IRS Exam 2024

Post Name : IRS Exam 2024 : Date, Admission, Available Seats, Curriculum
Post Date :  20 May , 2024
Post Description :  The Union Public Service Commission conducts the Indian Revenue Service Recruitment exam to select candidates for prestigious positions of Group ‘A’ revenue official. The IRS Exam 2024 date has been announced and as per the official notification, its first stage will be conducted across the country on 16 June 2024.

IRS Exam 2024 Highlights

The UPSC 2024 exam date calendar announced that the IRS exam will be held in three phases: Prelims, Mains, and the Interview. This exam, along with other services’ exams, is collectively known as the UPSC Civil Services exam. Selected candidates will be trained for various responsibilities related to tax administration and enforcement.

IRS Exam 2024 – Highlights
IRS Full FormIndian Revenue Service
AuthorityUnion Public Service Commission
Appointment AsGroup A Officers
IRS Posts
  • IRS (Income Tax) – Assessment and collection of income tax
  • IRS (Customs and Central Excise) – Manages customs duty, central excise duty, and GST.
Application ModeOnline
Mode of ExamOMR/Pen and Paper Based
IRS Selection Process
  1. Prelims
  2. Mains
  3. Personality Test
Age Limit21 to 32 years (Relaxable)
Number of Attempts6 (Relaxable)
Negative MarkingYes
Starting SalaryINR 56,100 to 2,25,000/Month (7th Pay Commission)

IRS Exam Date 2024

In the official UPSC notification, the dates for the UPSC IRS exam have been communicated to all candidates. Further, the commission has also notified aspirants about the IRS Exam Date 2025, which is May 25, 2025, for Prelims and August 22, 2025, for Mains. The important dates related to the IRS exam are mentioned here:

IRS Exam Date 2024
UPSC IRS Notification 202414 February 2024
IRS Registration Dates14 February to 05 March 2024
IRS Admit CardMay/June 2024
IRS Prelims Exam Date16 June 2024
IRS Prelims ResultJuly 2024
UPSC IRS Mains Exam20 September 2024 onwards
IRS Mains Result DateTo be announced
UPSC IRS InterviewTo be announced

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IRS Exam Application Process

The IRS Exam Apply Online 2024 was available from February 14 to March 5, 2024. Those who wish to apply for the next exam cycle will need to follow a similar procedure on the official website to fill out the application form. Here is step by step process to apply online for Indian Revenue Service exam:

Step 1: Visit the official website of UPSC at in your web browser.

Step 2: Once on the UPSC website, locate and click on the “Examination” tab in the main menu.

Step 3: From the dropdown menu under the “Examination” tab, select “Active Examinations.”

Step 4: Locate the link ‘UPSC Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination’ in the list of active examinations and click on it.

Step 5: Click on the ‘apply’ link to proceed with the IRS application process.

Step 6: Complete the application form by providing all the required information accurately.

Step 7: Upload your most recent photograph and signature in the specified size and file format.

Step 8: Pay the application fee as mentioned in the notification.

Step 9: Review the form to ensure all details are correct, and then proceed to submit it.

Step 10: Save a copy of the IRS application form for future reference.

IRS Application Fee 2024

Candidates can pay the application fee for the IRS registration form by either online or offline mode. For the online pay mode, they have the option to use a debit/credit/Rupay card or SBI Net Banking. To pay fees offline, candidates will have to visit any SBI branch to make a cash payment and submit the pay slip.

Here is the category and stage-wise IRS application fee for all candidates:

IRS Application Fee 2024
CategoryIRS Prelims FeeIRS Mains Fee
General/OBC/EWS(Male)INR 100INR 200
SC/ST/PwBD/ Female CandidatesExemptedExempted

IRS Exam Eligibility Criteria 2024

To apply for the IRS exam, candidates must meet the criteria set by the UPSC. Document proofs regarding eligibility requirements will be required at the time of verification. Here are the IRS eligibility criteria for aspiring candidates:

