About Exam

Civil service examination, termed as IAS (Indian Administrative Service) is conducted by UPSE for the recruitment of various administrative jobs. IAS is counted among the most renowned competitive exam conducted at national level & thousands of candidates appear in this exam every year. The Mains Examination is for the qualifiers of Preliminary Exams. Candidates appearing for the Civil Services are required to note that the exam is likely to comprise of two stages which include Civil Services (Preliminary) objective type exam for selection of candidates for main exam. The second stage of Civil Services (Main) exam (written and interview) will be conducted for the final selection of the candidates for various posts and services.


Candidates have to fulfil all the following the criteria: 

1. Citizen of India or subject of Nepal or Bhutan or Tibetan Refugee or PIO

2. Age between 21-32 years

3. Candidate should have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from university recognised by legislature

Maximum number of attempts:

General Category: 6 Attempts

OBC Category: 9 Attempts

SC/ST Category: No Limit

Exam Process

Steps to Apply for IAS Exam 

Step 1: Registration Part I

Visit the official website and click on the link to apply for UPSC Civil Services. Enter the details and click on Submit button. You will be redirected to the payment step.                                               

Step 2: Payment of Application Fee

Choose the payment method:

Offline mode: Download the Pay-in-slip provided on the page and pay cash at the nearest branch of State Bank of India during working hours of the bank.

Online mode: Payment through debit/credit card or net banking

Note: This step is not applicable for candidates who are exempted from paying the fee.

Step 3: Registration Part II

Post receipt of the fee payment; fill the other details of the IAS Application form. Enter the choice of IAS Exam Centre. Enter the qualification and other communication details asked correctly. Post verification, click on submit to proceed to the next step

Step 4 : Uploading the Images

Upload your photograph and image of the signature. Click on “I Agree” to approve of the declaration and submit the complete IAS Online Form. 


There are 9 different papers for the Mains Exams:




Paper I

Indian Language

200 Marks

Paper II


200 marks

Paper III


250 marks

Paper IV, V, VI, VII

General Studies

1000 marks

Paper VIII, IX

Optional Subject

1000 marks


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