IAS 2022: Exam Dates, Latest Notifications & Exam Calendar

IAS 2022: Exam Dates, Latest Notifications & Exam Calendar
September 6, 2021
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The notification for the UPSC IAS Examination was released on 2nd February 2022 on the official website of the Union Public Service Commission i.e. The notification contains details about the schedule of the exam, IAS Exam Date 2022, and other details such as the Exam Pattern and Syllabus. The announcement of the notification commences the application procedure for UPSC IAS Examination. Candidates can fill out the online application form available on the official website by 22nd February 2022. Candidates will also have the option to withdraw their application between 1st March 2022 – 7th March 2022.

The notification also details the number of vacancies to be filled for the current year. By 2022, UPSC has increased the vacancy from 861 to 1011 out of which 180 vacancies are for IAS officers. 72 candidates will be selected from the General Category, 18 candidates will be selected from the Economically Weaker Class, 49 candidates will be selected from the Other Backward Class category, and 28 and 13 candidates will be selected from the SC ad ST category respectively. Aspirants would need to first qualify the IAS Prelims, then IAS Mains and finally crack the IAS Interview Stage in order to be recruited as an IAS officer.

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UPSC IAS 2022 – Schedule

The schedule released by UPSC on their official website is updated from time to time, as each exam is completed. Candidates are requested to keep checking the official website for necessary updates and details. The following table details the UPSC IAS Release Dates for the 2022 Examination.



Release of Official Notification on UPSC website

2nd February 2022

Online Application Process Begins

2nd February 2022

The last day to submit Application Form for UPSC IAS 2022

22nd February 2022

Period for Withdrawal of application

1st March 2022 – 7th March 2022

Release of UPSC IAS Prelims Admit Card 2022

10th May 2022

Civil Services Examination, 2022 – Preliminary Stage

5th June 2022

Declaration of UPSC IAS 2022 Result

July 2022

Release of UPSC IAS Mains Admit Card 2022

August 2022

Civil Services Examination, 2022 – Mains Stage

16th  September 2022

UPSC IAS 2022 – General Information  

The Union Public Service Commission uploads notifications in a step-by-step manner. All the data related to the IAS Prelims Dates and IAS Mains Date is available on their website. The data available on the website gives information about the exam venues and eligibility criteria for the exam and it also gives information about the documents which the candidates are required to carry on the day of the examination.

Candidates aspiring to become IAS officers have to qualify through a three-stage process to reach that position. First is the UPSC IAS Prelims examination, second is, UPSC IAS Mains Examination, and lastly the Personal Interview Stage. UPSC IAS is revered to be one of the toughest exams to crack in India. Each year, lakhs of candidates appear for the Prelims examination out of which only 25% clear it and move forward to give the Mains exam. Out of this, approximately 15% move to the interview stage out of which only 50% qualify to become Civil Servants. This brings the success rate of UPSC down to less than 1%. While this is a scary figure, the right preparation strategy and determination can get you through it.

UPSC IAS Prelims Examination

The IAS preliminary examination is an objective type paper with only multiple-choice questions. Candidates appearing for the exam are expected to give 2 papers of 2 hours each. These exams are conducted in an online mode. The first paper is a General Studies paper and the second is a Civil Service Aptitude Test. It is also known as General Studies Papers-II. The General Studies Paper – I contain 100 questions of 2 marks each, summing up to a total of 200 marks. Only this paper will be considered while formulating the Merit List for the Prelims stage. The CSAT paper contains 80 questions of 2.5 marks each, summing up to a total of 200 marks. This paper is only qualifying in nature and will not become part of the merit list.

Know More – IAS Admit Card and Interview call letter

UPSC IAS Mains Examination

Unlike the Prelims examination, the Mains examination is descriptive in nature. Being a written examination, the mode of exam is offline. In this stage, the candidates must appear in the exam for nine papers. Moreover, the duration of the exam in this stage increases by one hour which means each paper is of three-hour duration. Here is a little information about the papers for the IAS Mains exam.

