Exams are used to measure suitability of a candidate. This is a common approach that has taken roots in education systems all across the globe alongside organizations training employees. The Indian government uses the approach to determine effectiveness of the civil employees through administration of IAS exams.
Unlike the traditional exams, IAS exams follow a specified pattern. The pattern starts with preliminary stage that is used to ascertain ones eligibility to proceed with the rest of the tests. It is the outcome of the exams that helps the government to select the most suitable candidates to hold the different positions available within its civil service. Through this process the Indian government is able to select the best fitting candidates to offer services to its citizens. IAS exams however take consideration of the areas of service by the officers in offering the exams. For this reason, as examinations progress, they are focused on the area of interest where the candidate is required.
An important qualification to take part in the exams is the age of the candidate. Minimum and maximum age is always set for candidates seeking to take different stages of the exam. In this way, it is possible to maintain an energetic workforce with the experience and expertise as desired in performance. Those seeking for a chance to take part in the exams however need to have at least 21 years. IAS exams are used to sieve candidates as they rise up the ladder in service. At every step through the exam process, the candidate is limited to the number of times they can sit for the exam. Candidates therefore get a chance to get a second attempt on any stage while at the same time serving to reduce overcrowding of candidates at one point.
Like any exam, IAS exams have a specified schedule in which they are undertaken. The schedule stipulates the available centers where candidates can register for the exams. This is a step that ensures the candidate is able to handle the exam with utmost convenience and in such way reduce limitations owing to locations. The IAS exam process comes with a range of restrictions. The restrictions are set as requirements that must be in place for the candidate to gain eligibility for a specific test. The restrictions vary with each stage and therefore they do not limit all for all of the stages required.
There is a regulating body for the IAS examinations. Acknowledgement by this body however only comes after the candidate is able to pass the preliminary stages. Preliminary tests are common but then from this point the candidate is free to join individual area of interest. Upon successful performance at every stage, the student is offered with certification that allows one to proceed.