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IAS Exam 2021 – Syllabus, Pattern, Age Limit and Dates

IAS Exam Pattern, Syllabus , Eligibility and Age Limit

UPSC announces IAS Exam 2021 as per the prescribed syllabus, pattern and eligibility starts with Prelims on June 27, 2021, as per the timetable. IAS is the abbreviation of the Indian Administrative Service, which is one of the dream jobs of every youth in India. Along with IAS, there are 24 other services including IFS, IPS, IRS, and so on. Therefore its challenges and scope of transforming millions of lives in India, it makes it a prestigious service.

CSE is a three-step selection process as Prelims, Mains Exam and Personality Test (interview), and ultimately top ranker holds IAS offices. Hence an IAS officer holds many positions like the collector, chief secretary, the cabinet secretary, head of various public sector departments, etc.

IAS Exam 2021

UPSC Civil Services Exam is popularly known as IAS Exam which is a three tire exam process as per IAS Exam Syllabus 2021. The exam pattern comprises of preliminary exam conducted in June, followed by mains in November – December and the final interview in March. The final result published by UPSC in the month of May. However, preliminary exam marks are not accounted for ranking while the marks scored for mains and interview will be counted for ranking. Although, it is not easy to crack IAS Exam, due to its tough competition and wide syllabus. Hard work along with smart work, the right approach, proper guidance, and the right attitude will lead an aspirant to get a high rank in IAS Exam.

IAS Exam 2021 – Eligibility

An Indian with any degree from [ For IAS and IPS]

  • Any of the universities incorporated by an act of central or state legislature in India
  • Other educational institutions established by the act of parliament.
  • Or a deemed university as per section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1965. Posses an equivalent qualification.
  • Final year students and candidates awaiting results can also apply. Results need to submit at the time of filing application for the mains exam.
  • No percentage bar for any of the services.

For other services:

  1. A citizen of India or,
  2. A subject of Nepal or,
  3. A subject of Bhutan or,
  4. A Tibetan refugee who came to India, before January 1, 1962, with an intention to settle permanently in India.
  5. A person of Indian origin who migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries [ Kenya, Uganda, the united republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Zaire, Malawi, Ethiopia, and Vietnam ]with the intention of permanently settle in India.

IAS Exam 2021 – Syllabus

Every year UPSC conducts exams under the prescribed syllabus. Having a clear idea of the  Syllabus and proper methodology of study will help aspirants to tackle the dream of clearing the Civil Service Examination. Here is the list of the latest syllabus as per UPSC Civil Services Exam 2020 Notification

  1. IAS Exam Syllabus 2021 for Prelims and Mains
  2. General Studies(GS) Paper 1 Syllabus(Mains)
  3. General Studies(GS) Paper 2 Syllabus(Mains)
  4. GS Paper 3 Syllabus( Mains )
  5. General Studies Paper 4 Syllabus(Mains)

IAS Exam 2021 – Notification

  • Date of Notification and Registration starts for CSE Prelims:  February 10, 2021
  • Date Registration closes for CSE Prelims:  March 02, 2020
  • Exam dates of UPSC CSE Prelims and IFoS Prelims: June 27, 2021
  • Date of UPSC Civil Service Mains: September 17, 2021
  • UPSC IFS Mains date: November 21, 2021

Note: The dates of notification, commencement, and exam duration are liable to change if circumstances so warrant.

Notification is expected to publish in February 2021 and the last date for the application is March 2021.  

IAS Exam 2021 – Age Limit

The Minimum Age limit for IAS  Exam is 21 years. The age limit is calculated as on 1st of August every year which exam takes place.

UPSC Exam Upper Age limit

category Upper age limit Number of attempts
General 32 6
OBC 35 9
SC/ST 37 Unlimited attempts
Citizens of Jammu and Kashmir 37 9
Defense personnel disabled in operations during hostilities with foreign countries or disturbed area 35
Ex-servicemen 37
Physically handicapped/disabled 42 9

Cumulative age relaxation: apart from mentioned age limits, SC/ST and OBC candidates will get cumulative age relaxation. In other words, age limits added in special cases. For example, if a person is OBC and ex-serviceman, he will get 5+7=12 of extension. Hence, his upper age limit will be 42 years.

IAS Exam 2021 – Pattern

Civil Service Exam conducted by Union Public Service Commission, a government agency, who selects appropriate candidates for topmost services. Every year around 4- 5 lakhs of candidates appear for the exam and only around 1000 are got the selection.

As a matter of fact, IAS Exam is considered as one of the toughest exams in the world, because of its high competition, huge syllabus, and exam duration [extends to one year].

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On the one hand, the Preliminary exam is objective type consists of two papers General Studies Paper and CSAT(Paper 2). General Studies Paper  1 counted for screening to the Mains exam stage while Paper 2 is minimum qualifying in nature.

On the other hand, the Mains exam consists of 9 papers, including optional (2 papers), which is descriptive in nature. However, English language paper and regional language papers are qualifying in nature. Essay paper, four general Studies papers and 2 optional papers are considered for merit,  along with interview marks.

           Paper          Subject         Marks
        Paper A Regional language(Qualifying)           300
        Paper B English Language(Qualifying)           300
       Paper – 1 Essay            250
       Paper – 2 General Studies-1            250
       Paper – 3 General Studies -2            250
       Paper – 4 General Studies -3            250
       Paper – 5 General studies -4            250
       Paper – 6 Optional Paper – 1            250
       Paper – 7 Optional Paper-  2             250
                                                       Written test Total           1750
Personality Test              275
                                                         Final Total         2025

Papers counted for the Final Ranking for UPSC Exam 

Paper Subject & Content Marks
Paper 1 Essay 250
Paper 2 GS 1-Syllabus: Culture and Indian Heritage, History, and Geography of world 250
Paper 3 GS 2-Syllabus: Constitution, Governance, polity, social justice and international relations 250
Paper 4 GS 3-Syllabus: Economic development, Technology, Environment and biodiversity, Disaster management, and security. 250
Paper 5 GS 4-Syllabus: Aptitude, integrity, and Ethics 250
Paper 6 Optional Paper 1 250
Paper 7 Optional Paper 2 250


Tips to Clear IAS Exam

  • Candidates should adopt the methodology of hard work+ smart work+ right approach+ proper guidance + right attitude. That is known as proper strategy.
  • For proper guidance and approach aspirants opt for classroom teaching from coaching academies.
  • Online sites like IASSolution.com  are the real treasure that provides proper guidance and approach.
  • Besides all, the importance of mock tests cannot be neglected.
  • In the first place, the role of coaching institutes is just 3 percent while online sites like IASSolution.com treasure trove of knowledge played 50% of the role.
  • For common subjects like History, Geography, Economics study materials, and guidance are easily available.
  • Moreover, clarity of thoughts and ideas is vital because of most of the opinions of the question-based.
  • Empathy is the most important factor for government servants in providing better solutions to a common man.

