UPSC Civil Services 2018 Exam

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About UPSC Civil Services 2018

The Civil Services Examination (CSE) is a competitive examination conducted at the national level by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for recruiting candidates to various Civil Services of the Government of India. The recruitment is done for the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Police Service (IPS) among others. The UPSC Civil Services examination consists of a Preliminary examination, followed by the Mains examination, and a Personality Test (face to face interview).

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UPSC Civil Services 2018 Eligibility Criteria

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Civil Services 2018 eligibility criteria include the conditions and specific requirements that applicants have to fulfill to become eligible for the exam. The conditions may include requirements related to academic qualification, age and number of attempts. A Civil Services aspirant can qualify all the stages of the examination provided he/she meets the prescribed UPSC eligibility conditions. A candidate's eligibility will be cross-checked by the Commission through document verification once he/she has qualified for Interview/ Personality Test

Minimum Educational Qualifications:

  • Applicant must hold a degree from any of the recognised Universities or possess an equivalent qualification.

Age Limit:

  • Applicant must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 32 years on the 1st of August, 2017 i.e., he/she must have been born not earlier than 2nd August, 1985 and not later than 1st August, 1996.  

The upper age limit prescribed above will be relaxable:

  • Up to a maximum of five years in the case of SC/ST candidates;

  • Up to a maximum of three years in the case of OBC candidates;

  • Up to a maximum of five years if a candidate had ordinarily been domiciled in the State of J&K during the period from the 1st January 1980 to the 31st day of December 1989;

  • Up to a maximum of three years in the case of Defence Services Personnel, disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof;

  • Up to a maximum of five years in the case of ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least five years Military Service as on 1st August 2017 and have been released;

  • On completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due to be completed within one year from 1st August 2017 otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency; or

  • On account of physical disability attributable to Military Service; or

  • On invalidment.

  • Up to a maximum of five years in the case of ECOs/SSCOs who have completed an initial period of assignment of five years of Military Service as on 1st August, 2017 and whose assignment has been extended beyond five years and in whose case the Ministry of Defence issues a certificate that they can apply for civil employment and that they will be released on three months’ notice on selection from the date of receipt of offer of appointment.

  • Up to a maximum of 10 years in the case of blind, Hearing Impaired and Orthopaedically handicapped persons.

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UPSC Civil Services 2018 Syllabus

The Civil Services 2018 Syllabus is decided by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) each year. As part of the Prelims syllabus, candidates are evaluated based on their knowledge and aptitude in current affairs. In Civil Services Mains exam, a candidate is evaluated based on his/her academic expertise in his/her specialised subject. It also looks at an individual's overall intellectual traits and understanding of concepts. Basically, the questions that are asked in the Civil Services examination tests candidate’s understanding and clarity of concepts related to a variety of subjects, which is relevant for a career in Civil Services.

UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Exam Syllabus

Paper I Paper II
Current events of national and international importance Comprehension
History of India and Indian National Movement Interpersonal skills including communication skills
Indian and World Geography-Physical Logical reasoning and analytical ability
Social, Economic Geography of India and the World Decision-making and problem-solving
Indian Polity and Governance-Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc. General mental ability
Economic and Social Development-Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc. Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. — Class X level)
General issues on Environmental ecology, Bio-diversity and ClimateChange - that do not require subject specialisation  
General Science  

UPSC Civil Services Mains Exam Syllabus

Qualifying Papers Marks

Paper - A

(One of the Indian Language to be selected by the candidate from the Languages included

in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution).         

