence for answer? ›

Verb She answered all my questions. He answered only three of the test questions correctly. When the police asked him his name, he refused to answer. When I ask you a question I expect you to answer me!

How do you give answers smartly? ›

Take a beat, watch your tone, and other techniques to deal with a challenging line of questioning.
  1. Make Sure You Understand The Question. ...
  2. Take Time To Respond. ...
  3. Answer Part Of The Question. ...
  4. Postpone Your Answer. ...
  5. Turn Around the Pronouns. ...
  6. Divert The Question. ...
  7. Give The Asker Some Control. ...
  8. Watch Your Tone.
Oct 28, 2016

What to do if you don't know the answer in an exam? ›

If you don't know the answer, come back to it after you finish the rest of the test and make an educated guess. Other parts of the test may give you clues to what the answer may be. Read the question carefully and make sure that you answer everything that it asks for.

Which pen is best for UPSC mains? ›

Which is the Best Pen for UPSC Answer Writing?
  • Uniball eye rollerball pen.
  • Cello techno tip pen.
  • Cello Pinpoint Pen.
  • Flair Writo Meter Pen.
  • Reynolds 045 Fine Carbure Blue Ballpen.
  • Pilot V 7 Hi-tech Pen with the cartridge system.
May 4, 2023

How many pages is 1000 to 1200 words in UPSC? ›

How Many Words per Page?
Word CountPages (single-spaced)Pages (double-spaced)
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How can I self evaluate my UPSC answers? ›

So, how to review your own answer?
  1. Before reviewing your answer, you should read question again and understand its demand.
  2. In the first appearance itself, your answer look neat and well presented (in case you are writing on paper). ...
  3. Structure – don't write in paragraphs, especially in GS-1,2 and 3.
Feb 22, 2018

Does spelling mistakes matter in UPSC? ›

Apart from the content, UPSC examiners will also focus on how comfortable you are in the language during the interview rounds and papers as well. Therefore, you should evade making grammatical errors in UPSC exams. Using conventional grammar will help you leave an immense impact on examiners. Don't worry!

What is elimination technique in UPSC? ›

IET-10: If any part of an answer choice is false, then the entire answer choice can be eliminated as wrong. Another great strategy is to use what I like to call a true/false test. The basic idea is that if any part of a potential answer is false then the entire answer is incorrect.

Who got highest marks in UPSC Prelims ever? ›

Anudeep Durishetty scored the highest marks ever in UPSC. In 2017, Anudeep secured AIR 1 by scoring 1126 out of 2025 in his 5th attempt.

What is the highest cut off in UPSC Prelims? ›

UPSC Prelims Cutoff 2021 is released. IAS prelims cutoff 2021 was 87.54. UPSC Prelims Cutoff 2020 was 92.51 for the General category. UPSC Prelims Cutoff 2019 was 98 and was released on the official website.

How can I score more in UPSC essay? ›

How to Prepare for Essay in UPSC Civil Service Exam?
  1. Read many good essays and articles. ...
  2. Build a habit of reading newspaper editorials every day. ...
  3. Note down relevant lines or quotes which you can use in your essay, whenever you read books or newspapers.
  4. Have a good collection of opening and closing lines.

What is good writing speed for UPSC? ›

Analysis suggests that students appearing for competitive exams must be able to write 30-35 words per minute.

How much vocabulary is enough for UPSC? ›

Candidates are advised to learn 20-30 English words daily so as to improve their English language skills.

How many pages is 600 words in UPSC mains? ›

600 words double-spaced is 2.4 pages.

A standard double-spaced page contains 250 words.

Which post is highest in UPSC? ›

Answer: The Cabinet Secretary is the highest civil official in India's government and holds the top IAS position.

Which cadre is best for IAS? ›

A selected officer can get a home cadre, which is considered the best cadre for IAS, if they have attained a significantly high rank or if there are available vacancies in their home state for their particular category during the same year.

What is the least age to become IAS officer? ›

7. Medical & Physical Standards
UPSC IAS Eligibility Criteria
Age Limit21 to 32 years (must not have touched the 32nd year)
Age RelaxationAs per category (mentioned in section below)
Educational QualificationGraduation (Bachelor)
Number of Attempts6 - General 9 - OBC, PwBD Unlimited - SC/ST
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Which state has least IAS? ›

Listed are the Indian states and the number of IAS officers they select based on who cleared all three rounds of the exam, according to the 2015 data. It is clear that Uttar Pradesh produced the highest number of IAS officers, whereas Telangana produced the least.

Who is the most low age IAS officer? ›

Ansar Shaikh The Youngest IAS Officer Of India At The Age Of 21 years.

Which is the best rank of IAS in India? ›

  • Cabinet Secretary ranks at the top.
  • Secretary/Additional Secretary.
  • Joint Secretary.
  • Director.
  • Under Secretary.
  • Junior Scale Officers.

