How to become an IRS Officer (Indian Revenue Service)
Indian Revenue Service is the one of the finest services in the country as like as IAS. The procedure for becoming IRS Officer is the same as that of being IAS. It is just the difference about rank and preferred service cadre to choose for the different fields offered by the UPSC.
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Which exam lead to IRS Officer
UPSC annually conducts exam for civil services to recruit for the following posts:
All India Services
- Indian Administrative Service
- Indian Police Service
Group A Services
- Indian Foreign Service
- Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service
- Indian Audit and Accounts Service
- Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise) IRS Officer
- Indian Defence Accounts Service
- Indian Revenue Service (I.T.)
- Indian Ordnance Factories Service (Assistant Works Manager, Administration)
- Indian Postal Service
- Indian Civil Accounts Service
- Indian Railway Traffic Service
- Indian Railway Accounts Service
- Indian Railway Personnel Service
- Post of Assistant Security Commissioner in Railway Protection Force
- Indian Defence Estates Service
- Indian Information Service (Junior Grade)
- Indian Trade Service, Group ‘A’ (Gr. III)
- Indian Corporate Law Service
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Group – B Services
- Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service (Section Officer’s Grade)
- Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service
- Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Service
- Pondicherry Civil Service
- Pondicherry Police Service
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To get any of these posts, the candidate has to need to clear all the stages including preliminary exam, mains exam and interview in one year’s attempt only that means if one passed the preliminary exam but could not qualify the mains somehow then he/she has to appear for prelim again in next attempt.
A preliminary exam is an objective type. For one question four answers are given where one has to choose the right answer and make a circle for that option in the answer paper.
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The paper I: It is of 100 questions. Each question carries two marks hence total paper is of 200 marks. There is negative marking system. For every wrong answer, 2/3 marks are deducted. That means 0.66 marks get a minus for each wrong answer.
Paper II: It is of 80 questions. Each question carries two and a half marks hence total paper is of 200 marks. There is negative marking system. For every wrong answer, 2.5/3 marks of that question are deducted. That means 0.83 marks get a minus for each wrong answer.
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Preliminary exam syllabus
- Current events of national and international importance.
- History of India and Indian National Movement.
- Indian and World Geography – Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.
- Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
- Economic and Social Development Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.
- General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialization.
- General Science.
- Interpersonal skills including communication skills.
- Logical reasoning and analytical ability.
- Decision-making and problem-solving.
- General mental ability.
- Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. – Class X level).
There is four general studies paper for mains exam and two papers of one optional subject. Also, one essay paper and one English compulsory paper along with one regional language paper are there.
After qualifying the mains exam, the candidate is been shortlisted for interview depending upon the marks. Once he/she cracked it, IRS is not distant. If you choose Indian Revenue Service is your option while filling the form in cadre preference you will get that service as per the ranking and vacancies.