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Overview of IAS examination

            The Civil Services Examination (CSE) offers the widest range of jobs in our country and is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). There are about twenty-three (23) services offered through this single examination. Some of the top services offered are the two All India Services, viz., the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and the Indian Police Service (IPS) along with the other central services, viz., Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Revenue Service (IRS), Indian Customs & Central Excise Services, etc. Due to the importance and nature of such civil/public service jobs, UPSC takes utmost care in selecting the right people.

The candidates are put through three kinds of testing to measure their administrative potential and ensure that the persons selected have the following;

a) a wide range of general awareness

b) analytical ability and content retention capacity, and

c) strength of character and a cheerful mental disposition even under stressful conditions.

The Civil Services Examination comprises two successive stages:

1) Civil Services Preliminary Examinations (Objective Type) - for the selection of candidates for Main Examination; and

2) Civil Services Main Examination (Written Test and Interview) - for the selection of candidates for the various services and posts

The Preliminary Examination will consist of two papers of Objective type (multiple choice questions - there are four alternatives for the answer to every question) and carry a maximum of 400 marks.

1) General Studies - 200 marks; and

2) Aptitude – 200 marks.

The number of candidates to be admitted to the Main Examination will be about twelve to thirteen times the total approximate number of vacancies to be filled in the year in the various Services and Posts.

Only those candidates who are declared by the Commission to have qualified in the Preliminary Examination in a year will be eligible for admission to the Main Examination of that year provided they are otherwise eligible for admission to the Main Examination.

The Main Examination will consist of 

1) Written Examination and

2) Personality test.

The Written examination will consist of 9 papers of conventional essay type (in the subjects mentioned in section Civil Services (Main) Exam). Candidates, who obtain such minimum qualifying marks in the written part of the Main Examination as may be fixed by the Commission at their discretion, shall be summoned by them for an Interview or a Personality Test.

The number of candidates to be summoned for interview will be about two and a half times the number of vacancies to be filled.

The Interview will carry 275 marks (with no minimum qualifying marks). Marks, thus obtained by the candidates in the Main Examination, (written part as well as interview) would determine their final ranking.

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IAS Toppers

Rank Hall Ticket Name

1 (2006) Muthyala Raju

13 100420 ANIRUDH SRAVAN P

25 4372 V JAYA CHANDRA BHANU REDDY

31 6427 MANTRI GOVINDA RAO

73 726 GINCE K MATTAM

103 4376 KANKIPATI RAJESH

123 11546 AKASH GUPTA

177 200118 VENKATA APPALANAIDU CHINTAM

277 319774 B V S SAIKRISHNA

293 123457 NAKIDI SRUJAN KUMAR

326 161404 U SWAROOP

411 342217 PRAJWALA M N

437 88412 VISWAJIT K

448 451077 SRINIVASA RAO BANDARU

465 16485 MULLAI MUHILAN M P

530 10075 RAKESH CHANDRA KALASAGAR M

535 15829 KILLU SIVA KUMAR NAIDU

589 10920 PULKIT SINGHAL

669 6514 RAJENDAR KUMAR MEENA

683 347472 GAGANDEEP SINGH

747 145912 KOTESWARA RAO NALAVATH

754 157627 MANMOHAN B R

791 7864 VEERABADRAM VISLAVATH

802 12179 KALLIGOTTA NAGARAJU

822 210041 JADHAV VIJAYA NARAYANRAO

103 4376 KANKIPATI RAJESH

224 23506 SHIBANKADAS BISWAS

229 41935 DEEPA PPRIYA P

240 11406 ANKUR JAIN

258 23858 VENKATA SIVA PRASAD S

266 392074 POSUBABU ALLI

278 7105 ANJANEYULU DODDE

304 102532 MURALI RAMBHA

310 17257 SHUBHAM AGRAWAL

386 188704 HARISH K

398 8004 BATTULA GANGADHAR

410 73930 SANTHOSH BABU K

448 451077 SRINIVASA RAO BANDARU

45 22706 AMIT KISHORE

461 326971 TADIMALLI SUNIL GOUTAM

464 2308 V D S S NAGARJUN GRANDHI

469 16500 SAHIL SETH

494 318399 G SATISH

530 10075 RAKESH CHANDRA KALASAGAR M

580 6246 ANNIES KANMANI JOY

594 1128 HEENA VASHDEVKEWAL RAMANI

624 1299 J MEGHANATHA REDDY

625 71791 D M RAMPRASAD GUPTA

655 72429 IMRAN AHMAD SIDDIQUI

675 5422 SRINIVAS B C

713 102929 YESHVEER SINGH

763 4036 SANAP BAJIRAO RAMNATH

810 48756 BHUVNESH PRATAP SINGH

822 210041 VIJAYANARAYAN RAO