UPSC 2019 – IFS Exam Notification 2019 | FAQs

UPSC IFS 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 IFS Officers. The total number of vacancies for the posts is 90 (approx.). 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 IFS Exam Notification:

☛ 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 90 (approx.vacancies for these posts.

☛ When will the exam be conducted?
The online preliminary examination is scheduled to be held 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).
(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.


(A) The written examination consisting of the following papers:

Paper I: General English (300 Marks)
Paper II: General Knowledge (300 Marks)
Papers III, IV, V and VI: Any two subjects to be selected from the list of the optional subjects.
Each subject will have two papers. (200 marks for each paper)

Note: Answer scripts of only those candidates who have obtained the minimum marks as decided by the Commission for Paper II (General Knowledge) will be evaluated.

(B) Interview for Personality Test (See Part C of Section II of this Appendix) of such candidates as may be called by the Commission. (Maximum Marks: 300)

List of optional subjects:
 (i) Agriculture
 (ii) Agricultural Engineering
 (iii) Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science
 (iv) Botany
 (v) Chemistry
 (vi) Chemical Engineering
 (vii) Civil Engineering
 (viii) Forestry
 (ix) Geology
 (x) Mathematics
 (xi) Mechanical Engineering
 (xii) Physics
 (xiii) Statistics
 (xiv) Zoology

Provided that the candidates will not be allowed to offer the following combination of subjects:
 (a) Agriculture and Agricultural Engg.
 (b) Agriculture and Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science.
 (c) Agriculture and Forestry.
 (d) Chemistry and Chemical Engg.
 (e) Mathematics and Statistics.
(f) Of the Engineering subjects viz. Agricultural Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering not more than one subject.

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

The candidate must hold a Bachelor’s degree with at least one of the subjects namely Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science, Botany, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics and Zoology or a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture, Forestry or in Engineering 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 1st 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 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.