IAS 2024 Recruitment: Eligibility, Vacancies, Application Dates & Process

Indian Administrative Services 2024 ( IAS )

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Rachit Kumar Saxena

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Updated on May 15, 2024 18:57 IST

The Union Public Service Commission is expected to release the IAS 2024 admit card in the last week of May 2024. The Commission will release the IAS admit card online on its official website. The Commission will conduct the IAS 2024 prelims exam on June 16, 2024. The Union Public Service Commission is the exam conducting body for the IAS exam. It releases its official notification annually to recruit candidates for All India Services and various Civil Services. The IAS 2024 notification was released online on February 14, 2024. The last date for the IAS applications was March 7, 2024. The UPSC recruitment for the Civil Services (IAS) exam is the topmost exam of the nation’s top recruiting agency. The official notification will mention the number of vacancies for which the recruitment will be carried out. There are various stages in UPSC recruitment. The important stages for IAS recruitment are as follows :

  • UPSC Application
  • IAS Prelims Exam
  • IAS Main Exam
  • IAS interview

Also Read: UPSC 2024 Interview Questions

Q:   Who releases the Civil Service (IAS) notification?

A:

The Union Public Service Commission releases the Civil Service (IAS) notification 2024 every year to recruit the candidates for the Group A and B Civil Services. It is a common notification for all the All India Services (AIS) which includes 

  • Indian Administrative Service
  • Indian Police Service &
  • Indian Forest Service

The Civil Service notification serves as a Common notification for the prelims exam for Indian Forest Service.

 

Q:   What are the nationality requirements for IAS Exam?

A:

The nationality requirements for the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) exam conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) are as follows:

Indian Citizen: The candidate must be a citizen of India. Only Indian citizens are eligible to apply for All India Services.

Other Nationalities: Foreign nationals, including citizens of Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibetan refugees who came to India before January 1, 1962, with the intention of permanently settling in India, are also eligible to apply for the IAS exam. However, they must possess an Eligibility Certificate issued by the Government of India.

Please note that these nationality requirements are based on information available up to September 2021. UPSC may update its eligibility criteria, so it's essential to check the latest UPSC notification or the official UPSC website for the most up-to-date information regarding nationality requirements for the IAS exam.

 

Q:   What is the eduational qualification required to apply for IAS exam?

A:

To apply for the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) exam conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), candidates need to meet certain educational qualification criteria. As of my last knowledge update in September 2021, here are the educational qualifications required for the IAS exam:

A Bachelor's Degree: Candidates must hold a bachelor's degree in any discipline from a recognised university or institution. There is no specific subject or stream requirement for the undergraduate degree. Candidates from various academic backgrounds, including science, engineering, commerce, humanities, and others, are eligible to apply.

Candidates in the Final Year: Candidates who are in the final year of their bachelor's degree programme are also eligible to apply for the IAS exam. However, they must ensure that they can provide proof of passing the required examination and obtaining their degree before the specified dates mentioned in the UPSC notification.

 

IAS 2024 Application

The IAS 2024 application link was activated with the release of official notification. The candidates are required to fill out the IAS application 2024 online only. The UPSC IAS application is very important in the IAS exam because the UPSC has a common application for the IAS exam that includes the IAS prelims and main exam. The most important document to refer to the IAS exam is the official UPSC IAS notification. The candidates must refer to the UPSC notification to get the important details about the IAS eligibility criteria, age limit, number of attempts, list of optional subjects, exam pattern, syllabus and other important constituents of the IAS exam. There are around nine lakh candidates who fill the UPSC application for the IAS exam.

IAS application is one of the most important constituents because one mistake can lead to the rejection of the UPSC application or any wrong detail can lead to the rejection of candidature at a later (at document verification) stage. The service preference and state preference is given by the candidates in the IAS main Detailed Application Form (DAF). It is considered for the service allocation and state cadre allocation. The important point is that it cannot be changed once the form is submitted to the UPSC.

See here: IAS Syllabus

Q:   When did the IAS 2024 application start?

A:

The Union Public Service Commission released the IAS 2024 notification on February 14, 2024. The Commission provides time of 20 days for the IAS applications. The IAS applications are filled online only and no application of any type is accepted physically for the IAS exam. The UPSC mention all the details related to the IAS application in the official notification. The candidates are suggested to read the official notification before applying for the exam.

