IAS Main Exam (Written) 2014: Understanding the Exam

IAS Main (Written) Exam 2014 is expected to commence from 14 December 2014 at various centers of India.

Created On: Sep 11, 2014 16:05 IST

IAS Main (Written) Exam 2014 is expected to commence from 14 December 2014 at various centers of India. Due to the large number of vacancies notified this year, the competition will be very tough. The IAS Main (written) Exam consists of two Compulsory Language papers, One Essay Paper, Four General Studies Paper and two papers of Optional Subjects. Each Paper has its significance in the final ranking of the candidates but the candidates should understand the Exam in the following manner.

Plan of Examination

The candidates should know the plan of examination well in advance so that they can prepare for the exam fully and can plan for each and everything. The planning well in advance boosts the confidence of the Candidates. Confidence is a major attribute to carry in the exam because the candidates can answer all questions only if they have this attribute. Confidence very much helps in answering the compulsory Language Papers because no concrete syllabus is defined.

Language Papers

There are two compulsory Language Papers. One for the English and other one for any language mentioned in the Eight Schedule of the Constitution of India and opted by the candidate. There is minimum qualifying numbers required to qualify these papers. Qualifying these papers is essential in order to know the real marks attained in the IAS Main (Written) Exam. It is specifically mentioned in the notification that 30% marks in Indian Language and 25% marks in English as minimum qualifying standards in these qualifying papers.

The marks of the General Studies Papers and optional Subject Papers will unveil only when the candidates qualify the compulsory Language Paper.

General Studies Papers

IAS Main (Written) consists of four General Studies Paper. General Studies Question Paper I is more traditional as it comprises of Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society.
Few components of current affairs are required in this paper.

General Studies Question Paper II is more oriented towards the Governance, Polity, Constitution, Social Justice and International Relations. This General Studies Paper is very much connected and linked with the current affairs. The questions asked in this paper are very up to date (as mentioned by the IAS Topper)and very recent happenings had been asked.

General Studies Question Paper III comprises of the Technology, Economic Development, Bio diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management topics. The GeneralStudies Paper III is very much connected to Current Affairs and the recent disasters and their reasons are important for the exam. Recent Technological developments are very important for this paper.

General Studies Question Paper IV consists of Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude. The Ethics and Integrity are the essential attributes for the civil servants to build a resilient Civil services and functionaries.

Essay Paper is the only paper which is not running against time as the IAS Toppers told to Jagranjosh.com. The Essay paper gave ample time to the candidates to write a good essay on the topics given in the Essay Paper. The candidates are required to incorporate as many points as they can and the candidate is expected to link the topic with as many aspects as he can.

Optional Subjects is the candidate’s prerogative to choose the subject and prepare it according to the Syllabus Given in the Notification.

Syllabus of General Studies and all Optional Subjects

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