IAS Exam Solutions 2021 –  Prelims Mock Test Series 

Simply reading standard books and materials will not help you to perform in the real UPSC Exam. Firstly, you need to identify your weak area and then try to improve it. You can improve your ability to perform in an actual exam only when tested in the exam atmosphere with negative marking. Take free UPSC Prelims Online Mock Tests by IASSolution to find where you stand, what are the weak and strong areas in our artificial intelligence-enabled exam platform. Happy learning!

IAS Exam 2021 – Book List

We have prepared the best book list for IAS Preparation by taking inputs from UPSC toppers. Links are provided to buy books online.

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739 thoughts on “IAS Exam 2021 – Syllabus, Pattern, Age Limit and Dates”

  1. My DOB is July 1st 1986 ,OBC category and complete my B’tech from CSE . Am I eligible for 2020 ?

  2. Sir my DOB is 10 june 1999.. in which year i m gonna be eligible can uu plzz tell.. and yeah this is my last year of grad now i m 19..
    Sir i hv a doubt if 2020 notification will came in feb at that time i will be 20 but after 2020 pre i will be 21.. so i wanna ask Am i eligible for 2020 or not hope uu understand plzz reply sir i m preparing from last year.. may i fill 2020 or not if yeahh then in such a way will strategies myself plzz reply sir as soon as uu can..

    Thnx a lot by the way ur site is amazingly clearing all hurdles that an aspirant face..

  3. Thanks for sharing the article about tips to clear the IAS exam. This will inspire the aspirants.

  4. hi sir
    I belong to general category and my date of birth is 24 november 1988.Now I am 30years old and writing 2019 prelims as my first attempt .how many times i could write upsc in future.kindly give me a replay

  5. Hello sir, I belong to 3rd B cateogiry, does it comes under OBC n how many attempts can I try, my dob is 19/5/1989

  6. Hello sir my dob 20.09.1984…belongs to obc category,…can i apply for 2019. IAS exam…

    Thank u…

  7. i have qualified for IAS prelims in this year but if in case if i don’t qualify in mains or i want to go with long term coaching for 1 year,am i eligible to write mains of next year directly with out attempting prelims.

  8. Can an applicant take upsc mains with online result of final year of bachelor degree if his marksheet or degree is not issued at the time of application for mains? Please guide me.

  9. Hello sir, My DOB is 10/04/1998 in which year i can appear for UPSC civil service exam?

  10. Sir,

    I am working in Oman , my age is 25, can I appear the UPSC exam 2019.

    How we can select the optional subjects?? is it based on our academic background??

    Kindly reply.

  11. Sir, I completed my 12th now.I am doing b.sc microbiology. Is this suitable for upsc exam please please please please please please please reply me.

  12. Sir my D. O. B, -13 Aug 1997 and I am OBC category. Am i eligible for 2019 UPSC exam.

  13. Dear sir
    Q.1 Any relaxation. for chartered accountant ?

    Q.2 If my DOB is 22.02.1988 , whether I am eligible for IAS Exams 2019 ( As per my limited knowledge I think I am eligible , as my age on 01.08.2019 would be 31 years 5 months & 8 days ).

  14. Sir, I am from st category my dob is 1982 so am I eligible for IAS exam? if eligible how many times attempts left?

  15. Is someone with DOB 30/04/1982 OBC Female eligible ? Any special exemptions that can be made?

  16. Hi sir and maim , my name is anita sahani .my dob is 8/10/1995 .I am from gorakhpur .I want to prepare of IAS .
    Sir, please give me salutions & advoice. please help me . sir mai kis tarah se preperation karu ki success ho jao.mujhe kaun si writter ki books read karni chahiye aur kya kya karna chahiye


  17. Hello Sir, i belong to OC category and my DOB is February 22 1991, still how many attempts i have

    in advance

  18. hello sir i belong to sc category my dob is 29-6-1983 how many more attempts left for me can i apply for 2019 n 2020 pls pls help me in this regard

  19. Rekha Ramteke

    I m sc category n 37 age will be start in next March. Shall I m eligible for 2019 attempt. It will be start not completed.

  20. Gireesh kumar AG

    My DOB 13/01/1998 I’m belong to general category . can i appear for IAS exam 2019?

  21. sir I am Gazi Salman recently completed Civil engineering & now i am under 24 age…i Want to know How to prepare in IAS exam.. I want to know syllabus

  22. Varun preet singh

    I am holding a second mate unlimited licence from dg shipping, am i eligible for civil services exams.

  23. Good morning sir.

    My DOB is 10-07-1987 and I belong to 3A. I want to know my eligibility for IAS 2019 and also for KAS.

  24. Hi sir

    I am mohit i have done graduation in b.a so I am eligible for ias and pcs examination.


  25. My DOB is 30.05.1984, and Category is OBC, Am I eligible for 2019 Civil Service Exam?
    Because of I am little bit confused with age with respect to 1 August

    Please respond

  26. sir my name is shruthi i have completed my B.E last year and my DOB is 13-07-1995 now i have got an intrest in passing IAS exam would you please help me to start how to start and which syllabus and i am doing apprentiship in BEL .
    thank you

  27. hi sir,

    i have completed my Btech and MBA and want to prepare for Civil Services. Can you suggest me which subjects would be better for me and from where can I refer for online study?

