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Age Criteria for IAS Exam 2017

Category Upper Age Limit No. of Attempts Allowed
General 32 Years 06 Attempts
Other Backwards Castes (OBC) 32 Years with relaxation of 03 years = 35 years 09 Attempts
Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) 32 Years with relaxation of 05 Years = 37 years Till the Upper Age limit
Physically disabled candidates (Blind, Deaf-Mute, Orthopedic) 32 years with relaxation of 10 years = 42 years For the General and OBC Candidates= 09 attempts
For SC/ST Candidates = Unlimited till age limit
Jammu & Kashmir Domicile General = 37 years, OBC = 40 Years, SC/ST = 42 Years, PH = 50 years Up to the Upper Age limit
Disabled servicemen disabled from duty General= 37 years OBC = 38 Years SC/ST = 40 Years Up to the Upper Age limit

Educational Qualification for Appearing in IAS Exam 2016

  • • A degree of any of the Universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be a Deemed University under the UGC Act, 1956, or an equivalent qualification.
  • • Candidates who have appeared or intend to appear for the qualifying examination and are awaiting results are also eligible to appear for the Preliminary Examination however, they are supposed to submit proof of passing the requisite qualification along with Detailed Application Form for Civil Services (Main) Examination

Number of Attempts and Age Limit for Appearing in IAS Exam 2016

  • • For General Category candidates, the new age limit is 32 years and the number of attempts is 06.
  • • For OBC Category candidates, the new age limit is 35 years and the number of attempts is 09.
  • • For SC/SC Category candidates, the new age limit is 37 years while the number of attempts unlimited.
  • • For Physically Handicapped candidates, age limit is 42, 45 and 47 years for General, OBC and SC/ST category respectively while the number of attempts is 09 for General and OBC and unlimited for SC/SC category.
  • • The changes in the number of attempts and age limit will apply w.e.f. Civil Services Examination 2014.
  • • Certain categories of persons as specified in the Commission's Notice as published in Employment News/Rozgar Samachar are eligible for age relaxation.


Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (b) (c), (d), and (e) shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India. Provided further that candidates belonging to categories (b) (c), and (d) above will not be eligible for appointment to the Indian Foreign Service.
A candidate, in whose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary, may be admitted to the examination but the offer of appointment may be given only after the necessary eligibility certificate has been issued to him by the Government of India.

  • • For the Indian Administrative Service and the Indian Police Service, a candidate must be a citizen of India.
  • • For other services, a candidate must be either:
    1. a citizen of India, or
    2. a subject of Nepal, or
    3. a subject of Bhutan, or
    4. a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India. Or
    5. a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Srilanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

Restrictions on applying for the IAS exam

A candidate who is appointed to the Indian Administrative Service or the Indian Foreign Service on the results of an earlier examination and continues to be a member of that service will not be eligible to compete at this examination

UPSC IAS Syllabus 2016-2017

To get Success in the UPSC IAS Civil Services Examinations, you should have clear knowledge on the Syllabus of UPSC Civil Services IAS Exam 2016. There will be no Question of whether you are an experienced Candidate or a Beginner in the Aspect of getting prepared for the Examination, you must have a proper knowledge on the UPSC IAS Syllabus to clear your Examinations. To give you a better view on the IAS Civil Services UPSC Exam Syllabus, we are providing you the Subject Wise Topics below. The Syllabus of IAS Prelims as well as Mains are as also provided.

The Syllabus for the IAS Civil Services UPSC Prelims Examination or CSAT Exam 2016:

I. Topics in Paper I : General Studies (200 Marks)

  1. Current Events of National & International Importance.
  2. Geography of India as well as the World: Physical, Economic and Social Aspects.
  3. Polity & Governance of India: Constitution and the Political aspects.
  4. General Science.
  5. The General Issues on Environmental Ecology, Climate Change and Bio Diversity.
  6. Economic & Social Development : Demography, Sustainable Development, Inclusion, Social Sector Initiatives, Poverty, etc..,
  7. Indian History & Indian National Movement.

II. Topics in Paper II : General Ability or Aptitude (200 Marks)

  1. Comprehension.
  2. Logical Reasoning & Analytical Ability.
  3. General Mental Ability.
  4. Comprehension Skills English language ( 10th Standard Level).
  5. Interpersonal Skills including Communication Skills.
  6. Decision Making & Problem Solving.
  7. Basic Numeracy (Orders of Magnitude, Numbers & their Relations, etc.., of 10th Standard Level), Data Interpretation such as Charts, Tables, Graphs, Data Sufficiency, etc.., (10th Standard Level).
  8. Question based on the English Language Comprehension Skills (10th Standard Level). (The Candidates will be tested through giving questions on the Passages without providing hindi translation for those Questions).

The Syllabus for the IAS Civil Services UPSC Mains Examination 2016:

The UPSC IAS Mains Exam 2016 contains 9 Papers out of which 2 Papers are in the nature of Qualifying nature while the other 7 are based on merit Ranking. The Subjects in those Papers are described below.

S.No. Name of the Paper. Name of the Subject.
1. Paper – A. Indian Languages.
2. Paper – B. English.
3. Paper – I. Essay.
4. Paper – II. General Studies – I.
5. Paper – III. General Studies – II.
6. Paper – IV. General Studies – III.
7. Paper – V. General Studies – IV.
8. Paper – VI. Optional Subject (Paper – 1).
9. Paper – VII. Optional Subject (Paper – 2).

I. Topics in Paper I : Indian Language

The Indian Languages according to the IAS Civil Services UPSC Mains signifies the Languages which are present in the 8th Schedule to the Indian Constitution. The Script to be used by the Candidates will be based on the Language he or she selects for the Paper A of Indian Languages. The Paper A (Indian Language) in the UPSC IAS Mains is not compulsory for the Candidates who belong to the North Eastern States such as Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Mizoram, Manipur, Assam, Tripura.

