First Impression

The Civil Services Mains Examination 2018 required overall awareness besides just factual details to answer the questions correctly. The questions were often indirect as a means to check students' background knowledge and not just the immediate current affairs awareness. Overall difficulty level of many subtopics has increased this year as compared to last year.

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About UPSC

Popularly known as IAS is the short form of Indian Administrative Service. It is one of the prestigious services among the 24 services like IPS, IFS etc for the which the UPSC conduct Civil Services Examination (CSE) for selecting the candidates.

Age/attempt limit in UPSC ( CSE)

Category Upper Age Limit NO. of Attempts
GENERAL & CREAMY OBC 32 years 06 attempts
NON- CREAMY OBC 35 years 09 attempts
SC/ST 37 YEARS Till upper age limit
PH Gen- 42 years, OBC-45 years, SC/ST- 47 years Gen- 0 9 attempts, OBC- 09 attempts, SC/ST- till upper age limit
J&K Domicile Gen- 37 years, OBC- 40 years, SC/ST- 42 years, PH – 47 years
Till upper age limit
Disabled servicemen Gen - 37 years, OBC - 38 years, SC/ST - 40 years Till upper age limit

Academic Qualifications

  • Must be a graduate. No minimum %, grade or CGPA required in college.
  • They only need final graduation certificate/marksheet.
  • Undergraduate in last year, last semester can apply.
  • Foreign degree valid but have to get equivalent cert. from AIU
  • Distance education degree valid- IF recognized by UGC/AICTE/any Law
  • MBBS must have completed internship before UPSC Interview-stage comes

Application Process

  • Mode: online
  • Imp Dates: You can apply for the UPSC CSE'18 examination from 2nd Feb'18 to 6th march 2018.
  • You've to mention your optional subject in online Prelim application form. You can’t change it afterwards during Mains detailed application form (DAF).
  • Marksheet ,caste certificate not required at this stage.

UPSC Civil Services Exam pattern


General studies (Paper-1)

  • 100 MCQs x 2 marks = 200 Marks
  • -0.66 Marks penalty for wrong answers
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Marks Counted for Mains selection, but not in final selection.


  • Current events of national and international importance.
  • History of India and Indian National Movement.
  • Indian and World Geography - Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.
  • Indian Polity and Governance - Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
  • Economic & Social Development - Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social initiatives, etc.
  • General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change , General Science

Aptitude/CSAT (Paper-2)

  • 80 MCQs x 2.5 marks = 200 Marks
  • -0.83 Marks penalty for wrong answers
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Marks not counted in Mains -Selection.
    Only 33% passing marks have to be scored.


  • Comprehension
  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills;
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability
  • Decision-making and problem solving
  • General mental ability
  • Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. - Class X level

Civil Services Mains Examination 2018:

Exam date 28th Sept'18 - 7th Oct'18

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