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How to Become an IAS Officer After Graduation?

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If you want to become an IAS Officer after graduation, you must top the Civil Services Exam conducted by the Union Public Service Commission of India. IAS (Indian Administration Service) is the most prestigious service in India. IAS falls into the All India Services along with IPS (Indian Police Service) and IFS (Indian Forest Service). Before the Independence of India, these services calls as Indian Civil Services. Satyendranath Tagore was the First Indian ICS Officer. 

What does an IAS Officer do?

IAS Officer’s basic work is to assist the government in formulating the policies and effectively implementing giving the response to government. They will start their career as a Sub Divisional Magistrate at district level and they can go up to cabinet secretary at central level. 
If you want to become an IAS Officer after completion of graduation, you must know the basic information about IAS Examination.

Who Condust the IAS Exam?

The Union Public Service Commission will conduct the Civil Services Examination to recruit IAS, IPS, IFS and other central Government Positions. 

What are the eligibility and requirements to appear for Civil Services Examination?

To appear for civil service examination every candidate must have the below mentioned eligibility requirements:
For All India Services (IAS, IPS, IFS)
– Must be a citizen of India
– Age Limit between 21 – 32 Years (For reservations and relaxations, please check the official notification)
– At least have an undergraduate from a recognized University
– Fee Rs.100/- (Female, SC/SC/Persons with disability exempt from fee. Please see the official notification)

How to apply for Civil Services Examination?

All the candidates are required to apply online only.

Online Application 

Civil Services examination pattern

There are three phases of Civil Services Examination: Preliminary Examination, Main Examination and Personal Interview.

Civil Services Preliminary Examination Pattern and Syllabus
Civil Services Preliminary examination comprises 2 compulsory papers with 200 marks each.
– General Studies Paper 1
(General Studies: Current Topics, History, Geography, Politics, etc)
– General Studies Paper 2 
 (Comprehension and Analytical Ability)
Both the papers are objective type multiple choice questions with 2 hours duration.
 General Studies paper 2 will be the qualifying paper with a fixed 33 per cent marks
Civil Services Main Examination Pattern and Syllabus

Civil Services Mains is the written examination consists of the following papers:
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Paper A: Consists of 300 Marks
One of the Indian Language selected by the candidate
(You can choose Languages included in the 8th Schedule to the Indian Constitution)
Paper B:
English consists 300 Marks

Paper A & Paper B are only for qualifying in nature
Papers for Merit: Detailed Syllabus for Mains
Paper – 1:
The General Essay paper consists 250 Marks
Paper – 2:
General Studies Paper – 1
Topics in General Studies Paper 1 includes Indian Heritage & Culture, History & Geography of the World and Society. Detailed Syllabus you can see in UPSC Official Notification
General Studies Paper 1 consists 250 Marks
Paper – 3
General Studies Paper – 2
Topics in General Studies Paper 1 includes Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice & International relations. For Detailed Syllabus please check UPSC Official Notification
General Studies Paper 2 consists 250 Marks
Paper – 4
General Studies -3
Topics in General Studies Paper 1 includes Science & Technology, Economic Development, biodiversity, Environment, Security & Disaster Management. Detailed Syllabus you can see in UPSC Official Notification
General Studies Paper 3 consists 250 Marks

Paper – 5
General Studies – 4
Topics in General Studies Paper 1 includes Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude.
General Studies Paper 4 consists of 250 Marks
Paper – 6
Optional Subject – Paper 1 consists of 250 Marks
Paper – 7
Optional Subject – Paper 2 consists of 250 Marks

For Optional Subjects for Civil Services Mains – please check UPSC Official Notification