  28. Siddharth singh

    Sir hello iam siddharth singh sir mg subject is political science but sir i drop my study before the graduation some cirumstances. So know i want to started study given a IAS exam l. So plz sir help me how i can make my base ad started again my study my date of birth 19/10/1994

  29. HAI,

    Im manoj. my D.O.B is 20-08-1988. I did my B.com. i Started preparing from April,2018. i preparing my self without coaching but seeing online videos i was preparing notes . tell me how to prepare and the books to refer and how many months can i complete the syllabus . im from general category. so please suggest me sir

  30. Sir I am a android developer and develop my application on google.I don’t do job under any company.secondly I am a divorced and 36 year old. I wanted to know that can I attempt this exam because you haven’t mentioned in your this article for divorced women eligible age. Would you please intimate me that can I attempt or not.

  31. I am a science student. Please suggest me what all subjects I should choose? And how should I start the preparation?

    Many thanks in advance!

  32. Mohammed Naser

    Which is the best book for upsc preparation indian polity and Geography
    Awaiting for your reply

  33. Sanjay Pradhan

    Sir may I choose political science for paper-6 & public Administration for paper-7

  34. Hello. I belongs to general category. My dob is 20.8.1987. How many attempts i have. Could u help me

  35. Sir I m weak in maths.So is there any chance to get rid from maths in #IAS exam???

  36. sir i m 87 born. how to choose subjects as my subjects in graduation is geography, sociology, eng.

  37. Hello sir,
    I am working as a interior designer and also ba graduate from du in 2014 my dob in1991.Is I’m eligible for the exam?
    An plz sir guide me how to choose the subject .my interset in economics and pol.science. plz sir sugesst me…..

    1. IAS Solution

      First of all, You are eligible for IAS Exam. As per your interest , I suggest you take political science as optional subject. For a good start collect standard IAS Books and join in our test series

  38. Siddharth Sohaya

    How to see the application form?
    I am unable to login with my Reg Id and DOB. But i have got a message and mail in support of successful completion of the UPSC- CSP Exam 2018 form.

    Please Reply

    1. IAS Solution

      Apply online when UPSC notifies foe Civil Service Exam(CSE). Usually UPSC publishes CSE notification in the month of Feb/March. But for winning in UPSC civil Service Exam, you need to prepare minimum 1 year preparation before prelims Exam. Practicing our year long prelims test series will help you in reducing the errors happens in real exam and scheduled study.

  39. Siddharth Sohaya

    Is there any way to see the language subjects submitted in the form ? Or any link for that. Bcz I am confused between 2 subjects in the optional language subjects.

    Pls Rply

    1. Sir , I got graduated a year back. I have no clue to register for IAS exams . Am I eligible to write in 2018 if I register now ?And how do I fill the applications form sir ?

  40. Siddharth Sohaya

    Sir/ Madam

    I have by mistakenly filled Gujarati as an optional language subject in place of Hindi. Is there any process to change it, as I am unaware of writing in Gujarati language.

    Please Reply

  41. Sir,
    I was so confused about upsc mains syllabus.
    paper A and Paper B are compulsory for everyone except those from some other states..right??
    Optional subject 1
    Optional subject 2.
    Today I came to know that there is only one optional paper is there??
    Is that right or wrong..Please advice..

  42. Sunita singh

    Namaskar sir, I am com grdt, my dob is apr 4 91. How many attempt in this exam and which subject help me .

  43. Respected sir……
    I am married before marriage I was sc but now my husband is of general category….so after marriage I will be considered sc or general….?
    Basically according to that I will be considered eligible…….
    Please clear me …..

  44. sir i have given class 10th exam this year only. I always stood first in my class. i want to take humanities stream in class 11th as I want to have my complete focus on UPSC for complete 5 years(2 years inter and 3 year graduation) . please guide me.

  45. Hi Sir,

    I am an engineering student and my branch is EEE. Now i am preparing for CSE .
    Can you suggest me what should i choose for my optional paper ?
    Should it from engineering subject or from non-technical subject ?
    Which one will be more valuable for engineering student ?

  46. Sir i am studying in inter I want to become an IAS so what course i have to choose after inter

  47. Prashant Kumar singh

    Tell me sir..
    I live at village but I want to preparation of upsc. How to prepare at the village?

  48. Hi Sir,

    I’ve done my graduation through correspondence (IGNOU) in 2012 so Am I eligible for IAS exam. Also my dob is 1989 so how many attempt left there.

    Also please guide the best preperation to clear the exam.

  49. I am a student of BCA 3rd year,and I am interested in to become indian foreign service officer (IFS) officer . I am eligible for this or not

  50. Hi sir… my DOB 1/1/1985 i am belong to obc category. so ca i appear for ias exam 2019 ?pease suggest….

  51. shaistha khanum...........

    hi,,, sir…… ihad been completed my masters .so i had been applied for upsc prelims …. so plz suggest me wich is the book which we can score a good marks .and even though u suggest me that how to attempt in first choice itself……..

  52. Hi ,sir now I have passed my 12th and I want to prepare for IAS so I am confused that what graduation I should do like BSc or BA?

  53. Sir
    I am 88 born can I fill up the form now..
    BA PASEER out with 6years of recruitment experience.
    And m I eligible for this exams?

  54. Good evening sir, sir I am Commerce graduate 2016 please sir suggest me right path for crack the IAS exam

    1. Firstly, you need to collect NCERT Books and standard books. Read all books at least once. Refer Hindu newspaper and a business newspaper daily. Along with newspaper, follow PIB and Rajya Sabha TV Discussions. Moreover u must join a test series for regular study and testing of your acquired knowledge. We provide are providing a standard test series Link : https://www.iasexamsolutions.com/ . For more about strategy , refer this link https://www.iassolution.com/start-ias-preparation-without-coaching/

  55. Dear sir, I’m from Andaman I don’t no how to prepare for IA S exam can u suggest me to do this when I have to applicant the form for this

  56. Debaraj Pradhan

    Sir,i am graduate student,my d.o.b is 08-02-1982,sebc category,10years experience in state govt employee in Health service ,can i apply upsc ias exam2018 ?

