IAS 2017- Indian Administrative Service


IAS 2017IAS 2017: Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released notification for IAS exam on February 22, 2017. The commission has announced total 980 vacancies in the Group A and B posts. Candidates are required to apply online for IAS 2017 exam. The online application form can be filled until March 17, 2017. The commission will conduct the prelims exam of IAS 2017 on June 18, 2017. Eligible candidates will be issued admit card for the prelims exam three weeks before the commencement of examination i.e in May 2017. To be eligible for the exam, candidates must be in between 21 and 32 years. The minimum educational qualification for IAS 2017 exam is graduation from any recognized university. Candidates qualifying the prelims exam will appear for the mains exam. The mains exam will be held on October 28, 2017. The mains exam will comprise of written exam and interview. Candidates who will qualify the written exam of IAS 2017 mains exam will be called for personality test/interview round.


Candidates as per their ranks in the merit list and preferences of posts will be selected for Indian Administrative Services, Indian Foreign Service, Indian Police Service, and Other Group A and B Central Services. As per the data, on an average 900,000 to 1,000,000 candidates apply every year. Candidates can check below complete information regarding IAS 2017 eligibility criteria, application form, admit card, exam pattern, syllabus, result, cutoff and selection procedure.

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Facts about IAS 2017 exam

  • Name of Exam: Civil Services Examination popularly known as UPSC Civil Services Exam
  • Conducting body: Union Public Service Commission
  • Type of Exam – All India Level
  • Exam Level- Graduate
  • List of Services

Following are the list of services which one gets after qualifying Civil Services Examination

All India Services
  • Indian Administrative Services
  • Indian Foreign Services
  • Indian Police Services
Group A Services
  • Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service, Group ‘A’.
  • Indian Audit and Accounts Service, Group ‘A’. Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise), Group ‘A’.
  • Indian Defence Accounts Service, Group ‘A’. Indian Revenue Service (I.T.), Group ‘A’. Indian Ordnance Factories Service, Group ‘A’ (Assistant Works Manager, Administration).
  • Indian Postal Service, Group ‘A’.
  • Indian Civil Accounts Service, Group ‘A’.
  • Indian Railway Traffic Service, Group ‘A’. Indian Railway Accounts Service, Group ‘A’. Indian Railway Personnel Service, Group ‘A’. Post of Assistant Security Commissioner in Railway Protection Force, Group ‘A’
  • Indian Defence Estates Service, Group ‘A’.
  • Indian Information Service (Junior Grade), Group ‘A’.
  • Indian Trade Service, Group ‘A’ (Gr. III).
  • Indian Corporate Law Service, Group “A
Group B Services
  • Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service, Group ‘B’ (Section Officer’s Grade).
  • Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service, Group ‘B’.
  • Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Service, Group ‘B’.
  • Pondicherry Civil Service, Group ‘B’.
  • Pondicherry Police Service, Group ‘B’

IAS 2017 – Number of Vacancies under IAS 

  • Total Number of vacancies – 980
  • P.H. Category -27
  • LDCP – 07 vacancies
  • B/LV – 08
  • H.I – 12

Note: Reservation will be made for candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes. Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes and Physically Disabled Categories in respect of vacancies as may be fixed by the Government.

IAS Eligibility Criteria 2017

The Eligibility for IAS 2017 exam are as follows:

Nationality: To be eligible for IAS exam, a candidate must be a citizen of India.

Age Limit: A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 32 years on the 1st of August, 2017 i.e., he must have been born not earlier than 2nd August, 1985 and not later than 1st August, 1996.

Educational Qualification: Candidates applying for IAS 2017 exam must have as a minimum one of the following educational qualifications.

  • A degree from a Central, State or Deemed University
  • A degree received through correspondence of distance educational
  • A degree received through correspondence or distance educational
  • A degree from an open university

Number of Attempts

The number of times a candidate can attempt IAS exam has been provided below:

  • General Category Candidates = 6
  • OBC Category candidates = 9
  • SC/ST candidates = unlimited attempts till 37 years of age.

