Indian Administrative Services PAPER 1

Along with the police and forest services, IAS is one of the three All India Services—its cadre can be employed both by the union government and the states. IAS officers are recruited by the Union government on the recommendation of the UPSC and posted under various State governments. The officers carry high stature in the society coupled with the significant task of administering public offices, making it one of the most desirable jobs in India. While the respective State Governments have control over them, they cannot censure or take disciplinary action against an IAS officer or an All-India service officer, without consulting the Union Government.

The Civil Services Examination for getting into IAS is conducted by the UPSC. It has 3 stages (Preliminary Exam, Mains Exam, and Personality Test/Interview) and is considered to be extremely challenging. After higher secondary, candidates who wish to become IAS officer are required to obtain a Graduation degree in any discipline from a UGC recognized university. There is no minimum percentage required to be eligible for this exam. Final year candidates are also eligible to apply.

The Mains exam is of descriptive type. It consists of 9 papers. The time duration for each paper is three hours. It comprises of the following papers-

• One Indian Language for 300 marks
• English for 300 marks
• General Essay for 300 marks
• General Studies of 300 marks
• Any two optional papers for 300 marks each

The final selection for Indian Administrative Service is carried out on the basis of personal interview. Usually the final interview is conducted in the month of April/ May every year. Candidates can expect questions on matters of general interest. The questions are designed to measure the suitability as well as the mental caliber of the candidates. Apart from this the candidates will have to go for a medical test as part of the selection procedure. Once selected, all candidates are required to undergo compulsory foundation training.

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