Topics in Indian Language (Paper – I):

  1. Comprehensive Type of Questions related to the Given Passage.
  2. Short Essay.
  3. Vocabulary & Usage.
  4. Precise Writing (in other words, making a summary).
  5. Translation from English to the Selected Indian Language and Vice Versa.

The List of the Languages as well as the Scripts to be used for the respective Languages are given below here.

S.No. Name of the Language. Script
1. Assamese. Assamese.
2. Bodo. Devanagari.
3. Gujarati. Gujarati.
4. Kannada. Kannada.
5. Konkani. Devanagari.
6. Malayalam. Malayalam.
7. Marathi. Devanagari.
8. Punjabi. Gurmukhi.
9. Telugu. Telugu.
10. Tamil. Tamil.
11. Santhali. Olchiki or Devanagari.
12. Urdu. Persian.
13. Bengali. Bengali.
14. Dogri. Devanagari.
15. Hindi. Devanagari.
16. Kashmiri. Persian.
17. Maithili. Devanagari.
18. Manipuri. Bengali.
19. Sanskrit. Devanagari.
20. Sindhi. Arabic or Devanagari.
21. Nepali. Devanagari.
22. Oriya. Oriya.

II. Topics in Paper II: English

  1. Comprehensive Type of Questions related to the Given Passage.
  2. Short Essay.
  3. Short Essay.
  4. Vocabulary & Usage.
  5. Precise Writing (in other words, making a summary).

III. Topics in Paper III: Essay

The Candidates are given some Topics. They have to Write Essays on those Given Topics in Brief. They Should not Deviate from the Given Topics. The Essay can be Written in the Language selected by the Candidates. The Candidates have to write the Essay in Orderly manner briefly.

IV. Topics in Paper IV: General Studies – I

  1. 1. Indian Culture: Architecture, Literature, Art Form since the Ancient Times.
  2. 2. Modern Indian History from the Eighteenth Century till Present Significant events & Issues.
  3. 3. The Freedom Struggle of the Country: Different Stages and Contributions from various Parts of the Country.
  4. 4. Post Independence: Consolidation as well as Reorganization within the Country.
  5. 5. History of the World: Events taking place since 18th Century; Industrial Revolution, Colonization & Decolonization, etc.., Political Changes such as Capitalism, Socialism, etc.., Effects of these Changes on the Society.
  6. 6. Indian Society, Diversity in India: Salient Features.
  7. 7. Geography of the World & its Salient Features.
  8. 8. The Concepts of Communalism, Secularism, Social Empowerment, Regionalism, etc..,
  9. 9. Distribution of key Natural Resources all over the World, etc..,

V. Topics in Paper V: General Studies – II

  1. Governance.
  2. Constitution.
  3. Polity.
  4. Social Justice.
  5. Internal Relations.

VI. Topics in Paper VI: General Studies – III

  1. Technology.
  2. Economic Development.
  3. Disaster Management.
  4. Environmental.
  5. Security.
  6. Bio-Diversity.

VII. Topics in Paper V: General Studies – IV

  1. Aptitude.
  2. Ethics.
  3. Integrity.

VIII. Topics in Paper VI: Optional Subject (Paper – 1)

The Candidates have to select the Optional Subject. The Questions asked in this Paper depends on the Subject selected by the Candidate.

IX. Topics in Paper VI: Optional Subject (Paper – 2)

The Candidates have to select the Optional Subject. The Questions asked in this Paper depends on the Subject selected by the Candidate.

Optional Subjects: The Candidates have to select two subjects as Optional Subjects. The Optional Subjects are as follows.

  • • Agriculture.
  • • Anthropology.
  • • Chemistry.
  • • Commerce & Accountancy.
  • • Civil Engineering.
  • • Electrical Engineering.
  • • Geology.
  • • Law.
  • • Mathematics.
  • • Medical Science.
  • • Physics.
  • • Psychology.
  • • Sociology.
  • • Zoology.
  • • Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science.
  • • Botany.
  • • Economics.
  • • Geography.
  • • History.
  • • Management.
  • • Mechanical Engineering.
  • • Philosophy.
  • • Political Science & International Relations.
  • • Public Administration.
  • • Statistics.

UPSC IAS Interview Syllabus

The Candidates who are selected and qualified in the Prelims Examination & Mains have to attend an interview. Most of the Candidates are not well-known of What Questions are asked in the UPSC IAS Interview. Are you one of them? Then, get a clear idea of the Questions asked in the interview. Initially, the Questions will be asked on your name, your school, your college. You have known the events and important Dates which coincide with your Date of Birth or the year in which you are born. You have to make sure that you answer the Questions Honestly. When you asked about why or what makes you to join the Civil Services, you should avoid saying answers like Servicing the Country, Nation, etc.., The Interview Panel may ask you on How you are going to react and what measures you are going to take when a Natural Disaster Occurs in Your District if you are an IAS Officer or Collector of that District. You should be Confident & Honest of what you are saying.Mainly, the Personality Test will be on the aspects of Logical and Reasoning than the Subject Knowledge. There will be Questions asked about You, Your Hobbies, Your Home Town, the Current Affairs, General Knowledge, Politics, Economics, Situation Questions, etc.., The Main factors which are considered in the Personality Test are as follows.

  1. Mental Alertness.
  2. Clear & Logical Exposition.
  3. Knowledge & Interest of Current Affairs.
  4. Specificness & Depth of Interests.
  5. Leadership Skills.
  6. Critical Powers of Assimilation.
  7. Social Traits.
  8. Balance of Judgement.
  9. Ability of Social Cohesion.
  10. Intellectual & Moral Integrity.