About Civil Services Examination 2018

The main exam of Civil Services 2018 is scheduled to be conducted from September 28 to October 7. A total of 10,460 candidates will appear in the Civil Services 2018 main examination. The admit card for Civil Services mains examination has been released in August. The result of Civil Services mains exam is likely to be announced in December. On the basis of the marks of mains examination, candidates will be selected for the personality test. The Personality Test will be held in March 2019. The final result of UPSC Civil Services 2018 is expected to be announced in May 2019. 

Civil Services 2018 examination is conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for recruitment of candidates to All India Services like Indian Administrative Services (IAS), Indian Police Services (IPS) and Indian Forest Services (IFS) and Central Services such as Indian Audit and Accounts Service (IA&AS), Indian Foreign Service etc. This year, as many as 782 vacancies will be filled in various services through this exam. The Preliminary examination of Civil Services 2018 examination was conducted on June 3. The result of Preliminary examination was declared on July 14, 2018.

Exam level: National Level Exam
Frequency: Once a Year
Languages English, Hindi
Conducting Body: Union Public Service Commission
Civil Services Preliminary Exam - Duration 4 Hours +1 More

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Civil Services Examination 2018 Important Dates

28 Sep, 2018 Civil Services Mains Exam - Exam - Paper-I Essay | Mode: Offline
29 Sep, 2018 Civil Services Mains Exam - Exam - Paper-II General Studies-I | Mode: Offline and Offline
29 Sep, 2018 Civil Services Mains Exam - Exam - Paper-III General Studies-II | Mode: Offline and Offline
30 Sep, 2018 Civil Services Mains Exam - Exam - Paper-V General Studies-IV | Mode: Offline and Offline
30 Sep, 2018 Civil Services Mains Exam - Exam - Paper-IV General Studies-III | Mode: Offline and Offline
06 Oct, 2018 Civil Services Mains Exam - Exam - Paper-B English | Mode: Offline and Offline
06 Oct, 2018 Civil Services Mains Exam - Exam - Paper-A Indian Language | Mode: Offline and Offline
07 Oct, 2018 Civil Services Mains Exam - Exam - Paper-VI Optional Paper-I | Mode: Offline and Offline
07 Oct, 2018 Civil Services Mains Exam - Exam - Paper-VII Optional Paper-II | Mode: Offline and Offline
03 Jun, 2018 Civil Services Preliminary Exam - Exam - General Studies Paper II | Mode: Offline
14 Jul, 2018 Civil Services Preliminary Exam - Result | Mode: Online
23 Jul, 2018 - 06 Aug, 2018 Civil Services Mains Exam - Application | Mode: Online
07 May, 2018 - 03 Jun, 2018 Civil Services Preliminary Exam - Admit Card | Mode: Online
07 Feb, 2018 - 06 Mar, 2018 Civil Services Preliminary Exam - Application | Mode: Online
03 Jun, 2018 Civil Services Preliminary Exam - Exam - General Studies Paper I | Mode: Offline
07 Feb, 2018 Advertisement | Mode: Online

Candidates can check below Civil Services eligibility criteria in terms of age, educational qualification, nationality and number of attempts.
Nationality
Candidates to be eligible for Indian Administrative Service and Indian Police Service must be a citizen of India.
While for other services, candidates must be either -
    • A citizen of India Or
    • Nepal / Bhutan/a Tibetan refugee (who came to India before January 1, 1962 with the intention of settling down permanently) or
    • Those migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam to settle in India. These candidates must have eligibility certificate issued by Government of India.
Candidates belonging to Nepal, Bhutan or Tibetan refugee are not eligible for appointment to Indian Foreign Service.
Age limit as on August 1, 2018
Candidates age should be 21 to 32 years
Relaxation in upper age limit will be provided to the following categories.
    • SC/ST – 5 years
    • OBC – 3 years
    • Defence Service Personnel – 3 years
    • Ex-Servicemen – 5 years
    • ECOs/SSCOs – 5 years
    • PwD – 10 years
Academic qualification
Candidates must have graduation in any discipline. Those who have appeared in their final year degree examination and results are awaited are eligible for the examination.
Number of Attempts
    • Candidates appearing for Civil Service Examination will be provided only six attempts.
    • There is no restriction for SC/ST candidates
    • OBC category candidates are permitted nine attempts

