How to become IAS officer after 12th

Did you finish the 12th standard? Would you like to be an IAS officer? If so, this article is going to help you. You’re going to read about the subject here – how to become an IAS Officer after the 12th?

How to become IAS officer after 12th

Civil Services Exam is a competitive exam in India that is very popular. IAS and IPS are the two most popular options among aspirants to the civil service.

I get bombarded with these career-related questions every day. I noticed that students are very keen to become IAS officers and IPS officers.

Students at school ask me various doubts and questions about CSE and the Civil Services list. One question that caught my attention was: ‘ How can I become an IAS Officer after I finished 12th? ‘ OR ‘ Is there a way to become an IAS Officer immediately after the 12th? ‘ OR ‘ How to become a 12th IAS Officer? ‘.

I answered these questions and appropriately guided the students. But I decided to settle this matter once and for all after repeatedly coming across these questions. So I decided to write an article about the same subject.


After completing the 12th Standard, it is not possible to become an IAS Officer!

To become an IAS officer, you have to apply for the UPSC CSE exam. In order to be selected for the training, you also need to crack the exam (preliminary, mains and interview).

The basic eligibility criteria required for this examination are – candidates must have a degree from an acknowledged university / institute!

So it is technically impossible for 12th passed students to appear right after 12th for this exam. They must first complete graduation after completing the 12th graduation. They may take a shot and CSE after successfully completing the graduation program and then become an IAS officer!


However, interested candidates may begin preparation for CSE after the 12th. Well, preparation can start well before it also reaches the 12th standard!

You can begin preparing for CSE by focusing on current affairs, making notes (related to current affairs) and reading daily newspapers.


  • 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 dies 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.



At least one of the following educational qualifications must be available to all candidates:

  • 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 at the time of the main examination they must submit evidence of their eligibility from a competent authority at their institute/university, otherwise they will not be allowed to attend the examination:

  • 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.

IAS officer salary

Now the basic pay of entry-level IAS officers is Rs. 56100. Allowances like Dearness Allowance (DA), House Rent Allowance (HRA) and Travel Allowance (TA) will be extra. The salary will increase as experience increases. The basic pay of Cabinet Secretary is fixed at Rs.2,50,000.