Career as IAS officer Step by Step Guide

Aren’t you excited to grab a prestigious post and become an IAS officer? I would be so proud if you become an IAS office. If you are interested to have a Career as an IAS officer then this article is just for you and has more information about the same.

For more details let me make you clear that the process of Becoming a Collector as an IAS officer goes hand in hand. The ranking only makes the difference in post and training center changes after the initial completion of training.

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Who is IAS

It is one of the highest positions in government administration where an IAS officer works as a district leader. He acts as a permanent bureaucrat in the executive branch of the government. On their advice, all the policies, laws, and order are maintained. They are the one who collects revenues, public fund expenditure and many more role as an IAS officer.

Full form of IAS

Indian Administrative Service in short is named as an IAS officer. They manage all the administrative matters of the government and have a lot of discretionary powers in their hand to lead the district. The post gives numerous privileges and status in society.

How to become IAS

To become an IAS officer first and most thing required is to crack the UPSC exam and get in the top 100 ranks to get the designation of an IAS officer. To clear this exam the aspirant needs to be very determined and dedicated as this requires a lot of patience and hard work.

Eligibility Criteria


  • The candidate should be a citizen of India.


  • The candidate must have a graduation or bachelor’s degree in any stream from an authorized university.
  • The aspirants who are in their final year or waiting for their final results can apply for this exam.

Attempts Limit:

The candidates from different categories have different limits.

  • The general category has six attempts with no relaxation. The age for them to appear in the exam is till 32 years.
  • The OBC category has nine attempts with three years of relaxation. The age limit for them is till 35 years.
  • The SC/ST has unlimited attempts with five years of relaxation. The age for them to appear in this exam is 37 years.

Age limit

  • To start preparing for this exam minimum age required is 21 years.

Educational criteria

The aspirant with technical or professional degrees or any degree can easily apply for this exam.

  • Even the medical students who are going under an internship are eligible to appear for the IAS exam.

What is UPSC

UPSC stands for Union Public service Commission. It conducts the exam in three stages. Let me explain to you in detail the three processes to undergo for this prestigious job.

Three stages of UPSC

  • Preliminary Examination
  • Mains Examination
  • Interview

Preliminary Examination

The preliminary exam has two papers.

General paper and CSAT.

  • General Paper 1: has subjects like History, Culture and heritage, Indian struggle moment, Geography of India and its world, Polity and the constitution of India, Economy of the India, Science and technology, current affair, Ecology, and the biodiversity.
  • CSAT Paper 2 or General Studies paper 2: The paper has maths, aptitude, comprehension, reasoning, decision making

Rules to appear prelims exam are

  • Each paper takes two hours to complete it 2 marks for each question. The total number of questions is 200 each.
  • The prelims depend upon the cut-off that goes each year
  • The second paper that is CSAT requires 33% to qualify for the exam. The negative mark that each question will be of 1/3rd
  • The exam is held in two languages that are English and Hindi

To write the mains exam it is compulsory to crack the prelims exam. The candidate needs to verify the documents of 10th, 12th, and bachelor’s degrees and other documents as asked by the UPSC on its website.

Mains Examination

Once the prelims are cleared the candidate needs to prepare for the mains examination. To appear in the mains exam the candidate has to submit their 10th, 12th, and graduation or bachelor’s degree on the UPSC website.

There are a total of nine papers in the mains exam. Let me highlight those papers and brief you about the same.

  • Paper A: Compulsory Indian Language
  • The paper can be from the Indian language to be selected by the candidate from the eight schedules to the constitution.
  • Paper B: English
  • Paper I: Essay
  • Paper-II: General Studies I

Indian heritage and culture, History and Geography of the world and society.

  • Paper III: General Studies II

Governance, Polity, International Relation, Indian Constitution, Polity and Social Justice

  • Paper IV: General Studies III

Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management.

  • Paper V: General Studies IV

Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude, Emotional Intelligence, Human Values

  • Paper VI: Optional I
  • Paper VII: Optional II


The last round of the exam is Interview and the position is declared based on the mark scored in both mains and interview. To attain the interview part the candidate must prepare the mental ability, current affairs, and the subjects enrolled in graduation.

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IAS Salary

The basic salary of an IAS is Rs 56,000 according to the 7th pay commission. And they get the facility of other allowances provided by the government of India. The total salary of an IAS officer is around 1 Lakh with allowances.


It must be pretty much clear from this content that how to make a Career as an IAS officer and its roles and responsibility, age limits, and attempts.

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