IAS Exam is a 3 stage process. 3 stages are

Stage Name Calender Description
1 Preliminary Examination May/June Preliminary is the first and the most competitive stage in the IAS examination.
2 Mains Examination Sep/Oct/Nov/Dec Mains is the critical stage in securing a good rank and one of the top Services
3 Interview stage Feb/Mar/Apr Interview is stage is just the last stage before an aspirant become a civil servant.
Final result Apr/May/June

Stage I – Preliminary Examination

  • Objective and Multiple Choice Question type examination
  • Qualifying in nature
  • Paper- I (GS) consists of 100 questions
  • Paper- II (CSAT- Civil Services Aptitude Test) consists of 80 questions
  • Negative marking 0.33%

Paper Subject Marks Questions Duration
Paper I General Studies 200 100 2 Hrs
Paper II CSAT 200 80 2 Hrs

Preliminary Examination Cutoffs

Prelims 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
General 241 205 107.34 116 105.34
OBC 222 204 106 110.66 102.66
SC 207 182 94 99.34 88.66
ST 201 174 91.34 96 88.66
PH-1 199 167 90.66 75.34 85.34
PH-2 184 113 76.66 72.66 61.34
PH-3 163 115 40 40 40

Stage II – Mains Examination

  • Subjective in Nature
  • Contains 9 papers
  • Merit counted: 4 General Studies Papers, 2 papers from Optional and 1 Essay
  • Qualifying Nature – 2 Language papers

List of Papers

Sl. No Paper Category Name Duration Marks
1 Paper I Essay Essay 3 Hrs 250
2 Paper II General Studies General Studies I 3 Hrs 250
3 Paper III General Studies General Studies II 3 Hrs 250
4 Paper IV General Studies General Studies III 3 Hrs 250
5 Paper V General Studies General Studies IV 3 Hrs 250
6 Paper VI Optional Paper Optional Paper I 3 Hrs 250
7 Paper VII Optional Paper Optional Paper II 3 Hrs 250
8 Paper A Qualifying Indian Language 3 Hrs 300
9 Paper B Qualifying English 3 Hrs 300
Total (Excluding Qualifying Papers) : 1750

Mains Examination Cutoffs

Mains 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
General 564 678 676 787 809
OBC 534 631 630 745 770
SC 518 631 622 739 756
ST 510 619 617 730 749
PH-1 510 609 580 713 734
PH-2 502 575 627 740 745
PH-3 410 449 504 545 578

Stage III – Interview Stage

  • Personality Test
  • Evaluated for the administrative qualities in the candidate

S.No. Head Description
1 Panel 5 members in the panel assess the administrative qualities of the candidates
2 Marks 275 marks
3 Duration About 20 to 40 minutes

Final Result

Stage Max Marks
Preliminary Examination Qualifying Nature
Mains Examination 1750
Interview stage 275
Total 2025

Final Cutoffs out of 2025

Final 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
General 775 889 877 988 1006
OBC 742 844 834 951 968
SC 719 830 810 937 944
ST 707 811 801 920 939
PH-1 725 816 802 927 923
PH-2 718 778 830 951 948
PH-3 613 713 697 817 830

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