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  • Complete syllabus coverage - Classes are molded around General Studies in application to Prelims, Mains and Interview.
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  • Teaching Approach – UPSC syllabus Result oriented coaching
    • Foundation classes – Focus on basic from NCERT Text book and other standard resources
    • Advanced classes – Subject wise Concepts clarity in application with Current affairs, India year book, Government documents etc.
    • Integrated course – Prelims cum Mains oriented classes for easy understanding and quick preparation.
  • Teaching Faculties –Classes are conducted by recently cleared officers and Subject Experts dedicated to impart right dos and don’ts and teaching methodology
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  • Classes - Regular and weekend Online Live classes, Test cum discussion classes, One on one Discussion sessions with faculties and Recently cleared Himalai officers, Recorded, Doubt clarification classes, Backup, Special classes, includes two revisions and Class room Training.
  • Simplified Summary Based study materials – Exam oriented Simple summary based study materials for all the subjects for quick recap of the concepts both in Hardcopies and Online.
  • Test Series and Quizzes – Test are conducted regularly both on Online and Offline Daily, Weekly and Monthly on Current affairs, Csat, subject wise, topic wise and chapter wise. Written Assignments for mains will be initiated during prelims preparation.
  • Current Affairs – Exclusive classes, materials, quizzes and periodicals for Current Affairs on Monthly, weekly and daily
    • All are well specialized on Exams standards
    • State and National Affairs
    • International Affairs
    • Contemporary issues specific to Socio economical India
    • Special focus on Editorials
    • Government of India Events and schemes
    • International Organization etc.
  • NCERT based Training - All the subjects of General studies are taught Based on NCERT, Standard Text books and Government documentaries
  • Applied level Training - Every question in the exams will be based on Current affairs and Basics of subjects, we teach the inter connection of the subject with Current affairs.
  • Special Classes - Classes on Csat, Current affairs, News paper reading and News channels, India year Book, notes making and its relevance to specific subject concepts and its limitations of preparation.
  • What to Read and What not to - Special sessions on Map Reading, NCERT Text Books, standard text books reading, Daily current affairs, General studies and its limitations of preparation.
  • Performance and analysis - Each student will be personally counseled for understanding the student’s performance through One to one mentoring and Discussion for an easy and smooth preparation based on the personalized strategy plan prepared on regular intervals.
  • Quick Recap - Before exams Fast Track High classes with high priority Exam oriented classes through online and Classes room for a Quick Revisit of all the subjects before exams.
  • Preparatory exams and Discussions – Exclusive and specially designed to secure highest marks in Prelims, two months before the exams these tests are conducted which are based on following
    • Subject wise
    • Topic wise
    • Full Length Test as per the standards of UPSC
    • Current affairs
    • Previous year Question papers etc.
  • Synopsis of Question and answers - Soon after the completion of every Test a gist’s of Explanation will be provided for better understand and clarity on concepts
  • Writing Practice – Writing practice will be provided as per the syllabus standards of UPSC IAS Mains for GS 1, GS 2 GS 3 Essay and Ethics integrality classes and Evaluations during prelims preparation classes for quick preparation, easy understanding and clarity on prelim and mains.


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  • 100 Written test series Each with Writing practice, Real time preparatory exams
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About IAS Exam

UPSC – Union Public service commission is India's premier central recruiting agency. It is responsible for appointments and examinations for All India services and group A & group B of Central services.

CSE – Civil Service Examination is conducted for the recruitment of All India Civil services and various posts of Group A and Group B services in India

List of Services

Following are the services which one gets on qualifying the Civil Service Examination.

