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UPSC Civil Services (IAS) Exam 2018

The prestigious 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. Civil Services Prelims
  2. Civil Services Mains
  3. UPSC Board Interview/Personality Test

The programme of tests for UPSC 2018 has been release by the Union Public Services Commission. Thecivil services prelims exam, which is the first stage in the UPSC IAS exam, is scheduled to be held on3rd June 2018.

The notification for IAS 2018 exam schedule was announced on the 7th of February 2018. The number of vacancies to be filled up in the Central and the All India Services is the lowest in the past five years. In 2017, 980 vacancies were announced by the UPSC. 782 officers will be recruited to fill up the prestigious posts of IAS, IRS, IPS, IFS etc., in the UPSC 2018.

As per the recently released notification by the commission, 782 vacancies would be filled up, inclusive of 27 vacancies reserved for P.H category, that is, 07 vacancies for LDCP, 08 posts for B/LV and 12 vacancies for H.I. through the IAS 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 UPSC 2018 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

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 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 tde 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.

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