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UPSC Civil Services (IAS) Exam 2018

The civil services exam is conducted annually by the UPSC in order to recruit officers into the Indian civil services. This is a three-stage exam which is often labelled ‘the toughest exam’ in India. Lakhs of people in the country give a shot at the USPC exam every year although in the end only about a thousand land up successful as officers of the IAS, IFS, IPS, IRS, etc. Entry into the prestigious civil services promises candidates a satisfying and challenging career along with the pride and glory that goes along being part of the bureaucracy.

The UPSC exam 2018 consists of three stages:

  1. UPSC Prelims
  2. UPSC Mains
  3. UPSC Board Interview/Personality Test

The UPSC released its programme of tests for 2018 and the civil services prelims exam, which is the first stage in the UPSC IAS exam, is scheduled to be held on 3rd June 2018.

The date of notification for the IAS exam is 7th February 2018.

UPSC (IAS) Exam Notification for 2018: UPSC Prelims

Organisation

Union Public Service Commission

Job Type

Central Government Job

Job Location

All over India except Indian Foreign Service

Posts/Services

IAS, IFS, IPS, IAAS, IRS, etc. (Check details)

How to apply

Online on the UPSC website

Date of notification

7 February 2018

Last date of receipt of application forms

6 March 2018

Application Fee

Rs.100/- (Female and PH candidates exempt)

UPSC Prelims Exam Date

3 June 2018 (One Day)

Eligibility Criterion for the Civil Service Exam 2018

Nationality Condition: Only Indian citizens are permitted to take the civil service exam 2018. Check details here.

Educational Condition: Candidate must hold a valid bachelor’s degree from a recognized university.

Age Limit and Number of Attempts Permitted: The minimum age a candidate is required to have attained to be eligible for the UPSC 2018 exam is 21 years of age as on 1st August 2018.

Category

Maximum Age

Number of Attempts

General

32

6

OBC

35

9

SC/ST

37

No restriction

Physically Handicapped (PH)

42

As per the category

More on age limit for UPSC 2018.

How to apply for UPSC Civil Services Examination 2018

  • Visit the official website of the UPSC.
  • Go to the UPSC Civil Services exam link.
  • Click on and fill in the part I of the registration.
  • A registration number will be generated.
  • Use the registration number generated and fill up the part II of the registration.
  • Click on the submit button.
  • The Prelims admit card will be sent online about three weeks before the exam.

Details of the IAS exam application process will be released in the UPSC Notification 2018. Visit BYJU’S for the latest updates!

UPSC civil service 2018: Plan of Exam

The IAS exam 2018 consists of the following stages/rounds. You must get the required cutoff in the UPSC Prelims to be eligible to take the mains exam. Similarly, only if you get the required cutoff in the mains round will you be summoned to attend the UPSC interview.

UPSC Prelims

There are two papers in the UPSC Prelims:

PAPER

TOTAL MARKS

NO. OF QUESTIONS

DURATION

TYPE

NEGATIVE MARKS

NATURE

General Studies Paper I

200

100

2 hours

Objective only

Yes

Merit ranking

General Studies Paper II (CSAT)

200

80

2 hours

Objective only

Yes

Qualifying

UPSC Mains

There are 9 papers in the IAS Mains all of which are descriptive in nature.

PAPER

SUBJECT

NATURE OF THE PAPER

DURATION

TOTAL MARKS

Paper A

Compulsory Indian Language

Qualifying

3 hours

300

Paper B

English

Qualifying

3 hours

300

Paper I

Essay

Merit ranking

3 hours

250

Paper II

General Studies I

Merit ranking

3 hours

250

Paper III

General Studies II

Merit ranking

3 hours

250

Paper IV

General Studies III

Merit ranking

3 hours

250

Paper V

General Studies IV

Merit ranking

3 hours

250

Paper VI

Optional I

Merit ranking

3 hours

250

Paper VII

Optional II

Merit ranking

3 hours

250

UPSC Board Interview/Personality Test

The interview is of a total of 275 marks, thus making the grand total 2025 marks. In the interview you will face the UPSC board that will assess your overall personality and whether you have the traits required of a civil servant. Your strength of character, mental toughness and general interests will be tested.

UPSC Syllabus 2018

Check out the IAS Syllabus 2018 below:

UPSC 2018 syllabus: Prelims

IAS exam 2018 syllabus: Mains General Studies Papers

UPSC Mains Optional subjects list and syllabus

Also check the UPSC Programme of Examinations 2018

Important dates for the UPSC CSE 2018

Date of Prelims Notification

7 February 2018

Last Date of Application Form Submission

6 March 2018

UPSC Prelims Exam

3 June 2018

Prelims Exam Result (Tentative)

August 2018

UPSC Mains Exam Starting Date

1 October 2018 (Five Days)

The 2018 UPSC Personality Test is expected to be held in early 2019.