 300 Marks

Paper - B

English

300 Marks

Papers to be Counted for Merit

 

Paper - I

Essay

250 Marks

Paper - II

General Studies-I

(Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society)

250 Marks

Paper - III

General Studies – II
(Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)

250 Marks

Paper - IV

General Studies – III
(Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and

Disaster Management)

250 Marks

Paper - V

General Studies – IV
(Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)

250 Marks

Paper - VI

Optional Subject – Paper 1

250 Marks

Paper-VII

Optional Subject – Paper 2

250 Marks
Sub Total (Written test) 1750 Marks
Personality Test 275 Marks
Grand Total 2025 Marks

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UPSC Civil Services 2018 Exam Pattern

It is important for candidates to have a complete understanding of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) exam pattern beforehand to be better prepared for the competitive examination. The UPSC Civil Services examination is divided into three stages including Preliminary (Prelims), Mains and Interview. The paper pattern of UPSC Civil Services Exam Pattern includes details related to the number of questions, nature of questions, and marking scheme.

Highlights of Civil Services Paper Pattern

Features Prelims Mains
Exam Mode Offline Offline
Medium of Instruction English & Hindi English & Hindi
Number of Qualifying Papers 2 7
Maximum Marks 400 1750
Type of Questions Objective Both Objective & Subjective
Negative Marking 0.33 (one-third) One-third (for objective type questions only)
Exam Duration 2 hrs per paper 3 hrs per paper

 Civil Services Preliminary Exam Pattern

The preliminary examination is just a screening test for candidates to qualify for the Mains examination. The marks secured by the qualified candidates in the Prelims are not considered for determining their final order of merit.

  • The preliminary examination comprises of two compulsory papers (General Studies Paper-I & General Studies Paper-II) of 200 marks each. 
  • Both the question papers are of the objective type (multiple choice questions).
  • The General Studies Paper-II is a qualifying paper and candidates have to secure minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%.
  • The medium of instruction for the question papers is set both in English and Hindi.
  • The time duration for the papers is two hours each.
  • Extra time of 20 mins per hour for each paper will be given to blind candidates and those with Locomotor Disability and Cerebral Palsy.
  • Negative marking is applicable on incorrect answers. For every incorrect response, one-third (0.33) of the marks is deducted.
  • In cases where a candidate marks more than one answer, the same penalty will be applicable even if one of the given answers happens to be correct.
  • There will be no penalty in cases where a question is left blank i.e. no answer is given by the candidate.

Civil Services Mains Exam Pattern

As part of the Mains exam, candidates shortlisted after qualifying the Preliminary examination have to take another written examination and a Personality Test. There are a total of 9 papers in the written test of the Mains exam. Marks secured by candidates in the qualifying papers of the Mains exam and marks obtained in the Interview round are considered for preparing the final UPSC Civil Services Rank List.

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UPSC Civil Services Prelims 2018 Exam Analysis

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Civil Services Prelims 2018 Examination was conducted successfully on June 3, 2018. Around 3 lakh candidates across the country appeared for the Civil Services Prelims 2018 examination. Get a detailed analysis of the examination from our experts and student reactions.

The Civil Services examination had two papers - Paper 1 was conducted from 9.30 AM to 11.30 AM while Paper 2 had started at 2.30 PM.

According to those who appeared for the examination, Paper 2 was more difficult than Paper 1. Apparently, Paper 2 turned out to be quite lengthy. Overall, this year's Civil Services Prelims was found to be tougher than the last year’s paper.

As for the examination pattern, students from different centers said that there wasn't any change in the question paper pattern but there were some surprises in terms of some questions that were asked from unexpected areas.

Detailed Analysis of UPSC Civil Services Prelims 2018 Exam

As part of the analysis, we will give you insights into the overall and section-wise difficulty level, toughest and easiest sections of the exam, total marks, topic-wise distribution of questions, weightage of topics and expected cut-off.

General Studies Paper 1 was held from 9.30 AM to 11.30 AM. Students rated the paper easy to moderate in terms of the difficulty level. A total of 100 questions were asked in the paper. Majority of the questions were asked from Economics while there were fewer questions on Science. 

This year, the cut-off for UPSC Civil Services preliminary examination is likely to drop. 

