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Civil Services Exam 2018

Civil Services Exam 2018 Application form, Dates, Eligibility, Selection Procedure

UPSC conducts Civil Service Exam to recruit the eligible candidates at numerous Services of the Govt. of India such as IAS Indian Administrative Services), IFS (Indian Foreign Services), IPS (Indian Police Services) & IRS (Indian Revenue Services). It is one of the tough competitive examinations in India in which the success rate is 0.1%-0.3% with more than 11,00,000 candidates. There are 2 phases involved in civil services examination- 1st one of preliminary examination including 2 MCQ type papers (general studies & aptitude test) and the 2nd one is the Main examination including nine papers of the conventional type followed by personal interview round. Check all the details about Civil Services Exam 2018 in the below article.

Civil Services Exam 2018 Notification

  • Civil Services Examination Application form for prelims now available from 7th February 2018. 
  • Check How to apply for Civil Services Exam 2018 (Prelims)Click Here
  • Check UPSC Exam Calendar 2018Click Here

Civil Services Exam 2018 Important Dates

Events of Civil Services Exam 2018 Prelims Mains
Publication of official notification 7th Feb 2018  
The last date to submit application forms 6th March 2018  
Issuing of admit card May 2018 Nov 2018
Exam Date 3rd Jun 2018 1st October 2018
Results declaration Aug/Sept 2018 Jan/Feb 2019

Civil Services Exam 2018 Application Form

Civil Services Application Process has been started from 7th February 2018. The competition is quite high every year, as many candidates apply for UPSC Civil Services Examination. Only those candidates who will score high as per the cut-off pattern will be eligible to take the Main Examination of UPSC Civil Services. The Main examination for UPSC Civil Services Exam 2018 will be scheduled in the month of December 2018.

Eligibility Criteria


  • Candidate should be an Indian national or
  • A national of Nepal or a subject of Bhutan or
  • A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Malawi, Ethiopia, Myanmar, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, Zaire & Vietnam to become a permanent resident of India.

Educational Qualification

  • Must have a degree from central, state or deemed university.
  • Must have a degree received through correspondence or distance education.
  • Must have a degree from an open university.
  • Must have a qualification recognized by the govt. of India as being equivalent to one of the above.

Note:- The below-mentioned applicants can also apply but they must submit the proof of their eligibility from a competent authority at their institute/university at the time of the main examination.

  • The applicants who have appeared in the exam, the passing of which would render them educationally qualified enough to satisfy one of the above points.
  • The applicants who have qualified the final exam of MBBS but have not yet completed their internship.
  • The applicants who have qualified final exam of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), ICSI & ICWAI.
  • A degree from the private university.
  • A degree from any foreign university recognized by the Association of Indian Universities.

Age limitation

  • The applicants must have aged between 21 to 32 years as on 1st August of the examination year.
  • This age limitation may vary from category to category.
  • For OBCs, the upper age limitation is 35 years.
  • For SC/ST, the upper age limitation is 37 years.
  • The upper age limitation is relaxed only for certain categories.
Category Upper age limit No. of attempts
General 32 Years 06 Attempts
OBC 35 Years 09 Attempts
SC/ST 37 Years No bar
PH (Blind, Deaf, Orthopedic) 42 Years GEN/OBC= 9 Attempts SC/ST= No bar
J & K Domicile GEN=37 Yrs, OBC= 40 Yrs, SC/ST=40 Yrs, PH=50 Yrs No bar
Disabled servicemen, disabled from duty. GEN=37 Yrs, OBC=40 Yrs, SC/ST=40 Yrs. No bar

Application Fee

  • The Applicants will have to pay Rs 100.
  • Female/SC/ST/PH candidates are exempted from the application fee.
  • Payment can be made via offline and online mode

Civil Services 2018 Exam Pattern

Civil services examination is considered as one of the toughest competitive examinations in India. On an average, almost 9,00,000 to 1,000,000 candidates take part in civil services examination every year and the number of appearing candidates to write preliminary exam is approx 4,50,000. The entire process of civil services examination is completed in these 3 stages-

  • Stages I- Preliminary Examination (A qualifying exam conducted in the month of August every year and the result declared in the mid of October month).
  • Stage II- Main Examination (Conducted in the month of December every year and result declared in the 2nd week of March).
  • Stage III- Personal Interview (Conducted in the month of April/May every year and final result released in the month of May).

