Frequently Asked Questions

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What are the civil services? How to get into civil services of India?

Civil Services are jobs like IAS, IPS, IFS, IRS etc. directly related with public service and are widely considered prestigious in India. UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) conducts Civil Service Exams for Central Government job vacancies. Click to know more about Civil Services Exam.

What is the educational qualification needed to appear in IAS exam?

Any degree (graduation). It may be regular or distant. 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. For details refer: Educational Qualification Requirement for IAS Exam.

Does Thakshasila IAS Academy offer free study materials?

Yes, we offer free online study materials, mock tests, toppers interview etc. in addition to the numerous articles on guidance, inassociation with Clear 1AS. Clear IAS™ was started with a vision of quality, but affordable online education, giving stress to self-study. Click to browse our free ias study materials.

Which stream/subject should I choose for graduation to clear UPSC exam?

Most of the questions in the general studies paper in Prelims and Mains are related to Humanities background. But it is neither necessary nor advisable to take Humanities as your graduation stream just to clear UPSC exam. Graduation should be based upon your taste – it can be humanities, science, engineering, literature or management. For graduation, select any stream you like to study for 3-4 years. You are free to choose any optional subject for UPSC Mains and it may not be the one you studied for graduation.

Can candidates use calculators in UPSC Civil Services Exam?

Not for UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Exam. But candidates will be allowed the use of Scientific (Non-Programmable type) Calculators at the conventional (Essay) type examination of UPSC, ie Mains Exam. Programmable type calculators will however not be allowed and the use of such calculators shall tantamount to resorting to unfair means by the candidates. Loaning or interchanging of calculators in the Examination Hall is not permitted. It is also important to note that candidates are not permitted to use calculators for answering objective type papers (Test Booklets). They should not therefore bring the same inside the Examination Hall.

I hesitate to apply for Civil Services Exam because I cannot speak fluently in English. Is it possible that I write the Civil Services Main Exam in English and take the interview in Hindi or in any other Indian language?

You need not be apprehensive. UPSC gives options in this regard:

I. If you opt to write the Civil Services Main Exam in English, you may choose as the medium for interview either English or Hindi or any other Indian language opted by you for the compulsory Indian language paper in the written part of the Civil Services Main Exam.

However, if you are exempted from the compulsory Indian language paper, you will have to choose either English or Hindi as the medium for the interview.

II. If you opt for Indian language medium for the written part of the Civil Services Main Exam, you can choose either the same Indian language or English or Hindi as the medium for the interview.

Is there any restriction on number of attempts in Civil Services Exam?


(i). Number of attempts for General category candidates is 6.

(ii). Number of attempts for OBC is 9.

(iii). There is no restriction on number of attempts for SC/ST category.

n case of physically handicapped belonging to General category are eligible for 9 attempts.

Will there be minimum qualifying marks for UPSC Mains Compulsory Papers?

The Commission has the discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or all the subjects of the examination. For 2015, the minimum mark is 25% for Indian language and English language. For GS1, GS2, GS3 and GS4 the minimum mark expected is 10%.