IAS 2020 - UPSC Prelims & Mains Dates, Result (Out), Answer Key, Cut off
IAS 2020 - UPSC has released IAS result 2020 for prelims exam along with the name on October 26, 2020. The roll number wise result was released on October 23 at its official website. Earlier UPSC released the CSE admit card on September 01, 2020, at its official website @upsconline.nic.in. Candidates were able to download the admit card of UPSC CSE till October 04, 2020, 04:00 PM. Applicants can check the UPSC IAS exam centres from their admit card. UPSC released new dates of Preliminary as well as Mains exam of UPSC 2020 on June 05. The Civil Services (Pre.) exam will be held on October 04, 2020, while the Mains will be held on January 08, 2021. Candidates who applied for IAS exam 2020 will have to download the admit card of UPSC IAS exam and carry it to the exam centre on the day of the exam. Aspirants will be selected on the basis of their performance in IAS 2020 prelims and main followed by the interview. It is advised to cover the IAS syllabus 2020 before downloading the admit card. Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has announced approximately 796 vacancies that will be filled through UPSC IAS 2020. Read the article to check IAS 2020 exam pattern, marking scheme
Latest: UPSC IAS result 2020 for Prelims exam released along with name on October 26. The roll number wise result was released on October 23 at the official website. Check the UPSC IAS 2019 cut off to get an idea about the difficulty level of the exam.
IAS 2020 (Prelims & Main) - UPSC Exam Overview
Civil Services Examination
Union Public Service Commission
Preliminary, Mains and Personality Test
Mode of exam
Number of Papers
Preliminary - Two paper (General Studies Paper-I and
General Studies Paper-II)
Mains- Nine Paper
Duration of Exam
Preliminary - Each paper is of 2 hours
Mains - Each paper is of 3 hours
IAS Exam Dates
796 in 2020, 896 in 2019 and 759 In 2018
Number of Attempts and age limit
General Category- 6 attempts till completion of 32 years.
OBC- 9 attempts till completion of 35 years.
SC/ST- Unlimited attempts till completion of 37 years
Estimated Number of Applicants
Over 12 Lakh
Union Public Service Commission,
Shahjahan Road, New Delhi
Ph. - 011-23098543 / 23385271 / 23381125 / 23098591
UPSC IAS Result 2019-2020 Statistics
|Category||Number of candidates qualified|
How to become an IAS officer
IAS 2020 Exam Dates (Prelims & Main)
Union Public Service Commission has released the UPSC civil services exam dates 2020 for prelims and main. Candidates can refer UPSC IAS exam dates from the below-mentioned table to stay updated on important events of Civil Services 2020 exam.
UPSC IAS Important Dates 2020
February 12, 2020
To be announced
Release of application form of UPSC IAS 2020
February 12, 2020
To be announced
Last date of application
March 3, 2020
To be announced
|Exam Centre correction window||July 7 to 13th, 2020 (Released)|
July 20 to 24th, 2020 (Phase 2 dates)
|Application form withdraw window||August 1 to 8, 2020||---|
UPSC IAS Admit card download dates
September 01, 2020 (Released)
December 2020 (Tentative)
UPSC Civil Services exam 2020
October 04, 2020
January 08, 2021
Declaration of UPSC IAS 2020 result
October 23, 2020 (Released)
To be announced
To be announced
Declaration of final Civil services result
To be announced
How to prepare for UPSC Civil Services 2020 - Video
UPSC has declared UPSC IAS result 2020 for prelims exam on October 23 at its official website. The result along with the name and roll number was released on October 26, 2020. The exam conducting authority releases result for each stage of the examination - prelims, mains and interview in online mode in pdf format. UPSC IAS 2020 result comprises roll numbers of qualified candidates. The exam body will also release the scorecard in which candidates can check individual marks for each stage. Candidates who are shortlisted in UPSC IAS result 2020 of one stage will be eligible to appear for the subsequent stage.
Steps to Check UPSC IAS 2020 Result
Visit the official website
Click on the UPSC IAS result link
Candidates will have to enter their application number and date of birth
Now click on Submit button
UPSC IAS 2020 result will be displayed on the screen.
IAS 2020 Score Card
Union Public Service Commission along with releasing the result and cut off of exam also releases the scorecard of the exam after declaration of the final result. The scorecard of UPSC IAS 2020 will be released for all the stage-wise prelims, mains and final stage of the recruitment process. To check UPSC civil services scorecard candidates have to visit the official website and enter the required login credentials.
