How to prepare for Indian Administrative Service (IAS)

Dear readers, are you going to be IAS officers or have you planned for this profession? If yes, then you are in a right place to get all the details about IAS entrance. Get informations regarding the examination and syllabus of IAS by going through this article and get prepared for it right now.

For every country, proper administration is indispensable for the entire development and to make progress consistently. In India, Indian Administrative service popularly known as IAS is responsible for the proper management and administration of various departments. The officials recruited under Indian Administrative Service control the law and order situations and have to work for the over all development of the country.

What the IAS is

Indian Administrative Service or IAS is one of the most respectable and responsible branches in India which involves in maintaining the government affairs. The officials recruited in IAS have to work in Central level, district level and divisional level. In central level, they make various policies and work for the implementation. They are also seen working as the representative of the Government in other countries and international forums. In district level, they are associated with district affairs. In divisional level, the IAS official have to maintain the general administration, the developmental work along with controlling the law and order situations. Thus, all the IAS officers have to work for the over all development and proper administration for the country.

Eligibility for the IAS

To join IAS, you have to be graduates in any disciplines. Your age should be between 21 years to 30 years and for SC and ST categories five years relaxation is given. For IAS, maximum attempts can be done for four times and the OBC candidates can attempt for seven times. There is no restriction for the ST or SC candidates. Besides these, the candidates who want to opt for IAS must be multi-talented, should have leadership quality, strong intellectual power, tact and diplomacy, presence of mind, good communication skills, and the ability to tackle any situations in need.

Examination details for IAS

To recruit officials under IAS, the Union Public Service Commission conducts examination in every year and it takes the whole year to complete the entire recruitment process. The examination for the Indian Administrative Service is held in three phases:

  1. The Preliminary Examination

  2. The Main Examination

  3. The Interview or Personality Test

1.The Preliminary Examination:

Firstly, candidates have to sit for the Preliminary examination. It is conducted just for screening the candidates. Those who have passed in this round can enter into the second round in which the Main Examination is held. The marks obtained in this round is not counted in the final stage. Two papers on general studies and optional subject are there for the Preliminary examination. Papers on general studies and optional subject carry 150 and 300 marks respectively. All the questions given are of objective type multiple choice questions. For second paper one can choose his suitable subject according to his or her wish from the list given below:

  1. Agriculture

  2. Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science

  3. Botany, Geology, Physics Chemistry and Geography

  4. Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering

  5. Indian History, Political Science, Law, Philosophy

  6. Psychology and Sociology

  7. Public Administration

  8. Statistics, commerce and Economics

2.The Main Examination:

After completing the Preliminary round, you have sit for the Main Examination in which nine papers are there for you to be done. Here in this round, you have to answer essay type questions. The paper one is on one Indian language. You can select your favourite language from the Indian languages which are included in our constitution. Mind it that the marks gained in this paper is not counted, it is just of a qualifying nature. Paper two is on English which is also for qualifying nature. Paper three is on essay, papers four and five are on general studies. Papers six, seven, eight and nine are on the subjects chosen from the options like Botany, Geology, Physics, Chemistry, Geography, Statistics, commerce, Economics, Public Administration, Psychology, Sociology, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Indian History, Political Science, Law, Philosophy, Animal Husbandry, Veterinary Science and Agriculture. You have to prepare for these nine papers in this round and once you cleared this round, you need to go for the final round in which an interview is held.

3.The Interview:

This is the final stage of the entire selection process for IAS. Those who have cleared the preliminary and main examinations are interviewed asking various questions on various aspects in this round. Through this interview, candidates' over knowledge on current issues, their ability of tackling different situations and personality are tested as they will be fitted to this profession or not. After completing these three rounds of examinations you can be an IAS, but your rank depends on the marks got in the main examination and the interview.

The selection process used in recruiting IAS officials is the toughest process not only in India but also in the world. Lakhs of students sit in the examination but only a few have been selected every year. For example, in 2011, there were 11984 candidates who passed in the Main examination and finally only a total number of 910 candidates had been selected for the entire selection process. This clearly shows how much difficult to be selected for the IAS is.

Coaching centres for IAS

As it is a very tough process to be an IAS officer, you need to have proper guidance. And nowadays so many coaching centres for IAS are available in various parts of India. I am going to give you the details of some coaching cenres where you can join and take proper guidance from the ex-IAS officers and the experts.
  1. IAS Study Circle, Ashok Nagar, Hyderabad, phone: 040-761673

  2. Delhi's IAS Study Circle, E-29, Saket, New Delhi- 17

  3. Chauhan IAS Studies Circle, Patna, Bihar, phone: 0612-2670189

  4. Chanakya IAS Academy, B-12, Naurangpura, Ahmedabad, Web:

  5. Govt IAS Coaching Institute of Nagpur, Maharashtra

  6. Anna IAS Academy, No-2, Kodambakkam, Chennai, phone: 044-22456892

  7. IAS Training Centre Presidency College, Presidency College, Kolkata, phone: 09831092916


Those who would like to work as an IAS officer or who have already planned to be to serve the country, it is extremely necessary to prepare in advance, getting all the details regarding Indian Administrative Service as it is the most challenging and responsible profession to achieve. Dear readers, firstly you read the details described in this article and start preparing for the Examinations right from the beginning. Remember, nothing is impossible in this world. So, you can make your dreams come true. Do not waste your precious time and focus on goal and work hard for that, and I am sure success will be at your hands.

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