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Eligibilty Criteria

Educational Qualification

The educational criteria are:

  • Participants who possess technical and professional qualifications can apply.
  • Candidates must possess a Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized university
  • 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.

Age Limit

The aspirants who wish to get recruited for the posts should be in the following age range:

  • Minimum Age: 21 years.
  • Maximum Age: 32 years as of the 1st of August, 2015.

The relaxation given to the participants is provided below:

For participants who have Jammu and Kashmir as their domicile (from the 1st January 1980 to the 31st December 1989) 5 years
For Defense Service Personnel 3 years
For candidates who belong to the OBC category 3 years
For ECOs/SSCOs 5 years
For candidates who are visually challenged, hard of hearing, and orthopedically handicapped 10 years
For candidates who are in the SC/ST category 5 years
For participants who belong to the state of Jammu and Kashmir 5 years


The nationality requirements are as follows:

  • Applicants should be a citizen of India.
  • Participants should be of Indian origin or should have migrated from Pakistan, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Vietnam, Kenya, Malawi, Myanmar, Zaire, or Sri Lanka with the express intention of living in India.
  • Participants should be citizens of Nepal or Bhutan.
  • Participants should have been Tibetan refugees who came to India before the 1st of January, 1962, and have to be settled in India.
Exam Pattern

IRTS Prelims Exam Pattern

  • The papers of the prelims consist of 200 marks each.
  • Both question papers are of the objective type (multiple choice questions) of the duration of one hour.
  • The question papers for the exam will be in both Hindi and English. The questions pertaining to comprehension skills in English will be in English.
  • Candidates who are visually challenged will be given an extra twenty minutes.
Name of the Paper Nature of the Paper Duration of the Exam Questions Marks
IAS Exam Paper – I: General Studies Merit Ranking Nature 2 hours 100 200
IAS Exam Paper – II: General Studies (CSAT) Qualifying Nature 2 hours 80 200

IRTS Mains Exam Pattern

The candidates who have cleared the preliminary exams will be appearing for the mains exam.

IAS Exam Paper Name of the Paper Nature of the Paper Duration of the Exam Marks
Paper A Compulsory Indian Language Qualifying Nature 3 hours 300 marks
Paper B English Qualifying Nature 3 hours 300 marks
Paper I Essay Merit Ranking Nature 3 hours 250 marks
Paper-II General Studies I Merit Ranking Nature 3 hours 250 marks
Paper III General Studies II Merit Ranking Nature 3 hours 250 marks
Paper-IV General Studies III Merit Ranking Nature 3 hours 250 marks
Paper V General Studies IV Merit Ranking Nature 3 hours 250 marks
Paper VI Optional Paper I Merit Ranking Nature 3 hours 250 marks
Paper VII Optional Paper-II Merit Ranking Nature 3 hours 250 marks

The total marks for the mains exam are 1750. The total marks for the interview or the personality test are 275. The grand total is 2025.


The syllabus for the IRTS Recruitment exam is divided into two major categories. They are

  • Preliminary Syllabus
  • Mains Syllabus

IRTS Syllabus For Preliminary Exam

The preliminary exam is the first round of the process of selection. The candidates are to appear for two papers on General Studies and Civil Services. It must be kept in mind by the candidates that the General Studies Paper-II is also known as the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) and it is a qualifying paper with minimum marks for qualifying set at 33%.

The syllabus is mentioned below:

  • Current events that are of national and international significance.
  • History of India and the Indian National Movement.
  • Geography of India and the world – physical, social-economic geography of India and the world.
  • Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Panchayati Raj, political system, public policy, issue of rights, etc.
  • Social and Economic Development – Sustainable development, poverty, inclusion, demographics, social sector initiatives, etc.
  • General issues on the ecology of the environment, biodiversity, and climate change do not need the subject pertaining to the specialization of General Science.

IRTS Syllabus For Mains Exam

The list of candidates selected for the IRTS Mains exam will be released by the commission on the basis of merit and reservation. This exam consists of nine traditional or descriptive papers and two of them are qualifying. The syllabus is mentioned below:

Paper A

  • Comprehension
  • Interpersonal skills which include communication skills
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability
  • Making decisions and solving problems
  • General mental ability
  • Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Level of class X), Data Interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency, etc. – level of class X)

Paper B

  • Comprehension of the passages that will be given
  • Writing of press
  • Vocabulary and usage
  • Short essay

Paper – I: Essay (250 marks)

  • To be written in the medium or language as per the preference of the candidate.
  • Candidates will be asked to write an essay on a given topic.
  • The choice of subjects will be given.
  • Credit will be given for precision.

Paper-II: General Studies - I (250 Marks)

  • Salient aspects of art forms, literature, and architecture from ancient to modern times are covered by Indian Culture.
  • The modern history of India from about the middle of the 18th century until the current significant events, issues, and personalities.
  • The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors/contributions from different parts of the country.
  • Consolidation after Independence and reorganization within the country include events from the 18th century such as the Industrial Revolution, World Wars, redrawing of the national boundaries, colonization, decolonization, political philosophies such as communism, capitalism, socialism, etc. - their forms and the effect it had on the society.
  • Salient features of the Diversity of India and Indian Society.
  • Role of women and the organization of women, population and issues pertaining to the same, poverty and issues in development, urbanization, its drawbacks, and remedies.
  • Effects globalization has had on Indian society.
  • Social empowerment, communalism, secularism, regionalism.
  • Salient features of the world’s physical geography.
  • Distribution of key resources across the world which includes the Indian subcontinent and South-East Asia; factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary, and tertiary sector industries in various parts of the world which include India.
  • Important geophysical phenomena like earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic activity, cyclones, etc, and changes in location in critical geographical features which include
  • ice-caps and water bodies. Change in flora and fauna is also there.
  • Paper – III: General Studies – II (250 marks)
  • Paper – IV: General Studies – III (250 marks)
  • Paper – V: General Studies – IV (250 marks)
  • Paper – VI: Optional Paper – I
  • Paper – VII: Optional Paper-II

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