Mode of Application : Offline and Online

Mode of Payment : Net Banking | Credit Card | Debit Card | Bank Challan | Other

Application Fees

Category Quota Mode Gender Amount
General Offline Male ₹ 100
OBC Online Male ₹ 100

UPSC releases separate application form for preliminary and main examination. Civil Services application form for preliminary examination was available from February 2 to March 6. While, candidates could fill the application form for main examination from July 23 to August 6, 2018. Candidates were required to fill Civil Services application form online. Examination fees for Preliminary exam was Rs 100 and Rs 200 for mains exam. The fee can paid by general and OBC male candidates only through online and offline payment mode. SC, ST, Female, PwD candidates were exempted from paying the examination fees.

Civil Services Examination 2018 Exam Pattern

Civil Services Preliminary Exam


    • The Preliminary examination of Civil Services consisted of two papers – General Studies Paper I and II.
    • The test booklet carried objective type multiple choice questions.
    • The General Studies Paper I carried total 100 questions while there were 80 questions in Paper II.
    • Total marks of preliminary exam was 400. Each paper carried 200 marks.
    • Negative marks for wrong answer was 0.33.
    • The language of question paper of Civil Services preliminary exam was Hindi and English.
    • Each paper was held for two hours.

Civil Services Mains Exam


    • The main exam of Civil Services 2018 consists of 9 conventional Essay type papers.
    • Two papers – A (Indian Language) and B (English) are qualifying in nature.
    • Paper I to VII are compulsory papers.
    • The test carries total 1750 marks.
    • There are 26 optional subjects in main examination as per Civil Services
    • Each paper of UPSC Civil Services mains will be of 3 hours
    • The main examination assess the overall intellectual traits of candidates.
    • The questions of General Studies (Paper II to V) tests candidate’s general awareness about relevant issues.
    • Questions of optional papers (Paper VI to VII) will be degree level.
    • The standard of papers A and B will be of matriculation level.
   


UPSC releases Civil Services admit card online separately for  Preliminary, Main and Personality Test. UPSC Civil Services admit card three weeks before the commencement of exam. The hard copy of the admit card is not sent to candidates by post therefore they are required to download the same online. Candidates can download Civil Services admit card either by roll number or registration number. The admit card carries details like name, roll number, photograph, signature, details of exam centre, date and time of exam. After downloading UPSC Civil Services admit card, candidates should check the details carefully. Along with the admit card, candidates are required to carry photo-identity proof and two passport size photographs to the examination centre. Candidates without admit card are not allowed to appear for the exam.

Civil Services Preliminary Exam

Civil Services admit card for preliminary exam was released on May 7, 2018. The admit card was issued to candidates who had successfully registered for the exam.

Civil Services Mains Exam

Civil Services admit card for mains exam will be issued from September. Only those candidates can download Civil Services admit card for mains who have qualified the preliminary exam.

Documents Required at Exam

  • Admit Card
  • Aadhaar Card
  • Driving License
  • Passport
  • Voter ID Card
  • Two passport size photographs

Civil Services result is announced in three phases – Preliminary, Main and Final. The result of all the stages are declared online. UPSC first declares Civil Services result of Preliminary examination followed by the announcement of result for mains exam. The final result is declared after completion of Personality Test. The result PDF file carries the roll numbers of qualified candidates. UPSC releases the scores of candidates of written examinations and Interview/Personality Test after completion of selection process.


Civil Services Preliminary Exam

Civil Services 2018 result of Preliminary exam was declared online on July 14, 2018. Based on Civil Services result of preliminary examination, as many as 10, 460 candidates have been selected for the mains exam. The marks obtained by candidates in the preliminary examination are not counted for the determining the final merit list. The preliminary examination is conducted only to shortlist candidates for the mains exam. Candidates selected for the mains exam is 12 to 13 times the number of vacancies. Only those candidates who have declared qualified in the preliminary examination are only eligible to appear for the main exam. The aggregate score of preliminary examination was calculated based on the number of correct answers in General Studies Paper I and II after deducting the marks for wrong answers.

