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Union Public Service Commission will be conducting its annual Civil Services examination for the recruitment of officers for the All India Administrative Civil Services. The Admit card of UPSC Prelims 2018 which is to be conducted on 03rd June 2018 is now available for download  Candidates who successfully submitted the Application Form will be able to download their Admit cards by providing the asked details. Find the Prelims 2018 Admit Card link in the article below.

Also Known as UPSC IAS 2018 or CSAT 2018, the exam is conducted in three stages, Preliminary, Mains, and Interview. The online registration for IAS 2018 Prelims will begin from 07th February 2018 until 06th March 2018. The application form will be available online on the official website of UPSC The prelim exam will be held on 3rd June 2018, it will be an objective type exam while the Main exam will include the written exam and interview process and will be a 5 days process. The candidates qualifying the prelim exam will be eligible to appear for the Main exam.

Candidates qualifying through Prelims, Mains and Interview round will be selected for the Indian Administrative Service, Indian Foreign Service, Indian Police Service and other posts of ‘Group A’.

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Important Dates Regarding UPSC IAS 2018

UPSC has officially made an announcement of its upcoming IAS exam. Candidates can check the important dates related to UPSC CIVIL Services IAS 2018.

Events Important Dates
Start of Application Form for Prelims Exam 2018 07th February, 2018
Last date for receipt of Application Form 06th March, 2018
Availability of Admit Card for UPSC Pre 2018 exam 07th May 2018
Date of UPSC Civil services 2018 preliminary Exam 03rd June, 2018
UPSC Civil Services 2018 Preliminary exam result July 2018 (Tentative)
UPSC Civil Services 2018 Main exam 01st October onwards (Tentative)

UPSC 2018 Admit Card

Admit Card of UPSC Prelims 2018 is now available for download.Candidates are advised to keep themselves updated. Admit cards are released for Prelims exam, Mains exam and Interview. Admit card for mains exam will be released once candidate qualify their prelims. They need to enter either registration ID or Roll Number and date of birth for the purpose of login. It is mandatory to carry admit cards to the examination hall by the candidate. Click here for the admit card link.

UPSC 2018 Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria for appearing in IAS exam 2018 is based on Nationality, Age Limit, Educational Qualification and number of attempts. For the detailed information, candidates can go through the points mentioned below:

Educational Qualification- Candidate must have a graduate degree from any of universities included by an Act of the central or state legislature in India or other educational institution confirmed by an Act of Parliament or possess an equivalent qualification. Some relevant notes are mentioned related to educational qualification in points:

  1. The candidate who will not have the result of the passing exam will also be eligible for the prelim exam. The candidate who will be declared eligible for the Main exam should submit the proof of passing the essential exam.
  2. If the candidate has passed the exam organized by any other institution, he/she will be eligible for appearing in UPSC exam.
  3. Candidates having a professional or technical degree recognized by the government are also eligible for the exam.
  4. If the candidate has passed MBBS or any other medical exam but has not completed the internship will have to submit the certificate stating that they have passed the professional medical exam.

Nationality– There is certain nationality clause that should be fulfilled by the candidate.

  1. Candidate must be the citizen of India for Indian Administrative Services and Indian Police Services.
  2. For other posts candidate should be
  • A citizen of India or
  • A subject of Bhutan or
  • A subject of Nepal or
  • A Tibetan refugee who had settled in India before January 1st, 1962 or
  • A permanently settled person in India of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Uganda, East African countries of Kenya, Vietnam, the united Republic of Tanzania
  1. The candidate who belongs to Nepal, Bhutan and is a refugee must have a certificate of eligibility issued by Government of India. Candidates will not be requiring it at the time of exam but it will be needed at the time of an appointment.