Please note that the UPSC Civil Services exam analysis provided to you on this page is based on the feedback provided by the exam takers. 

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How to Prepare for UPSC Civil Services 2018

The Civil Services Examination (CSE), conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), is a competitive and prestigious exam conducted on a yearly basis to fill-in various civil service vacancies for the Government of India. 

To be successful in a national-level examination like this, it is important to have a proper and effective preparation strategy in place. For those appearing for the exam this year, here are some tips and tricks that can be used to take Civil Services exam preparation to the next level. 

Be Acquainted with the Syllabus:

It is essential for all the candidates to be thoroughly acquainted with the entrance exam syllabus. If the candidates are familiar with the syllabus, it will reduce their mental burden by a great percentage. Candidates are advised to go through the syllabus thoroughly.

Know the Exam Pattern Well:

All the candidates should be fully acquainted with the exam pattern. If the candidates are familiar with the exam pattern, they will have a clear idea regarding the number and type of questions, total marks for every paper, the time duration for the exam, number of papers and number of sections in each paper.

Regular Practice from Sample Papers:

All the candidates are advised to regularly solve the CSE sample papers. This will help in improving your proficiency and speed level. 

Select the Right Preparation Material:

All the candidates should have quality preparation materials for all the subjects. It is advisable to choose one book per subject which will clarify all the basic concepts. If the candidates study from too many books on one topic, it will create much confusion and also waste a lot of time.  

Regular Revision:

All the candidates for UPSC CSE should regularly revise all the topics previously prepared. Revision will help to recall all the topics studied along with grasping new concepts. Revision process is an important part of preparation as it helps to boost recalling and memorising power.

Don't be Stressed and Be Calm:

It is very necessary to remain calm while preparing for a competitive exam like CSE, for it is one of toughest exams in the country. The candidates should not be stressed and should prepare well for the exam.

Making Short Notes:

The candidates appearing for the exam should make short notes which will make their revision much easier. This is one of the best ways to remember the topics easily.

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UPSC Civil Services (Prelims) 2018 Result Declared

The UPSC Civil Services Exam 2018 Result for the Preliminary examination conducted on June 3, 2018 has been declared. Check your result on the official website of UPSC! 

Check Your UPSC Civil Services Prelims Exam Result 2018!

Candidates who qualify in UPSC Civil Services (Preliminary exam) become eligible to sit for UPSC Civil Services Mains exam, and those who qualify in the Mains exam of UPSC Civil Services are called for the Interview round.

The result of UPSC Civil Services displays the list of roll numbers of all the qualifying candidates. The result is available in a PDF format wherein candidates can check their exam results.

UPSC Civil Services Prelims 2018 Result Dates

Events

Dates

UPSC Prelims 2018 exam

June 3, 2018

UPSC Prelims Result 2018 announcement

July 15, 2018

Steps to View UPSC Civil Services Result 2018

Candidates can view their UPSC Civil Services Prelims exam result by following the steps given below:

  • To check the result, visit the official website of UPSC.

  • A link to access the result will be available.

  • Click on the link and the result will be displayed on your screen in the form of a PDF file.

  • Download and save the UPSC result PDF for future use.

Levels of UPSC Civil Services Result 2018

UPSC Civil Services Prelims Result 2018:

The result of UPSC Prelims 2018 has been announced by the exam conducting authority on July 15, 2018. UPSC Civil Services 2018 results display the marks scored by the candidates in General Studies Paper I and General Studies Paper II. In order to be eligible for UPSC Mains exam 2018, candidates must qualify both the papers.

UPSC Civil Services Mains Result 2018:

UPSC Civil Services Mains result 2018 will be announced by UPSC in January 2019. In order to sit for the Interview round, candidates have to qualify the Mains exam of UPSC Civil Services.

