How to become an IAS officer after 12th | Step-by-step

Civil services exam is a very popular competitive exam in india . IAS and IPS  are the two most popular choices among civil services aspirants .

Each day , I get bombarded with questions related to these careers . I’ve noticed that school student are very keen on becoming

IAS and IPS officer.

12th? OR how to become an IAS officer after after 12th?

I’ve answered these question and guided  those students apporiately . but after coming across these question repeatedly I decided to settele this this matter once and for all . that’s how I decided to write an article on the same topic .

What is an IAS officer ?

Ful form of IAS is ( indian administrative service )  UPSC conducts exam for about 24 services every

year. In which there are many posts like IAS,IPS,IRS,DM,SDM etc which are given to you after clearing the IAS exam , the work of every IAS officer is different in his own zone .

How to become an IAS officer after 12th  ?


It is not possible to become an IAS officer right after completing 12th  standard!

In order to become an IAS  officer , you must apply CSE exam conducted by the UPSC . you must also crack the exam ( preliminary , mains and interview in order to get selected for the training.

The basic eligibility criteria required to appear for this exam is candidate must possess graduate degree from a recognized university /

institute !

So technically , 12th passed students can’t appear for this exam right after 12th m after completing 12th  , they must complete graduation first . after completing gradiuation program successfully , they may take a short and CSE and become an IAS officer subsequently !


Intrested candidates may star CSE prepration after 12th though , well , prepration can be started well before reaching 12th standard too ! you may star of CSE  prepration by focusing on current affaires , making notes ( related current affiares ) and reading news papers daily.



    All candidates must have as a minimum one of the following educational qualification.     A degree from a centram , state or a deemed university .

    A degree received thorough correspondence or distande education.     A degree from an open university .

    A qualification recognized by the government of india as being quivalent to one of the above

The following candidates are also eligible but must submit proof of their eiligiblty from a competent authority at there institute / university at the time of the main examination , failing which they will not be allowed to attend the exam :

1-    Candidates who have appeared in an examination , the passing of which would render them educationally qualified enough to satisfy one of the above points.

2-    Candidates who have  passed the final exam of the MBBS degree but have not yet completed an internship .

3-    Candidates who have passed the final exam of ICAI , ICSI and ICWAI.

4-    A degree from any foregin university recognized by the association of indian universities by the association of indian universities.


  The candidates must between the age of  21-32 years ( for the general category candidate )

  On 1 august of the year of examination however , age relactions dies exists for SC,ST,OBC  and physically handicapped candidates .

  For other backword castes ( OBC )  the upper age limit 35.

  For scheduled castes (sc ) and scheduled tribes  ( ST )  , the limit is 37 years.

  The upper age limit is relaxed for certain candidates who are backword with respect to other factors and physically handicapped

( PH )  people .

Syllabus of UPSC CSE

Civil services exam ( IAS  exam ) , the most covetd exam of all , is conducted by UPSC   every year to recruit candidates to various services & posts in government of india . it is two stage exam consisting of:

1-   Civil services preliminary examination ( objective type ) for the selection of candidates for  the main examination .

2-   Civil services main examination ( written & interview ) for the selection of candidates for the various & posts as mentioned in official notification.

UPSC IAS preliminary exam pattern & syllabus :

The first stage of exam i.e., the civil services preliminiary exam is only a screening test and is conducted to shortlist candidates for the main examination.mark secured in preliminary exam are not taken int o account while prepairing the final merit .

Preliminary exam consists of two papers of objective tupe carrying a maximm of 400 marks .

no. of papers                                                                                              2 compulsory papers type of questions                                                                                      objective (MCQ) type total maximum marks                                                                              400 ( 200 each paper )

Duration of exam                                                                                      2hrs. each ( 20 minutes per hour extra time for blind candidates & with locomotor disability & cerebral palsy  [ minimum 40% impairment ])

Negative marking                                                                                      1/3rd  of the marks assigned to a question

Medium of exam                                                                                       Bilingual ( hindi & English )

General studies paper-1 syllabus

It has 100 questions bradly covering the following topics carrying a maximum of  200 marks to be solved in 2 hours .

  Current events of national & international importance .

  History of india & indian national movement .

  Indian & world geography – physical , social, eci=onomic, geography of india & the world .

  Indian polity & governance – contituation , political system , panchyati raj , public policy  , pights issues etc.

  Economic & social deveplopmet – sustainable development , poverty , inclusion , demographics , social sector initiatives, etc.

  General science.

General studies paper -2 syllabus

It comprises of 80 questions from the following topics carrying a maximum of 200 marks to be solved in 2 hours.

o  Comprehension.

o  Interpersonal skills including communication skills.

o  Logical reasoning & analytical ability. o  Decision makkin & problem solving . o  Genral mental ability .

Basic numeracy ( numbers & their relations , orders of magnitude , etc.) ( class X level ) , data interprepration ( charts , graphs ,  tables , data sufficiency , etc – class X level )

General studies paper – 2 of IAS  exam is a qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%.

It is mandatory for a candidate to appear in both the papers of IAS  prelim exam for the purpose of evaluation.

UPSC IAS main exam pattern & syllabus

Civil services main examination consists of written examination and interview ( personality tes ) .

Civil services main examination consists of following papers divided into 2 categories – qualifying & papers tp be counted for merit.

Salary of an IAS  officer

The salary of an IAS  officer can reach up to Rs 2,50,000 ( approx. )  if the candidate reaches the highest post i.e cabinet secretary . as per the 7th pay commission , the salary of an IAS  has been revised ,and as per the new compensation, the in – hand salary an IAS  officer is Rs 56,100 plus various allowances and perks.

Responsibilities of IAS officer

The job of an IAS officer includes farming policies and advising the ministers on various issues, maintaining law and order , supervising the implementation of  policies  of state government and central government , collecting revenues and  function as  courts in revenue matters , supervising expenditure of public funds  as…


IAS officer to some extent can super a change in the lives of people under his control . the task doesn’t end here and one needs to devot his soul to the nation building  politics . the infusion of young blood in politics will surely have a great impact in the devlpoment of our nation .

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