IAAS (Indian Audit and Accounts Service) is a Group ‘A’ Civil Service of the Government of India.
The IAAS is a central government service under the Comptroller and Auditor General of India and is free from the control of any executive authority.
The main responsibility of the IAAS is to audit the accounts of the Union and State Governments and the public sector organization and maintain the accounts for the State Governments.
The IA and AS is responsible for checking the accounts of central and state governments and public sector departments and maintaining the accounts of state governments. Its role is somewhat similar to the American GAO and National Audit Office (United Kingdom).
Once admitted to the IA & AS, the directly recruited officers are mainly trained at the National Academy of Audit and Accounts, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India.
|Designation||Pay Scale (Rs.)||Grade|
|Assistant Director||8000-275-13500 Rs||Junior Time Scale|
|Deputy Director||10000-325-15200||Senior Time Scale|
|Director||12300-375-16500||Junior Administrative Grade|
|Director||14300-400-18300||NFSG of Junior Administrative Grade|
|Principal Director||18400-500-22400||Senior Administrative Grade|
|Additional Deputy CAG||24050-650-26000||NA|
|Deputy CAG (6 posts)||26000 (fixed)||NA|
➼ IAAS Exam Pattern
The pattern of Civil services examination has been designed to test academic expertise. Also for a candidate’s ability to present himself/herself in a systematic and coherent manner.
The examination pattern intends to assess the overall intellectual traits and understanding level of the candidates.
The IAAS recruitment held in three stages:-
➼ IAAS Exam Pattern Prelims
|Paper||Marks||Time Duration||Language Option|
|Paper-I||200 Marks||20 min||Hindi/English|
|Paper-II||200 Marks||20 min||Hindi/English|
|Subject = Civil Service aptitude Test : Common for all Applicant.|
|Sindhi||Devanagari or Arabic|
|Santhali||Devanagari or Olchiki|
➼ IAAS Exam Pattern Main
|Paper A||Optional Language subject||300 Marks|
|Paper B||English||300 Marks|
|Paper To be Counted For Merit(Ranking)|
|Paper-II||General Studies-I||250 Marks|
|Paper-III||General Studies-II||250 Marks|
|Paper-IV||General Studies-III||250 Marks|
|Paper-V||General Studies-IV||250 Marks|
|Paper-VI||Optional Subject paper-1||250 Marks|
|Paper-VII||Optional Subject paper-2||250 Marks|
|Subject Total(Written Test)||1750 Marks|
|Personality Test||275 Marks|
|Grand Total||2025 Marks|
Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science, Anthropology, Botany, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Commerce and Accountancy, Economics, Electrical Engineering, Geography, Geology, History, Law Management, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Medical Science, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science and International Relations, Psychology, Public Administration, Sociology, Statistics, Zoology.
Literature of any one of the following languages: (Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Odia, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu and English)
➼ IAAS Exam Syllabus
The syllabus of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Civil Services Examination is divided into three categories.
The introductory course is mainly designed for a candidate’s understanding of current affairs and assessment of aptitude within the stipulated time. The introductory paper is a compulsory and qualified paper.
The syllabus of Mains is basically designed to assess the educational expertise of a candidate in his particular subject.
The curriculum also focuses on testing the aspirations’ ability to present knowledge in a clear and consistent manner. The main exam has 9 papers and the syllabus is designed according to the specified subjects.
The syllabus of preliminary and mains is designed for the written examination. Candidates, who clear the preliminary and main examination, can appear for the interview.
➼ IAAS Exam Prelims 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 specialisation 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)
➼ IAAS Exam Main Syllabus
Qualifying nature: Marks not counted, Passing mandatory
- Comprehension of given passages
- Precis Writing
- Usage and Vocabulary
- Short Essay
- Translation from English to the Indian language and vice-versa
Note 1: The Papers on Indian Languages and English will be of Matriculation or equivalent standard and will be of qualifying nature only. The marks obtained in these papers will not be counted for ranking.
Note 2: The candidates will have to answer the English and Indian Languages papers in English and the respective Indian language (except where translation is involved)
- To be written in the medium or language of the candidate’s choice
- Candidates will be required to write an essay on a specific topic
- The choice of subjects will be given
- They will be expected to keep close to the subject of the essay to arrange their ideas in an orderly fashion and to write concisely
- Credit will be given for effective and exact expression
- Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.
- Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues
- The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the country
- Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country history of the world will include events from 18th century such as industrial revolution, world wars, redraw of national boundaries, colonization, decolonization, political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism etc.- their forms and effect on the society
- Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India
- Role of women and women’s organization, population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies
- Effects of globalization on Indian society
- Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism
- Salient features of the world’s physical geography
- Distribution of key natural resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian sub-continent); factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary, and tertiary sector industries in various parts of the world (including India)
- Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone etc., geographical features and their location- changes in critical geographical features (including water-bodies and ice-caps) and flora and fauna and the effects of such changes.
- Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.
- Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein.
- Separation of powers between various organs disputes redressal mechanisms and institutions.
- Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries
- Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning, the conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these
- Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary Ministries and Departments of the Government; pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their role in the Polity
- Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act
- Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies
- Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies
- Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation
- Development processes and the development industry the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders
- Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and
- Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections
- Issues relating to the development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources
- Issues relating to poverty and hunger
- Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures
- Role of civil services in a democracy
- India and its neighbourhood- relations
- Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests
- Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora.
- Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate
(Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)
- Development, Biodiversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management.
- Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment.
- Inclusive growth and issues arising from it.
- Government Budgeting.
- Major crops cropping patterns in various parts of the country, different types of irrigation and irrigation systems storage, transport and marketing of agricultural produce and issues and related constraints; e-technology in the aid of farmers.
- Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices; Public Distribution System objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping; issues of buffer stocks and food security; Technology missions;economics of animal-rearing.
- Food processing and related industries in India- scope and significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management.
- Land reforms in India.
- Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth.
- Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc.
- Investment models.
- Science and technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology
- Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, nano-technology, bio-technology and issues relating to intellectual property rights.
- Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment
- Disaster and disaster management.
- Linkages between development and spread of extremism.
- Role of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges to internal security.
- Challenges to internal security through communication networks, the role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cybersecurity; money-laundering and its prevention
- Security challenges and their management in border areas; linkages of organized crime with terrorism
- Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate
- This paper will include questions to test the candidates’ attitude and approach to issues relating to integrity, probity in public life and his problem-solving approach to various issues and conflicts faced by him in dealing with society. Questions may utilise the case study approach to determine these aspects. The following broad areas will be covered.
- Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics in private and public relationships.
- Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; the role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values.
- Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behaviour; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion.
- Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service, integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker sections.
- Emotional intelligence-concepts, and their utilities and application in administration and governance.
- Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and the world.
- Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance; accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance; ethical issues in international relations and funding; corporate governance.
- Probity in Governance: Concept of public service; Philosophical basis of governance and probity; Information sharing and transparency in government, Right to Information, Codes of Ethics, Codes of Conduct.
- Citizen’s Charters, Work culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption Case Studies on above issues.
➼ Important dates for IAAS Exam
Below mentioned are some important dates, that every applicant must know, who are willing to appear in the examination.
These dates are also available on the official website, as these dates are decided by the officials.
|Date Of Notification||Feburary 12, 2020|
|Last date for receipt of applications||March 3, 2020|
|Prelims Exam||March 31, 2020|
|Main Exam||Sept 18, 2020|
➼ Eligibility Criteria for IAAS Exam
- (a) a Citizen of India, or
- (b) a subject of Nepal, or
- (c) a subject of Bhutan, or
- (d) a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before January 1, 1962, with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
- (e) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka or East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, and Ethiopia or from Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.
2) Education Qualification
In order to qualify to attend the exam, candidates should hold a degree from any of the universities recognised by the UGC or possess an equivalent qualification.
- Candidate must hold a Bachelor’s Degree from any of the recognized universities
- Candidates who have appeared for the qualifying examination and are awaiting results or those who are yet to appear for the qualifying examination are also eligible for the Preliminary Examination. Such candidates have to produce proof of passing the said examination along with the application for the Main Examination
- Candidates with professional and technical qualifications recognized by the Government or its equivalent are also eligible to apply
- Candidates who have passed the final year of MBBS or any Medical Examination but are yet to complete the internship can also appear for the Main Examination. However, they must submit a certificate from the concerned University that they have passed the final professional medical examination.
3) Age limit
- Minimum age 21 years
- Maximum age 30 years as on 1st of August in the year of examination.
Relaxable age limit is as follows:
- Upto max. 5 years for SC/ST candidates.
- Upto max. 3 years for OBC candidates.
- Upto max. 5 years for a candidate from the State of Jammu & Kashmir Upto max. 5 years for Defence Services personnel
- Upto max. 5 years for Ex-servicemen including Commissioned officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least 5 years Military Service and have been released.
- Upto max. 5 years for ECOs/SSCOs who have completed an initial period of assignment of 5 years of Military Service. Upto max. 10 years for Blind, deaf-mute and Orthopaedically handicapped persons
➼ IAAS Interview
The interview is one of the most important parts of the IAAS exam. It’s very necessary for you to clearly state your thoughts to the interviewers.
As a result, you need to focus on brightening your communication skills and body language. Some candidates are blessed with such skills.
Some require practice to become excellent communicators of their ideas. Candidates with no communication skills can contact those who have already appeared in the Civil Services Examinations, to get useful suggestions from them.
Because this portion of the Civil Services Examination is not designed to judge someone’s expertise on a subject.
However, a candidate must speak from the heart or answer all questions honestly.
There is a common misconception among the candidates that if they lie about their hobby just to get through the interview, it will never help them.
Interviewers are not just to ask questions, but to evaluate a candidate’s personality and ability to evaluate whether a ‘no’ is a ‘no’, it cannot be changed to a ‘yes’ and vice versa.
➼ How to apply for IAAS Exam
- Candidates are required to apply online on the website www.upsconline.nic.in
- Applicants are advised to submit a single application only.
- In certain unavoidable situations, if more than one application is made, the applicant must make sure that the application with higher RID (Registration ID) is complete in all respects.
- Candidates already in Government Service, Government owned industrial undertakings or other similar organisations or in private employment should submit their applications direct to the Commission.
- Candidates already in Government Service, whether in a permanent or temporary capacity or as work-charged employees other than casual or daily rated employees or those serving under the Public Enterprises are, however, required to submit an undertaking that they have informed in writing to their Head of Office/Department that they have applied for the Examination.
- Candidates should note that in case a communication is received from their employer by the Commission withholding permission to the candidates applying for/appearing at the examination, their application will be liable to be rejected/candidature will be liable to be cancelled.