IAS Foundation Course

Keys Of Foundation Courses

Effective guidance leads to greater selection at an early age.
·         Provides a one-stop solution for all three stages of the exam, as it saves time and money.
·         Better understanding of subjects as you will be effective
·         Each major subject will be covered with optional subjects.
·         Reading newspapers and passing the current affairs exam are important and during the course, you will prepare a 1-year current affairs.


  • Best Faculty
  • Normal Courses Fee
  • Separate Batches For Hindi And English Medium
  • A Platform For Preparation for UPSE Civil Service Exam
  • Dedicated Class For Current Affairs
  • Current Affairs Based MCQ and SubjectiveTest
  • Subject Wise NCERT Books
  • Mains Answer Writing Practice
  • Essay Writing Classes
  • Subject Wise MCQ Test Series
  • Preliminary Mains Test Series
  • Preparation for Interview

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IAS Previous Year Paper

UPSC IAS / IFS Recruitment 2024 Apply Online

Event  Date
IAS Exam 2024 Notification14/02/2024
Application Begin14/02/2024
Last Date for Apply Online06/03/2024
Fee Payment Last Date06/03/2024
Pre Exam Date26/05/2024
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EligibilityIAS: Bachelor Degree in Any Stream in Any Recognized University in India
Bachelor Degree as one of Subject Animal Husbandry
& Veterinary Science, Botany, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics,
Physics, Statistics, and Zoology, Agriculture or Equivalent
Age LimitAge Limit as on 01/08/2024
Minimum Age: 21 Years
Maximum Age: 32 Years
Age Relaxation Extra as per Rules
Vacancy Details TotalVacancy Details Total : 1206
Indian Administrative Service 1056 Post Indian Forest Service : 150 Post
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Previous Year Paper of Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination

IAS Previous Year Paper

Years of ExamsName Of ExamsLink
2022General Studies Paper-IDownload
2022General Studies Paper-IIDownload
2021General Studies Paper-IDownload
2021General Studies Paper-IIDownload
2020General Studies Paper-IDownload
2020General Studies Paper-IIDownload
2019General Studies Paper-IDownload
2019General Studies Paper-IIDownload
2018General Studies Paper-IDownload
2018General Studies Paper-IIDownload
UPSC-CSE(IAS) Previous Year Paper

Exam Pattern

UPSC is conducted for the selection of officers for Indian Administrative Service(IAS). IAS Exam Pattern talks about the distribution of questions, marking schemes, sectional weightage, and duration. The brief for all three stages of IAS Exam are:

UPSC (Civil Service Exams) Preliminary Exam: It has two papers of objective type and carries a maximum of 400 marks. There are two papers in the preliminary exam. Paper-II (CSAT) in IAS Exams(Civil Service Exams) is of qualifying Nature and candidates should score a min of 33% in this paper to qualify for the next stage of the IAS Exams (Civil Service Exams) i.e. the Mains. 

UPSC (Civil Service Exams) Main Exam: There are two types of Papers- Qualifying Papers and Papers that will be counted for Merit. The former will consist of Two Language Exams, one of the candidate’s choice and other English. The latter will consist of 9 papers including 7 Merit and 2 Qualifying language papers. The main exam will comprise of both essay writing and objective type questions. The sum total of all papers and the score secured in the interview round will be used for the ranking of candidates.

UPSC (Civil Service Exams) Personality Test: An interview of 275 Marks would be taken of the candidates Qualified in the Mains Exam. This would include the Psychometric Test, Assessment Test as well as the Personal Interview. Marks obtained in the test would be added to the calculation for the declaration of the Final Merit List.

Preliminary Exams of UPSC (Civil Service Exams)

The Examination shall comprise of two compulsory Papers of 200 marks each.
(i) Both the question papers will be of the objective type (Multiple Choice Questions) and each will be of two hours duration.
(ii) The General Studies Paper-II of the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination will be a qualifying paper with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%.

PaperNo. Of QuestionMarksDuration
General Studies I1002002 Hours
General Studies II-CSAT802002 Hours

Preliminary Exam Sallybus of UPSC (Civil Service Exams)

Paper I – (200 marks)

  • Current events of national and international importance.
  • History of India and Indian National Movement.
  • Indian and World Geography-Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World
  • .Indian Polity and Governance-Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
  • Economic and Social Development-Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion
  • Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.
  • General issues on Environmental ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – that do not
    require subject specialization.
  • General Science.

Paper II-(200 marks)

  • Comprehension;
  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills;
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability;
  • Decision making and problem solving;
  • General mental ability;
  • Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. — Class X level);

Mains Exams of UPSC (Civil Service Exams)

PaperSubjectDurationTotal marks
Paper ACompulsory Indian language3 hours300
Paper BEnglish3 hours300
Paper IEssay3 hours250
Paper IIGeneral Studies I3 hours250
Paper IIIGeneral Studies II3 hours250
Paper IVGeneral Studies III3 hours250
Paper VGeneral Studies IV3 hours250
Paper VIOptional I3 hours250
Paper VIIOptional II3 hours250

Paper A: (One of the Indian Languages to be selected from the ones included in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution – 300 Marks)

  • Comprehension of given passages.
  • Precise Writing
  • Usage and Vocabulary
  • Short Essays
  • Translation from English to the Indian Language and vice-versa

Paper B: English – 300 Marks

  • Comprehension of given passages
  • Precise Writing
  • Usage and Vocabulary
  • Short Essays
Paper I: UPSC Mains Syllabus for Essay paper

As such the UPSC Mains syllabus doesn’t have a prescribed section for the Essay paper. In the essay paper in UPSC Mains, candidates have to write two essays out of a few given options for a total of 250 marks. As per the UPSC, “Candidates are expected to keep close to the subject of the essay to arrange their ideas in an orderly fashion and to write concisely. Credit will be given for effective and exact expression.”

