IAS 2017 Notification and Eligibility

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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.

Eligibility Criteria for IAS 2017

The eligibility criteria for IAS 2017 remains the same as last year.

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)

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.

Reference Books for IAS

GS Solved Papers
General Studies Manual
Manorama Year Book
Oxford Student Atlas
Science and Technology

Topic-wise Books for IAS

Indian Polity Laxmikanth
Ecology and Environment
India's Struggle for Independence
Brief History of Modern India
Indian Art and Culture
Certificate Course in Geography

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Golam Rashid - June 6, 2015

I am a physics honours student.In,2016 I want to sit in UPSC.May I take Bengali literature as my optional?

ANSHUMAN SINGH - July 31, 2015

I am good in Mathematics, interested in psycology but doesnot belong to biology

    tapish - June 15, 2016

    you can take psychology as an optional it does not depend whether you belong to biology or not

Hera - August 2, 2015

Sir if a candidate is at his last year of graduation but will not complete 21 years of his age at that year so he will be eligible for upsc for that year or not

Mohit - August 14, 2015

i got a 2 year lock between 10 & 12 Can i apply for ias preliminary paper?

Rafi - December 15, 2015

I completed b.a distance education from Andhra university.I failed one subject.my degree certificate will come after June.prelims application will be in may to June.Am I eligible for upsc prelims. Should we reveal our certificate in prelims.

nikhil kumar - February 27, 2017

Sir I am B.tech 3rd year(now in 6th sem) , completed 21 years of age. May I appear for exam(UPSC).

    IAS Kracker - March 20, 2017

    At the time of appearing for Prelims you should be in final year. What’s the rush? Wait till next year.

Ashwin - March 4, 2017

Thanks for sharing the IAS Exam Eligibility! Now-a-days most of the students are applying for Government Exams. By reading UPSC exam blog posts and tips on exam, they prepare well before facing exams and improve their confidence level. Keep on sharing!


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