Who is biggest than IAS? ›

IAS (Indian Administrative Services)IPS (Indian Police Services)
IAS is the topmost position among all Civil services postThe second topmost position after IAS is IPS
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May 4, 2023

What are the top 5 civil services in India? ›

UPSC Posts - Types of Civil Services

Although there are 23 different Civil Services, the most popular services are Indian Administrative Services (IAS), Indian Police Services (IPS), Indian Revenue Services (IRS) and Indian Foreign Services (IFS).

Which IAS has most followers? ›

Here are some of the female IAS officers who have the most thousands of followers on Instagram and are most well-known online.
  • IAS Tina Dabi. 1/6. ...
  • IAS Ria Dabi. 2/6. ...
  • Aishwarya Sheoran. 3/6. ...
  • Srushti Deshmukh. 4/6. ...
  • Pari Bishnoi. 5/6. ...
  • Smita Sabharwal. 6/6.
Mar 10, 2023

What is the qualifying marks for UPSC prelims? ›

UPSC Prelims Cutoff

It is important to note that candidates must qualify and secure a minimum of 33% marks in GS Paper 2 to be able to qualify for Prelims. Candidates who clear the UPSC Cutoff for Prelims can apply for the Mains Exam.

How many comprehension questions are there in CSAT? ›

CSAT paper constitutes a total of 80 questions and the time available for the same is 120 minutes. Usually, 3 to 4 questions per passage can be expected so that leaves one with 5 to 7 minutes per passage in the comprehension segment.

What type of questions are asked in UPSC interview? ›

These are general questions from your Detailed Application Form (DAF) and can revolve around the meaning of your name, your qualification, your professional background, why you are interested in Civil Services, etc. The panel can also ask about your hobbies and interests.

What is general mental ability in CSE General Studies Paper 2? ›

General Mental Ability is one of the important test areas in CSAT-Paper-II. It is an area which deals mainly with the concepts pertaining to Reasoning like Blood Relations, Direction Sense, Clocks, Calendars, Seating Arrangement etc.

Who got the highest marks in UPSC ever? ›

Anudeep Durishetty scored the highest marks ever in UPSC. In 2017, Anudeep secured AIR 1 by scoring 1126 out of 2025 in his 5th attempt. Anudeep secured 950 marks in the Mains exam and scored 176 in the personality test. In terms of percentage, he secured 55.60 percent.

What is the final cut off for UPSC? ›

UPSC Final Cut Off 2021

For UPSC CSE 2021, the final cut off for general category is 953, for EWS category cut off reaches 916, for OBC, the cut off is 910. For other categories refer to the below table.

How are Prelims marks calculated? ›

UPSC Prelims GS-2 comprises 80 questions carrying 200 marks, and each question carries 2.5 marks. For each correct answer, 2.5 marks will be rewarded; on the other hand, for each incorrect answer, 0.83 marks will be deducted.

What is the passing marks for CSAT? ›

Under the present UPSC scheme of examination, candidates have to score a minimum of 33% i.e. 66 marks out of the 200 allotted for the CSAT paper in order to clear the Civil Services Preliminary Examination.

Is it easy to clear CSAT? ›

So the CSAT of UPSC can be a little difficult. But the good news is that candidates only need to score 33% to clear this paper.

How can I improve my CSAT score in UPSC? ›

Taking a test series can help you prepare for the CSAT since it keeps you on top of your game while also familiarising you with the CSAT exam pattern & syllabus. Practice for at least an hour a day. Depending on your needs, this can be cut down to 3-4 hours each week or to one mock paper per week.

What is the most asked questions in IAS interview? ›

IAS Interview Questions
  • Tell us briefly about yourself.
  • Tell us about your hometown.
  • What is the meaning of your name (first name/ surname)
  • Tell us about your family.

Which is the most asked question in UPSC? ›

Most Common Questions About UPSC Exam
  • When is the Examination Notice Issued?
  • What is UPSC's annual calendar?
  • How to apply for Examinations conducted by UPSC?
  • How much time is given to the candidates for applying online?
  • What happens if a candidate submits multiple online applications?

What is good interview marks in UPSC? ›

Therefore, a score anywhere between 65% and 75% is considered to be a good score in the UPSC interview. The candidates very rarely score marks above 75% in the interview. The purpose of the UPSC interview is to check whether the candidate is suitable for a career in civil services.

What is the difference between general mental ability and IQ test? ›

Simply put, an IQ (Intelligence Quotient) test measures statistically how intelligent a person is while an aptitude (General Intelligence) test measures how well that person can apply their intelligence to different scenarios.

What are examples of general mental ability? ›

General mental ability refers to a candidate's ability to understand verbal information, perceive and process numbers and information in tabular/ graphical format, think laterally, and make logical connections between words and concepts to deduce crucial data.

How many types of general mental ability are there? ›

Ans. Thurston's approach identified seven primary mental abilities: verbal comprehension, word fluency, associative memory, spatial visualisation, perceptual quickness, number facility, and reasoning.


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