How to become an ias officer – IAS Exam, Pattern, Eligibility, Age Limit

How to become an ias officer – Mains will be conducted on 17 september 2021 ( 5 Days ). It is one of top most job cum responsibility in government sector and the competition in this field are too much high. To became IAS, aspirants have to qualified UPSE civil services exam which is one of the toughest exam in India. We call UPSE civil Services exam by many different names like UPSE exam, civil services exam, IAS exam. The name of respective authority which conducted this exam is UPSE (Union Public Service Commission). This examination is conducted every year to recruit civil servants at various post. Every year, approximate 10 Lakh candidate’s register for this exam and out of which, approx 1,000 are selected. In this article, we will discuss everything about IAS Officer. Let’s get started without delay.

Who is IAS Officer?

IAS (Indian Administrative Service) is not only a job it’s a big responsibility which is given to those candidate’s who secure top ranks in the Civil Services Examination. An IAS officer contributes in many tasks like To implement the laws in their areas which made in the Parliament as well as in making a new policy or maintaining law & order, crises management, revenue collection, giving feed back etc.

IAS officer role and job profiles

The role of an IAS officer is to implement and administer the policies framed by the central and state government and help the government to take better decision for us as well as provide valuable feedback on any government decision. Basically, an IAS officer assists the government in following.
In policy administration and framing
Policies implementation
Provide key feedback on policies after implementation

Job profiles

There are some major profiles of IAS officer and work of different profiles are different. The profile names are following.

  • District magistrate/district collector
  • sub divisional officer
  • Divisional Commissioner
  • chief secretary
  • Cabinet Secretary

IAS Officer Important Links

Here are given all the important links which candidates use according to their needs.

Official WebsiteClick Here
Apply onlineClick Here
FAQClick Here
Help deskClick Here

IAS Officer Important Dates

Here is given the schedule of exam, Aspirants have to proceed accordingly.

Application Begin04 March 2021
Application Ended24 March 2021
Preliminary Admit card09 May 2021
Prelims Exam Date27 June 2021
Preliminary ResultAugust 2021
Main Exam Date17 September 2021(5 Days)
Main Exam ResultNov-Dec 2021
Personality Test/InterviewFeb-Mar 2022
Final ResultApril 2022

IAS Officer Eligibility criteria

If aspirants want to become IAS Officer then they have to three stages of UPSE CSE that is Prelims, Mains & Interview and the eligibility criteria to appear in the UPSE exam are following.


  • Aspirants must be citizen of India for IAS/IPS

Age Criteria

CategoryAge Limit
Blind/Deaf-Mute and orthopedically Challenged21-42

Educational qualifications

  • Aspirants must have a bachelor’s or equivalent degree from any recognised university/institute.
  • There is no minimum marks requirement in qualifying exam.
  • Appearing Candidate’s of qualifying examination are also eligible for prelims.

Attempt Limit

  • General category candidates have only 6 attempt to clear UPSE IAS exam
  • OBC & Physically Challenged candidates have Total 9 attempt
  • SC/ST candidates have unlimited attempt upto age limit

How to become an IAS officer?

There are 3 stages to become an IAS officer

1. Preliminary, which is conducted in June

PaperPaper NameTypeNo. of QuestionMarks allottedTime allotted
Paper 1General StudiesObjective1002002 hours
Paper 2General Studies II (CSAT)Objective802002 hours

2. Mains, which is conducted in september-october

PaperSubjectTime allottedTotal marks
Paper ACompulsory Indian Language3 Hours300
Paper BEnglish3 Hours300
Paper IEssay3 Hours250
Paper IIGeneral Studies I3 Hours250
Paper IIIGeneral Studies II3 Hours250
Paper IVGeneral Studies III3 Hours250

3. Interview, which is conducted in march-april

After Interview round, A final list is prepared on the basis of interview and Shortlisted candidates are sent to LBSNAA, Masuri for 2 years training and salary starts from one month after training. But after training, Rs. 56,100 get and out of which 10,000 are deducted for mess charge

IAS Officer Syllabus & Pattern

Here is given the CSE syllabus so that the preparation of candidates can be better.

The preliminary Exam contain two paper and both the paper are objective multiple choice paper. Paper I will test you on General studies which includes subjects such as History, Geography, Current Affairs etc while Paper II will test you on Aptitude which includes Comprehension, Problem solving skills, Analytical Ability etc. Both the paper will be of 200 marks each. After qualify prelims, Candidates will write mains which is the second stage.

Mains is a written examination and it will contain 9 papers and the subject topics include language, Technology, Indian Heritage, Security & Disaster Management, ethics etc. The all paper of Mains will be of total 1750 marks. Those who have cleared Mains exam, they will be shortlisted for personal interview which will be of 275 marks. The main purpose of this personal interview round is to check candidate are mentally alert or not, have moral integrity, leadership etc. The final list will be prepared on the basis of total of 2025 marks and the shortlisted candidates will be sent for training.

IAS Officer Pay Scale/Salary

Here is given below the UPSE IAS salary after the 7th pay commission.

PostGradePay ScaleBasic Pay
SDM,SDO or Sub-collectorJunior or Lower Time Scale50,000-1,50,00056,100
DM or Collector or Joint SecretarySenior Time Scale50,000-1,50,00167,700
Special Secretary or the head of various government departmentJunior Administrative50,000-1,50,00278,800
Secretary to a ministrySelection Grade1,00,000-2,00,0001,18,500-1,44,200
Principal Secretary of a very important department of the governmentSuper Time Scale1,00,000-2,00,0001,82,200
VariesAbove Super Time Scale1,00,000-2,00,0002,05,400
Chief Secretary of states, Union Secretaries in charge of various ministries of government of IndiaApex Scale2,25,000(Fixed)2,25,000
Cabinet Secretary of IndiaCabinet Secretary Grade2,50,000(Fixed)2,50,000

IAS Officer Helpdesk

If any of the aspirants have any trouble then they can contact to the following details.

  • Facilitation Counter : 011-23098543 / 23385271 / 23381125 / 23098591
  • Email : [email protected]

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Got a question?

Frequently Asked Questions

Take online or offline coaching which are affordable as well as their faculty should be excellent and make easy time table with proper sleeping time and follow the time table daily. Do not use mobile phone so much.

First you have to visit to the official website of UPSE and then Click on the link of apply online button and then select the application form and after that fill all the required details and pay the application fee to complete the form.

IAS Exam is a Civil Service Exam which is conducted by UPSE to complete the requirement of 24 different post like IAS,IPS,IFS etc.

According to the 7th pay commission, The salary of IAS officer is Rs. 56,100 which starts to be received after a month of training. Apart form this, An IAS officer is also given several allowances. Together, the salary becomes more than one lakh.

It is not possible to become an IAS Officer only on behalf of class 12th. In order to become an IAS Officer, Candidates must qualify CSE exam which is conducted by the UPSC and the eligibility to appear in CSE Exam is Candidates must have bachelor’s degree. so, Candidates have to take admission in graduation with any subject and their bachelor’s degree.

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