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How to Become an IAS Officer : Step by Step Guide

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How to become an IAS Officer is a question to many? Especially for the students studying in 10th and 12th standard. Are you an aspiring candidate who wants to join Indian administrative services?

Have you decided on a career goal for yourself and ready to do anything to achieve your goal? Then, yes you are at the right place. Here, I am going to tell you how to become an IAS officer after 12th in simple steps. Keep reading the article till the end to know more about it.

And Are you planning to become a District Magistrate after becoming an IAS Officer? Then, 2 to
3 promotions of an IAS Officer make you a DM. To know more details of the same read How to Become DM.

Full form of IAS

Many of us hear about the IAS officer. But very few of us know the full form of IAS officer. So let us first understand what the full form of IAS. IAS stands for Indian Administrative Service. It is one of the most prestigious government jobs in India.

How to Become an IAS officer

To become an IAS officer the candidate needs to crack the Civil Service Examination (CSE) conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). After passing the UPSC-CSE exam only an aspiring candidate can become an IAS officer.

Eligibility criteria – Age Limit

  • The minimum age criteria to appear for the UPSC CSE exam are at least 21 years of age.
  • The maximum age limit where a candidate can become an IAS officer for the general the category is 32 years,
  •  And the maximum limit for the OBC category is 35 years
  • Also, for of SC/ST category is 37 years.

Educational Qualification

  • To become an IAS officer and crack the UPSC CSE exam a candidate should hold a
    graduation degree from any recognized University. Even a candidate appearing for the final year of graduation can appear for this examination.
  • Candidates who have taken correspondence education are also eligible for this examination.
  • Digits with a technical degree are also eligible.
  • Even professionals can apply for this particular examination.
  • A medical student is also eligible to apply for this examination. But only if he has completed the degree and undergoing an internship program.
  • A candidate who has passed CA, ICWA, and ICSI are also eligible to apply for the post.

Number of attempts

  • For the general category, the candidate is limited to 6 attempts.
  • And for that off OBC, the candidate has a limit of 9 attempts.
  • An SC/ST candidate has no limit till 37 years of age.

What is the UPSC CSE exam?

UPSC is nothing but stands for union public service commission which conducts the CSE
exam. It is one of the toughest competitive exams in India.

UPSC CSE exam takes place in three stages namely:-

1. Preliminary exam
2. Mains exam
3. Interview process

Preliminary exam

This exam consists of multiple-choice questions. And also has a negative marking of 0.33
marks as a penalty. The duration of the paper is of 2 hours with a total mark of 400.

Paper 1

Current affairs, Indian history, and politics.

Paper 2

Civil service aptitude test (CSAT).

Mains exam

After qualifying for the preliminary exam the candidate is eligible for the Mains exam. Mains exam is a descriptive type of exam. It includes a total of nine papers and total marks of 1750.

Syllabus for the Mains Exam

  • Essay on any topic
  • Indian Heritage, Culture, Geography
  •  Constitution, Governance, Social Justice
  • Technology, Environment, Disaster Management
  • Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude
  • Indian Language (Anyone of the language)
  • English language

Interview Process

After passing the objective and the subjective exam a candidate is eligible for the last interview process. Only a few candidates reached this final round. After qualifying and cracking the interview the candidate becomes an IAS officer.

During the interview, subjective personal skills, as well as the mental ability of the candidate, are checked. After the selection of the candidate, he is given the training and posted accordingly.

Role and responsibility of an IAS officer

  • To frame important policy and discharge it
  • To advise the ministers about important matters
  • Maintain the law and order of the citizens
  • Implementation of important policies and decisions
  • Collection of revenues
  • Supervisor of various expenses
  • Take important decisions where ever necessary and frame policies accordingly
  • To look after the proper implementation of those policies.

How to fill UPSC Form

  1. Visit the official website of UPSC –
  2. Click on online application for various examinations
  3. Choose service civil services examination – Preliminary Exam
  4. Now, start registering with IAS Part – 1
  5. Fill up your Personal Details
  6. Choose your convenient exam center
  7. Upload your recent passport size photograph
  8. Upload your digital signature and Identity Card
  9. Accept the Declaration by clicking on Agree Button
  10. Lastly, click on the SUBMIT button.

Final Thoughts

To conclude, this was all about how to become an IAS officer. With guidance, you also need a
lot of effort and hard work to become an IAS officer. If any more queries related to IAS
Officer and UPSC exam you can get connected to me. I will get back to you with the solution.

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