UPSC IAS Prelims 2017

Though, the exam is popularly known as IAS exam, but officially it is called the UPSC Civil Services Exam (CSE). The UPSC CSE consists of 3 stages and they are Preliminary Exam, Mains Exam, and Personality Test/Interview. The UPSC calendar that consists of the exam dates is announced by the commission through UPSC notifications. Below given is the tentative calendar by timeline for the candidates reference.

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TINA DabiUPSC Civil Services (IAS) declared result on 10 May 2016. TINA Dabi made it to the top of the UPSC CSE 2015 list, Athar Amir stood second in UPSC Merit List 2015 while jasmeet singh got third rank in the All India Civil Service Exam Result 2015.

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Union Public Service Commission on 10th May, Tuesday declared final result of the prestigious Civil Services Exam and for second year in a row the top position has been bagged by a girl. 22 year old Delhi girl Tina Dabi is ranked first in this year’s final list. This was her first attempt and her optional subject was Political Science.

Tina is a graduate from Lady Sriram College and has done her schooling from Convent of Jesus and Mary School. She has been a meritorious student throughout her academics, scoring above 90% in her 10th and 12th standard, as well as being a University Gold Medallist for Political Science.

When asked by a news channel about her preparation strategy, Tina said that she had made up her mind to be a Civil Servant when she was in just 11th standard and that is why she chose humanities over science as specialisation subjects. Tina would study 8hours a day on an average and take small breaks in between.

She says that since studying all the time can get monotonous she pursued her hobby of reading Jane Austen and other novels a lot. She did not have any specific strategy for prelims and mains per se but for prelims she focused on CSAT more as she comes from a humanities background.

To prepare for her optional Political Science, Tina says she focussed on having clarity of basic concepts and re reading her text books. She also recommends to keep changing study topics and subjects at regular intervals to keep oneself from getting bored of studies. She had also joined a coaching institute for a year and enrolled for a mock test series as well.

Tina gives the credit of her success to her family especially her mother, Himali Dabi who is herself a trained engineer. Her father is Jaswant Dabi works for the Telecom department and the family lives in BSNL Colony, Central Delhi.


This year’s second rank holder of the exam is Athar Amir Ul Shafi Khan from the state of Jammu & Kashmir. At 23 he is the youngest from the state to have cracked the prestigious competition.

This was Athar’s 2nd attempt. He started preparing while in college. In his first attempt in 2014 he had scored a rank of 560 and is already a part of Indian Railway Traffic Services, undergoing training in Lucknow.

Athar had always been a brilliant student. He did his engineering from IIT Himachal and has in fact cracked other tough exams like CET, AIEEE, BITSAT as well.

Athar says that Shah faisal who was ranked 1 in 2010 and also from the valley inspired him to appear for the Civil Services. When asked about his key to success he says right guidance at the right time with hard work and commitment are a must. Though he comes from a science background, his optional subject for mains for both his attempts was Philosophy.

He had also joined a coaching institute in Delhi for a year but emphasizes on self study as being most essential. He recommends reading standard text books and newspapers such as The Hindu, Indian Express, Yojna Magazine and keeping an eye on online blogs and information available on various websites.

Athar hails from Devipora Village, Mattan in South Kashmir’s Anantnag District. His father Mohammad Shafi Khan is an Economics teacher at Government Higher Secondary School, Anantnag and his mother is a home maker.


Bagging the Third Rank in the prestigious exam is another Delhite Jasmeet Singh Sandhu. This was Jasmeet’s 4 th attempt and he is already working as an Assistant Commissioner in the Indian Revenue Services.

Jasmeet Started preparing in 2010 but could not clear Civil Services in the first 2 attempts and got into IRS in his 3rd attempt. His optional for the Mains Examination was Psychology.  He took coaching only for a month and prepared for exams on his own. He attributes his success to consistent hardwork.

Jasmeet is a graduate from IIT-Roorkee and his father works for Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR) .


This year’s 4th ranker is 26 year old Artika Shukla hails from Varansi, UP. She is a doctor by profession, having completed her MBBS from Maulana Azaad Medical College, New Delhi. She later quit her MD course from SGPGI Chandigarh to pursue her dream to be a Civil Service Aspirant.

This was Artika’s first attempt and her optional subject was Medicine. She did not join any coaching institute but took guidance from her brother who is already in Indian Railway Traffic Services, 2012 batch. She did later go for Mains Test Series and Mock Interviews. She attributes her success to hard work and single minded focus.

Artika’s father Mr. B.K Shukla is a paediatrician from Varnasi and her mother is a homemaker .