Age Limit- Candidates can check the eligibility of the age limit from the points given

  1. The age of an appearing candidate must be between 21 and 32 years on 01st August 2018.
  2. The relaxation in the upper age limit is mentioned
    • For SC/ST candidates relaxation will be upto 5 years
    • For other backward categories, relaxation will be 3 years
    • The candidate who had a domicile in State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period from 01st January 1980 to 31st December 1989 will get a relaxation of up to a maximum of 5 years.
    • In case of Defence Services personnel or disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country, relaxation will be up to 3 years.
    • In case of ECO/SSCO who have completed the service of initial period and whose assignment has been extended for 5 years will get the relaxation of 5 years.
  3. The date of birth of the candidate will be considered as mentioned in matriculation or secondary school leaving certificate or in a certificate recognized by an Indian University. These certificates will be required at the time of applying for civil services exam.

Number of Attempts- The number of times a candidate can appear for UPSC civil services exam is mentioned:

  1. Candidate eligible to appear for the exam will be provided with 6 attempts for the exam. Though, this restriction is not applied to candidates belonging to SC/ST Category
  2. 9 attempts for candidates belonging to OBC Category.
  3. For the physically handicapped candidates of General Category will be provided with 9 attempts whereas for the other physically handicapped candidates will be given as many attempts as given to the non-physically handicapped candidates of that community.

UPSC IAS 2018 Application Form Has Been Released

UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) will be releasing the UPSC IAS 2018 application form from 7th February 2018. The form will be released in two parts. Candidates have to fill Part 1 and then only Part 2 can be accessed. The last date for the receipt of application form is 06th March 2018. Candidates can go through the application details, submitting process, mode of payment and documents required at the time of filling up the form. On the official website, the candidate will be provided with separate links to Part 1 and part 2.

Go through the steps of filling up the form:

Part 1 Filling up- After clicking on Part 1 link, the candidate will get a page for the instructions to fill the form. After reading instructions carefully and clicking on ‘I Agree” button, applicant will need to fill details like

  • Name
  • Gender
  • Date of Birth
  • Father’s name
  • Mother’s name
  • Nationality
  • Community
  • Minority, if any
  • Educational qualification
  • Address
  • Email ID
  • Mobile Number

There will be a ‘continue’ button after all the details have been filled by the candidate. If the information given is correct, the applicant can click the continue button and if there is any mistake, the candidate can edit the details and then click the continue button. In the next step, registration ID will be generated of 11 digits. This Registration ID will be helpful for future process.

Part 2 Filling Up- In this part, candidates will have to log in with RID/DOB and have to fill the details.

Application Fee: Candidates are required to pay the application fee of Rs.100/-. SC/ST/Female/Physically handicapped candidates will be exempted from the payment of the fee.

Mode of payment can be chosen by the candidate as per their convenience

    1. By cash in any Branch of SBI
    2. By Net banking
    3. By Debit card/Credit Card.
  • Candidate will have to choose exam center after the payment of the fee.
  • In the next step, the applicant is required to upload the scanned photo and Signature. Specifications are given
Image Format Size
Photograph JPG Between 3Kb to 40Kb
Signature JPG Between 1Kb to 40Kb

After successfully uploading the photograph and signature, the candidate will have to click ‘I Agree’ button and submit it.

UPSC 2018 Exam Pattern

Aspiring Candidates will have to give two exams, Prelims and mains, for the selection of UPSC IAS 2018 recruitment. The details of the exam pattern for both the exams are mentioned:

Preliminary exam: It will be a screening test of the applicants. It will consist of two papers, General Study’s paper 1 and General Study’s paper 2. The candidates who will score minimum qualifying marks 33% in General Studies Paper 2 and total qualifying marks in the General Studies paper 1 will be shortlisted for the Main Exam. It should be noted, marks scored in Prelims exam will not play any role in the making of the final merit list. Some of the relevant points are given below:

  • Total marks will be 400
  • There will be Negative Marking. 1/3 or 0.33 for any wrong answer.
  • If candidate gives more than one answer then that answer will be assumed as a wrong answer.
  • There is no penalty for an unattempted question.

Main Exam: It will include the written exam and an interview. The written exam will consist of 9 tests. Candidate will be called for an interview only if she/he qualifies the written exam.