All India Services

  • Indian Administrative Service (IAS)
  • Indian Police Service (IPS)
  • Indian Forest Service (IFS)

Central Services (Group A)

  • Indian Foreign Service (IFS)
  • Indian Audit and Accounts Service (IA&AS)
  • Indian Civil Accounts Service (ICAS)
  • Indian Corporate Law Service (ICLS)
  • Indian Defence Accounts Service (IDAS)
  • Indian Defence Estates Service (IDES)
  • Indian Information Service (IIS)
  • Indian Ordnance Factories Service (IOFS)
  • Indian Postal Service (IPoS)
  • Indian P&T Accounts and Finance Service (IP&TAFS)
  • Indian Railway Accounts Service (IRAS)
  • Indian Railway Personnel Service (IRPS)
  • Indian Railway Protection Force Service (IRPFS)
  • Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS)
  • Indian Revenue Service (IRS-IT)
  • Indian Revenue Service (IRS-C&CE)
  • Indian Trade Service (ITrS)

Group B Services

  • Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Services (AFHCS)
  • Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands Civil Service (DANICS)
  • Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands Police Service (DANIPS)
  • Pondicherry Civil Service (PCS)
  • Pondicherry Police Service (PPS)

Selections to any of the above mentioned services, one must clear CSE Civil service exams and secure rank based on their performance. That rank will enable the recruitment to the services.

IAS Exam Eligibility

To be eligible for IAS exams one must qualify three criteria

  • Nationality
  • Age
  • Education qualification


  • For the Indian Administrative Service and the Indian Police Service, the candidate must be a citizen of India.
  • For other services, the candidate must be one of the following:
    • A citizen of India
    • A citizen of Nepal or a subject of Bhutan
    • A Tibetan refugee who settled permanently in India before 1 January 1962.
    • A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India

Educational qualification

  • All candidates must have as a minimum one of the following educational qualifications:
  • A degree from a central, state or a deemed university
  • A degree received through correspondence or distance education
  • A degree from an open university
  • A qualification recognized by the government of India as being equivalent to one of the above
  • Under graduates who are pursuing their final year can also appear
Note – Under graduates must submit proof of their eligibility from a competent authority at their institute/university at the time of the main examination, failing which they will not be allowed to attend the exam.

Age and Number of Attempts

Minimum Age - The candidate must have attained the age of 21 years

Based on caste category the age limits and number of attempts will vary

Caste Categories Age Limits No of Attempts
General Merit (GM) 32 Years 6 attempts
Other Backward Castes (OBC) 35 Years 9 attempts
Scheduled Castes (SC) Scheduled Tribes (ST) 37 years Unlimited attempts
Note – For Defense Services Personnel disabled in operations during hostilities, the limit is 40 years.
Note – For Candidates belonging to ex-servicemen including Commissioned officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered military services for at least five years as on 1 August, of the year and have been released

IAS Exam Syllabus

Exam is conducted in three Stages

  • Stage 1 - Preliminary
  • Stage 2 - Mains
  • Stage 3 - Interview

IAS Preliminary examination

1st stage of IAS exams which is considered as screening level and qualifying in Nature, whose marks are not counted for final ranking but compulsory for qualifying to Mains.

Consisting of two objective type papers

Section Subject No of Questions Marks Duration
Paper 1 General Studies 100 200 2 hours
Paper 2 CSAT 80 200 2 hours
  • General studies Paper - Consists of 100 MCQ’s, Each carrying 2 marks
  • CSAT(Civil service Aptitude Test)- Consists of 80 MCQ’s Each carrying 2.5 Marks
  • Both the papers are conducted on same day with interval of 2 hours
  • Negative Marks – There will be penalty of 1/3rd marks for each wrong answers
  • Unanswered questions are not counted for Negative marking.

IAS Prelims syllabus

IAS Prelims General studies syllabus

Prelims General studies tests the candidate's knowledge on Following subjects all at the level of 6th to 12th standards of NCERT Syllabus.

