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

Stages

Prelims

Mains

Interview

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

Qualifying

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

400

1750

275

When

August

December

March - May

How to get Started?

  • Watch video lecture on YouTube: How to Write Answers for Mains?

    Develop Speed Writing

  • Watch video lecture on YouTube: Essay Writing Tricks for IAS Mains

    Practice Essay Writing

  • Extensive Study with In-depth Knowledge

  • Refer Best Resources

  • 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

Category

Minimum Age

Maximum Age

Number of Attempts

General

21 years

32 years

6

OBC

21 years

35 years

9

SC/ST

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