The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is India’s central recruiting agency. It is responsible for appointments to and examinations for All India services and group A and B of Central services. While Department of Personnel and Training is the central personnel agency in India. The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Civil Services Exam Syllabus is divided into three categories, namely Preliminary, Mains and Interview.
Civil Services Examination (CSE) is one of the toughest examinations in India, for example, Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Special Class Railway Apprentice (SCRA), These exams are led in three stages; Preliminary Exam (two objective papers), Mains Exam (nine papers of essay type) and Interview. The Preliminary Exam is qualifying in nature.
UPSC Civil Services 2018 | Important Dates
|Notification of Prelims||7th February 2018|
|Prelims Application Form Release||7th February – 6th March 2018|
|Prelims Admit Card Issuance||May 2018|
|Civil Services Exam 2018 – Prelims||3rd June 2018|
|Prelims Results||August 2018|
|Notification of Mains||August 2018|
|Mains Admit Card Issuance||September 2018|
|Civil Services Exam 2018 – Mains||1st October 2018|
|Mains Results||December 2018|
|Notification of Personality Test||January 2019|
|e-Summon for Personality Test||January 2019|
|Personality Test||February 2019|
|Final Results||May 2019|
Civil Services Exam 2018 Exam Pattern
Civil Services Exam 2018 will be held in three stages:
- Preliminary Examination.
- Main Examination.
- Personality Test/Interview Round.
1: Preliminary Examination: The Preliminary Examination of Union Public Service Commission for Civil Services is also popularly called CSAT or Civil Services Aptitude Test.
The UPSC Civil Services exam 2018 (Prelims stage) shall comprise of 2 objective type papers:
|General Studies Paper – I(Used for merit rank)||200 Marks||2 Hrs|
|General Studies Paper – II (CSAT)
(Qualifying in Nature; needs 33% marks)
|200 Marks||2 Hrs|
- The General Studies Paper – II (CSAT) is for qualifying purpose and candidates need to score minimum 33 percent in this paper to qualify for the next stage of the exam.
- There is 1/3rd negative marking for each incorrect answer in the Prelims.
- The candidates have to mandatorily appear for both the Prelims papers to be evaluated. The Prelims marks are not used for Final Score calculation.
2: Mains Exam: The UPSC Civil Services Exam 2018 (Main) consists of nine papers out of which two are qualifying in nature and rest are counted for ranking.
|Paper A||Compulsory Indian Language (Qualifying)||300|
|Paper B||English (Qualifying)||300|
|Paper II||General Studies I (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, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)||250|
|Paper V||General Studies-IV(Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude)||250|
|Paper VI||Optional Paper-I||250|
|Paper VII||Optional Paper-II
(Candidate can choose Literature as an Optional and need not be a graduate in that language)
- All the Mains papers have a duration of 3 hours each.
- The marks obtained in Paper I to VII will be used in determining the final rank along with the interview.
- Papers I-VII can be taken in either ENGLISH or HINDI.
3: Interview: The competitors who clear the Civil Services Exam 2018 (Main) with the chose cut-off imprints might meet all requirements for the following and last phase of the procedure which is the Personality Test. This is an interview round with the UPSC Board Members. Total marks for this round is 275.
UPSC Civil Services 2018 | Eligibility Criteria
Age Limit: The minimum age limit is 21 years. Age limit is calculated as on 1st of August every year which exam take place.
|category||Upper age limit||Number of attempts|
|Citizens of Jammu and Kashmir||37|
|Defense personnel disabled in operations during hostilities with foreign countries or disturbed area||35|
|Physically handicapped / disabled||42||9|
Qualification: An Indian with any degree from:-
- Any of the universities incorporated by an act of central or state legislature in India.
- Other educational institutions established by the act of parliament.
- Final year students and candidates awaiting for results can also apply. Results need to submit at the time of filing application for mains exam.
- No percentage bar for any of the services.
UPSC Civil Services 2018 | Syllabus
Civil Services Examination (CSE) is one of the toughest examinations in India, for example, Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Special Class Railway Apprentice (SCRA), These exams are led in three stages; Preliminary Exam (two objective papers), Mains Exam (nine papers of essay type) and Interview.
Civil Services Exam 2018 Prelims Syllabus
Syllabus for Paper I
- 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.
Syllabus for Paper II
- Interpersonal Skills including Communication Skills
- Logical Reasoning and Analytical Ability.
- Decision Making and Problem Solving.
- General Mental Ability.
- Basic Mathematics.
- Data interpretation.
Civil Services Exam 2018 | Mains
The UPSC Civil Services Exam 2018 (Main) consists of nine papers out of which two are qualifying in nature and rest are counted for ranking.
Paper I: Indian language – 300 Marks
Candidates should select any one of the Indian languages included in the eighth schedule of Indian constitution. Moreover, this paper is not compulsory for candidates coming from the states of Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Meghalaya, Manipur and Nagaland.
|Paper||Subject & Content||Marks|
|Paper 2||GS 1-Syllabus :Culture and Indian Heritage, History and Geography of world||250|
|Paper 3||GS 2-Syllabus: Constitution, Governance, polity, social justice and international relations||250|
|Paper 4||GS 3-Syllabus: Economic development, Technology, Environment and biodiversity, Disaster management and security.||250|
|Paper 5||GS 4-Syllabus : Aptitude, integrity and Ethics||250|
|Paper 6||Optional Paper 1||250|
|Paper 7||Optional Paper 2||250|
Apply for UPSC Civil Services Exam 2018
The official notification will be released on 7th February 2018.
Application Fee: The application fee for UPSC Civil services exam 2018 was Rs. 100 for General and OBC category students. However, no application fee was applicable in the case of Female/SC/ST/PH students.
The application fee had to be paid by either of the following mediums:
- Cash payment at SBI branches.
- Net Banking of State bank group only.
- Credit Card/Debit Card.
UPSC Civil Services Exam 2018 | Admit Card
The Admit Card/ Hall ticket for UPSC Civil Services Exam 2018 (Prelims) will be issued online on the UPSC official site, around May 2018.
UPSC Civil Services Exam 2018 | Results
The results of UPSC Civil Services Exam 2018 will be available on the official UPSC website.
The UPSC Civil Services Exam 2018 (Prelims) results will be available in August or September 2018.
The UPSC Civil Services Exam 2018 (Main) results will be accessible in January or February 2019.
The last solidified result will be accessible in June or July 2019.
We wish you all the best for your Bright Future.