IRS Exam 2021: Exam Dates, Officer Salary, Syllabus, Apply Online & Eligibility

Indian Revenue Service (IRS) Exam 2021

IRS Exam 2021: The IRS Stands for Indian Revenue Service is a civil services competitive exam in India, the exam is conducted by UPSC, for recruitment in the Revenue Department. 

There are different types of posts assigned to IRS officer according to their profession, These post includes Chief Secretary, Cabinet Secretary, Collector, etc.

IRS comes under the Group A category, which makes this post most reputable and popular in all the competitive exams. Every year thousands of students appear in the examination which makes it more competitive.

In this article we’ll get to know about the latest dates of IRS Exam 2021, including syllabus, exam pattern, eligibility criteria, apply online and IRS officer salary.

Also Check out IFS Exam 2021 Important Dates

Below mentioned are some important dates, that every applicant must know, who are willing to appear in the 2021 examination. The below given table also includes IRS notification 2021.

These dates are also available on the official website, as these dates are decided by the officials.

EventsImportant Exam Dates
IRS Exam 2021 release of Notification10/02/2021
IRS Online Registration starts10/02-/021
Online registration closes2/3/2021
IRS Admit Card 2021 releaseMay 2021
IRS Preliminary Exam 202127/06/202
IRS Main Examination 202117/09/2021 – 26/09/2021

IRS Officer Salary After 7th Pay Commission:

The salary of IRS officers depends on the ranks they have in the centre as well as state government departments. At present, the salary of IRS is paid as per the existing Sixth Pay Commission. 

However, after the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission the salaries of IRS officer will increase including their gross salary as well as their basic pay band. 

In addition, they get many incentives and allowances in the service. Below are the details of pay scale along with grade pay of IRS officers as per their designation:

PostPay ScaleGrade Pay
Assistant CommissionerRs. 15,600 – Rs. 39,100Rs. 1,400
Deputy CommissionerRs. 15,600 – Rs. 39,100Rs. 6,600
Joint CommissionerRs. 15,600 – Rs. 39,100Rs. 7600
Additional CommissionerRs. 37,400 – Rs. 67,000Rs. 8,700
CommissionerRs. 37,400 – Rs. 67,000Rs. 10,000
Principal CommissionerRs. 75,500-80,000NA
Chief CommissionerRs. 75,500-80,000NA
Principal Chief CommissionerA Fixed salary of Rs. 80,000NA

IRS Exam Pattern 2021:

IRS Preliminary Examination (400 Marks)

PaperMarksTime DurationLanguage Option
Paper-I200 Marks20 minHindi/English
Paper-II200 Marks20 minHindi/English
Civil Service aptitude Test : Common for all Applicant.
SindhiDevanagari or Arabic
SanthaliDevanagari or Olchiki

IRS Main Examination (2025 Marks)

PaperSubjectTotal Marks
Paper AOptional Language subject300 Marks
Paper BEnglish300 Marks
Paper To be Counted For Merit (Ranking)
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)

IRS Syllabus 2021:

The syllabus of the UPSC IRS is divided into three categories.

  • Preliminary
  • Mains
  • Interview

The introductory syllabus is mainly designed for a candidate’s understanding of current affairs and qualification within the stipulated time.

The introductory paper is a compulsory and qualifying paper. The syllabus of Mains is basically designed to assess the academic expertise of a candidate in his / her particular subject. On examining the aspirations ability to present knowledge in a clear and consistent manner in the curriculum Has also been focused.

The main exam has 9 papers and the syllabus is designed according to the specified subjects. The preliminary and main syllabus is designed for written examination. Candidates, who clear the preliminary and main examination, can appear for the interview.

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IRS Exam Syllabus: Prelims

  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)

IRS Exam Syllabus: Mains

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.

IRS Eligibility Criteria 2021:

1) Nationality:

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

  • A citizen of India
  • A  person of Indian origin 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) Educational Qualification:

Candidate should have any of the following credentials:

  • A degree from a Central, State or Deemed University
  • A degree received through Correspondence Education or Distance
  • A degree from an Open University
  • A qualification recognised by the Government of India as being equivalent to either of the above.

The following candidates are also eligible, but have to 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 passed the final exam of the MBBS degree but have not yet completed their internship
  • Candidates who have passed the Final exam of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), ICSI and ICWAI
  • A degree from a private university
  • A degree from any foreign university recognised by Association of Indian Universities (AIU)

3) Age Limit :

candidate is 21 years. The upper age limit for General category is 32 years.

  • The upper age limits are as follows
  • For OBC : Upto 35 years
  • For SC/ST : Upto 37 years.
  • Upper age limit relaxation is provided to certain candidates who are backward with respect to other factors and physically handicapped people.

4) Number of attempts:

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

IRS 2021: Interview

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

IRS Exam 2021: Apply Online

  • Candidates have to apply online on the website
  • Applicants are advised to submit only one application.
  • In some unavoidable situations, if more than one application is made, the applicant has to ensure that the higher The application with RID (Registration ID) is complete in all respects.
  • Candidates already in Government service, Government owned industrial undertakings or other similar organizations or private employment can submit their applications directly to the Commission.
  • Candidates already in Government service , Whether it is a permanent or temporary capacity or as casual or daily rated employees or employees working under public undertakings, however, they are required to submit an undertaking which they have informed in their writing The head of the office / department to which he has applied for the examination.
  • Candidates should note that due to non-permission of the candidates applying/appearing in the examination by the Commission, a communication is received from their application. , Their application will be rejected / candidature will be liable to be cancelled.

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