Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the Indian Administrative service (IAS) exam every year on a national level. The competitive exam comprises of Prelims, Mains and Interview round and is designed to recruit for several superior administrative positions in Central Government. The IAS 2021 notification will be released by UPSC in February 2021. In the meantime, IAS Mains 2020 is being conducted from January 8-17, 2021.
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|Event||UPSC 2021 exam dates|
|IAS 2020 Mains exam||January 8,9,10,16,17, 2021 (5 days)|
|Issuance of Official Notification (IAS 2021)||February 2021 (expected)|
|Online Registration for IAS Exam 2021 Start Date||February 2021 (expected)|
|Last Date for submitting the online registration||March 2021|
|Release of UPSC IAS 2021 Admit Card||3rd week of May 2021|
|UPSC Civil Services Prelims 2021 Exam Date||June 27, 2021|
The key points about the IAS exam 2021 are highlighted below:
|Exam Name||UPSC Civil Services Examination 2021|
|Conducting Body||Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)|
|Exam Mode||Offline (Pen-Paper Mode)|
|No. of Vacancies||Nearly 900|
Candidates can download their admit cards from the official website of UPSC once it is released. The admit card is mandatory to be granted entry in the exam hall and has all the personal details as well as venue details for the candidates. it should be retained till the results are declared for future reference. In case there is any descrepancy in the admit card, it should be reported to the UPSC Exam authorities with relevant redressal documents at the earliest.
By following the steps mentioned below, you can easily download the IAS admit card when it is released:
Step 1: Visit the official website of UPSC
Step 2: Click on the link ‘Download IAS Admit Card 2021’
Step 3: Read the instructions mentioned carefully and click ‘Yes’
Step 4: Enter Registration ID or Roll Number followed by the Date of Birth of the candidate
Step 5: Submit after entering the captcha in the given blank field.
Check the details here about downloading the IAS admit card and the relevant instructions.
For IAS 2020 Prelims, there were exam centers across 24 cities in India. To get more details about the IAS 2021 exam centers and relevant instructions, you can refer the IAS Prelims Exam Center.
The following are the basic eligibility criteria for IAS exam:
|IAS 2021 Age Limit||21-32 years with age relaxation for reserved categories|
|Qualification||Graduation deree from recognized university|
|Maximum Number of Attempts||6|
|Nationality||Citizen of india or Subject of Nepal/Bhutan, or Tibetan refugee and Indian Origin Migrants from select countries.|
For complete Eligibilility criteria, Check the IAS 2021 Eligibility Criteria.
Candidates can fill the civil services application form in online mode only at the official website – upsc.gov.in.
There are four simple steps involved in the IAS Application Process – online registration, filling up the form, uploading documents, and fee payment. The step by step procedure to apply for IAS Exam is given below:
Candidates have to upload the following documents in the application form:
There is a tentative of 782 vacancies this year via the civil services exam. Following posts are offered in two given groups:
|Group A Services|
|Indian Administrative Service||Indian Post and Telecommunication Accounts and Finance Service|
|Indian Audit and Accounts Service||Indian Postal Service|
|Indian Civil Accounts Service||Indian Railway Accounts Service|
|Indian Corporate Law Service||Indian Railway Personnel Service|
|Indian Defence Accounts Service||Indian Railway Traffic Service|
|Indian Defence Estates Service||Indian Revenue Service (Custom and Central Excise)|
|Indian Foreign Service||Indian Revenue Service (Income Tax)|
|Indian Information Service (Junior Grade)||Indian Trade Service (Gr. III)|
|Indian Ordnance Factories Service (Assistant Works Manager, Administration)||Assistant Security Commissioner in Railway Protection Force|
|Indian Police Service||--|
|Group B Services|
|Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Services (Section Officer’s Grade)||Pondicherry Civil Service|
|Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu, and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Services||Pondicherry Police Service|
|Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu, and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Services||-|
IAS Exam 2021 consists of 3 stages namely Preliminary, Mains, and Personal Interview. Each exam has a different pattern and number of questions.
IAS 2021 Exam Pattern is given in the table below:
|Specifications||IAS Preliminary Exam||IAS Main Exam|
|Medium||Bilingual (English and Hindi)||Bilingual (English and Hindi)|
|Number of qualifying papers||2||7 + 2 language papers|
|Total weightage||400 Marks (200 each)||1750 Marks|
|Type of questions||Objective||Subjective|
|Negative marking for each incorrect answer||one-third (0.33)||-|
|Duration of exam||2 Hours per Paper||3 Hours per Paper|
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IAS Syllabus is decided by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) each year. Each stage in the IAS exam has a different syllabus.
|Years||General Paper 1||General Paper 2 (CSAT)|
UPSC will declare IAS Preliminary Exam Result in July 2020 at upsc.gov.in. Candidates can follow the below steps to access IAS Result 2020:
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|Category||Preliminary (Out of 200)||Main (Out of 1750)||Final (Out of 2025)|
The selection process of IAS Exam is a 3 stage assessment, wherein, candidates have to appear for Prelims, main and Personal Interview round.
Ques. What is the IAS Exam?
