Civil Services Exam 2017
    What are IAS Exams?

    Civil Services Exams (popularly known as IAS Exams) are being conducted every year in India to fill prestigious posts like IAS (Indian Administrative Service), IPS (Indian Police Service), IFS (Indian Foreign Service), IRS (Indian Revenue Service) and many other central government services. The Civil Services Exams are conducted in three phases.

    Exam / Test 2017 - 18 dates
    Civil Services (Preliminary) Exam June 18, 2017
    Civil Services (Main) Exam 28 Oct 2017 onwards
    Interview (Personality test) Jan / Feb 2018
    Civil Services (Preliminary) Exam
    What is Civil Services (Preliminary) exam?

    Civil Services (Preliminary) exam is an objective-type test meant to serve as a screening test to select candidates for Civil Services (Main) Exam. Conducted annually on a Sunday in May/June by UPSC (Union Public Service Commission), Civil Services (Preliminary) consists of two papers. Marks obtained in the Civil Services (Preliminary) exam will not be counted for final ranking. There will be four alternatives for the answers to every question. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate, one-third (0.33) of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty.

    Paper Time limit Marks Pass %
    1. General Studies 120 minutes 200 marks NA
    2. General Aptitude 120 minutes 200 marks 33%
    Eligibility for IAS Exams
    Who is eligible for the Civil Services exam?

    Indian citizens who satisfy the following three criteria are eligible to take the Civil Services exam

    Type Eligibility
    Age limit between 21 years and 32 years on the 1st of August of the exam year (age relaxation available for reserved categories)
    Education any degree from any recognized University with any percentage (final year studdents who can obtain degree by September of the exam year are also eligible)
    Attempts not more than six attempts for general candidates (relaxation available for reserved categories)


    Civil Services (Preliminary) Exam
    What's the minimum score of a successful candiadte in the Preliminary exam?
    Minimum score in Paper I of candidates who successfully cleared the Preliminary exam by scoring atleast 33% in Paper II (For Preliminary Exam conducted in 2015)
    Category Score
    General 107.34
    OBC 106
    SC 94
    ST 91.34
    PH‐1 90.66
    PH‐2 76.66
    PH‐3 40
    Civil Services (Preliminary) Exam Syllabus
    Civil Services (Preliminary) Exam Paper I Syllabus
    Current events of national and intenational importance
    History of India and Indian National Movement
    Indian and World Geography - Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World
    Indian Polity and Governance - Constitution, Political System, Panchayat Raj , Public Policy, Rights, Issues etc.
    Economic and Social Development - Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives etc.
    General issues on Environmental ecology, Bio-diversity and ClimateChange
    General Science
    Civil Services (Preliminary) Exam Paper II Syllabus
    Comprehension
    Interpersonal skills including communication skills
    Logical reasoning and analytical ability
    Decision making and problem solving
    General mental ability
    Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc. Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. - Class X level)
    General Science