IAS 2016: Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) successfully conducted the Civil Services Preliminary Examination 2016 comprised of General Studies (Paper-I) and Civil Services Aptitude Test (Paper-II) on 07 August 2015. About 11.36 lakh aspirants competed in the IAS Preliminary Examination. Out of these, candidates who will qualify the IAS Prelims exam will be eligible to take the Civil Services Main Examination 2016 likely to be held in December 2016.
UPSC will release the answer key for the prelims examination along with the result which is expected to be announced in October 2016. Till then, aspirants may refer to the answer released by the various leading coaching institutes. Link to access the IAS Answer key is available below.
IAS Important Dates 2016
|Issue of official notice and online application process start date||27 April 2016|
|End date of the online application process||27 May 2016|
|Issue of the admit card for IAS Preliminary Exam||01 July 2016|
|Date of IAS Preliminary Exam – 2016||07 August 2016|
|Date of the IAS Main Exam – 2016||December 2016|
Important Links for the Aspirants –
IAS 2016 Vacancies – Tentative number of vacancies notified for Civil Services Exam- 2016 are 1076, which include 34 vacancies reserved for P.H. Category, i.e. 14 vacancies for LDCP, 7 Vacancies for B/LV and 13 Vacancies for H.I
IAS Eligibility Criteria 2016
The Age limit for Civil Services Examination is 21 to 32 years. There is an age relaxation of 5 years for SC/ST Candidates and 3 years for OBC Candidates. A candidate should be a graduate from a recognised university ( Full Time, Part Time, Correspondence are eligible) in any stream.
Maximumn Number of Attempts allowed for Civil Services Examination -
A candidate can appear for this Examination 6 times. However there is no such restriction for SC/ST candidates, OBC Candidates have 9 attempts. Only if a candidate appears for any Preliminary paper an attempt will be counted.
The admit card is available online for the candidates.
There are 2 stages for IAS Exam which are Preliminary Examination, Main Examination, and personal interview. The Preliminary Examination will be Objective type consist of 02 papers and carry marks of 400. This examination is of qualifying nature and has no impact on the final merit list. Candidates deemed qualified in the Preliminary Examination will be eligible for the Main Examination.
The Main Examination will have written the examination and a personal interview test. The written examination will consist of 9 papers of conventional essay type out of which two papers will be of qualifying nature. Marks obtained for all the compulsory papers and Marks obtained in Interview will be counted for the merit list.
|Paper I||Essay||250 marks|
|Papers II to V||General Studies (Paper I to IV)||250 marks each|
|Papers VI & VII||(Optional Papers I & II)||250 marks each|
Candidates who are qualified in preliminary exam must apply again for the Main Exam, in the detailed application form which will be sent to them by the UPSC, along with the main examination fee of Rs 200.
The answer key is released by the UPSC for all the sets of the question paper of the IAS Preliminary Examination. Immediately within few hours after the exam, various leading coaching institutes exclusively release the answer keys for all the sets so that the candidates can check the answers and verify the correct attempts.
Every year, the Commission decides a certain score on the basis of which the candidates are declared eligible to attempt the IAS Main Exam.
The IAS Result will be announced via online mode. The Commission will announce the result on its official website. Candidates will get to access the result by downloading the pdf of the selected candidates. Direct link to check the result shall be made available here.
Know all about Civil Services Examination
Civil Services Examination is conducted by UPSC every year in order to recruit candidates for Government services of the government of India which includes IAS (Indian Administrative Service), IFS (Indian Foreign Service), IPS (Indian Police Service) and IRS (Indian Revenue Service). This is considered as one of the toughest examination across the country, with every year Lakhs of students appearing for it. Civil Services exam is conducted in two faces Preliminary examination and Main Examination followed by Personal Interview.
A preliminary examination is an objective type paper consisting of two papers which are General Studies and Aptitude Test. There will be a negative marking in a Preliminary examination, candidates are advised to prepare as per the exam requirements. While Mains exam will be an orthodox subjective essay-type examination consisting of nine papers ( Candidate has to choose these papers). It is to be noted that this application is for Preliminary Examination only and the qualified for the Mains Examination will have to again fill the application form for the Mains Examination.