  57. Hi sir
    I belongs to BC and DOB: 10/06/1984
    Can I attend 2018 civil service prelims?

  58. Hi Sir good morning,My DOB 18.11.1998.
    Now I am interested to upsc exam.Can you please guide me and want a syllabus
    reply please Mein abhi se start karna chahati hun…

    1. Have u completed UG nd 21 year for attempting ias exam ….
      Sorry for its , I am also have been prepration for that and will be appears at 2019.

  59. When do we pay the fee for exam? Since I have filled the form I’ve got no notification or option to pay the fees, could you please help me with that?


    Sir I a graduate, now I am interested in upsc exam, present IAM in paramilitary force CRPF, can u please guide me how can get the syllabus?

  61. Sir my dob 4-11-2994…..ND my qualification is 12th arts. …..sir I. Am. apply ….IAS. .test or no. ..
    ….nd I already job in INDIAN ARMY SOLDIER ..
    ..rply plz sr

  62. hello sir ,
    i am from btech cse , now i am in tough situation of selecting my optional subject , and i am sure if i select maths it will take ages to clear exam , so can you please say me a better options.

    1. Mains exam tk degree submit ho jayegi sir abhi final ka one paper due h apply to ker skta hu kya

      1. Hi sir… my dob is 10-June-1987, belongs to unreserved category. Can I apply for IAS 2019?

  63. Hi ,
    Sir my DOB is 8/7/1987 I am belong to general category.
    Can I appear for IAs exam 2019 ?
    Please advice..

  64. hi..im doing my BE 3rd year(6th sem) but by the time ill be writing prelims ill be entering to final year(7th sem) ….am i eligible coz its said you shyd be final year student!!
    plz reply

  65. Priya,my Dob 5.8.1991. Can I eligible for 2023 exam.i m from general category. Upsc age count 1st August.so I m thinking that I m eligible for 2023 upsc exam.because on that day I m 31 year 11 month 28 days.

  66. Sir I have completed my M.Tech …what should I place in educational qualification…graduate in engineering or others..plz help me

  67. sir if i opt to attend only for indian forest service prelims does it counted as my civil service(ias) attempt

  68. Hi there,

    My DOB is 04 May 1984, I’m from OBC and have been working with private company for last 8 years, Am I eligible to appear for this year and if yes, will my work experience be considered for Cumulative?


  69. I discontinued my btech final year I want to do social welfare degree in correspondence ,I’m I eligible to crack upsc exams

  70. I am a chartered accountant (age 25). Do i need any other qualification for appearing upsc boards??

    Also, if i clear prelims – can i take a gap for appearing for mains or is it that i have to appear in the subsequent attempt ?

  71. Sir I am doing BA English literature final year can I apply for IAS exam? And can you tell me the best institution in South side for aptitude class

  72. Hi
    Sir I want to know ……Am I eligible for IAS exam in 2019 as my dob is 13.9.87 nd m from general category?

  73. Bhaumik Thakkar

    Hello Sir

    I am Bhaumik Thakkar (DOB-24-12-1993) from Ahmadabad.

    I want to given civil services exam in 2018.
    so please, suggest what’s the process for online exam registration.

    1. Bhaumik Thakkar

      Hello Sir

      only B.Com student from gujarat university, they can give civil services exam in 2018 ??

  74. Hello sir / mam
    My dob is 17/11/1989
    Am I eligible for IAS 2018 exam plz let me know thanks

  75. Sir
    Civil service includes both IAS and IPS…
    How they differentiate , on wat basis differentation is done??

  76. Mahi maheshwari

    Sir m in 12 sci maths i want to take ias exam bt m confused from which stream should i complete my graduation pls suggest…..

  77. Hello Sir/Madam,
    I completed my Graduation , I Want to prepare for civils please suggest me how to start and how to manage time and which books are helpful.

  78. Bhavani prakash

    Hello sir. … can i take 2 different subjects as optional papers i.e. paper 1 as civil engineering and paper 2 as mathematics

  79. sir…now i’m doing my first year graduation(degree)..i want to be an IAS officer in medium of telugu…becoz i’m a telugu medium student…so any books are available for IAS in telugu medium on ur website???

  80. Sir, I am born in Aug 96 but i have a different question can we clear this exam in single attempt?
    and I’m From Engineering Field so which Requirements are needed?

  81. Sir! My father is a weaver and my mother is a home maker. My family annual income is 1 lakh 60 thousand per annum. So I belong to OBC non creamy layer. But last month my elder brother got job in company. Now whats my question is does my brother income will also consider for category? ?

  82. Hi sir I am Sureka Prabhu
    My DOB is 22-10-1984 and I’m OBC
    Am I eligible for this academic year?
    If so what is theorocedure sir??

  83. Bhimashankar betagouder

    My self bhimashankar betagouder. I am mechanical Engg. My optional sub is mathematics in Upsc paper. I want best Upsc maths top book for preparation of Upsc exam

  84. Sir , my engineering will complete may 2018 and IAS exam is at june 2018 am i eligible to write in exam this year.

  85. Sir, my dob 28 December 1985.i am divorce, single mother. iam also from general category. can i get age consation in upsc exam?

  86. Dear sir my date of birth is 18-08-1985..nw I’m preparing for ias Examinations for 2018.. I’m eligible right..im belong to general category .

      1. As on 1st August 2018, U should not complete 32 years of age . U already completed 32 years on 18th August 2017. So u are not eligible.

      2. Sir 18-08-1985 – 1995 = 10 years
        1995 -2005 = 10 years
        2005-2015 = 10 years
        2015-2017 = 2 years
        So 18-08-2017 = 32 years. ..for 2018 examination the age will be calculated on 1 Aug 2018 right.. So for the date 1-08-2018 I’m 32 know?

      3. U should not complete 32 years as of 1st August 2018 then only you are eligible . You already completed 32 years on 18th August 2017.

