IDAS Exam 2020 (Indian Defence Account Service): Exam Date, Syllabus, Salary

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IDAS Exam 2020

The Indian Defense Accounts Service (IDAS) Exam is a group “A” gazetted Central Civil Service of the Government of India. It is the oldest Indian Government organization under the department of cadre which is controlled by the “Ministry of Defense” authority.

The full form of IDAS is “Indian Defence Account Service”. IDAS officers are responsible for maintaining full accounts of defence services.

The Indian Defense Accounts Service officials manage the largest budget allocation of the Government of India, that is, the budget of the Defense Forces.

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.

IDAS Exam Imoportant Dates:

EventsIDAS Exam Date
IFS Civil Services Date of Notification12-02-2020
Start of Online Examination12-02-2020
End of Online Examination (Till 6:00 PM)03-03-2020
Admit card (Preliminary Examination)25-05-2020
Date of Civil Services Preliminary Examination31-05-2020
Date of IFS Civil Services Main Examination18-09-2020

Indian Defence Account Service (IDAS) Exam Pattern:

The syllabus of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Civil Services Examination is divided into three categories.

  • Preliminary
  • Mains
  • The interview

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.

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Prelims Exam Pattern:

PaperMarksTime Duration
Paper-I200 Marks20 min
Paper-II200 Marks20 min
Subject = Civil Service aptitude Test : Common for all Applicant.
LanguageScript
AssameseAssamese
BengaliBengali
GujaratiGujarati
HindiDevanagari
KannadaKannada
KashmiriPersian
KonkaniDevanagari
MalayalamMalayalam
ManipuriBengali
MarathiDevanagari
NepaliDevanagari
OdiaOdia
PunjabiGurumukhi
SanskritDevanagari
SindhiDevanagari or Arabic
TamilTamil
TeluguTelugu
UrduPersian
BodoDevanagari
DogriDevanagari
MaithiliDevanagari
SanthaliDevanagari or Olchiki

Mains Exam Pattern:

PaperSubjectTotal Marks
Paper-IEssay250 Marks
Paper-IIGeneral Studies-I250 Marks
Paper-IIIGeneral Studies-II250 Marks
Paper-IVGeneral Studies-III250 Marks
Paper-VGeneral Studies-IV250 Marks
Paper-VIOptional Subject paper-1250 Marks
Paper-VIIOptional Subject paper-2250 Marks
Subject Total(Written Test)1750 Marks
Personality Test275 Marks
Grand Total2025 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)

IDAS Salary Structure:

Salary Structure of IDAS Exam 2020:

PostPay ScaleGrade Pay
Junior Time scaleRs.15600-39100Rs.5400
Senior time scaleRs.15600-39100Rs.6600​
Junior administrative gradeRs.15600-39100Rs.7600
Senior administrative gradeRs.37400-67000Rs.10000
Higher administrative gradeRs.67000-79000Rs.12000

IDAS Exam Syllabus:

Prelims Syllabus:

  1. Current events of national and international importance
  2. History of India and Indian National Movement
  3. Indian and World Geography – Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World
  4. Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc
  5. Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc
  6. General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialisation General Science.
  1. Comprehension
  2. Interpersonal skills including communication skills;
  3. Logical reasoning and analytical ability
  4. Decision-making and problem solving
  5. General mental ability
  6. Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. – Class X level)

Mains Syllabus:

Qualifying nature: Marks not counted, Passing mandatory

  1. Comprehension of given passages
  2. Precis Writing
  3. Usage and Vocabulary
  4. Short Essay
  5. 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.

IDAS Exam Eligibility Criteria:

1) Nationality:

For Indian Revenue Service, a candidate must have one of the following:

  • Citizen of India
  • A person from India, who has migrated from Pakistan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

2) Education Qualification

The candidate should have any of the following credentials:

  • Degree from Central, State or Deemed University
  • A degree obtained through correspondence education or distance
  • A degree from a free university
  • A qualification recognized by the Government of India which is similar to either of the above.

Following applicants can also appear in the examination, but they have to provide proof of eligibility from the responsible authority in their institution/university at the time of the main examination, failing any subject not be allowed to appear in the examination.

  • Candidates who have given the final examination of MBBS degree but have not yet completed their internship
  • Candidates who have passed the final examination of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), ICSI and ICWAI
  • Degree from a private university
  • Degree from any foreign university recognized by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU)

3) Age Limit

The age limit varies according to caste reservation. The minimum age limit of the candidate is 21 years.

The upper age limit for the general category is 32 years. Upper age limit is as follows

  • For OBC: Up to 35 years
  • For SC / ST: Up to 37 years.
  • The relaxation in upper age limit is provided to some candidates who are backward in relation to other factors and physically challenged people.

4) Number of attempts

  • For General Category/ OBC Candidates: 6 attempts
  • For OBC Candidates: 9 attempts
  • For SC/ST Candidates: No restrictions

Interview Tips for IDAS Exam:

The interview is one of the most important parts of the IDAS 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.

IDAS Exam Apply Online:

  1. Candidates have to apply online on the website www.upsconline.nic.in
  2. Applicants are advised to submit only one application.
  3. In some certain situations, if more than one application got submitted, the candidate has to ensure that the application with high RID (Registration ID) is complete in all respects.
  4. Candidates already in government departments, government-owned industrial undertakings or other similar organizations or private employment can submit their applications directly to the Commission.
  5. Candidates already in government service, whether as permanent or temporary capacity or as casual or daily rated employees or employees working under public undertakings, are, however, required to submit an undertaking Which he has informed in his written office / Head of Department which he has applied for the examination.
  6. Candidates should note that due to the Commission not allowing the candidates to apply/appear in the examination, a communication is received from their application, their application will be rejected / candidature will be liable to be cancelled.

The above article provided all the information related to the Indian Defence Account Service (IDAS) Exam 2020. I hope it will be helpful to the aspirants looking forward to applying for the UPSC Exam.

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