IAS Exams 2019 - Application Form, Online Registration, Eligibility, Dates, Pattern & Syllabus

IAS Exams 2019 - Application Form, Online Registration, Eligibility, Dates, Pattern & Syllabus

IAS Exams 2019 - Application Form, Online Registration, Eligibility, Dates, Pattern & Syllabus

IAS stands for Indian Administrative Service.

It is one the most prestigious competitive exam held every year in India conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) to recruit aspirants for civil services like IPS, IFS, CAPF-AF, etc.

There are 3 stages to clear and be an IAS:-

  • Stage 1: IAS Prelims – June 2, 2019

  • Stage 2: IAS Mains – September 20, 2019

  • Stage 3: Interview/ Personality Test
Important Features of IAS Exam
Exam Name Civil Services Examination
Exam Name Civil Services Examination
Exam Level National
Exam Conducting Body Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)
Exam Manner Offline (Based on Pen & Paper)
Exam Period Every Year
Total Attempts 6
Vacancies 800 Approx.
Official Website
IAS 2019 Exam Dates

The notification of the Civil Services Examination (CSE) will be issued on February 19, 2019. Aspirants are eligible to apply online until 18 March 2019. The preliminary examination will take place in the month of September and Main exam in the month of September.

IAS Application Form February 19 – March 18, 2019
Admit Card May 2019
IAS Preliminary Exam Date June 2, 2019
IAS Preliminary Exam Result August 2019
IAS Mains Exam Date September 20, 2019
IAS Mains Exam Result January 2020
IAS Personality test/Interview February/March 2020
IAS Final Result April 2020

IAS 2019 Eligibility Criteria – Nationality, Age Limit & Educational Qualifications  

Aspirants must meet the eligibility criteria set for taking the exam by the authorities. The criteria of eligibility are based on nationality, age limit, educational qualifications, number of attempts and physical standards. The eligibility criteria for the IAS Exam are as follows:


  1. For the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and the Indian Police Service (IPS), an aspirant must be a citizen of India.

  2. And for other civil services an aspirant must be either;
  • Citizen of India
  • Subject of Nepal
  • Subject of Bhutan
  • Tibetan refugee who came to India before January 1, 1962 to settle permanently.
  • An Indian origin migrant from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam who came to permanently settle in India.
Age Limit

  1. For IAS Exam 2019, the lower age limit is 21 years as at 1 August 2019, while the upper age limit is 32 years.

  2. For reserved category candidates, upper age relaxation is as follows:
  • 5 Years - SC/ST
  • 3 Years - OBC
  • 3 Years - Defence Services Personnel disabled in operations during hostilities
  • 5 Years - Ex-servicemen
  • 5Years - ECOs/SSCOs who have completed an initial period of assignment of five years of Military Service
  • 10 Years - PWD candidates
  • 5 years - Domiciles of Jammu and Kashmir from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 1989
Educational Qualification

  1. A candidate must hold a Bachelor's degree from any of the recognized universities.
UPSC 2019 Online Registration

Interested applicants can fill out the examination application form on the official website It can only be filled out online as of February 7, 2019. Candidates clearing the preliminary examination must apply separately for the main examination.

Procedure to Fill IAS Application Form 2019

Step 1- Registration Part 1
  • Visit the official website i.e.
  • Click on the link to ‘apply for UPSC Civil Services’
  • Enter details like Name, Gender, Category, Nationality, etc.
  • Click on Submit button
  • You will be redirected to the payment step
Step 2- Payment of Application Fee
  • Choose payment mode between online or offline 
  • INR 100 must be submitted via Pay-in-slip which must be downloaded from the application portal.
  • Candidates can use SBI credit card/debit card or Internet Banking Services for online payment.
  • For Debit Card, enter the Card number, Validity and CVV number.
  • And for Credit Card, enter the Card number, Validity and 6 digit special PIN number
  • In the case of net banking, enter the account details of the bank account
  • After filling the details click on pay now 
  • You will be redirected to the Part 2 of the UPSC Online Form
Note: This step is not applicable for candidates who are exempted from paying the fee.

Step 3- Registration Part 2
  • Post receipt of the fee, fill other details of the IAS Application form
  • Enter the choice of IAS Exam Center
  • Enter the qualification and other communication details 
Step 4- Uploading the Images
  • Click on the link or blank space provided to upload the photograph
  • Browse the location of the image and select the image
  • Click on open/upload
  • Check if the image is opened correctly and clearly
  • Repeat the same steps to upload the image of the signature
  • Click on “I Agree” to approve of the declaration and submit the complete IAS 2019 Application Form.
Note: Female applicants and SC/ST/ PWD category candidates are exempted from paying the fee.

