IAS 2018- Notification, Dates, Pattern, Syllabus & Result
UPSC conducts civil services examination to recruit eligible candidates at vacant seats for IAS, IPS, IFS, etc. IAS 2018 is a 2 stage examination- Preliminary and Mains exam. Screening of the candidates is done via Prelims. Those who qualify the cutoff, then appear for Mains and Interview session. Finally, a merit list is prepared as per the marks obtained in Mains and Interview of IAS 2018. The IAS 2018 Admit Card is set to release in MAY 2018 for Preliminary exam scheduled for June 3, 2018. The Notification for IAS Exam 2018 has been released by UPSC on February 7, 2018. The Preliminary Examination will be conducted on June 3, 2018.
IAS 2018 Highlights
|Exam Name||Civil Services Examination|
|Conducting Body||Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)|
|Exam Date||Prelims- June 3, 2018, Mains- September 2018|
|Stages||3: Preliminary, Mains and Personal Interview|
|Mode of Examination||Offline|
- The list of candidates whose IAS 2018 Applications have been rejected due to non-payment of application fee has been released.Check Here
- IAS 2018 Registration closes on March 6, 2018.CheckIAS 2018 Application Form
- The notification for IAS 2018 was released on Feb 7, 2018. The total number of vacancies stand at 782 this year.
IAS Exam 2018 Important Dates
UPSC will follow the timeline mentioned in the table below for IAS Exam 2018:
|Release of Application Form||February 7, 2018|
|Last date to apply||March 6, 2018|
|Availability of Admit cards||May, 2018|
|Preliminary Examination||June 03, 2018|
|Announcement of Preliminary Exam Result||August, 2018|
|Main Examination||September 2018|
|Announcement of Main Exam Result||January 2019|
IAS 2018 Official Notification
Who can Apply for IAS 2018?
Candidates have to fulfill the eligibility criteria set by the authorities to take the exam. The eligibility parameters are set on the basis of Nationality, Age Limit, Educational Qualifications, Number of Attempts and Physical Standards. Given below are the IAS 2018 Eligibility Criteria:
- For IAS and IPS, applicants must be a citizen of India.
- Other services require candidates to be either,
- Citizen of India
- Subject of Nepal
- Subject of Bhutan
- Tibetan refugee who came to India before January 1, 1962 to settle permanently.
- An Indian origin migrant from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam who came to permanently settle in India.
- The lower age limit for IAS 2018 is 21 years as on August 1, 2018, while upper age limit is 32 years.
- There is upper age relaxation for reserved category candidates, which is as follows:
- SC/ST- Upto 5 years
- OBC- Upto 3 years
- Defence Services Personnel disabled in operations during hostilities- Upto 3 years
- Ex-servicemen- Upto 5 years
- ECOs/SSCOs who have completed an initial period of assignment of five years of Military Service- Upto 5 years
- PwD candidates- Upto 10 years
- Domiciles of Jammu and Kashmir from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 1989- Upto 5 years. Check CompleteIAS 2018 Eligibility
- Applicants must hold a graduate degree or equivalent qualification from a recognized university
Number of Attempts
Only six attempts are allowed for a candidate to clear IAS 2018.
IAS Prelims 2018 Application Form
Interested candidates can fill the application form of the exam on the official website upsconline.nic.in. It can only be filled only online from February 07, 2018. Candidates who clear the Preliminary Exam have to apply for the Main Exam separately.
How to apply for IAS 2018?
Step 1- Registration Part 1
- Visit the official website i.e. upsc.gov.in
- Click on the link to ‘apply for UPSC Civil Services’
- Enter details like Name, Gender, Category, Nationality etc.
- Click on Submit button
- You will be redirected to the payment step
Step 2- Payment of Application Fee
- Choose the payment method between online or offline mode
- INR 100 must be submitted via Pay-in-slip which must be downloaded from the application portal.
- For online payment, candidates can use SBI credit card/debit card or Internet Banking Services.
- In case of Debit Card, enter the Card number, Validity and CVV number.
- If you choose Credit Card, enter the Card number, Validity and 6 digit special PIN number
- For net banking, enter the account details of the bank account
- Click on pay now post filling the details
- You will be redirected to the Part 2 of the UPSC Online Form
Note: This step is not applicable for candidates who are exempted from paying the fee.
Step 3- Registration Part 2
- Post receipt of the fee, fill other details of the IAS Application form
- Enter the choice of IAS Exam Center
- Enter the qualification and other communication details
- Post verification, click on submit to proceed to the next step
Step 4- Uploading the Images
- Click on the link or blank space provided to upload the photograph
- Browse the location of the image and select the image
- Click on open/upload
- Check if the image is opened correctly and clearly
- Repeat the same steps to upload the image of the signature
- Click on “I Agree” to approve of the declaration and submit the complete IAS 2018 Application Form.