Ans. IAS stands for Indian Administrative Service. It is a civil services exam that is conducted by UPSC each year. It contains 3 stages viz. Prelims, Prelims and Interview. All shortlisted candidates can choose from the given Group A/ B posts.
Ques. What is the salary of an IAS officer?
Ans. The 7th Pay Commission recommendations were approved by Cabinet on May 19, 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. The basic pay of Cabinet Secretary is fixed at INR 2,50,000.
So, IAS Salary = Basic Pay + DA + HRA + TA
Ques. What are some useful websites to prepare for IAS?
Ans. Candidates preparing for IAS can take help from websites such as ClearIAS.com, cleariasexam.com, Mrunal.org, insightsonindia.com, iasbaba.com, gktoday.in, iasscore.in etc.
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 is 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. When will IAS 2020 Notification be released?
Ans. UPSC will release IAS 2020 Notification and Application Form on February 12, 2020.
Ques. I have studied at 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 I appear for IAS?
Ans. A candidate from General Category can sit for IAS a maximum of 6 times. Candidates from reserved categories can sit as many times as they want. There is no restriction.
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 be able to fill the IAS 2020 application form?
Ans. Students will be able to fill the IAS 2020 Application form from February 12, 2020 to March 3, 2020, in online mode only.
Ques. When and what are the different phases in which the IAS 2020 exam conducted?
Ans. The IAS 2020 exam will be held in two different phases i.e. Prelims and main followed by an interview round. Prelims will be conducted on May 31, 2020 and the main exam will be held on September 18, 2020.
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 2020 examination?
Ans. No, for appearing in the IAS 2020 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 2020 Application form?
Ans. Student’s minimum age should be 21 years and maximum age should be 32 years as on August 1, 2020.
Ques. In which year students must be born so that they are able to fill the application form.
Ans. Students must have been born not earlier than August 2, 1987, and not later than August 1, 1998.
The age limit for different categories is as:
|Category||Upper age limit|
|SC/ ST||37 years|
|J & K Domicile||Gen = 37 years, OBC = 40 years, SC/ ST = 40 years, PH = 50 year|
|Disabled Servicemen||Gen = 37 years, OBC = 40 years, SC/ ST = 40 years|
Ques. Other than Indian students who else can apply for the IAS 2020 exam.
Ans. Except for Indian Students, a citizen of Nepal or Bhutan or a Refugee from any other country can apply for IAS 2020 Exam but they must have a permanent plan to settle in India
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, father's name, mother's 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 2020 Application fee and what are the methods to pay the fees?
Ans. For the 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. Other than Visa Card/ Debit Card or Credit card is there any other method for paying the online application fees.
Ans. No, online application fees can only be paid via Visa Card/ Credit Card or Debit card through net banking of SBI branches throughout India.
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 2020 Prelims exam?
Ans. In IAS 2020 Prelims exam, the questions will be asked from the subjects namely General Studies and Aptitude Test.
Ques. In how many sections the IAS 2020 main exams is divided and name the subjects from which the questions will be asked.
Ans. The IAS 2020 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 the prelims exam, the 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 both the Prelims and main exam?
Ans. The questions in the prelim exam are of objective type and for the main exam; the questions are of both objective and subjective type.
Ques. What is the marking scheme of the IAS 2020 Prelims exam? Is there is any marks deduction for wrong answers?
Ans. In IAS 2020 Prelims exam, each question in general studies carries 2 marks, and the civil service aptitude test carries 2.5 marks. For every incorrect answer, 0.33 marks will be deducted as penalty.
Ques. How many marks will students get for every correct answer in IAS 2020 main exam? Will the marks have deducted for wrong answers?
Ans. For every correct answer, students will get 2.5 marks. While 0.33 marks will only be deducted for every wrong objective type answer.
Ques. If students are unable to submit the filled-in application form, will they be able to download the admit card?
Ans. No, only those students are able to download the admit card who have successfully submitted their application form
Ques. When and who will release the IAS 2020 Admit card and what is the mode to download it?
Ans. The admit card will be released on the official website in the last week of May 2020. It can download through online mode only.
Ques. What if students did not bring the admit card on the examination day?
Ans. Those who did not bring the admit card will not be able to sit for the exam.
Ques. What information do students need to enter for downloading the admit card?
Ans. Students need to enter their registration number and date of birth for downloading the admit card
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 the recruiting process for shortlisting the students. UPSC board will consider the cut off marks.
Ques. List down the impact of cut off marks in all the stages while shortlisting the candidates?
Ans. At the time of the prelims exam, cut off marks is applicable to shortlist the candidates for IAS main exam Cut off of the main exam helps to select students for the personal interview
Ques. When is the result of the IAS 2020 Prelims exam announced? Who is responsible for declaring it?
Ans. The IAS 2020 Prelims result will be announced in July and it will be declared by Commission on the official website.
Ques. How many rounds that students have to clear for their final selection?
Ans. For the student’s final selection they have to clear the three rounds i.e. Preliminary exam, Main Exam and Personal Interview round.
Ques. How will the final merit list be prepared and when is the 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 the merit list will be prepared after the declaration of the result.
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 a 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 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 2020 examination?
Ans. Yes, final year students of graduation can apply for IAS 2020 but they have to give their passing proof.
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.