  • Current Events
  • Indian History
  • Indian National movement,
  • Indian and world geography,
  • Indian polity Panchayti Raj system and governance,
  • Economic and social development,
  • Environmental ecology,
  • Biodiversity, climate change
  • General science, Art and culture

IAS Prelims CSAT (Civil Services Aptitude Test),

Prelims CSAT tests the candidate's skills in the following subjects

  • English Comprehension,
  • Interpersonal Communication Skill
  • Logical Reasoning,
  • Analytical Ability,
  • Decision Making,
  • Problem Solving,
  • Basic Numeracy,
  • Data interpretation,
  • Mental ability.
Note – CSAT is qualifying in nature and the marks obtained in this paper are not counted for merit. However, it is mandatory for the candidate to score a minimum of 33 per cent in this paper to qualify the Prelims exam

IAS MAIN Exam Pattern

IAS Main examination consisting of 9 papers of conventional (essay) type, in which two papers are qualifying and only marks of seven are counted

  • Language Papers
  • Essay writing
  • General studies 1
  • General studies 2
  • General studies 3
  • General studies 4
  • Optional subject Paper 1
  • Optional subject Paper 2

IAS Mains Language papers

These papers are meant for testing the verbal and writing skills of Indian and English language which are not counted for final ranking but compulsory for qualifying.

IAS Mains are Descriptive Written exam

Main examination consisting of 9 papers of conventional (essay) type, in which two papers are qualifying and only marks of seven are counted

Paper Subject MarksDuration
Paper A One of the Indian languages 300 3 Hours
Paper B English Compulsory 300 3 Hours

IAS Mains Compulsory Papers for ranking

Paper Subject MarksDuration
Paper I Essay (Two sections, each carrying 125 marks) 2503 Hours
General Studies 1 Indian heritage and culture, history and geography of the world and society 2503 Hours
General Studies 2 Governance, constitution, polity, social justice and international relations 2503 Hours
General Studies 3 Science and Technology, economic development, bio-diversity, environment, security and disaster management 2503 Hours
General Studies 4 Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude 2503 Hours
Optional Paper Two papers on one subject to be selected by the candidate from the list of optional subjects (250 marks for each paper) 5003 Hours for each paper
Grand Total Marks Written Exams 1750

IAS Interview – Personality test

Personality Test (Interview) 275
Total Marks 2025

IAS Mains Syllabus

General Studies Paper 1

  • Architecture from ancient to modern times.
  • Modern Indian history include the significant events, personalities, issues during the middle of the eighteenth century until the present
  • Various stages and important contributors and contributions from different parts of the country in ‘The Freedom Struggle’
  • Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country
  • History of the world includes events, forms and effect on the society from 18th century like world wars, industrial revolution, colonization, redraw of national boundaries, decolonization, political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism etc
  • Salient aspects of Diversity of India and Indian Society
  • Role of women and women’s organization, population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and remedies
  • Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism
  • Distribution of key natural resources across the world including South Asia and the Indian sub-continent; factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary, and tertiary sector industries in various parts of the world including India
  • Effects of globalization on Indian society
  • Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone etc., geographical features and their location- changes in critical geographical features (including water-bodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes
  • Salient features of world’s physical geography

General Studies- PAPER II

Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations:

  • Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure
  • Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein
  • Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries
  • Separation of powers between various organs dispute redressed mechanisms and institutions
  • Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these
  • Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies
  • Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary Ministries and Departments of the Government; pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their role in the Polity
  • Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act
  • Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation
  • Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies
  • Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections
  • Health, Education, Human Resources
  • Development processes and the development industry the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders
  • Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to
  • Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures
  • Issues relating to poverty and hunger
  • Role of civil services in a democracy
  • Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests
  • India and its neighborhood- relations
  • Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate
  • Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora

General Studies- PAPER III

Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management:

  • Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment.
  • Development, Bio diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management.
  • Government Budgeting.
  • Inclusive growth and issues arising from it.
  • Major crops cropping patterns in various parts of the country, different types of irrigation and irrigation systems storage, transport and marketing of agricultural produce and issues and related constraints; e-technology in the aid of farmers
  • Economics of animal-rearing.
  • Food processing and related industries in India- scope and significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management.
  • Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices; Public Distribution System objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping; issues of buffer stocks and food security; Technology missions
  • Land reforms in India.
  • Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth.
  • Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc.
  • Investment models.
  • Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life Achievements of Indians in science & technology;
  • Indigenization of technology and developing new technology.
  • Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment
  • Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, nano-technology, bio-technology and issues relating to intellectual property rights.
  • Disaster and disaster management.
  • Role of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges to internal security.
  • Linkages between development and spread of extremism.
  • Challenges to internal security through communication networks, role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber security; money-laundering and its prevention
  • Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate
  • Security challenges and their management in border areas; linkages of organized crime with terrorism

