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UPSC Civil Services (IAS) Exam 2018


The prestigious civil services exam is conducted annually by the UPSCin 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

  • 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 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, tdus making tde grand total 2025 marks. In tde interview you will face tde UPSC board tdat will assess your overall personality and whetder you have tde traits required of a civil servant. Your strengtd of character, mental toughness and general interests will be tested.