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IAS 2019 Selection Process- Prelims, Mains & Interview

Updated On - February 11th 2019 by SONAL ROHATGI

IAS Exam (Indian Administrative Services) is conducted to invite candidates who wish to seek employment at All India Services such as I.A.S, I.P.S, I.F.S, I.R.S and various other Group A and Group B services. IAS Exam is held in three different stages- Preliminary Examination, Mains examination and Interview. On the basis of the marks obtained in Mains examination and Interview, a final merit list prepared with the name of the candidates who are eligible for recruitment provided their documents are also according to the requirement. Check IAS Cutoff 2019

Latest Update: UPSC has finally released IAS 2018 Interview Dates. The interview for all the qualified candidates is scheduled from February 11, 2019 to March 29, 2019. Candidates can download the call letter from the official website. Download IAS Interview Official Schedule

Selection of candidates is based on the cut offs released by the commission after preliminary examination and mains examination. Candidate who qualifies in the preliminary examination can sit for UPSC mains examination. Similarly, a cut off is released according to which qualified candidates are called for the interview session hence, preparation of merit list takes place while excluding marks scored in preliminary examination.Read IAS Syllabus

IAS 2019 Exam Results

IAS Prelims 2019 Exam will be conducted on June 2, 2019. The IAS Results for the same will be declared by the commission in July 2019. Candidates who will be able to score more than the cut off set by the commission will proceed to the mains examination.

  • IAS selection process has three stages. First is IAS prelims exam, those who qualify this have to register again for IAS Mains exam.
  • Marks scored in IAS Prelims is only considered to select candidates to mains exam and not for final merit list.
  • IAS Mains Exam will be conducted on September 20, 2019, those who qualify this will be called for the final round – IAS Personality Test.
  • IAS Interview round is conducted in the month of February to March. Final merit list is prepared based on the mains exam and interview.
  • Final Result is declared in the month of May each year for joining of the candidates provided their documents are verified and factual.

Breif about each stage of IAS selection process is discussed below in the article. Check IAS Exam Pattern

IAS Exam Preliminary Examination

Preliminary examination of IAS Exam will be conducted in on June 2, 2019. There are two compulsory papers in Preliminary Examination, Paper I (General Studies) and Paper II (Civil Services Aptitude Test). Preliminary examination is held for two hours and total marks for the same is 200 marks for each paper. IAS Question Paper of preliminary examination is set in both English and Hindi language.

Here is the exam pattern followed by UPSC for Preliminary examination:

IAS Exam Prelims
Duration of examination2 hours or 120 minutes (extra time of 20 minutes for blind candidates) for each paper.
Total Number of QuestionsPaper I- 80 questions, Paper II- 100 questions
Total MarksMaximum of 400 Marks
Types of QuestionsObjective Type Multiple Choice Questions
Marking schemePaper I- 200 marks, Paper II- 200 marks
Negative marking1/3rd of the marks allotted to the question will be deducted from every wrong answer
Mode of ExaminationHindi and English

Candidates will proceed to the Mains examination after the commission releases cut off to qualify Preliminary Examination. The criterion of evaluation in preliminary examination to determine cut off will be on the basis of minimum qualifying marks of 33 % in General Studies Paper-II of Preliminary Examination and total qualifying marks of General Studies Paper-I of Preliminary Examination.

Cut off for Mains Examination of IAS Exam 2019 will be released on the basis of aggregate marks obtained in Paper-I out of 200 marks and marks obtained in Paper-II out of 200 marks. The maximum marks on English Language and Comprehension will be deducted. Commission will not take into consideration marks scored in preliminary examination while preparing Final Merit List.

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IAS Exam Mains examination

To sit for IAS mains examination, candidate is required to qualify the Preliminary examination. Those who successfully clear the preliminary examination by qualifying the cut off set by UPSC shall compete with candidate ten to twelve times to the number of vacancies available.

Mains examination shall consist of 7 papers and an interview session which will be counted for merit calculation. Each paper will be of 3 hours’ duration. Total marks for each paper will be 250 marks. Following table elaborates the details regarding UPSC mains examination pattern:

IAS Exam Mains examination
Duration of examinationEach paper will be of 3 hours duration
Total MarksMaximum of 2025 marks
Types of QuestionsConventional essay type questions
Marking scheme250 marks each for Paper I- Paper VII and 275 marks for Interview
Language used in question papersHindi and English

Those who qualify the mains examination as per the cut off set by the commission shall be called for the interview session or personality test which will also be considered for merit calculation. Candidate will be selected on the basis of the career records and some general questions pertaining to the job profile will be asked to test candidate’s knowledge and personality traits. Marks scored in the mains examination and interview session will be determining factors of selection of the candidate, no qualifying list or cut off will be released after this.

IAS Exam Interview

The most important stage that must be cleared in order to get recruited in All India Services is that of the Personality test. Candidates who qualify the mains examination are called to face a board of judges from the Union Public Services Commission who judge him/her on the basis of several factors. These factors include mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical exposition, balance of judgment, variety and depth of interest, ability for social cohesion and leadership, intellectual and moral integrity along with some technical skills required in the job profile that has been selected by the candidate.

The technique of the interview is not that of a strict cross‐examination but of natural, directed and purposive conversation which intends to reveal the mental qualities of the candidate. Interview session is conducted for 275 marks and no qualifying marks have been enlisted to clear it by the commission. The skills presented in the career profile must be shown while in front of the board members to secure good marks in personality test. Final selection will be based on Mains examination and Interview session marks combined together.

Must Read How to Prepare for IAS Interview

IAS Exam Final Merit List

Final merit list will be prepared on the basis of marks obtained in the mains examination and personality test. Candidates will be allotted to the various Services according to their merit and preferences. The final merit list will be out in the month of May, 2019. Marks scored in Preliminary examination will be excluded while preparing Final Merit List.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College


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