What are IAS Exams or Civils
IAS Exams (popularly known as 'CIVILS' or Civil Services Exams) are being conducted every year in India to recruit officers for prestigious government services like IAS (Indian Administrative Service), IPS (Indian Police Service), IFS (Indian Foreign Service), IRS (Indian Revenue Service) etc.

Who conducts these IAS Exams or Civils
The Civil Services Exams (IAS Exams) are conducted in three phases.
 Phase I: CSAT (Civil Services Aptitude Test) in July/August
 Phase II: Mains (Civil Services Mains) in November/December
 Phase III: Personality test (interview) in Feb/Mar of the following year

Who is the eligible for IAS Exams?
Indian citizens who meet the age, qualification and attempts limits are eligible
 Current Age limits
General category : 21 years to 32 years on 1st August of the exam year.
General category PH: 21 years to 42 years on 1st August of the exam year.
OBC: 21 years to 35 years on 1st August of the exam year.
OBC and PH: 21 years to 45 years on 1st August of the exam year.
SC/ST: 21 years to 35 years on 1st August of the exam year.
SC/ST and PH: 21 years to 47 years on 1st August of the exam year.
 Current attempts limits
General category : 6
General category and PH: 9
OBC: 9
OBC and PH: 9
SC/ST: unlimited.
 Educational Qualification: Any degree holder (or degree final year students who can get the degree by July of the exam year) from any recognized University in any discipline with any percentage is eligible. Degree obtained by distance education is also permitted

What is the syllabus for Prelims (CSAT) and Mains
IAS Prelims exam name was changed to CSAT (Civil Services Aptitude Test) and was conducted first time in 2011. There is no sectional cutoff. Marks for both paper I and paper II are combined to select candidates for the Mains exam. CSAT has two papers:
 CSAT Paper I: General Studies 200 Marks; Duration: Two Hours; Number of Questions: 100 (all objective type) Generally conducted in the morning session on a Sunday

Current Affairs: Events of national and international 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, Panchayati 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 Climate Change
General Science

subjects and no. of questions asked in previous exams

 Subject   2011   2012   2013   2014 
History and Culture   16  20  15  20
Economy   17  10  14  10
Polity  08  18  16  11
Geography  11  11  14  09
Environment & Bio-diversity   21  23  22  32
Science & Technology   18  09  13  05
Current Affairs and Events  09  09  06  13
Total 100 100 100 100
 CSAT Paper II: General Ability Test 200 Marks; Duration: Two Hours; Number of Questions: 80 Marking Scheme: Total 80 questions have 200 marks, thus each question is of 2.5 marks. There is a negative marking of 33% or 0.83 marks. Decision making section doesn't have any negative marking.

Interpersonal skills including communication skills
Logical reasoning and analytical ability
General mental ability
Basic numeracy
Data Interpretation Decision making and problem solving

subjects and No. of Questions asked in previous exams

 Subject   2011   2012   2013   2014 
Comprehension & communication skills   37  40  32  26
Logical reasoning & mental ability   12  30  25  30
Basic numeracy  15  03  11  18
Data Interpretation  08  0  06  0
Decision making    08  07  06  0
Total 80 80 80 74*

What is the syllabus and pattern for Mains
Paper‐I Essay - 250 Marks Paper‐II General Studies–I 250Marks (Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography otherworld and Society) Paper‐III General Studies –II 250 Marks (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations) Paper‐IV General Studies –III 250 Marks (Technology, Economic Development, Bio‐diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management) Paper‐V General Studies –IV 250Marks (Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude) Paper‐VI Optional Subject – Paper 1 250Marks Paper‐VII Optional Subject – Paper -2 250 Marks Written test total - 1750 Marks
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What is the syllabus and pattern for Personality Test (Interview)
IAS interview typically revolve around candidate's background and current affairs. It will generally last about 30 - 50 minutes. The interview is for a maximum of 300 marks, so it has about 14% weightage (275 out of 2025) The interview board will assess the candidate’s appearance, manners, poise, alertness, emotional balance, rational and unbiased judgment, decision making ability under stress, depth of knowledge, communication skills, analytical skills, leadership skills and integrity.
Click here to read an actual interview script from an IAS topper

When will these IAS Exams be held in 2015
Date Of Notification: May 16, 2015
Last Date of receipt of application: June 12, 2015 (Friday)
Date of of Exam: August 23, 2015 (Sunday)
 CIVIL SERVICES (MAIN) EXAM, 2015 Date of Commencement of Exam: December 18, 2015 (Friday)

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