Indian Administrative Services (IAS) is one wing of the All India Services. The recruitment for IAS undergoes through a set of Entrance Exams which is conducted by Union Public Service Commission under Government of India. The selected candidate serves either Union Government, State Government or public sector undertakings. The Entrance Exam for IAS is conducted in three phases. Preliminary Exam, Main Exam, and Personality test. In the Preliminary exam, there are two Objective papers called General Studies Paper I and General Studies Paper II and this exam is known as Civil Service Aptitude Test (CSAT). In the Main examination after CSAT constitutes nine papers and all are essay type. The first two papers are qualifying, and the next seven papers are considered for Personality test. The candidate who will appear for the IAS must be of Indian Origin and minimum 21 years of age. The upper age limit for general candidate is 32, for SC/ST it is 37, for non-creamy OBC it is 35 and for the military personnel who is facing disability due to operation during warfare the age limit is 35. The candidate must possess a degree from Central, state or any deemed university. They must submit the proof of eligibility from competent authority like institute or university at the time of the main examination. Every year, around 1,000,000 candidates appear for the exam and only 180 are selected and thus it is the toughest summit to climb.
The aspirant candidates must start preparation from the first year of College. This exam is very demanding in terms of right guidance and strategy. Candidates who start early can clear the IAS exam without sacrificing the fun of the campus life. They must prioritize time for proper preparation of the UPSC exam and a thorough knowledge of UPSC syllabus is very important to crack the exam. Aspirant candidate must buy the right books for UPSC and CSE preparation designed and published by NCERT. One can even download the NCERT PDF. Subjects like Politics, Economics and History for preparing IAS is written as per the syllabus and thus besides having innate knowledge students must buy the specific book by specific author. Aspiring students must enroll in the mock test series as early as possible because that will help them to practice the papers well. The aspirant candidate must use their free time on preparation with the help of the updated online study materials and other updated information. One must read the newspaper and magazine every day since a lot of questions are on current affairs and general knowledge. Writing skill and group discussion with friends is very important for the exam. After passing the exam the IAS officers receive training from their home cadres with their appointment as Sub-Divisional Magistrate and located in District sub-division. During this period, they are entitled to maintain the law and order, development work and administration of the sub-division. After completion of the training, these officers are posted in various Union and state government, public sector undertaking and local self-government.