IAS Exam 2020: Pattern, Syllabus, Salary and Important Dates

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An introduction to IAS exam

IAS Exam or Indian Administrative Service is a part of the Civil Service Examination conducted in India. It is carried out for the recruitment of civil servants to several positions in the government of India. It includes 24 services like Indian Administrative (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Police Service (IPS), etc. The Civil Service Examination is also generally known as the UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) examination. It is deemed as one of the highly difficult competitive exams in the country. 

The IAS exam was founded in 1858 and was initially known as the Imperial Civil Service. It is considered as the highest administrative post among 24 government services like IPS, IFS (Foreign), IFS (Forest), IP & TAFS, IAAS, IRS, IDAS, CMSE, IRTS, IRAS, IRPS, ITS, CAPF-AF, and many others. All these examinations are led by UPSC as Civil Services Examination (CSE) for choosing a suitable contender for the posts. Consistently, lakhs of applicants show up for this examination, testing their fates and abilities to get into one of these renowned positions. When a person is recruited into the IAS, their services can be utilized by Union government, state governments as well as open area endeavors and lands presentation in various positions jobs like the authority, head of open part units, magistrate, boss secretary, bureau secretary, etc. 


IAS exam pattern

The IAS examination pattern consists of three tiers – the preliminary exam, mains, and personal interview. The syllabus for the written examinations for IAS covers a wide range of subjects. Let’s take a look at these in detail:

  • Paper I of preliminary exams tests the candidate’s knowledge of general affairs. The syllabus includes the history of India and Indian national movement, Indian and world geography, economic and social development, Indian politics and governance, climate change and general science, environmental ecology, biodiversity, art, and culture.

Paper-II of the preliminary examination

assesses the candidate’s skills in communication, comprehension, interpersonal skills, logical reasoning, decision making, analytical ability, problem-solving skills, basic numeracy, data interpretation, English language comprehension skills, and mental skills. The candidate needs to score at least 33 percent of marks in this paper to pass the preliminary tier.

  • The Civil Services Main examinations comprise nine papers, two qualifying, and seven positionings in nature. The syllabus covers a range of areas like politics, history, economic development, technology, disaster management, geography, etc. The scope of questionings may fluctuate from only one score to sixty scores, twenty words to 600 words of answers. Each paper is for a span of 3 hours. Applicants who pass qualifying papers are positioned by marks and a chosen number of competitors are called for an interview or a personality test at the Commission’s choice.
  • The personal interview which intends to study the individual’s suitability to handle a demanding profession out in the open. It is carried out by a leading body of skilled and impartial spectators. The test is proposed to assess the psychological bore of an applicant. In expansive terms, this is actually an evaluation of an applicant’s scholarly characteristics, yet in addition social attributes and enthusiasm for current issues. A portion of the characteristics to be judged are mental sharpness, basic forces of digestion, clear and sensible attitude, parity of judgment, assortment and depth of intellect, capacity for social union and authority, and scholarly and moral respectability.


IAS officer – the prestigious title

There are various reasons that make IAS a highly sought after job. In addition to the financial earnings, the job of an IAS official delivers a few advantages and benefits that no other career can offer. The job of an IAS official is to oversee different regulatory issues of the administration. It is a guaranteed profession with numerous advantages and benefits. The activity of an IAS official is exceptionally decent and there is an incredible feeling of fulfillment as you will be adding to the general public to the most elevated level. 

His privileges include connections with the political authority in India.

The day to day tasks of an IAS officer incorporates coming up with strategies and encouraging the ministers on different issues, keeping up of peace, directing the execution of approaches of State Government and Central Government, gathering incomes and capacity as courts in income matters, managing use of open assets according to standards of money related legitimacy and taking care of the everyday issues of the legislature. An IAS officer must remember to control and utilize the strategies after serious discussion with the minister liable for the division concerned.

The salary of an IAS officer depends on their level of grade. Usually, they receive a raise in their pay with increasing years of experience. They are also offered a promotion based on their accomplishments. The IAS officer salary includes basic pay, grade pay, Dearness Allowance (DA), House Rent Allowance (HRA), Medical Allowance, Conveyance Allowance. Each grade level has a certain basic pay and grade pay of its own. The pay scale of a junior official is somewhere between 50,000 rupees and 1,50,000 rupees. They are promoted to a senior level after 12 to 15 years of experience with a pay scale between 1 lakh and 2 lakh. The Cabinet Secretary grade has a fixed scale of 2,50,000 rupees. 


IAS Exam 2020

On February 12, 2020, the UPSC had disclosed the Civil Services Examination (CSE) 2020 announcements. The candidates had to apply online between February 12 and March 3, 2020. The CSE notice was discharged for an aggregate of 796 openings which incorporates 24 opportunities for people with benchmark incapacity classification

The IAS Prelims 2020 examination has been postponed because of lockdown brought about by Coronavirus (COVID 19) pandemic. The Preliminary test was planned on May 31 and it has been postponed. The Commission will report the new test date on May 20 in the wake of surveying the circumstance. According to the official site, the Civil Services (Prelims) Examination 2020, planned to be hung on May 31, 2020, stands conceded. The expected new date of the assessment will be made accessible on May 20 as soon as the circumstances have been properly evaluated. 

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Nidhia Sebastian is an English literature graduate who looks forward to a career that complements her passion. Her never-ending love for language has brought her to creative writing. Having an open heart to knowledge is what leaves her with a thirst to explore the world. She believes in living life to the fullest and hopes to convey the same enthusiasm through her words.

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