UPSC IAS Exam 2018-2019, Syllabus, Pattern,Eligibility, Age limit, Notification

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Indian Administrative Service [IAS] is one of the dream jobs of every youth in India. Due to its challenges and scope of transforming millions of lives in India, makes it as the prestigious services. Along with IAS, there are 24 other services including IFS, IPS, IRS and so on. UPSC conducts civil service exams [CSE] popularly called IAS Exam [2018] annually, for selecting candidates. CSE is a three step selection process as Prelims, Mains Exam and Personality Test (interview) and ultimately top ranker hold IAS offices. Hence an IAS officer holds many positions like collector, chief secretary, cabinet secretary, head of various public sector departments etc.

IAS Exam 2018 PatternUPSC Syllabus

UPSC Civil Service Exam is popularly known as IAS exam which is a three tire exam process as per UPSC Syllabus. The exam comprises of preliminary exam conducted in June, followed by mains in November – December and finally interview in March. The final result published by UPSC in the month of May. However,   preliminary exam marks are not accounted for ranking while the marks scored for mains and interview will be counted for ranking. Although, it is not easy to crack IAS Exam, due to its tough competition and wide syllabus, but hard work along with smart work, right approach, proper guidance and right attitude will enable an aspirant to get a high rank in IAS Exam and get a desired service.

Civil service examination [CSE]

Civil Service Exam (IAS Exam) conducted by UPSC, a government agency, who selects appropriate candidates to top most services. Every year around 4- 5lakh of candidates appear for exam and only around 1000 are got  selection.

As a matter of fact, IAS Exam  is considered as one of the toughest exams in the world, because of its high competition, huge syllabus and exam duration [extends to one year].

On the one hand, Preliminary exam is objective type consists of two papers General Studies Paper and CSAT. General studies paper counted for screening to the Mains exam stage while CSAT is minimum qualifying in nature.

On the other hand, Mains exam consists of 9 papers, including optional (2 papers), which is  descriptive in nature. However, English language paper and regional language paper are qualifying in nature. Essay paper, four general Studies papers and 2 optional papers are considered for merit,  along with interview marks.

           Paper         Subject        Marks
        Paper ARegional language(Qualifying)          300
        Paper BEnglish Language(Qualifying)          300
       Paper – 1Essay           250
       Paper – 2General Studies-1           250
       Paper – 3General Studies -2           250
       Paper – 4General Studies -3           250
       Paper – 5General studies -4           250
       Paper – 6Optional Paper – 1           250
       Paper – 7Optional Paper-  2            250
                                            Written test Total          1750
 Personality Test             275
                                     Final Total        2025

IAS Exam Eligibility criteria

An Indian with any degree from: [ For IAS and IPS]

  1. Any of the universities incorporated by an act of central or state legislature in India.
  2. Other educational institutions established by the act of parliament.
  3. Or a deemed university as per section 3 of university grants commission act, 1965.
  4. Posses an equivalent qualification.
  5. Final year students and candidates awaiting for results can also apply. Results need to submit at the time of filing application for mains exam.
  6. No percentage bar for any of the services.

For other services :

  1. A citizen of India or,
  2. A subject of Nepal or,
  3. A subject of Bhutan or,
  4. A Tibetan refugee who came to India, before January 1, 1962, with an intention to settle permanently in India.
  5. A person of Indian origin who migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries [ Kenya, Uganda, the united republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Zaire, Malawi, Ethiopia and Vietnam ]with the intention of permanently settle in India .

 IAS Exam – Age limit

The minimum age limit is 21 years. Age limit is calculated as on 1st of August every year which exam take place.

Upper age limit and number of attempts

categoryUpper age limitNumber of attempts
SC/ST37Unlimited attempts
Citizens of Jammu and Kashmir37 
Defense personnel disabled in operations during hostilities with foreign countries or disturbed area35 
Ex servicemen37 
Physically handicapped / disabled429

Cumulative age relaxation: apart from mentioned age limits, SC/ST and OBC candidates will get cumulative age relaxation. In other words, age limits added in special cases. For example, if a person is OBC and ex service man, he will get 5+7=12 of extension. Hence, his upper age limit will be 42 years.

