How to become an IAS officer After 12th

IAS officer is an Indian service. It is a very reputed and powerful job in India. If you want to become an IAS officer after the 12th.

Read this article and get complete information that how can you become an IAS officer.

Full form of IAS = Indian Administrative Service.

Many students have a dream to become an IAS officer after 12th in India and they do very hard work to make true this dream. But due to improper knowledge and some lack of information they get to fail.

But you don’t need to worry, Here we’re going to tell you the complete process of becoming an IAS officer after the 12th.

Some students say I am preparing for the IAS exam and we also heard it many times. Do you know they are wrong? Actually, they prepare for the “Civil service exam” which is conducted by UPSC every year.

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)

Full form of UPSC = Union public service commission. It is a department of the Indian government. It has a total of 24 services in it.

Let’s get to know the 24 Civil services of UPSC.

All India Services
1. IAS – Indian Administrative service14. IRPS – Indian Railway Personnel Service
2. IPS – Indian Police Service15. ASC (RPF) – Assistant Security Commissioner
Group A16. IDES – Indian Defence Estate Service
3. IFS – Indian Foreign Service17. IIS – Indian Information Service
4. IP&TAFS – Indian P&T Accounts & Finance service18. ITS – Indian Trade Service
5. IAAS – Indian Audit and Account Service19. ICLS – Indian Corporate Law Service
6. IRS – Indian Revenue Service (C &CE)Group B
7. IDAS – Indian Defence Account Service20. AFHCS – Armed Force HQ Civil Service
8. IRS – Indian Revenue Service (IT)21. DANICS – Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar
Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and
Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service
9. IOFS – Indian Ordinance Factories Service22. DANIPS – Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar
Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and
Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Service
10. IPoS – Indian Postal Service23. PCS – Pondicherry Civil Service
11. ICAS – Indian Civil Account Service24. PPS – Pondicherry Police Service
12. IRTS – Indian Railway Traffic Service
13. IRAS – Indian Railway Account Service

There are 24 Civil services that come in UPSC.

So, Some students don’t have proper knowledge of this Exam. They appear in this exam without complete knowledge and that’s why they get to fail.

First, you should have complete information about this Exam then only you should go for it.

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What you need to do after class 10th & 12th to become an IAS Officer?

As we all know IAS is one of the best posts in India. So, you need to do very hard work with smart study.

  • Every year 8- 9 lakhs students apply for this UPSC CSE(Prelims) Exam.
  • And almost 10 to 11 thousands candidates qualify for (Main) Examination.
  • Around 2000 candidates qualify (Main) Exam and will be called for the Interview.
  • Max to max 700 – 800 candidates qualify the Interview and get their dream job.

After clearing the civil service exam they send you to different zones for your job.

Some post ranks candidates get after qualifying this exam like DM, SDM, ADM, Collector, Deputy Collector, Commissioner, etc.

Eligibility Criteria for an IAS officer

  • Candidate must be Graduate.
  • Candidate must be Indian Citizen for IAS & IPS post.

Age Limit & Attempts for UPSC Exam

CategoryMaximum AgeNo. of Attempts
SC/ST32+5=37As many as up to age limit
Physically disabled (Blind, Deaf-mute, Orthopedic)32+10=42If general then 9
OBC then 9
SC/ST then up to age limit
  • First you need to pass your 12th class with good marks. You can clear your 12th class with any stream Arts/Commerce/Science.

  • After clearing class 12th, You must complete your graduation in any subject which you like and have interest. If you are not graduate you can’t appear in this exam.

  • If you’re in the last year of your graduation still you can apply for UPSC exam.

  • After applying for this exam start your preparation with proper focus.

Civil Service Exam

  1. Preliminary Examination
  2. Main Examination
  3. Personality Test (Interview)

Prelims Examination

  • Two Papers.
  • Each of 200 marks.
  • Total 400 marks.
  • Duration of each exam is 2 Hours.
  • Questions are objective type.

Main Examination

  • Total 9 Papers.
  • 2 Language papers. (Marks not count)
  • Merit will be made only on the basis of 7 papers.
  • Total Marks are 1750.

Personal Interview

  • Total marks are 275.
  • Duration is 45 minutes.
  • Just for checking your personality only.

As you know lakhs of students apply for this exam every year. So you have to work hard and smart study.

Some students take coaching classes for many years. But you can clear this exam by self-study also.

Do you know there is a myth?

Students think that only toppers and those who take classes in big expensive reputed institutes only they can clear this exam.

But it’s not like that, If you do self-study accurately & timely then still you can clear this exam easily.

Owners of big Institutes do business only, they don’t care which students understand what they teach or not. They just mind only fees.

They take a healthy amount of money in the form of fees. So that’s why I’ll suggest you do self-study daily and clear all NCERT books first.

You can become an IAS officer definitely. Just keep doing hard work and never think about giving up.

Because only they get successful in life who try again & again.

One day you will achieve your dream. All the best for your future journey of an IAS.


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