IAS Exam

Civil Services Examination, a gruelling competition consisting a multi-stage exam-plan is an obsession for many that attracts lakhs of young men and women to try their luck for making a career in ‘Civil Services’.

Union Public Service Commission conducts this coveted examination every year.


Prioritize Your Needs for an Effective IAS Preparation Strategy

On Friday 1st May 2015  

For Civil Services Examination preparation, there is no specific plan which can be termed universal.

It differs from person to person depending upon their level of preparation, the familiarity with the optional subject you pick, kind of study material and books you are exposed to.


Last Update Sunday 4th December 2016

04-12-2016
Civil Services Examination 2016: Confront the realities

On Tuesday 5th July 2016  

With number of vacancies going up in recent years, certainly opportunities are increasing; but, the competition is rising with more and more talented and professional, higher degree holders have career in Civil Services as their new found love.


Last Update Tuesday 5th July 2016

05-07-2016
CIVIL SERVICES (PRELIMINARY) EXAMINATION 2015 to be held on August 23, 2015

On Wednesday 10th September 2014  

The calendar for Civil Services Examination 2015 is out. Candidates planning to appear in Civil Services Examination 2015 are clear about the schedule for next year as the Preliminary Examination 2015 would be held on August 23, 2015.


Last Update Sunday 5th April 2015

05-04-2015
How many of you are serious about your endeavour and aim to achieve success in Civil Services Examination in first attempt?

On Sunday 19th March 2017  

Success in Civil Services Examination is a dream for many; but, majority of candidates look at the “odds of being successful” and this becomes the most crucial factor why several otherwise talented candidates desert their dreams of foray in to Civil Services Examination.


Last Update Sunday 19th March 2017

19-03-2017
For those who could not clear Prelims in 2011

On Monday 23rd January 2012  The announcement for Civil Services Examination 2012 is round the corner. It is time to look at the examination with fresh approach and taking care of all necessities.
Last Update Monday 23rd January 2012

23-01-2012
Preparing for 2nd or next attempt: make sure nothing stops you this time

On Sunday 1st January 2012  The examination is difficult and the chances of success are low as success in top ranks only can ensure post of IAS.
Last Update Sunday 1st January 2012

01-01-2012
Better luck this time

On Thursday 14th January 2010  A good candidate knows it well how demanding Civil Services Examination is and with full dedication starts afresh taking advantage of the experience gathered with a hope to achieve success this time
Last Update Thursday 14th January 2010

14-01-2010
Marks comparison between Tina Dabi (AIR 1; English Medium) & Anuradha Pal (AIR 62; Hindi Medium)

On Tuesday 21st June 2016  

Some attempts have been made to create some confusion among Hindi medium candidates that UPSC doesn’t award Hindi medium candidates good marks and there is some bias UPSC show towards Hindi medium candidates.

Fact is evident from comparison of marks between Tina Dabi (AIR 1; CSE 2015) and Anuradha Pal (AIR 62; CSE 2015) top ranker with Hindi medium that Hindi medium candidates also put up decent show and are suitably rewarded for their efforts.


Last Update Tuesday 7th March 2017

07-03-2017
Sluggish show by Hindi medium candidates continues even in Civil Services Examination 2015

On Sunday 12th June 2016  

The trend that gathered pace with Civil Services Examination 2011 after new-look Preliminary Examination came into force where saga of Hindi medium candidates receded dramatically in Preliminary Examination.

Now, five years have passed and with a glance at final results of CSE 2015, there is nothing constructive and the awful performance by Hindi Medium Candidates continues.

It is manifested in the figures extracted from latest UPSC Annual Reports that inadequate representation of Candidates with Hindi Medium continues even in Civil Services (Main) Examination 2014.


Last Update Sunday 10th July 2016

10-07-2016
Highest Rank in Civil Services Examination 2015 with Hindi medium

On Tuesday 7th June 2016  

A large number of candidates prepare for Civil Services Examination with vernacular languages and among these, Hindi medium is next to English only that candidates keep as medium of writing examination. But, in recent years, the Hindi medium result has not been great and even this year CSE 2015, there are only two Candidates among top 100 ranks (62nd Anuradha Pal and 99th Rank Gaurav Singh Sogarwal).


Last Update Wednesday 6th July 2016

06-07-2016
Civil Services (Main) Examination Previous Years' Question Papers

On Tuesday 28th April 2015  

Listed here are Civil Services (Main) Examination Previous few Years' Question Papers for your quick reference.


