How to become an IAS/IPS Officer: Civil Services Exam


30 Jun 2011 by Sonvir Singh Attri


The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the civil services exam every year. The Civil Services Exam holds the key for entry in to a number of prestigious jobs in the country including the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and Indian Police Service (IPS)

IAS, IFS and IPS are the top three services of Group A, Central Services. The other Group A services including Indian Customs and Central Excise Service, Indian Revenue Service and Indian Postal Service

Civil Services Exam consists of preliminary exam (prelims), main exam (mains), and interview. The prelims are usually held in May /June. Mains are held in October/November. The exam is notified in December. Application forms can be obtained from designated post offices around the country and the exams are held in major cities.

A candidate is allowed to make four attempts. However, candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste can make any number of attempts. Other Backward Class candidates are allowed seven attempts.


Nationality: For IAS and IPS, only Indian nationals are eligible. For other services, subjects of Nepal, Bhutan, Tibetan refugees, (who arrived in India before January 1, 1962), and persons of Indian origin, who migrated from specified countries, are eligible.

Age limit: Between 21-30 years as on August 1 of the year of exam. Relaxation of age limit is available to SC candidates and a few other specified categories.

Education: A degree from a recognised University.

Prelims: You have to clear the prelims to qualify for the mains. You got to write two papers in prelims: General Studies, and a subject chosen by the candidate from a specified list of 23 subjects. Both papers are in objective type and are of two-hours duration each. Optional subjects include Civil Engineering, Commerce, Geography, Medical Science, and Indian History.

Mains: Marks in the written exams and the interview will determine your ranking. Based on your ranking and preference, you will be allotted one of the Services.

Mains comprise nine papers in all.
I.English (300 points)
II.Any one of the languages included in the Eighth Schedule of the Indian Constitution. (300 points)
III.Essay (200 points)
IV & V. General Studies (300 points for each)
VI-IX. Two papers each from the two optional subjects chosen by the candidate each paper 300 points.
The interview carries 300 points.

How to prepare:

General knowledge books and IAS guidebooks are available in plenty in the market. Besides, there are also magazines that provide tips to IAS/IPS aspirants. You may have to watch Indian and international news channels, and read newspapers/ magazines that deal with politics, economics, and business to keep abreast of current affairs.

It would be a good idea to enrol in a good institute for professional guidance. Many institutes offer IAS coaching classes. But before enrolling, make sure to check the credibility of the institute. Get information about the institutes and choose one that has consistently produced IAS toppers.
You may also want to get together some serious aspirants and form study circles. You could hold discussions, and debates on burning topics to sharpen your analytical skills, and learn to present your thoughts and ideas in a coherent manner.

While preparing for Mains, you need to practice writing your answers, so that you could learn to present your answers in a coherent manner.


31 thoughts on “How to become an IAS/IPS Officer: Civil Services Exam

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  2. Sir,
    i have done my graduation completed. can i fill up this form. so reply sir.

  3. Lonkar Gopal says:

    Sir, i how to preapare for pre.

  4. anudeep says:

    my name R. anudeep.
    age 17 date of birth 10-06-1994
    i have completed intemidiate.

  5. jaswant verma says:

    i am jaswant verma i

  6. Rudra Pratap Singh Shekhawat says:

    give me all information of CIVIL SERVICES


  8. Rachana jain says:

    I want to be ias plz give me knomleadge of this ppr & prepration.

  9. dinesh kumar says:

    You feel very tough competition in this exam. This exam need all in you because without giving all to this you cant get success. So please prepare first then through this exam, I wish luck to all those fellow who read this.

  10. jitender kumar sinha says:

    this is top class exma in indian goverment service. You have to prepare very hard for this exam

  11. salinder singh says:

    i want to become an IPS officer ‘ i have done day and night equal to achieve my desire.

  12. Kapil says:

    How to becomE SI Or SHO

  13. Gagandeep Singh says:

    hello sir,now i am doing BBA (final year).after compeleated it can i give exam for ips & how many marks % is required for it from graduation?

  14. Gagandeep Singh says:

    Gagandeep Singh :
    hello sir,now i am doing BBA (final year).after completed it can i give exam for ips & how many marks % is required for it from graduation?

  15. srishti says:

    other than the requirements listed above I feel like a person going for the IPS in UPSC civil service exam must be willing and passionate to serve the masses from the rock bottom. You won’t be given an opulent office and working hours also won’t be limited. its best to learn the tricks of the trade that may help you survive in this competitive world.. You have two options.. either look for some offline coaching or go online. I personally prefer online course ‘coz a) you get the best deal i.e. the teacher at your doorstep b) saves your precious time c) proves economical d) interactive session with 1-1 personal connection. I prefered.

  16. Toki says:

    IPS examinations date forms information.

  17. sushma juyal says:

    hello sir this year i completed my graduation with 50% marks.shall i able to appear in this exam

  18. i want to become IAS officer. so plz give me all information nd how prepare self study

  19. Anup pradhan says:

    Topics of essay must be prepared by a student to qualify the main

  20. shikher gupta says:

    namstye sir,
    i am a pre final year student in engg. so can you plz tell me that how can i prepare n from which institute i will get my target(to became an ias ) . kindly send me information about it . thanking you .

  21. Sir,Now iam completed my+2 education.My dream is that to become an IAS officer.Iam very confident that i can&i will.

  22. aanand says:

    My Self Is Aanand And I Want tom Become An IPS Officer And i Have Completed my HSC And I am 16years old
    Date Of Birth-18/02/ 1996

  23. Rahul sharma says:

    I m giving a exam of bcom 3 year and result are can i apply for I.P.S .reply me as soon as

    Rahul sharma

  24. YASHI GARG says:


  25. akash says:

    Respected sir,
    I am Akash Saraswat of 8 class . My dream is to become a civil officer (IAS,PCS,OR IFS)sir i request you to give me tips , how a run before my gioal

  26. Ravi kumar says:

    sir now iam studying in 10 th class .i want to become ips so sir please give me some more information about it

  27. shaikh sufyan abdul majeed says:

    I am interested to do IAS/IPS I completed my tybcom nw…. so plzzz contact me as soon as possible… m completely fit in my body… I ran daily 5km

  28. sikander salman says:

    I m sikander Salman

  29. Avtar singh says:

    I want to be an i.p.s or .i.a.s . Give me all information about civil service

  30. Danshveer singh says:

    i want to made IPS

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