Course Details


Civil service examination [CSE]

Civil Service Exam (IAS Exam)Conducted by UPSC, a government agency, who selects appropriate candidates to top most services . Every year around 4- 5lakh of candidates appear for exam and only around 1000 are got  selection .

It is considered as one of the toughest exams in the world, because of its high competition, huge syllabus and exam duration [extends to one year] .

Preliminary exam is objective type consists of two papers General Studies Paper and CSAT . General studies paper counted for screening to the Mains exam stage while CSAT is minimum qualifying in nature

Mains exam consists of 9 papers including optional (2 papers) which is  Descriptive in nature . English language paper and regional language paper are qualifying in nature. Essay paper,four General Studies papers and 2 optional papers are considered for merit  along with interview marks .

IAS Exam Eligibility criteria

An Indian with any degree

  1. Any of the universities incorporated by an act of central or state legislature in India .
  2. Other educational institutions established by the act of parliament .
  3. Or declare to be deemed as a university under section 3 of university grants commission act, 1965 .
  4.  Posses an equivalent qualification .
  5. Final year students and candidates awaiting for results can also apply. Results need to submit at the time of filing application for mains exam .
  6. No percentage bar for any of the services .

For other services :

  1. A citizen of India or,
  2. A subject of Nepal or,
  3. A subject of Bhutan or,
  4. A Tibetan refugee who came to India, before January 1, 1962, with an intention to settle permanently in India .
  5. A person of Indian origin who migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries [ Kenya, Uganda, the united republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Zaire, Malawi, Ethiopia and vietnam ]with the intention of permanently settle in India .

 IAS Exam – Age limit

The minimum age limit is 21 years. Age limit  calculated as on .

1st of August every year which exam take place .

Upper age limit and number of attempts

categoryUpper age limitNumber of attempts
SC/ST37Unlimited attempts
Citizens of Jammu and Kashmir37 
Defense personnel disabled in operations during hostilities with foreign countries or disturbed area35 
Ex servicemen37 
Physically handicapped / disabled429

Cumulative age relaxation: apart from mentioned limits SC/ST and OBC candidates will get cumulative age relaxation . In other words, age limits added in special cases . For example, if a person is OBC and ex service man, he will get 5+7=12 of extension. Hence, his upper age limit will be 42 years .

IAS Syllabus [UPSC Syllabus]

The UPSC examination is considered as one of the toughest exams  not only in India but also in the World itself . Every year UPSC conducts exams under prescribed IAS syllabus . Having a clear idea of the UPSC Syllabus or IAS Syllabus (2018 -2019 ) and proper methodology of study will help aspirants to tackle the dream of clearing IAS Examination . Here is the list of IAS Syllabus as per UPSC .

UPSC IAS Syllabus for Prelims General Studies paper -1

  1. Current affairs : This includes matters relating to current events, both national and international importance .
  2. History : It consists of Indian national movement and history of India .
  3. Geography [Indian and world] : It comprises of physical, social, economic geography .
  4. Environment: Aspirants should include environment ecology, biodiversity and general issues on climatic change and general science .
  5. Indian polity and governance : Constitution of India, political system, panchayati raj et c.
  6. Economics : It consists of social sector initiatives, sustainable development, inclusion, demographics poverty etc .
  7. General Science

Duration is of two hours and marks out of 200 .

UPSC IAS syllabus for prelims paper-2 ( CSAT )

  1. Problem- solving and decision- making.
  2. General mental ability.
  3. Comprehension.
  4. Analytical and logical reasoning .
  5. Data interpretation.
  6. Interpersonal skills including communication skills.

Duration is of two hours and marks out of 200.

UPSC IAS Syllabus For Mains Exam

The marks you score for mains examination and interview session will decide your ranking . The UPSC mains consist of 1750 marks and interview consists of 275 marks . In  UPSC mains include nine papers out of which seven are considered for final ranking . The rest two are language papers in which aspirants should secure minimum marks prescribed by UPSC every year . But there is an exception for candidates residing in north eastern states. They have to attempt English language only .

Paper –A(Indian Language) 

Candidates should select any one of the Indian languages included in the eighth schedule of Indian constitution.This paper is not compulsory for candidates coming from  the states of Mizoram,Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim,Meghalaya, Manipur,Nagaland.300 marks.

Paper-B : English language -syllabus

UPSC papers counted for final ranking

PaperSubject & ContentMarks
Paper 1Essay250
Paper 2GS 1-Syllabus :Culture and Indian Heritage, History and Geography of world250
Paper 3GS 2-Syllabus: Constitution, Governance, polity, social justice and international relations250
Paper 4GS 3-Syllabus: Economic development, Technology, Environment and biodiversity, Disaster management and security.250
Paper 5GS 4-Syllabus  : Aptitude, integrity and Ethics250
Paper 6Optional Paper 1250


Paper 7Optional Paper 2250