For Preliminary Exam

  • The exam will be conducted in offline mode in duration.
  • The exam consisted of 3 papers and two compulsory each paper of 200 Marks.
  • Each question will be 1/3 Mark penalty for wrong answer choosed.
Papers Details of the question papers Total Marks Total Time
I General Studies – This paper will be counted for qualifying to write the Civil Services Mains exam. 200 2 hrs
II Aptitude test (CSAT) – This paper is of qualifying nature, but candidate must score at least 33% marks in this paper. However, marks of this paper are not counted for writing the Mains examination. 200 2 hrs
Total 400 4 hrs

For Main Exam

  • The Mains exam will be conducted in Descriptive test mode.
  • It consists of 9 different papers and paper-1 & paper-2 are necessary for all.
  • Remaining will be optional subjects.
Papers Details of the question paper Marks
A Language
Candidate can take any Modern Indian language but this paper is of qualifying nature
B English – This paper is of qualifying nature 300
I Essay Can be written in the medium or language of the candidate’s choice


II General Studies-I (Indian Heritage and Culture,
History, and Geography of the World and Society)
III General Studies -II: (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations) 250
IV General Studies –III (Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management) 250
V General Studies –IV (Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude)
Marks carried by General Studies papers are 4X 250=1000
VI Optional Subject – Paper I 250
VII Optional Subject – Paper II (Candidate is allowed to take up literature as an optional subject “without the condition of having it at the graduation level.) 250
Sub Total (Written test)
(Marks of English and Language will not be counted in the total tally of marks for the written exam.)
Interview 275
Grand Total 2025

Personal interview

The main objective of this test is to assess the applicant’s personal suitability for a particular service. The board of competent will evaluate the applicants on their mental abilities, intellectual skills, social traits & interest in current affairs. The interview will not only be a strict cross questioning but of a natural conversation. The applicants are expected to have interest in the happening around them in Indian as well as in the world instead of showing their knowledge about particular academic subject.

Civil Services 2018 Cut Off

Cutoff can be expected as we are giving the cutoff for the year 2015

Exam Gen OBC SC ST PH-I PH-2 PH-3
CS (pre) 107.34 106.00 94.00 91.34 90.66 76.66 40.00
CS(Main) 676 630 622 617 580 627 504
CS (Final) 877 834 810 801 802 830 697

Important Books for Pre Exam

  • History Of Modern India – Bipan Chandra. (History)
  • India’s Ancient Past – R.S. Sharma. (History)
  • India’s Struggle For Independence – Bipan Chandra. (History)
  • The Wonder That Was India – A.L. Bhasham. (Culture)
  • History Of Medieval India – Satish Chandra. (History)
  • Geography of India – Majid Husain. (Geography)
  • Indian Art and Culture – Nitin Singhania. (Culture)
  • Certificate Physical and Human Geography – Goh Cheng Leong. (Geography)
  • Oxford School Atlas – Oxford. (Geography)
  • Indian Economy – Ramesh Singh. (Economy)
  • Indian Polity for Civil Services Examinations – M. Laxmikanth. (Polity)
  • Science and Technology in India – TMH. (Science and Technology)
  • Economic Survey. (Economy)
  • The environment for Civil Services Prelims and Mains – Khuller. (Environment)
  • Environmental Studies: From Crisis to Cure – Rajagopalan. (Environment)
  • Manorama Yearbook. (Current Affairs)
  • India Year Book (Current Affairs)
  • Analytical Reasoning – M. K. Pandey (CSAT – Paper 2: Analytical Reasoning)
  • CSAT Paper – 2 Manual by TMH or CSAT-II – Arihant (CSAT – Paper 2)
  • Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning – R. S.Aggarwal (CSAT Paper 2: Reasoning)

