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UPSC conducts Civil Service Exam to recruit the eligible candidates at numerous Services of the Govt. of India such as IAS Indian Administrative Services), IFS (Indian Foreign Services), IPS (Indian Police Services) & IRS (Indian Revenue Services). It is one of the tough competitive examinations in India in which the success rate is 0.1%-0.3% with more than 11,00,000 candidates.There are 2 phases involved in civil services examination- 1st one of preliminary examination including 2 MCQ type papers (general studies & aptitude test) and the 2nd one is the Main examination including nine papers of the conventional type followed by personal interview round.
Civil Services Exam 2018 Important Dates
|Events of Civil Services Exam 2018||Prelims||Mains|
|Publication of official notification||7th Feb 2018|
|The last date to submit application forms||6th March 2018|
|Issuing of admit card||May 2018||Nov 2018|
|Exam Date||3rd Jun 2018||1st October 2018|
|Results declaration||Aug/Sept 2018||Jan/Feb 2019|
Civil Services Exam 2018 Application Form
Civil Services Application Process will be started from 7th February 2018. The competition is quite high every year, as many candidates apply for UPSC Civil Services Examination. Only those candidates who will score high as per the cut-off pattern will be eligible to take the Main Examination of UPSC Civil Services. The Main examination for UPSC Civil Services Exam 2018 will be scheduled in the month of December 2018.
- Candidate should be an Indian national or
- A national of Nepal or a subject of Bhutan or
- A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Malawi, Ethiopia, Myanmar, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, Zaire & Vietnam to become a permanent resident of India.
- Must have a degree from central, state or deemed university.
- Must have a degree received through correspondence or distance education.
- Must have a degree from an open university.
- Must have a qualification recognized by the govt. of India as being equivalent to one of the above.
Note:- The below-mentioned applicants can also apply but they must submit the proof of their eligibility from a competent authority at their institute/university at the time of the main examination.
- The applicants who have appeared in the exam, the passing of which would render them educationally qualified enough to satisfy one of the above points.
- The applicants who have qualified the final exam of MBBS but have not yet completed their internship.
- The applicants who have qualified final exam of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), ICSI & ICWAI.
- A degree from the private university.
- A degree from any foreign university recognized by the Association of Indian Universities.
- The applicants must have aged between 21 to 32 years as on 1st August of the examination year.
- This age limitation may vary from category to category.
- For OBCs, the upper age limitation is 35 years.
- For SC/ST, the upper age limitation is 37 years.
- The upper age limitation is relaxed only for certain categories.
|Category||Upper age limit||No. of attempts|
|General||32 Years||06 Attempts|
|OBC||35 Years||09 Attempts|
|SC/ST||37 Years||No bar|
|PH (Blind, Deaf, Orthopedic)||42 Years||GEN/OBC= 9 Attempts SC/ST= No bar|
|J & K Domicile||GEN=37 Yrs, OBC= 40 Yrs, SC/ST=40 Yrs, PH=50 Yrs||No bar|
|Disabled servicemen, disabled from duty.||GEN=37 Yrs, OBC=40 Yrs, SC/ST=40 Yrs.||No bar|
Civil Services 2018 Exam Pattern
Civil services examination is considered as one of the toughest competitive examinations in India. On an average, almost 9,00,000 to 1,000,000 candidates take part in civil services examination every year and the number of appearing candidates to write preliminary exam is approx 4,50,000. The entire process of civil services examination is completed in these 3 stages-
- Stages I- Preliminary Examination (A qualifying exam conducted in the month of August every year and the result declared in the mid of October month).
- Stage II- Main Examination (Conducted in the month of December every year and result declared in the 2nd week of March).
- Stage III- Personal Interview (Conducted in the month of April/May every year and final result released in the month of May).
For Preliminary Exam
- The exam will be conducted in offline mode in duration.
- The exam consisted of 3 papers and two compulsory each paper of 200 Marks.
- Each question will be 1/3 Mark penalty for wrong answer choosed.
|Papers||Details of the question papers||Total Marks||Total Time|
|I||General Studies – This paper will be counted for qualifying to write the Civil Services Mains exam.||200||2 hrs|
|II||Aptitude test (CSAT) – This paper is of qualifying nature, but candidate must score at least 33% marks in this paper. However, marks of this paper are not counted for writing the Mains examination.||200||2 hrs|
For Main Exam
- The Mains exam will be conducted in Descriptive test mode.
- It consists of 9 different papers and paper-1 & paper-2 are necessary for all.
- Remaining will be optional subjects.
|Papers||Details of the question paper||Marks|
Candidate can take any Modern Indian language but this paper is of qualifying nature
|B||English – This paper is of qualifying nature||300|
|I||Essay Can be written in the medium or language of the candidate’s choice||250|
|II||General Studies-I (Indian Heritage and Culture,|
History, and Geography of the World and Society)
|III||General Studies -II: (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)||250|
|IV||General Studies –III (Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)||250|
|V||General Studies –IV (Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude)|
Marks carried by General Studies papers are 4X 250=1000
|VI||Optional Subject – Paper I||250|
|VII||Optional Subject – Paper II (Candidate is allowed to take up literature as an optional subject “without the condition of having it at the graduation level.)||250|
|Sub Total (Written test)|
(Marks of English and Language will not be counted in the total tally of marks for the written exam.)
