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IAS Selection Process

Aug 2, 2018 11:04 IST
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IAS Selection Process
IAS Selection Process

An IAS aspirant chose to pursue a career in civil services, then he/she has to clear the three phases of civil services examination (CSE) i.e. preliminary, mains and personality test. However, the marks of preliminary stage i.e. UPSC IAS Prelims Exam does not consider into the final merit list of the civil service exam while it includes the marks of IAS Mains and Personality Test (PT). Here, in this article, we will discuss the whole procedure for the selection in IAS Exam in detail and also the ways through which an IAS aspirant can crack this coveted exam without wasting a number of attempts allocated for a particular category of IAS aspirants.

IAS Syllabus for Civil Services Exam 2018

Significant changes have been witnessed in the scheme of the UPSC IAS Exam and the selection process in the last few years. An IAS aspirant must have understanding of the whole process involved in the selection procedure in IAS Exam which is around seven stages from applying till the allocation of services for the selected IAS aspirants. Here are the seven stages of IAS selection procedure:

  • Notification for the exam
  • Applying for the exam
  • Appearing in preliminary exam
  • Appearing in mains exam
  • Appearing in interview exam
  • Final Result
  • Cut-off Marks

1. Notification for the exam

Generally, the notification for the IAS Exam comes in the month of February for the respective year. As per the UPSC’s calendar for the year 2018, the notification for the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2018 will be published on 7 February 2018. UPSC’s notification for IAS Exam has been always a great buzz among the IAS aspirant fraternity just because of the changes in the IAS syllabus and the minimum eligibility criteria for the IAS Exam. The notification for UPSC IAS Exam use to publish in the Gazette of India and in the Employment News. Also, the abridge version of UPSC’s notification for IAS Exam used to publish in the major 5 newspapers in terms circulation throughout the country including regional language newspapers. The copies of the same notification is also sent to all Employment Exchanges and Universities, etc.

2. Applying for the Exam

The IAS aspirants can apply for the UPSC IAS Exam only through the UPSC’s website https://upsconline.nic.in/ as the offline mode has been discontinued in all forms the Government’s recruitment process. Before applying, the IAS aspirants must go through the whole notification in order to get clarification regarding the vacancies and to know about the necessary documents required.  The IAS aspirants will get around 25 to 30 days from the day of notification release to register and apply for the UPSC IAS Exam. For the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2018, 6 March 2018 as the last date for receipt of applications has been notified by the UPSC in their calendar for 2018.

3. Appearing in IAS Preliminary Exam

The IAS aspirants will get around three month of period after closing date of application form for the preparation for IAS Prelims Exam. The Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2018 will be conducted on 6 June 2018 (Sunday) and it will have two papers i.e. General Studies Paper 1 and General Studies Paper 2 (CSAT) each carrying 200 marks and duration of 2 hours respectively in morning and afternoon sessions. The multiple choice questions will be asked in both the papers, the General Studies Paper 1 will have 100 questions while the General Studies Paper 2 will have 80 questions only. The General Studies Paper 2 (CSAT) has been made qualifying means that an IAS aspirant has to score minimum 33% marks (around 27 answers must be correct excluding incorrect answers) to qualify the CSAT paper otherwise the General Studies Paper 1 will not be evaluated. There will be negative marking also and an IAS aspirant will be penalised 1/3rd for each wrong answers. On the basis of marks in General Studies Paper 1, the recommended list of IAS aspirants for the next phase i.e. IAS Mains Exam will be prepared.

IAS Exam 2018: How to get selected

4. Appearing in IAS Mains Exam

IAS Mains Exam is one of the most difficult phases of IAS Exam and the performance of an IAS aspirant in IAS Mains can be a deciding factor for his/her success in IAS Exam. IAS Mains Exam comprises of total 8 Papers such as Compulsory Indian Language (only qualifying), Essay Paper, General Studies Paper 1, General Studies Paper 2, General Studies Paper 3, General Studies Paper 4 and 2 Optional Papers (Optional Paper 1 & Optional Paper 2). Marks of Compulsory Indian Language (300 Marks) does not consider in the making the merit list of IAS Exam. While the marks of Essay Paper, remaining 4 General Studies Papers and 2 Optional Papers each carrying 250 marks are considered in the making the merit list of UPSC IAS Exam. As per the result of last few years, an IAS aspirant wants to reserve a berth among Top Ten Toppers of IAS Exam, then he/she has to score more than 900 marks out of 1750 marks in IAS Mains Exam provided that he/she also performs well in the next phase of IAS Exam i.e. Personality Test (IAS Interview).

5. Appearing in interview (PT)

The IAS aspirants will be interviewed by a panel appointed by UPSC who will have before them a record of IAS aspirants’ career know as DAF (Detailed Application Form). The panel will ask questions mostly from the DAF filled by the IAS aspirants and questions on matters of general interest. The main objective of the IAS interview is to analyse not only the intellectual qualities but also social traits and interest of the IAS aspirants and their suitability for the career in civil services. The interview panel will consist of competent officers and unbiased observers who will test the mental calibre of an IAS aspirant.

6. Final Result

Generally, the final result of UPSC IAS Exam of the previous year comes in the month of May. The IAS aspirants who do not expect positive result should stick to their IAS preparation for next IAS Prelims Exam because the IAS Prelims Exam of that year to be conducted on the next month (June) of the release of the final result of the preceding year.

UPSC Civil Services (IAS) Prelims Exam : Evolving Trend

7. Cut-off Marks

Cut-off marks for the three phases of IAS Exam are solely decided by the UPSC. Here, we have provided the cut-off marks released by UPSC for the Civil Services Exam 2016 (CSE 2016). It will help IAS aspirants to understand the dynamics of cut-off marks under various categories.

UPSC IAS 2016 Cut off marks

However, the ranks IAS aspirants completely depend upon the total marks obtained by the respective IAS aspirants in IAS Mains Exam and the marks obtained in Personality Test (PT). For better ranks in IAS Exam, an IAS aspirant has to perform better in both the phases of IAS Exam. Here, we have provided the marks of IAS Mains Exam and Personality Test (PT) of IAS Topper's rank 1 to 10 of Civil Services Exam 2016 (CSE 2016). It will help IAS aspirants to understand the dynamics of the rank of IAS Toppers.

IAS Mains Marks of IAS Toppers 2017 Rank 1-10

Rank

Names

Marks (Written Test)

1

NANDINI K R

927

2

ANMOL SHER SINGH BEDI

899

3

GOPALAKRISHNA RONANKI

936

4

SAUMYA PANDEY

911

5

ABHILASH MISHRA

908

6

KOTHAMASU DINESH KUMAR

912

7

ANAND VARDHAN

920

8

SHWETA CHAUHAN

923

9

SUMAN SOURAV MOHANTY

917

10

BILAL MOHI UD DIN BHAT

896

IAS Interview (PT) Marks of IAS Toppers Rank 1-10

Rank

Names

Marks (Personality Test, PT)

1

NANDINI K R

193

2

ANMOL SHER SINGH BEDI

206

3

GOPALAKRISHNA RONANKI

165

4

SAUMYA PANDEY

184

5

ABHILASH MISHRA

184

6

KOTHAMASU DINESH KUMAR

179

7

ANAND VARDHAN

168

8

SHWETA CHAUHAN

165

9

SUMAN SOURAV MOHANTY

168

10

BILAL MOHI UD DIN BHAT

182

IAS Exam 2018

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