UPSC Civil Services Final Result 2018:

The final result of UPSC Civil Services 2018 exam will be announced by UPSC in April 2019 for all the qualified candidates. Candidates qualifying in the Personality tests are considered as the qualified candidates. Candidates qualifying the UPSC Civil Services exam are recruited for various posts of Indian Civil Services.

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UPSC Civil Services 2018 Selection Process

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Civil Services selection process comprises of three stages – Civil Services (Preliminary) examination (Objective Type), Civil Services (Main) examination (Written) and a Personality Test (Interview). 

Candidates qualifying in the UPSC Civil Services 2018 exams, will become eligible to appear for next round of selection process, and ultimately be selected for the recruitment in various posts of Indian Civil Services.

Civil Services (Preliminary) Exam

Civil Services (Preliminary) exam is the first stage to shortlist candidates for Mains exam. The highlights of the Civil Services (Preliminary) exam are given below:

  • This examination is conducted just as a screening test to shortlist eligible applicants for Mains exam.

  • Candidates who qualify preliminary exam will be eligible to take part in Civil Services (Main) exam.

  • The marks obtained in Civil Services (Preliminary) exam will not be considered in the final merit list.

Civil Services (Mains) Exam

The Civil Services (Main) exam consists of a Written exam & a Personal Interview. These 2 stages of Mains exam has been detailed below-

Written Exam

The applicants who score minimum qualifying marks in written part of the Mains exam will be selected for a personal interview test. The number of applicants selected for the personal interview will be just twice the number of vacancies to be filled.

Personal Interview

  • The personal interview will have 275 marks (with no minimum qualifying marks).

  • The applicants will be asked questions by the interviewers.

  • The main objective of the Interview is to assess the personal suitability of the applicant for a career in public service by a Board of competent & unbiased observers.

Final Selection Criteria for Recruitment

The marks obtained in Civil Services Mains exam and in the Interview Test are added up. The top 980 students are allotted a post in the Service or Cadre in order of availability and preference for the same. Thus, the top ranked candidate will get his/her post of first preference, while the last candidate will get what is remaining.

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UPSC Civil Services 2018 Cut-off

UPSC Civil services 2018 Cut-off will be released by examination organising authority i.e. Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) after the declaration of the UPSC Civil services final result. The cut-off is the minimum marks that a candidate must secure so as to qualify the exam and become eligible for the next round. The UPSC will release the Civil services 2018 cut-off marks for all the three stages under its selection process.

Those who qualify the prelims cut-off are selected to appear in the mains examination. Those who qualify the mains cut-off are called for the interview phase of the examination. Finally, the applicants who qualify the cut-off marks in the interview phase are appointed for various civil services posts across the country.

The final cut-off marks is a combination of Prelims, Mains and Personal Interview. The cut-off marks for prelims and mains will be declared separately on the official website of UPSC. This cut-off score decides whether a candidate will move further in the selection process or get eliminated from the admission process.

UPSC Civil Services 2019 Cut-Off Dates

UPSC Civil Services 2019 Events

Dates

UPSC Civil Services 2019 Result

March/April 2019

UPSC Civil Services 2019 Cut-off

To be released

How to Check UPSC Civil Services 2018 Cut-Off

Here are some simple steps to check UPSC Civil Services cut-off 2018:

  • Visit the official website of UPSC i.e. www.upsc.gov.in

  • On the homepage of UPSC, click on the tab 'Examination'.

  • Then, select the 'Cut-off' tab from the drop-down list.

  • A new page will appear in which cut-off marks for various years will be displayed on the screen.

  • Click on the link for which you want to see the cut-off marks.

  • The next page will display the cut-off marks for various categories.

  • You can check and compare your marks with that of the cut-off.

  • You may also take a print out of the cut-off marks for future reference.