The last date to apply for the IAS 2024 exam is now March 6, 2024. The candidates will be allowed to make corrections in the IAS 2024 application form from March 7 to 12, 2024.

 

Q:   How many days are provided to fill out the IAS application form?

A:

The Union Public Service Commission mention the application start and end date in the official notification. The Commission released the IAS 2024 notification online on February 14 and mentioned that the last date to apply for the IAS 2024 exam is March 5, 2024.

Every year, the UPSC provide the time frame of 20 days to fill out the IAS applications online. 

 

Q:   What will be the last date to apply for IAS 2024 exam?

A:

The last date to apply for the UPSC IAS 2024 exam was March 6, 2024. The application form is available at upsc.gov.in. Union Public Service Commission released the IAS 2024 notification on February 14 and with its release, the Commission also activate the IAS 2024 application link for the candidates.

Candidates between the ages of 21 and 32 are eligible to apply. The IAS 2024 preliminary exam will be held on May 26, 2024 and the main exam will be held on September 20, 2024.

 

IAS 2024 Exam Dates & Schedule

Take a look at the table below for the complete schedule of IAS 2024 exam

DatesUpcoming Exam Dates

May '24 - Jun '24

IAS Prelims Admit Card 2024 Issue Date

TENTATIVE

16 Jun '24

IAS Prelims 2024 Exam Date

20 Sep '24 -

29 Sep '24

IAS Main 2024 Exam Date

22 Jan '25 -

11 Feb '25

IAS 2025 Application Dates

May '25

IAS Prelims Admit Card 2025 Issue Date

TENTATIVE

25 May '25

IAS Prelims 2025 Exam Date

22 Aug '25 -

31 Aug '25

IAS Main 2025 Exam Date

DatesPast Exam Dates

14 Feb '24 -

06 Mar '24

IAS 2024 Application Dates

15 Sep '23 -

24 Sep '23

IAS Main 2023 Exam Date

Jun '23

IAS Prelims Result 2023

IAS Prelims exam

The Union Public Service Commission will conduct the IAS 2024 prelims exam on May 26, 2024, at the designated exam centres. IAS prelims is the screening exam and the marks secured in the IAS prelims exam is not considered for the IAS result. There are about six to seven lakh candidates who appear in the UPSC Prelims exam. Out of the approximately six lakh candidates, only 10 -12 thousand candidates are selected for the IAS main exam. The competition is toughest at this level because the success ratio is lowest here. The IAS prelims exam is an objective type exam conducted offline across the nation simultaneously. The UPSC admit card for the IAS prelims exam is issued three weeks before the exam mentioning the IAS exam centre. There are designated UPSC exam centres at all the state capitals.

See here: IAS cut off

Q:   Does IAS syllabus change every year?

A:

No, the Union Public Service Commission does not change the IAS syllabus every year. The Commission is required to take the approval of the Ministry of Personnel before changing the syllabus of the IAS exam. So we can say that, the IAS syllabus does not change every year. 

The candidates need to read the Civil Service Exam Notification (IAS notification) as released by the Union Public Service Commission to know all the topics mentioned in the IAS syllabus.

 

Q:   How many papers are there in the IAS prelims exam?

A:

The IAS prelims exam is an objective type exam. The IAS prelims is conducted offline and the candidates need to mark their answers on the answer sheet (OMR). There are two papers in the IAS prelims exam. The details of IAS prelims exam is given below:

  • General Studies Paper 1
  • General Studies Paper 2 ( Aptitude Test)

The Aptitude paper is qualifying only and the passing marks in the aptitude paper is  67.5 marks out of 200.

 

Q:   What are the five fundamental subjects of IAS syllabus?

A:

 The candidates should prepare the five fundamental subjects as mentioned for the IAS prelims exam. These fundamental subjects are

  • History
  • Geography
  • Economy
  • Polity
  • Current Affairs
  • Environment issues
  • General Science

The candidates should also prepare the Environmental issues because they have gained more importance in the recent years.

