IAS Exams (Civil Services) 2018

    Civil Services Exams

    Civil Services Exams (popularly known as IAS Exams) are being conducted every year in India to fill prestigious posts like IAS (Indian Administrative Service), IPS (Indian Police Service), IFS (Indian Foreign Service), IRS (Indian Revenue Service) and many other central government services.
    Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2018 will be held on June 3, 2018. Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2018 will start from October 1, 2018

    IAS Exams (Civil Services) Age limit

    The minimum age limit for UPSC IAS Exams (Civil Services) is 21 years. The upper (maximum) age limit for 2018 (age on the 1st of August 2018) varies by the candidate's category as given below
    Category Upper age limit
    General 32 years
    OBC 35 years
    SC/ST 37 years
    physically disabled (general) 35 years
    physically disabled (OBC) 38 years
    physically disabled (SC/ST) 40 years
    disabled servicemen (general) 35 years
    disabled servicemen (OBC) 38 years
    disabled servicemen (SC/ST) 40 years
    J&K domiciles (general) 37 years
    J&K domiciles (OBC) 40 years
    J&K domiciles (SC/ST) 42 years
    J&K domiciles (disabled) 50 years

    IAS Exams (Civil Services) attempts limit

    General and OBC candidates have a limit on the number of times they can take the Civil Services (preliminary) exam. An attempt is counted if a person attempts one or both papers of a year. It is not counted as an attempt if a person is absent for both papers of the preliminary exam even after applying
    Category Max. attempts
    General 6
    OBC 9
    SC/ST No limit
    physically disabled (general) 9
    physically disabled (OBC) 9
    physically disabled (SC/ST) No limit

UPSC Civil Services (preliminary) eligibility criteria

Indian citizens who satisfy the following three criteria are eligible to take the Civil Services exam
Type Eligibility
Age limit
Minimum and maximum age limits are given in the table above
Candidates who obtained any degree from any Indian government recognized University or Institute possess an equivalent qualification. Candidates who are in their final year or awaiting results are also eligible to appear for UPSC preliminary Examination provided they can produce proof of degree along with the application for the Civil Services (Main) examination.
Maximum attempts limit for general and OBC candidates is given in the table above

What is Civil Services (Preliminary) exam?

Civil Services (Preliminary) exam is an objective-type test. It consists of two papers. Paper-I (General Studies) is all important as its score is counted for selecting candidates for the Civil Services (Mains) exam. Paper-II (General Aptitude) is of qualifying nature and it is enough to pass (score at least 33%) in it. So, Paper-I of all the candidates who pass in the Paper II by scoring at least 33% in it will be evaluated and the score in Paper-I alone will be used for selecting candidates for the Civil Services (Mains) exam. Scores of the Civil Services (Preliminary) exam will be used only for for selecting candidates for the Civil Services (Mains) exam and will not be added to the scores of the Civil Services (Mains) exam.

Paper Time limit Marks Pass %
1. General Studies 120 minutes 200 marks NA
2. General Aptitude 120 minutes 200 marks 33%

How much score is enough to pass in the Civil Services (Preliminary) exam?

Minimum score in Paper I (General Studies) of candidates in each category who are successful in the Preliminary exam by scoring at least 33% in Paper II (General Aptitude)

Category 2016 Cut-off 2015 Cut-off
General 116 107.34
OBC 110.66 106
SC 99.34 94
ST 96 91.34
PH‐1 75.34 90.66
PH‐2 72.66 76.66
PH‐3 40 40

UPSC Civil Services (Preliminary) Exam Syllabus

Civil Services (Preliminary) Exam Paper I Syllabus
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, Panchayat 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 ClimateChange
Civil Services (Preliminary) Exam Paper II Syllabus
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)
General Science

How to prepare for the Civil Services exam?

First, one has to completely understand the exam by analyzing the pattern, syllabus, past papers and interviews of successful candidates. This is an extremely crucial step and may take weeks. Secondly, one has to realistically evaluate his/her strengths, weaknesses, resources and decide if one has required strengths and determination to meet the demands of this exam. This exam is like a marathon race, not a sprint. Lakhs of people start this race and most of them give up midway as they lack the burning ambition to continue. Successful candidates are those who come up with an excellent, well-thought, time-bound and realistic plan on every aspect of the exam (for both preliminary and mains and for the syllabus of all subjects) and religiously follow it as per the schedule. They visualize success and motivate themselves and others in their group (forming a study group with other worthy candidates will ease the pain and improves the morale) Preliminary exams test the depth of knowledge and Mains test both the depth and breadth. The plan should include simultaneous preparation for both preliminary and mains.