UPSC 2018 Exam Date – Notification, Application Form, Pattern

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UPSC 2018 Exam DateUnion Public Service Commission (UPSC) is a constitutional body that conducts examination for appointment of All India Services and group A and group B of Central services. One among such Civil Services exam is the Indian Administrative Services (IAS). There are around 22 other services and posts which are the part of the Civil Services Exam. All the Civil Service exams consist of 3 stages- Prelims, Mains and Interview.

->UPSC 2018 Exam Date:

The date of notification is February 2, 2018, and the last date for the receipt of applications is March 6, 2018. The exams will be conducted on June 3, 2018.

->Application Form:

To apply for the various UPSC examinations online click here.

->Exam Notifications:

To know about examination and notification dates click here.

->Eligibility Criteria:

  1. Academic Eligibility:

A candidate must hold a Degree (Graduation) from any of the Universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India,

  •  or other educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament.
  • or declared to be deemed as a University Under Section-3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956.
  • or possess an equivalent qualification.

UPSC 2018 Exam Date

Final year students can also apply.

  1. Age Limit:

A candidate must be minimum 21 years and maximum 32 years old as on August 1st, 2017.

The above said upper age limit is relaxable for the following candidates:

  • 5 years relaxation for Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST).
  • 3 years relaxation for Other Backward Classes (OBC).
  • 5 years relaxation for candidates who had settled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir from the 1st January 1980 to the 31st December 1989.
  • 3 years relaxation for Defence Services personnel.
  • 5 years relaxation for ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least 5 years Military Service as on 1st August 2017.
  • 5 years relaxation in the case of ECOs/SSCOs.
  • 10 years relaxation for Blind,  deaf-mute and orthopedically handicapped persons.
  1. Nationality:

Candidate must be

  • A citizen of India.
  • A citizen of Nepal or a subject of Bhutan.
  • A Tibetan Refugee who came to India before 1st January 1962 to be settled permanently in India.
  • A person of Indian Origin who has migrated from Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam, Zaire, or Zambia in order to settle down permanently in India.
  1. The number of attempts allowed:

Upper age limit doesn’t mean a candidate can write the exam until the limit is reached. There are restrictions on the number of times a candidate can appear for the exam, again this differs for categories.

  • 6 attempts for General Category Candidates.
  • Unlimited attempts for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Candidates (SC/ST) up to the age of 37 years.
  • 9 attempts for Other Backward Classes (OBC)

->Stages of Exam Conduction:

  1. Civil Services (Preliminary Examination)- Objective Type (Qualifier).
  2. Civil Services (Main Examination)- Written and Interview.

Stage 1: Preliminary Examination

According to IAS Exam pattern 2018, Preliminary Examination consists of two papers of objective type questions and each carry 200 marks. The prelims serve as a screening test only and the marks obtained will not be counted for declaring the final order of merit.

Prelims syllabus for paper 1 (200 marks)

  • Current events of national and international importance.
  • History of India and Indian National Movement.
  • Indian and World Geography – Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.
  • Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
  • Economic and Social Development Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.
  • General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity, and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialization.
  • General Science.

Prelims syllabus for paper 2 (200 marks)

  • Comprehension.
  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills.
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability.
  • Decision-making and problem-solving.
  • General mental ability.
  • Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. – Class X level)

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Features of the preliminary examination:

  • There is a provision for the negative marking, it will be equal to 1/4th of mark allotted to a correct answer.
  • The questions will be set both in Hindi and English languages.
  • Only those candidates who are declared by the Commission to have qualified in the Preliminary Examination in the year will be eligible for admission to the Main Examination of that year provided they are otherwise eligible for admission to the Main Examination.
  • The marks obtained in the Preliminary Examination by the candidates who are declared qualified for admission to the Main Examination will not be counted for determining their final order of merit.
  • The number of candidates to be admitted to the Main Examination will be about twelve to thirteen times the total approximate number of vacancies to be filled in the year for various Services and Posts.

UPSC 2018 Exam Date

Stage 2: Main Examination

The main examination consists of 9 papers of which two are qualifying papers and remaining 7 are counted for merit.

PaperSubject Marks
Paper A (Qualifying)One of the Indian languages to be selected by the candidate from the languages listed in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution of India300
Paper B (Qualifying)English300
Paper IEssay250
Paper II
(General Studies 1)
Indian heritage and culture, history and geography of the world and society.250
Paper III
(General Studies II)
Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice, and international relations.250
Paper-IV
(General Studies III)
Technology, economic development, biodiversity, environment, security and disaster management250
Paper V
(General Studies-IV)
Ethics, integrity, and aptitude250
Paper VIOptional Subject -Paper 1250
Paper VIIOptional Subject - Paper 2250
Sub total 1750

List of optional subjects for IAS Mains Examination:

  • Agriculture
  • Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science
  • Anthropology
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Commerce and Accountancy
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Indian History
  • Law
  • Management
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical Science
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Zoology

List of languages

The examination is offered in the following languages, with the name of the script in brackets:

  • Assamese (Assamese)
  • Bengali (Bengali)
  • Bodo (Devanagari)
  • Dogri (Devanagari)
  • English (English)
  • Gujarati (Gujarati)
  • Hindi (Devanagari)
  • Kannada (ಕನ್ನಡ)
  • Kashmiri (Persian)
  • Konkani (Devanagari)
  • Maithili (Devanagari)
  • Malayalam (Malayalam)
  • Manipuri (Bengali)
  • Marathi (Devanagari)
  • Nepali (Devanagari)
  • Oriya (Oriya)
  • Punjabi (Gurumukhi)
  • Sanskrit (Devanagari)
  • Santhali (Devanagari or Ol Chiki)
  • Sindhi (Devanagari or Arabic)
  • Tamil (தமிழ்)
  • Telugu (తెలుగు)
  • Urdu (Persian)
  • Hindi(Devanagari)

UPSC 2018 Exam Date Notification, Application Form, Pattern

->Interview/ Personality Test

The “Personality Test” aims at accessing the personal suitability of the candidate for a career in public service. The interview is conducted by a board of competent and unbiased observers and it is intended to evaluate the mental calibre of a candidate. To be precise, it is an assessment of a candidate’s intellectual qualities, interest in current affairs and social traits.

The interview will carry 275 marks. Marks thus obtained by the candidates (in the Main Examination as well as interview i.e Main Examination 1750+ Personality test 275= Grand total: 2025) would determine their final ranking.


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