  87. Hi sir,
    This is Anup Kumar, my D.O.B is 22.12.1988 and I was passed out Bsc.IT From Sikkim Manipal
    University in 2012 and now I’m doing state government job in jharkhand and in my district there is no IAS coaching but I want to appear in forthcooming IAS exam. But I’m confuse in language which language I will use for written exam English or Hindi and I want all type of study matreial notes, books and if possible notes in audio form. Will u plz. Help me and have also lots of more question.

    Thanks & Regards
    Anup kumar

  88. Thanks to lots of clear information about preparation……sir m done B.Sc. 2013,B.Ed 2014, and then M.Sc. 2016 my DOB is 5-9-1992 general category can I apply for UPSC….. presently m nothing to know about exam…if I start fresh preparation for UPSC then can I done my target…acc to my dob

  89. Hi, I have completed my bca from ignou and want to participate this exam. I just want to know that which subject I have to select and what type of preparation would be require to complete this within 2 years. Pls guide.

  90. sir/mam,
    I failed to clear 12std exam in first attempt….. later by second attempt i cleared with 55%
    now i completed my UG with 68% as well as PG 78%… I eligible for upsc exams?

  91. Prathamesh karnik

    I am second year B com student.Appearing CAT N other related MBA entrance in August 2018. Will it be possible for me to do UPSC preparation along with MBA study and if so, please suggest on line will help me.

    1. Its possible but it is very difficult to manage these different pattern exams.So concentrate on one exam and clear it.

  92. hello sir
    My DOB is 15/06/1997 so am I eligible for 2018 attempt. I m confused as now prelims will held in June not in august so do I required to be of 21 by 1st June or 1st august ?

  93. Good evening sir, iam pursuing charted accountant and I completed my bcom, i want to study IAS.. is it possible to myself..please give me advice I will start to prep from January can I complete preliems in June?

  94. Hi Sir,

    Can you please suggest me hindi books list’s for IAS Exam.
    Hope to hear from you soon.


  95. As I know,there will be only one optional subject for mains 2018 and I selected geography as my optional and preparing for that..but in the exam pattern given above by IAS solution,it is there that there will be 2 optional subjects..I am in a bit confusion..can you please clear my doubt?
    Should I prepare for another optional subject ?

    1. Only one optional is mentioned in this post.. But there are two papers of One optional subject, ie Optional Paper 1, Optional Paper 2.

    1. Yes u are eligible but u have to submit your graduation subject at the time of filling Detailed Application Form (DAF). Best wishes.

  96. If someone having gap in its graduation for 3 to 4 yrs due to some reason are they eligible to give upsc exam?

  97. Sir,I have done btech in the year of 2013-2017 means I m 2017 passout but I have two backlogs due to this I will get my degree in jan 2019 Suppose I get clear in Upsc Pre 2018 should I eligible for upsc mains?

  98. Hi sir

    My name is deepa
    My birth date : 11/04/1983
    Do am i elgiable for wirting exams for this coming 2018 or no
    Please let me know

    1. IF u are from SC/ST category then u are eligible for 2018 IAS Exam. Otherwise(General/OBC) not eligible.

  99. Sir, meri d o b 1995 hai maine abhi IAS k liye study shuru ki hai kya main 2020 ko ias exam de sakti hu? Upsc ka naya rule age limit km ho gai hai kya ye sach hai? To OBC ke liye age kya hai?
    Plz reply me

  100. R/sir,
    My DOB is 16-06-1986, and I am form OBC category, how many times I apply for indian foreign services through IAS,

      1. R/Sir,
        I want to go in Indian foreign services through IAS, tell me about extra efforts to get indian foreign services, except IAS exam preparation. Where should I also focus to get the Indian foreign services.

      2. IFS is selected through CSE. If u opt first service as IFS then read more about India’s foreign relationships, UN and other international bodies for interview preparation. That is the only thing u need to do specially for preparation of IFS as first option. Best wishes.

  101. Hlo sir my dob is 13.09.87 …..Am I eligible to fill the form? If yes then when forms will out or I missed it….Plz do reply asap

  102. Sir ,I am in b.tech 3rd year with EEE( electrical & electronics engineering) branch. I am eligible for IAS exam…????
    If yes ,so which is book I read for preparation of IAS.

      1. If u complete graduation successfully then u are eligible for CSE. Final year students are also eligible if they can submit their graduation certificates when filling Detailed Application Form (DAF).

  103. hello there

    is there any difference in between polity and political science. if yes, then refer some books.


  104. Hi sir, I am valli. Now I am going to completed my M.Phil English . Next yr I am eagerly waiting to write upsc exam but for main exam how I choose optional subject sir. Because I did my degree in English literature but in optional there is no option for literature sir.

  105. my date of birth is 19/08/1998. i am thinking to give my attempt in final year i.e., in 2019 where as i am not going to be complete 21 yrs of age on 1st aug. can i be eligible for that year sir?

  106. My age will be 20 years, 11 months, 30 days, on August 1, 2019, will there be any problem in filing my form?

      1. Hi I’m Shailesh currently I’m studying 3 Rd year engineering ,and I’ll be completing in 2018 so I don’t want to continue my further studies so can I apply for the exams ..

      2. You should be graduate for appearing in UPSC CSE. So u can’t apply for IAS Exam without successful completion of your Engineering course.

  107. Sir I’m in F. Y. Bcom and 18years old i want to become ias should i prepare from now if yes then how can i prepare please help me sir give me a proper guidence

  108. sir/mam
    this is the 1st time i will be appearing for IAS 2018 . Kindly guide me how to crack the exam in first attempt

  109. sir I am currently doing my final year B.E mechanical
    Am I eligible to write upsc prelims 2018
    my d.o.b is 19/jun/1997

  110. Hello sir, I’m a medical doctor dob 22-11-1985 ,OBC category.Am I eligible for to write combined medical service exam on 2018

  111. I am B.com graduate and after I have done MBA om Human resource my dob is 6-nov-1987 please tell me which subjects is better for me and how many chances I have I am from general category.