Factors that Determine UPSC Civil Services Cut-off

There are factors that  are considered for determining the cut-off for UPSC Civil Services such as:

  • Number of test-takers 

  • Difficulty level of the examination

  • Total number of posts available

  • Section-wise marks attained by candidates

Expected UPSC Civil Services Cut-off 2018

Category

Prelims

Mains

Final

General

150 – 200

665 – 679

850 – 889

OBC

140 – 201

602 – 631

810 – 845

SC

101 – 185

615 – 633

815 – 835

ST

103 – 180

610 – 620

800 – 815

PH‐1

101 – 170

550 – 615

800 – 820

PH 2

80 – 120

550 – 630

780 – 835

PH‐3

60 – 125

450 – 515

690 – 726

Note: The above-mentioned UPSC Civil Services cut-off is based on the previous years' cut-off data.

Previous Years' UPSC Civil Services Cut-offs

UPSC Civil Services Cut-off for Prelims exam

Category

Civil Services Prelims cut-off 2017

Civil Services Prelims cut-off 2016

Civil Services Prelims cut-off 2015

General

105.34

116.00

107.34

SC

88.66

99.34

94

ST

88.66

96.00

91.34

OBC

102.66

110.66

106

PH 1

85.34

75.34

90.66

PH 2

61.34

72.66

76.66

PH 3

40.00

40.00

40

UPSC Civil Services Cut-off for Mains exam

Category

Civil Services Mains cut-off 2017

Civil Services Mains cut-off 2016

Civil Services Mains cut-off 2015

General

809

787

676

SC

756

739

622

ST

749

730

617

OBC

770

745

630

PH 1

734

713

580

PH 2

745

740

627

PH 3

578

545

504

UPSC Civil Services Final Cut-off

Category

Civil Services Final cut-off2017

Civil Services Final cut-off 2016

Civil Services Final cut-off 2015

General

1006

988

877

OBC

968

951

834

ST

939

920

801

SC

944

937

810

PH 1

923

927

802

PH 2

948

951

830

PH 3

830

817

697

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Best Books for UPSC Civil Services 2018

In this article, we have compiled a list of the best books for UPSC Civil Services exam preparation. UPSC Civil Services 2018 Main examination was conducted on 28th September 2018 for those who have successfully qualified in the Prelims examination. In order to score well, candidates must go through the following list of books. These preparation books have been categorised into Prelims and Mains books. There are some free e-books as well.

The first step in the preparation strategy is to know the syllabus and pattern of UPSC Civil Services 2018. Knowing the exam pattern will help candidates prepare a study plan, based on which they can search for the right books, which will help in understanding the vast syllabus of UPSC Civil services 2018. While selecting the books, the candidates must ensure that they have sufficient UPSC Civil Services previous years' question papers.

Candidates should make sure that they shortlist books that cover the most difficult topics explained in the simplest way. The books that have diagrams and images to explain topics can also be very helpful. Basically, candidates need to shortlist books that include everything in the exam curriculum.

How to Select Best Books for UPSC Civil Services 2018 Preparation

  • Candidates must try to buy the books of famous authors or known publication houses.

  • While selecting the books for UPSC Civil Service entrance exam, candidates must try to compare the contents of two or more books to get correct explanation of important topics and subjects.

  • Always try to choose a book, which is easy to understand and covers the entire syllabus of the examination.

  • While selecting the books for UPSC Civil Service entrance exam, it is advisable to check the year of publication of the book.

  • One factor that candidates must keep in mind is that the language used in the books has to to be simple and understandable.

Books for UPSC Civil Services Prelims Examination

Name of Books

Authors

NCERT Books Set for UPSC Exam (Set of 27 books or 40 books)

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History of Modern India (History)

 

Bipan Chandra

 

India’s Struggle For Independence (History)

 

Bipan Chandra

 

India’s Ancient Past (History)

 R.S. Sharma.

