IAS Exam is held in three different stages- Preliminary Exam, Main Exam, and Interview Round. On the basis of marks obtained in the main examination and Interview, a final merit list prepared with the name of the candidates who are eligible for recruitment provided their documents are also according to the requirement. Presently, the IAS 2020 Mains has been conducted till January 17, 2021 and the results are still awaited. As per the UPSC calendar for 2021, The notification for IAS 2021 exam will be released in April 2021 and the Prelims exam will e conducted on June 27, 2021. Check IAS Cutoff
The selection of candidates is based on the cut-offs released by the commission after preliminary examination and main examination. Candidate who qualifies in the preliminary examination can sit for UPSC main examination. Similarly, a cut-off is released according to which qualified candidates are called for the interview session hence, preparation of merit list takes place while excluding marks scored in the preliminary examination. Read IAS Syllabus
IAS Prelims 2021 Exam is scheduled to be conducted on June 27, 2021. After that authorities will release IAS Result for the same. Candidates whose roll numbers are mentioned in the result PDF will proceed to the Main examination.
Brief about each stage of IAS selection process is discussed below in the article. Check IAS Exam Pattern
There are two compulsory papers in Preliminary Exam, Paper I (General Studies) and Paper-II (Civil Services Aptitude Test). The preliminary exam is held for two hours and total marks for the same are 200 marks for each paper. IAS Question Paper of preliminary exam is set in both English and Hindi language.
Here is the exam pattern followed by UPSC for Preliminary examination:
|IAS Exam Prelims|
|Duration of examination||2 hours or 120 minutes (extra time of 20 minutes for blind candidates) for each paper.|
|Total Number of Questions||Paper I- 80 questions, Paper-II- 100 questions|
|Total Marks||Maximum of 400 Marks|
|Types of Questions||Objective Type Multiple Choice Questions|
|Marking scheme||Paper I- 200 marks, Paper-II- 200 marks|
|Negative marking||1/3rd of the marks allotted to the question will be deducted from every wrong answer|
|Mode of Examination||Hindi and English|
The criterion of evaluation in preliminary examination to determine cutoff will be on the basis of minimum qualifying marks of 33 % in General Studies Paper-II of Preliminary Examination and total qualifying marks of General Studies Paper-I of Preliminary Examination.
The main exam shall consist of 9 papers out of which 2 are qualifying language papers and 2 are optional papers. Each paper will be of 3 hours’ duration. Total marks for each paper will be 250 marks while the language papers will be of 300 marks. Following table elaborates the details regarding UPSC main examination pattern:
|IAS Exam Main Examination|
|Duration of examination||Each paper will be of 3 hours duration|
|Total Marks||Maximum of 1750 marks|
|Types of Questions||Conventional essay type questions|
|Marking scheme||250 marks each for Paper I- Paper VII and 275 marks for Interview|
|Language used in question papers||Hindi and English|
Those who qualify the mains examination as per the cut-off set by the commission shall be called for the interview session or personality test which will also be considered for merit calculation. The candidate will be selected on the basis of the career records and some general questions pertaining to the job profile will be asked to test a candidate’s knowledge and personality traits. Marks scored in the main examination and interview session will be determining factors of a selection of the candidate, no qualifying list or cut off will be released after this.
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The most important stage that must be cleared in order to get recruited in All India Services is the Personality test. Candidates who qualify the main examination are called to face a board of judges from the Union Public Services Commission who judge him/her on the basis of several factors. These factors include mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical exposition, the balance of judgment, variety, and depth of interest, ability for social cohesion and leadership, intellectual and moral integrity along with some technical skills required in the job profile that has been selected by the candidate.
The technique of the interview is not that of a strict cross‐examination but of natural, directed and purposive conversation which intends to reveal the mental qualities of the candidate. The interview session is conducted for 275 marks and no qualifying marks have been enlisted to clear it by the commission. The skills presented in the career profile must be shown while in front of the board members to secure good marks in the personality test. Final selection will be based on the main examination and Interview session marks combined together.
The final merit list will be prepared on the basis of marks obtained in the main examination and personality test. Candidates will be allotted to the various Services according to their merit and preferences. The final merit list will be out in the month of May 2020. Marks scored in Preliminary examination will be excluded while preparing the Final Merit List.
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