IRS Eligibility Criteria 2024
EligibilityCriteria Details
  • Bachelor’s degree in any field from a recognized university or institution.
  • This service is suitable for candidates with a major in commerce, Business Economics, and Accountancy).
Age Limit
  • General Category: 21 to 32 years
  • OBC Category: 21 to 35 years
  • SC/ST Category: 21 to 37 years
Nationality Criteria
  • Indian Citizen
  • A Subject of Nepal/Bhutan under certain conditions
  • Person of Indian descent intending permanent settlement in India from specified countries (Myanmar, Pakistan, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Zaire, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Zambia, Malawi, or Vietnam)
Physical RequirementsAs mentioned in the official notification for /weight, chest measurements, and eyesight.
Number of Attempts
  • General/EWS Category: 6 attempts
  • OBC Category: 9 attempts
  • SC/ST Category: Unlimited attempts within the age limit

IRS Vacancy 2024

The total vacancy for UPSC CSE is 1056, out of which around 100 IRS officers will be selected based on the availability of positions and the ranks of the candidates. In previous years, the last rank for IRS (IT) was around 257 for the general category and 274 for IRS (C&CE) in the same category. Here is the previous-year breakdown of the IRS vacancy:

Previous Year IRS Vacancy 
Indian Revenue Service (I.T.)59747465
Indian Revenue Service (C&CE)41414043

IRS Exam Syllabus 2024

Understanding the UPSC IRS syllabus is the first step in the preparation journey. The IRS syllabus is divided into Prelims and Mains stages, while there is no syllabus for the Interview stage. The syllabus for the IRS exam is described below:

IRS Prelims Syllabus

There are two papers in the IRS Prelims exam and the topic-wise syllabus for both papers is given in the below table:

IRS Prelims Syllabus 
Paper I: General Studies
  • Current events of national and international significance.
  • History of India and the Indian National Movement.
  • Geography of India and the World: Physical, Social, and Economic Aspects.
  • Indian Polity and Governance
  • Economic and social development.
  • General topics on environmental ecology, biodiversity, and climate change.
  • General Science.
Paper II: Civil Service Aptitude Test
  • Reading Comprehension.
  • Interpersonal skills, including communication abilities.
  • Logical reasoning and analytical skills.
  • Decision-making and problem-solving capabilities.
  • Mental aptitude & Basic numerical skills (Class X level).
  • Data interpretation from charts, graphs, and tables.

IRS Mains Syllabus

The IRS Mains exam is an important stage that has nine papers in total. These are two compulsory language papers, four GS papers, one essay paper, and two optional papers. The syllabus is given below for IRS Mains:

IRS Mains Syllabus
Compulsory Papers
  • Compulsory Indian Language.
  • English.
Essay WritingWriting 2 informative, descriptive, and persuasive essays on the given topics
General Studies (GS)
  • General Studies-I: Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society.
  • General Studies- II: Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice, and International Relations.
  • General Studies-III: Technology, Economic Development, Bio diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management
  • General Studies- IV: Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude
Optional SubjectsChoose one optional subject from the list of 48 subjects

IRS Exam Pattern 2024

According to the IRS exam pattern, there are three main stages to this exam. Each stage has different requirements that must be met by candidates to be selected. For instance, the prelims exam is qualifying in nature, while marks from the mains and interview are added to the final merit list. The exam structure for the IRS selection process is given in the following table:

UPSC IRS Exam Pattern 2024
StagesNameNo. of PapersType of ExamMarks
Stage 1UPSC Prelims2 PapersObjective400
Stage 2UPSC Mains9 PapersDescriptive1750
Stage 3UPSC InterviewPersonality Test275
Final Merit ListUPSC Mains + Interview Marks = 2025 Marks

IRS Career and Promotion

The career prospects of IRS officers are promising within their respective fields. After joining the Junior Time Scale they are promoted to their respective ranks based on their years of service. Here are the promotional aspects of the IRS officers after appointment:

IRS Promotion
RankYear of Service
Assistant CommissionerEntry-level
Deputy Commissioner5-7 years of service
Joint Commissioner9-12 years of service
Additional Commissioner14-17 years of service
Commissioner20-25 years of service
Chief CommissionerDepending on vacancy and performance
Principal Chief CommissionerDepending on vacancy and performance


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