Q: What are the civil services? How to get into civil services of India?
Civil Services are prestigious jobs like IAS, IPS, IFS, IRS etc. directly related to public service. Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts Civil Service Exams for Central Government job vacancies.
Q: What is IAS, IPS, IFS, IFoS?
IAS – Indian Administrative Service
IPS – Indian Police Service
IFS- Indian Foreign Service
IFoS – Indian Forest Service.
Q. What is the level of competition in UPSC Civil Service Examination?
The number of candidates aspiring for the UPSC Civil Services has gone up to more than 9,00,000 who fill the form and almost 4,00,000 who appear in the 1st stage of the exam, Preliminary Exam.
The number of candidates who qualify the Preliminary exam to appear in the Main Exam is equal to 12 to 13 times the number of vacancies in the Civil Services Exam that year.
Out of these, the number of candidates who will qualify to appear in the Interview is 2 times the number of vacancies in the Civil Services advertised that year.
For instance, if the number of vacancies in given year is 1000, then about 13,000 candidates would be called (qualified) by the UPSC to appear in the Main exam & the number of candidates who will qualify the Main examination to appear in the Interview would be about 2,000.
Q: What is the salary of an IAS officer?
IAS Salary on the basis of post after the 7th pay commission:
|Post||Grade||Pay Scale||Grade Pay|
|Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM), SDO, or Sub-Collector (after 2 years of probation)||Junior or Lower Time Scale||15600 – 39100||5400|
|District Magistrate (DM) or Collector or a Joint Secretary of a Government Ministry||Senior Time Scale||15600 – 39100||6600|
|Special Secretary or the Head of Various Government Departments||Junior Administrative||15600 – 39100||7600|
|Secretary to a Ministry||Selection Grade||37400 – 67000||8700|
|Principal Secretary of a Very Important Department of the Government||Super Time Scale||37400 – 67000||8700|
|Varies||Above Super Time Scale||37400 – 67000||12000|
|Chief Secretary of States, Union Secretaries in charge of various ministries of Government of India||Apex Scale||80000 (Fixed)||NA|
|Cabinet Secretary of India||Cabinet Secretary Grade||90000 (Fixed)||NA|
|Level||Basic Pay||DA (at 125%)||Total Salary|
|Cabinet Secretary Level||90000||112500||202500|
Q. When is the Examination Notice issued?
IAS Exam Date 2019:
|Name of Exam||Date of Notification||Last Date for receipt of Applications||Date of Commencement of Exam||Duration of Exam|
|Civil Services (Prelims), 2019||19.02.2019||18.03.2019||02.06.2019||1 Day|
|Indian Forest Service (Prelims), 2019 through Civil Services (Prelims)||19.02.2019||18.03.2019||02.06.2019||1 Day|
|Civil Services (Mains – written), 2019||20.09.2019||5 Days|
|Indian Forest Service (Mains), 2019||01.12.2019||10 Days|
Q. What is the number of vacancies in Civil Services for which the examination is conducted every year by UPSC?
The number of vacancies is reported by Union Public Service Commission in its advertisement/notification for the exam. The number of vacancies varies every year; the number of vacancies per year in the last 4 years has varied between 1000 and 1200.
Q. How many attempts does one get to crack the Civil Service Examination?
Number of attempts for General Category candidates is 6; OBC is 9 and for a candidate belonging to SC/ST category is unlimited (there is no restriction on number of attempts for SC/ST category).
Q: What is the latest syllabus for IAS exam?
Qn: What are the useful websites for IAS exam preparation?
Useful Government Websites for CSE preparation:
- ncert.nic.in – Download NCERT Texts as PDF.
- nios.ac.in – Download NIOS Online Materials.
- egyankosh.ac.in – Download IGNOU Books.
- yojana.gov.in – Download Yojana and Kurukshetra Magazines.
- upsc.gov.in – Official Website of UPSC.
- pib.nic.in – Press Information Bureau Website, for government updates.
- prsindia.org – PRS Website for tracking bills in Parliament.
- idsa.in – IDSA website for Defense and Foreign relations.
- gatewayhouse.in – Indian Council for Global relations.
- envfor.nic.in – Ministry of Environment and Forests.
- mea.gov.in – Ministry of External Affairs.
- indiabudget.nic.in – Download Budget and Economic Survey.
- ptinews.com – Press Trust of India.
- ibef.org – India Brand Equity Foundation for economy and business.
- makeinindia.com – Make in India initiative for manufacturing related info
Q: Which stream/subject should I choose for graduation to clear UPSC exam?
Anyone who makes genuine effort with systematic study is sure to clear the UPSC exam. It doesn’t really matter which field or stream you’re from.
Q: Can candidates use calculators in UPSC Civil Services Exam?
It is not allowed for UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Exam.
But candidates will be allowed the use of Scientific (Non-Programmable type) Calculators at the conventional (Essay) type examination of UPSC, i.e. Mains Exam.
Q. Is an attempt at the Civil Service (Preliminary) Examination (CSP) counted as an attempt at the Civil Service Examination (CSE) ?
An attempt at a Preliminary Examination shall be deemed to be an attempt at the Civil Services Examination if:
(i) a candidate actually appears in any one paper in the Preliminary Examination, he/she shall be deemed to have made an attempt at the Examination. It means, if a candidate submits Examination application form and also receives admit card but does not appear for any of the two papers of the Preliminary Examination then the attempt shall not be counted.
(ii) Not withstanding the disqualification/ cancellation of candidature, the fact of appearance of the candidate at the examination will count as an attempt.
Q.How Attempts are counted in UPSC-CSE?
If you appear for any of the papers of the Civil Services Preliminary Exam, your attempt is counted. But, if you have only filled up the UPSC application form and didn’t go to take the Preliminary Exam, your attempt will not be counted.
Q. What information should be given by persons already in Government Service to their Head of Office?
Persons already in Government Service, whether in a permanent or temporary capacity or as work charged employees other than casual or daily rated employees or those serving under the Public Sector Enterprises are required to submit an undertaking that they have informed their Head of Office/Department, in writing, that they have applied for the Examination. Candidates should note that in case a communication is received from their employer, by the Commission, withholding permission to the candidates applying for/appearing in the examination, their application will be liable to be rejected/candidature will be liable to be cancelled.