UPSC Civil Services

About UPSC Civil Services Exam

UPSC Civil Services Exam 2020 Dates

Events Dates
Notification Date 12th February 2020
Start Date of Online Application 12th February 2020
Last Date to Apply Online Form 03rd March 2020
UPSC Prelims 2020 Exam Date 31st May 2020 (postponed to Oct 4, 2020)
UPSC Mains 2020 Exam Date 18th July 2020 (postponed to Jan 8, 2021)

UPSC Civil Services Exam Pattern

The UPSC Civil Services Examination Selection Procedure has 3 stages:

  1. Preliminary Examination
  2. Main Examination
  3. Personal Interview

Note: A candidate needs to Qualify (achieve the cutoff marks) one stage in order to be eligible for the next stage of the examination.

UPSC Civil Services Prilims Exam Pattern

UPSC Civil Services Preliminary exam consists of two papers:
1) Paper 1 – General Studies
2) CSAT (Civil Services Aptitude Test).
Below is the pattern of the UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Examination.
Name of Paper No. of Qs. Max. Marks Exam Duration
General Studies- Paper-I 100 200 Marks 2 Hours (9:30 AM to 11:30 AM)
CSAT- Paper–II 80 200 Marks 2 Hours (2:30 PM to 4:30 PM)

Note: In Paper-I marks will be counted to determine the merit list whereas the Paper-II will be of qualifying in nature (33% marks required).

Civil Services Main Examination & Personal Interview

Paper Name of Paper Duration Marks
Paper – A Compulsory Indian Language (One of the Indian Language to be selected by the candidate from the Languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution) 3 Hours 300 Marks
Paper – B Compulsory English 3 Hours 300 Marks
Paper – I Essay 3 Hours 250 Marks
Paper-II General Studies–I (Indian Heritage and Culture, History, and Geography of the World and Society) 3 Hours 250 Marks
Paper – III General Studies-II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations) 3 Hours 250 Marks
Paper – IV General Studies– III (Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security
and Disaster Management)
3 Hours 250 Marks
Paper – V General Studies– IV (Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude) 3 Hours 250 Marks
Paper – VI Optional Paper– I (Candidates may choose anyone of the optional subjects) 3 Hours 250 Marks
Paper – VII Optional Paper-II 3 Hours 250 Marks
Total 1750 Marks
Personality Test/Interview 275 Marks
Grand Total 2025 Marks

Note: Paper A & B is of Qualifying in Nature (25% i.e. 75 marks required). Whereas marks of Paper I to VII will be counted to determine the final order of merit.

UPSC Civil Services Exam Syllabus 2020

UPSC Civils Prelims Exam Syllabus

  • Syllabus for GS Paper (Prelims Paper I)

    • Current events of national and international importance.
    • History of India and Indian National Movement.
    • Indian and World Geography-Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.
    • Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
    • Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.
    • General issues on Environmental Ecology, Biodiversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialization.
    • General Science
  • Syllabus for CSAT Paper (Prelims Paper II)

    • Comprehension
    • Interpersonal skills including communication skills
    • Logical reasoning and analytical ability
    • Decision-making and problem solving
    • General mental ability
    • Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. – Class X level)

UPSC Main Examination Syllabus

General Studies – Paper 1

Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society:

  • Indian culture covers the salient features of Literature, Art Forms, and Architecture from ancient to modern times.
  • Modern Indian history include the significant events, personalities, issues during the middle of the eighteenth century until the present
  • Various stages and important contributors and contributions from different parts of the country in ‘The Freedom Struggle’
  • Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country
  • History of the world includes events, forms and effect on the society from 18th century like world wars, industrial revolution, colonization, redrawal of national boundaries, decolonization, political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism etc
  • Salient aspects of Diversity of India and Indian Society
  • Role of women and women’s organization, population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and remedies
  • Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism
  • Distribution of key natural resources across the world including South Asia and the Indian sub-continent; factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary, and tertiary sector industries in various parts of the world including India
  • Effects of globalization on Indian society
  • Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone etc., geographical features and their location- changes in critical geographical features (including water-bodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes
  • Salient features of world’s physical geography.