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UPSC Civil Services (IAS) Exam 2016 Notification:

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) released the UPSC Civil Services IAS Exam 2016 notification for recruitment of Indian nationals in Indian Civil Services under various departments for 1079 Posts. UPSC invited applications from the candidates who are eligible and willing to join the civil services.

The applications are invited till 27 May 2016. Interested and eligible candidates can apply for the UPSC Civil Services IAS Exam 2016 through the prescribed format on or before the last date of application.

Eligibility Criteria for UPSC Civil Services IAS Exam 2016:

To apply for IAS Exam 2016, the candidate must hold a degree of any of Universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University under Section-3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification.

Candidates possessing professional and technical qualifications which are recognized by the Government as equivalent to professional and technical degree would also be eligible for admission to the examination.

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Candidates who have passed the final professional M.B.B.S. or any other Medical Examination but have not completed their internship by the time of submission of their applications for the Civil Services (Main) Examination, will be provisionally admitted to the Examination provided they submit along with their application a copy of certificate from the concerned authority of the University/Institution that they had passed the requisite final professional medical examination.

Number of Exam Attempts for UPSC Civil Services IAS Exam 2016:

Candidates who will be appearing for the UPSC IAS Exam would be allowed to go through six attempts failing which they would be considered disqualified. The appearing attempts are not valid in case the candidate belongs to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes candidates who are otherwise eligible.

Selection Procedure for UPSC Civil Services IAS Exam 2016:

The selection of the candidates will be made on the basis of UPSC Civil Services IAS Preliminary Exam, UPSC Civil Services IAS Main Exam and Interview which would be conducted by the commission.

How to Apply for UPSC Civil Service IAS Exam 2016:

The eligible and interested candidates can apply online for Civil Services Exam through the prescribed format along with other necessary documents on or before 20 May 2016.

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Exam Pattern for UPSC Civil Services IAS Exam 2016:

Civil Services Exam will be conducted in two stages i.e., Preliminary Exam and Main Exam which would be followed by interview. Candidates who would qualify the Preliminary Examination would be allowed to appear for Main Examination.

Syllabus for UPSC Civil Services IAS Preliminary Exam 2016

The UPSC Civil Services IAS Preliminary Exam will be of objective type of 200 marks. The examination paper would be in both Hindi and English Language. The paper would include questions from General Studies of 200 marks. There would also be Aptitude Test of 200 marks.

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Syllabus for UPSC Civil Services IAS Main Exam 2016

The UPSC Civil Service IAS Main Exam will consist of Paper A and Paper B of Indian Language and English. Papers to be counted for merit are:

  • Paper-I: Essay                
  • Paper-II: General Studies-I (Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society)
  • Paper-III: General Studies – II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)
  • Paper-IV: General Studies – III (Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)
  • Paper-V: General Studies – IV (Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)
  • Paper-VI: Optional Subject - Paper 1 
  • Paper-VII: Optional Subject -Paper 2 

Important Dates:

Date of Publication of Advertisement: 27 April 2016

Last Date of Application: 27 May 2016

Date of IAS Prelims Exam 2016: 07 August 2016

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UPSC Civil Service (IAS) Exam 2016 Details:

Number of Vacancies: 1079 Posts

Indian Civil Services Details:

  • Indian Administrative Service
  • Indian Foreign Service
  •  Indian Police Service
  • Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service Group ‘A’
  • Indian Audit and Accounts Service, Group ‘A’
  • Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise), Group ‘A’
  • Indian Defence Accounts Service, Group ‘A’
  • Indian Revenue Service (I.T.), Group ‘A’
  • Indian Ordnance Factories Service, Group ‘A’ (Assistant Works Manager, Administration)
  • Indian Postal Service, Group ‘A’
  • Indian Civil Accounts Service, Group ‘A’
  • Indian Railway Traffic Service, Group ‘A’
  • Indian Railway Accounts Service, Group 'A'
  • Indian Railway Personnel Service, Group ‘A’
  • Post of Assistant Security Commissioner in Railway Protection Force, Group ‘A’
  • Indian Defence Estates Service, Group ‘A’
  • Indian Information Service (Junior Grade), Group ‘A’
  • Indian Trade Service, Group 'A' (Gr. III)
  • Indian Corporate Law Service, Group "A"
  • Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service, Group ‘B’ (Section Officer’s Grade)
  • Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service, Group 'B'
  • Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Service, Group 'B'
  • Pondicherry Civil Service, Group 'B'
  • Pondicherry Police Service, Group 'B'

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