Q: What is the age eligibility for the general category aspirants of UPSC?

A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 32 years on the 1st of August, 2015 i.e., he or she must have been born not earlier than 2nd August, 1983 and not later than 1st August, 1994.

Q: What is the age eligibility for SC/ST category?

Candidate belonging to the scheduled caste or scheduled tribe is not supposed to sit in the exam after 36 years of his age.

Q: What is the age eligibility for other backward classes?

For the candidates belonging to the other backward classes or (OBCs) the upper age limit is 34 years

Q: What is the age eligibility for the physically challenged people?

Upper age limit for physical handicapped candidates is 47, 45 and 42 for SC/ST, OBC and General category.

Q: How much number of attempts are allowed to the handicapped candidates?

The number of attempts allowed are 9 for General and OBC both and unlimited for SC/ST category.

Q: What is the starting salary of an IAS officer?

Total payoff an IAS officer changes with time. At this moment the total payment of an IAS recruit can be roughly estimated as below:

Basic Pay: Rs 23,640

D.A. (@65%): Rs 15,366

H.R.A.(@30%): Rs 7,092

T.A.: 5,280

Total: Rs 51,378

Q: What are the optional subjects offered in the UPSC examination?

Following is the complete list of optional subjects for civil services main examination. You need to opt for any one  Optional paper consists of two papers of 250 marks each.

Group 1

  1. Agriculture
  2. Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science
  3. Anthropology
  4. Botany
  5. Chemistry
  6. Civil Engineering
  7. Commerce and Accountancy
  8. Economics
  9. Electrical Engineering
  10. Geography
  11. Geology
  12. History
  13. Law
  14. Management
  15. Mathematics
  16. Mechanical Engineering
  17. Medical Science
  18. Philosophy
  19. Physics
  20. Political Science and International Relations
  21. Psychology
  22. Public Administration
  23. Sociology
  24. Statistics
  25. Zoology

Group 2

Note: Candidates are free to choose the literature of a language as an optional subject, only if you have graduated in the literature of that particular language as the main subject.

Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, English.

Q: Is a candidate eligible to appear in the examination if he/she possesses a degree from an open university?

Yes, a candidate can take the exam if he has done it from any recognized university and is otherwise eligible.

Q: Can an aspirant choose an optional subject that he has not studied in the graduate or post graduate level?

Yes a candidate can.

Q: Is it mandatory for the candidates to choose the same optional subjects in the MAINS exam, which he had taken in Prelims?

No, it’s not a necessity.

Q: Can a candidate write the MAIN examination in different languages?

No, the candidate is required to attempt the paper either in English or in any of the eighth schedule language.

Q: Is a candidate eligible to sit in the examination if he/she has done the graduation without doing Xlth or Xllth?

Yes.

Q: Is it allowed to give the interview in Hindi or any other Indian language if the candidate has given the written examination in English?

If the candidate has chosen any Indian language for the MAINS exam he is eligible to take the interview in same language or in English.

Q: How can one apply for UPSC examination?

One can apply for UPSC examination online only. There is no option to apply for it through posts or dispatches.

Q: One can apply for UPSC examination online only. There is no option to apply for it through posts or dispatches.

Answer books received from various avenues are properly mixed before sending them for evaluation. Every answer book is given computer based randomized fictitious code no. before assessment.

Q: What questions are asked in interview?

There is no standard syllabus for the UPSC interview. However, the main motive of the exam is to check they intelligence level, depth of interest and the presence of mind. It is a normal conversation between the commission and the candidate to check his/her capability for being an IAS.

Q: What is the educational eligibility for IAS aspirants?

All candidates must have Candidates must have at least the following certificates of education.

  • A degree from deemed university, may it be central or state.
  • Any degree from a distance or correspondence education institution.
  • A degree received from the Open University.
  • Qualification recognized by the Government of India
  • Candidates willing to appear in the examination and are awaiting results are eligible to sit in the prelims. Qualifying candidates of prelims examination are asked for the proof of passing the said examination together with the application form of appearing in the MAINS, i.e. the second level of examination.
  • Candidates who have passed the examination conducted by another institution or some standardized institution are not required to go through the prerequisites, as the commission approve their eligibility including and treat them as exceptional cases. Candidates having technical or professional degrees recognized by the Government equal to the proficient and the scientific degrees.
  • Candidates having passed MBBS or any Medical Examination but are not done with the internship program are eligible for the MAINS examination. However, they are required to submit the certificates from the concerned university or institution as an evidence of the completion of final professional medical examination. Finally, at the interview stage the candidates are required to submit all the certificates including internship certificates.
  • A candidate who is appointed to the IAS (Indian Administrative Service) or IFS (Indian Foreign Service) based on the results of earlier examination result and continues to be the part of service is not eligible to compete at this examination.

