Connect with Best Verified Coaching in India Find the best Verified coaching institutes in India , personalized to your needs.
For which entrance exam are you preparing? mandatory

IAS 2019 – Important Dates, Exam Pattern, Syllabus and Cutoff

Report Error
IAS Article featured image 2

Overview of IAS

Indian Administrative Services (IAS) a dream of billions, a journey from nowhere to somewhere, an opportunity to define your career. The Civil Service Examination is considered to be one of the toughest competitive exams to crack in India. Every year, lakhs of students appear for this exam but only a few make it till the end and become IAS officers. Luckily, the aspirants are given multiple attempts to keep their dream alive. Though the dream of thousands is shattered each year with the competition being so fierce.

IAS is officially known as UPSC Civil Service Examination abbreviated as UPSC CSE. It is conducted every year by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The UPSC CSE consists of three stages- Preliminary, Mains, and Personal Interview. The first stage i.e. Prelims is conducted in the month of June whereas the mains are conducted around September to October. Only those who qualify the Prelims can appear for the Mains in the IAS exam. Qualifying both stages is the first step for the candidates who wish to be an IAS officer. The next and final stage of the IAS exam is a personal interview to test the overall personality and intelligence of a candidate.

This article covers all the relevant details like important dates, syllabus, eligibility, exam pattern, and cutoff related to the IAS exam 2019.

IAS 2019 in a Nutshell

IAS Exam Conducting BodyUnion Public Service Commission (UPSC)
Job TypeCentral Government Job
Mode of applicationOnline
Mode of examOffline
MediumEnglish and Hindi
Number of times conductedOnce in a year
VacanciesAround 900
Application FeeINR 100 (Females/SC/ST/PH are exempted)


Changes in IAS Exam over the years


  • In the year 2011, UPSC replaced the Optional subject with CSAT


  • In 2012, the Commission kept the main syllabus a little more generic and this led to a change in the pattern of questions
  • There are two additional papers for each year in 2012
  • Two papers were incorporated on General Studies and one Essay
  • Both CSAT and GS scores were to be counted for preparing the merit list


  • The number of Optional subjects was decreased from two to one and the number of papers on GS doubled from two to four
  • The previous two GS papers were increased to three
  • A new paper on ‘Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude’ was introduced
  • Total marks allotted for the essay were increased from 200 to 250
  • The total number of questions increased while the overall word limit decreased


  • The number of essays was increased from one to two. This resulted in two sections with four optional choices in total. Earlier there used to be one section with four optional choices
  • The total number of permissible attempts were increased from four to six
  • Maximum age limit for General Category was increased from 30 to 32


  • In this year, CSAT was made a qualifying paper. Only GS marks were to be counted for qualifying Prelims


  • The year recorded the lowest vacancies in UPSC ever
  • A new section was introduced in the Interview Scheme. Now, the results and details of the appearing candidates could be shared with private and public recruiting agencies


  • Despite much anticipation, there was no change in the number of attempts
  • Reservation for EWS (Economically Weaker Sections) was introduced in the exam, as proposed by the Government

Important Dates for IAS 2019

Date of NotificationFebruary 19, 2019
IAS Preliminary ExamJune 2, 2019
Announcement of Preliminary Exam ResultJuly 12, 2019
IAS Mains Application Form to release onAugust 1-16, 2019
Issue of IAS Main Admit CardLast week of August 2019
IAS Main Exam 2019September 20, 21, 22, 28, and 29, 2019
IAS Main resultJanuary 2020


Study Material for IAS 2019

Check out the deep repository of EduGorilla to avail notes, syllabus, question papers, etc. for IAS exam.

Eligibility Criterion for IAS 2019


The candidate must be a citizen of India.

Educational Qualification

  • Candidates must hold a bachelor’s degree from a recognized university
  • Candidates who are in their final year of the qualifying exam (bachelor’s degree) are eligible to apply for the IAS prelims exam
  • They must provide the proof of passing the exam while applying for the IAS mains exam

Age Limit

CategoryRelaxationUpper Age Limit
GeneralNo relaxation32
OBCUp to 3 years35
SC/STUp to 5 years37
Defence Service Personnel (disabled during service0Up to 3 years35
Ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least 5 years military serviceUp to 5 years37
Visually challenged/hearing/impaired/

Physically challenged

Up to 10 years42


Number of Attempts

CategoryNumber of Attempts
SC/STNo restriction
Physically Handicapped (General)9
Physically Handicapped (OBC)9
Physically Handicapped (SC/ST)No restriction


Syllabus and Exam Pattern of IAS 2019

Exam Pattern of IAS 2019 Prelims

Name of the PaperDurationQuestionMarks
Paper-I General Studies2 Hours100200 Marks
Paper- II General Studies2 Hours80200 marks


Syllabus for IAS 2019 Prelims

The Preliminary exam comprises of two compulsory papers (General Studies-I and General Studies-II). All the questions are of objective type. The marks scored in the Preliminary round will be the basis for qualification in the next round.

