IAS Main 2014: Plan of Examination

IAS Main 2014 will be the Mahakhumbh of the Civil Services due to several reasons.

Created On: Sep 4, 2014 13:00 IST

IAS Main 2014 will be the Mahakhumbh of the Civil Services due to several reasons. It is expected to commence from 14 December 2014. We are calling this as Mahakumbh because of two reasons. Firstly the number of vacancies is the largest in the recent past and secondly the number of candidates competing for the aforesaid same will also be huge.

From IAS Main(Written) 2013 the exam Pattern has changed  and the IAS Main exam is a five day affair now. This year the IAS Main(Writtten) 2014 will start from 14 December,2014.The Total of Nine Papers will be conducted during the IAS Main(Written) Examination and out of which only Seven will be counted for the Final Merit. The IAS Main (written) Exam 2014 consist of the following Papers.

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Qualifying Papers:


(One of the Indian Language to be selected by the candidate from the Languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution) 300 Marks


English          300 Marks

These papers are of qualifying in nature.

Papers to be counted for merit

Paper-I       Essay 250 Marks

Paper-II     General Studies-I  250 Marks

(Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society)

Paper-III   General Studies -II  250 Marks

(Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)

Paper-IV    General Studies -III 250 Marks

(Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)

Paper-V     General Studies -IV 250 Marks

(Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)


Optional Subject - Paper 1     250 Marks


Optional Subject - Paper 2    250 Marks

Candidates may choose any one of the optional subject from amongst the list of subjects given in the IAS Exam 2014 Notification

It is worth Mentioning here that the papers on Indian languages and English (Paper A and Paper B) will be of Matriculation or equivalent standard and will be of qualifying nature. The marks obtained in these papers will not be counted for ranking.

The Total of the IAS Main (Written) Exam 2014 will be 1750 Marks. The IAS Main Personality Test will be conducted on the Basis of the Result of the IAS Main(written) Exam 2014 and will commence somewhere in  April 2015.

Importance of Qualifying Papers

It is Mentiioned in the Notifiaction itself that the "evaluation of the papers, namely, Essay, General Studies and Optional Subject of all the candidates would be done simultaneously along with evaluation of their qualifying papers on 'Indian Languages' and 'English' but the papers on Essay, General Studies and Optional Subject of only such candidates will be taken cognizance who attain 30% marks in Indian Language and 25% marks in English as minimum qualifying standards in these qualifying papers".

The Minimum qualifying marks for the Paper A will be 90 Marks and for Paper B will be 75 Marks as both the papers are of 300 Marks.

The Personality Test will be of  275 Marks which will make the total of IAS Main Exam to 2025.

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