General Studies Paper 2

Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations:

  • Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure
  • Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein
  • Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries
  • Separation of powers between various organs dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions
  • Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these
  • Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies
  • Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary Ministries and Departments of the Government; pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their role in the Polity
  • Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act
  • Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation
  • Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies
  • Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections
  • Development processes and the development industry the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders
  • Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources
  • Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures
  • Issues relating to poverty and hunger
  • Role of civil services in a democracy
  • Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests
  • India and its neighborhood- relations
  • Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate
  • Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora

General Studies Paper 3

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

  • Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment.
  • Development, Bio diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management.
  • Government Budgeting.
  • Inclusive growth and issues arising from it.
  • Major crops cropping patterns in various parts of the country, different types of irrigation and irrigation systems storage, transport and marketing of agricultural produce and issues and related constraints; e-technology in the aid of farmers
  • Economics of animal-rearing.
  • Food processing and related industries in India- scope and significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management.
  • Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices; Public Distribution System objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping; issues of buffer stocks and food security; Technology missions
  • Land reforms in India.
  • Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth.
  • Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc.
  • Investment models.
  • Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life Achievements of Indians in science & technology;
  • Indigenization of technology and developing new technology.
  • Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment
  • Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, nano-technology, bio-technology and issues relating to intellectual property rights.
  • Disaster and disaster management.
  • Role of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges to internal security.
  • Linkages between development and spread of extremism.
  • Challenges to internal security through communication networks, role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber security; money-laundering and its prevention
  • Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate
  • Security challenges and their management in border areas; linkages of organized crime with terrorism.

General Studies Paper 4

Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude: This paper includes questions to check the candidate’s attitude and approach to issues relating to integrity, probity in public life and his/her problem solving approach to various issues and conflicts faced by him/her while dealing with society. Questions may utilise the case study approach to determine these aspects and covers area:

  • Ethics and Human Interface- Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics in private and public relationships
  • Human Values- lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values
  • Attitude- content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behaviour; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion
  • Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service, integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker-sections
  • Emotional intelligence-concepts, and their utilities and application in administration and governance
  • Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world
  • Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration- Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance; accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance; ethical issues in international relations and funding; corporate governance
  • Probity in Governance- Concept of public service; Philosophical basis of governance and probity; Information; sharing and transparency in government, Right to Information, Codes of Ethics, Codes of Conduct, Citizen’s Charters, Work culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption
  • Case Studies on above issues

UPSC Civil Services Exam 2020 Eligibility Criteria

(a) Nationality:

  • The candidates who wish to appear in the civil services examination should be a citizen of India or should be a citizen of Nepal or
  • the subject of Bhutan or
  • he/she must be Tibetan Refugee who was migrated to India to settle permanently before January 01, 1962 or
  • person of Indian origin who were migrated from Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Kenya, Vietnam, and Zaire.

(b) Educational Qualification:

  • Candidates applying for the UPSC Civil Services Examination (IAS) must have a graduation degree from a govt. recognized university.
  • Candidates who are pursuing graduation and are waiting for their final results can also apply. But only on the condition that the result should be declared before filling the application for the mains exam.

(c) Age Limit:

  • Below is the age limit criteria for candidates belonging to different categories
Category Minimum Age Maximum Age
General 21 years 32 years
OBC 21 years 35 years
SC/ST 21 years 37 years

Age Relaxation for the candidates applying for the IAS 2020 exam as follows:

Category Age Relaxation
Schedule caste/Schedule tribe 5 years
Other backward classes (OBC) 3 years
Defense Services Personnel 3 years
Ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs 5 years
Deaf, hard of hearing, low vision or blindness, ex-servicemen or candidates with any other locomotor disability or muscle disformity 10 years

(d) Number of Attempts (Category Wise): 

Below are the category-wise number of attempts allowed for the IAS exam 2020.

Category Maximum No. of Attempts
General 6
OBC 9
SC/ST

No Limit

UPSC Civil Services Examination Appy Online

Steps to fill the IAS Online Application

Step 1: – Visit the official website of UPSC i.e https://upsconline.nic.in/mainmenu2.php

Step 2: – Go to the Civil Services Examination (CSE) section.

Step 3: – Click on the “Apply” button to start your application process.

Step 4: – Fill all the required details (Including Name, Father Name, Mother Name, Educational Qualification etc.).

Step 5: – Upload your latest photo and signature. 

Step 6: – Check your application preview and “Submit” to complete your registration.

IAS Officer Salary

Below is the pay scale/salary structure of IAS officers after the 7th Pay Commission recommendation.