History Of Medieval India (History)

Satish Chandra

The Wonder That Was India(Culture)

A.L. Bhasham

Indian Art and Culture (Culture)

Nitin Singhania

Geography of India (Geography)

Majid Husain

Oxford School Atlas (Geography)

Oxford

Certificate Physical and Human Geography (Geography)

Goh Cheng Leong

Indian Polity for Civil Services Examinations (Polity)

M. Laxmikanth

Indian Economy (Economy)

Ramesh Singh

Science and Technology in India (Science and Technology)

TMH

Environmental Studies: From Crisis to Cure (Environment)

Rajagopalan

Environment for Civil Services Prelims and Mains (Environment)

 Khuller

Analytical Reasoning (CSAT – Paper 2: Analytical Reasoning)

M. K. Pandey

 – Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning (CSAT Paper 2: Reasoning)

 R. S.Aggarwal

India Year Book (Current Affairs)

--

Manorama Yearbook. (Current Affairs)

--

Books for UPSC Civil Services Mains Examination

Name of Books

Authors

Selected Contemporary Essays (Essay Paper)

 Saumitra Mohan

Essays for Civil Services (Essay Paper)

Pulkit Khare

India After Gandhi (History – GS1)

Ramchandra Guha

Norman Lowe OR History of Modern World (World History – GS1)

Jain and Mathur

Social Problems In India (Indian Society – GS1)

Ram Ahuja

IAS Mains General Studies Paper 2 (Manual – GS2)

 

Arihant

Current Issues – What’s Hot Today (ClearIAS ebook – GS2)

--

Governance in India for CSE. (Governance – GS2)

--

Pax Indica (Foreign Policy – GS2)

Shashi Tharoor.

India and the World (Foreign Policy – GS2)

Surendra Kumar

IAS Mains General Studies – GS3. (Manual – GS3)

Arihant

India’s National Security: A Reader. (Internal Security – GS3)

--

Challenges to Internal Security of India. (Internal Security – GS3)

--

Lexicon for Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude. ( Ethics – GS4)

--

IAS Mains General Studies – Ethics. (Manual – GS4)

Arihant

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UPSC Civil Services 2018 Admit Card

UPSC Civil Services 2018 admit card for Mains Examination has already been released. The admit card was issued by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for all the candidates who undertook the entrance exam.The admit card for UPSC Civil Services 2018 Preliminary Examination was released on 7th May 2018. The admit card was released in online mode on the official website of UPSC. The UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Examination was conducted on 3rd June 2018, and candidates accessed their respective admit cards by entering their Registration Number or Roll Number.

The admit card of UPSC Civil Services 2018 displays the name of the candidate, exam center address, reporting time and duration of the entrance exam. While downloading the admit card, candidates have to verify all the details mentioned on the admit card and contact the concerned officials in case of any issue/discrepancy.

Note: UPSC Civil Services 2018 admit card must be preserved until the completion of the selection process.

UPSC Civil Services Admit Card 2018 – Important Dates

Events

Date

UPSC CS 2018 Admit Card Date

7th May 2018

UPSC CS 2018 Preliminary Exam Date

3rd June 2018

UPSC CS 2018 Mains Admit Card Date 11th September 2018
UPSC CS 2018 Mains Exam Date 28th September 2018

How to Download UPSC Civil Services Admit Card 2018

Candidates can follow the steps given below to download the admit card of UPSC Civil Services 2018:

  • Log on to the official website for the UPSC.

  • Go to the 'What's New' section on the homepage of UPSC.

  • Under this section, click on the link available to access the e-admit card of the UPSC Civil Services Mains 2018.

  • A new page will open, followed by another page of instructions.

  • After reading the instructions, go to the next page.

  • Enter the required credentials and click on 'Submit'.

  • After entering all the details, the e-admit card will be displayed on the screen.

  • Download the admit card of UPSC Civil Services and take a print out of the same for further reference.

Important Instructions Regarding UPSC Civil Services Hall Ticket 2018

  • Along with Civil Services admit card 2018, candidates will also have to carry an identity proof to the examination hall for verification.

