The Civil Services refer to the civil services, the permanent executive branch of the Republic of India. The civil service system is the backbone of the administrative machinery of the country.The Civil Services Exam popularly known as IAS Exam is conducted by UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) every year. It is a combined exam to recruit officers into Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian Revenue Service (IRS), Indian Audit and Accounts Services, Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS) and several other GROUP A & GROUP B Central services.

Age limit:

General:21 to 32 years.Age is calculated as on 1st August of the year of the examination.(For 2016 Exam, candidates born not earlier than 2 Aug, 1984 and not later than 1 Aug 1995 are eligible)

O.B.C.:3 years relaxation (21 to 35 years) (Non-creamy Layer)

SC/ST: 5 years relaxation (21 to 37 years)

Ex-serviceman: 5 years relaxation (For conditions refer notification)

Minimum Educational Qualifications:

The candidate must hold a degree of any of Universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University Under Section-3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification.


GENERAL:6 attempts

O.B.C.: (Non-creamy Layer):9 attempts

SC/ST: Up to 37 years No limit

Physically Handicap (General): 9 attempts


(1) Preliminary

(2) Main (Written)

(3) Main (Interview)



A. A. SHAH’s Foundation Course is formulated in such a manner that the students get used to the basic content of the Civil Services Examination syllabus at an early stage.
The objective of foundation course is to sensitize the aspirants with the essential knowledge and skills which will lay a sound foundation for his/her pursuit in Civil Services Examination. Considering the maturity level of the aspirants, a phased approach is recommended. Accordingly the foundation course will be introduced as the first stage in the course of preparation before CSAT and Mains preparation stages commence. They will have a clear edge over fresher’s in their year of attempting Civil Services Examination.

Eligibility for Foundation Course:

Students of XI, XII, and 1st year, 2nd year Degree course are eligible for Foundation Course Tier I.
On successful completion of Foundation Course Tier I, students are promoted to Foundation Course Tier II.

Course Duration:

Foundation Course Tier I (1 Year)
Foundation Course Tier II (1 Year)
Including test Series, interactive lectures and discussions on weekly and monthly basis

Course Content:

Based on syllabus of General Studies papers of Civil Services Exams of UPSC.
Current Affairs, General Knowledge, Indian Polity, History, Geography, Science, Economics, CSAT: Comprehension, Interpersonal Skills, Logical Reasoning, Decision Making &Problem Solving, General Mental Ability, Basic Numeracy, Data Interpretation, English Language Comprehension Skills.
Students will be trained in the technique of reading newspapers, magazines and making notes to help them in their preparation for Civil Services Exams conducted by UPSC.
Field visit will also be scheduled to understand governance and development issues in India. (Charges Extra)
(Classroom Lectures with Study materials and test series)
No online lectures, No video recording,

Centres: Fort, Dadar and  Thane

Online course:


Tier I

Foundation Course Tier I – Part-A  (3 months)

Foundation Course Tier I – Part-B  (3 months)

Foundation Course Tier I – Part-C  (3 months)

Foundation Course Tier I – Part-D  (3 months)

Tier II

Foundation Course Tier II – Part-A  (3 months)

Foundation Course Tier II – Part-B  (3 months)

Foundation Course Tier II – Part-C  (3 months)

Foundation Course Tier II – Part-D  (3 months)


Foundation Course is designed to cover the latest pattern and syllabus of General Study Papers of Civil Services Prelims Exams of UPSC, which shall include online lectures with online test series:

Current Affairs, General Knowledge, Indian Polity, History, Geography, Science, Economics.

Interaction with faculties for Doubt solving, mentoring through virtual classes.