UPSC has notified Civil Services Exam 2017; let us see what has changed and what remains the same apart from the number of vacancies, eligibility and other details of IAS exam 2017.
The Preliminary exam or the IAS Prelims will be held on 18th June 2017.
There are approximately 980 vacancies in IAS exam 2017. This is big number and contrary to expectation that vacancies will decrease with the change in government, it has not happened. Good news for IAS aspirants.
The last date for applying for the Prelims is 17th March 2017. Interested candidates may fill the online application form on http://upsconline.nic.in. No physical forms will be available for applying. Also only e-admission certificate will be made available by UPSC and no admission certificate will sent by post.
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Eligibility Criteria for IAS 2017
The eligibility criteria for IAS 2017 remains the same as last year.
|Nationality||Age Limit||Educational Qualification||Number 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 UGC||6 (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-Servicemen||9 (OBC)|
|No attempt limit till 37 years (SC/ST)|
Prelims Paper 2 will only be Qualifying in Scope
Like in 2016, Paper 2 will only be qualifying in scope with minimum passing marks of 33% and marks obtained in Paper 2 will not be counted for purpose of qualifying for the Mains.
So, assuming that you obtain minimum 33% marks out of 200 i.e. 66 marks in Paper 2, your score in Paper 1 will determine your chances of qualifying for the Mains exam.
Minimum Qualifying Marks for Language Papers in Mains
UPSC has specified minimum qualifying marks of 25% for the two language papers in Mains viz. English language and Indian language papers.
You can download and view the complete notification here.
NOTE: If you’re applying for IAS exam 2017, I suggest you enroll for a good test series to test yourself before UPSC tests you.
How to Prepare for IAS 2017 in 4 Months
I have written a detailed post on how to prepare for IAS exam 2017 in 4 months that are currently available. Read it here.