How To Become DM (District Magistrate)

How to become a DM, Procedure to become a district magistrate, What to study to become a District Magistrate, What is the qualification criteria required to DM.

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How To Become DM (District Magistrate)

How To Become DM (District Magistrate)

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DM Full Form: District Magistrate

DM means District Magistrate of District. What need to do thing become DM? Hence, we going forward and understand about this.

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Who Is District Magistrate(DM)?

District Magistrate is…

  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Administrate Officer
  • Revenue Officer


Role and Responsibilities of District Magistrate

  • Conducts Criminal Court of Executive Magistrate. 
  • Maintenance of Law Order. 
  • Supervision Police and Jails and conducts Magisterial Inquiries. 
  • Arbitrator & Land Acquisition. 
  • Disaster Management during natural calamities such as floods, famine or epidemics. 
  • Crisis Management during riots or external aggression. 


Educational Qualification for Becoming DM

For Becoming DM, you have take first, Bachelor Degree in any stream viz, BA, BSC, BE, BCA, B. Com, B. Tech, or MBBS also from any Recognize Universities. Then, candidates liable for proceeding procedure of becoming DM (District Magistrate). Like form filling of UPSC, preparation of UPSC exam, sitting to UPSC exam, etc….

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Age Limits for Becoming DM

  • You can liable for Becoming DM between age 21 years to 32 years. 
  • But, you can get Age Relaxation as per Cast Category of government rule as: 


For General Category: no of Age Relaxation

  • For General Category: No Age of Relaxation
  • For OBC Category: 3 years of Age Relaxation
  • For SC/ST Category: 5 years of Age Relaxation


Exam Pattern:

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  1. Stage 1: IAS Preliminary Exam – 2 papers of 200 marks each 
  2. Stage 2: IAS Mains Exam – Written exam (9 papers) and an 
  3. Stage 3: Interview 


Preliminary(Prelims) Exam:

  • Prelims exam consist of two paper, 200 marks each. 
  • Negative marking one third(0.33) penalty. 
  • Question paper come with English & Hindi languages. 
  • Duration 2 hours each, extra 20 minutes for Disability Candidate. 


Syllabus: Paper 1(General Studies

  • Current events of national and international importance. 
  • History of India and Indian National Movement. 
  • Indian and World Geography-Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World. 
  • Indian Polity and Governance Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc. 
  • Economic and Social Development Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc. 
  • General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change that do not require subject specialization. 
  • General Science. 


Syllabus: Paper 2 (CSAT

  • Comprehension. 
  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills. 
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability. 
  • Decision-making and problem-solving. 
  • General mental ability. 
  • Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. Class X level). 


Main Exam:
For Attending Main exam first candidate must qualified Prelims Exam. On the basis of Mark in Main exam, they will liable for Interview.



  • Paper‐I Essay – Syllabus. 250 Marks. 
  • Paper‐II General Studies – I – Syllabus. 250 Marks. (Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society). 
  • Paper‐III General Studies – II – Syllabus. 250 Marks. (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations). 
  • Paper‐IV General Studies – III – Syllabus. 250 Marks. (Technology, Economic Development, Bio‐diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management). 
  • Paper‐V General Studies – IV – Syllabus. 250 Marks. (Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude). 
  • Paper‐VI Optional Subject – Paper 1 – 250 Marks. 
  • Paper‐VII Optional Subject – Paper 2 – 250 Marks. 
  • Paper ‐ A – Indian Language – Syllabus. (One of the Indian Languages to be selected by the candidate from the Languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution. This paper will not be compulsory for candidates hailing from the States of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim) 300 Marks. 
  • Paper‐ B – English Language – Syllabus. 300 Marks. 


Note: The written examination (main) will consist of the following nine papers, but only 7 papers will be counted for final merit ranking. For the rest two papers, the candidate should secure minimum marks prescribed by UPSC each year.


When Become DM?
For Becoming DM, candidates has to pass the CSE (Civil Service Exam) exam of UPSC (Union Public Service Commission).

After you pass UPSC Exam, you should becoming a IAS (Indian Administrative Service) Officer. After that, you promoted as DM after getting one or tow promotions on IAS officer.

It’s means first, you become IAS Officer. Then, you will become an DM (District Magistrate) on the promotion of IAS officer.

It’s meaning that, you want to become DM, first you prepare IAS exam.


Frequently Ask Question (FAQ)

1. When we became a IAS officer, what need to be done for becoming DM?
No need to do anything, you automatically promoted as DM with some departmental procedure.

2. Can we choose our favorite District when we selected DM?
NO, you don’t select your favorite district, but you choose your state, but you have very good score.

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