Last Update Wednesday 29th April 2015

29-04-2015
Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination Previous Years' Question Papers

On Tuesday 28th April 2015  

Listed here are Civil services (Preliminary) Examination Previous Years' Question Papers for your quick reference


Last Update Wednesday 29th April 2015

29-04-2015
Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2015 result announced

On Tuesday 13th October 2015  

On October 12, 2015 Union Public Services Commission (UPSC) announced the result of the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2015 that was held on 23.08.2015.


Last Update Tuesday 13th October 2015

13-10-2015
Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination 2013 Result Out

On Saturday 3rd August 2013  Much awaited result of Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2013 was announced by UPSC on August 2, 2013. This seems to be a record number of candidates getting eligible to appear in Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2013 that is scheduled to be held from December 1, 2013.
Last Update Saturday 3rd August 2013

03-08-2013
UPSC declares Civil Services Examination 2012 result, 998 candidates find place in the merit-list

On Saturday 4th May 2013  The final results of Civil Services Examination 2012 have been declared by UPSC on Friday, the 3rd May, 2013. Haritha V. Kumar has secured the top rank; V Sriram captures the second spot.
Last Update Saturday 4th May 2013

04-05-2013
Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2012 result is out

On Friday 22nd February 2013  Result of Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2012 has been declared by UPSC on 22.2.2013. The Personality Tests are schedules to commence from 4th March 2013.
Last Update Friday 22nd February 2013

22-02-2013
Civil Services Examination 2011 Final Result (Merit-List)

On Sunday 6th May 2012  The merit list released by UPSC has 910 successful candidates which includes 715 male & 195 female candidates recommended for appointment for the posts of IAS, IFS, IPS, IRS and other Central Services.
Last Update Sunday 6th May 2012

06-05-2012
CIVIL SERVICES (MAIN) EXAMINATION, 2011 Result is out

On Friday 4th May 2012  The final result of Civil Services Examination 2011 has been declared by Union Public Service Commission on May 4, 2012.
Last Update Friday 4th May 2012

04-05-2012
UPSC announces Civil Services (Main) Exam, 2011 Result

On Thursday 1st March 2012  As per the result of Civil Services (Main) Examination announced by UPSC, approx 2400 candidates have come a little close to the dream career in Civil Services. The last stage of the examination, Personality Test are commencing from 19th March 2012.
Last Update Thursday 1st March 2012

01-03-2012
Indian Forest Service Examination, 2011

On Sunday 12th February 2012  The result of the written part of the Indian Forest Service Examination 2011 held by UPSC has been announced. The candidates should check and confirm the result on the official web-site of Union Public Service Commission.
Last Update Sunday 12th February 2012

12-02-2012
Civil services (preliminary) examination, 2011 result out

On Thursday 18th August 2011  
Last Update Thursday 18th August 2011

18-08-2011
Final Result of Engineering Services Exam 2010 Announced

On Sunday 3rd April 2011  
Last Update Sunday 3rd April 2011

03-04-2011
Indian Forest Service Exam, 2010 Result Announced

On Monday 21st February 2011  
Last Update Monday 21st February 2011

21-02-2011
Combined Medical Services Examination 2010 Final Result Announced

On Wednesday 8th September 2010  
Last Update Wednesday 8th September 2010

08-09-2010
Written Result: Civil Services (Main) Examination 2009

On Friday 5th March 2010  
Last Update Friday 5th March 2010

05-03-2010
Final Result: INDIAN FOREST SERVICE EXAMINATION, 2009

On Friday 5th March 2010  
Last Update Friday 5th March 2010

05-03-2010
Civil Services (Preliminary) Examinations: PLAN OF EXAMINATION

On Wednesday 6th March 2013  The first stage of the Civil Services Examination 2013 is Preliminary Examination which is a screening test.
Last Update Wednesday 1st January 2014

01-01-2014
Scheme for the Main Examinations

On Wednesday 6th March 2013  Main Examination has undergone a change and the new scheme has 7 papers and as expected, the weightage of General Studies has increased significantly.
Last Update Wednesday 25th December 2013

25-12-2013
Civil Services Examination 2013: List of services & posts

On Wednesday 6th March 2013  Preliminary Examination of the Civil Services Examination for recruitment to the Services and Posts mentioned below will be held by the Union Public Service Commission on 26th May, 2013.
Last Update Wednesday 6th March 2013

06-03-2013
Civil Services Examination 2013: PLAN OF EXAMINATION

On Wednesday 6th March 2013  In the notification it has been mentioned that there are certain changes in the scheme of Civil Services (Main) Examination 2013. there are some other changes also in regard to the choice of language medium in the Civil Services (Main) Examination.
Last Update Wednesday 6th March 2013

