How to become an IAS Officer in India- How to prepare for IAS Exam 2021

How to become an IAS Officer in India – How to prepare for  IAS Exam? This questions always strike everyone’s mind when they saw the results of the UPSC exam aspirants every year. 

Friends, Indian Administrative Service or IAS is considered as the most powerful job in India. Most probably its everyone’s dream to become an IAS officer one day. So today our topic is How to become an IAS.

In this article we are going to know the eligibility criteria which we should follow to become an IAS officer in India. Those are…

1.What Qualification Should one have to appear for this Exam

2.What Should be the perfect age to prepare

3.When you can apply

4.How many stages are there in the exam

5.How many time you can attempt


7.What is the syllabus should one follow


Namaskar Friends, welcome to our website “StudyHardOdia”. Friends, as all you know that IAS exam is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). If someone told you that he/she is preparing for IAS exam that’s wrong, actually he/she is preparing for Civil Services Examination.

1.Qualification: All graduates can apply for this exam. If you have passed the degree exams with maximum marks like B.COM, B.Sc., BA, BCA, BBA etc. if you wants to work as IPS, IAS then you must be staying in India or if you wish to be IFS you may be the residents of other country there is no problem.

2.AGE: The age of the General Candidates to apply for the exam should be 21 years to 32, OBC Candidates age should be between 21 to 35 and SC,ST candidates age should be between 21years to 37 Years. Physically Challenged person can go for till attain the age of 42 while SC & ST can give the exam till they attain the age of 40.

3.ATTEMPTS: General Candidates can attempt for this exam only for Six times that means upto 32 years of age. SC/ST candidate have no limit to attempt the exam while OBC candidates can attempt 7 times up to the age 35. Now if you have applied for the exam and don’t go for it to attempt then it will be counted as one attempt.

4.EXAM PATTERN or Stages of  Exams:

         Prelims——- Mains——– Interview

Prelims: There are two papers in Prelims. Those are

1.General Studies


 Both of the paper consist of 200 marks each and the questions are different in both the papers. In first paper there are 100 questions while in 2nd paper there are only 50 questions. In this exam you can choose both Hindi and English language to give your answer that depends upon you.


GENERAL STUDIES Paper 1 is of 200 marks

#current events of national and international importance

#history of India and Indian National Movement

#Indian Polity and Governance, Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights, Issues etc.

#Economic and Social Development, Sustainable Development, Inclusive Demographic, Social Sector Initiative etc.

#General Issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio Diversity and Climate Change.

#General Science

All the questions appeared in the exam from above mentioned syllabus. So you have to read and have the knowledge of Current Affairs. You have to read English News Papers Daily like “The Hindu. And you should have complete all NCERT books from class 6 to 12..

CSAT  Paper 2 is of 200 marks


#Interpersonal Skills

#Logical & Analytical Reasoning

#Decision Making and Problem Solving

#General Mental Ability

#Basic Numeracy (10th Level Math)

#Data Interpretation( 10th Level)

Now the difference between these two papers is, in Paper 1 you have to get good marks to be selected for Main Exams but in 2nd Paper you just have to secure only 66 marks out of 200 that is 33%. It is changing time to time by the commission if they required to change.


In the Main Exam there are total 9 papers

Paper 1-Essay on Social Issue, Politics

Paper 2- General Studies, Indian History and Culture, World Geography and Society

Paper3- Constitution, Politics, Social Justice and International Relation

Paper4- Economics, Technology, Bio diversity, Environment Security and Disaster Management.

Paper 5- Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude


6.Salaray: Salary is from 50000 to 200000 or above.

Some Important Questions Asked by Students or Aspirants about the Exam of IAS in India

#How many years does it takes to become an IAS Officer:-  Look, there is no specific time limit to crack the UPSC exam and become an IAS officer in India. if depends upon your interests and dedication towards it. No one can set a perfect time to become an IAS offficer in India. its totally on you? how much you are interested and how it means to you.

#What are the stages to become an IAS officer in India: As we have discussed earlier, there are three step to follow to crack the exam. Like Prelims, Mains and Interview. 

#What is the salary of an IAS officer in India: As we have discussed earlier an IAS officer in India can be posted in 24 types of post. and their salary will be from 50,000 to 2,00,000 or above as per their designation.

#Which degree is best to become an IAS officer in India: Look, there is no specific degree to become an IAS officer in India easily. you may have seen that a B.Sc students choose the subject of an Arts Stream student to get success in exam. so its totally on you in which subject you are master that could lead towards your success.

So, these are some major steps to become an IAS officer in your life. If you like the article then share it with your friends who wanted to be an IAS officer in future.