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The IAS Mains Eligibility is similar to that of the IAS Prelims Eligibility criteria.
The candidate must have a graduation degree in any specialization.
The candidate must be between 21 years to 32 years. However, there are relaxations for candidates of SC/ST and PWD candidates.
They candidates must be a citizen of India, Nepal, Bhutan or a Tibetan refugee or a person of Indian who migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention to settle in India.
Qualifying marks in IAS Prelims 2017
The candidates have to score a minimum of 33 % in paper II of IAS Prelims 2017 and the total qualifying marks set for the paper I of IAS Prelims 2017.
IAS Mains 2017 Application Form
The candidates qualifying the IAS Prelims 2017 can apply online o the official website of the commission. They have to note the below-mentioned points while filling the IAS Mains 2017 Application Form:
The applicants cannot alter the IAS Mains 2017 Exam Center, Optional Subject, Indian Language paper (Paper-A) and Medium of Examination that they have once filled in the IAS Mains 2017 Application Form.
They have to indicate their preferences for the services under the Civil Services Examination for the year.
The candidate has to mention the order of preferences for various State cadres.
The applicants should submit only one application. If in any case, the candidate submits multiple applications, they have to ensure that the application with higher RID is complete in all respects.
Candidates already in Government Service, Government owned industrial undertakings or other similar organizations or in private employment have to submit the application directly to the Commission along with an undertaking that their employer is aware of their application.
Also, if the Commission receives any communication from their employer regarding the withheld of the candidate’s application, then their application is liable to be rejected.
IAS Mains 2017 Application Fee
The candidates can remit the IAS Mains Application Fee either by online or offline mode. The IAS Mains Application Fee is INR 200
In the case of offline payment, the applicant can pay by cash at any branch of State Bank of India (SBI). In the case of offline payment, the payment can be made through Debit/Credit Card or through the net banking service provided by State Bank of India/State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur/ State Bank of Hyderabad/ State Bank of Mysore/ State Bank of Patiala/ State Bank of Travancore.
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IAS Mains 2017 Exam Pattern
IAS Mains 2017 Exam Pattern consists of two stages- Written Test & Interview. The Written Test comprises of 9 papers in total. Out of the 9 papers, 2 are qualifying and the rest of the 7 papers are considered for calculation of merit
Note: Even though the evaluation of all the 9 papers will be done simultaneously, but the Commission will take the papers of Essay, 4 General Studies and the 2 Optional Subjects under cognizance only if the candidates attain a minimum of 25% in the first two qualifying papers of Indian Language & English.
IAS Mains Syllabus
The IAS Mains examination is conducted to assess the candidates detailed & extensive understanding of various subjects rather than merely assessing their memory & knowledge.
The IAS Mains Syllabus for Paper A (Indian language) & Paper B (English) i.e. the two qualifying examinations is based on the matriculation level.
The IAS Mains Syllabus of the Papers II to V is designed in such a way as to evaluate the candidates’ basic knowledge and general awareness of the subjects (History, Geography, Politics, economics, ecology, technology ethics etc.) in relevance to the career.
As for the papers VI & VII i.e. the optional subjects the syllabus is based on the Honors level meaning a level more than the Bachelors’ degree and less than the Masters’ degree. If the optional subjects are of Engineering, Medical & Law, then the level of the syllabus is that of the Bachelors’ degree.
In order to attain an optimized preparation for the Civil Services Examination, which is one of the toughest entrances in India, the aspirants should ardently align their preparation in accordance with the complete IAS Syllabus.