UPSC IAS 2022: Mains Exam Date Out, Syllabus, Preparation Tips

Indian Administrative Services 2022 ( IAS )

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Exam On: 16 Sep '22 - 25 Sep '22

Rachit Kumar Saxena

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Updated on Aug 4, 2022 11:15 IST

IAS 2022 main exam timetable has been released online on August 2. IAS main 2022 exam will be conducted from September 16 to 29 but only on weekends. The candidates can check the exam dates of each paper and download the same for future reference. UPSC will soon release the IAS main admit card 2022 for the eligible candidates. Union Public Service Commission will conduct the exam at most of the state capitals and in addition to them some other major cities also. The number of candidates appearing in the IAS main 2022 exam will be around 15 thousand. The candidates who clear the IAS main exam will be called for the personality test.

IAS 2022 result for prelims exam has been released online on June 22. UPSC took only fifteen days to compile and release the IAS prelims result. The IAS prelims exam 2022 was conducted on June 5 in offline mode in two shifts. Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) released the roll number of the qualified candidates in the Civil Service result 2022 pdf. The candidates can check their results here. UPSC will soon release the Detailed Application Form (DAF-I) for qualified candidates.

IAS Exam 2023 notification will be released on February 1, 2023, and the IAS prelims 2023 exam will be conducted on May 28, 2023. 

Earlier, UPSC Toppers 2021 marks were released by the Commission on the day of the results. A girl from Bijnore, Uttar Pradesh Shruti Sharma topped the Civil Service Exam 2021. She scored 932 marks in the IAS main (written) exam (highest among all) and 173 marks in the UPSC personality test. Shruti Sharma shared her IAS preparation strategy for the candidates to follow. UPSC IAS exam 2021 answer key and cutoff were released by the UPSC online on the same day. UPSC worked proactively to complete the IAS exam process of the last year's exam.

The second rank was achieved by Ankita Agarwal. She achieved this rank in her third attempt. In her second attempt, She joined the Indian Revenue Service (IRS). She belongs to West Bengal. She said that the candidates must find their motivation and purpose to prepare which can motivate them in the long process of IAS preparation.

Gamini Singla achieved the third position in the exam. She is from Anandpur Saheb, Punjab. The total number of candidates selected in the UPSC Result 2021 is 685. UPSC also released the number of candidates under its reserve list. The total number of candidates under the reserve list is 126. The total number of UPSC vacancies stands are 749 as per the result notice. The result of one candidate is kept withheld. 

What is IAS Exam?

IAS exam or Civil Service Exam (CSE) is conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) every year. The exam is conducted at the pan India level. UPSC recruits the candidates for Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and Central Civil Services through this exam. All the ministries and the departments in the union and state governments are headed by the IAS officers which make this exam the most prestigious one in the nation. The topper of the IAS exam has the opportunity to become the Cabinet Secretary to the Government of India. It is the highest bureaucratic position one person can have in India. 

Merit-based Civil Service was first introduced in India in 1854. For this purpose, a Civil Service Commission was set up in 1854 in London and a competitive examination was conducted in 1855. This service was called Indian Civil Services (ICS) during that period. In 1922, the Indian Civil Service Examination was conducted in India for the first time in Allahabad. In India, the exam was conducted by Federal Public Service Commission, but the ICS examination in London was conducted by the Civil Service Commission.

UPSC IAS 2022 Latest Updates

UPSC IAS 2022 Exam Highlights

The candidates can see here the important details related to UPSC Civil Service (IAS) exam.

Exam name

Civil Services Exam (CSE), 2022

Conducting body

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)

Exam Purpose

To recruit the candidates for All India and Central Civil Services

Exam level

National

Vacancies

861 1011 (180 IAS, 200 IPS)

No. of applicants

Approximately 10 lakh

No. of applicants appeared in the exam

Approximately 6.5 lakh

Exam frequency

Once a year

Exam mode

Offline - pen and paper mode

Exam stages

Prelims (Qualifying Only) - 400 Marks

Mains (written) - 1750  Marks

Mains (Personality Test) - 275 Marks

Exam Duration

Prelims - 2 hours for each paper

Mains - 3 hours for each paper

Personality Test  - not fixed

Application fee(Prelims)

INR 100

Exam helpdesk no.

