How to become an IAS Officer | Fees, Salary & Exam Details

How to become an IAS Officer | Fees, Salary & Exam Details

Being an IAS officer comes with a lot of perks like Job Security, a Great house, a Chauffeur Driven Car, Subsidised bills, Lifetime Pension. But, these are not the reasons why you should want to be one.

The only reason why you should be an IAS officer is if you want to improve the lives of millions of Indians. Reaching the level where you can actually do something for your nation that takes Hard-Work! and know that you can do it.

which is why today we’re going to tell you everything you need to know about becoming an IAS officer. So in today’s blog, we are going to start by understanding…

  • Who are IAS officers and what do they do?
  • What are the Eligibility Criteria for becoming an IAS officer?
  • What are the Exams you have to pass?
  • What is the Cost of becoming an IAS officer?
  • What is the Salary and Career after you get selected?

But most importantly, towards the end, we’ll give you some Bonus Tips that will help you crack what is possibly the toughest exam in our country.

Look, becoming an IAS officer is a lot of work. But do you know what’s worse? Being stuck at a sub-standard job you don’t like that doesn’t even pay well. 

IAS stands for Indian Administrative Service. IAS officers assist the ruling government in the disbursement of funds, maintaining law and order, crisis management, revenue collection, implementing policies, giving feedback, etc.

If we had to compare them to a Super-Hero, we’d say they are like Superman, they have great power. but it comes with great responsibility.

How to become an IAS Officer?

You need to write an exam called CSE (Civil Service Examination). At the end of the exam, you will get a rank, and depending on that rank, you will be allocated to IAS, IFS, IPS, and 24 other services that come under it.

What are the eligibility criteria?

There are 4 things you keep in mind before applying for the CSE entrance exam.

1. For IAS and IPS, you need to be a citizen of India.

2. Age Limit is between 21 – 32

3. The number of times you can attempt this exam for GC (General Category is 6, OBC is 9, Physically-Challenged candidates if 9 an for SC/ST is unlimited until they reach their Age-Limit.

4. You need to have a graduate degree or an equivalent qualification at the time of application. There is no percentage requirement. You just need to pass the exam. Final year students can also apply.

Here are the 3 things that you must know

1. CSE is conducted by UPSC (Union Public Service Commission). UPSC is a central government body.

2. Every year around 10 Lakh people apply for the CSE examination and around 1000+ get selected.

3. The CSE exam has 3 stages – 

(a) The first stage is called Preliminary which is conducted in June.

(b)The second stage is called Mains and it is conducted in Sept or Oct.

(c)The third stage is an Interview which is conducted in Mar or Apr.

And the final result comes in May end. So as you can see, it’s a year-long exam!

What is the Syllabus for the CSE exam?

Prelims will have 2 papers and both will be objective multiple-choice papers.

Paper-1 will test you on General Studies which includes subjects like History, Geography, Current-Affairs, etc.

Paper-2 will test you on Aptitude which includes Comprehension, Problem-Solving Skills, Analytical Ability, etc.

Both will be for 200 Marks each. After you qualify for Prelims, you will write the Mains exam. Mains is a written examination and it will have 9 papers. The subject topics include Languages, Technology, Indian Heritage, Security and Disaster Management, Ethics, etc.

The Mains account for 1750 marks in total. After you clear Mains, you will be short-listed for a Personal Interview. It’ll be for 275 marks. The purpose of this interview is to find out if you are Mentally Alert, have Moral Integrity, Leadership Skills, etc. things that you will need if you are going to make important decisions for the country.

At the end of these 3 stages, the final rank will be prepared based on a total of 2025 marks and after making the cut you will be on your way to becoming an IAS, IFS, IPS Officer.

How to prepare for the CSE exam?

If you are a beginner, 10-12 months of advance preparation is usually advised, which means that if you are applying for Stage 1: Prelims in June 2019 then you should’ve already begun your preparation in August 2018.

But in case you haven’t, then don’t worry because some students clear the exam with 5-6 months of preparation as well because it’s not just the quantity of time but the quality of time matters as well.

For more details on eligibility, syllabus, exam dates keep checking the UPSC Official Website

Cost of becoming an IAS officer

Registration Fee for Prelims is Rs. 100/- and for Mains, it’s Rs. 200/- and this fee is also exempted in some cases. For people who want to opt for coaching centers, it can cost somewhere between 1.5 – 3 Lakh INR.

But as every student who doesn’t get selected will tell you it costs more than just money, It will cost you your effort, the opportunities that you let go of, your intellectual capital, but most importantly, preparing for IAS costs you something priceless and that’s your time.

Salary and Career after you get selected

The salary of a Junior IAS officer can be around 60,000 INR per month but it comes with a lot of perks like HRA, Travel Allowance, etc. Once you become a Senior IAS Officer, it can be around 2.5 Lakhs per month or more.

Bonus tips

If you want to crack the IAS Exam, you must do these 3 things…

1. Watch, Read, and Breathe News

If you want to clear the IAS Exam, then you need to keep your current affairs game up! Plus, reading a newspaper will improve your communication skills which in return will make you more confident during the interview.

2. Keep your mobile phone away.

While preparing for IAS, the only thing that will save your ass is Time-Management and the biggest enemy of that is your mobile phone. You think that you’ll only spend 5 mins on Social Media but we all know how that ends.

3. Rest & Mental health

While preparing your timetable, keep enough time for exercise and sleep. Because a healthy body will have a healthy mind. So that was all about how to become an IAS officer.

The road to becoming an IAS Officer is very tough. It’s filled with hard work, dedication, and sacrifices. but what nobody tells you is that it’s also a bit frustrating because while your friends move on and start earning. you on the other hand are left alone to prepare for a year or more. Once you become an IAS officer, the responsibility for making society better for all of us will fall on your shoulders!

So if you think you can do it, then go for it.