IAS Exam 2019 (Indian Administrative Service)

IAS Exam 2019 Introduction

UPSC IAS Exam is the most prestigious and the most anticipated competitive exam conducted in our country. The Exam is conducted by Union Public Service Commission. Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian Revenue Service (IRS) etc. are the major and most popular services under Indian Civil Services. The Union Public Service Commission organizes this examination at regular intervals every year.

Before stepping into the IAS Exam Preparation here are the some relevant information that every aspirant should be aware of:

What is the IAS?

Indian Administrative Services also known as IAS is considered as top notch and popular exam that allows prestigious Grade A jobs in the Government of India. IAS Officers has to hold the key and strategic positions in Union Government, State Government, and PSU's. IAS is one of the three All India Services Exam along with IPS and IFS. To become an IAS Officers, the candidates need to appear for the Preliminary Exam followed by Mains and Interview. After the final selection, the candidates need to attend training organized at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) in Mussoorie, Uttarakhand.

What is the main function of an IAS Officer?

IAS Officer is top notch position in the government administration of India. The IAS has to handle the major issues of the government that includes designing and formulation of govt policy after consulting concerned ministers. The officers need to travel to the places to analyze the issues and problem of the state. Personal supervision is needed after the disbursement of the funds. IAS officer is collectively responsible for maintenance of law and order, general administration and revenue administration in the area that comes under him. He/she also collect revenue and also act as Courts in matters of revenue.

How many IAS officers are there in India?

According to a statement given by Union Minister Jitendra Singh in March 2017, there are 4,926 IAS Officers in India. The total authorized strength of IAS officers is 6,396. It means that there is a shortage of around 1400 IAS officers in our nation. He also stated that a shortage of 900 IPS (Indian Police Service) and 560 IFS (Indian Forest Service) is also a grave problem. Last year, a parliamentary standing committee has expressed serious concern over the shortage of Civil Services Officers. The annual intake of IAS officers by the government is now 180.

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IAS Exam 2019 Important Dates

The calendar for UPSC IAS Exam has been released and the aspirants who are looking forward to appear for the exam should learn about the upcoming events. The details of Important dates for UPSC IAS Exam 2019 are provided here.

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IAS Exam 2019 Vacancy Details


  • Indian Administrative Service
  • Indian Forest Service


Post Offered Number of Vacancies
Indian Administrative Service 896
Indian Forest Service 90
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IAS Exam 2019 Eligibility Criteria

The candidates who are willing to apply for the UPSC IAS Recruitment 2019, should check the eligibility criteria before applying. Let us discuss the complete and detailed eligibility criteria for IAS Exam 2019 here.

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How to Apply - IAS Exam 2019 Application Form

Step by Step guidance is required to apply for the UPSC IAS Exam 2019. The detailed manual is provided here.

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IAS 2019 Exam Pattern

The UPSC IAS Exam is a multi step exam and the aspirants should have the complete knowledge of Exam pattern before preparing for the exam. The detailed exam pattern is provided here.

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IAS 2019 Exam Syllabus

UPSC IAS Exam is a hard nut to crack. Without having the proper knowledge of Exam syllabus, cracking the exam is next to impossible. The detailed syllabus of UPSC IAS Exam 2019 is provided here.

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IAS Exam Admit Card 2019

Admit card is essential while appearing for the exam. The aspirants who are looking forward to appear for the exam should download their UPSC IAS Exam Admit Card from here.

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IAS Prelims Exam Centers

IAS Exam Cut Off 2019

Your performance in the written exam decides your fate. The final selection in IAS Cadre is always based on the cut-off score.

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IAS Exam Result 2019

The result of UPSC IAS Exam 2019 will be published on the official website of Union Public Service Commission.

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  • What is the essential qualification for the UPSC IAS Exam?

Candidates willing to apply for UPSC IAS Exam 2019 should have a bachelor degree from any recognized university. 

  • What is the age criterion to apply for UPSC IAS Exam?

Candidate's age should not be less than 21 years and should not be more than 32 years. 

  • What is the age relaxation for SC/ST candidates for UPSC IAS Exam?

5 years of age relaxation is applicable to appear for UPSC IAS Exam 2019.

  • What is the Application fee for UPSC IAS Exam?

For male candidates of unreserved category: Rs. 100/- & for reserved candidates and female students: FREE

  • When will admit card be released for the UPSC IAS Exam?

The admit card of Prelims exam was released in May 2019 and for the Mains exam was released on 20 Sep 2019.

  • What is the selection procedure of UPSC IAS Exam?

It consists of Prelims Exam, Mains Exam and a Personal Interview.

  • Are there any changes in the UPSC IAS Exam pattern?

No changes have been made in the exam pattern yet so far.

  • When will the result be declared of UPSC IAS Exam?

The result of the Mains exam will tentatively be released in Oct 2019.

  • Will there be any interview after the written result of UPSC IAS Exam?

Yes. To become an IAS Officer, one has to go through a very challenging personal interview.

  • Will the exam conducted online or offline (OMR Based) of UPSC IAS Exam?

The exam is conducted in Offline mode.

  • Is there a criterion for negative marking in UPSC IAS Exam?

Yes. Negative marking is applicable in the examination.