UPSC Syllabus [ IAS Syllabus ]

The UPSC examination is considered as one of the toughest exams  not only in India but also in the World itself. Every year UPSC conducts IAS Exam under prescribed  syllabus.Therefore,  having a clear idea of the UPSC Syllabus (IAS Syllabus 2018 -2019 ) and proper methodology of study will help aspirants to tackle the dream of clearing IAS Examination. Here is the list of IAS Syllabus as per UPSC.

UPSC Syllabus for Prelims General Studies paper -1

  1. Current affairs : This includes matters relating to current events, both national and international importance.
  2. History : It consists of Indian national movement and history of India.
  3. Geography [Indian and world] : It comprises of physical, social, economic geography.
  4. Environment: Aspirants should include environment ecology, biodiversity and general issues on climatic change and general science.
  5. Indian polity and governance : Constitution of India, political system, panchayati raj etc.
  6. Economics : It consists of social sector initiatives, sustainable development, inclusion, demographics poverty etc .
  7. General Science

Duration is of two hours and marks out of 200 .

UPSC Syllabus for prelims paper-2 ( CSAT )

  1. Problem- solving and decision- making.
  2. General mental ability.
  3. Comprehension.
  4. Analytical and logical reasoning .
  5. Data interpretation.
  6. Interpersonal skills including communication skills.

Duration is of two hours and marks out of 200.

Also check : Books for UPSC Civil Services Prelims Exam

UPSC Syllabus For Mains Exam

The marks you score for mains examination and interview session will decide your ranking. The UPSC mains consist of 1750 marks and interview consists of 275 marks. Furthermore, in  UPSC mains,there are nine papers out of which seven are considered for final ranking. However, the rest two are language papers in which aspirants should secure minimum marks prescribed by Commission every year. But there is an exception for candidates residing in north eastern states. They have to attempt English language only.

Paper –A (Indian Language) 

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-B : English language -syllabus

UPSC papers counted for final ranking

PaperSubject & ContentMarks
Paper 1Essay250
Paper 2GS 1-Syllabus :Culture and Indian Heritage, History and Geography of world250
Paper 3GS 2-Syllabus: Constitution, Governance, polity, social justice and international relations250
Paper 4GS 3-Syllabus: Economic development, Technology, Environment and biodiversity, Disaster management and security.250
Paper 5GS 4-Syllabus  : Aptitude, integrity and Ethics250
Paper 6Optional Paper 1250


Paper 7Optional Paper 2250

Also read : Books for UPSC Civil Services Mains Exam

How to clear IAS exam

IAS Exam

PM Narendra Modi addressing IAS Probationers

  • Candidates should adopt the methodology of hard work+ smart work+ right approach+ proper guidance + right attitude. That is known as proper strategy.
  • For proper guidance and approach aspirants opt for class room teaching from coaching academies.
  • Online sites like  are a real treasure that provides proper guidance and approach.
  • Besides all, importance of mock tests cannot be neglected.

Also read: How to start UPSC Preparation without coaching 

Tips for clearing IAS Exam

  1. In the first place, role of coaching institutes are just 3 percent while online sites like treasure trove of knowledge played 50% of role.
  2. For common subjects like History, Geography,Economics  study materials and guidance are easily available.
  3. Moreover, clarity of thoughts and ideas is vital because  most of the questions opinion based .
  4. Empathy is most important factor for government servant for providing better solutions to common man.

Also Check : UPSC Books for Civil Service Prelims and Mains Exam

UPSC IAS (Prelims & Mains) Exam Dates 2018

UPSC Exam Dates for the year 2018 has been published. Civil Services Examination popularly known as IAS Exam (UPSC Prelims) will be held on 3rd June 2018. Furthermore, Notification will be publish on 7th February 2018 and the last date for the application is 6th March 2018.  Moreover, Civil Services Mains exam 2018 has scheduled from 1st October 2018 and will last for 5 days.

UPSC Exam Dates 2018

UPSC Civil Services 2018 Notification

UPSC published notification for 2018 Civil Services Examination while online Applications should be submit on or 6.00 PM, 7th March. Furthermore, the civil service preliminary exam will be on 3rd June 2018.

Download UPSC Civil Services 2018 Notification


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