ias eligibility criteria
ias eligibility criteria

IAS Eligibility-UPSC Exam Qualification-Age Limit.

ias eligibility criteria
ias eligibility criteria

IAS Eligibility

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts IAS exam every year in 3 stages -Prelims,Mains And Interview. Where Prelims consists of 2 papers which are of multiple answer choice type where Manis consists of subjective types of answers. Those who clear these two stages asked for personality test.

If you are one who dream to become an IAS officer and still confused about the required information about this exam like- IAS eligibility ,Educational qualification , Age limit , No. of attempts etc. Here i will tell you each and every thing which one must know before setting IAS as a goal.

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IAS Eligibility-

Educational Qualification-

  • Those who are planning to apply for UPSC exam must be graduate from any recognised university .
  • As per latest information (2108 ) If you are a graduation final year student and will able to produce your degree before Board well in time  can apply for this exam.
  • Earlier only those having graduation degree were allowed to sit for this exam. so if you have completed your graduation and well prepared for this exam can apply now.
  • Note- One of the most confusing thing is the percentage – Most of the aspirants are not aware about the percentage of marks one must score to attempt this exam.
  • UPSC is always very liberal specially in this area and not fixed any bar on percentage .
  • If you have just passed your graduation with minimum marks ,you are eligible educationally to apply for this exam. so it is a big relief for those who could not score high marks in graduation due to some reason but still wants serve nation as public servant.

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Age limit In IAS Exam-  The next important ias eligibility is your age limit. Age limit is different for different group of aspirants so here we will know age limit for ias exam as per category wise.

  • General category- Upper limit- 32 years relaxation. + no.of attempts-6 Attempts
  • Sc & St category- Upper limit-32 + 5 year relaxation. + no.of attempts- Unlilimited
  • OBC category-Upper limit-32+ 3 year relaxation. + no.of attempts- 9 Attempts
  • Physically handicap ,disabled category-Upper limit-32 + 10 years relaxation. + no.of attempts-9 ( only for OBC Category)  Unlimited
  • J&K Domicile – G-37 ,Sc &St-42 ,OBC-40 ,PH-50  . + no.of attempts-Unlimited.
  • Disabled service personnel from duty- G-37 ,OBC-38 ,ST & ST-40. + no.of attempts-Unlimited

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  1. Candidate must be a citizen of India.
  2. Candidate must be a citizen of Nepal or a subject of Bhutan
  3. Candidate must be a Tibetan Refugee who came to India before 1st January 1962 to be settled permanently in India
  4. Candidate must be person of Indian Origin who has migrated from Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam, Zaire, or Zambia with an intention of permanently settling in India.

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Once you follow all the above mentioned qualification like Age limit for ias exam , No. of attempts . You will need complete syllabus of IAS exam of each subjects. So here I have mentioned all the topics covered by UPSC in its syllabus.

Prelims Paper 1 -General Studies Paper-

  • Current events of national and international importance.
  • History of India and Indian National Movement.
  • Indian and World Geography – Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.
  • Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
  • Economic and Social Development Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.
  • General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialization.
  • General Science.

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Complete Books For Prelims Paper -1

Indian Polity-  (English Medium )

Indian History ( Highly recommended )

Indian Economy


Art and Culture


Science & Tech

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Prelims Paper 2 -CSAT-

  • Comprehension.
  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills.
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability.
  • Decision-making and problem-solving.
  • General mental ability.
  • Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc.

Complete Booklist for Prelims Paper 2 (CSAT )

UPSC Syllabus Mains Examination:-

Essay Paper- Essay paper is based on variety of topics and issue which are of national importance and current burning issues so you can prepare them accordingly.

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General Studies Paper -1

Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society.

  1.  Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.
  2.  Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues
  3.  The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the country.
  4.  Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country.
  5.  History of the world will include events from 18th century such as industrial revolution, world wars, redrawal of national boundaries, colonization, decolonization, political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism etc.- their forms and effect on the society.
  6.  Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India.
  7.  Role of women and women’s organization, population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies.
  8.  Effects of globalization on Indian society
  9.  Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism.
  10.  Salient features of world’s physical geography.
  11.  Distribution of key natural resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian subcontinent); factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary, and tertiary sector industries in various parts of the world (including India)
  12.  Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone etc., geographical features and their location- changes in critical geographical features (including water bodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes.

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Booklist For GS Paper -1

Note: There are some books which are overlapping in Prelims and Mains exam so need not to buy them again-

Art and culture

Indian History

Modern History

Medieval History

  • Indian history for medieval Time-Satish Chandra

World History

Physical Geography

Indian Geography

World Geography

General Studies Paper-2

 Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations.

  •  Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.
  •  Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein.
  •  Separation of powers between various organs dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions.
  •  Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries
  •  Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these.
  •  Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary Ministries and Departments of the Government; pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their role in the Polity.
  •  Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act.
  •  Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies.
  •  Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies
  •  Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.
  •  Development processes and the development industry- the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders
  •  Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.
  •  Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, and Human Resources.
  •  Issues relating to poverty and hunger.
  •  Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures.
  •  Role of civil services in a democracy.
  •  India and its neighborhood- relations.
  •  Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests
  •  Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian Diaspora.
  •  Important International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate.

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Complete Books For GS Paper-2

Indian Polity

  •  Indian polity– by M laxmikant ( Latest edition )
  •  Introduction of constitution of India by D D Bas

Governance in India

International relation

Composite Study material for Paper 2

General Studies paper- 3

Technology, Economic Development, Bio diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management.

  •  Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment.
  •  Inclusive growth and issues arising from it.
  •  Government Budgeting.
  •  Major crops cropping patterns in various parts of the country, different types of irrigation and irrigation systems storage, transport and marketing of agricultural produce and issues and related constraints; e-technology in the aid of farmers
  •  Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices; Public Distribution System- objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping; issues of buffer stocks and food security; Technology missions; economics of animal-rearing.
  •  Food processing and related industries in India- scope and significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management.
  •  Land reforms in India.
  •  Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth.
  •  Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc.
  •  Investment models.
  •  Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life
  •  Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology.
  •  Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, nano-technology, bio-technology and issues relating to intellectual property rights.
  •  Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment
  •  Disaster and disaster management.
  •  Linkages between development and spread of extremism.
  •  Role of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges to internal security.
  •  Challenges to internal security through communication networks, role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber security; money-laundering and its prevention
  •  Security challenges and their management in border areas; linkages of organized crime with terrorism
  •  Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate

Complete Books For GS Paper -3

Indian Economy

Economic Facts

  • Indian Economy by Sanjeev Verma.

Internal Security


Science & Tech

General Studies Paper- 4

  • Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics in private and public relationships. Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values.
  •  Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behavior; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion.
  •  Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service , integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker sections.
  •  Emotional intelligence-concepts, and their utilities and application in administration and governance.
  •  Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world.
  •  Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance; accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance; ethical issues in international relations and funding; corporate governance.
  •  Probity in Governance: Concept of public service; Philosophical basis of governance and probity; Information sharing and transparency in government, Right to Information, Codes of Ethics, Codes of Conduct, Citizen’s Charters, Work culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption.
  •  Case Studies on above issues.

Complete booklist For GS Paper -4

You can choose the books from above mentioned books for your preparation and study till you clear ias exam. ALl these books are highly suggested by IAS toppers so you can trust these books for their merit and authenticity.

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