Important Books for Main Exam

  • Essays for Civil Services – Pulkit Khare (Essay Paper)
  • Norman Lowe OR History of Modern World – Jain and Mathur (World History – GS1)
  • India After Gandhi – Ramchandra Guha (History – GS1)
  • IAS Mains General Studies Paper 2 (Arihant Manual – GS2)
  • Social Problems In India – Ram Ahuja. (Indian Society – GS1)
  • Pax Indica – Shashi Tharoor. (Foreign Policy – GS2)
  • Governance in India for CSE. (Governance – GS2)
  • IAS Mains General Studies – GS3. (Arihant Manual – GS3)
  • India and the World by Surendra Kumar. (Foreign Policy – GS2)
  • Challenges to Internal Security of India. (Internal Security – GS3)
  • India’s National Security: A Reader. (Internal Security – GS3)
  • IAS Mains General Studies – Ethics. ( Arihant Manual – GS4)
  • Lexicon for Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude. ( Ethics – GS4)

List of Languages

The examination is offered in the following languages, with the name of the script in brackets:

Assamese (Assamese) Punjabi (Gurumukhi) Kashmiri (Persian)
Bodo (Devanagari) Santhali (Devanagri) Maithili (Devanagari)
Bengali (Bengali) Sanskrit (Devanagari) Konkani (Devanagari)
English (English) Tamil (Tamil) Manipuri (Bengali)
Dogri (Devanagari) Sindhi (Devanagari or Arabic) Malayalam (Malayalam)
Hindi (Devanagari) Urdu (Persian) Nepali (Devanagari)
Gujarati (Gujarati) Telugu (Telugu) Marathi (Devanagari)
Kannada (Kannada) Oriya (Oriya)

Optional Subjects

The subjects available for Papers VI and VII are

Agriculture Philosophy Geography
Veterinary Science Political Science and History
Animal Husbandry and Physics Geology
Botany Psychology Management
Anthropology International Relations Law
Civil Engineering Sociology Mechanical Engineering
Chemistry Public Administration Mathematics
Commerce & Accountancy Statistics Medical Science
Electrical Engineering Economics Zoology
Literature of any one of the Non-English Languages listed above

Exam Center for Pre Examination

Agartala Gautam buddh nagar Ghaziabad
Ajmer Patna Gurgaon
Agra Panaji (goa) Gorakhpur
Ahmedabad Port blair Gwalior
Allahabad Raipur Indore
Aizawl Puducherry Hyderabad
Anantpur (andhra pradesh) Rajkot Itanagar
Aligarh Pune Imphal
Bareilly Shillong Jammu
Aurangabad Ranchi Jabalpur
Bangalore Sambalpur Jaipur
Bilaspur Siligudi Jorhat
Bhopal Shimla Jodhpur
Chennai Thane Kohima
Chandigarh Srinagar Kochi
Cuttack Tiruchirapalli Kozhikode (calicut)
Coimbatore Thiruvananthapuram Kolkata
Delhi Udaipur Ludhiana
Dehradun Tirupati Lucknow
Dispur Vellore Mumbai
Dharwad Varanasi Madurai
Gangtok Vishakhapatnam Nagpur
Faridabad Vijayawada Mysore
Gaya Warangal Navi Mumbai

Civil Services and Posts

The eligible candidates will be applied for these posts and services:

  • Indian Police Service
  • Indian Foreign Service
  • Indian Administrative Service
  • Indian Postal Service, Group ‘A’
  • Pondicherry Civil Service, Group ‘B’
  • Pondicherry Police Service, Group ‘B’
  • Indian Trade Service, Group ‘A’ (Gr. III)
  • Indian Revenue Service (I.T.), Group ‘A’
  • Indian Civil Accounts Service, Group ‘A’
  • Indian Railway Traffic Service, Group ‘A’
  • Indian Corporate Law Service, Group “A”
  • Indian Defence Estates Service, Group ‘A’
  • Indian Railway Accounts Service, Group ‘A’
  • Indian Defence Accounts Service, Group ‘A’
  • Indian Railway Personnel Service, Group ‘A’
  • Indian Audit and Accounts Service, Group ‘A’
  • Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service, Group ‘A’
  • Indian Information Service (Junior Grade), Group ‘A’
  • Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise), Group ‘A’
  • Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service, Group ‘B’ (Section Officer’s Grade)
  • Post of Assistant Security Commissioner in Railway Protection Force, Group ‘A’
  • Indian Ordnance Factories Service, Group ‘A’ (Assistant Works Manager, Administration)
  • Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service, Group ‘B’
  • Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Service, Group ‘B’


  1. Raj Pal godar

    I am doing btech in chemical engineering from iit delhi and now which management course will do that I get good job

  2. satya

    sir i m a ordinary student passed SSC in compartmental and have completed +12 and graduation with bellow 50% marks but i have done my post-graduation(MCA) with 75% in distinction marks , and my age is right now 32 years of old age , i am a OBC category person …so can i eligible for this Civil service exam , because i have interested to serve my country as my best of level , plz plz give me reply , thank you

    • Rupinder Mann

      Yes Satya , you can apply for civil services. you are eligible till 35 years of age, and the good thing is OBC’s have 6 attempts.

    • Kavita

      Yes u r eligible mam..
      U can appear for this
      Bcz we just want a bachelor degree only marks doesn’t matter
      And for the age all i want to say that u have still three chance for upsc exam….

  3. rinki jain

    Gud evening sir, my name’s Rinki. & My husband dream become a ias officer but private job k Saath wo ias ki taiyari nahi kar PA rahe Hai to Kya me unki dream Puri kar sakti hu .

  4. Vivek Sharma

    I am 3rd year appearing student of BBM in 2018. Can, I attend UPSC exam in 2018? Because,it is necessary to me to attend exam in next year.

  5. Nanavath Suresh Naik

    Sir I’m Suresh my qualification is (MA Hindi)in 2014. completed Sir, can afling the Civil’s service exam Sir pls reply Sir

  6. sukhil.m

    sir , i had completed my graduation now am 21 yrs old i would like to apply for civil service exam on 2018 …Am i eligible for that …now am working as assistant manager at cooperative bank ..If am eligible i need your wishes sir

  7. Ashish Bind

    Sir Tell that’s
    I am Ashish Kumar Bind From Azamgarh , Sir My age under 21 one but my Graduation completed in the 2018,, mains Exam before it will be completed…. My Dob – 12/12/1997 sir sir please tell me… I fill from, aren’t??? Please sir tell me…..

  8. Anifer

    Hello sir. I am 29 yrs old and have done BCA, MCA, B. ED. And now at present am a teacher but I read about UPSC and after reading my inner conscious wants to do something great for the government and want to render my help for this nation. Sir pls reply me that am I applicable to give upsc exam ? If yes then in which field should I apply my exam for? There are many posts. So what to opt?

  9. Suneel Kumar

    Sir I am lower family belong. so I am not join civil coaching. I am searching free civil coaching from lucknow U.P. Pls help me

  10. Mohd Nadeem

    Myself is mohd nadeem
    And my aim to becoming a ias officer
    But the coachng fees is very high i m unable to take the decusion what to do
    How i can get more information in this time

  11. aruna

    sir i am final year student of b.pharm . can i apply for upsc examination ? i am eligible or not ? pls rplay me sir.

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