General Studies- Paper IV

Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude:

This paper includes questions to check the candidate’s’ attitude and approach to issues relating to integrity, probity in public life and his/her problem solving approach to various issues and conflicts faced by him/her while dealing with society. Questions may utilize the case study approach to determine these aspects and covers area:

  • Ethics and Human Interface- Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics in private and public relationships
  • Human Values- lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values
  • Attitude- content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behaviour; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion
  • Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service, integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker-sections
  • Emotional intelligence-concepts, and their utilities and application in administration and governance
  • Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world
  • Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration- Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance; accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance; ethical issues in international relations and funding; corporate governance
  • Probity in Governance- Concept of public service; Philosophical basis of governance and probity; Information; sharing and transparency in government, Right to Information, Codes of Ethics, Codes of Conduct, Citizen’s Charters, Work culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption
  • Case Studies on above issues

UPSC IAS Mains Optional subjects Syllabus

IAS Mains List of Optional subjects

  • IAS Mains Agriculture Optional Syllabus
  • IAS Mains Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science Optional Syllabus
  • IAS Mains Anthropology Optional Syllabus
  • IAS Mains Botany Optional Syllabus
  • IAS Mains Chemistry Optional Syllabus
  • IAS Mains Civil Engineering Optional Syllabus
  • IAS Mains Commerce and Accountancy Optional Syllabus
  • IAS Mains Economics Optional Syllabus
  • IAS Mains Electrical Engineering Optional Syllabus
  • IAS Mains Geography Optional Syllabus
  • IAS Mains Geology Optional Syllabus
  • IAS Mains History Optional Syllabus
  • IAS Mains Law Optional Syllabus
  • IAS Mains Management Optional Syllabus
  • IAS Mains Mathematics Optional Syllabus
  • IAS Mains Mechanical Engineering Optional Syllabus
  • IAS Mains Medical Science Optional Syllabus
  • IAS Mains Philosophy Optional Syllabus
  • IAS Mains Physics Optional Syllabus
  • IAS Mains Political Science and International Relations Optional Syllabus
  • IAS Mains Psychology Optional Syllabus
  • IAS Mains Public Administration Optional Syllabus
  • IAS Mains Sociology Optional Syllabus
  • IAS Mains Statistics Optional Syllabus
  • IAS Mains Zoology Optional Syllabus

IAS Mains Literature languages Syllabus

  • IAS Mains Urdu Assamese (Assamese)
  • IAS Mains Urdu Bengali (Bengali)
  • IAS Mains Urdu Bodo (Devanagari)
  • IAS Mains Urdu Dogri (Devanagari)
  • IAS Mains Urdu English (English)
  • IAS Mains Urdu Gujarati (Gujarati)
  • IAS Mains Urdu Hindi (Devanagari)
  • IAS Mains Urdu Kannada (Kannada)
  • IAS Mains Urdu Kashmiri (Persian)
  • IAS Mains Urdu Konkani (Devanagari)
  • IAS Mains Urdu Maithili (Devanagari)
  • IAS Mains Urdu Malayalam (Malayalam)
  • IAS Mains Urdu Manipuri (Bengali)
  • IAS Mains Urdu Marathi (Devanagari)
  • IAS Mains Urdu Nepali (Devanagari)
  • IAS Mains Urdu Odia (Odia)
  • IAS Mains Urdu Punjabi (Gurumukhi)
  • IAS Mains Urdu Sanskrit (Devanagari)
  • IAS Mains Urdu Santhali (Devanagri or Ol Chiki)
  • IAS Mains Urdu Sindhi (Devanagari or Arabic)
  • IAS Mains Urdu Tamil (Tamil)
  • IAS Mains Urdu Telugu (Telugu)
  • IAS Mains Urdu (Persian) Literature Syllabus

Stage III – Interview (Personality Test) - 275 Marks

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