The basic per month salary of an IAS officer starts at Rs.56,100(TA, DA, and HRA are extra) and can go on to reach Rs.2,500,00 for a Cabinet Secretary.

Pay Level Basic Pay(INR) Number of years required in service Post
District Administration State Secretariat Central Secretariat
10 56100 1-4 Sub-divisional magistrate Undersecretary Assistant Secretary
11 67,700 5-8 Additional district magistrate Deputy Secretary Undersecretary
12 78,800 9-12 District magistrate Joint Secretary Deputy Secretary
13 1,18,500 13-16 District magistrate Special secretary-cum-director Director
14 1,44,200 16-24 Divisional commissioner Secretary-cum-commissioner Joint Secretary
15 1,82,200 25-30 Divisional commissioner Principal Secretary Additional secretary
16 2,05,400 30-33 No Equivalent Rank Additional Chief Secretary No Equivalent Rank
17 2,25,000 34-36 No Equivalent Rank Chief Secretary Secretary
18 2,50,000 37+ years No Equivalent Rank No Equivalent Rank Cabinet Secretary of India

An IAS Officer Salary according to the old pay structure according to 6th Central Pay Commission was as follows:

Grade Pay Scale Grade Pay of IAS officer Number of years required in service Post
Junior or Lower Time Scale 15600 – 39100 5400 Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM), SDO, or Sub-Collector (after 2 years of probation)
Senior Time Scale 15600 – 39100 6600 5 District Magistrate (DM) or Collector or a Joint Secretary of a Government Ministry
Junior Administrative 15600 – 39100 7600 9 Special Secretary or the Head of Various Government Departments
Selection Grade 37400 – 67000 8700 12 – 15 Secretary to a Ministry
Super Time Scale 37400 – 67000 8700 17 – 20 Principal Secretary of a Very Important Department of the Government
Above Super Time Scale 37400 – 67000 12000 Varies Varies
Apex Scale 80000 (Fixed) NA Varies Chief Secretary of States, Union Secretaries in charge of various ministries of Government of India
Cabinet Secretary Grade 90000 (Fixed) NA Varies Cabinet Secretary of India

 

  • Exam Dates
  • Exam Pattern
  • Syllabus
  • Eligibility
  • How to apply
  • Salary

About UPSC Civil Services Exam

UPSC Civil Services Exam 2020 Dates

Events Dates
Notification Date 12th February 2020
Start Date of Online Application 12th February 2020
Last Date to Apply Online Form 03rd March 2020
UPSC Prelims 2020 Exam Date 31st May 2020 (postponed to Oct 4, 2020)
UPSC Mains 2020 Exam Date 18th July 2020 (postponed to Jan 8, 2021)

UPSC Civil Services Exam Pattern

The UPSC Civil Services Examination Selection Procedure has 3 stages:

  1. Preliminary Examination
  2. Main Examination
  3. Personal Interview

Note: A candidate needs to Qualify (achieve the cutoff marks) one stage in order to be eligible for the next stage of the examination.

UPSC Civil Services Prilims Exam Pattern

UPSC Civil Services Preliminary exam consists of two papers:
1) Paper 1 – General Studies
2) CSAT (Civil Services Aptitude Test).
Below is the pattern of the UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Examination.
Name of Paper No. of Qs. Max. Marks Exam Duration
General Studies- Paper-I 100 200 Marks 2 Hours (9:30 AM to 11:30 AM)
CSAT- Paper–II 80 200 Marks 2 Hours (2:30 PM to 4:30 PM)

Note: In Paper-I marks will be counted to determine the merit list whereas the Paper-II will be of qualifying in nature (33% marks required).

Civil Services Main Examination & Personal Interview

Paper Name of Paper Duration Marks
Paper – A Compulsory Indian Language (One of the Indian Language to be selected by the candidate from the Languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution) 3 Hours 300 Marks
Paper – B Compulsory English 3 Hours 300 Marks
Paper – I Essay 3 Hours 250 Marks
Paper-II General Studies–I (Indian Heritage and Culture, History, and Geography of the World and Society) 3 Hours 250 Marks
Paper – III General Studies-II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations) 3 Hours 250 Marks
Paper – IV General Studies– III (Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security
and Disaster Management)
3 Hours 250 Marks
Paper – V General Studies– IV (Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude) 3 Hours 250 Marks
Paper – VI Optional Paper– I (Candidates may choose anyone of the optional subjects) 3 Hours 250 Marks
Paper – VII Optional Paper-II 3 Hours 250 Marks
Total 1750 Marks
Personality Test/Interview 275 Marks
Grand Total 2025 Marks

Note: Paper A & B is of Qualifying in Nature (25% i.e. 75 marks required). Whereas marks of Paper I to VII will be counted to determine the final order of merit.