Civil Services Examination 2018 Exam Analysis

Civil Services Preliminary Exam


The exam analysis of Civil Services prelims was released on June 3, 2018. According to Civil Services exam analysis of preliminary exam, the overall difficulty of General Studies Paper I was easy to moderate while Paper II was difficult. Maximum questions in Paper I were asked from  Economics and there were less questions from Science. Questions of General Studies Paper II were lengthy.

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) releases the answer key of Civil Services after completion of recruitment process. The answer key will be available online in PDF format all sets of test booklets provided to candidates during exam. Comparing the answers from Civil Services answer key, candidates can calculate their probable score based on the number of answers marked correctly and incorrectly.

Civil Services Preliminary Exam

Civil Services answer key for preliminary exam was released on June 3 for both General Studies Paper I and II. UPSC Civil Services 2018 answer key is available for all sets -A, B, C, D of both the papers.  The answer key of Civil Services Prelims has been released by coaching institutes. The exam conducting authority, UPSC, will release Civil Services answer key 2018 for preliminary exam after declaration of final result. 

Civil Services Cutoff refers to the minimum qualifying marks secured by the last recommended candidates as per categories at different stages of exam. The cutoff is released by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) after the announcement of final result. The commission decides separate cutoff scores for Preliminary, Mains and Final allotment. Civil Services cutoff is fixed by UPSC to select deserving candidates for the recruitment exam.

Civil Services Preliminary Exam

Civil Services cutoff of preliminary exam is decided based on the General Studies Paper I. The Paper II is qualifying in nature. The minimum qualifying cut off of Paper II is 33 %.

Civil Services Mains Exam

The cutoff of Civil Services mains is calculated based on the seven compulsory papers as two papers are qualifying in nature. Candidates are required to secure 25 % each in two qualifying papers to pass the exam. There is sectional cut off of 10 % in the compulsory papers too. Based on the Civil Services cutoff of mains exam, candidates are selected for Personality Test. The final cutoff of Civil Service is determined based on mains exam and Personality Test. On the basis of final Civil Services cutoff, allotment of candidates is done for various services.

Civil Services Examination 2018 Selection Process

The selection procedure of Civil Services comprises the following stages -

Preliminary Exam – Civil Services preliminary examination is held for all candidates registering successfully for the exam. This stage is to screen candidates for the mains exam. The marks obtained in the preliminary stage is not counted for the final merit list.

Mains Exam – The mains exam is conducted for candidates selected based on the marks of preliminary exam. Candidates 12 to 13 times the number of vacancies are selected for the mains exam. As many as 782 vacancies have been announced by UPSC. Therefore, 10,460 candidates have been shortlisted for the mains exam. The papers on Indian Languages and English (Paper A and B) of Civil Services mains examination is qualifying in nature. The marks of these papers are not counted for final ranking. Marks of candidates for Paper I to VII is taken into consideration for final merit list.

Personality Test – In  this stage, candidates twice the number of vacancies are selected based on their performance in the mains exam. Approximately, 2300 candidates will be selected for Personality Test. This test carries 275 marks. Here, the examination authority assess a candidate’s intellectual ability.

Marks obtained by candidates in the Main exam and Personality Test will be considered for preparation of All India Merit List. Allocation of services will be done as per candidate’s rank in the merit list and preferences of services and posts.


Documents Required at Counselling

  • Date of Birth Certificate or high school mark sheet with date of birth
  • Printout of E-Summon Letter
  • Mark Sheet/Certificate of Class 10 and 12 examination
  • Certificate regarding degree/post-graduate/other examinations passed
  • Passport size photographs and one should attached to interview call letter
  • Character certificate
  • SC/ST/OBC categories must bring the Caste/Community certificate issued by the Competent Authority
  • Medical Certificate for physically challenged candidates
  • Discharge certificate in applied under Ex-Servicemen
  • Aadhaar Card/Passport/Pan Card/Voter Id Card /Driving License /any other photo id card issued by the statutory authorities with affixed photograph

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