UPSC IAS 2016 Prelims Online Registration Open: Apply Now


UPSC IAS 2016 Prelims: The Union Public Service Commission has finally published an official notification for beginning the application process for IAS Prelims 2016. The recruitment notification invites candidates to apply in Indian Civil Services under various departments (IFS, IRS etc.) for 1079 Posts. The eligible candidates can apply now for the upcoming IAS Prelims 2016, which has been scheduled for August 7, 2016.

Date of IAS Prelims Advertisement  27 April 2016
Last Date of Application  27 May 2016
Date of IAS Prelims Examination  7 August 2016

IAS aspirants are duly informed that the application dates for IAS Prelims 2016 are open from today, which is, 27 April 2016 till next month, 27 May 2016. Hence, the last day to apply for UPSC IAS Prelims is 27 May 2016. But before you go any deeper into the IAS Application Process, we advise you to go through IAS Eligibility Criteria and Selection Procedure for Civil Services Examination 2016. 


Eligibility Criteria for UPSC IAS Civil Services Examination 2016

Civil Services Examination is considered as one of the toughest recruitment examination to crack. This year, there are 1079 vacancies across various departments, which are

  1. Indian Administrative Service
  2. Indian Foreign Service
  3. Indian Police Service
  4. Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service Group ‘A’
  5. Indian Audit and Accounts Service, Group ‘A’
  6. Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise), Group ‘A’
  7. Indian Defence Accounts Service, Group ‘A’
  8. Indian Revenue Service (I.T.), Group ‘A’
  9. Indian Ordnance Factories Service, Group ‘A’ (Assistant Works Manager, Administration)
  10. Indian Postal Service, Group ‘A’
  11. Indian Civil Accounts Service, Group ‘A’
  12. Indian Railway Traffic Service, Group ‘A’
  13. Indian Railway Accounts Service, Group ‘A’
  14. Indian Railway Personnel Service, Group ‘A’
  15. Post of Assistant Security Commissioner in Railway Protection Force, Group ‘A’
  16. Indian Defence Estates Service, Group ‘A’
  17. Indian Information Service (Junior Grade), Group ‘A’
  18. Indian Trade Service, Group ‘A’ (Gr. III)
  19. Indian Corporate Law Service, Group “A”
  20. Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service, Group ‘B’ (Section Officer’s Grade)
  21. Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service, Group ‘B’
  22. Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Service, Group ‘B’
  23. Pondicherry Civil Service, Group ‘B’
  24. Pondicherry Police Service, Group ‘B’

Now turning back towards IAS Eligibility Criteria, there a few metrics/ criteria according to which a candidate is deemed eligible/ not eligible for IAS Examination. The various IAS eligibility metrics are as follows.

  • Nationality of the Candidate 
  • Education Qualification of the Candidate
  • Number of Attempts and Age Limit

Let us discuss each eligibility criteria set for Civil Services Examination i.e. IAS 2016.

1. Nationality

A candidate, in whose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary, may be admitted to the examination but the offer of appointment may be given only after the necessary eligibility certificate has been issued to him by the Government of India.

  • For the Indian Administrative Service and the Indian Police Service, a candidate must be a citizen of India.
  • For other services, a candidate must be either:
  1. a citizen of India, or
  2. a subject of Nepal, or
  3. a subject of Bhutan, or
  4. a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India. Or
  5. a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Srilanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

2. Educational Qualification

In order to satisfy IAS Eligibility Criteria in terms of educational qualification, a candidate must possess a degree from any of the Universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be a Deemed University under the UGC Act, 1956, or an equivalent qualification.

3. Number of Attempts & Age Limit

For IAS Eligibility, there is certain age limit set according to the category of the candidate. Corresponding to both age and category, there is also a set number for the total number of attempts a candidate can appear for IAS Exam. Let us have a look at it.

 Category of the Candidate Number of Attempts  Age Limit
 General  6  32 Years
 OBC  9  35 Years
 SC/ ST  Unlimited  37 Years
To sum up, the number of attempts associated with age limit and category is as follows.

  • For General Category candidates, the age limit is 32 years and the number of attempts is 6.
  • For OBC Category candidates, the age limit is 35 years and the number of attempts is 9.
  • For SC/ST Category candidates, the age limit is 37 years while the number of attempts unlimited.

For Physically Handicapped Candidates, the number of attempts are limited to 9 for both General and OBC candidates and unlimited for SC/ST category.

Do you satisfy all the pointers mentioned under IAS Eligibility Criteria? If yes, proceed towards the next section, which is, IAS Prelims Selection Procedure and Exam Pattern.


UPSC IAS Selection Procedure 2016

The selection of the candidates for Civil Services Recruitment will be made on the basis of performance in written examination, which is, IAS Prelims and Mains, followed by the Interview.

1. UPSC IAS Prelims will be an objective MCQ based paper. It consists of 2 papers of General studies of 200 marks each i.e. 400 marks. Only those candidates who successfully crack this level, will move to the next stage, which is IAS Mains Examination.

2. UPSC IAS Mains intensifies the Civil Services Recruitment Process. Now there are 7 + 2 = 9 papers to be answered in the main examination. All of them are of descriptive type. There are two qualifying papers 1) any modern Indian language of 300 marks 2) English of 300 marks. The marks of these two papers will not be counted in the merit list of the main examination.

According to the new pattern there are “FOUR” General Studies paper each comprising of 250 Marks with a total of 1000 Marks and are compulsory. The scope of the syllabus of General Studies papers is of degree level.

There is only “ONE” optional subject to choose from the list of subjects. It comprises of two papers each of 300 marks. So the optional paper is of 600 marks. Candidate is allowed to take up literature as an optional subject “without the condition of having the same at graduation level.” The scope of the syllabus of optional paper is higher than the bachelor’s degree but lower than the master’s level.

3. Interview is the final level of scrutiny for CSE Aspirants. The interview round carries 275 marks and is basically an overall analysis of your personality. It is the final stage of selection for Civil Services Examination. After this, a final merit list is prepared on the basis of marks secured in IAS Mains and Interview.

Securing a good rank is essential as post preference is based on rank achieved. Hence, you need to aim for the top in order to work in your preferred department.


UPSC IAS Prelims 2016 – How to Apply 

In order to submit IAS Prelims Application Form online, just visit the official UPSC Website:

The IAS Application Form has 2 Parts, both of which should be completed by latest 27th May, 2016 till 11:59 P.M., after which link will be disabled.

The application fee set for IAS Prelims is Rs. 100/- for General Candidates. For SC/ ST/ Female/ Physically Handicapped Candidates, the application fee has been exempted. The application fee is payable by depositing the money in any branch of SBI by cash, or by using net banking facility ofState Bank of India/ State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur/ State Bank of Hyderabad/State Bank of Mysore/ State Bank of Patiala/State Bank of Travancore or by using any Visa/ Master Credit/ Debit Card.


Before you initiate the application process, make sure you have your passport sized photograph and signature duly scanned in the jpg format in such a manner that each file should not exceed 40 KB and must not be less than3 KB in size for the photograph and 1 KB for the signature.

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