  112. Sir i am chethan,a little confused ur category 3B but this which will come to group sir genaral or obc ?

  113. Pushpendra kumar

    Sir ,
    I am Pushpendra kumar
    S /o Rameshwar bhagat.
    I want to do UPSE.
    But name of my father is in matric and b.tech RAM SHWAR Bhagat and in intermediate RAMESHWAR Bhagat. Can it creat problem .please tell me about it and it’s solution …

  114. Pushpendra kumar

    Sir ,
    I am a student of b.tech final year and want to do prepration of upsc with my job.so i request to you please guide me and tell me about it’s materials .

  115. Sir or madam.

    My d o b is 10/07/1987 , am I eligible to take up the exam. And how I can go about it. I need some suggestions.
    Thank you.

  116. Sir my dob is 26march 1993 and I’m a 3years mechanical diploma holder. Am I eligible for this exams

  117. Thank u sir for ur reply. Sir can u tell me in which services I m eligible and what do u mean by other uniformed services.

  118. Hello sir, I have problem in my teeths. My 5 teeths have filling and 2 teeth are under gone through RCT. If I am medically fit or unfit for civil services examination. Plz…reply me sir.

  119. Sir,myself saumitri,my DOB is 15 may 1986 n I wl be released by navy on 31 Jan 2019.can I appear for 2018-19 upsc civil service exam..

    1. If u completed the require period of Service in Armed forces for age relaxation then u are eligible for 2018,2019 CSE as per current age criteria.

  120. Pranati kumari Biswal

    Namaste sir,
    My D.O.B is 20.06.1997. so kindly tell me plesase can I fill the form of UPSC for 2018-19 ..??

      1. Pranati kumari Biswal

        THANKS FOR REPLY..THANK YOU SO MUCH DEAR SIR/MA’M…??..UR reply reduced half of burden of mine..

  121. Sir iam very poor in english language , i cant understad minimum (The Hindu) news paper ( you said its must) . Do i have any another option .

    1. Then read Indian Express for time being.Later u will normally able to understand the Hindu..At that time u can switch over.

      1. Sir any use with spoken english? For improve language skills . What will you prefer in both spoken english or news paper for improve my language .

      2. Newspaper reading is better..Note down unfamiliar words and refer dictionary. Ur language skills will gradually improve.

  122. But, there is a proposal to reduce the entry age. Is it possible this proposal be in effect from 2019? Please inform me.

    1. Yes ,U can go for coaching but coaching is not must to clear Civil Service Exam.Self study is sufficient.

  123. Somdatta Chakraborty

    Hello sir, I am going to appear for my boards (class 12) In 2018. After that how shall i proceed?

  124. Sir,
    how many previous years current affairs i should cover . Please refer some magazines and news papers

    1. U need to cover current affairs from January 2017 . Refer Prathiyogitha Darpan and the Hindu Newspaper

  125. narendar indliya

    sir, i am precuing my b.tech 2nd year from mechanical engi.

    sir i am confuse which path i should select ias or ies ?

  126. Sir/ mam
    This is the first time to appear in IASexam, so, suggest me please.
    (1) How to choose exam centre, I am from Karbi Anglong district Assam.
    (2) I hv no idea about how to fillup the form?

    1. Dispur was the only UPSC Prelims Exam Centre in Assam . U can choose from the list when u fill the form online. Filling the form is very easy.First read the notification and just follow the instructions.

  127. My date of birth are 14/4/1975, I m govt.employ & sc/sT candidate.can i appear in IAS-2018 pre.exam csat. Thanks. Reply must

  128. If my DOB is 10-6-1986,can I apply for June 2018 exam,

    Also if my degree is from abroad,can I apply,

      1. 1986 born OBC’s are eligible for 2018 IAS Exam. Some foreign university degrees are approved by UPSC, not all. So u better contact UPSC through Email or Telephone. Best wishes.

  129. I forgot to mention my category on 19th of November.
    I belong to ST category, DOB is 12-06-1986. How many years left for me to appear IAS exam ahead? Kindly advice me, sir.

  130. Sir, my dob – 03/04/1998 my age is 18 years and i am doing graduation with commerce without maths stream 2nd year
    Maths is necessary for exam?
    Plss inform me if i am eligible for this exam in 2018 if not then which year i can give.

  131. Sir, my DOB is on 12-06-1986 and completed my graduation with simple past (without honours).Am I eligible for appearing UPSC? How many times can I appear for it?

  132. hello sir

    as per age deduction rumors. is it really going to be changed or its just a polotical agenda ?

    kind regards

    1. For 2018 IAS Exam, they will not made any changes in upper age limit. We cant predict about government decision about Baswan Committee report which is not a part of political agenda.

  133. Respected sir /medam
    Mujhe ek dought clarify kijiye please
    Cse prilims exam ke gs,csat two papers combind karke 120marks aana chahiye ya nahitho ek hi gs paper me 120 marks aana chahiye
    ¥Plese tell me sir ¥

    1. U need to score 120+ in GS 1 itself to qualify prelims. Also u have to score a minimum of 33 percent( ie 66.66 marks) in CSAT Paper 2 to qualify prelims.GS 1 score alone is considered for screening .

  134. Good morning sir, My name is Apurva studying B. Tech 3rd year in EEE branch. Sir, please tell me.Is electrical subject optional syllabus is same as IES syllabus in electrical engineering or not?
    And also tell how to prepare without coaching.

      1. Sir i m an employee and m an obc and my annual salary is below 8 lakh but my father salary is more than 8 lakh whether i fall in creamy layer or non-creamy layer.whether my salary will be considered or my father salary will be considered .

  135. Mam is it compulsory to write essay only in english language or we can use any other such language regarding 8th schedule

    1. U can choose any language listed in 8th schedule for essay or any other mains paper.But u can choose only one medium for entire mains exam ( literature subject for Optional is an exception) .

