Indian Administrative Service (IAS) Entrance Exam conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) every year. IAS is the most intelligent exams to crack and successfully join this stellar Central Govt. service. The Indian Administrative Service (IAS) is the administrative civil service of the executive branch of the Government of the Republic of India.
IAS Exam has three stages Preliminary Exam, Main Exam, and an Interview.
I. IAS Preliminary Exam Pattern 2012:-
The prelims are held around May-June.It has objective ie multiple choice questions. There are two papers (duration of each being 2 hrs). a) General studies and b)Optional subject: you can choose from Psychology, Sociology, Philosophy, Agriculture, Maths, Phy, Chem, Stats etc. Important: It is not compulsory to choose the same subjects of your graduation. The results are declared in July-August and the successful candidates are called for the main examinations. PS. The prelims score has no bearing for determining the final merit list for the services.
II. IAS Mains Exam Pattern:-
The main written examination usually takes place in Oct-Nov, it comprises of 9 papers in all (a lot more strenuous than CAT!) Duration of each paper is 3 hrs. Language: one of the Indian languages, English, Essay GK and Current Affairs: 2 papers on general studies Optionals: papers from two subjects that fall in optional-1 and two papers from optional-2 (a choice of subjects is listed by the UPSC in the prospectus) Candidates who are successful in the main examinations are eligible for an interview which plays a crucial part in the selection.
III. IAS Interview 2012 :-
The interview calls are sent in March-April of the following year and they take place in the month of April-May. The Board of interviewers look for a well-adjusted personality with the social traits, integrity and qualities of leadership . PS. The number of candidates called for the interview is normally twice the number of vacancies.