IAS exam is a national level exam and is considered as one of the toughest examinations. The Indian state has retained the civil service’s structure as was imparted by the British and envisioned to achieve integrity and unity across the nation via this steel framework. Established in 1926, the civil service was revamped in the post-independence era. It was Sardar Patel who advocated the adoption of an All India Services in a newly independent India for the smooth functioning of the government.

The service produces a rank of elite cadre of officers who enjoy wide range of perks and allowances and a high degree of respect. Regarded as the most difficult of all the competitive exam in India, the selection delivers you honour, prestige and status, all in one. It provides you with the opportunity to change the face of the country and the society and contribute a major chunk in building Nehru’s India of my Dreams.

Exam Name Civil Services Examination
Conducting Body Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)
Exam Level National
Official Website www.upsconline.nic.in
Exam Periodicity Yearly
Exam Mode Offline (Pen-Paper Mode)
No. of Registration NA
No. of Vacancies NA

Here are the important exam dates for the upcoming IAS 2019 exam as per the official calendar released by the Union Public Service Commission. Candidates who are looking forward to appearing in the UPSC IAS 2019 exam, can refer to the examination dates stated below:

Events Dates
Notification Released & Online Application Start Date 19.02.2019
Last Date to Apply Online Application 18.03.2019
UPSC CSE (IAS) Exam Date (Prelims) 02.06.2019 (Sunday)
Download Link Activation of UPSC Admit Card 15 days prior to the exam
UPSC CSE (IAS) Prelims Exam Result Date After 45 days of the exam
UPSC CSE (IAS) Exam Date (Mains) 20.09.2019

The vacancies of the year 2019 have not been announced yet.  We will share the number of vacancies for the civil services exam as soon as it is revealed by the union public services exam. Below we have shared the posts for which the vacancies are offered in two given groups:

Group A Services
Indian Administrative Service Indian Post and Telecommunication Accounts and Finance Service
Indian Audit and Accounts Service Indian Postal Service
Indian Civil Accounts Service Indian Railway Accounts Service
Indian Corporate Law Service Indian Railway Personnel Service
Indian Defence Accounts Service Indian Railway Traffic Service
Indian Defence Estates Service Indian Revenue Service (Custom and Central Excise)
Indian Foreign Service Indian Revenue Service (Income Tax)
Indian Information Service (Junior Grade) Indian Trade Service (Gr. III)
Indian Ordnance Factories Service (Assistant Works Manager, Administration) Assistant Security Commissioner in Railway Protection Force
Indian Police Service
Group B Services
Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Services (Section Officer’s Grade) Pondicherry Civil Service
Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Services Pondicherry Police Service
Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Services

(a) Nationality: The candidates who wish to appear in the civil services examination should be a citizen of India or should be a citizen of Nepal or subject of Bhutan or he/she must be Tibetan Refugee who was migrated to India to settle permanently before January 01, 1962 or person of Indian origin who were migrated from Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Kenya, Vietnam, and Zaire.

(b) Educational Qualification: The candidates applying for the UPSC Civil Services examination must have a graduation degree from a govt. recognized university.

Candidates those who are pursuing graduation and are waiting for their final results can also apply. But only on the condition that the result should be declared before filling the application for the mains exam.

(c) Age Limit: UPSC has a pre-defined age limit for the candidates who want to apply for the UPSC IAS 2019 exam. Below we have defined the required age of the candidates belonging to different categories:

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

Age Relaxation: There is an age relaxation for the few candidates applying for the UPSC IAS 2019 exam as follows:

Category Age Relaxation
Schedule cast/ Schedule tribe 5 years
Other backward classes (OBC) 3 years
Defence Services Personnel 3 years
Ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs 5 years
Deaf, hard of hearing, low vision or blindness, ex-servicemen or candidates with any other locomotor disability or muscle disformity 10 years

(d) Number of Attempts (Category Wise):

Category Maximum No. of Attempts
General 6
SC/ST No Limit

The selection process of civil services examination consists three successive stages which are as follows:

Stage 1: Preliminary Examination

Stage 2: Mains Examination

Stage 3: Interview

Note: To participate in the next stage, it is important for the candidate to qualify the cut off marks in each stage.

UPSC IAS 2019 Exam Pattern & Syllabus

UPSC IAS Exam Pattern for Prelims & Mains is shared below. The total no. of questions asked in the UPSC IAS preliminary 2019 exam is 400, the description of the same is as follows:

Name of Paper No. of Qs. Max. Marks Exam Duration
General Studies- Paper-I 100 200 Marks 2 Hours
CSAT- Paper–II 80 200 Marks 2 Hours

Note: In Paper-I marks will be counted to determine the merit list whereas the Paper-II will be of qualifying in nature (33% marks required).

Mains & Interview

Paper Name of Paper Duration Marks
Paper – A Compulsory Indian Language (One of the Indian Language to be selected by the candidate from the Languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution) 3 Hours 300 Marks
Paper – B Compulsory English 3 Hours 300 Marks
Paper – I Essay 3 Hours 250 Marks
Paper – II General Studies–I (Indian Heritage and Culture, History, and Geography of the World and Society) 3 Hours 250 Marks
Paper – III General Studies-II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations) 3 Hours 250 Marks
Paper – IV General Studies– III (Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security
and Disaster Management)
3 Hours 250 Marks
Paper – V General Studies– IV (Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude) 3 Hours 250 Marks
Paper – VI Optional Paper– I (Candidates may choose anyone of the optional subjects) 3 Hours 250 Marks
Paper – VII Optional Paper-II 3 Hours 250 Marks
Total 1750 Marks
Personality Test/Interview 275 Marks
Grand Total 2025 Marks

Note: Paper A & B is of Qualifying in Nature (25% i.e. 75 marks required). Whereas marks of Paper I to VII will be counted to determine the final order of merit.

UPSC IAS Cut off (Category-Wise)

Cut off are the minimum qualifying marks to be secured by the candidate in order to reserve a seat. Below is the UPSC Civil Services Examination Cut Off 2017 shared officially by UPSC:

Category Prelims Mains Final
General 105.34 809 1006
OBC 102.66 770 968
SC 88.66 756 944
ST 88.66 749 939
PH-1 85.34 734 923
PH-2 61.34 745 948
PH-3 40.00 578 830

The following books can assist you with your preparations for one of the most competitive government exams of the country IAS 2019. Find below the list of preparation books for IAS 2019 Exam:

Book Title Author/Publication
History of Modern India Bipan Chandra
History of Medieval India Satish Chandra
India’s Struggle for Independence Bipan Chandra
India’s Ancient Past R.S. Sharma
Indian Polity for Civil Services Examinations M. Laxmikanth
Indian Art and Culture (Culture) Nitin Singhania
Facets of Indian Culture Spectrum
Our Parliament Subash Kashyap
Certificate Physical and Human Geography Goh Cheng Leong
Indian Economy Ramesh Singh

The UPSC IAS preliminary 2019 result will be disclosed only on the official website of UPSC. Candidates appearing for the UPSC Civil services examination will only be eligible to check out the IAS 2019 results.

Usually, the results are declared within a month for both prelims as well as for mains. However, it is our advice to the candidates waiting for the results of their last year’s attempt should not wait in order to give the UPSC IAS examinations this year.

For other inquiries, you can contact officials through below resources:
Union Public Service Commission
Phone Number : 011-23098543, 23385271, 23381125, 23098591
Email : feedback-upsc[at]gov[dot]in
Official Site https://upsc.gov.in/