  • Paper A: It is qualifying in nature. It is a language paper of 300 marks. Here are a few language papers:  Assamese, Bengali, Hindi, Gujarati, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Sindhi, Persian, Kashmiri, Sanskrit, etc.
  • Paper B: Paper B is an English paper. It is also qualifying in nature and again of 300 marks
  • Paper-I: Paper – I is the Essay writing paper. This one is a merit rank determining paper but only 250 marks.
  • Paper-II, III, IV, and V: All these are General Studies papers of 250 marks each. These are also of merit ranking nature.
  • Optional Paper VI and VII: These are the optional papers. This one is the exam of two additional papers. these are also 250 marks. Some of the optional subjects are agriculture, botany, history, law, mathematics, management, physics, psychology, Urdu, statistics, zoology, etc.

Know More – IAS Exam Pattern and Syllabus

UPSC IAS Personal Interview

This is the last and final stage of the IAS exam. After this stage, UPSC recruits the candidates for different posts such as IAS, IPS, IFS, IRS, etc. This stage shares a similarity to the Mains examination stage i.e., only those candidates appear here who clear the Mains exam stage first. In the end, UPSC summons the qualified candidates and assesses their personality traits.

To evaluate these candidates for the last stage of the IAS exam, the UPSC questions them on various parameters. These include questions based on general knowledge, candidates’ hobbies, current affairs, and situational questions. The main motive of the board is to find the candidate who fits the position. This Interview session is conducted by UPSC in UPSC Bhavan, New Delhi.

UPSC IAS 2022 – Documents Required for the Examination

Certain documents need to be verified at every stage during the IAS recruitment process and is vital in proving the identity and other personal details of the individual. This ensures that there is no malfeasance in the testing process. Candidates are required to furnish the following documents at each stage:

UPSC IAS Prelims Examination

The following documents are required:

  1. Scanned copy of Signature.
  2. Scanned copy of Photograph.
  3. Scanned copy of valid ID Proof such as Aadhar/PAN/Passport etc.

UPSC IAS Prelims Examination

The following documents are required:

  1. Matriculation Certificates
  2. Bachelor’s degree Certificate
  3. Certificate by Economically Weaker Sections– If applicable
  4. Certificate by SC/ST and PwD classes- If applicable
  5. Disability Certificate approved by the Medical Board – If applicable
  6. Certificate proof of statehood – For candidates belonging to Manipur, Nagaland, Mizoram, etc.
  7. Domicile Certificate – For citizens of Jammu and Kashmir.

UPSC IAS Personal Interview

The following documents are required:

  1. Matriculation Certificates
  2. Bachelor’s degree Certificate
  3. E-Summon Letter
  4. Scanned copy of valid ID Proof such as Aadhar/PAN/Passport etc.
  5. Scanned copy of Signature – Self Attested

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Q.1 What is the date of the UPSC exam 2022?

Ans. The official notification released by the UPSC also provided a schedule for the examination. Up till now, the UPSC CSE Prelims examinations have been concluded and 5th June 2022. The Mains examination is set to be held from 16th September 2022 onwards.

Q.2 Is the IAS exam every year?

Ans. UPSC or the Union Public Service Commission is the organizing body of the Civil Services Examination or the IAS Exam. UPSC CSE is a national-level exam through which candidates are recruited for Central and All India Civil Service Posts in the Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Revenue Service (IRS), and the Indian Foreign Service (IFS). The exam is held each year to fill in the vacancies of civil service officers posts.

Q.3 What is the qualification for IAS?

Ans. To be eligible for the UPSC CSE 2022 examination, candidates need to fulfill the eligibility criteria which are divided into 4 grounds: Educational Qualifications, Age Limit, Nationality, and Number of Attempts. Candidates need to have a bachelor’s degree, should be between the ages of 21-32, must be a citizen of India, and should not have exhausted through their attempts.

Q.4 What is the Prelims exam date for UPSC IAS 2022?

Ans. The registration process for UPSC IAS Prelims started on 2nd February 2022 and was open till 22nd February 2022. After that, the Admit Card for the Prelims examination was released in the month of May. The Prelims for UPSC IAS 2022 were conducted on 5th June 2022 and the result for it has been declared on the official website of UPSC. . Candidates can check to see if they have qualified for the next step of the exams or not. Qualified candidates would have to fill out another application form, which will be resealed shortly.

Q.5 When did the UPSC Notification 2022 release?

Ans. The official notification for the Exam was released on 2nd February 2022 by the Union Public Service Commission which provides all the necessary details about the exam. The UPSC IAS Exam is a great career opportunity for Engineering, Medical Science, and Law students and for students holding a bachelor’s degree.



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