011-23098543 / 23385271 / 23381125 / 23098591

Official website

https://www.upsc.gov.in/

How to Start IAS Preparation?

The candidates can see here the video that can solve their questions regarding how to start IAS preparation.

UPSC IAS Result 2022

IAS prelims 2022 result has been declared on June 22. The candidates can check their results here. The IAS result is prepared after considering the IAS cut-off marks. The IAS result is declared after each stage of the IAS exam. UPSC will release a final IAS result on its official website. Candidates whose names and roll numbers appear in the merit list will then be eligible for recruitment in different services based on their preferences given in the DAF and the number of vacancies for the service.

IAS 2022 Exam Analysis

IAS exam analysis 2022 is available here with the video from the UPSC exam centre. Shiksha.com shared the video of the candidates who appeared in the IAS prelims exam 2022. IAS exam analysis can become an important factor for exam preparation because it is the real feedback from the candidates appearing in the exam. IAS 2022 exam analysis of previous years provides an idea about the paper's difficulty level.

IAS 2022 Cutoff 

IAS cutoff 2022 (expected) will be at par with the previous years with the variation of 5 to 7 marks. The Commission releases the official category-wise IAS cutoff for all the stages after the final result. The cutoff is the marks of the last candidates selected in a particular category.

IAS Admit Card 2022

IAS main admit card will be released soon. UPSC will conduct the IAS main exam from September 16 and as per the UPSC timeline, the admit card will be available by August 25 but UPSC releases the admit cards well before this date range. It is expected that IAS admit card 2022 for the main exam will be released early.

IAS Application

IAS 2023 applications will start with the release of official notification. UPSC will release the IAS 2023 application link on February 1, 2023, and the last date for the application will be February 21. UPSC IAS 2022 applications were started on February 2 and the last date to apply for the exam was February 22. UPSC provide 20 days for filling out the application. Once the application form is filled, candidates also need to pay the IAS application fee online or offline mode as per their category. The details of the category-wise IAS application fee are as follows.

Category

Preliminary Exam Fee

Mains Exam Fee

General/ EWS/OBC

INR 100

INR 200

Females/ SC/ ST/ Persons with Benchmark Disability

Nil

Nil

IAS Eligibility

IAS eligibility criteria 2023 will be defined in the IAS 2023 notification. The eligibility criteria are defined based on the age limit, and educational qualifications and the permitted in the IAS exam. Notification is the official source of all the rules and regulations that will govern recruitment till its completion. The candidates need to read and understand all the eligibility conditions prescribed in the official notification and if they conform to the eligibility conditions laid down in the notification, to ensure that they fulfil the criteria.

Nationality

For Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and Indian Police Service (IPS), a candidate must be a citizen of India. For all other services, a candidate can either be a citizen of India or

  • A subject of Nepal/Bhutan
  • A Tibetan refugee who came over to India before January 1, 1962, with the intention of permanently settling in India
  • A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, 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

Note: Candidates who are subjects of Nepal/ Bhutan or Tibetan refugees are not eligible to apply for Indian Foreign Service (IFS).

Age Limit for IAS 2023

UPSC prescribes the age limit for the IAS exam in the official Civil Service notification. The prescribed age limit for the IAS exam is mentioned below.

Age on 01-Aug-2023 (in years)
Minimum limit 21
Maximum limit 32

Age Relaxation in IAS Exam

There is also age relaxation of some years for reserved category candidates:

Category

Age Relaxation (in years)

SC/ ST

5

OBC

3

Defence Services Personnel, disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof

3

Ex-servicemen including commissioned officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least five years of military service as on August 1, 2022 and have been released

5

PwD [(a) blindness and low vision; (b) deaf and hard of hearing; (c) locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy; (d) autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability and mental illness; and (e) multiple disabilities from amongst persons under clauses (a) to (d) including deaf-blindness]

10

No age relaxation was provided to the Economically Weaker Sections in the UPSC Civil Services (IAS) Exam 2022.

Educational Qualification for IAS

Candidates must hold a graduation degree in any stream from any university established under the act passed by the Parliament of India or the State legislature. Candidates who are in the last year of graduation and awaiting results are also eligible to apply for IAS preliminary exam. However, such candidates need to submit proof of passing the requisite exam at the time of applying for the Main exam.

Number of Attempts in IAS Exam

All candidates are allowed to have six attempts in the IAS exam. However, it may be noted that the restriction of the number of attempts is not applicable for candidates belonging to SC/ST category. Also, candidates belonging to OBC and Persons with Benchmark Disabilities categories are allowed a maximum of nine attempts in the exam.   

If a candidate appears in any one paper of the IAS prelims exam, then it is deemed that s/he has made an attempt in the IAS exam.

Category Number of Attempts (Allowed)
General/Economically Weaker Section(EWS) 6
Other Backward Classes (OBC) 9
SC/ST Till the age limit
Person with Disabilities (PwD) Till the age limit

IAS Exam Vacancies 2022

The number of UPSC vacancies now stands at 1011. The total number of vacancies works as a motivation factor for the candidates. Union Government of India revised the number of vacancies in the Indian Police Service (IPS) to 200. Around 180 IAS officers are also recruited every year. The post-wise UPSC vacancies are released by the Ministry of Personnel every year.

IAS Exam vacancies 2023 are bound to decrease because of the IRMS. It is most likely that the number of vacancies in IRMS will reduce from 150.

UPSC IAS 2022 Selection Process

The IAS exam selection process starts with the UPSC CSE notification. The notification is issued in February every year. UPSC provides 20 days period to apply online for the CSE. IAS exam is conducted in two stages – preliminary (objective-type paper) and main (descriptive paper and interview). UPSC IAS preliminary paper is conducted to select candidates for the main (written) exam. IAS prelims exam is just a screening test. IAS selection process is fully defined in the official UPSC notification. The stages of the IAS exam are given below.

  • IAS notification
  • IAS application
  • IAS prelims exam
  • IAS prelims result
  • IAS Main (written)
  • IAS Main (personality test)
  • Medical Examination after a personality test

UPSC Civil Service's main exam, as the name suggests, is the most important phase of the IAS exam process. The marks of the IAS main exam are taken into consideration for the IAS final result. The final merit list for the UPSC Civil Services exam provides the ranks to the candidates. Based on these ranks, services are allotted to the candidates.

IAS Notification

IAS notification 2023 will be issued on February 1. The official advertisement will notify the eligibility conditions, vacancies, recruitment rules, exam dates and other important aspects related to the exam such as the list of optional subjects in the IAS exam. 

IAS notification 2022 was issued on February 2. Civil Service notification for the IAS exam is a very important document because all the process of the IAS exam is governed as per the instructions and procedures provided in the notification. In addition to the IAS exam 2022 notification, UPSC also releases the Civil Services exam conducting rules on the same day. The rules and procedures for the IAS exam are provided in that notification.

IAS Application 

The application link was activated with the release of the notification. The candidates got twenty days time to fill out the UPSC application.

IAS 2022 Preliminary Exam

The IAS prelims exam 2022 will be conducted on June 5. IAS prelims exam is a screening test that filters out and limits the number of candidates for the IAS main exam. The IAS prelims exam is an objective type exam conducted on the following pattern:

Paper

Questions

Marks

General Studies Paper- I 

100

200

General Studies Paper-II (Aptitude Test)

80

200

Total

400

UPSC IAS Prelims Result

The IAS prelims result will be declared within thirty days of the exam. IAS results will be released online only and the candidates need to search for their roll number in the result PDF. The UPSC prepares an IAS Prelims to answer key for the prelims exam but releases it only after the exam process is over.

IAS Main DAF

The candidates, who will clear the IAS prelims exam, need to fill out the Detailed Application Form (DAF) for the IAS main exam. The DAF is a very important document and plays a very important role in the IAS Interview and during the service allocation process. It is important because the candidates mention their service preference and state preference in this form only. Based on the information given in the DAF and the IAS vacancies, the services and the state cadres are allotted to the candidates after the IAS result.

IAS Main Exam

IAS main exam 2022 will be conducted from September 16 to 25, 2022. Candidates need to appear for the IAS mains exam as per the details mentioned on the admit card. IAS mains exam consists of a total of nine descriptive papers. Out of nine, two papers are qualifying in nature. The qualifying IAS question papers are General English and General Language papers. Apart from that, there are four general studies papers, one essay paper and two optional subject papers. The marks of each paper are as follows:

Sl.No. Name of the Paper Marks allotted
A One of the Indian Languages to be selected by the candidate from the languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution 300 (qualifying only)
B English 300 (qualifying only)
1 Essay 250
2 General Studies I 250
3 General Studies II 250
4 General Studies III 250
5 General Studies IV 250
6 Optional Subject Paper I 250
7 Optional Subject Paper I 250
IAS Main (written) total 1750
Personality Test (IAS Interview) 275
Total 2025

After the IAS main (written) exam, the candidates will be called for the IAS interview based on the IAS main (written) result. The IAS interview will be conducted at the UPSC building, New Delhi.

IAS Personality Test

IAS personality test is the official name of the interview. The candidates who clear the IAS main exam will be called for the personality test. IAS personality test will be conducted at the UPSC office premises in New Delhi only. The candidates must prepare dedicatedly for the personality test because it can make or break the dream of becoming IAS. The candidates can see here the IAS interview preparation tips in detail.

Medical Examination after IAS Interview

Each candidate has to undergo a medical examination after the IAS personality test. There will be a Central Standing Medical Board (CSMB) which will examine the mental and physical status of the candidate based on which the service will be allocated. The UPSC has empanelled the below-given hospitals and the candidates are sent to these designated hospitals for the medical examination. The list of the hospitals is given below.

  • Safdarjung Hospital
  • Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital
  • Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital
  • Sucheta Kriplani Hospital
  • Guru  Teg Bahadur Hospital
  • Deen  Dayal Upadhyay Hospital
  • B.R. Ambedkar Hospital
  • AIIMS, New  Delhi

IAS Exam Centres

The number of IAS exam centres increased to 77 exam cities across the nation. UPSC has added four more exam centres for the IAS Prelims Exam 2022. IAS mains exam is conducted in a total of 24 cities across India. The IAS exam centres for prelims and main exams are notified in the official UPSC notification every year.

IAS Exam 2022 Important Dates 

Candidates can go through important IAS 2022 Dates below:

Event Dates Salient Features
IAS 2022 notification

02-Feb-2022

The UPSC issued the Civil Services (IAS) Exam Notification 2022 online only
IAS application start date

02-Feb-2022

UPSC activated the application link with the release of the notification
Last date to apply

22-Feb-2022

UPSC accepted the duly filled UPSC 2022 Applications online till this date
IAS exam admit card 2022 10-May-2022 UPSC released the IAS 2022 prelims admit card online much before the scheduled date
IAS prelims exam 2022 05-Jun-2022
UPSC 2022 prelims were conducted offline across the nation
IAS prelims 2022 result 26-Jun-2022(Tentative) UPSC announces the CSE (IAS) prelims result 2022 online only within one month of the exam.
IAS main 2022 admit card 26-Aug-2022 (Tentative) The candidates will be able to download the IAS main admit card online only
IAS main exam 2022

16-Sep-2022 to 25-Sep-2022

UPSC will conduct the IAS main 2022 exam offline at the designated exam centres across the nation.
IAS main 2022 result December 2022 (Tentative) The IAS Main Exam result 2022 will be released online only
IAS Interview e-summon January 2023 (Tentative) The IAS interview e-summon letter will be issued to the candidates online only
IAS Interviews 2022 March/April 2023 (Tentative) The UPSC IAS interviews will be conducted at the Dholpur House (UPSC office) New Delhi

IAS Exam 2022 Preparation

IAS exam preparation required more than one year of focused effort. IAS preparation starts with the careful analysis of the IAS syllabus, previous years' papers, official answer keys and official cutoff. The candidates can take the average of the last five year's cutoff and take it as the target to achieve in the exam. IAS main exam will be conducted from September 16 to 25 (on weekends). IAS preparation requires a concentrated study of more than one year to cover the IAS syllabus. IAS preparation plan should be based on the strengths and weaknesses of the candidate. It is important to plan pragmatically for IAS preparation. Every candidate is an individual with a different perspective and worldview. It is the opinion and the worldview that changes the orientation of the candidate. A consistent effort of over one year can help in cracking the IAS exam.

IAS Exam 2022 Syllabus

IAS exam syllabus has no limit since UPSC can ask anything from any topic and no one can question the UPSC about the depth of the IAS topics. The UPSC designs the IAS question paper in a way so that the standard of the question paper remains the same. The question break-up from the IAS topics is altered every year. There is nothing that can be termed as out of IAS syllabus. There is one common saying about the IAS syllabus "Everything under the Sun is IAS Syllabus".

