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The official UPSC 2018 Notification for IAS Prelims Exam was released on 7th February 2018.According to the latest UPSC Notification 2018, the number of vacancies to be filled on the result of the examination is expected to be approximately 782, which include vacancies reserved for P.H. Category.UPSC Prelims exam will be held on 3 June 2018, and UPSC Mains exam will be held on 28 September 2018.The last date of receipt of the application is 6 March 2018.UPSC Notification 2018 provides important information to the candidate like exam date, pattern and marks of Preliminary examination and Optional subjects for UPSC Mains Exam etc.

UPSC Civil Service Exam (IAS) Calendar 2018

Civil Service Exam Important Dates
Notification 07-02-2018
Last Date To Apply 06-03-2018
Civil Services Preliminary Examination 03-06-2018
Civil Services Mains Examination 28-09-2018

The notification for 2018 UPSC Civil Services Exam is scheduled to be released on 7th February 2018. Aspirants should read the notification carefully as it mentions the last date to apply, which is 8th March for this year.

Civil Services Preliminary Exam will be conducted on 3rd June 2018. This exam will be conducted in 2 sessions as per the Civil Services Prelims Syllabus and the duration of the exam is one day. IAS Mains Examination for 2018 is scheduled on 28 September 2018 (Friday).

How to apply for Civil Services Examination?

Since the postal application system is unavailable now, candidates are supposed to apply via the online portal on UPSC website. Also, the Admit Cards can be directly downloaded from the UPSC Website, as mentioned in the official notification of the exam.

While applying, there are few points that need to be taken care of –

  • Candidates can apply online directly from the UPSC website’s registration portal, and it is recommended to submit only a single application.
  • Applicants, whether already in Government service, Government owned industrial undertakings, or other similar organization, or in private employment, should submit their applications directly to the Union Public Service Commission.
  • Candidates can select examination centres from the list maintained by UPSC and no one can give the exam at any venue other than these selected centres.
  • Candidates should carefully choose examination centre for exams during the registration process. Both Prelims and Mains have separate centres, but once you have locked a centre for the exam (whether it’s for Prelims or Mains), it is not possible to change. Please note, that Commission reserves the right to change the Centres at their discretion if the situation demands. The candidates should note that no request for change of centre will be entertained, once allocated.
  • There is no need to submit any certificate regarding age, education qualification, caste etc. along with the application form. It will be verified only in UPSC Mains exam.

Note: Fill your online application as soon as possible after the release of the notification. It will help you to skip the last-minute stress. Also, the centres are allocated on “first-apply-first allot” basis. Applicants are thus advised that they may apply early so that they can get their desired centre.

Eligibility for Civil Services Exam

The Eligibility for Civil Services exam is based on certain criteria viz. nationality, educational qualifications, age limits and the number of attempts.


  • For IAS and IPS, the applicant should be a citizen of India with a degree (discussed below).
  • For other Group A and Group B services, the applicant should be –
    a citizen of India, or
    a subject of Nepal, or
    a subject of Bhutan, or
    a Tibetan refugee who came to India, before January 1, 1962, with an intention to settle permanently in India, or
    a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

Educational Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in any subject from a Central or State University under Section-3 of University Grants Commission Act, 1956, or an institution established under Parliamentary Act.
  • Applicants pursuing last semester of his/her graduation or awaiting result can also apply for the Preliminary examination.
  • Candidates who qualify the Preliminary exam will have to produce a proof of their Bachelor’s degree in order to appear for the CS Mains.

UPSC Civil Services Age Limit and Number of Attempts

Age limit for IAS exam is that a candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 32 years.

UPSC age upper limit is relaxed for

  • OBC category – relaxation of three years
  • SC/ST category – relaxation of five years
  • Jammu and Kashmir domicile – relaxation of five years
  • Defence Security Personnel – relaxation of three years

IAS Exam age upper limit and number of attempts

Category Upper Age Limit for UPSC Number of Attempts
General 32 years 6
OBC 35 years 9
SC/ST 37 years No limit

Fee for Civil Services Exam Application

Civil Service Preliminary and Mains have separate fees. For Prelims, the fee is Rs 100/-, and there is no fee for ladies, SC/ST applicants and PH candidates. Both online and offline payment options are available.

Online Payment

Candidates have the option of paying the fee of Rs 100/- online by debit card, credit card, online banking etc.

Offline Payment

This option is for those who opted to pay by cash. In the second part of registration, the candidate can collect system generated challan and pay from any SBI branch on any working days, on or before 6th March 2018. The confirmation will take time and after that, the candidate will move forward to the last process.


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Brajesh Singh

4 months ago

whatever i write.. question marks adds as an suffix.. strange..

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Rana Amar Singh

4 months ago

yeah that happens .only text works here other sign. all is automatically shown as question mark !

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Arpita Prakash

4 months ago

ahh.. ok

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