Paper II – General Studies I

This paper will contain questions relating to ancient India pertaining to History, Geography, Heritage, Culture, etc. Some of the topics include

  • History of India – Ancient and Modern
  • Significant changes in Architecture, Literature, etc.
  • Geographical Significance
  • Notable events in World History
  • Diversity
  • Globalization

Paper III – General Studies II

This paper will contain questions about the reforms in Indian Governance post-Independence. The topics include

  • Constitution of India
  • Constitutional Analysis of the world
  • Parliament and Legislatures
  • Key issues faced by the nation and solutions
  • Welfare Schemes by the Government
  • Department and Structures in Government

Paper IV – General Studies III

This paper will contain questions about Modern India and recent Key developments. The topics include

  • Indian Economy
  • Farming
  • Science
  • Research and Development
  • Information Technology
  • Environmental Studies
  • Achievements in various fields
  • Security Challenges
  • Industrial Growth
  • Infrastructural developments

Paper V – General Studies IV

This paper will contain questions about Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude. The topics include

  • Ethics in Public Administration
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Behavioral Analysis
  • Functional Values

Paper VI & VII – Candidates can select their desired subject from the list of subjects given below



  • Agriculture
  • Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
  • Anthropology
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Commerce and Accountancy
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Indian History
  • Law
  • Management
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical Science
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Zoology


The UPSC IAS Interview round, also known as Personality Test is the final stage. Here, the candidate will be asked some questions face-to-face to determine whether he or she is fit for the civil services career. The questions will be asked by the board which consists of competent and unbiased observers who have a record of the candidates’ career. The maximum marks allotted for the Personality Test are 275 marks.


(i) The papers on Indian languages and English (Paper A and paper B) will be of Matriculation or equivalent standard and will be of qualifying nature. The marks obtained in these papers will not be counted for ranking.

(ii) Evaluation of the papers, namely, ‘Essay’, ‘General Studies’ and Optional Subject of all the candidates would be done simultaneously along with evaluation of their qualifying papers on ‘Indian Languages’ and ‘English’ but the papers on Essay, General Studies and Optional Subject of only such candidates will be taken cognizance who attain 25% marks in ‘Indian Language’ and 25% in English as minimum qualifying standards in these qualifying papers.

(iii) The paper A on Indian Language will not, however, be compulsory for candidates hailing from the States of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim.

(iv) The paper A on Indian Language will not, however, be compulsory for Candidates belonging to Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (only Hearing Impairment sub-category) provided that they have been granted such exemption from 2nd or 3rd language courses by the concerned education Board/University. The candidate needs to provide an undertaking/self declaration in this regard in order to claim such an exemption to the Commission.

(v) Marks obtained by the candidates for the Paper I-VII only will be counted for merit ranking. However, the Commission will have the discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or all of these papers.

(vi) For the Language medium/literature of languages, the scripts to be used by the candidates will be as under :—


 Assamese Assamese Manipuri Bengali
 Bengali Bengali Marathi Devanagari
 Bengali Bengali Nepali Devanagari
 Hindi Devanagari Odia Odia Government strives to have a workforce which reflects gender balance and women candidates are encouraged to apply.
Kannada Kannada Punjabi Gurumukhi
 Kashmiri Persian Sanskrit Devanagari
 Konkani Devanagari Sindhi Devanagari or Arabic
 Malayalam Malayalam Tamil Tamil
Telugu TeluguDogri Devanagari
Urdu PersianMaithilli Devanagari
Bodo DevanagariSanthali Devanagari or Olchiki

Note: For Santhali language, the question paper will be printed in Devanagari script; but candidates will be free to answer either in Devanagari script or in Olchiki.

List of optional subjects for Main Examination :

(i) Agriculture

(ii) Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science

(iii) Anthropology

(iv) Botany

(v) Chemistry

(vi) Civil Engineering

(vii) Commerce and Accountancy

(viii) Economics

(ix) Electrical Engineering

(x) Geography

(xi) Geology

(xii) History

(xiii) Law

(xiv) Management

(xv) Mathematics

(xvi) Mechanical Engineering

(xvii) Medical Science

(xviii) Philosophy

(xix) Physics

(xx) Political Science and International Relations

(xxi) Psychology

(xxii) Public Administration

(xxiii) Sociology

(xxiv) Statistics

(xxv) Zoology

(xxvi) Literature of any one of the following languages: Government strives to have a workforce which reflects gender balance and women candidates are encouraged to apply.