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IAS 2014: Notification, Eligibility, Syllabus and More

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The IAS 2014 Exam or Civil Services Exam will be notified on 17th May 2014. The Preliminary exam will he conducted on 24th August 2014. The duration for the Prelims exam is one day. The civil services Mains exam will be conducted from 14th December 2014 and its duration will be 5 days.

Eligibility for 2014 IAS Exam

Following is the eligibility for IAS exam 2014. In case of any clarification you can post your queries in the comments below.

NationalityAge LimitEducational QualificationNumber of Attempts
Must be citizen of India (for IAS and IPS)Minimum 21 years (all categories) and Max 32 years (general category), 35 years (OBC), 37 years (SC and ST)A degree (minimum) from a university recognised by UGC6 (general category)
For other services must be either: citizen of India, Nepal, Bhutan or Tibetan Refugee, Person of Indian Origin (PIO) migrated to India. 5 years exemption on upper limit for ex-Servicemen9 (OBC)
No attempt limit till 37 years (SC/ST)

IAS 2014 Prelims Pattern and Syllabus

The prelims will consist of two papers common to all.

General Studies Paper I

Maximum marks : 200
Number of Questions : 100
Total Time : 120 minutes (02 hours)


1. Current events of national and international importance
2. History of India and Indian national movement
3. Indian and World Geography – physical, social, economic geography of India and the world
4. Indian Polity and governance – Constitution, political system, Panchayati Raj, public policy, Rights issues, etc.
5. Economic and social development – sustainable development, poverty, inclusion, demographics, social sector initiatives etc.
6. General issues on environmental ecology, bio-diversity and climate change – that do not require subject specialization
7. General Science

General Studies Paper II

Maximum marks : 200
Number of Questions : 80
Total Time : 120 minutes (02 hours)


1. Comprehension
2. Interpersonal skills including communication skills
3. Logical reasoning and analytical ability
4. Decision making and problem solving
5. General mental ability
6. Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude etc. – Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. – Class X level)
7. English language comprehension skills (Class X level)

Books for 2013 IAS Prelims

After the change in Prelims pattern and syllabus the focus is entirely on General Studies. These books for Prelims are highly recommended if you want to crack the Prelims in the very first attempt.

 Tips on Filling the 2013 IAS Preliminary Form Online

  • Candidates have to apply online at
  • Apply for the exam early as examination centre allocation is on first come first served basis and except for some centres, there is a limit to the maximum number of candidates allotted against each centre. So if you want your preferred centre, close to your location, apply as quickly as possible.
  • Fill in the correct details. Be very sure of your name and date of birth as entered in the Matriculation/SSC certificate. Date of birth once accepted by UPSC cannot be altered.
  • Make sure your photo and signature scan are clearly visible as these will be printed on the hall ticket to be issued by UPSC later.
  • You must enter a valid email as the registration details from Part I will be mailed to this email.
  • Don’t worry about optional selection at this stage as you don’t have to choose any optional in the Prelims application form. That will come later when applying for the Main exam.


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