IAS Admit Card 2020 (Prelims & Main)
UPSC released the admit card of UPSC IAS 2020 for prelims exam on September 01, 2020, in online mode. Candidates can download it using their application number and password/date of birth. Details of the examination centre venue, exam timings, roll number and candidate details will be mentioned in UPSC IAS admit card 2020. Candidates must carry their admit card to the exam hall on the day of exam along with a valid photo identity proof and a passport size photo.
How to Download UPSC IAS 2020 Admit Card?
Go to the official website
Click on the link "download admit card"
Candidates will have to use their application number and password/date of birth.
Click on the “Submit” button
The admit card will be displayed on the screen. Along with this candidates have to check to admit card for any discrepancies.
After downloading UPSC IAS admit card 2020 applicants have to take a print.
IAS 2020 Exam Centres (Prelims & Main)
The Commission provides a list of cities where the civil services exam will be held. UPSC IAS prelims exam will be conducted across 72 cities in the country while the mains exam will be held in 24 centres. Candidates will have to enter exam centre choices while filling out the application form. UPSC IAS exam centres will be allotted on the basis of availability and choices filled by the candidate. Detailed information about the exam centres like venue address, centre code, reporting time, etc. will be mentioned in UPSC IAS 2020 admit card.
Name of City
Name of City
Name of City
Anantapur (Andhra Pradesh)
Gautam Buddh Nagar
UPSC IAS Exam Pattern 2020 (Prelims & Main)
As per the exam pattern of UPSC IAS 2020, there will be two papers in the prelims exam and nine papers in the mains exam. UPSC IAS 2020 exam will be conducted in offline mode. Check detailed UPSC IAS exam pattern from the tables below.
IAS Prelims Exam Pattern 2020
Mode of Exam
Pen and Paper based
Language of exam
Hindi and English
Number of Papers
Two compulsory Paper:
General Studies 1
General Studies 2
Type of questions
multiple-choice, objective type
Total marks per paper
Paper 1 -100 questions
Paper 2 - 80 questions
Duration of exam
2 hours per paper
Paper 1 - 2marks for a correct answer
Paper 2 - 2.5 marks for every correct answer
1/3 rd marks deducted for every wrong answer in both papers
Qualifying paper and marks
Paper 2 and candidates have to score at least 33% which is 66 marks out of 200
IAS Main Exam Pattern 2020
Mode of Exam
Pen and Paper based
9 papers of conventional essay type out of which two papers will be of qualifying in nature
Duration of Exam
Conducted over 5 days
Papers considered for Merit
IAS 2020 Marking Scheme
Name of Paper
Number of Questions
General Studies 1
General Studies 2
General Studies 3
General Studies 4
Optional Subject 1
Optional Subject 2
Marks for Interview
UPSC IAS 2020 Mains Exam Evaluation Guidelines
UPSC IAS Syllabus 2020 (Prelims & Main)
The exam authority has prescribed the syllabus of UPSC IAS recruitment for different papers. Candidates must go through the syllabus of UPSC IAS thoroughly so that they do not miss any topics while preparing for the exam. The syllabus highlights are given below for the benefit of the candidates.
UPSC IAS Prelims Syllabus 2020
General Studies Paper I Syllabus
General Studies Paper II Syllabus
1. Current events of national and international importance.
2. General issues on Environmental ecology, Biodiversity and Climate Change - that do not require subject specialization
2. Interpersonal skills including communication skills
3. History of India and Indian National Movement.
3. Logical reasoning and analytical ability
4. Economic and Social Development-Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc
4. Decision making and problem-solving
5. General Science
5. General mental ability
6. Indian Polity and Governance-Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc
6. Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data Interpretation (Charts, Graphs, Tables, Data sufficiency etc.
—Class X level)
7. Indian and World Geography-Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World
What is the success rate in UPSC?
Success Statistics in Civil Service Exam
|Number of aspirants appeared in IAS exam||4,93,972||4,56,625||4,59,659|
|Candidates qualified in IAS Prelims||10,468||13,366||15,452|
|Applicants qualified in Civil Services Mains||1,994||2,568||2,961|
|Candidates finally selected in UPSC IAS||759||1,058||1,099|
Above mentioned data itself says about the success rate in UPSC IAS. Hence it becomes important for applicants to know tips to qualify civil services exam.