Paper I – General Studies

  • Current Events of National and International importance
  • History of India and Indian National Movement
  • India and World Geography
  • Indian Polity and Governance
  • Economic and Social Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Sustainable Development, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives
  • General Issues and General Science

Paper-II – CSAT

  • Comprehension
  • Interpersonal skills and communication skills
  • Logical reasoning and Analytical ability
  • Decision making and Problem-solving
  • Mental ability
  • Basic Mathematics and Data Interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency, etc.) of Class 10th level

Exam Pattern of IAS 2019 Mains

SubjectPaperNature of The PaperDurationTotal Marks
Compulsory Indian LanguagePaper – AQualifying3 hours300
EnglishPaper – B3 hours300
EssayPaper – IMerit ranking3 hours250
General Studies IPaper-II3 hours250
General Studies IIPaper – III3 hours250
General Studies IIIPaper – IV3 hours250
General Studies IVPaper – V3 hours250
Optional IPaper – VI3 hours250
Optional IIPaper – VII3 hours250


Optional Subjects available for IAS 2019 Mains

AgricultureAnimal Husbandry and Veterinary ScienceAnthropology
ChemistryCivil EngineeringCommerce and Accountancy
MathematicsMechanical EngineeringMedical Science
Political Science and International RelationsPsychologyPublic Administration
Electrical EngineeringManagementPhysics
Literature of languages


Syllabus for IAS 2019 Mains

General Studies 1 – Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society

  • Indian culture, aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times, Modern Indian history and major personalities
  • The Freedom Struggle, important contributions and contributors from different parts of the country, and Post‐independence consolidation and reorganization in the country
  • History of the world, world wars, industrial revolution, re-drawl of national boundaries, political philosophies, colonization, decolonization, capitalism, socialism, Diversity of India and Salient features of Indian Society
  • Role of women, women’s organization, poverty and developmental issues, population and associated issues, urbanization, Social empowerment, Effects of globalization on Indian society, regionalism & secularism, communalism, world’s physical geography,
  • Factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary, tertiary sector industries, Natural resources, Important Geophysical phenomena, Tsunami, earthquakes, cyclone, Volcanic activity, geographical features and their location‐ changes in flora and fauna, and critical geographical features and their effects

General Studies 2 – Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations

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

General Studies 3 – Technology, Economic Development, Biodiversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management

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

General Studies 4 – Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude

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

Optional Subject- Paper 1 and 2

  • Agriculture, Botany, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Anthropology, Commerce and Accountancy, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science, Electrical Engineering, Economics, Geography, Geology, History, Law, Mathematics, Management, Mechanical Engineering, Medical Science, Physics, Philosophy, Psychology, Political Science and International Relations, Public Administration, Statistics Sociology, and Zoology
  • Literature of any of the following languages: Bodo, Bengali, Assamese, Dogri, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kashmiri, Kannada, Konkani, Malayalam, Maithili, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Santhali, Sanskrit, Sindhi, Telugu, Tamil, and Urdu.

Personality Test /Interview

Candidates who clear the Mains qualify for the final stage of the IAS exam i.e. the Interview Round with the UPSC board members. Those who qualify in this stage are further called for a face to face discussion round to assess their personality traits. Questions related to their hobbies, interests, current affairs, general knowledge are asked to evaluate their analytical ability.

Essential ID Proofs for IAS 2019

For Mains

  • Leaving certificate of matriculation as proof of age
  • Certificates of educational qualifications
  • Documents supporting Reservation Category
  • Certificate of Disability (if applicable)
  • Certificate of proof of hailing from North-East India and J&K Domicile (if applicable)
  • NOCs for serving government personnel
  • TA Form for Reserved and PH category (for travel allowance)
  • Certificates to support age-relaxation (if applicable)
  • Affidavit for minor discrepancies in the name

For Personal Interview

  • Matriculation certificate (original)
  • Degree certificates (original)
  • A printed copy of E-summon letter
  • 2 passport-size photographs (one should be self-attested)
  • Certificates supporting age relaxation (if applicable)

For Medical Examination

  • 8-10 passport-size photographs
  • Medical prescriptions and certificates (if any)

Exam Centers for IAS 2019

For IAS 2019 Prelims


AgartalaGautam Buddha NagarGhaziabad
AgraPanaji (Goa)Gorakhpur
AhmedabadPort BlairGwalior
CuttackTiruchirapalliKozhikode (Calicut)
GayaWarangalNavi Mumbai


For IAS 2019 Mains

AllahabadRaipurDispur (Guwahati)


IAS 2019 Expected Cutoff

General 116.00787988

Leave your vote

1 point
Upvote Downvote

Total votes: 3

Upvotes: 2

Upvotes percentage: 66.666667%

Downvotes: 1

Downvotes percentage: 33.333333%

Like what you read? Give author a thumbs up?

Bookmark this article to read later, drop a remark in comment section and share with your friends..

  • 0
  • 2
  • 1
article image

Texas Review

(8 Review) | (8Rating)

article image


(203 Review) | (21Rating)

article image

UTAC Academy

(6 Review) | (0Rating)


blog image

Hey there!

Forgot password?

Forgot your password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.


    Processing files…

    Verify Yourself

    Report an Error

    Page Title : IAS 2019 – Important Dates, Exam Pattern, Syllabus and Cutoff

    Please let us know, if you found any error on this page, We will rectify it as soon as possible