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Exam Highlights
  • Exam Name
    IAS EXAM
  • Mode of Conduction
    Offline (pen and paper mode)
  • Exam Duration
    31 hours(all papers combined)
  • Exam Frequency
    Once a year
  • Official Website
    www.upsc.gov.in
  • Total Marks
    Prelims: 400 Mains: 1750 Interview: 275
  • Total No. of Questions
    Prelims: 180
  • Marking Scheme
    Prelims: 0.33 marks deducted for every incorrect answer
Exam Dates
  • Official Notification
    February 2, 2022
  • Start of Registration Process
    February 2, 2022
  • End of Registration Process
    February 22, 2022
  • Admit Card Release Date
    June 2022
  • Exam Date
    Prelims: June 5, 2022 Mains: September 16, 2022
  • Result
    Prelims: June 22, 2022 Final result: January 2023
Eligibilty Criteria
Particulars Details
Age Criteria 21- 32 years
Age relaxation 3-10 years as per category
Educational Qualification Graduation (Minimum)
Nationality Indian
Physical Standards As per the Rank or post
Attempts 6 attempts for the General Category

9 attempts for OBC (There is no restriction for SC/ST candidates)

Eligibility Criteria: Nationality

The candidates applying for the IAS Exam should fulfill the Nationality criteria as provided below-

Candidate must be either:-

  • A citizen of India, or
  • A subject of Nepal, or
  • A subject of Bhutan, or
  • A Tibetan refugee who came to India before 1st January 1962 intending to settle in India permanently, or
  • A person of Indian origin (PIO) who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Ethiopia, Zaire, and Vietnam intending to settle in India permanently.

Eligibility Criteria: Age Limit

Only those candidates who have attained 21 years of age and are less than 32 years of age as of August 2022 are eligible. The category-wise Age limits are provided in the table below-

Category Minimum Age Limit Maximum Age Limit
General 21 32
EWS 21 32
SC/ST 21 37
OBC 21 35

Eligibility Criteria: Educational Qualification

  • The minimum qualification for the IAS (UPSC CSE) exam is that the candidate must hold a degree from a Government recognized University or possess an equivalent qualification.
  • Candidates who are in their last year of waiting for their results are also eligible to appear for UPSC IAS Prelims Exam.
  • Candidates having technical and professional qualifications recognized by the Government as equivalent to professional and technical degrees.

Eligibility Criteria: Number of Attempts Allowed

Category Number of Attempts
General 6
EWS 9
SC/ST Unlimited (Upto Age Limit)
OBC 9
Exam Pattern

UPSC CSE exam is divided into three stages- prelims, mains, and interview. The details about each stage are:

The IAS 2022 Prelims Exam Pattern is provided in the table below.

Particulars General Studies Paper-I General Studies Paper-II
No of Questions 100 80
Marks Allotted 200 200
Time Allotted 2 Hours 2 Hours
Subjects
  • Current Affairs,
  • History,
  • Geography,
  • Indian Polity,
  • Economic,
  • Social Development,
  • General issues, and
  • General Science
  • Comprehension,
  • Interpersonal Skills,
  • Logical reasoning,
  • Decision, General
  • Mental Ability,
  • Basic numeracy,
  • Data interpretation.
Nature of Exam The score will be considered for Cutoff Qualifying Nature- Candidates will have to score 33% to qualify for CSAT.

 

The IAS 2022 Mains Exam Pattern is provided in the table below-

Paper Subject Total Marks Duration Nature of Paper Type of Paper
Paper A Compulsory Indian language 300 3 Hours Qualifying Descriptive
Paper B English 300 3 Hours Qualifying Descriptive
Paper I Essay 250 3 Hours Merit Descriptive
Paper II General Studies I 250 3 Hours Merit Descriptive
Paper III General Studies II 250 3 Hours Merit Descriptive
Paper IV General Studies III 250 3 Hours Merit Descriptive
Paper V General Studies IV 250 3 Hours Merit Descriptive
Paper VI Optional I 250 3 Hours Merit Descriptive
Paper VII Optional II 250 3 Hours Merit Descriptive

Interview Round

The interview process is the final stage of the selection process. The interview consists of 275 marks which makes a total of maximum marks 2025.

Syllabus
UPSC CSE Prelims Syllabus
Paper Name Syllabus Time Marks Comments
General Studies (Paper 1)
  • Current events of national and international importance.
  • History of India and Indian National Movement.
  • Indian and World Geography-Physical, Social, Economic
  • Geography of India and the World.
  • Indian Polity and Governance-Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
  • Economic and Social Development-Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.
  • General issues on Environmental ecology, Biodiversity, and Climate Change
  • General Science.
2 hours 200 The cutoff has to be cleared
CSAT (Paper B)
  • Comprehension.
  • Interpersonal skills, including communication skills;
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability;
  • Decision-making and problem-solving;
  • General mental ability;
  • Basic numeracy,
  • Data interpretation
2 hours 200 Qualifying in nature (33%)

UPSC CSE Mains Syllabus
S.No Paper Name Syllabus Time Marks Comments
1. Indian Language (Paper A) Chosen Indian language (Class 10th Level) 3 hours 300 Qualifying in nature (33%)
2. English (Paper B) English Language (Class 10th Level) 3 hours 300 Qualifying in nature (33%)
3 Essay (Paper 1) Essays on various topics. 2 topics are to be selected. 3 hours 250 Marks added in final score
4. General Studies- 1 (Paper 2) History (ancient to present), Geography, Society, etc. 3 hours 250 Marks added in final score
5. General Studies- 2 (Paper 3) Indian Polity, Governance, International relations, etc. 3 hours 250d> Marks added in final score
6. General Studies- 3 (Paper 4) Indian Economy, Agriculture, Environment, Security, etc. 3 hours 250 Marks added in final score
7. General Studies- 4 (Paper 5) Ethics, Ethical theories, Case studies, etc. 3 hours 250 Marks added in final score
8. Optional Subject-1 (Paper 6) Part 1 of the optional subject. 3 hours 250 Marks added in final score
9. Optional Subject-2 (Paper 7) Part 2 of the optional subject. 3 hours 250 Marks added in final score
Total Mains marks 1750

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