Paper Subject
Paper A Indian language
Paper B English
Paper 1 Essay
Paper 2 General Studies 1
Paper 3 General studies 2
Paper 4 General studies 3
Paper 5 General studies 4
Paper 6 Optional paper 1
Paper 7 Optional Paper 2

Candidates getting maximum marks and who scores well in interview will be qualifying the exam.

UPSC 2018 Exam Syllabus

The elaborate syllabus of both the exams of UPSC (Prelims and mains) is mentioned

Preliminary exam– It incorporates of two papers General Studies 1 and General Studies 2. Each paper consists of 200 marks and is of two hours of duration. Both the papers are of objective type and have negative marking. The question paper will be in both English and Hindi. It should be noted that General Studies paper 2 is only a qualifying paper also known as CSAT, aspirants need to score 33% of marks in this paper.

Syllabus for Prelims paper 1

  1. Current Affairs
  2. History
  3. Geography (Indian and World)
  4. Environment
  5. Indian Polity and governance
  6. Economics
  7. General Science

Duration: Two Hours

Marks: 200

Syllabus for Prelims paper 2 (CSAT)

  1. Problem-Solving and decision-making
  2. General Mental Ability
  3. Comprehension
  4. Analytical and logical reasoning
  5. Data Interpretation
  6. Interpersonal Skills including communicating skills

Duration: Two Hours

Marks: 200

Mains Exam– The combined score of Mains and Interview will determine the final rank of the candidate. The UPSC Mains comprises of questions worth 1750 marks and interview round is of 275 marks. Mains incorporates 9 papers out of which 7 are considered. The other two are language papers in which aspirant needs to secure minimum marks.

Paper Content Marks
Paper A Indian language (this paper is not compulsory for candidates coming from the states of Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Meghalaya, Manipur, Nagaland, they only have to attempt one language paper i.e. English) 300
Paper B English language
Paper 1 Essay 250
Paper 2 General Studies- 1: Culture and Indian Heritage, History and Geography of the world 250
Paper 3 General Studies- 2: Constitution, Governance, Polity, Social Justice and international Relations 250
Paper 4 General studies- 3: Economic Development, Technology, environment and biodiversity, Disaster Management and security 250
Paper 5 General studies- 4: Aptitude, Integrity and Ethics 250
Paper 6 Optional subject 1 250
Paper 7 Optional Subject 2 250

Interview or Personality Test: Candidates clearing the Main exam will be sent an e – summoned by the commission for a face to face discussion with the board members. The personality traits of the candidates are assessed and questions are asked about their hobbies, current affair, general knowledge etc.

UPSC 2018 Result

Firstly, the result of the preliminary exam will be released. Candidates qualifying this exam will be able to sit for the Mains exam. The Mains exam will consist of a written test and an interview. Candidates scoring maximum marks in a written test will be called for an interview by Commission. The combined score of written and interview will make the final result of UPSC IAS 2018. Candidates should note that prelims result will be of no importance in the final merit list making.

UPSC 2018 Cut-Off

Cut off of UPSC keeps varying from year to year. Since the cut-off of 2017 is not out yet, candidates can take a look at the past year’s record.

UPSC IAS 2015 Cut Off 

The minimum qualifying marks in various categories at various stages are as such:

Exam General OBC SC ST PH-1 PH-2 PH-3
CS (Prelim) 107.35 106 94 91.34 90.66 76.66 40
CS (main) 676 630 622 617 580 627 504
CS (Final) 877 834 810 801 802 830 697

UPSC IAS 2016 Cut Off

The minimum qualifying marks for qualifying UPSC 2016 at various categories are as such:

Exam General OBC SC ST PH-1 PH-2 PH-3
CS (Prelim) 116.00 110.66 99.34 96.00 75.34 72.66 40.00
CS (Main) 787 745 739 730 713 745 545
CS (Final) 988 951 937 920 927 951 817



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