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

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 Pattern

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 A Regional language(Qualifying)           300
        Paper B English Language(Qualifying)           300
       Paper – 1 Essay            250
       Paper – 2 General Studies-1            250
       Paper – 3 General Studies -2            250
       Paper – 4 General Studies -3            250
       Paper – 5 General studies -4            250
       Paper – 6 Optional Paper – 1            250
       Paper – 7 Optional 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

category Upper age limit Number of attempts
General 32 6
OBC 35 9
SC/ST 37 Unlimited attempts
Citizens of Jammu and Kashmir 37
Defense personnel disabled in operations during hostilities with foreign countries or disturbed area 35
Ex servicemen 37
Physically handicapped / disabled 42 9

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 papers counted for final ranking

Paper Subject & Content Marks
Paper 1 Essay 250
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


How to clear IAS exam

  • 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.

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 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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