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How many numbers of candidates give UPSC/IAS exam every year?

UPSC civil services exam is one of the most reputed exam in the country and the toughest exam to crack covering a wide range of syllabus.

Let us see what educational qualification is required to sit in the civil service exam:

Any degree (graduation).
From the following:

  1. any of the Universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India.

  2. other Educational institutions established by an Act of  Parliament.

  3. declared to be deemed as a University Under Section-3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956.

  4. possess an equivalent qualification.

Note: Final year students can also apply.

How many attempts are allowed for UPSC Civil Services Exam?

A general category candidate has an age-limit of 32 years, but that doesn’t mean that he can write this exam as many times as he wish. There are some restrictions on the number of times this exam can be taken, which again is different for different categories.

  1. Number of attempts for IAS exam : General Category :6 attempts till 32 years of age.

  2. Number of attempts for IAS exam :OBC :9 attempts till 35 years of age.

  3. Number of attempts for IAS exam :SC/ST :unlimited attempts till 37 years of age.

NB: Physically Handicapped /disabled candidates belonging to General category will get the benefit of 9attempts till the age prescribed by UPSC – 42 years.

Number of students appearing in UPSC Civil services exam:

As many as by 452,334 candidates appeared for the examination on August 24. Of these, 16,933 candidates have qualified to appear in civil services (main) examination This year the civil services examination was conducted at 2,137 venues across 59 cities in the country. Every year number of students appearing the exam is increasing. On an average, there was about 40% increase in the number of candidates who appeared for the exam than previous year. Hence, the competition is also tough.

Selection of optionals in UPSC/IAS exam:

Beginners and most candidates prefer subjects which is easy to score. Some of the optionals that are considered scoring are Public Administration and Geography. Other popular subjects are History, Sociology and Language optionals like Hindi literature, Tamil literature etc. You should choose the optional in which you have knowledge and which interests you.

Success Rate in UPSC/IAS exam:

The examination is conducted in three stages - preliminary, main and interview - to select candidates for prestigious Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and Indian Police Service (IPS) among others.

As per the study, majority of candidates are rejected for inappropriate application while others do not qualify for the mains. Even if you qualify for mains, you need to crack the interview for final selection. So, if 5 candidates appear for the interview , it may happen than 2 of them are finally selected.

A proper UPSC/ IAS preparation strategy will help you achieve your dream for the examination.


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