UPSC Civil Services 2018 Notification Released

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The UPSC has made available the 2018 UPSC Notification for the civil services examination on its official website. The online application form for the 2018 UPSC Prelims exam is open for aspirants from 7th February 2018 till 6th March 2018, 6:00 PM on the UPSC website.

Start date of 2018 UPSC Prelims online application: 7 February 2018
Last date for receipt of applications: 6:00 PM, 6 March 2018
The UPSC Prelims exam 2018 will be conducted on 3rd June 2018.
Tentative date for the 2018 Mains exam: September 2018

Download the UPSC Civil Services Exam 2018 Notification PDF

The UPSC is recruiting officers to the following posts/services:

  1. Indian Administrative Service
  2. Indian Foreign Service
  3. Indian Police Service
  4. Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service, Group ‘A’
  5. Indian Audit and Accounts Service, Group ‘A’
  6. Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise), Group ‘A’
  7. Indian Defence Accounts Service, Group ‘A’
  8. Indian Revenue Service (I.T.), Group ‘A’
  9. Indian Ordnance Factories Service, Group ‘A’ (Assistant Works Manager, Administration)
  10. Indian Postal Service, Group ‘A’
  11. Indian Civil Accounts Service, Group ‘A’
  12. Indian Railway Traffic Service, Group ‘A’
  13. Indian Railway Accounts Service, Group ‘A’
  14. Indian Railway Personnel Service, Group ‘A’
  15. Assistant Security Commissioner in Railway Protection Force, Group ‘A’
  16. Indian Defence Estates Service, Group ‘A’
  17. Indian Information Service (Junior Grade), Group ‘A’
  18. Indian Trade Service, Group ‘A’
  19. Indian Corporate Law Service, Group ‘A’
  20. Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service, Group ‘B’ (Section Officer’s Grade)
  21. Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service, Group ‘B’
  22. Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Service, Group ‘B’
  23. Pondicherry Civil Service, Group ‘B’
  24. Pondicherry Police Service, Group ‘B’

Number of vacancies to be filled through the 2018 UPSC IAS exam: 782 (out of which 32 are reserved for PH candidates)

The UPSC 2018 notification also gives the centres of examination for the prelims and the mains exams. The centres are allotted on a “first-apply-first allot” basis and candidates are advised to apply soon to get a centre of their preference, since except Chennai, Dispur, Kolkata and Nagpur, all centres have limited seats.

PLAN OF 2018 Civil Services Examination (CSE)

The UPSC CSE will be conducted in two stages as described below:

Stage 1: Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination (Objective type)

Stage 2: Civil Services (Main) Examination (Written and Interview)

Only candidates who qualify the preliminary exam are allowed to take the mains exam. The mains written exam will be held first after which selected candidates will be summoned for the UPSC Interview.

The present notification is only for application to the UPSC CSE Prelims 2018.

2018 UPSC CSE Prelims Details

There are two papers in the prelims exam:

  1. General Studies Paper 1

Total marks: 200

Negative marks: yes

Minimum marks required to qualify: as fixed by the UPSC

Type: Objective/MCQs

  1. General Studies Paper II (CSAT)

Total marks: 200

Negative marks: yes

Minimum marks required to qualify: 33%

Type: Objective/MCQs

Please note that the prelims is only a screening test and its marks are not counted for the final merit.

Check out the syllabus for the UPSC preliminary exam.

2018 UPSC CSE Mains Details

The written part of the mains exam consists of 9 descriptive papers. They are given below:




Paper A

Indian language


Paper B



Paper I



Paper II

General Studies I


Paper III

General Studies II


Paper IV

General Studies III


Paper V

General Studies IV


Paper VI

Optional subject Paper I


Paper VII

Optional subject Paper II



Marks obtained in paper A and B are not counted for the final merit. They are only qualifying in nature with candidates requiring to score at least 25% in each of them. Candidates hailing from Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland or Sikkim, and hearing impaired candidates are exempt from taking this paper.

For the list of optional subjects, click on the link below:

Optional subjects in IAS mains

Also check the UPSC Mains exam syllabus.

Candidates who clear the mains written exam will be summoned for the UPSC personality test/interview. This is for 275 marks making the grand total in the CSE mains (written + interview) 2025 marks.


Nationality conditions:

  1. For IAS and IPS – Indian citizen
  2. For other services candidate should be either –
    1. Indian citizen or
    2. Subject of Nepal or
    3. Subject of Bhutan or
    4. Tibetan refugee who came to India before 1 January 1962 intending to settle permanently in India or
    5. Person of Indian origin (PIO) who has migrated from Burma, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Ethiopia or Vietnam intending to settle permanently in India

Candidates who belong to ‘b’, ‘c’ and ‘d’ are not eligible for selection to the Indian Foreign Service (IFS).

Age limits:

A candidate must have attained 21 years of age and must not have attained 32 years of age as on 1 August 2018. (He/she must have been born between 2 August 1986 and 1 August 1997.)

There are relaxations for the upper age limit for the following categories.


Number of years relaxation

Upper age limit










Defence Services Personnel disabled in

operations during hostilities and hence released



Ex-servicemen (with at least five years military service and released)



Disabled (PH)



Persons domiciled in Jammu & Kashmir between 1 Jan 1980 and 31 Dec 1989




Candidates falling in multiple categories (for example, PH and OBC) will get the cumulative age-relaxation under both categories.

Minimum Educational Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree

(Candidates with a bachelor’s degree from a recognized university/MBBS degree/professional or technical degree)

Even candidates who are appearing in the final exams are eligible to apply for the UPSC prelims exam. They will have to compulsorily produce the proof of passing the final degree exam before the 2018 UPSC mains exam.

Number of attempts:


No. of attempts






Unlimited till the upper age limit is reached

Disable (General)


Disabled (others)

As per the candidate’s community


Candidates should note that an attempt at the prelims exam will be deemed as an attempt at the CSE.

Candidates who have been selected to the IAS or the IFS will not be eligible to take the exam unless they relinquish that service. Candidates selected to other services can take the prelims 2018 exam.


The exam fees for the 2018 prelims exam is Rs.100/-.

Female/SC-ST/Disabled candidates are exempt from paying the fees.

Payment can be made while applying for the prelims exam online, either by cash mode or by online payment. Cash payment can be made by opting for the “Pay by Cash” mode and generating the Pay-in-slip. After that, the fee should be deposited the next working day at an SBI branch.

Candidates should note that the cash mode payment will be deactivated at 11:59 PM on 5th March 2018.

Admit Cards

The admit cards will be issued three weeks before the UPSC prelims exam. Candidates can download the same from the UPSC official website.


Candidates should note that the UPSC CSE prelims exam is also the same for the Indian Forest Service (IFoS). So, candidates should specify while applying whether they are applying for civil services or forest service or both.

Candidates should apply online only for the UPSC civil services Prelims exam 2018 at

There are two parts to the registration process – Part I and part II. Candidates should also pay the fees, give centre preference, and upload photo and signature images on the website. They should also specify the language of medium of exam for papers I to V. The optional subject should also be selected. Candidates should also specify the Indian language for paper A. (The medium, language and optional subject selection is required for mains exam only but they have to be specified while applying for the prelims itself).

Candidates should read the instructions carefully before filling out and applying for the exam.

Read detailed intructions on how to apply on the link below:

How to Apply for UPSC Civil Services Prelims 2018

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