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UPSC IAS 2022: Exam Date, Eligibility, Admit Card, Syllabus, Pattern, Vacancies, Selection, Notification PDF
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UPSC IAS 2022: Check here UPSC IAS Notification PDF 2022, Selection Process, IAS Syllabus, Exam Pattern, Important Dates, Question Papers, Important Topics and others.

UPSC IAS 2022: In the article below, find the complete details of UPSC Civil Services IAS Notification 2022 including the IAS Selection Process, IAS Syllabus for Prelims/Mains, Exam Pattern, Preparation Tips & Strategy and Previous Year's Question Papers. IAS Aspirants who have filled the UPSC IAS Application Form 2022 should go through the given details and start preparations now for the UPSC Civil Services Exam 2022.

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Union Public Service Commission, UPSC would be conducting UPSC Civil Services Prelims 2022 on June 5, 2022, and the Mains exam after that on 16th September 2022. Those who are to appear in the Civil Services Exam this year need to know all information and details about the IAS Exam Dates, Eligibility Criteria, Exam Pattern, Syllabus and selection process and prepare a complete study plan for their smooth sailing through the tedious and toughest exam of the country. Check all details here. 

UPSC conducts the Civil Services exam every year to recruit IAS/IPS/IFS officers at an All India level. The recruitment is carried out through two different phases - IAS Prelims Exam and IAS Mains Exam & Interview Round.

Download UPSC Civil Services Exam Notification PDF 2022

UPSC IAS 2022: Important Dates



Release of IAS Notification 2022

2nd February 2022

Start Date of IAS Application 202

2nd February 2022

Last Date of IAS Application 2022

22nd February 2022

Release of IAS Admit Card 2022

15th May 2022 (Tentative)

IAS Prelims 2022 Exam Date

5th June 2022

IAS Mains 2022 Exam Date

16th September 2022

IAS Selection Process 2022

Candidates who want to seek recruitment in Civil Services IAS/IPS/IFS need to undertake:

• IAS Prelims

• IAS Mains & Interview

UPSC IAS Preliminary Exam is qualifying in nature. The marks of IAS Prelims are not considered in the final merit list, from which the selection of candidates is made. The UPSC prepares the final merit list on the basis of marks secured by candidates in the IAS Mains exam and Interview.

IAS Prelims Exam Pattern 2022


Total Questions


Time Duration

Paper I: General Studies



2 Hours

Paper-II: GS (CSAT)



2 Hours

• In IAS Prelims exam, questions will be asked in Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) format

• There will be a Negative Marking of 1/3rd marks (0.66) for each wrong answer

• GS Paper II (CSAT) is qualifying in nature; you need only 33 per cent marks to clear this paper

• In the PwD category, blind candidates are allotted 20 minutes extra for each paper

IAS Mains Exam Pattern 2022


Name of Paper

Nature of Paper

Time Duration


Paper – A

Any Indian Language



3 Hours


Paper – B



3 Hours


Paper I


Merit Ranking

3 Hours


Paper II

General Studies I

3 Hours


Paper III

General Studies II

3 Hours


Paper IV

General Studies III

3 Hours


Paper V

General Studies IV

3 Hours


Paper VI

Optional Paper I

3 Hours


Paper VII

Optional Paper-II

3 Hours




Interview Round


Grand Total


• IAS Mains exam is objective as well as descriptive in nature

• Candidates need to obtain IAS Cut off marks to qualify this round

•  The cut off is decided on the basis of total vacancies, the difficulty level of paper and candidates appearing for the exam.

- There will be a Negative Marking of 1/3rd marks (0.66) for each wrong answer in objective paper only

IAS Syllabus 2022

The IAS Syllabus covers subjects like History, Polity, Geography, Economy, Environment & Ecology, General Science and Current Affairs. Have a look at the detailed syllabus of UPSC IAS Civil Services on the link mentioned below:

UPSC IAS Syllabus 2022

IAS Important Topics

Have look at the most important topics of Current Affairs for IAS Prelims as well as IAS Mains 2022:

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IAS Exam Preparation Tips & Strategy

- Read Newspaper daily such as The Hindu, Economic Times, others

- Get yourself acquainted with the most important Current Affairs topics by going through reliable sources such as; Yojana & Frontline magazines; PIB, News on Air.

- Keep an eye on the latest happenings and try to link them with the UPSC IAS Syllabus. If you find it relevant, then prepare it thoroughly.

- Go through the IAS Previous Years’ Question Papers to brush up on your preparations

- Read complete NCERT books from 9th to 12th standard of subjects link Geography, Polity, Economics, History, Science, and Maths.

- Prepare notes every time you are reading. For IAS Prelims, prepare short notes in bullet points and for IAS Mains, prepare descriptive notes.

- Prepare for General Studies CSAT by practising more and more mock tests and important questions. CSAT paper tests your accuracy and time management.

- Revise the sample papers or practice sets you have already attempted. This will help you in knowing your weak and strong areas.

IAS Exam Preparation Tips

UPSC IAS Question Papers

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UPSC (IAS) Prelims 2021 Paper - 1 (9:30 AM to 11:30 AM) & Paper - 2 (02:30 PM to 04:30 PM) were conducted on 10th October. UPSC (IAS) Prelims General Studies Paper 1 contained 100 questions on subjects Indian Polity, History, Indian Economy, Geography, Art and Culture, Science & Technology and Current Affairs, etc.

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UPSC IAS Application Process 2022

UPSC has activated the online link of IAS Application Form 2022 on 2nd February @ Candidates need to apply online and pay the application fee on time to sit for IAS Prelims Exam 2022. Have a look at the detailed application process below:

Step 1: IAS Registration 2022

First, register yourself for the UPSC IAS 2022 Exam by filling the required details. Here s the step-wise process:

• Visit

• Click on ‘UPSC Civil Services Examination 2022’

• Fill your Name, Date of Birth, Mobile Number, Email Address & captcha code

• You get your IAS Registration Number

Step 2: IAS Application Form 2022

To fill the UPSC Civil Services application, follow these steps:

• Log-in by entering your Roll Number and Password or Date of Birth

• Fill your personal details, educational qualification, age, gender, religion, & others

• Upload scanned images of your Photo & Signature

• Pay Application Fee through Debit Card/Credit Card/Internet Banking or Offline through e-challan of SBI Bank


IAS Eligibility Criteria 2022


The eligibility criteria of the UPSC IAS Civil Services exam includes age limit, educational qualification, nationality and number of attempts. The eligibility criteria are different for all categories such as GEN/EWS/OBC/SC/ST/PWD. Have a look:

Nationality: Citizen of India OR Tibetan refugee who came to India before January 1, 1962, OR person of Indian origin who migrated from Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Burma, Vietnam, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, and Ethiopia

Educational Qualification: Graduate Degree in any discipline of University/Institution established or incorporated by an Act of Parliament or declared a Deemed University under the UGC Act, 1956

Note: No requirement for any minimum percentage

Age Limit: The minimum age limit is 21 years and the maximum age limit is different for different categories:

• General: 32 years

• OBC: 35 years

• SC & ST: 37 year

• PwD: 42 Years

Number of Attempts: Have a look at the maximum number of attempts allowed for each category:

• General: 6 Attempts

• EWS: 6 Attempts

• OBC: 9 Attempts

• SC & ST: Till the Age limit

• PwD: 9 Attempts for OBC; Till the Age limit for SC/ST

For detailed eligibility, visit:

Eligibility Criteria for UPSC IAS Exam 2022

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