06-03-2013
Civil Services (Main) Examination (Written and Interview): PLAN OF EXAMINATION

On Wednesday 6th March 2013  In the notification it has been mentioned that there are certain changes in the scheme of Civil Services (Main) Examination 2013. There are some other changes also in regard to the choice of language medium in the Civil Services (Main) Examination.
Last Update Wednesday 6th March 2013

06-03-2013
SYLLABUS FOR THE PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION 2013

On Wednesday 6th March 2013  The syllabus for the first stage of examination is given below. As per design, it comprise of two compulsory papers of 200 marks each.
Last Update Wednesday 6th March 2013

06-03-2013
Civil Services (Main) Examination 2013: List of optional subjects for Main Examination

On Wednesday 6th March 2013  The scheme of Civil Services (Main) Examination has changed and as per new design, now, candidates may choose any optional subject from amongst the list of subjects given below.
Last Update Wednesday 6th March 2013

06-03-2013
Interview test

On Wednesday 6th March 2013  The final stage of the examination is Personality Test which will carry 275 marks as per the new scheme of Civil Services (Main) Examination.
Last Update Wednesday 6th March 2013

06-03-2013
ELIGIBILITY CONDITIONS : CIVIL SERVICES EXAMINATION 2013

On Wednesday 6th March 2013  Following are the eligibility conditions for appearing in Civil Services Examination 2013. The candidates are advices to check the details in the notification given on official web-site of the Commission www.upsc.gov.in
Last Update Wednesday 6th March 2013

06-03-2013
Nationality

On Wednesday 6th March 2013  
Last Update Wednesday 6th March 2013

06-03-2013
Age Limits

On Wednesday 6th March 2013  
Last Update Wednesday 6th March 2013

06-03-2013
Minimum Educational Qualifications

On Wednesday 6th March 2013  
Last Update Wednesday 6th March 2013

06-03-2013
Number of attempts

On Wednesday 6th March 2013  
Last Update Wednesday 6th March 2013

06-03-2013
Restrictions on applying for the examination

On Wednesday 6th March 2013  
Last Update Wednesday 6th March 2013

06-03-2013
Physical Standards

On Wednesday 6th March 2013  
Last Update Wednesday 6th March 2013

06-03-2013
FEE

On Wednesday 6th March 2013  
Last Update Wednesday 6th March 2013

06-03-2013
HOW TO APPLY

On Wednesday 6th March 2013  
Last Update Wednesday 6th March 2013

06-03-2013
PENALTY FOR WRONG ANSWERS

On Wednesday 6th March 2013  The Preliminary Examination 2013 will continue to attract negative marking.
Last Update Wednesday 6th March 2013

06-03-2013
Scheme for Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination 2013

On Wednesday 6th March 2013  The Preliminary Examination 2013 will continue to have two compulsory papers of 200 marks each and both the question papers will be of the objective type.
Last Update Wednesday 6th March 2013

06-03-2013
Notification for Civil Service (Preliminary) Examination 2013 released

On Tuesday 5th March 2013  After a long wait, Union Public Service Commission has released the notification for Civil Services Examination 2013 on March 5, 2013. This time, the Preliminary Examination will be common for the candidates applying for Civil Services Examination and Indian Forest Service Examination. Besides this common Preliminary Examination, this notification has made known some significant changes in the scheme of Civil Services (Main) Examination and also in the scheme of Indian Forest Service Examination
Last Update Tuesday 5th March 2013

05-03-2013
Dismal performance by Hindi Medium Candidates persists even in Civil Services Examination 2012

On Monday 20th January 2014  

It all started with Civil Services Examination 2011 that has seen the most awful performance by Hindi Medium Candidates. Although, there is a slight improvement in CSE 2012 but, it is far below their performance in preceding years. It is manifested in the figures extracted from latest UPSC Annual Reports that inadequate representation of Candidates with Hindi Medium continues even in Civil Services (Main) Examination 2012.