Important dates of IAS preliminary examination 2017

IAS preliminary exam 2017 Events IAS preliminary  Dates
Notification release date February 22, 2017
Availability of Application Form February 22, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Release of Admit Card for Prelims Exam May 2017
Prelims exam of IAS Offline Exam June 18, 2017
Result of IAS Prelims Exam August/September 2017
Cutoff of IAS Prelims Exam After the final result of IAS 2017

Important dates of IAS Mains examination 2017

Events Dates
Release of DAF August/September 2017
Availability of DAF August/September 2017
Release of Admit Card for Mains Exam September 2017
Mains Exam of IAS October, 28, 2017
Result of IAS Mains Exam December 2017
Cutoff After the final result of IAS 2017 exam

Important dates of IAS Interview 2017

Events Dates
Date of Interview/Personality Test January/February 2018
Declaration of IAS Final Result 2017 February/March 2018
Marks of the candidates in Mains and Interview/Personality Test February/March 2018

IAS Application Form 2017

The IAS Application Form 2017 is available from February 22 to March 17, 2017. Candidates are required to apply online for IAS 2017 examination. The IAS 2017 Application Form comprise of two stages: Part-I and Part-II. Candidates are required to pay a fee of Rs 100/- either by depositing the money in any branch of SBI by cash/SBI net banking/Visa/Master Credit/ Debit Card. The SC/ST/Female/Physically Handicapped candidates are exempted from payment of Application Fee. The procedure to apply online for IAS 2017 exam has been explained below. 

Procedure to Apply Online for IAS exam

  • Aspirants can access the link provided on this page for applying online.
  • The Application Form of IAS will comprise of two parts: Part-I and Part-II.
  • Part I contains the general application information, including name and contact details.
  • Part II includes exam centre or venues related options, photographs uploading and fee payment
  • After filling up all the details, candidates need to submit the IAS Application Form 2017
  • Candidates are advised to read the instruction carefully before filling up the Application Form.
  • Aspirants must have a valid and active e-mail ID since communication regarding the recruitment process will be done through the registered email ID.

IAS Exam Centres 2017

The IAS Preliminary Examination exam will be conducted across 72 exam cities spread through the country. However, the Mains Examination of IAS will be conducted across 24 exam cities. Allotment of IAS Exam Centres 2017 will be done on the basis of ‘first-apply-first-allot’. Therefore, the candidates should fill up the application form early to get their preferences of exam centres. Applicants will have to enter their preferences of exam centres while filling up the application form. Aspirants will have to appear for the exam from the centre allotted to them. The candidates should note that no request for change of centre will be entertained.

IAS Admit Card 2017

All the candidates who complete their application procedure successfully will be issued admission e-certificates for the Preliminary examination in May 2017. The commission will issue e-admit card of IAS and no admit card will be sent to the candidates by post. Candidates can access the link provided here on this page for downloading and printing the IAS Admit Card 2017. Candidates qualifying for the Mains Examination will be issued separate Admit Card. The Admit Card for the Mains Exam will be released in September, 2017.

IAS Exam Pattern 2017

The Prelims and Mains Exam Pattern of IAS 2017 have been explained below:

Preliminary Examination of IAS

  • The Prelims Exam of IAS comprise of two papers – General Studies (GS) and Civil Service Aptitude Test (CSAT).
  • All the question in both the papers will be multiple -type
  • The total marks for General Studies paper 1 is 200 marks and General studies paper 2 is  200 marks respectively.
  • The Prelims Exam will be held for 4-hour time duration.
  • The question papers will be set both in English and Hindi.
  • The Paper-II of Prelims Exam is qualifying paper and candidates will have to secure minimum qualifying marks of 33 %.

Mains Examination of IAS

The written examination of IAS will comprise of the following:
Qualifying papers:

  • Paper A – An Indian language selected by the candidates
  • Paper B – English

Papers to be counted for merit

  • Essay (Paper I)
  • General Studies (Paper II-V)
  • Optional Subjects (Paper VI-VII)
  1. The Qualifying papers will be conducted for 300 marks each.
  2. The total marks allotted for Essay (Paper I), General Studies (Paper II-V).
  3. and Optional Subjects (Paper VI-VII) is 250 each.
  4. The written examination will be conducted for total 1750 marks.
  5. The question papers of IAS Mains Exam will be of conventional type.
  6. Each paper will be for 3 hours time duration.
  7. Candidates qualifying the Mains Examination will be called for Interview/Personality Test.
  8. The Personality Test will be conducted for 275 marks.

IAS Syllabus 2017

Candidates are advised to go through the Syllabus of IAS Prelims and Mains exam thoroughly. As per the syllabus of IAS Prelims exam, Paper-I (General Studies) will includes topics such as current events, history of India, Indian Polity, Economic and Social Development, general issues on environment, bio-diversity etc. However, Paper-II (Civil Service Aptitude Test ) includes topics such as Comprehension, Logical Reasoning, Mental Ability etc. The Syllabus of Mains Examination qualifying papers – Indian Language and English aims to test the candidates ‘s ability to read and understand serious discursive, prose and express his ideas clearly and correctly. The papers of English and Indian Language will be of matriculation type or equivalent standard. Candidates can click the above link to check the syllabus of IAS Mains and Prelims.

