IAS Prelims 2015: Important Information

This article would help to address the Frequently Asked Questions with respect to IAS Prelims

Created On: Oct 8, 2014 12:03 IST
Modified On: Oct 8, 2014 12:48 IST

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released Examination calendar for year 2015. IAS Prelims will be held tentatively on 23 August 2015. IAS Exam is a long process which includes Prelims, Main and Interview. Candidates must have full understanding with respect to age, Attempts and subjects etc. Following are some frequently asked questions which would help candidates to remove their doubts:

1.    What is the age limit for IAS Exam?

Category Minimum Age Maximum Age
General 21 32
OBC 21 35
SC/ST 21 37
Physically Handicapped General 21 42
Physically Handicapped OBC 21 45
Physically Handicapped SC/ST 21 47

2.    Minimum Educational Qualification/ Can a candidate who has completed his education from an open school/ University apply for Commission's Examination?

•    A degree of any of the Universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be a Deemed University under the UGC Act, 1956, or an equivalent qualification.

•    Candidates who have appeared or intend to appear for the qualifying examination and are awaiting results are also eligible to appear for the Preliminary Examination however, they are supposed to submit proof of passing the requisite qualification along with Detailed Application

•    Candidate who has completed his education from an open school/ University can apply for Commission's Examination; provided it is a recognized University and he possess the educational qualifications prescribed for the exam and is otherwise eligible

3.    Whether a candidate belonging to a community included in the OBC list of states but not in the Central list of OBCs is eligible for age relaxation, reservation etc. for Commission's Examinations

 No. Only candidates belonging to communities which are included in the Central list of    OBC's are eligible for such concessions.

4.    What is the restriction on number of attempts in Commission's Examinations?


Category Number of Attempts
General 6
SC/ST Unlimited
Physically Handicapped General 9
Physically Handicapped OBC 9
Physically Handicapped SC/ST

5.    If a candidate has applied for the CS (P) Examination but has not appeared at any paper in the CS (P) Examination will it be counted as an attempt?

No. An attempt is counted only if a candidate has appeared in at least one paper in CS (P) Examination.

6.    What is the structure of IAS Prelims Exam?

Civil service Preliminary examination consists of two papers i.e. General Studies Paper-I and General Studies Paper-II (CSAT). Both the papers carry 200 marks each. IAS Prelims General Studies Paper I contains 100 questions of 2 marks each and IAS Prelims General Studies Paper II CSAT contains 80 questions of 2.5 marks each.

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