 

IAS Main Exam

The UPSC will conduct the IAS 2024 main exam in the last week of September 2024. The IAS main exam as the name suggest is the main stage of the IAS exam. The marks secured in the UPSC main exam is considered for the UPSC merit list. The IAS main exam is a descriptive type conventional exam, conducted offline in the pen and paper mode. There are nine papers in total out of which two language papers are of qualifying in nature only. But they are very important because the evaluation of other answer sheets are subject to the passing of the candidate in this language paper. The IAS main exam syllabus is the broadest in comparison to any other exam.

The structure of the IAS main exam is as follows.

Paper

Description

Marks

A

One of the Indian languages to be selected by the candidate from the languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the constitution(Qualifying only)

300

B

English(Qualifying Only)

300

1

Essay

250

2

General Studies-I (Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society)

250

3

General Studies –II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)

250

4

General Studies –III (Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)

250

5

General Studies –IV (Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)

250

6

Optional Subject - Paper 1

250

7

Optional Subject - Paper 2

250

Sub-Total (Written Test)

1750

The candidate needs to appear in all the papers and there are individual minimum qualifying marks for each of the general studies paper except the optional subject paper.
The candidates are arranged according to their marks secured in the IAS main (written) exam and the IAS main exam cut off is arrived at. The marks of the last selected candidate serve as the cut off of the exam. Out of six to seven thousand candidates, only around 15 to 17 hundred candidates are selected for the IAS interview.

See here: UPSC IAS Exam Pattern

Q:   How many papers are there in the IAS main exam?

A:

 As the name suggest, the IAS main exam has 9 descriptive papers. The details of these papers are given below:

PaperDescriptionMarks
AOne of the Indian language to be selected by the candidate from the languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the constitution (Qualifying only)300
BEnglish (Qualifying Only)300
1Essay250
2General Studies-I (Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society)250
3General Studies –II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)250
4General Studies –III (Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)250
5General Studies –IV (Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)250
6Optional Subject - Paper 1250
7Optional Subject - Paper 2250
 

IAS interview

The selected candidates are called for an interview at the UPSC office premises in New Delhi. In the COVID-19 times, the candidates were reimbursed with the lowest to and fro airfare to candidates because the trains were not running as per the schedule.

The IAS interview tests the suitability of the candidate for the post. As per the official UPSC notification, the IAS interview tests the mental alertness, critical power of assimilation, the balance of judgement and other important traits of leadership.

After the interview, the UPSC result is declared and the selected candidates are recommended to the ministry of personnel, where the candidates are allocated to the respective services based on the vacancies and their state preferences.

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IAS Preparation Tips

How to prepare Current Affairs for IAS?

Most important Topics for IAS

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Q:   What qualities are tested in IAS Interview?

A:

In the IAS interview test, candidates will be judged on different skills mentioned below:

  • Mental Alertness
  • Critical Powers of Assimilation
  • Clear and Logical Exposition
  • Balance of Judgement
  • Variety and Depth of Interest
  • Ability for Social Cohesion and Leadership
  • Intellectual and Moral Integrity

Also Read: UPSC 2024 Interview Questions

 

IAS 2024 Recruitment FAQs

The candidates can see here important questions related to IAS recruitment.

Q:   What are the various posts that are recruited through the UPSC examination?

A:

The UPSC examination recruits candidates for 24 different Civil Services posts through the Civil Service Examination (CSE) conducted by the Union Public Service Commission.

Some of the various posts that are recruited through the UPSC examination include:

  • Indian Administrative Service (IAS)
  • Indian Foreign Service (IFS)
  • Indian Police Service (IPS)
  • Indian Revenue Service (IRS)
  • Indian Audit and Accounts Service
  • Indian Civil Accounts Service
  • Indian Corporate Law Service
  • Indian Defence Accounts Service
  • Indian Defence Estates Service
  • Indian Information Service
  • Indian Ordnance Factories Service
  • Indian Postal Service
  • Indian Railway Accounts Service
  • Indian Railway Personnel Service
  • Indian Railway Traffic Service
  • Indian Trade Service
  • Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Services

These are just a few examples of the diverse range of services for which candidates are recruited through the UPSC examination process.

 

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Category

IAS Prelims Cut off 2023

General

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EWS

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40.40

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