IAS - CIVIL SERVICES SYLLABUS & EXAM PATTERN

The Civil Services examination is one of the most prestigious examinations in India. It is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).The three types of services recruited through the Civil Services Examination are All India Services, Central Services, and State Services.

1. Basic Eligiblity

Any Degree (Recognized by UGC / AICTE)
Minimum age 21 years for all
SL.No.
Category
Upper Age Limit
No. of Attempts
1 General 32 06
2 OBC 35 09
3 SC/ST 37 Till Age limit
4 Physically Disabled
(Blind, Deaf-Mute, Orthopedic)
42 General & OBC = 09 SC/ST = Till Age limit

2. UPSC Exam Cycle

CSE Notification FEBRUARY Phase I Preliminary Exam
Preliminary Exam FEBRUARY - MARCH
Preliminary Exam JUNE
Preliminary Exam - Result JULY
Mains Exam SEPTEMBER Phase II Mains Exam
Mains Exam - Result DECEMBER
Personality Test / Interview FEBRUARY / MARCH Phase III Personality test
Final Result APRIL

3. Exam Overview

Step
Paper
Paper Nature
Marks
Step 1 - Prelims 1 Merit + 1 Qualifying Multiple Choice Question 200
Step 2 - Mains 2 Qualifying + 7 Merit Descriptive 1750
Step 3 - Interview One to One Interactive 275

4. Detailed Analysis of the Exam

PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION

Sl. No
Name of the Paper
Nature of the Paper
Exam Duration
Mode of Answer
Marks
1 Paper I (General Studies) Decides Preliminary Result 2 hours Multiple Choice Question (0.67) -ve marks
2 Paper II (CSAT) Qualifying Nature 2 hours Multiple Choice Question (0.83) -ve marks

MAINS EXAMINATION

Sl. No
Name of the Paper
Nature of the Paper
Exam Duration
Mode of Answer
Marks
1 Paper A (Indian Language) Qualifying Nature 3 hours Descriptive 300
(Atleast 75 Marks)
2 Paper B (English)
3 Paper I (Essay) Merit Ranking Nature 3 hours Descriptive 250
4 Paper II (General Studies I) 250
5 Paper III (General Studies II) 250
6 Paper VI (General Studies III) 250
7 Paper V (General Studies IV) 250
8 Paper VI (Optional - Paper I) 250
9 Paper VII (Optional - Paper II) 250

PERSONALITY TEST

Sl. No
Name of the Paper
Nature of the Paper
Exam Duration
Mode of Answer
Marks
1 Paper VII (General Studies VI) Upto 90 minutes Interactive 275
TOTAL MAINS
1750 Marks
GRAND TOTAL
2025 Marks
Paper A (Indian Language) Qualifying Nature

Students have to choose 1 Optional subjects from the list of 26 Optional subjects offered by UPSC. Subjects offered as Optional at KingMakers IAS Academy are Geography, Public Administration, Tamil Literature, Political Science, History Sociology and Psychology, Anthropology, Mathematics, Commerce, Management and Economics.