  136. hi sir…
    my dob is 24-5-1999
    and iam obc….category candidate
    i paased 10th std in 2014-15
    so now can i apply for ias….exams on 2018

  137. Sir I am confused about optional paper.. there is 2 optional paper. Right. I downloaded optional paper’s syllabus. Each subject has 2 parts.. paper one and paper 2.. Does Syllabus of the same subject is different for optional paper 1 and 2.
    For example If I choose economics as optional paper 1 and history as paper 2 ..then do I need to read both part paper 1 and 2. Or I can skip one

    1. From 2013 onwards there is only one optional subject need to choose and there are two papers ie Optional Paper 1 , Optional Paper 2. U cannot choose different subjects for Paper 1 and 2. Suppose u Choose History and u have to choose only History Paper 1 and History Paper 2.

  138. hello sir
    my D.O.B is 3-01-1990 general category. preparing for 2019 ias exam. can you tell how many attempts i will get ?

    kind regards

  139. Hi sir actually Mene pdhai chor di thi 10th ke bad ab mne 12th clear ki h 2016 m or meri dob 1995 h or m graduate k bad Dena chahu exam to mera Jo gap tha 10th and 12 k bich….usme koi problem to ni h

  140. Hello Sir,

    My DOB is 09/10/1985 and I am from OBC category. Can I attend the 2018 Civil Service Exams? If I am eligible, what are the documents to be submitted to prove my reservation category?


    1. yes u are eligible for 2018 IAS Exam. U should submit cast submit and non-creamy layer certificate.

      1. Sir my dob is 02/03/1985 and is from obc catagory and state is jamu and kashmir am Ieligible to sit in 2018 prelims

  141. Optional Subject History Geography, SOSALOGY, POLITICAL Science For B. Tech Computer Science Student, And Medium IAm Both Hindi English

  142. Sir I am B. Tech Computer Science Student Please Suggest me For Optional Subject !!Geography! Sosalogy political Science!! Or Sir Hindi And English Both my language kaun Si Language me Qualify karna Asan Hai!!!

  143. Rajendra Kumar Mohanty

    Sir please clear my confussion.i am interested to attemp upsc exam.but i am pass out Rajasthan deemed university(Declared under section 3 of the UGC Act.1956).Can i have attemped upsc 2018.Plz clear me.

  144. Hello sir I am interested in IAS exam. My DOB is 14 June 1986 in Open category. Please let me know if I am eligible in 2018 exams

  145. i am from gen category and my age is 34 i want to opt for ias but ths criteria set up by gov is so meaningless that i feel like laughing and in a country like india wheŕe population is beyond the limit gen cat candidates are loitering for jobs and gov setts the category based on caste system.such criteria is nowhere in world.mera bharat mahaan

  146. hlo sir dis is Nisha Rawat from Roorkee {Uttarakhand]
    will u plz tell me is there is any benefit for NCC C certificate with A grade holder

    1. No benefit for UPSC CSE. But NCC C Certificate with A or B grade have beneficial for UPSC CDSE and CAPF Exams. Best wishes.

  147. Sir my dob. Is. 23/7/1997
    Am I eligible for IAS exam
    I am in last year of under graduate
    At that time my exam is over but result is pending ..

    1. yes u are eligible if u can submit ur graduation certificate before Mains exam which is normally held in November-December. But u should submit ur certificate in August-September,

  148. what will be the upper age limit of obc to appear in civil service 2018? Whether 35 will be continued or diminished?

    1. Three chances as per age criteria but u should not exceed maximum attempts criteria( General -6, OBC – 9, SC/ST- unlimited )

  149. Arshid Husaain Mir

    SIR I AM doing Masters in persian so can I take Persian as an optional subject. Many people told me that the Persian is not in the list of optional subjects.

  150. My date of birth is 18 april 1997 and i am doing my final year in B.E EEE . Esther i am eligible for 2018 upsc.

  151. Dear Sir,

    I am done my masters in germany, currently living in germany, am I eligible for UPSC civil services with DOB 02,03,1989?
    one more this as I do not know anything about civil services syllabus and preparation is it possible to prepare myself and to crack the exam without any coaching centres?

    my kidest reagars

    1. 1.Yes u are eligible ..If u r from General Category u have 3 chances left as per ur age.
      2. Yes ,With Self preparation u can Crack Civil Service Exam. No doubt about it. Best wishes.

  152. hello sir, i am narasimha & i am from andhra university persuing M.sc 2 year, could u help me as regarding of preparation as i am thinking of CSE since 2013 but i am unable to implement my preparation being of various reasons, as my DOB was 06/08/1995. as i wish to talk personally with a expert but till now i couldn’t gone to anyone like that. as i am in a confused state to start my preparation due to my economic and family problems. As whatsoever i ave to be Indian administrative service and satisfy my promise that given to my father. so,finally i want to know how to start my preparation and make it successful without break-up.
    i didn’t know how to ask this forgive me, if anything wrong with me.

    1. I can understand your circumstances.Many students are facing hardship for right guidance like you. Because of this reason we created this platform for free guidance and preparation. U will get idea about How to start preparation by reading this article. For self study and testing we launched year long online test series(upto prelims).This test series will push u to the next level.Visit this link to know more.

  153. Hello, I m a BCA graduate… My DOB is 08-04-1994, GEN quota .. I want to appear Upsc exam.
    Am I eligible? Kindly tell the deadline of Age.

    1. U don’t need to worry about age.. U are eligible for next 6 attempts within the current age bar.Best wishes.

  154. HI,
    I had my 3 precious attempts in UPSC but couldn’t clear the prelims in those 3 times because of lack of preparation my DOB is 10.07.1991 and now preparing for Civil service exam 2018 this time with proper understanding could u please tell the number of chances left. And will there be any changes for CSE 2018.

      1. also I have done my graduation in BBA and PG in MBA so which option for mains will be suitable Pub Ad or management?

  155. Hi I m from Punjab my qualification is m.a,ett. Kya mai bhi exam de skti hu hamara base Punjabi h muhje suraat KAHA se krni hogi I m 29 years old

    1. yes u can write mains exam in Punjabi.And u have two chances remaining if u r from General Category.

