Civil Services Exam (also known as IAS exam because of popularity for IAS among other services) is conducted by UPSC every year for recruiting officers in the top level civil services of the government of India - IAS, IFS, IPS, IRS and others. This exam is one of the most competitive exam in India because of the number of candidates who appears for this exam compared to the number of posts available.

Approximately 50% of those candidates who apply, appear in civil services prelims exam. Of these, only 5% qualifies and appear in the mains. Around 20% of those who appear in mains qualify and appear in interview. 40% of those who appear in the interview finally qualify.

Candidates Applied, Appeared and Qualified

Year Applications CSAT Appeared Qualified
2006 383983 195803 7692
2007 333680 161469 9158
2008 325433 167035 11669
2009 409110 193091 11894
2010 547698 269036 12271
2011 499120 243236 11837
2012 550080 271442 12795
2013* 776604  324279   
2014 947428 446623  

*From 2013 onwards, Indian Forest Services candidates are also required to appear for Civil Services (Preliminary) exam.

Civil Services Mains

Year Prelims Qualified Mains Appeared Interviewed Posts
2006 7692 7496 1408 553
2007 9158 8886 1883 734
2008 11669 11330 2136 881
2009 11894 11516 2431 989
2010 12271 11865 2589 965
2011 11837 11237 2415 999
2012 12795 12190    
2013 14800 14178 3001 1122 
2014 16706 16286