Q: Which coaching center is best for UPSC training?

In today’s date, there is endless number of IAS institutions, but there are certain that enjoy very good reputation among others and are the most suggested IAS coaching centers. Apart from that, any coaching center is judged by the results.

Q: How to study for UPSC exams?

To crack the IAS examination one need to stay motivated and devoted. One must be clear about the basics of civil service exam and then must start preparing in an organized way to be successful in UPSC examination.

Q: Best books for UPSC examination?

Books list for UPSC exam preparation:

  1. History Of Modern India – Bipan Chandra. (History)
  2. India’s Struggle For Independence – Bipan Chandra. (History)
  3. India’s Ancient Past – R.S. Sharma. (History)
  4. History Of Medieval India – Satish Chandra. (History)
  5. The Wonder That Was India – A.L. Bhasham. (Culture)
  6. Facets of Indian Culture – Spectrum. (Culture)
  7. Geography of India – Majid Husain. (Geography)
  8. Oxford School Atlas – Oxford. (Geography)
  9. Certificate Physical and Human Geography – Goh Cheng Leong. (Geography)
  10. Indian Polity for Civil Services Examinations – M. Laxmikanth. (Polity)
  11. Indian Economy – Ramesh Singh. (Economy)
  12. Economic Survey. (Economy)
  13. Science and Technology in India – TMH. (Science and Technology)
  14. Environmental Studies from Crisis to Cure 2nd Edition – R.Rajagoplan. (Environment)
  15. Efforts Towards Green India – Environment and Ecology – Arihant Experts. (Environment)
  16. India Year Book (Current Affairs)
  17. Manorama Yearbook. (Current Affairs)
  18. CSAT Paper – 2 Manual by TMH or CSAT-II – Arihant (CSAT – Paper 2)
  19. Analytical Reasoning – M. K. Pandey (CSAT – Paper 2: Analytical Reasoning)
  20. Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning – R. S.Aggarwal (CSAT Paper 2: Reasoning)

Additional IAS Books for UPSC Mains

  1. Contemporary Essays by Ramesh Singh OR 151 ESSAYS For UPSC Mains(Essay Paper)
  2. India After Gandhi – Ramchandra Guha (History – GS1)
  3. Norman Lowe OR History of Modern World – Jain and Mathur (World History – GS1)
  4. Social Problems In India – Ram Ahuja. (Indian Society – GS1)
  5. IAS Mains General Studies Paper 2 (Arihant Manual – GS2)
  6. Governance in India for CSE. (Governance – GS2)
  7. Pax Indica – Shashi Tharoor. (Foreign Policy – GS2)
  8. India and the World by Surendra Kumar. (Foreign Policy – GS2)
  9. IAS Mains General Studies – GS3. (Arihant Manual – GS3)
  10. India’s National Security: A Reader. (Internal Security – GS3)
  11. Challenges to Internal Security of India. (Internal Security – GS3)
  12. Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude for Civil Services Mains. ( Ethics – GS4)
  13. IAS Mains General Studies – Ethics. ( Arihant Manual – GS

Essential books for IAS Exam preparation:

  1. History Of Modern India – Bipan Chandra. (History)
  2. India’s Struggle For Independence – Bipan Chandra. (History)
  3. India’s Ancient Past – R.S. Sharma. (History)
  4. History Of Medieval India – Satish Chandra. (History)
  5. The Wonder That Was India – A.L. Bhasham. (Culture)
  6. Facets of Indian Culture – Spectrum. (Culture)
  7. Geography of India – Majid Husain. (Geography)
  8. Oxford School Atlas – Oxford. (Geography)
  9. Certificate Physical and Human Geography – Goh Cheng Leong. (Geography)
  10. Indian Polity for Civil Services Examinations – M. Laxmikanth. (Polity)
  11. Indian Economy – Ramesh Singh. (Economy)
  12. Economic Survey. (Economy)
  13. Science and Technology in India – TMH. (Science and Technology)
  14. Environmental Studies from Crisis to Cure 2nd Edition – R.Rajagoplan. (Environment)
  15. Efforts Towards Green India – Environment and Ecology – Arihant Experts. (Environment)
  16. India Year Book (Current Affairs)
  17. Manorama Yearbook. (Current Affairs)
  18. CSAT Paper – 2 Manual by TMH or CSAT-II – Arihant (CSAT – Paper 2)
  19. Analytical Reasoning – M. K. Pandey (CSAT – Paper 2: Analytical Reasoning)
  20. Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning – R. S.Aggarwal (CSAT Paper 2: Reasoning)