Last Update Sunday 12th June 2016

12-06-2016
Interview Test (Personality Test)

On Thursday 2nd February 2012  Civil Services Examination conducted every year by Union Public Services Commission (UPSC) has final stage of the examination, Interview which is conducted in March/April normally. Its weight is 300 marks which play a vital role in any candidate’s selection and even in securing top ranks. Those who qualify Main (Written) Examination are called for interview.
Last Update Thursday 2nd February 2012

02-02-2012
Community, Age and Gender-wise Distribution of Recommended candidates

On Monday 18th April 2011  
Last Update Monday 18th April 2011

18-04-2011
Success-Rate vis-a-vis Broad Stream of Disciplines

On Sunday 17th April 2011  To plan the strategy for Civil Services Examination, candidates look for information and details regarding the examination. To help you plan better, we bring the latest facts relating to Civil Services Examination from the 60th Annual Report of Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) which relates to the Civil Services examination details held during year 2009-10.
Last Update Sunday 17th April 2011

17-04-2011
Number of attempt by the Recommended Candidates

On Sunday 17th April 2011  To plan the strategy for Civil Services Examination, candidates look for information and details regarding the examination. To help you plan better, we bring the latest facts relating to Civil Services Examination from the 60th Annual Report of Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) which relates to the Civil Services examination details held during year 2009-10.
Last Update Sunday 17th April 2011

17-04-2011
Community and Gender-wise Success Rate of Candidates in CSE 2008

On Thursday 7th April 2011  To plan the strategy for Civil Services Examination, candidates look for information and details regarding the examination. To help you plan better, we bring the latest facts relating to Civil Services Examination from the 60th Annual Report of Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) which relates to the Civil Services examination details held during year 2009-10.
Last Update Thursday 7th April 2011

07-04-2011
Performance of Popular optional subjects

On Wednesday 6th April 2011  To plan the strategy for Civil Services Examination, candidates look for information and details regarding the examination. To help you plan better, we bring the latest facts relating to Civil Services Examination from the 60th Annual Report of Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) which relates to the Civil Services examination details held during year 2009-10.
Last Update Wednesday 6th April 2011

06-04-2011
Success-Rate of Optional Subjects opted by 100-500 candidates

On Tuesday 5th April 2011  To plan the strategy for Civil Services Examination, candidates look for information and details regarding the examination. To help you plan better, we bring the latest facts relating to Civil Services Examination from the 60th Annual Report of Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) which relates to the Civil Services examination details held during year 2009-10.
Last Update Tuesday 5th April 2011

05-04-2011
Civil Services Examination: huge craze for the examination

On Monday 4th April 2011  To plan the strategy for Civil Services Examination, candidates look for information and details regarding the examination. To help you plan better, we bring the latest facts relating to Civil Services Examination from the 60th Annual Report of Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) which relates to the Civil Services examination details held during year 2009-10.
Last Update Monday 4th April 2011

04-04-2011
Result of Civil Services Examination 2008 came during year 2009-10

On Sunday 3rd April 2011  To plan the strategy for Civil Services Examination, candidates look for information and details regarding the examination. To help you plan better, we bring the latest facts relating to Civil Services Examination from the 60th Annual Report of Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) which relates to the Civil Services examination details held during year 2009-10.
Last Update Sunday 3rd April 2011

03-04-2011
A giant Examination as people call it

On Monday 25th January 2010  A huge gamut of youngsters are flocking in every year for this examination. Don’t just look at 4-5 lakh figures of applicants, who are eyeing a few hundred posts, every year.
Last Update Monday 25th January 2010

25-01-2010
A glance at the statistics

On Monday 25th January 2010  The aspirants for this examination are getting exciting; be it beginners, who wish to explore career opportunities in Civil Services or those who have appeared before and availed attempt/s earlier, become curious about the same and indulge in some serious planning.
Last Update Monday 25th January 2010

25-01-2010
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Examinationsconducted by UPSC

On Sunday 5th April 2015  

Answers to general queries candidates make regarding the various examinations conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)


Last Update Sunday 5th April 2015

05-04-2015
Civil Services Examination 2015: Confront the realities

On Sunday 8th March 2015  

With number of vacancies going up in recent years, certainly opportunities are increasing; but, the competition is rising with more and more talented and professional degree holders have career in Civil Services as their new found love.


Last Update Tuesday 5th July 2016

05-07-2016
Interview: Your personality test

On Sunday 23rd December 2012  

Be it Preliminary, Main Examination or Interview, many candidates look out for cut-off to make own strategy while preparing for Civil Service Examination.


Last Update Monday 4th July 2016

04-07-2016
Civil Service Examination: average marks required to get through each stage of examination

On Sunday 23rd December 2012  

Be it Preliminary, Main Examination or Interview, many candidates look out for cut-off to make own strategy while preparing for Civil Service Examination.


Last Update Monday 4th July 2016

04-07-2016
Examination Plan Mains (Written)

On Thursday 6th January 2011  

It has been made clear by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on October 18, 2010 in the announcement relating to the incoming changes from 2011 exam that no changes are being introduced at this stage in the Civil Services (Main) Examination and Personality Test in the scheme of Civil Services Examination (CSE).