IAS Sample Papers 2017

The sample papers of IAS will give complete details of the exam pattern, marking scheme, weightage of each section, the number of questions etc. The Sample Papers of IAS Prelims and Mains examination has been made available for the aspirants appearing in IAS 2017 exam. Aspirants should solve the Sample Papers of IAS regularly to increase their speed, question-solving ability and time-management. 

IAS Preparation Tips 2017

To clear IAS exam, aspirants are advised to have a long-term strategy. There are candidates who start their preparation 9-12 months before the exam date, there are also candidates who successfully achieve top ranks with only a few months of dedicated study. So, what matters is not the duration of the preparation, but the quality of the same. Candidates should be focussed and determined towards cracking the exam.

IAS Answer Key 2017

Union Public Service Commission will release the answer key of IAS General Studies Paper-I and General Studies Paper-II after the declaration of final result. The General Studies Paper-I will carry correct answers of total 100 questions. While, General Studies Paper-II will comprise of correct answers of total 80 questions. The IAS Answer key 2017 will also be released by some private coaching institutes after the prelims exam of IAS gets over on June 18, 2017. Using the answer key, candidates will be able to calculate the probable score on the basis of number of correct and incorrect answer.

IAS Result 2017

UPSC will publish the result of IAS 2017 in three phases – Prelims, Mains and final result (Mains and Interview/Personality Test). The IAS Result 2017 of prelims examination will be declared tentatively in August/September, 2017. The number of candidates that clear the preliminary examination is generally 11 to 12 times the number of vacancies and the number of candidates selected for the final interview is twice the number of vacancies. The IAS Result of the Mains exam will be declared in December, 2017. Candidates shortlisted through Mains Exam will be called for Interview/Personality Test. The Final Result will be declared on the basis of Mains Examination and Interview/Personality Test. UPSC will declare the final result of IAS in February or March, 2017.

IAS Cutoff 2017

The Cutoff of IAS will be declared in three phases – Civil Services Prelims, Mains and Interview. The IAS cutoff 2017 will be published category-wise. In the prelims exam, cutoff marls will be decided on the basis of Paper-I only. However, GS Paper-II will be qualifying with 33 % (66.66) marks. Civil Services Mains exam Cutoff will be subjected to 10% marks in each of the seven competitive papers i.e. Essay, GS‐I, GS‐II, GS‐III, GS‐IV, Optional‐I and Optional‐II.

Civil Services Cutoff 2015

Exam Gen OBC SC ST PH-I PH-2 PH-3
CS (pre) 107.34 106.00 94.00 91.34 90.66 76.66 40.00
CS(Main) 676 630 622 617 580 627 504
CS (Final) 877 834 810 801 802 830 697

IAS Selection Procedure 2017

UPSC IAS 2017 exam will be conducted in three stages – Prelims, Mains and Interview/Personality Test. The Prelims Exam will serve as a screening test. Candidates qualifying the Mains Exam will be shortlisted for the Interview/Personality Test. Final merit and ranks will be decided on the basis of the marks obtained by the candidates in Mains Exam and Interview/Personality Test taken together. After getting selected, candidates will have to undergo training at LBSNAA, Mussoorie for IAS. There is one cadre in each Indian State, except for three joint cadres: Assam-Meghalaya, Manipur-Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram-Union Territories.

Grade, Position in the state or Central government, pay scale, years of service of IAS


Position in the State Government(s) or Central government

Pay Scale (per month)

Years of Service

Cabinet Secretary Grade

Cabinet Secretary of India (Only one post)


35th year

Apex Scale

Chief Secretary of States or Secretary to Government of India


31st year

AboveSuper Time Scale

Principal Secretary in the State Government or Additional Secretary to the Government of India


24th year

SuperTime Scale

Divisional Commissioner in a division or Secretary in the State government or Joint Secretary to Government of India


17th year

Selection Grade

District Magistrate/Collector/Deputy Commissioner of a District or Special Secretary in the State government or Director in the Government of India


10th year

Junior Administrative Grade

District Magistrate/Collector/Deputy Commissioner of a District or Additional Secretary in the State government or Joint Director/Deputy Secretary to the Government of India


6th year

SeniorTime Scale

Additional District Magistrate/Additional Collector/Additional Deputy Commissioner of a District or Under Secretary in the State Government


4th year

JuniorTime Scale

Sub-Divisional Magistrate in a sub-division of a district/Section Officer in state secretariat (Entry)/Assistant Director to Government of India


Initial Year

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