About UPSC Civil Services

IAS, IPS and other Central Services that come under the UPSC Civil Services examination are the most coveted services of India.

More than ten lakhs of students every year vie for just 800 – 900 jobs under different services.
Only the first 200 rank holders or so can hope to get into the cream of the services – Indian Administrative Service, Indian Police Service and Indian Foreign Service.

The career of an IAS or IPS officer is most challenging. They are the pivots around which the administration of the country revolves. They hold important positions all through starting their career as Sub-Divisional Officer to gradually move up to Additional District Magistrate, District Magistrate, Joint Secretary, Special Secretary, Secretary, Principal Secretary, Additional Chief Secretary and finally to the highest administrative post in a state which is Chief Secretary.
A certain section of them are brought to various ministries of Govt of India as Joint Secretary where at the fag end of their career they hold such important portfolios as Home Secretary, Defense Secretary, Finance Secretary, Foreign Secretary and so on.

In such positions they look after the affairs of the entire nation ensuring, at the same time, the safety and security of the nation. The highest administrative post at the Govt of India level is Cabinet Secretary.

The preparation of IAS is long, hard and tenuous. The students have to fully devote to studies for at least 2 years to come out with flying colors in the Civil Services Examination. One has to keep oneself abreast of what is happening around – the world in general and the country in particular. Apart from studies, the student must develop good writing ability and be able to organize their thoughts while answering a question so that they can convince the examiner that they have written only a precise, to the point and within the given word limit answer to secure good marks.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Graduate from a recognized university :- those who are in final year of graduation may also appear but have to submit the proof of passing at the time of main examination

Minimum 21 years and must not have attained the age of 32 years on 1st August of the year of examination.
The above is for general category candidates only. For other categories age relaxation is available(For details UPSC website)

General category - 6
OBC category - 9
SC/ST category - Unlimited attempts till 37 years of age

There are 3 steps : Preliminary (Screening Test)
Main Examination : Marks - 1750
Personal Interview : Marks - 275
Main Examination has 7 papers of 250 marks each. There are 4 papers of General Studies, 1 paper on Essay Writing and 2 papers on an Optional Subject to be chosen from the list of optional subjects provided in UPSC website

Depends on the ability and preparedness of the candidate. However, on an average, minimum two years preparation is considered necessary.

IAS, IPS, IFS, IA&AS and a host of other central services of various government department like Railways, Revenue, Postal, Defence etc.