Last Update Tuesday 7th April 2015

07-04-2015
Preliminary Examination Plan 2011

On Thursday 6th January 2011  

After more than 3 decades of pattern which involved 2 papers of General Studies and a optional paper, Preliminary Examination is now going to donning a new look from Civil Services Examination 2011.


Last Update Tuesday 7th April 2015

07-04-2015
Centre of Examination

On Tuesday 19th January 2010  
Last Update Tuesday 7th April 2015

07-04-2015
Reservation Policy

On Tuesday 19th January 2010  
Last Update Tuesday 7th April 2015

07-04-2015
Civil Services Examination for recruitment to the Services and posts

On Tuesday 19th January 2010  

Preliminary Examination of the Civil Services Examination for recruitment to the Services and posts mentioned below will be held by the Union Public Service Commission on the 23rd May , 2010 in accordance with the Rules published by the Department of Personnel & Training in the Gazette in India Extraordinary dated the 2nd January, 2010.


Last Update Tuesday 7th April 2015

07-04-2015
Interview test

On Wednesday 8th April 2009  
Last Update Tuesday 7th April 2015

07-04-2015
Plan of Examination

On Wednesday 8th April 2009  

As per the plan of examination, Marks obtained by the candidates in the Main Examination (written part as well as interview) would determine their final ranking.


Last Update Tuesday 7th April 2015

07-04-2015
Interview test

On Sunday 18th March 2012  

The final stage of the examination is Personality Test which carries 300 marks. The interviews for CSE 2011 are commencing on March 19, 2012


Last Update Sunday 5th April 2015

05-04-2015
INDIAN FOREST SERVICE EXAMINATION, 2013

On Wednesday 6th March 2013  

Indian Forest Service (IFoS) Examination is also going to be a two-tier examination similar to that of the Civil Services Examination. The Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination shall serve as the Screening Test for both the Civil Services as well as the Indian Forest Service Examinations.


Last Update Sunday 5th April 2015

05-04-2015
Schedule of the Examinations - 2010

On Friday 20th February 2009  

Calendar for Examinations - 2010


Last Update Wednesday 18th March 2015

18-03-2015
Schedule of the Examinations - 2011

On Thursday 9th December 2010  

Calendar for Examinations - 2011


Last Update Wednesday 18th March 2015

18-03-2015
Calendar For Examinations - 2012

On Wednesday 17th August 2011  
Last Update Wednesday 18th March 2015

18-03-2015
Right optional subject choice: stepping stone in your journey to success

On Saturday 7th November 2009  

A long list of subjects to choose from but it is not a very difficult decision when you have to pick one optional subject for Preliminary examination.


Last Update Sunday 15th March 2015

15-03-2015
Civil Services Examination 2013: Plans & Strategies for beginners

On Sunday 12th August 2012  

Enough has been said and discussed regarding the ‘Civil Services Examination’. Still, among beginners there is uncertainty that in which manner they should start and plan for this long journey.


Last Update Sunday 15th March 2015

15-03-2015
IAS Preparation: be sure that your preparation is going in the right direction

On Friday 19th April 2013  

Most of the candidates with competence like you take up the challenge to appear in Civil Services Examination. No doubt, the Goal you have set for yourself is real and each year hundreds of capable candidates accomplish the goal; but, their journey is full of ups and down. During preparation, many candidates unsure of success ask “am I moving in the right direction?”


Last Update Sunday 15th March 2015

15-03-2015
Blow to fortunes of Hindi Medium Candidates in Civil Services Examination 2011

On Wednesday 6th February 2013  Performance of Candidates with Hindi Medium was bad in Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination 2010 but, it has turned worse in Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination 2011 and the figures extracted from latest UPSC Annual Reports clearly reflect inadequate representation of Candidates with Hindi Medium in Civil Services (Main) Examination 2011.
Last Update Monday 20th January 2014

20-01-2014
CSE 2009: Success rate of all Optional Subjects in Mains Examination

On Thursday 26th January 2012  To plan the strategy for Civil Services Examination, candidates look for information and details regarding the examination. To help you plan better, we bring the latest facts relating to Civil Services Examination from the 61st Annual Report of Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).
Last Update Sunday 5th January 2014

05-01-2014
Civil Services (Main) Examination 2010: Success rate of all Optional Subjects

On Monday 14th January 2013  Selection of optional subjects is a tough decision. For getting attracted towards any optional subject, generally, candidates look at the past performance of the optional subject and the success-rate. Following table will help you in short-listing optional subjects and making strategies for preparation. [Source – 62nd Annual Report, Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)].
Last Update Sunday 5th January 2014

05-01-2014