Additional IAS books for IAS MAINS:

Books for mastering Modern World History by Norman Lowe

  1. Contemporary Essays by Ramesh Singh OR 151 ESSAYS For UPSC Mains(Essay Paper)
  2. India After Gandhi – Ramchandra Guha (History – GS1)
  3. Norman Lowe OR History of Modern World – Jain and Mathur (World History – GS1)
  4. Social Problems In India – Ram Ahuja. (Indian Society – GS1)
  5. IAS Mains General Studies Paper 2 (Arihant Manual – GS2)
  6. Governance in India for CSE. (Governance – GS2)
  7. Pax Indica – Shashi Tharoor. (Foreign Policy – GS2)
  8. India and the World by Surendra Kumar. (Foreign Policy – GS2)
  9. IAS Mains General Studies – GS3. (Arihant Manual – GS3)
  10. India’s National Security: A Reader. (Internal Security – GS3)
  11. Challenges to Internal Security of India. (Internal Security – GS3)
  12. Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude for Civil Services Mains. ( Ethics– GS4)
  13. IAS Mains General Studies – Ethics. (Arihant Manual – GS)

Q: What are the different pay scales of an IAS officer?

According to service seniority an IAS is promoted to total five pay scales. These five scales are named as Junior Scale, Senior Time Scale, Junior Administrative Grade, Selection Grade and Super Time Scale.

Q: What is the IAS Career Structure?

  • Sub-Divisional Magistrate in a sub-division of a district (Entry)/Section Officer in Central Govt. District Magistrate in a district or Joint Secretary in State Government or Under secretary /Principal Private Secretary in Govt. of IND
  • District Magistrate in a district or a Deputy Secretary/Senior Principal Private Secretary (Senior PPS) in the central government
  • Divisional Commissioner/Special Secretary of state government or a Director/Principal Staff Officer (PSO) of Central Govt.
  • Divisional Commissioner in a division or Secretary in state government or position of Joint Secretary to Government of India
  • Principal Secretaries/Financial Commissioners in states, Additional Secretaries to the Government of India
  • Chief Secretary of States, Union Secretaries in charge of various ministries of Government of India

Q: Different posts under UPSC?

  • Indian Administrative service
  • Indian Foreign Service
  • Indian Revenue service
  • Indian P&T Accounts and Finance Service
  • Indian Audit and Accounts Service, Gr. ‘A’
  • Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service, Gr.`A’
  • Indian Audit & Accounts Service, Gr.`A’
  • Indian Defence Accounts Service, Gr. ‘A’
  • Indian Revenue Service ( IT ), Gr. `A’
  • Indian Ordnance Factories Service, Gr.`A’
  • Indian Postal Service, Gr. ‘A’
  • Indian Civil Accounts Service, Gr. ‘A’
  • Indian Railway Accounts Service, Gr. ‘A’
  • Indian Railway Personnel Service, Gr. ‘A’
  • Indian Railway Traffic Service Group ‘A’
  • Indian Defence Estates Service Gr. ‘A’
  • Indian Information Service, Gr. ‘A’
  • Indian Trade Service Gr. ‘A’ ( Gr. III )
  • Indian Corporate Law Service, Group ‘A’
  • Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service, Gr. ‘B’ ( Section Officers’ Grade )
  • Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar
  • Haveli Police Service, Gr.’B’
  • Pondicherry Civil Service, ( Group B )

Q: Are different centers allotted to the blind candidates?

Every year there are different centers allotted to the blind candidates. Like this year the centers allotted to the blind candidates are in Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow,Dispur and Mumbai.

Q: How do candidates get the information about the time table and the places of examination?

The candidates are informed about the center of examination by the commission.

Q: Is there any second chance given to the candidates to change the center of examination?

No, students are not allowed to change their center of examination, if once allotted by the commission. No request for the change of the center will be allotted.