Get Started on IAS UPSC Exam 2016: Premlims and Mains Papers, Syllabus, Study Material, Interview Tips, Preparation Strategy and Exam Details (Eligiblity, Dates, Age Limits, Test Centers, Salary)

Key Aspects to Get You Started on IAS UPSC Exam Preparation Summarized in 2 Tables

IAS Stages: Dates, Eligibility, Marking, Subjects, Preparation Resources

IAS Stages and Details
IAS prelims, mains and interview stage: corresonding dates, marks, marking, eligiblity subjects, books, and references sources to get you started





Mark the Dates!

7 August 2016

3 December 2016

March-May 2017

Who can appear?

Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree

Minimum 21 years of age

Indian Citizen

Once you clear Prelims

Once you clear Mains

Marks Added


Added to Final Merit

Added to Final Merit

What Matters?

  • Paper - 1: General Studies

  • Paper - 2: Aptitude

  • Syllabus

  • Essay

  • English

  • GS Paper I (Indian Heritage & Culture, History & Geography of the World & Society)

  • GS Paper II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice & International relations)

  • GS Paper III (Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security & Disaster Management)

  • GS Paper IV (Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude)

  • Optional Subject (Paper I & II)

  • Language Paper

  • Syllabus

  • Interview Questions

  • Additional Qualification (Sports, NTSE etc.)

  • Percent Marks in Bachelor’s/Master’s

Negative Marking?

Negative Marking

No Negative Marking


Maximum Marks







March - May

How to get Started?

  • Practice Questions

  • Develop Confidence

  • Have Good Command on Your Subject

  • Details

Age Limit & Permissible Attempts

IAS UPSC Age Limit and Permissible Attempts for Various Categories
Age limit and permissible attempts for various categories of students: General, SC/ST, OBC, Physically Disabled, and J&k Domicile


Minimum Age

Maximum Age

Number of Attempts


21 years

32 years



21 years

35 years



21 years

37 years

No Limit

Physically Disabled (Blind, Deaf, Orthopedic)

21 years

42 years


J & K Domicile: General Category: 37 years, OBC: 40 years, SC/ST: 42 years & PH: 50 years

Discussions & Questions

  • I got 52% in graduation, So will It create any Problem For Civil Service Exam.. Specially At the Time Of Interview? Please Clear My Doubts..

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    Good percent in examination do matter but is not teh sole criterai for success. Since teh proportion of interview in Civils iss so less that if you do well in Mains you will automatically surpass the issues in interview.

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  • How to prepare for IAS Exam?

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    1 Answer

    Please check out the preparation tips for IAS- and postal courses details are available at-

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  • I want to prepare before the exams and now I have passed class X . What should I do?

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    1 Answer

    IAS examination at the earliest can be given in the final year of your bachelor's course, however if you want to start at this age it is considered as the best option. You have ample time for self-study, so try to cover all NCERTs class 6 to 12 (Science and Social Science). Practice a lot of mental ability and numerical ability questions. Do a thorough reading of the newspapers specifically the editorial section. You can also think about choosing the optional and start working on that optional as per the syllabus.

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  • I am interested in IAS so please tell me that after graduation should I do post graduation?

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    1 Answer

    To appear in IAS the minimum eligibility is graduation, so you can appear in IAS without a postgraduate degree. However, to secure your career, it is good to pursue post graduation along with your preparation for IAS examination.

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  • Sir, Is this true that upsc decreased age limit for civil service?

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    1 Answer

    No final decisions have come up regarding this isssue. This issue was in consideration under UPA government but after the shift in government no final decision has come up. It was proposed that the age limit must be reduced from 32 to 26 years considering the fact that the person completes graduation at an average age of 21 years and has 5 years in hand to clear the examination. However, no final wording is yet released and we suggest that you wait for the coming notification and check out the age limits then.

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  • Are no.of attempts for IAS and IFS exam separate? being belonging to general category can I give IAS and IFS exam 4 times each? for both IAS and IFS exam can I choose mechanical engineering ?

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    1 Answer

    Since the prelims is now common for IAS and IFS, you can appear for prelims examination 4 times. Mechanical engineering is a optional that is common in both IAS and IFS examination.

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  • I have doubts about IAS (civil group) examination. I need help about how to study and how to prepare from earlier age?

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    1 Answer

    You must cover NCERT class 6 to 12 for science and social science, refer one monthly magazine, one good newspaper like The Hindu. You can refer for postal courses on various optionals for mains and Prelims papers.

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