IAS Exam is the premier exam of India and also the toughest one. IAS is the best All India Service to serve the society. The youth of our country aspire to be IAS officer at least once in life. The UPSC conducts the civil services exam each year for the All India services and various central civil services. Various deserving candidates do not appear in the IAS Exam because they do not know the exact eligibility criteria for the IAS Exam.
IAS Exam treats all the IAS aspirants in par irrespective of their age, educational qualification, attempt, and the likes. There is no minimum passing percentage required in the graduate degree in order to apply for the IAS Exam. All the IAS aspirants whether simple graduate or a Doctor in the subject needs to appear in the common IAS Prelims Exam conducted by Union Public Service Commission each year in the month of June.
Over 10 lakh students apply for the UPSC civil services exam every year, of which only about 5 lakhs appear for the prelims exam. So drop out is about 50% even before writing the exam. Among these 5 lakh candidates only 10-15 thousand qualify for the mains. Only about 2500 or less candidates qualify for the mains depending upon the vacancies. After that based on teh combined marks of mains and interview only about 1,000 selections happen every year. From this, about 180 IAS officers are selected, once again based on vacancies. The rest are alloted other civil services as per their rank and choice.
The Civil Services Examination is conducted in 3 stages. The entire process takes almost an year:
Stage I – Preliminary Examination (usually conducted in May/June, results by August)
Stage II – Main Examination (usually conducted around November, results by February/March)
Stage III – Interview (usually conducted over Marc/April, final results announced a few days before the next preliminary exam)