How to become an IAS Officer after 12th

Have you completed 12th standard? Do you want to become an IAS Officer? If yes, this article will be of help to you. Here, you’ll be reading about the topic – ‘how to become an IAS Officer after 12th?’.

Become IAS Officer after 12th

Civil Services Exam is a very popular competitive exam in India. IAS and IPS are the two most popular choices among Civil Services aspirants.

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Each day, I get bombarded with questions related to these careers. I’ve noticed that school students are very keen on becoming IAS and IPS Officers.


School students ask me different doubts and questions regarding CSE and list of Civil Services. One question that caught my attention is – ‘how can I become an IAS Officer after completing 12th?’ OR ‘Is there a way to become an IAS Officer right after 12th?’ OR ‘How to become an IAS Officer after 12th?’.


I’ve answered these questions and guided those students appropriately. But after coming across these questions repeatedly, I decided to settle this matter once and for all. That’s how I decided to write an article on the same topic.



It is not possible to become an IAS Officer right after completing 12th standard!


In order to become an IAS Officer, you must apply for CSE exam conducted by the UPSC. You must also crack the exam (preliminary, mains and interview) in order to get selected for the training.


The basic eligibility criteria required to appear for this exam is – candidate must possess Graduate Degree from a recognized University/Institute!


So technically, 12th passed students can’t appear for this exam right after 12th. After completing 12th, they must complete Graduation first. After completing Graduation program successfully, they may take a shot and CSE and become an IAS Officer subsequently!




Interested candidates may start CSE preparation after 12th though. Well, preparation can be started well before reaching 12th standard too!


You may start off CSE preparation by focusing on current affairs, making notes (related to current affairs) and reading newspapers daily.





  • All candidates must have as a minimum one of the following educational qualifications:
  • A degree from a Central, State or a Deemed university.
  • A degree received through correspondence or distance education.
  • A degree from an open university.
  • A qualification recognized by the Government of India as being equivalent to one of the above.


The following candidates are also eligible, but must submit proof of their eligibility from a competent authority at their institute/university at the time of the main examination, failing which they will not be allowed to attend the exam:

  • Candidates who have appeared in an examination, the passing of which would render them educationally qualified enough to satisfy one of the above points.
  • Candidates who have passed the final exam of the MBBS degree but have not yet completed an internship.
  • Candidates who have passed the final exam of ICAI, ICSI and ICWAI.
  • A degree from a private university.
  • A degree from any foreign university recognized by the Association of Indian Universities.



  • The candidate must be between the age of 21-32 years (for the General category candidate) on August 1 of the year of examination. However, age relaxations does exist for SC, ST, OBC and Physically Handicapped candidates.
  • For Other Backward Castes (OBC) the upper age limit is 35.
  • For Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST), the limit is 37 years.
  • The upper age limit is relaxed for certain candidates who are backward with respect to other factors and physically handicapped (PH) people.


Which stream after 12th is best for IAS or CSE preparation?

Unfortunately, there’s no fixed answer to this question. If you go through the list of candidates who have been selected for IAS, you’ll be able to find candidates hailing from arts, commerce as well as science streams. You will be able to find candidates belonging to different academic streams such as – arts graduates, commerce graduates, engineers, pharmacists, doctors, chartered accountants, business/management graduates etc.


In short, I would advice my readers to play to their strengths. Choose a stream that suits your strengths. Or choose a stream that you are really passionate about. Or you may even go for a stream that is relatively easy to deal with.

Arun Kallarackal
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