IAS 2019 Admit Card

The admit card will be made available on the UPSC website for both examinations. The Main Exam admit card will be released in August 2019. Candidates can download their admission cards by following the following steps:

  • Visit UPSC official website 
  • Click on the link ‘Download IAS Prelims/Main Admit Card 2019’ 
  • Read the instructions carefully and click ‘Yes’
  • Enter Registration ID or Roll Number followed by candidate's Date of Birth.
  • Submit after entering the captcha in the given blank field
  • Print IAS Admit Card

IAS 2019 Exam Pattern

IAS Exam 2019 has 3 stages:- Preliminary, Main and Personal Interview. Each examination has different patterns and different question numbers. 

  • In IAS Exam 2019, the preliminary examination is merely a screening test for shortlisting candidates for further selection.
  • Those qualifying for Prelims are required to re-register for the IAS Mains 2019.
  • In next, selected aspirants will appear for the personal interview round.
The IAS 2019 examination pattern is given below:- 
Mode Offline Offline
Medium Hindi & English Hindi & English
No. of Qualifying Papers 2 7
Exam Weightage 400 Marks (200 each exam) 1750 Marks
Question Types Objective Objective & Subjective both
Negative Marking (for each answer) 0.33 (one-third) One-third (only for objective questions)
Exam Duration 2 Hours for each paper 3 Hours for each paper

IAS 2019 Syllabus
  • Every year, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) decides on IAS Syllabus. There is a different syllabus for each stage of the IAS exam.
  • Prelims IAS Syllabus evaluates the knowledge and skills of an aspirant e in current affairs.
  • In his specialized subject, IAS Syllabus for Mains assesses the academic expertise of the applicant. It also tests its capacity to present knowledge, its overall intellectual characteristics and understanding of concepts in a clear and coherent manner.
  • IAS 2019's preliminary section covers issues related to the areas of history, politics, geography and agriculture, science and technology and environment.
  • As optional subject papers (Papers VI and VII) the scope of IAS Syllabus for the Mains section for the examination is wide-ranging.
  • The level corresponds to the bachelor's degree in the fields of engineering, medical science and law.

Procedure to Check IAS 2019 Result

UPSC reports separately on the results of all three phases. On the official website of UPSC, the result of IAS Exam 2019 will be declared. In July 2019, the results of the preliminary exam will be declared, while the main examination will declare in January 2020.

For each examination, the following steps are available for candidates to access the results of the IAS:

  • Visit the official website of IAS i.e.
  • Click on the link which says ‘View IAS Result 2019’
  • Find your roll number in the list of the roll numbers mentioned in the PDF
  • Download PDF for future reference

IAS 2019 Cut off 
  • The authorities publish the declaration of the result of each stage for the minimum qualifying marks or cut off.
  • For the next step of the selection process, candidates with more than or even the cut-off marks are eligible.
  • Cut off for pre & mains examinations depends upon various factors like the difficulty level of the IAS Exam, vacancies available and the number of appearing aspirants, etc.
Here is the expected IAS 2019 Cut off for different category:-
General 150 - 200 660 - 679 860 - 889
OBC 140 - 201 600 - 631 809 - 845
ST 103 - 180 610 - 620 800 - 815
SC 101 - 185 615 - 633 815 - 835
PH 1 101 - 170 550 - 615 800 - 820
PH 2 89 - 120 550 - 630 780 - 835
PH 3 60 - 125 450 - 515 690 - 726

IAS 2019 Selection Process 

The IAS exam selection process consists of 3-stage evaluation in which applicants appears for Prelims, Mains and Personal Interview.
  • The preliminary examination is essentially a screening test involving over 15 lakhs.
  • There are two papers for candidates to attempt compulsorily in IAS Exam 2019 Prelims.
  • At least 33% marks in the General Science section are a basic requirement to clear this stage.
  • In addition, the candidates registered for the Mains examination on the basis of the IAS Exam 2019 result for prelims.
  • IAS Exam 2019 Mains will cover 9 conventional papers, 2 of which are optional.
  • The Mains exam and interview session is the basis for the selection of the candidate.
  • After the IAS Exam 2019 Mains examination of 1750 marks, candidates have to clear the cut off as decided by UPSC.
  • The interview session is required for those who clear the interrupt.
  • Marks obtained in a personal interview out of the total of 275 marks will also be considered while preparing the list of finally selected candidates.

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