UPSC or CSE is the pinnacle or the ultimate exams for anybody desiring Govt. jobs. UPSC requires an extraordinary effort. Every year lakhs of new aspirants join the race to crack the much coveted UPSC exams. Success in UPSC leads to positions in the Govt. under the Indian Administrative Services like collector, etc. The IAS officers implement government and development policies, maintain law and order and act as a link between the policy makers or the elected representatives and the people of the nation. They hold power and are immensely respected within the society. They are highly paid, provided lush bungalows, caretakers and other benefits to live a luxurious life. They enjoy status, prestige and power.If you have the desire and the will power then IAS is the career to choose.


Indian Administrative Service Pay Scale Rs. 56100 to Rs.2,50,000 per month depending on rank

  1. Indian Administrative Service.
  2. Indian Foreign Service.
  3. Indian Police Service.
  4. Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service, Group ‘A’.
  5. Indian Audit and Accounts Service, Group ‘A’.
  6. Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise) Group ‘A′
  7. Indian Defense Accounts Service, Group ‘A′.
  8. Indian Revenue Service (I.T.), Group ‘A′.
  9. Indian Ordnance Factories Service, Group ‘A’ (Assistant Works Manager, Administration)
  10. Indian Postal Service, Group ‘A’.
  11. Indian Civil Accounts Service, Group ‘A’.
  12. Indian Railway Traffic Service, Group ‘A’.
  13. Indian Railway Accounts Service, Group ‘A’.
  14. Indian Railway Personnel Service, Group ‘A’.
  15. Post of Assistant Security Commissioner, in Railway Protection Force, Group ‘A’
  16. Indian Defense Estates Service, Group ‘A’.
  17. Indian Information Service (Junior Grade), Group ‘A’.
  18. Indian Trade Service, Group “A” (GR.III)
  19. Indian Corporate Law Service, Group “A”
  20. Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service, Group ‘B’ (Section Officer′s Grade)
  21. Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service, Group ‘B’
  22. Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Service, Group ‘B’
  23. Pondicherry Civil Service, Group ‘B’
  24. Pondicherry Police Service, Group ‘B’

Age limits

  • For General Category candidates, the new age limit is 32 years and the number of attempts is 06. For OBC Category candidates, the new age limit is 35 years and the number of attempts is 09. For SC/SC Category candidates, the new age limit is 37 years while the number of attempts unlimited.

Age relaxation

  • OBC :- 3 years
  • SC/ST :- 5 years


a degree in any discipline from a recognized university or any equivalent qualification recognized as such by the central government

Prelim Exam

PaperTypeNo. of questionsMarksDurationNegative marks
General Studies IObjective1002002 hoursYes
General Studies II (CSAT)Objective802002 hoursYes


Mains Exam

  •  Paper – A

Language – 300 Marks

Candidate can take any Modern Indian language but this paper is of qualifying nature

  • Paper – B

English (300 Marks)

This paper is of qualifying nature

  • Paper – I

 Essay (250 Marks)

 Can be written in the medium or language of the candidate’s choice

  • 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)

Marks carried by General Studies papers are 4X 250=1000

  • Paper-VI

Optional Subject – Paper (250 Marks)

  • Paper-VII

Optional Subject – Paper II (250 Marks)

 Candidate is allowed to take up literature as an optional subject “without the condition of having it at the graduation level.”Sub Total (Written test) (1750 Marks)

Marks of English and Language will not be counted in the total tally of marks for the written exam. So the total of the Mains exam will be 1750 Marks Only.

Interview / Personality Test – (275 marks)

Candidate can give preference of the language in which they may like to be interviewed. UPSC will make arrangement for the translators.

Grand Total (2025 Marks)

A candidate is allowed to use any one language from the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution or English as the medium of writing the examination


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