  156. Hello Sir,
    I am Annapurna . I have completed my post graduation in English. Right now I m a central govt. employee working under CAG in kolkata. I have no time for joining any tuition classes for preparing Civil Services but I really want to crack this exam. Pls Sir can u suggest me abt it?

  157. Hi Sir
    My name is Mounesh from Bangalore Kindly confirm eligibility for IAS exam My Date of birth is 23-3-1984 and OBC candidate and Sir I have confusion Optional subject paper 1 and Paper 2. Do we need to take two optional subjects like History and Political science both at a time or in one optional paper 1 and paper 2 kindly clarify sir.

  158. Hi Sir

    My name is Arun from Bangalore Kindly confirm eligibility for IAS exam My Date of birth is 23-3-1984 and OBC candidate and Sir I have confusion Optional subject paper 1 and Paper 2. Do we need to take two optional subjects like History and Political science both at a time or in one optional paper 1 and paper 2 kindly clarify sir.

    1. Firstly, U are eligible for IAS Exam 2018(last chance). Secondly, U can choose only one optional and cannot choose different subject for Optional Paper 1 and 2. That is u can select History Optional Paper 1 or History Optional paper 2.

  159. My major subject in ug and pg is mathematics. I like maths but it is concept based subject with in the syllabus they can arise wide range of questions. So i’m not confident to choose this as my optional. Other optionals are not familiar to me.i thought any how i want study history for GS so can i take that as my optional but the syllabus for history is too vast, eventhough if i choose what kind of stratergy will i use to perform well in exam

    1. History subject is included in General Studies Paper 1 of Mains Exam. With this it will cover almost 75 % of Paper 1 Syllabi. U don’t need to study history specially for GS as it is covered in Optional History syllabus. Ie the +ve side.. History syllabus is vast and needs in-depth knowledge in the subject to answer UPSC Questions. Ie the negative side.Hard work is the best strategy to tackle History. U can check the History optional book list here https://www.iassolution.com/optional-book-list-upsc-ias-exam/

  160. Namakar sir……my name is prabhat kumar
    1.,mai hindi midium se ias ki tyari karna chahta hu……kya ye nirnay sahi hai ?
    2.mai abhi inter scince se kiya hu aur mai chahta hu ki BA art se karu to ias ke liye kaun sa subject achha hoga…..plz help me

  161. Respected sir…!
    I m start B E now but my aim is IPS how can prepare to UPSE and same suggestion need for me plz…!

  162. Sir,i m student of b.com 2nd year (account hons.) and i want know that who is the best subject for optional.

  163. Hello sir, My DOB is 31-May-84 and OBC by cast. Can I attempt fot two times in 2018 & 2019???

  164. My date of birth is 24/02/1991 in general category so how many attempt for upsc I can give

  165. Hello Sir ….My DOB:6/02/1985…….obc CATEGORY …..am i still eligible fr the exams….if so how many attempts remaining …..?and i am a dentist by profession……Kindly suggest me the optional subject which can amalgamate well with my profession though not too vast …..

    1. No age relaxation for Govt employees..Only ex-servicemen can claim age relaxation for UPSC CSE Exam.

  166. Hello sir … My DOB is 11/december/1997. Am I eligible to appear in UPSE CSE 2018? And I just want to ask when I get eligible for IAS attempt ?

  167. Thanks a lot to giving vital information about preparation of Upsc I hope that all information which are given full of authentication

  168. Hi SIR request me I am in civil preliminary qualified my degree exams in this year December in geetamuniversity in the result in jan last week 2019 I am apply in civil mains plz tell me

    1. No u have to submit ur degree certificates before 15th september 2o17. Even if u cleared prelims u are not eligible .If ur results coming on 2019 Jan then u are also not eligible for 2018’s IAS exam. If u passed the exam in 2019 Jan then u r eligible for 2019 exam

  169. Hi SIR my friend DOB is 08-05-1988 I am eligibility in civil service 2020 exam I’m General catagory plz replay me sir

  170. Hi SIR my DOB is 15-06-1988 I am eligibility in civil service 2019 exam I am General catagery

    1. Because of u will cover 32 years as of 1st August 2020. Even u cannot attend 2019 IAS Exam..:(

  171. My DOB is 15 june-1988 I am in general catagory.I can applying in 2020 civil service yes or no pls Tele me answer

  172. Hello sir,
    I want to became ias, but. I don’t have a clear idea what to prepare and how to prepare. I can’t afford for coaching classes.without proper guidence I’m confused. Now I’m zero in preparation, if i start from this month can i atten well in ias 2018. For that what i want to do, what kind of books i want to prepare, please tell me the way to reach my goal

  173. Sir I want to I know I’m from 3A catagory belongs to karantaka Reddy, in central means for IAS, 3A comes under GM or OBC.
    My dob is May 1st 1987 as per documents please let me know how many attempts I have can I write UPSC 2018 n 2019 exams.

    1. No restrictions. U can opt any language as mains written examination medium listed in 8th schedhule(22 languages)

  174. i have done graduation. now i want to prepare for upsc. But i am not good at cramming or mugging up facts. Please provide guidance as to how should i proceed

      1. thank you sir. i have 1 more question. actually i can’t cram or mug up facts. and we know upsc requires many things to be learnt by heart. So will i be able to prepare well ? please help

      2. Mugging up does not help much for UPSC exams..In depth understanding of subjects will really help u in this exam. UPSC mains exam is based on opinion questions..So u can prepare well for UPSC CSE.

  175. Respected sir,i have completed my bsc. Agriculture in 2016.&i am 22 years old.can i prepare for upsc. &which subject can i take for optional. Please help me Sir. I am little bit confused. Thanking you sir.

  176. Respected sir,i have completed my bsc. Agriculture in 2016.&i am 22 years old.can i prepare for upsc. &which subject can i take for optional. Please help me Sir. I am little bit confused.

    1. Yes ..You can start preparation. Agriculture or Geography will be good optional for u when considering your Agri background.

  177. Hello Sir,
    My DOB is 07/10/1990.Can you please tell me how many chances will I get now?