Aspirant to IAS ROADMAP

In the process of transforming oneself from a UPSC aspirant to an IAS officer, a candidate has to cross all the three hurdles. Many of our officers have made us proud by realizing their dream of IAS at BIAS. 

1st hurdle is mostly in the month of june, and it is called UPSC preliminary exam 

About UPSC preliminary examination 

The pattern of Civil services preliminary examination has been designed to test the expertise of a candidate on various subjects and his/her ability to present himself/herself in a systematic and coherent manner. The examination pattern intends to assess the overall intellectual traits and understanding level of the candidates. 

UPSC preliminary examination has two papers for 200 marks each; 

  1. General Studies [GS]
  2. Civil services Aptitude Test [CSAT]
  • Since this is a qualifying exam, the marks obtained in this test are not counted for determining the final order of merit and rank.
  • CAST is a qualifying paper in which a candidate needs to secure 66 marks out of 200.

The ghost of negative marking

There is negative marking of one-third of marks for wrong answers marked by a candidate in the objective type of questions

2nd hurdle of UPSC main examination. 

IAS Exam Pattern for Mains

IAS Mains is an offline exam.

Each paper is of 3 hours. 30 minutes are given extra to blind students.

The exam will contain 9 papers. A candidate will be tested on the basis of their knowledge, understanding of the subject and language skills.

Questions will be only descriptive in nature. They will be given in both Hindi and English language.

IAS Mains is further divided into two types – Qualifying Exam and Merit Exam. It is compulsory to appear in both.

Qualifying Papers- 

 Paper A: (One of the Indian Languages to be selected from the ones included in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution – 300 Marks)

Paper B: English – 300 Marks

Candidates have to score at least 75 marks (25%) in both these papers to qualify.

Merit Exams- there are totally 7 papers in this section namely GS1, GS2, GS3, GS4, essay and two optional papers. 

Aspirant is required to select one optional among the list provided by UPSC, and will have to write two papers of 250 marks each on that particular subject. 

Complete descriptive nature of IAS mains demands learned writing skills. BIAS with it's intensive mentorship programme and daily answer writing practice has masters the technique of guiding aspirants. 


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