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Exam Highlights
  • Exam Name
    IRS Officer Recruitment
  • 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
    English/ Hindi
Exam Dates
  • Start of Registration Process
    February 02, 2022
  • End of Registration Process
    February 22, 2022
  • Admit Card Release Date
    May 2022
  • Exam Date
    Prelims: July 05, 2022 Mains: September 16, 2022 to September 25, 2022
Eligibilty Criteria

IRS Officer Educational Qualifications

Candidates aspiring to become IRS Officers must fulfill the following educational criteria. Candidates must fit any one of the below.

  • A degree acquired through distance learning or correspondence education.
  • A Central, State, or Deemed University degree
  • Certificate from Open University
  • Also, any qualification acknowledged by the Indian Government is equivalent to all the above-given qualifications.

IRS Officer Age Limit

The applicants for IRS Officer Recruitment must be a minimum of 21 years. The upper age limit for IRS is 32 years for the General Category. The upper age limit for candidates of OBC is 35 years and for candidates of SC/ ST is 37 years.

IRS Officer Nationality

The aspiring candidates of the Indian Revenue Service must be from one of the following.

  • An Indian citizen
  • A person of Indian descent who intends to permanently reside in India after migrating from Myanmar, Pakistan, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Zaire, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Zambia, Malawi, or Vietnam is eligible.

IRS Officer Number of Attempts

The candidates of the General Category can attend the IRS Exam six times. The candidates of OBC can attend the IRS Exam nine times. The candidates of SC/ ST can attend IRS Exam until the candidates reach 37 years of age.

Exam Pattern

IRS Recruitment Preliminary Exam Pattern

The IRS Preliminary Exam has two papers – General Studies and Aptitude Test(CSAT). Each paper has 100 questions and the total mark is 200 marks. The exam duration of each paper is 120 minutes. The exam mode is offline for both papers.

IRS Recruitment Mains Exam Pattern

There are nine papers for the Mains Exam two of them are compulsory for each candidate and the rest are optional.

Subject Marks
Regional Language 300
English Language 300
Essay 250
General Studies – 1 250
General Studies – 2 250
General Studies – 3 250
General Studies – 4 250
Optional Paper – 1 250
Optional Paper – 2 250
Written Test Total 1750
Personality Test 275
Final Total 2025

IRS Officer Prelims Syllabus for Paper 1

The syllabus for Paper 1 includes:

  • National movement & Indian History
  • Indian Polity and Governance – Political System, Constitution, Public Policy, Rights Issues, Panchayat Raj, etc.
  • Indian and World Geography – Indian Economic Geography, the World as well as Social
  • General issues on Climate Change; Economic and Social Development – Social Sector Initiatives, Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, etc.
  • Biodiversity
  • General Science
  • Environmental ecology
  • As well as, current affairs of international & national interest.

IRS Officer Recruitment Syllabus for Paper 2

The syllabus for Paper 2 includes:

  • Comprehension
  • Logical reasoning as well as analytical ability
  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills
  • General mental ability
  • Solving problems and Decision planning
  • Basic Numerals (orders of magnitude, numbers and their relations, etc.) (Class X level), as well as, Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency, etc. – Class X level).

IRS Officer Recruitment Syllabus for Mains Exam

The syllabus of the IRS Mains Exam is based on the selection of candidates.

IRS Officer Recruitment Syllabus for General Studies – 1

The syllabus for IRS General Studies – 1 includes:

  • Indian Culture
  • Modern Indian History
  • World History
  • Indian Society
  • Geographical Elements of the World

IRS Officer Recruitment Syllabus for General Studies – 2

The syllabus for IRS General Studies – 2 includes:

  • Indian Constitution
  • Indian Politics
  • Government Ministries and Departments
  • Government Policies and Interventions
  • International Relations

IRS Officer Recruitment Syllabus for General Studies – 3

The syllabus for IRS General Studies – 3 includes:

  • Indian Economy
  • Security
  • Science and Technology
  • Disaster Management
  • Environment and Biodiversity

IRS Officer Recruitment Syllabus for General Studies – 4

The syllabus for IRS General Studies – 4 includes:

  • Ethics and Human Interface
  • Civil
  • Human Attitude
  • Probity in Governance
  • Aptitude
  • Emotional Intelligence

IRS Officer Recruitment Syllabus for Optional Subjects

Candidates can select from any one of the optional subjects. The other optional subject must opt from any one of the regional languages of India.

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