With a thorough analysis and understanding of the IAS question papers and exam patterns, we can limit the IAS syllabus to the relevant topics. Relevancy is the only criterion that can define the contours of the IAS syllabus. IAS prelims exam is the first stage of the selection process and is considered a hard nut to crack. IAS prelims syllabus is not given in an elaborate manner, only topics are given in the official syllabus. The candidates can see here the detailed IAS Prelims syllabus.

IAS Exam Pattern 2022

IAS exam pattern 2022 is not changed. The candidates can check the previous year's exam pattern to prepare well for the exam. The exam pattern plays a crucial role in the preparation because it helps in time management for the exam.

IAS Exam 2022 Current Affairs

This year also Current Affairs has the highest share in the IAS prelims question paper hence we can say that Current Affairs is the key to IAS preparation. The IAS preparation is the interplay of current events of national and international importance and the general studies topics. The Current Affairs syllabus is very vast and unique. There is a need to correlate the developing events with past experiences and government approaches towards an issue.

The IAS preparation is guided by the current affairs and its backlinks with the state General Studies topics. The current affairs section is the tip of the iceberg and the candidates need to prepare the background of the current events. IAS toppers and mentors suggest effectively preparing the current affairs to get a grip on the general studies topics. The candidates should plan for preparing the Current Affairs for the IAS exam because it is the most important section in the IAS exam.

IAS Question Paper 2022

IAS question paper 2022 was released by the Commission on the same day of the exam. It is one of the critical and important components in the IAS preparation. IAS question paper provides a clear outline of the syllabus and works as an eye-opener for the IAS aspirants. The candidates should practice with the previous years' question papers of IAS so that they can tackle the actual question paper in a better way.

IAS Toppers Tips

IAS toppers are very helpful in providing all the details about their IAS preparation strategy. The IAS toppers suggest that candidates should always take tips from IAS toppers' strategy but re-design that considering their own strengths and weaknesses. One model does not fit all. Every IAS aspirant is unique and his/her reason for preparation is also unique which serve as the motivation factor for the candidates. IAS toppers suggest that the candidates must find the answer to "Why do you want to become an IAS" . The rest will follow. We are providing a compilation of IAS Prelims tips from Toppers.

Services in Civil Services (IAS) Exam

There are three All-India Services (AIS) and various Central Civil Services for which recruitment is made through the Civil Services Exam. The AIS can be created only by an Act of Parliament but the Central Civil Services can be created by the Government orders only and no separate Act is required.

All India Services

  • Indian Administrative Service (IAS)
  • Indian Police Service (IPS) 
  • Indian Forest Service (IFoS)

Also Read: IAS vs IPS

IPS Salary and Allowances

Central Civil Services

Central Civil Services are the services that do not have the all-India orientation. They serve in their respective regions and departments.

Indian Foreign Services (IFS)

Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service, Group ‘A’ Indian Audit and Accounts Service, Group ‘A’
Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise), Group ‘A’ Indian Defence Accounts Service, Group ‘A’ Indian Revenue Service (I.T.), Group ‘A’
Indian Ordnance Factories Service, Group ‘A’ (Assistant Works Manager, Administration) Indian Postal Service, Group ‘A’ Indian Civil Accounts Service, Group ‘A’
Indian Railway Traffic Service, Group ‘A’ Indian Railway Accounts Service, Group 'A' Indian Railway Personnel Service, Group ‘A’
Post of Assistant Security Commissioner in Railway Protection Force, Group ‘A’ Indian Defence Estates Service, Group ‘A’ Indian Information Service (Junior Grade), Group ‘A’
Indian Trade Service, Group 'A' Indian Corporate Law Service, Group ‘A’ Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service, Group ‘B’ (Section Officer’s Grade).
Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service, Group 'B' Pondicherry Police Service, Group ‘B’ Pondicherry Civil Service, Group 'B'
Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Service, Group 'B'
Indian Railway Management Service

Tie-Breaking Resolution in IAS Exam

The UPSC has notified new tie-breaking resolution rules for the IAS exam. These rules will come into play when two or more candidates have the same aggregate total marks in the IAS exam. The UPSC has defined the resolution mechanism as follows.