Every year around 10 lakhs candidates fill the application form and less than 5 lakh appear in the exam. Selection narrows down to less than 1,000 vacancies which mean that the success ratio in UPSC IAS exam is 0.002 % which shows the difficulty level of the exam. To qualify an exam with flying colours applicants should know what should be the first step to crack the IAS. Below mentioned strategies will help candidates to help their preparation for the exam.
Be familiar with UPSC IAS exam pattern
Take a print of syllabus and stick in study room so that every topic should be remembered wholeheartedly.
Read the newspapers and be up to date on current affairs and general knowledge
Make short notes of important subjects i.e Polity, Economy, Art and Culture
Check previous year UPSC IAS question papers because around 10-15 questions are asked from last 15 years papers.
Check online videos and online app to boost preparation
Take mock test and do the needful to improve the performance
Revision is a must here making short notes play an important role.
UPSC IAS study timetable
Candidates who asks question such as how should I start from my preparation for the IAS exam should abide by making a disciplined yet flexible time table after knowing syllabus and exam pattern. Sudhir Gehlot who qualified UPSC IAS with 42nd rank in 2018 shared the below-mentioned study time table. Candidates can check this time table to qualify UPSC IAS and take the required input from it.
|Serial Number||Study Schedule|
|1||Study 3 hours regularly and then take a break for 1 hour from 6 a.m to 9 p.m|
|2||Start the day reading newspaper and making of notes|
|3||Study 6 days in a week and relax the body by playing outdoor sports on Sunday|
|4||If by any reason study schedule for UPSC IAS get deviated then make every second count to cover that loss of time|
IAS 2020 Question Papers (Prelims & Main)
Commission releases question paper for both prelims and mains exam of UPSC IAS 2020 on the official website after a day of commencement of exam. Since paper is conducted in offline mode hence those candidates who will appear in the exam can access the paper. UPSC IAS prelims question paper is of General Studies Paper-I and General Studies Paper-II (CSAT) while Mains exam includes General Studies Paper I, II,III and IV, Essay, Two paper for optional paper and one-one papers each for regional language and English.
UPSC IAS Answer Key 2020 (Prelims & Main)
Union Public Service Commission will release UPSC IAS 2020 answer key in online mode after the declaration of the final result. However, many leading coaching institutes release the unofficial answer key of UPSC IAS 2020 soon after the exam concludes. Candidates can find question IDs and correct answer options in the answer key of IAS. By checking the answer key of UPSC IAS 2020, applicants can calculate their marks and predict their chances of qualifying for the next stage. Candidates can use answer keys and UPSC IAS question papers from past examinations to prepare better for the exam.
Civil services cut off marks are the minimum marks that the candidates need to score in order to qualify the exam. UPSC IAS cutoff is released separately for prelims and mains exam. Candidates who score the cutoff marks of one stage are eligible to appear for the subsequent stage. Number of candidates appearing for the exam, difficulty level, number of shifts, etc. will be considered to determine the cutoff of UPSC IAS 2020. Candidates can check previous years’ UPSC IAS cut off from the tables below.
UPSC IAS 2019 Cut Off Marks
Final Cut off
Previous years’ UPSC IAS Cut off for Prelims – (Out of 200 marks)
Previous years’ UPSC Civil Services IAS Cut off for Mains - (Out of 1750)
Previous years’ UPSC IAS Final Cut off - (Out of 2025)
Candidates who qualify the exam will be entitled to receive the salary of IAS officer as per the seventh pay commission. Though the salary is not very high seeing the competitive level of UPSC IAS 2020 exam there are various other facilities which make this job the best-desired career option in India. Candidates who ask the question as what is the salary of IAS officer should note that remuneration is Rs 56,100 as basic pay during the time of entry-level. While calculating the total salary of candidates below mentioned formula is used.
Total Salary = Basic Pay + DA + HRA + TA
Hence IAS officer will collectively receive the total salary something around 80,000.
IAS Salary in India
|Number of years required in Service||Careers wise Posts|
|District Administration||State Secretariat||Central Secretariat|
|56100||1-4||Sub-divisional magistrate (SDM)||Under Secretary||Assistant Secretary|
|67,700||5-8||Additional district magistrate (ADM)||Deputy Secretary||Under Secretary|
|78,800||9-12||District magistrate (DM)||Joint Secretary||Deputy Secretary|
|1,18,500||13-16||District magistrate (DM)||Special Secretary-cum-Director||Director|
|1,44,200||16-24||Divisional Commissioner (DC)||Secretary-cum-Commissioner||Joint Secretary|
|1,82,200||25-30||Divisional Commissioner (DC)||Principal Secretary||Additional secretary|
|2,05,400||30-33||No Equivalent Rank||Additional Chief Secretary||No Equivalent Rank|
|2,25,000||34-36||No Equivalent Rank||Chief Secretary||Secretary|
|2,50,000||37+ years||No Equivalent Rank||No Equivalent Rank||Cabinet Secretary of India|
To apply for the civil services examination, candidates must meet the UPSC IAS 2020 eligibility criteria specified in the official UPSC notification. Candidates must meet the given age criteria, nationality and specified educational qualifications while not crossing the allowed number of attempts. UPSC IAS eligibility criteria is mentioned in detail for candidates to check in the table below.
