It is never bad to follow certain preparation tips to prepare for IAS Examination. IAS Exam is conducted in two successive stages – Prelims which is Objective type in nature and Mains which is subjective and objective in nature. A candidate can prepare properly by following IAS Preparation Tips related to the IAS Exam.

A candidate can study the important topics mentioned in the IAS Exam Syllabus and continue his/her preparation in the direction. There are two sets of paper in Prelims i.e. Paper I and Paper II. Prelims is taken for the selection of candidates for IAS Mains that comprises of written exam and Interview for the final selection of candidates for the post.

There are 2 compulsory papers namely the General Ability test (GAT) and the Civil Service Aptitude Test (CSAT) to test the analytical skills of the candidates. The papers are objective in nature with multiple choice questions. The candidates will have to tick one right choice from the given 4 options. One fourth of the marks is deducted for every wrong answer.

Each paper is of 200 marks and carries a total of 400 marks. The IAS Question Papers are set both in Hindi and English. Duration of each paper is 2 hours. Blind candidates are allowed extra time of 20 minutes for each paper. The questions asked in UPSC Prelims exam are bilingual i.e. they are given in both Hindi and English language.

There are total 7 papers in the IAS Mains Exam as per the IAS Exam Pattern. Each of the seven papers is of 250 marks. There are two optional papers which the candidates would have to select. Paper A is based on essay writing and Paper B includes various topics divided into seven subjects. For paper A, candidate has to choose one of the Indian Language that is included in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution. While Paper B is of English. Papers A and B of the Indian Language and English, respectively, are of Matriculation or equivalent standard.

Both the papers are of qualifying nature. The marks obtained in the qualifying papers are not counted in the formation of IAS Merit List. The questions in UPSC Mains Exam are set to test a candidate’s general awareness of a variety of subjects, which have relevance for a career in Civil Services. The scope of the IAS Syllabus for optional subject papers (Paper VI and Paper VII) for the exam is broad of the honors degree level. In the case of Engineering, Medical Science and law, the level corresponds to the bachelors’ degree.