Female applicants and SC/ST/ PwD category candidates are exempted from paying the fee.
Posts Offered through IAS 2018
There are total 782 vacancies that have been announced this year via civil services exam. It is for the first time in a decade that the vacancies announced by UPSC are this less. Following posts are offered in two given groups:
|Group A Services|
|Indian Administrative Service||Indian Post and Telecommunication Accounts and Finance Service|
|Indian Audit and Accounts Service||Indian Postal Service|
|Indian Civil Accounts Service||Indian Railway Accounts Service|
|Indian Corporate Law Service||Indian Railway Personnel Service|
|Indian Defence Accounts Service||Indian Railway Traffic Service|
|Indian Defence Estates Service||Indian Revenue Service (Custom and Central Excise)|
|Indian Foreign Service||Indian Revenue Service (Income Tax)|
|Indian Information Service (Junior Grade)||Indian Trade Service (Gr. III)|
|Indian Ordnance Factories Service (Assistant Works Manager, Administration)||Assistant Security Commissioner in Railway Protection Force|
|Indian Police Service||--|
|Group B Services|
|Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Services (Section Officer’s Grade)||Pondicherry Civil Service|
|Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Services||Pondicherry Police Service|
|Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Services||-|
Download IAS 2018 Admit Card
The admit card for both the exams will be made available on the UPSC website. The Preliminary Exam’s admit card will be released in May 2018. The admit card for the Main Exam will be released in August 2018. Candidates can download their admit cards by following the steps mentioned below:
- Visit the official website of UPSC
- Click on link ‘Download IAS Prelims/Main Admit Card 2018’
- Read the instructions mentioned carefully and click ‘Yes’
- Enter Registration ID or Roll Number followed by Date of Birth of the candidate
- Submit after entering the captcha in the given blank field
- Print IAS Admit Card
Discrepancy in IAS 2018 Admit Card
In case candidate finds any discrepancy in the IAS 2018 Admit Card, he/she must report it immediately to the UPSC examination authorities. Note that following particulars must be enclosed in the redressal document:
- Name and Year of Examination
- Registration ID
- Roll number
- Name in BLOCK LETTERS
- Complete postal address
IAS 2018 Exam Centers for Prelims
The Preliminary Exam will be conducted in numerous centres across 72 cities in the country. The Main Exam is held in 24 different cities across India.
IAS Exam Center for Prelims
Read more about IAS Exam Centres
IAS 2018 Exam Pattern- Examination Scheme
IAS 2018 consists of 3 stages namely, Preliminary, Main and Personal Interview. Each exam has different pattern and different number questions.
- Preliminary exam in IAS 2018 is just a screening test to shortlist candidates for further selection process.
- Those who qualify Prelims are required to re-register for IAS Mains 2018 which is qualifying in nature.
- Further, selected candidates will appear for personal interview session.
The exam pattern for IAS 2018 is given in the table below:
|Medium||Bilingual (English and Hindi)||Bilingual (English and Hindi)|
|Number of qualifying papers||2||7|
|Total weightage||400 Marks (200 each)||1750 Marks|
|Type of questions||Objective||Both Objective and Subjective|
|Negative marking for each incorrect answer||one-third (0.33)||one-third (only for objective type questions)|
|Duration of exam||2 Hours per Paper||3 Hours per Paper|
IAS 2018 Syllabus
IAS Syllabus is decided by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) each year. Each stage in IAS has a different syllabus.
- IAS Syllabus for Prelims evaluates a candidate’s knowledge and aptitude in current affairs.
- IAS Syllabus for Mains assesses a candidate’s academic expertise in his specialized subject. It also tests his ability to present knowledge in a clear and coherent manner and his overall intellectual traits and understanding of concepts.
- The prelims section of IAS 2018 covers questions from History, Polity, Geography and Agriculture, Science and Technology, Ecology and Environment, Economics, Arts and Culture, Social Welfare and GK.
- The scope of IAS Syllabus for Mains section as optional subject papers (Paper VI and Paper VII) for the examination is broad of the honors degree level.
- In the case of Engineering, Medical Science and law, the level corresponds to the bachelors’ degree.