Eligibility for UPSC IAS
For IAS, IFS and IPS, - Only Indian nationals
For other services, any one of the following are eligible
All candidates must hold a graduation degree in any discipline from a recognised university
Final year students can also apply provided they pass the exam at the time of filling the application for the Mains exam
Age as on August 1, 2020, i.e., he/she must have been born not earlier than August 2, 1988, and not later than August 1, 1999
Minimum age limit for all categories is 21 years
Maximum for all the categories are listed below
General- 32 years.
OBC- 35 years.
SC/ST- 37 years
Number of attempts
General Categories - 6 attempts
OBC- 9 attempts
SC/ST- Unlimited attempts
Candidates can fill the application form of UPSC IAS 2020 from February 12, 2020, in online mode. The last date to apply for UPSC IAS was March 3, 2020. Candidates have to first register themselves on the official website and then log in to fill the application form. The exam body will provide the facility to withdraw applications for a specified time duration for candidates who wish to withdraw the same after the last date of filing the application form.
How to Fill UPSC IAS Application Form 2020
Click on the “Online applications of various exams” link
Click on Registration Part I and fill all the details.
Similarly, fill all other details in UPSC IAS Registration Part-II.
Upload scanned copy of Photograph, Signature, and Photo ID.
Pay application fee for and save the receipt for future reference.
Application Fee: Rs 100 (SC/ST/ Female/PwD candidates are exempt). Payment can be made by depositing the money in any branch of State Bank of India by cash, or online through net banking facility of State Bank of India or by using any Visa/Master/RuPay Credit/ Debit Card
Documents to upload with the application form of UPSC IAS 2020
20 kb to 300 kb
Steps to fill UPSC IAS Mains Application Form
Candidates who qualify the UPSC IAS prelims exam will also have to fill out a detailed application form (DAF) to take the mains exam. UPSC IAS DAF application form is filled in 6 steps
Step 1: Fill Personal details
Step 2: Educational Information
Step 3: Parental Information
Step 4: Employment Information
Step 5: Upload documents
Step 6: Final Submission.
Once submitted no changes are possible to edit in the mains application form of UPSC IAS.
Number of Candidates applied for UPSC IAS in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018
UPSC IAS 2020 Posts
Number of Posts-
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'
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’
What is IAS- UPSC Civil Services Exam?
Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the Civil Services examination every year for recruitment to the Indian Administrative Services and 23 other allied services. However, IAS is the most preferred and coveted services among most applicants. Other allied service recruitment through UPSC civil services exam is the Indian Police Services (IPS) and Indian Forest Services (IFS) etc. The exam has two stages - Preliminary, Main. Candidates who clear both these stages will have to appear for a personal interview. If they clear this last stage, they are allotted the services as per their merit ranks and offered training accordingly before being absorbed in the administrative services of the government.
IAS Exam 2018 Highlights
A total of 10,65,552 candidates applied while only 4,93,972 appeared in the exam and 10,468 qualified in UPSC prelims exam.
Only 1,994 applicants secured the passing marks in UPSC mains exam and were invited to appear for the interview out of which 759 candidates made it to the UPSC final list
Top 25 candidates comprise 15 men and 10 women
For the top 25 candidates optional subjects ranged from Anthropology, Chemistry, Commerce & Accountancy, Geography, Law, Maths, History, Political Science & International Relations, Public Administration, Psychology, Sociology, and English Literature.
Educational qualification-wise the top 25 candidates had graduated in Engineering; Sciences; Economics; Law; Mathematics; History; Political Science; Public administration and Commerce.
A good number of candidates had graduated from premier institutes like IITs, NIT, NLU, BITS Pilani, DU, Mumbai University, Anna University, Pune University, etc.
