To become an IAS officer, you need to qualify the Union Public Service Commission Civil Services Exam (CSE). The exam itself is conducted as a means to recruit civil servants to one of the 25 services that comprise of the All India Services, Central Services and Group B services.
For being eligible to sit in this examination, you must hold a Bachelor's Degree from any of the recognized universities.
You can start preparing for this examination if you want to right from this time. You can work on yoyr general knowledge and vocabulary.
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The educational qualification for IAS is
- Minimum qualification for UPSC exam: The candidate must hold a degree from Government recognised Universities or possess an equivalent qualification.
- Candidates who are in their final year or awaiting results are also eligible to appear for UPSC preliminary Examination. All such candidates who are likely to appear for IAS exams must produce proof of having passed the said examination along with the application for the main IAS examination.
- Candidates having professional and technical qualifications recognised by the Government as equivalent to professional and technical degrees.
- Medical students who have passed the final year of MBBS, but are yet to complete their internship also have eligibility for IAS. Although, along with the Main Examination application, a certificate of course completion (including internship) from the concerned authority of the University/Institution has to be submitted.
The pattern of UPSC examination is officially divided into two stages called Preliminary and Main Examination while in practice, it is a three-stage exam.
As per the IAS exam pattern, candidates who clear the Prelims are eligible for Mains and candidates who clear the Main reach the interview stage.The UPSC exam pattern for the Preliminary stage consists of two papers ( General studies I and General studies II CSAT) , conducted on one day. Both the papers comprise objective type questions with multiple choice of answers.
The UPSC exam pattern for the Mains stage consists of 9 papers conducted over 5-7 days
Paper A Compulsory Indian language
Paper B English
Paper I Essay
Paper II General Studies I
Paper III General Studies II
Paper IV General Studies III
Paper V General Studies IV
Paper VI Optional I
Paper VII Optional II
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