UPSC Civil Services Exam Syllabus 2020

UPSC Civils Prelims Exam Syllabus

  • Syllabus for GS Paper (Prelims Paper I)

    • Current events of national and international importance.
    • History of India and Indian National Movement.
    • Indian and World Geography-Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.
    • Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
    • Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.
    • General issues on Environmental Ecology, Biodiversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialization.
    • General Science
  • Syllabus for CSAT Paper (Prelims Paper II)

    • Comprehension
    • Interpersonal skills including communication skills
    • Logical reasoning and analytical ability
    • Decision-making and problem solving
    • General mental ability
    • Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. – Class X level)

UPSC Main Examination Syllabus

General Studies – Paper 1

Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society:

  • Indian culture covers the salient features of Literature, Art Forms, and Architecture from ancient to modern times.
  • Modern Indian history include the significant events, personalities, issues during the middle of the eighteenth century until the present
  • Various stages and important contributors and contributions from different parts of the country in ‘The Freedom Struggle’
  • Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country
  • History of the world includes events, forms and effect on the society from 18th century like world wars, industrial revolution, colonization, redrawal of national boundaries, decolonization, political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism etc
  • Salient aspects of Diversity of India and Indian Society
  • Role of women and women’s organization, population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and remedies
  • Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism
  • Distribution of key natural resources across the world including South Asia and the Indian sub-continent; factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary, and tertiary sector industries in various parts of the world including India
  • Effects of globalization on Indian society
  • Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone etc., geographical features and their location- changes in critical geographical features (including water-bodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes
  • Salient features of world’s physical geography.

General Studies Paper 2

Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations:

  • Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure
  • Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein
  • Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries
  • Separation of powers between various organs dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions
  • Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these
  • Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies
  • Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary Ministries and Departments of the Government; pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their role in the Polity
  • Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act
  • Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation
  • Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies
  • Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections
  • Development processes and the development industry the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders
  • Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources
  • Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures
  • Issues relating to poverty and hunger
  • Role of civil services in a democracy
  • Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests
  • India and its neighborhood- relations
  • Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate
  • Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora

General Studies Paper 3

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

  • Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment.
  • Development, Bio diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management.
  • Government Budgeting.
  • Inclusive growth and issues arising from it.
  • Major crops cropping patterns in various parts of the country, different types of irrigation and irrigation systems storage, transport and marketing of agricultural produce and issues and related constraints; e-technology in the aid of farmers
  • Economics of animal-rearing.
  • Food processing and related industries in India- scope and significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management.
  • Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices; Public Distribution System objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping; issues of buffer stocks and food security; Technology missions
  • Land reforms in India.
  • Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth.
  • Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc.
  • Investment models.
  • Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life Achievements of Indians in science & technology;
  • Indigenization of technology and developing new technology.
  • Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment
  • Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, nano-technology, bio-technology and issues relating to intellectual property rights.
  • Disaster and disaster management.
  • Role of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges to internal security.
  • Linkages between development and spread of extremism.
  • Challenges to internal security through communication networks, role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber security; money-laundering and its prevention
  • Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate
  • Security challenges and their management in border areas; linkages of organized crime with terrorism.

General Studies Paper 4

Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude: This paper includes questions to check the candidate’s attitude and approach to issues relating to integrity, probity in public life and his/her problem solving approach to various issues and conflicts faced by him/her while dealing with society. Questions may utilise the case study approach to determine these aspects and covers area:

  • Ethics and Human Interface- Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics in private and public relationships
  • Human Values- lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values
  • Attitude- content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behaviour; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion
  • Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service, integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker-sections
  • Emotional intelligence-concepts, and their utilities and application in administration and governance
  • Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world
  • Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration- Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance; accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance; ethical issues in international relations and funding; corporate governance
  • Probity in Governance- Concept of public service; Philosophical basis of governance and probity; Information; sharing and transparency in government, Right to Information, Codes of Ethics, Codes of Conduct, Citizen’s Charters, Work culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption
  • Case Studies on above issues

UPSC Civil Services Exam 2020 Eligibility Criteria

(a) Nationality:

  • The candidates who wish to appear in the civil services examination should be a citizen of India or should be a citizen of Nepal or
  • the subject of Bhutan or
  • he/she must be Tibetan Refugee who was migrated to India to settle permanently before January 01, 1962 or
  • person of Indian origin who were migrated from Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Kenya, Vietnam, and Zaire.