Contact Details of UPSC
Union Public Service Commission
Shahjahan Road, New Delhi - 110069
Facilitation Counter Phone No: 011-23098543 / 23385271 / 23381125 / 23098591
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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - IAS 2020 - UPSC Prelims & Mains Dates, Result (Out), Answer Key, Cut off
Question: How many posts are there in UPSC Civil Services recruitment exam?
UPSC Civil Services is conducted for a total of 24 posts and services like Indian Administrative Service, Indian Foreign Service, Indian Police Service, Indian Audit and Accounts Service, Group ‘A’, Indian Civil Accounts Service, Group ‘A, etc.
Question: What is the salary of an IAS Officer?
The basic pay is entry-level IAS officer is Rs. 56100. Allowances like DA, HRA and TA are also given.
Question: How are candidates shortlisted for posts other than IAS in UPSC Civil Services?
Candidates who qualify the exam are recruited for posts in order of merit and choices filled by them.
Question: When can I apply for IAS 2020?
Aspirants will be able to apply for UPSC IAS 2020 from February 12 to March 3.
Question: What is age limit for IAS 2020 ?
A candidate must be 21 to 32 years of age on August 1, 2020, to be able to apply for UPSC IAS 2020.
Question: How many marks are required to clear the prelims?
The marks required to clear Civil Services prelims exam is not predefined. The cutoff for general category ranges between 100 to 125 marks for general category.
Question: What is qualifying marks in UPSC Prelims exam 2020 ?
Candidates need to secure 33% marks in General Studies paper 2 while merit list will be decided from the marks of General Studies paper 1.
Question: Is coaching necessary to crack IAS Exam ?
Coaching plays a vital role in the selection of candidates in UPSC IAS. Many a times applicants qualify the exam after taking coaching and doing self study at home.
Question: I have made a mistake in my UPSC IAS application. Shall I fill another form?
If any candidates have made a mistake then they can apply for the exam again and their new application form of UPSC IAS 2020 will be considered.
Question: What is the best newspaper/book for preparing for UPSC IAS?
To qualify UPSC IAS exams candidates have to read all standard book and The Hindu and Indian Express newspaper.
Question: When should i start studying current affairs for UPSC IAS 2020 ?
It is advised that candidates should religiously prepare one year current affairs for the exam.
Question: Who has secured highest marks in UPSC Ever?
The highest marks in UPSC IAS exam were secured by Anudeep Durishetty, the topper for UPSC 2017. He scored 1126 (55.60%) out of total 2025 marks.
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Questions related to UPSC Civil Services Exam
hlo sir...i am in mu last year of graduation..im doing bcom...i want to give ias exam next year in 2021..and i will get the age of 21 years in next june2021..am i eligible for giving exam in february 2021.
As you're aware candidates need to attain 21 years age in order to appear for UPSC, and they can apply even in the final year provided they are able to show the proof of their qualifying examination within the stipulated timeframe as prescribed by the authority, now coming to your question in 2020 official notification, UPSC states "candidates born after 1st August, 1999 aren't eligible to apply", hence accordingly this year it will be "candidates born after 1st August, 2000 aren't eligible to apply", now you're born before the prescribed date hence to answer your question you'll be eligible for UPSC next year, and the exam will not take place in February, it will be conducted on 27th June, the notifications might come in february.
Which college is best in AP for IAS course ?
The Indian civil services or Indian Administrative Service is the one of the most reputed service in India. This is the higest services since the british age which all the aspirants wants to become. Every year this exam is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission of India in between may to august. Over 2-3 lakh candidates are registered herself in order to fullfill their dreams and only 700-100 students are shortlisted. By seeing cut throat competition in this field every aspirant needs a fouced and guided study. The coaching institutes realises this need of student and provide all the needed guidance to the student so the student can focus on their goal. Now adays degree is also provided by the coaching institutes so that a candidates utilises their 3 year of degree period in their preparation of IAS in order to grab the seat. There are some coaching institutes which provides degree and coaching to the candidates.
KALAM IAS Institute and Job College, Rajamurdry
Takshila IAS Academy, Vijayvada
Vinex IAS Academy, Vishapatnam
KICS IAS Academy, Kakinada
Sri Suprajam IAS Academy, Vijayvada
Nagarjuna IAS Academy, Vijayvada
Pragnay IAS Academy, Tirupati
Harshith Institute, Vijayvada
ALS IAS, Vishakapatnam
Dream IAS Study circle, Vijayvada
KPIAS Vizag 21ST Century IAS Academy, Vishakapatnam
All the very best!
