IAS: – Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the Civil Services Exam. IAS exam is the toughest exam in India. 

Exam Detail

IAS: – Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the Civil Services Exam. IAS exam is the toughest exam in India.IAS exam conducts every year it has 3 stages – Preliminary exam, main exam and interview.

Exam Pattern:


Name of the Paper Subject No.of Questions Marks
Paper I General Studies 100 Questions 200
Paper II General Ability or Aptitude 80 Questions 200
  Total 180 Questions 400

Time duration for each paper is 2 hours. 

  • The questions in the UPSC Prelims Exam are of objective type or Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
  •  There is a ‘Negative Marking’ in the IAS prelims exam for each incorrect answer. The negative marking for incorrect answers will be 1/3rd (0.66) of the allotted marks of that question.
  •  The GS Paper II (CSAT) is of qualifying in nature and candidates should score a minimum of 33 percent in this paper to qualify to the next stage of the exam i.e. Civil Services Mains.

Main exam:

The UPSC IAS Civil Services Mains Exam is a written examination which contains 9 Papers. The Paper A as well as Paper B are Qualifying nature. The Papers Which are considered for Ranking are Paper I, Paper II, Paper III, Paper IV, Paper V, Paper VI and Paper VII which include the papers of optional Subjects. The Candidates can select the Medium of Hindi or English for the UPSC Civils IAS Mains exam 2018-2019. The Final Ranking of the Candidates is done based on the Marks the Students have Obtained in their Mains as well as Personality Test or an Interview.

Name of the Paper Name of the Subject Medium Marks
Paper A Indian Language english 300 Marks
Paper B English Language Hindi & English 300 Marks
Paper I Essay Hindi & English. 250 Marks
Paper II General Studies I Hindi & English. 250 Marks
Paper III General Studies II Hindi & English 250 Marks
Paper IV General Studies III Hindi & English 250 Marks.
Paper V General Studies IV Hindi & English 250 Marks
Paper VI Optional Subject (Paper I) Hindi & English

250 Marks.

Paper VII Optional Subject (Paper II) Hindi & English 250 Marks
Total     1,750 Marks
Interview or Personality Test     275 Marks
Grand Total     2,025 Marks

Time duration for each paper is 3 hours. 

Paper will be bilingual. 

Personality Test

A personality Test of 275 Marks would be taken of the candidates qualified in the Preliminary Examination. This would include the psychometric Test, Assessment Test as well as the Personal Interview. The Marks obtained in the Personality Test would be added in the calculation for the declaration of the final Merit list.



Any degree (graduation).
  1. any of the Universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India.
  2.  or other educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament.
  3.  or declared to be deemed as a University Under Section-3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956.
  4.  or possess an equivalent qualification.

Note: Final year students can also apply.


The minimum age to appear for IAS Exam is 21 years. This means that the candidate must have at-least 21 years of age on 1st August of that given year when the exam is held.

  1. Upper age limit for General category: 32 years.
  2. Upper age limit for OBC: 35 years.
  3. Upper age limit for SC/ST: 37 Years.
  4. Upper age limit for Citizens of Jammu and Kashmir: 37 years.
  5. Upper age limit for Defense Services personnel disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof: 35 years.
  6. Upper age limit for Ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least five years Military Service: 37 years.
  7. Upper age limit for blind, deaf-mute and Orthopaedically handicapped persons (general category) :42 years.

No of attempts:

  1. Number of attempts for IAS exam : General Category : 6 attempts till 32 years of age.
  2. Number of attempts for IAS exam : OBC : 9 attempts till 35 years of age.
  3. Number of attempts for IAS exam : SC/ST : unlimited attempts till 37 years of age.


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