Jihas Puthanpally

I want to know that what to do to become an IAS officer?

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RE: I want to know that what to do to become an IAS officer?

Prathamesh Kapote
Prathamesh Kapote
Verified Career Expert
Founder And Director At Canvas Career
  • Nasik

Hello JIHAS,
Welcome to CareerGuide.com!!! You have come to the right platform to get the right solution for your query.
Let me congratulate you as you have been thinking of opting IAS (Indian Adminstrative Service) as your career ;IAS is a 'A' Category government sevice which is highly respected and a highly special government service in India.

IAS officer works internally for the smooth functioning of law and order without any hindrance. IAS works right from the conception of the Indian Constitution.Many youths are fascinated towards IAS to make their career in this field. IAS jobs are considered with utmost esteem.Every year lakhs of aspirants from each corner of India apply for admission into IAS.

IAS exams are conducted by UPSC(Union Public Service Commission). However IAS is not an easy task to get in, you have to earn it. In short you can say UPSC exam is the Mother of all Exams.
IAS exam is based on the competitive exam i.e CSE(Civil Service Examination) which is held every year and directed by the UPSC (Union Public Service Commission). The exam serves as the common aptitude test for other civil services like IFS,IPS;Group A and B central services. It is one of the toughest exams that probably requires more than one attempt to crack it and to gain success.

A candidate who aspires to become IAS must fulfill the following eligibility criteria, as and when prescribed by the UPSC department from time -to-time.The following criteria is the latest notification for 2015 IAS exam.

IAS 2015 Eligibility:-

Minimum Educational Qualification-
1. A candidate must hold a degree of any Universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University Under Section -3 of the University Grants Commission Act 1965,or possess an equivalent qualification.

2.Applicants appearing for their final year degree exam are also eligible to apply for IAS 2015.

3.Candidates having professional and technical qualifications recognised by the Government of India as equivalent to professional and technical degrees are eligible to apply.

4. Candidates who have passed final year of MBBS exam but are yet to complete internship can apply for the prelim exam.

Age Limit:-

A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 32 years.

1.Upto a maximum of 5 years if a candidate belongs to a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe.

2. Upto a Maximum of 3 years in the case of candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes who are eligible to avail of reservation applicable to such candidates

You can also visit to the website : www.upsconline.nic.in for the latest notification.

Hope you find the information helpful and useful.
Feel free to get in touch again.

Wish you good Luck


Warm regards,
Prathamesh K.

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RE: I want to know that what to do to become an IAS officer?

Preeti Taneja
Preeti Taneja
Verified Career Expert
Dy. Manager Education & Counselling, Welspun India Limited
  • Chandigarh

The Indian civil services is considered as one of the premier services which paves the way for becoming an IAS, IPS or IFS officer. Civil Services offer an attractive and challenging career to the ambitious, the aspiring and the talented. The wide variety of jobs within the fold of the Civil Services have relatively greater sphere of authority and power than any other services in India. The career in civil services offer all one can aspire for: prestige, job security, salary package, opportunity of foreign tour, job satisfaction, etc. Civil servants in one way decide the fate of the nation as the implementation of all developmental and other government policy rest with them. The selection as civil servants is rigorous and only a handful is selected out of hundreds and thousands of aspirants every year. There is diversity of work- a wide variety of work is associated with civil services, like maintenance of law and order, developmental work, disaster management, representing India on international forum, administration, upliftment and empowerment of lower sections of society. There is a deep sense of job security as a civil servant cannot be fired easily. Once selected, a civil servant works till the age of 60 and the latest pay commission has brought the salaries of the Civil Servants at par with those in the corporate sector. The facilities and offered to an officer are excellent. A remarkable thing about civil services is that it provides opportunity to contribute effectively in the decision making process of country. The talented ones also get to represent the nation at world forums. A person who wants to participate closely in the process of building society and wants to bring about positive social change should definitely try to crack the IAS examination. The aspirants of Civil Services favor the top three services namely- IAS, IPS and IFS as these services hold within their fold the vast scope to use bestowed power to bring about societal development. The Civil Services Exam is a paper based test and consists of three successive stages:
Preliminary Examination (Objective type) - comprising 2 exams - General Studies and CSAT ( Civil Services Aptitude Test)
Civil Services Main Examination (Written)

The age limit, eligibility criteria are as follows:-

Age limit
Indian nationals who have attained the age of 21 years, and not have attained the upper age limit on 1st August of the year in which he/she attempts the exams are eligible. The upper age limit is given in the table below for various categories


Category: 30 years SC/ST: 35 years physically handicapped: 40 years

Educational Qualification:
The candidate must hold any degree in any discipline from any recognized university
Final year degree students are also eligible
The degree can be of any class (distinction, first, second etc.)
Degree obtained by distance education/open university is also eligible if the university is a recognized university

RE: I want to know that what to do to become an IAS officer?

Apurva Kumar Pandya, PhD
Apurva Kumar Pandya, PhD
Verified Career Expert
Consulting Psychologist
  • Delhi

Thanks for writing to us. I believe two career counselors have very well explained the process. I would not repeat them.

To become IAS office, prepare for UPSC exam. You can appear for UPSC exam after graduation. Usually, 1 year of dedicated preparation is crucial as UPSC is highly competitive exam and for IAS high rank is required.

If you are doing graduation, start preparing for UPSC's preliminary examination.

Tips of Preparation for UPSC Exam

Read news paper regularly to update yourself with current affairs
Read Year book (I recommend Monrama Year Book)
Read magagzines for UPSC exam (there are many magazines like Competition Success Review (CSR), Pratiyogita Darpan etc.)
Read regularly your primary subject
You may join Competitive Exam Preparation Centre at your University or any coaching centres nearby your area
In some area, State Government has training centre. For example, Gujarat State has Sardar Patel Institute of Public Administration (SPIPA) who conducts courses for preparing for UPSC examination. Please inquire about it in your State.

Hope I have answered your query. If you have further queries, feel free to write back.

Wish you bright career,
Apurvakumar Pandya, PhD

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