1. If the marks secured by two or more candidates are the same in the aggregate total (out of 2025), the candidate who had secured more marks in the compulsory papers (Essay, GS I, GSII, GS III, GSIV) and the personality test (IAS interview) combined will be given preference over the others.

2. In case, the candidates are tied in the above situation also, the candidate who is older will be given preference over the younger one.

Also Read: UPSC tie-breaking rules

UPSC IAS 2022 FAQs

Q: Is the IAS main 2022 timetable released?

A: Yes, UPSC released the IAS main 2022 exam timetable online on August 2. The candidates can check here the important dates and download the IAS main exam 2022 timetable.

Q: Is the IAS result (prelims) 2022 declared?

A: Yes, IAS prelims result 2022 has been released online on June 22. The candidates can check their result here from the official UPSC result pdf.

Q: When will IAS exam 2023 notification and application be released?

A: IAS exam 2023 notification and application will be released on February 1, 2023. The last date to apply for the exam will be February 21. The applications will be accepted online only.

Q: When will IAS 2022 exam analysis be available?

A: IAS prelims 2022 exam analysis is available here. The candidates can see here the subject-wise breakup, overall difficulty level and expeted cutoff for IAS exam 2022.

Q: Is the IAS cutoff 2021 released?

A: Yes, UPSC has released the IAS cutoff for all the stages and for all the categories of candidates. Check here for details.

Q: Are the UPSC Vacancies 2022 increased?

A: Yes, the UPSC IAS 2022 vacancies were increased to 1011. It now includes 150 vacancies of Indian Railway Management Service (IRMS) which is recently notified as Group A service. See here for details about the UPSC IAS vacancies.

Q. What is the qualification required to become an IAS?

A. The educational qualification required to become an IAS Officer is a graduate degree in any discipline from any university established by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India. The candidates also visit IAS eligibility for details.

Q. Is coaching necessary for cracking the IAS Exam?

A. Every candidate has different needs and abilities. Joining a coaching institute is a very subjective decision. It can help some of the candidates in understanding the structure and pattern of the IAS Exam but some of them find it useless. It differs from candidate to candidate.

Q. Can I prepare for IAS Exam without coaching?

A. Yes, any candidate can prepare for the IAS exam without coaching. Nowadays so much information is available online which can help the candidates to prepare for IAS Exam by themselves. The candidate should select the best authentic source of information can prepare for the IAS Exam by themselves.

Q. How to start IAS preparation at home?

A. The candidates should start preparing the basics with the NCERT Books and Daily Newspaper. Complete the NCERT of History, Geography, Economics and Sociology first and then start reading the dedicated books for each subject supplemented with the Newspaper.

Q. What is the difference between IAS and PCS?

A. IAS means Indian Administrative Services and PCS means the Provincial Civil Services. IAS is one of the three All India Services. The recruitment for IAS is done by the Union Public Service Commission. PCS is the state-centric civil service recruited through the State Public Service Commissions.

Q. How many papers are there in the IAS Main Exam?

A. There are 9 question papers in the IAS Main Exam. Out of these 9 question papers, the candidates need to qualify in the General English and General Hindi papers and their numbers are not counted for the final merit.

Q. Can an average student crack IAS?

A. The IAS exam is an open platform with no limitation for the average student. There is no minimum percentage of marks required in the graduation course to appear in the IAS Exam. Each year, a good number of Average students crack the IAS Exam.

Q. Who is the Cadre Controlling Authority of IAS?

A. Ministry of Personnel, which works under the supervision of the Prime Minister of India, is the Cadre controlling authority for the IAS.

Q. Can State PCS Officers be promoted to IAS?

A. Yes, the State PCS Officers can be promoted to the IAS subject to certain conditions laid down by UPSC. Each year, out of the total vacancies of IAS, 33% is filled through the promotion.

Q: Is IAS prelims exam conducted online?

A: No, the IAS Prelims exam is conducted offline simultaneously across the nation.

IAS 2022 Contact Information

Address

Union Public Service Commission
Dholpur House,
Shahjahan Road, New Delhi – 110069

Facilitation Counter

011-23098543 / 23385271 / 23381125 / 23098591

Email

feedback-upsc@gov.in

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