(b) Educational Qualification:

  • Candidates applying for the UPSC Civil Services Examination (IAS) must have a graduation degree from a govt. recognized university.
  • Candidates who are pursuing graduation and are waiting for their final results can also apply. But only on the condition that the result should be declared before filling the application for the mains exam.

(c) Age Limit:

  • Below is the age limit criteria for candidates belonging to different categories
Category Minimum Age Maximum Age
General 21 years 32 years
OBC 21 years 35 years
SC/ST 21 years 37 years

Age Relaxation for the candidates applying for the IAS 2020 exam as follows:

Category Age Relaxation
Schedule caste/Schedule tribe 5 years
Other backward classes (OBC) 3 years
Defense Services Personnel 3 years
Ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs 5 years
Deaf, hard of hearing, low vision or blindness, ex-servicemen or candidates with any other locomotor disability or muscle disformity 10 years

(d) Number of Attempts (Category Wise): 

Below are the category-wise number of attempts allowed for the IAS exam 2020.

Category Maximum No. of Attempts
General 6
OBC 9
SC/ST

No Limit

UPSC Civil Services Examination Appy Online

Steps to fill the IAS Online Application

Step 1: – Visit the official website of UPSC i.e https://upsconline.nic.in/mainmenu2.php

Step 2: – Go to the Civil Services Examination (CSE) section.

Step 3: – Click on the “Apply” button to start your application process.

Step 4: – Fill all the required details (Including Name, Father Name, Mother Name, Educational Qualification etc.).

Step 5: – Upload your latest photo and signature. 

Step 6: – Check your application preview and “Submit” to complete your registration.

IAS Officer Salary

Below is the pay scale/salary structure of IAS officers after the 7th Pay Commission recommendation.

The basic per month salary of an IAS officer starts at Rs.56,100(TA, DA, and HRA are extra) and can go on to reach Rs.2,500,00 for a Cabinet Secretary.

Pay Level Basic Pay(INR) Number of years required in service Post
District Administration State Secretariat Central Secretariat
10 56100 1-4 Sub-divisional magistrate Undersecretary Assistant Secretary
11 67,700 5-8 Additional district magistrate Deputy Secretary Undersecretary
12 78,800 9-12 District magistrate Joint Secretary Deputy Secretary
13 1,18,500 13-16 District magistrate Special secretary-cum-director Director
14 1,44,200 16-24 Divisional commissioner Secretary-cum-commissioner Joint Secretary
15 1,82,200 25-30 Divisional commissioner Principal Secretary Additional secretary
16 2,05,400 30-33 No Equivalent Rank Additional Chief Secretary No Equivalent Rank
17 2,25,000 34-36 No Equivalent Rank Chief Secretary Secretary
18 2,50,000 37+ years No Equivalent Rank No Equivalent Rank Cabinet Secretary of India

An IAS Officer Salary according to the old pay structure according to 6th Central Pay Commission was as follows:

Grade Pay Scale Grade Pay of IAS officer Number of years required in service Post
Junior or Lower Time Scale 15600 – 39100 5400 Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM), SDO, or Sub-Collector (after 2 years of probation)
Senior Time Scale 15600 – 39100 6600 5 District Magistrate (DM) or Collector or a Joint Secretary of a Government Ministry
Junior Administrative 15600 – 39100 7600 9 Special Secretary or the Head of Various Government Departments
Selection Grade 37400 – 67000 8700 12 – 15 Secretary to a Ministry
Super Time Scale 37400 – 67000 8700 17 – 20 Principal Secretary of a Very Important Department of the Government
Above Super Time Scale 37400 – 67000 12000 Varies Varies
Apex Scale 80000 (Fixed) NA Varies Chief Secretary of States, Union Secretaries in charge of various ministries of Government of India
Cabinet Secretary Grade 90000 (Fixed) NA Varies Cabinet Secretary of India

 

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