How to become an IAS officer?
An IAS officer has Job Security, Great house, Chauffeur Driven Car, Subsidised bills, Lifetime Pension and Being an IAS officer comes with a lot of perks.
Becoming an IAS Officer is a lot of work. But The only reason why you should be an IAS officer is if you want to improve the lives of millions of Indians.
1) what are the IAS officers and what do they do?
IAS stands for Indian Administrative Service.IAS officers assist
the ruling government in the disbursement
of funds, maintaining law and order, crisis
management, revenue collection,
implementing policies, giving feedback, etc.
If I had to compare them to a Super-Hero, I’d say they are like IRON-Man and Woman. They have great power but it comes with great responsibility.
2) Eligibility Criteria for becoming one.
How to become an IAS Officer-For that you need to write an exam
called CSE(Civil Service Examination).At the end of the exam, you will get a rank and depending on that rank, you will be
allocated to IAS, IFS, IPS and 24 other services that come under it.
what is the eligibility criteria you need to meet to write that exam?
There are 4.
- For IAS and IPS, you need to be a citizen of India.
- Age Limit is between 21 – 32 and there are extensions in some cases as mentioned here.
- The number of times you can attempt this exam for GC is 6, OBC is 9, Physically-Challenged candidates if 9 an for SC/ST is unlimited until they reach their Age-Limit.
need to have a graduate degree or an equivalent qualification at the time of
There is no percentage requirement. You just need to pass the exam. Final year students can also apply.
3) Exam Details.
About the exam syllabus-Here are the 3 things that you must know.
- CSE is conducted by UPSC(Union Public Service Commission).
- Every year around 10 Lakh people apply, 5 Lakh write and around 1000+ get selected.
- The CSE exam has 3 stages.
The first stage is called Preliminary which is conducted in June. The second stage is called Mains and it is
conducted in Sept or Oct.The third stage is an Interview which is conducted in
Mar or Apr.
And the final result comes in May end. So it’s a year-long exam!
SYLLABUS-Prelims will have 2 papers and both will be objective
multiple-choice papers. Paper 1 will test
you on General Studies which includes subjects like History, Geography,
Current-Affairs, etc. Paper 2 will test
you on Aptitude.which includes Comprehension, Problem-Solving Skills,
Analytical Ability, etc. Both will be for
200 Marks each. After you qualify
Prelims, you will write Mains. Mains is a
written examination and it will have 9 papers. The
subject topics include Language, Technology, Indian
Heritage, Security and Disaster Management, Ethics, etc.
The Mains account for 1750 marks in total. After you clear Mains, you will be short-listed for a Personal Interview. It’ll be for 275 marks. The purpose of this interview is to find out if you are mentally Alert, have Moral Integrity, Leadership Skills, etc. Things that you will need if you are going to make important decisions for the country. At the end of these 3 stages, the final rank will be prepared based on a total of 2025 marks and after making the cut you will be on your way of becoming an IAS, IFS, IPS Officer.
4) Cost of becoming an IAS officer.
Registration Fee for Prelims is Rs. 100/- and for Mains, it’s Rs. 200/- and these fees are also exempted in some cases. For people who want to opt for coaching centers, it can cost somewhere between 1.5 – 2 Lakh INR. But as every student who doesn’t get selected will tell you. It costs more than just money. It will cost you your effort, the opportunities that you let go of, your intellectual capital, but most importantly, preparing for IAS costs you something that’s priceless and that’s your time.
5) Salary and Career after you get selected.
The salary of a Junior IAS officer can be around 60,000 INR per month but it comes with a lot of perks like HRA, Travel Allowance, etc. Once you become a Senior IAS Officer, it can be around 2.5 Lakhs per month or more.
6)How to make sure that you crack this prestigious exam?
If you want to crack the IAS Exam, you must do these 3 things.
- Watch Read and Breathe News. If you want to clear the IAS Exam, then you need to keep your current affairs game up! Plus, reading a newspaper will improve your communication skills which will make you more confident during the interview.
your watch. While preparing for IAS, the
only thing that will save your ass is Time-Management.
3.Rest.While preparing your timetable, keep enough time for exercise and sleep.Because a healthy body will have a healthy mind.
For more details on eligibility, syllabus, exam dates keep checking the UPSC Official Website upsc.gov.in