Civil Services


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.

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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

Monthly Salary:

Level Basic Pay DA (at 125%) Total Salary
Entry Level 21000 26250 47250
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?

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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.