Read CompleteIAS 2018 Syllabus
Preparation Books for IAS 2018
The following books can assist candidates to prepare well for one of the most competitive government exams of the country. Find below the list of Preparation books for IAS 2018:
|History Of Modern India (History)||Bipan Chandra|
|India’s Struggle For Independence (History)||Bipan Chandra|
|India’s Ancient Past (History)||R.S. Sharma|
|History Of Medieval India (History)||Satish Chandra|
|A New Look at Modern Indian History||BL Grover|
|The Wonder That Was India (Culture)||A.L. Bhasham|
|Indian Art and Culture (Culture)||Nitin Singhania|
|Our Parliament||Subash Kashyap|
|Geography of India (Geography)||Majid Husain|
|Oxford School Atlas (Geography)||Oxford|
|Science and Technology||TMH|
|CSAT Book Cracking the CSAT Paper-2||Arihant|
|Certificate Physical and Human Geography (Geography)||Goh Cheng Leong|
|Indian Polity for Civil Services Examinations (Polity)||M. Laxmikanth|
|Indian Economy (Economy)||Ramesh Singh|
|Environmental Studies: From Crisis to Cure (Environment)||Rajagopalan|
|A History of Modern World||Ranjan Chakravarti|
|Environment for Civil Services Prelims and Mains (Environment)||Khuller|
|Facets of Indian Culture||Spectrum|
|Indian Constitution||PM Bakshi|
|Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning||R. S. Aggarwal|
How to Check IAS 2018 Result
UPSC declares the result of all the three stages separately. The result of IAS 2018 is declared on the official website of UPSC. The Preliminary Exam’s result will be declared in August 2018 while that of Main Exam in January 2019.
Candidates can follow the below steps to access the IAS result for each exam:
- Visit the official website of IAS i.e. upsc.gov.in
- Click on the link which says ‘View IAS Result 2018’
- Find your roll number in the list of the roll numbers mentioned in the PDF
- Download PDF for future reference
IAS 2018 Cut off
The minimum qualifying marks or cut off is released by the authorities post the declaration of result of each stage. Candidates scoring more than or equal to the cut off marks are eligible for the next step of the selection process.
The cut off for both the examinations depends upon a number of factors like the difficulty level of the IAS Exam, vacancies available and number of appearing candidates etc.
IAS 2018 Expected Cut off for different categories is tabulated below:
IAS 2018 Selection Process
The selection process of IAS 2018 is a 3 stage assessment, wherein, candidates have to appear for Prelims, Mains and Personal Interview.
- Preliminary exam is basically screening test in which, over 15 lakh candidates participate.
- There are two papers for candidates to attempt compulsorily in IAS 2018 Prelims.
- The basic requirement to clear this stage is to at least secure 33% marks in General Science section.
- Further, on the basis of IAS 2018 result for prelims, candidates register for Mains exam.
- IAS 2018 Mains will cover 9 conventional essay type papers, 2 being optional in them.
- Mains exam and interview session form basis of candidate’s selection. Read more about IAS Selection Process
- After the IAS 2018 Mains examination of 1750 marks, candidates have to clear the cut off as decided by UPSC.
- Those who clear the cut off are called for Interview session.
- Marks obtained in personal interview out of the total of 275 marks will also be considered while preparing the list of finally selected candidates.
IAS Exam FAQs
Ques. What is the IAS Exam?
Ans. IAS stands for Indian Administrative Service. It is a civil services exam that is conducted by UPSC each year. It contains 3 stages viz. Prelims, Prelims and Interview. All shortlisted candidates can choose from the given Group A/ B posts.
Ques. What is the salary of an IAS officer?
Ans. The 7th Pay Commission recommendations were approved by Cabinet on June 29, 2016. Now the basic pay of entry level IAS officers is INR 56100. Allowances like Dearness Allowance (DA), House Rent Allowance (HRA) and Travel Allowance (TA) will be extra. The salary will increase as experience increases. The basic pay of Cabinet Secretary is fixed at INR 2,50,000.
So,IAS Salary = Basic Pay + DA + HRA + TA
Ques. What are some useful websites to prepare for IAS?
Ans. Candidates preparing for IAS can take help from websites such as ClearIAS.com, cleariasexam.com, Mrunal.org, insightsonindia.com, iasbaba.com, gktoday.in, iasscore.in etc.
Ques. What are the minimum qualifying marks for clearing IAS interview?
Ans. There are no minimum marks to qualify the interview round. However, the interview round carries 275 marks.
Ques. What are the number of vacancies available through IAS each year?
Ans. The number of available vacancies are noted in each of the advertisements. They vary every year. However, in the last 4 years, the number of vacancies have varied between 1000-1200.
Ques. When does IAS Notification come out?
Ans. UPSC releases IAS Notification for Prelims in the month of May, for the exam which is held in August. The applications are for the same are accepted till June end. For Prelims, IAS Notification is generally released in September.
Ques. I have studied from an Open University? Am I eligible to apply for IAS?
Ans. Yes, you can apply only if it is a recognized university and you possess the educational qualifications prescribed for the exam.
Ques. How many times can I appear for IAS?
Ans. A candidate from General Category can sit for IAS max 6 times. Candidates from reserved categories can sit as many times as they want. There is no restriction.
Ques. I dont have my class X and XII Marksheet. Can I still sit for IAS?
Ans. Yes, provided the graduation has been completed from a recognized University and you possess the educational qualifications prescribed for the exam.
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College