UPSC IAS 2018 Union Public Service Commission- Civil Services (IAS)
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UPSC IAS 2018 Eligibility

By: Shreyansh Shrivastava on June 27, 2018
  • Candidate must hold a bachelor's degree from a recognized university or institute or equivalent.
  • A candidate who has appeared or intends to appear for the qualifying examination and is waiting for their results may also apply.
  • Candidates with professional and technical qualifications recognized by the Government as equivalent to professional and technical degrees.
  • Candidates who have passed the final year of MBBS or any Medical Examination but are yet to complete the internship can also appear for the Main Examination.
  • A candidate who is appointed to the Indian Administrative Service or the Indian Foreign Service on the results of an earlier examination and continues to be a member of that service will not be eligible to compete at this examination. They have to resign from the services to reappear in the Civil Services Examination.
  • For the Indian Administrative Service and the Indian Police Service, a candidate must be a citizen of India.
Category Maximum Age Attempt
General 32 6
OBC 35 9
SC/ST 37 Unlimited attempts up to the age limit
Physically Challenged 42

General- 9


SC/ST- Up to age limit

J&K Domicile General- 37
OBC- 40
SC/ST- 42
PH- 50
Depending on above categories as applicable.
Disabled serviceman discharged from duty General- 35
OBC- 38
SC/ST- 40
Depending on above categories as applicable.
Ex-serviceman with five years duty* General- 37
OBC- 40
SC/ST- 42
Depending on above categories as applicable.

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UPSC Civil Services Application Procedure Details:

IAS Application procedure is not complicated. Follow the instructions mentioned below to successfully done through the Civil Services Application Procedure-
  • A candidate can only apply online.
  • A candidate must have his/her photograph and signature duly scanned in the jpg format in such a manner that each file should not exceed 40 KB and must not be less than 3 KB in size for the photograph and 1 KB for the signature.
  • The Online applications (Part I and II) can be filled from February 7, 2018, to March 6, 2018.
  • Further communication (if any) will only be through electronic correspondence by email. The candidates must put a valid and active email id.
  • Periodically check your folder and make sure that emails with the @nic ending are not directed to the spam folder.
  • Fill the form timely to avoid last minute rush and glitches.
  • Payment can also be made in cash by depositing money in any branch of SBI.

Candidates appearing in CS (P) Examination, 2018 will be required to indicate information such as the detail of centers for Civil Services (Main) Examination and Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination

  • Optional subject to be selected for the examination
  • The medium of examination for Civil Services (Main) Examination
  • Compulsory Indian Language for Civil Services (Main) Examination at the time of the filling up online application itself. 

Candidates already in a Government service must inform their employer in writing about them taking up this exam. Failure to do so might result in rejection.

UPSC IAS 2018 Selection Procedure

To get selected in the UPSC IAS exam, the candidate must know about the details of the selection procedure. Without knowing the IAS selection process, an aspirant can not direct the preparation in right a direction.
IAS Selection Procedure

Here are the IAS Selection procedure details-

  • Candidates are shortlisted on the basis of their score in the Preliminary exam for the Main examination. Candidates are then again shortlisted on the basis of their score in the Main examination for the Personal Interview session.
  • IAS Prelims comprises of two papers which are of 400 marks in total i.e 200 marks each. The first paper is GS-1 in which questions asked from General Studies subjects and current affairs while second paper CSAT-2 consists of Aptitude and Reading Comprehension. CSAT Paper-2 of the preliminary exam is purely qualifying in nature.
  • The final section of a candidate is based on the candidate's score of the Main examination (Comprising 9 papers), and the Personal Interview combined together.
  • The Main exam is subjective in nature and comprises of total 1750 marks. The interview is of 275 marks which are added to the total scores.
  •  Marks obtained by the candidate in the written exam as well as the personal interview would determine their ranks and preferences given for various services and posts.


Is there negative marking at Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination?

Candidates should note that there is penalty (negative marking) for wrong answers marked by a candidate in the Objective Type Question Papers. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate, one‐third (0.33) of the marks assigned to that question is deducted as penalty. There is no penalty for unanswered questions.

What are the minimum educational qualifications prescribed?

The candidate must hold a degree of any of Universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or any other educational institution.

What are the provisions for reservation for SC, ST, OBC and Physically Disabled candidates?

Reservation will be made for candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes. Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes, and Physically Disabled Categories in respect of vacancies as may be fixed by the Government.

Can a candidate choose an optional subject, which he has not studied at graduate/post graduate level?


Can a candidate write different papers of Civil Service (Main) Examination in different languages?

 The candidate can write the paper in English or any of the Eighth Schedule languages except the Qualifying Language papers Paper‐A and Paper‐B, which they have indicated at the time of filling up of their online application form for Civil Service (Preliminary) Examination.

 What are the Cut‐off Marks for the compulsory language Papers?

The minimum qualifying standards in each of the two Qualifying Papers i.e. English and Indian Languages is indicated in the examination Rules, is at present 25%.

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