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How to Clear UPSC | Eligibility criteria and UPSC exam pattern


Indian Administrative Services Exam (IAS) is considered as one of the most sort after serious and challenging tests in India among its youths. UPSC test’s significance lies in the way that graduate of any stream or course whether it is Arts, Engineering, Science, Medicine, and even Management and so forth have an equivalent chance to contend in this test. UPSC wannabes from lofty IIT’s or IIM’s will have an equivalent possibility of splitting UPSC’s as it will be to a MBBS from AFMC or AIIMs and so on. IAS test give equivalent chance to all, to arrive at the pinnacle of the Indian Administration.

How to Clear UPSC

Youthful alumni who need to demonstrate themselves and who wishes to serve the nation from a genuine perspective needs to qualify UPSC test. Union Public Service Commission, a constitutional body under govt. of India is responsible for conducting IAS examination. Each year about 400 aspirants to serve on the most respected positions in the Central Government and its distinct departments.

Eligibility Criteria for UPSC examination.

 Educational Qualifications: 

  1.  Graduation in any stream/ equivalent technical or professional qualifications. 
  2. Final year students can also apply but they need to summit their results before mains examination. 
  3. No minimum percentage criteria is here to apply for UPSC. 


For IAS or IPS, a candidate must possess the: 

  • citizenship of India, or 
  • He should be a subject of Bhutan, Nepal or a Tibetan refugee (before 01/01/1962) and permanently settled in India then.  
  • Indian original but has immigrated from Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Pakistan and East African Countries viz. Zambia, Malawi, Kenya, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zaire Ethiopia, Vietnam with an intention of taking permanent citizenship of India. 
  • The candidates must have the certificate of eligibility issued by Govt. of India (Except Indian citizens and Gorkha of Nepal) 

These candidates will not bear the eligibility for appointment to the Indian Foreign Service

Age Criteria 

Category Age in years No. of attempts 
For General and EWS 21-32 (as on 1st August 2020) 
For OBC 21-35 
For SC/ST, PWD 21-37 Unlimited  (till 37 years of age) 
Ex-serviceman and Defence Services Personnel disabled in operations during hostilities 40  
Age Limit and criteria for UPSC exam

 UPSC Exam Pattern 

The exam pattern consists of three different stages- 

1. Preliminary Test- it has two papers viz. 

  • General Aptitude paper I- 80 questions (2.5 mark each) 
  • General studies paper II- 100 questions (2 mark each) 

2. Mains paper.

  • It consists of total 9 descriptive papers 
  • There are two qualifying papers viz. English and any regional language which you prefer (300 marks each). 
  • 7 papers which count for merit in which 5 papers of GS and 2 for Optional Subject (250 marks each). 

3. The third round is of personal Interview session of 275 marks.

The numbers of candidates selected for interview are three times the number of available posts.

Important Updates regarding IAS 2020 

Events Dates 
IAS Notification 2020 released 12/02/2020 
Application 2020 starts from 12/02/2020 
Last Date Application  3/03/2020 
Admit Card 2020 September 2020  
IAS Prelims 2020 Final Exam Date 04/09/20 
IAS Mains 2020 Examination Date 08/01/21 

How to Apply for IAS examination 

Candidates can apply for IAS examination from the link given below by following the required steps: 

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