UPSC 2019 IAS Exam Notification FAQs | 896 Vacancies

UPSC IAS Exam Notification 2019

Dear Students, the public sector of India gives enormous opportunities to the youngsters of the country and here comes a new notification by Union Public Service Commission for the recruitment of IAS Officers. The total number of vacancies for the posts is 896. As the notification comes afresh, you all must be puzzling over a few questions regarding it. So, here is the list of the most frequently asked questions regarding UPSC 2019 IAS Exam Notification:

☛ What are the posts available under this recruitment project?

A total of 24 posts are available under this recruitment project:

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(i) Indian Administrative Service.
(ii) Indian Foreign Service.
(iii) Indian Police Service.
(iv) Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service, Group ‘A’.
(v) Indian Audit and Accounts Service, Group ‘A’.
(vi) Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise), Group ‘A’.
(vii) Indian Defence Accounts Service, Group ‘A’.
(viii) Indian Revenue Service (I.T.), Group ‘A’.
(ix) Indian Ordnance Factories Service, Group ‘A’ (Assistant Works Manager, Administration).
(x) Indian Postal Service, Group ‘A’.
(xi) Indian Civil Accounts Service, Group ‘A’.
(xii) Indian Railway Traffic Service, Group ‘A’.
(xiii) Indian Railway Accounts Service, Group ‘A’.
(xiv) Indian Railway Personnel Service, Group ‘A’.
(xv) Post of Assistant Security Commissioner in Railway Protection Force, Group ‘A’
(xvi) Indian Defence Estates Service, Group ‘A’.
(xvii) Indian Information Service (Junior Grade), Group ‘A’.
(xviii) Indian Trade Service, Group ‘A’.
(xix) Indian Corporate Law Service, Group ‘A’.
(xx) Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service, Group ‘B’ (Section Officer’s Grade).
(xxi) Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli
Civil Service, Group ‘B’.
(xxii) Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli
Police Service, Group ‘B’.
(xxiii) Pondicherry Civil Service, Group ‘B’.
(xxiv) Pondicherry Police Service, Group ‘B’.

☛ When will the registration start?

Registration will start from 19th February 2019 and will end on 18th March 2019 (6 p.m.).

☛ How many vacancies are there?
This year UPSC has released a total of 896 vacancies under 24 different posts for IAS Officers.

☛ When will the exam be conducted?
The tentative dates for the Online Prelims Examination fall on 2nd of June 2019.

☛ What is the new Structure/Pattern of the exam?

Scheme and subjects for the Preliminary and Main Examination.


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%.
(iii) The question papers will be set both in Hindi and English.
(iv) Details of the syllabi are indicated in Part A of Section III.


The written examination will consist of the following papers:

Qualifying Papers:
Government strives to have a workforce which reflects gender balance and women candidates are encouraged to apply.

(One of the Indian Language to be selected by the candidate from the Languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution). (300 Marks)

English (300 Marks)

Papers to be counted for merit:

Essay (250 Marks)

General Studies-I (250 Marks)
(Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society)

General Studies -II (250 Marks)
(Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International Relations)

General Studies -III (250 Marks)
(Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)

General Studies -IV (250 Marks)
(Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)

Optional Subject – Paper 1 (250 Marks)

Optional Subject – Paper 2 (250 Marks)

Sub Total (Written test): 1750 Marks
Personality Test: 275 Marks
Grand Total: 2025 Marks

  • Candidates may choose any one of the optional subjects from amongst the list of subjects given below:

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:

☛ What is the educational qualification required for various posts in this recruitment process?

The candidate must hold a degree (Graduation) 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.

☛ What is the age criteria to apply in this common written exam?

A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 32 years on the 1st of August, 2019 i.e., he must have been born not earlier than 2nd August, 1987 and not later than 1st August, 1998.

☛ What is the Application Fee?

Candidates (excepting Female/SC/ST/Persons with Benchmark Disability Candidates who are exempted from payment of fee) are required to pay fee of Rs. 100/-

☛ Is the exam Bilingual?
The tests except for the Test of English Language will be bilingual (English and Hindi).

☛ Is there a criterion for negative marking?
Candidates should note that there will be penalty (negative marking) for wrong answers marked by a candidate in the Objective Type Question Papers.  There are four alternatives for the answers to every question. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate, one-third (0.33) of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty.