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Exam Highlights
  • Exam Name
  • Mode of Conduction
  • Exam Duration
    Prelims: each paper is of 2 hours Mains: each paper is of 3 hours
  • Exam Frequency
    Once a year
  • Official Website
  • Total Marks
    Prelims: 400 Mains: 1750 Interview :275
  • Total No. of Questions
    Prelims: 180
  • Medium of the exam
Exam Dates
  • Official Notification
    to be announced
  • Start of Registration Process
    to be announced
Eligibilty Criteria

IRAS Age Limit

The minimum age of a candidate should be 21 years and the maximum age will not be more than 32 years. The upper age limit prescribed below is relaxable for the following candidates:

Category Age Relaxation
SC/ ST/ Ex-servicemen/ ECOs/SSCOs 5 Years
OBC/ Defence Services personnel 3 Years
Blind, deaf-mute, and orthopedically handicapped persons 10 Years

IRAS Educational Qualification

Candidates applying for the IRAS 2022 must have to fulfill educational qualifications as mentioned below:

  • Bachelor’s Degree from any UGC recognized university or institute or its equivalent.
  • Candidates must have appeared or to appear for the qualifying exam.
  • Candidates can attempt or appear for the Preliminary Exam if their results are awaited.
  • Candidates who have passed the final year of MBBS or any Medical Examination are also eligible.
  • Those who have completed their medical degree yet, but the internship is still pending can also appear for this civil service exam.
  • Applicants who have a professional and technical qualification recognized by the Government or its equivalent can apply for the same.

IRAS Nationality

Initially, the applicant must be a citizen of India. However, candidates from some other countries are also eligible for the same. These are listed below:

  • Citizen of India
  • Belong to Nepal
  • Belong to Bhutan
  • A Tibetan refugee who arrived to settle in India permanently before January 1, 1962
  • A person of Indian descent who wishes to remain permanently in India in Burma, East African countries of Kenya, Ethiopia, Malawi, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the United Republic of Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam, Zaire, and Zambia.
Exam Pattern

IRAS Prelims Exam

  • The Preliminary Exam consists of two papers - General Studies and Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT).
  • Both the question papers will be of MCQ type.
  • Paper-2 (CSAT) in Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination is a qualified paper with a minimum qualification score of 33%.
  • Each question paper consists of two papers with 200 marks.
  • The question papers will be available in English and Hindi both.
  • However, questions related to English language comprehension skills will be given in English only.
  • Blind candidates will be given extra 20 minutes for each paper.
Paper Subject No. of Questions Marks Duration Medium
Paper-I General Studies 100 200 2 Hours English, Hindi
Paper-II CSAT 80 200 2 Hours

IRAS Mains Exam

Candidates who have qualified in the Preliminary Examination can appear for the Main examination and based on the marks obtained in the Main examination, candidates will be called for the interview for the total number of the original examination. The sum of the interviews for the final result. The written test consists of the papers as tabulated below:

Paper Subject Marks
Paper A Indian Languages 200
Paper B English 300
Paper-I Essay 250
Paper-II General Studies-I 250
Paper-III General Studies-II 250
Paper-IV General Studies-III 250
Paper-V General Studies-IV 250
Paper-VI Optional Subject-Paper 1 250
Paper-VII Optional Subject-Paper 2 250
Paper-VIII Personality Test 275

IRAS Personal Interview

This step will assess the general knowledge, confidence level, and skills of the candidates. Only candidates shortlisted from the written test will appear for the personal interview round. The final result of the interview will depend on the main test and the number obtained from the interview.


IRAS Prelims Syllabus

Detailed Prelims Exam Syllabus is listed in the table below:

Paper Subject Syllabus
Paper-I General Studies Current events of national and international importance, History of India and Indian National Movement, Economic Geography of India and the World, Indian and World Geography - Physical, Social, Economic and Social Development - Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, Indian Polity and Governance - Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity, and Climate Change
Paper-II CSAT Comprehension, General mental ability, Logical reasoning, and analytical ability, Decision-making and problem solving, Interpersonal skills including communication skills, Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation - Class X level (graphs, charts, tables, data sufficiency, etc)

Note: The CSAT Aptitude Test or Paper-II of the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination will be a qualifying paper with a minimum of 33% to sit for the Civil Services (Mains) Examination only. The questions for both Paper-I (Current Affairs) and Paper-II (Aptitude Test) will be multiple-choice, for each of the 200 marks of objective type and the allotted time for each paper is 2 hours. Candidates are required to appear in both the prelim examination papers for assessment. Therefore, if a candidate does not appear in both the papers, he or she will be disqualified.

IRAS Mains Syllabus

Detailed Mains Exam Syllabus is listed in the table below:

Paper Subject Syllabus
Paper-A Modern Indian language Comprehension of given passages, Short Essay, Precis Writing, Usage and Vocabulary, Translation from English to the Indian language, and vice-versa
Paper-B English Comprehension of given passages, Short Essay, Precis Writing, Usage, and Vocabulary
Paper-I Essay Candidates must write essays on multiple topics. They will be expected to stay close to the subject of the essay to organize their ideas neatly and to write briefly.
Paper-II General Studies-I Modern Indian History, Indian Heritage, World History, Indian Society, Geography
Paper-III General Studies-II Indian Polity, Indian Constitution, Social Justice, Indian Governance, International Relations
Paper-IV General Studies-III Indian Economy, Science & Technology, Environment & Bio-diversity, Disaster Management, Security
Paper-V General Studies-IV Public/Civil Service Values and Ethics in Public Administration, Ethics and Human Interface, Attitude, Aptitude, Probity in Governance, Emotional Intelligence

IRAS Interview Syllabus

The board will examine the candidates in various fields ranging from their careers to general interests. The assessment will be on his social characteristics along with his intellectual qualities and his interest in the present subject. It will also assess the mental capacity of the candidate. Judicial qualities include mental alertness, critical ability to assimilate, clear and logical expression, the balance of judgment, depth of diversity and interest, social cohesion and leadership ability, and intellectual and moral integrity. There is no specific syllabus for Interviews, hence, candidates are advised to work more on their personalities.

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