I want to become a IAS officer but I am studying Bipc
After your Inter and Secondary (10th and 12th), you need to pursue Graduation in any stream be it Commerce, Arts or Science based courses followed by UPSC CSE Preparation. UPSC CSE is the exam or perhaps the first barrier to being an IAS. For more information do follow the link below
please arrange the following in decreasing order of their benefits and powers IAS,IFS,IRS,IES,IPS
First of all you need a criteria to define 'power' and 'influence'. All these services being naturally prestigious, there is a certain level of difference when it comes to their domain of activity, this difference is what most people define as their 'power' . In simple terms the more influential and far reaching a certain posting is, the more powerful people will consider it to be.
Now let me explain in brief what the so called powers of such officers actually entail:
let me start by ranking them in terms of their social influence (how much are their effecting normal people's lives):
1) IAS - why is an IAS officer considered influential? simply put an IAS officer, during the early part of his/her career when they are collectors, have a far reaching domain of responsibility. They oversee almost every department in a district that generates revenue (hence the name, 'collector). Such control over functioning of so many departments puts an IAS in a position to virtually effect so many lives in their districts and that is why people flock around them to gain their favors. IAS officers in later half of their careers are still really influential because they move over to policy making work in various departments, each bureaucratic policy can majorly impact a department or field.
2) IPS - In early career years, IPS officers have direct impact (literally direct) over the citizenry of a district. They interact with the public, deal with their grievances, they can have the authority to arrest, search and even kill (encounter) under certain circumstances, these powers of the police are really unique and effect a lot of people in their daily lives, police is powerful because the people depend and rely on them for protection, exercise of justice and other things, many times these responsibilities are misused in certain ways, unfortunately and hence gives birth to a misconception that the police can do anything to anybody. Later career, IPS officers move away from the field and work on policy policy, budgets, planning, strategies for better policing of a state or move on to central services just like IAS officers.
3) IRS (different from IRAS) - The reason I put an IRS officer above IFS in the list is because we cannot judge the both on the basis of job profile, UPSC preference list and such. IRS stands above in terms of what you call as 'powers' because as I said, the criteria of power and influence involves direct impact on citizens' lives. In that respect, IRS officers handle one of the most import aspects of our economy, taxation and revenue. That responsibility is in an of itself is unique and gives them a wide array of influential decision making powers.
4) IFS - We generally do not interact directly with IFS officers and so they have a clearly defined domain that indirectly affects us in the long run. Meaning that the foreign policies, diplomatic relations that these officers help form with other nations is where their influence is seen most and a normal person living a normal life has no business in that department so they don't need to go to an IFS officer's door to ask for help.
5) IES - IES officers (engineering services) have their own technical exam for selection and are, essentially, 1st class engineers who are concerned with administration of our industrial sector (PSUs and all) so they have a different career trajectory just like IFS officers do which does not involve other citizens as much.
As for their influence, both IFS and IES officers exercise great influence and position of authority in their respective fields but most people like us don't even know who they are but we know who the collector, Chief secretary or SP or Commissioner of a district are.
There you have it, a simple demarcation of what you call 'powers' of the coveted Civil Servants. They are important positions socially as well as politically speaking but at the end of the day their core responsibility is to serve the nation and its citizens.
Hope it helped get some clarity,
hello sir , m bahut confuse hu apne career ko lekr m ek trf IIT bhi krna chahti huu or mjhe IAS bhi bnna h this year m 12th m huu or m PCM se huu up board h mera or m aage du m admission bhi lena chahti huu to sir ap mjhe btayenge mere liye kyaa shi h ormko aage kyaa krna chahiye.
At the end, you have mentioned that you want to become an IAS officer. Few things you should know which definitely clear your doubts regarding your career are:
- It doesn't matter from which stream in class 11 & 12 you had studied, just focus on preparing to become an IAS.
- It doesn't matter which graduation you opt like BSc, Engineering etc. you're eligible to apply.
- You can opt any college/course for your graduation as per your eligibility criteria and as per your convenience, because at the end you have to give the Exam- UPSE IAS/ Civil services exam to pursue your career as IAS.
- All you need to be a graduate student to apply for civil services exam.
- DU and IIT, both are the best option to pursue career in required fields, both have their own benefits in terms of education and placements.
- Now you just have to decide in which college you want to take admission also don't forget to apply for JEE MAIN 2021 to eligible for good engineering colleges. As IAS is next step after having graduation degree.
- You can visit the link given below regarding the details of JEE MAIN 2021 - https://learn.careers360.com/engineering/jee-main/