The main objective of this test is to assess the applicant’s personal suitability for a particular service. The board of competent will evaluate the applicants on their mental abilities, intellectual skills, social traits & interest in current affairs. The interview will not only be a strict cross questioning but of a natural conversation. The applicants are expected to have interest in the happening around them in Indian as well as in the world instead of showing their knowledge about particular academic subject.
Civil Services 2018 Cut Off
Cutoff can be expected as we are giving the cutoff for the year 2015
Important Books for Pre Exam
- History Of Modern India – Bipan Chandra. (History)
- India’s Ancient Past – R.S. Sharma. (History)
- India’s Struggle For Independence – Bipan Chandra. (History)
- The Wonder That Was India – A.L. Bhasham. (Culture)
- History Of Medieval India – Satish Chandra. (History)
- Geography of India – Majid Husain. (Geography)
- Indian Art and Culture – Nitin Singhania. (Culture)
- Certificate Physical and Human Geography – Goh Cheng Leong. (Geography)
- Oxford School Atlas – Oxford. (Geography)
- Indian Economy – Ramesh Singh. (Economy)
- Indian Polity for Civil Services Examinations – M. Laxmikanth. (Polity)
- Science and Technology in India – TMH. (Science and Technology)
- Economic Survey. (Economy)
- The environment for Civil Services Prelims and Mains – Khuller. (Environment)
- Environmental Studies: From Crisis to Cure – Rajagopalan. (Environment)
- Manorama Yearbook. (Current Affairs)
- India Year Book (Current Affairs)
- Analytical Reasoning – M. K. Pandey (CSAT – Paper 2: Analytical Reasoning)
- CSAT Paper – 2 Manual by TMH or CSAT-II – Arihant (CSAT – Paper 2)
- Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning – R. S.Aggarwal (CSAT Paper 2: Reasoning)
Important Books for Main Exam
- Essays for Civil Services – Pulkit Khare (Essay Paper)
- Norman Lowe OR History of Modern World – Jain and Mathur (World History – GS1)
- India After Gandhi – Ramchandra Guha (History – GS1)
- IAS Mains General Studies Paper 2 (Arihant Manual – GS2)
- Social Problems In India – Ram Ahuja. (Indian Society – GS1)
- Pax Indica – Shashi Tharoor. (Foreign Policy – GS2)
- Governance in India for CSE. (Governance – GS2)
- IAS Mains General Studies – GS3. (Arihant Manual – GS3)
- India and the World by Surendra Kumar. (Foreign Policy – GS2)
- Challenges to Internal Security of India. (Internal Security – GS3)
- India’s National Security: A Reader. (Internal Security – GS3)
- IAS Mains General Studies – Ethics. ( Arihant Manual – GS4)
- Lexicon for Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude. ( Ethics – GS4)
List of Languages
The examination is offered in the following languages, with the name of the script in brackets:
|Assamese (Assamese)||Punjabi (Gurumukhi)||Kashmiri (Persian)|
|Bodo (Devanagari)||Santhali (Devanagri)||Maithili (Devanagari)|
|Bengali (Bengali)||Sanskrit (Devanagari)||Konkani (Devanagari)|
|English (English)||Tamil (Tamil)||Manipuri (Bengali)|
|Dogri (Devanagari)||Sindhi (Devanagari or Arabic)||Malayalam (Malayalam)|
|Hindi (Devanagari)||Urdu (Persian)||Nepali (Devanagari)|
|Gujarati (Gujarati)||Telugu (Telugu)||Marathi (Devanagari)|
|Kannada (Kannada)||Oriya (Oriya)|
The subjects available for Papers VI and VII are
|Veterinary Science||Political Science and||History|
|Animal Husbandry and||Physics||Geology|
|Civil Engineering||Sociology||Mechanical Engineering|
|Commerce & Accountancy||Statistics||Medical Science|
|Literature of any one of the Non-English Languages listed above|
Exam Center for Pre Examination
|Agartala||Gautam buddh nagar||Ghaziabad|
|Anantpur (andhra pradesh)||Rajkot||Itanagar|
Civil Services and Posts
The eligible candidates will be applied for these posts and services:
- Indian Police Service
- Indian Foreign Service
- Indian Administrative Service
- Indian Postal Service, Group ‘A’
- Pondicherry Civil Service, Group ‘B’
- Pondicherry Police Service, Group ‘B’
- Indian Trade Service, Group ‘A’ (Gr. III)
- Indian Revenue Service (I.T.), Group ‘A’
- Indian Civil Accounts Service, Group ‘A’
- Indian Railway Traffic Service, Group ‘A’
- Indian Corporate Law Service, Group “A”
- Indian Defence Estates Service, Group ‘A’
- Indian Railway Accounts Service, Group ‘A’
- Indian Defence Accounts Service, Group ‘A’
- Indian Railway Personnel Service, Group ‘A’
- Indian Audit and Accounts Service, Group ‘A’
- Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service, Group ‘A’
- Indian Information Service (Junior Grade), Group ‘A’
- Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise), Group ‘A’
- Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service, Group ‘B’ (Section Officer’s Grade)
- Post of Assistant Security Commissioner in Railway Protection Force, Group ‘A’
- Indian Ordnance Factories Service, Group ‘A’ (Assistant Works Manager, Administration)
- Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service, Group ‘B’
- Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Service, Group ‘B’