How to Become an IRS Officer

There are many reputed posts in the Central Government vacancies as well as in the State Government vacancies that are the dream of many youngsters. Here in this article, I will share the details about the IRS (Indian Revenue Service). We will get to know here that how to become an IRS Officer in India. Let’s see the details like an exam that one has to clear, Eligibility Criteria requirement and Selection Procedure etc. To get detailed info, Check the blog below.

IRS Officer

There are many career options available after 12th but the government job is somethings that most of the opts fr after the class 21th or after graduation. The competition in this field is also too much. In order to clear even a normal exam, one will have to wor very hard. Here we will talk about the IRS Officer’s post and how to be one. 

What is IRS (Indian Revenue Service):

The Indian Revenue Service is a department where an officers are selected for this department through the Civil Service Examination. The Civil Service Exam conducted for the recruitment of the IRS Officers, IAS officers as well as some other reputed A grade Posts in the Government services. The Indian Revenue Service works under the Union Ministry of Finance. This i sthe department that is responsible to manage the direct and Indirect Taxes. There rae basically two types of reruitment in the same department:

  • IRS (Income Tax)
  • IRS (Customs and Central Excise)

Let’s see the complete details about the eligibility criteria to apply for the vacancy, Selection Process and Types of exam that one has to clear to get selected in the IRS as an Officer or any other post. 

Eligibility for IRS Officer Vacancy:

As I mentioned above, One will have to clear the CSE (Civil Service Examination) which is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission. Here is the following criteria that one must have to apply for the Civil Service Examination:

  • A candidate must be an Indian. 
  • In Case of migration from any other country, he/she must have valid documents to proof his/her citizenship and as per the Government guidelines. 
  • A candidate must have done graduation in any discipline from any Government recognized college, University or Institute. A candidate who are in final year of the graduation or in final semester are also eligible to apply for the exam. 
  • The age of the candidate must be at least 21 years old to apply for the exam and it should not be more than 30 years old. 
  • There are some relaxation has been given to the candidates who belongs to the Reserved categories like OBC (Other Backward classes), SC/ST (Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribes) etc. 
  • There are also number of attempts criteria:
  • For General Category Candidates: 6 attempts
  • For OBC Category Candidates: 9 attempts
  • For SC/ST Category Candidates: No restrictions

To get exact details about the relaxation criteria, One must check the details on the official website. The relaxation criteria keeps on changing every year. As per the last examination or vacancy, OBC would be given 5 years of relaxation in age and SC/ST would be given 7 years of relaxation in age. Make sure to check the official website or official notification to get the exact details about this. 

Process to Become an IRS officer:

The Selection of the IRS officer is done through the Civil Service Examination. To become an IRS Officer, one will have to appear for the CSE Examination which is conducted by the UPSC every year. There is no substitute of this exam, It is mandatory and only way to become an IRS officer in India. Let’s see the details of the Civil Service Exam:

Once the notification is released on the official website, You can apply for the exam, if you match with the required eligiblity criteria. The application forms are accepted Offline as well as online. you will need to submit the soft copy of the documents like High School marksheet, Intermediate Marksheet, Graduation Marksheet (if have), Caste certificate (if have) and some other documents. After this process, Candidate will appear for the Selection Phase round which is consists of Written Exams and Interview etc. 

There are basically two written examination and one Interview that one has to clear to get selected in the service. Here is the pattern and details about the Preliinary Exam (First Written Exam) and Mains Exam (Second Written Exam) and then personal Interview etc. 

Preliminary Exam:

After the application form, One will appear for the Preliminary Exam. The paper pattern of the Civil Service preliminary Exam would be like this:



General Studies

150 marks

Optional Paper

300 marks

All the questions in the Preliminary exam would be objective form with multilpe choice answers. There may a negative marking as well for wrond attempts questions. All the candidates who would clear the civil service preliminary Exam will proceed for the Mains Exam. The mains exam is tough as compared to the Pre Exam. Let’s see the details about the Mains Exam of CSE. 

Mains Examination:

The Mains Exam has more descriptive questions or you can say is almost all questions are descriptive. Here is the exam pattern of the Civil Service Mains Exam:

1 Essay type Indian Language Qualifying Paper300 marks
1 English Qualifying Paper300 marks
1 General Essay type paper200 marks
2 General Studies papers300 marks
4 Optional subjects papers300 marks

As I said above, that mains exam is tough to clear as compared to the Preliminary Exam. Most of the candidates clear the preliminary exam but fail to clear the mains exam. Well, After clearing the preliminary exam and Mains exam. All the qualified candidates will proceed with the Interview round. let’s see the details about the Personal Interview Round etc.

Personal Interview cum Personality Test:

After the Pre & Mains Exam, One will proceed for the Interview cum personality test. This phase is also tough in itself. An interviewer or examiner is free to ask anything, it completely depends on his/her mood. You just need to reply gently and have a positive attitude like an officer.

Well, This was all about the selection procedure. After this all, the All India Merit list will be made as per the performance of the candidates in the pre-exam, mains exam and Interview, etc. As per the marks scored, candidates will be shortlisted for the different departments that come under the civil service examination.

This is the complete process to become an IRS Officer. There is no substitute for this. The Civil Service Exam is the only way to become an IRS, IAS or IPS officer. The Exam is tough and the competition is too much. There is a huge number of coaching classes available that one can join to get proper education regarding preparation. I am not promoting coaching classes here, the preparation can be done at home as well if you have a proper idea about the procedure, Pattern, and Syllabus etc. Now let’s see a bit more about the IRS Officer.

About IRS Officer:

Well, the posts that come under the civil service exam are the finest posts in the Indian Government service. After clearing the civil service exam, One can live a very good lifestyle as the pay scale, Allowances, Perks and benefits are way better than any other government post.

Indian Revenue Department works as the Economy border of India. There are responsible for maintaining and collecting the direct and indirect taxes. They are playing an important role in probing and exposing many financial scams in India. I hope that this was helpful to you and you got the answer to how to become IRS Officer.

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Dasharath Maurya