  • The admit card will mention all the exam related information like candidate's name, exam date, exam centre, time duration of the exam and venue/centre details etc.

  • If any discrepancy is found in the details mentioned in the admit card, then, candidates must bring it to the notice of concerned officials.

  • In the exam hall, candidates must follow all the instructions mentioned on the admit card/hall ticket.

  • Candidates must keep the admit card safe until the completion of the selection process.

Details Mentioned on UPSC Civil Services 2018 Admit Card

The following details will be mentioned on UPSC Civil Services admit card 2018:

  • Name of the candidate

  • Candidate’s date of birth

  • Candidate’s roll number

  • Date and timing of exam

  • Photograph of the candidate

  • Name of the candidate’s father

  • Venue of the test center

  • General instructions for the exam

ID Documents Required with UPSC Civil Services 2018 Admit Card

At the exam center, candidates have to bring any one valid identity proof along with the admit card on the day of the entrance exam:

  • Driving Licence

  • PAN Card

  • Aadhaar Card

  • College ID

  • Bank Passbook

Discrepancy in UPSC Civil Services 2018 Admit Card

In UPSC Civil Services admit card 2018, if any candidate notices any discrepancy, then the same must be brought to the notice of the concerned officials.

FAQs on UPSC Civil Services Admit Card 2018

1. Who will release the UPSC Civil Services 2018 admit card?

UPSC Civil Services 2018 admit card is released by Union Public Services Commission (UPSC)

2. What should I do in case of any discrepancy printed on the UPSC Civil Services 2018 admit card?

In case of any discrepancy/error, candidates must report the same to the concerned officials.

3. Will I get entry into the exam hall without the admit card?

Candidates will not be allowed to take the entrance exam without UPSC Civil Services 2018 admit card 2018.

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How to Apply for UPSC Civil Services 2018

To know how to apply for Civil Services examination 2018, candidates must visit the official website of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), which is www.upsconline.nic.in. The website provides all the necessary details that candidates should know before applying for the examination. To complete the application process, the application fee must be submitted via Credit card/debit card/Internet banking. It is important for Civil Services aspirants to fulfill all eligibility conditions for admission to the examination.

Follow the steps given below to fill up the 'Online Application Form':

  • Go to the official application website.
  • There will be two registration links provided to the candidates.
  • Fill all the necessary details and upload required documents and submit.

Important Instructions for UPSC Civil Services Application Process 

  • Applicants are required to apply online on the UPSC official website.  

  • While filling the application form, the applicant should carefully decide his/her choice of center for the examination.  

  • Suitable provisions have been made in the online application for information regarding use of scribes by the blind applicants and applicants with Locomotor Disability and Cerebral Palsy where dominant (writing) extremity is affected to the extent of slowing the performance of function (minimum of 40% impairment).

  • Applicants taking the Civil Services Preliminary examination must mention information such as details of centers for examination, optional subject to be selected for the examination, the medium of examination and compulsory Indian Language at the time of the filling up online application itself.

  • During the submission of the application form, applicants are not required to submit any certificate as proofs of their Age, Educational Qualifications, Scheduled Castes/ Scheduled Tribes /Other Backward Classes and Physically disabled etc. The document verification will be conducted at the time of the Main examination only.

UPSC Civil Services 2018 Application Fee

  • Applicants (excepting Female/SC/ST/PH candidates who are exempted from payment of fee) are required to pay fee of INR 100/- either by remitting the money in any branch of SBI by cash, or by using Net Banking facility of State Bank of India/ State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur/State Bank of Hyderabad/State Bank of Mysore/ State Bank of Patiala /State Bank of Travancore or by using Visa/Master Credit/Debit Card.  

  • Applicants who opt for 'Pay by Cash' mode should print the system generated pay-in-slip during part II registration and deposit the fee at the counter of SBI branch on the next working day only.  

  • After payment, applicants must take out the print of their application form. 

  • Applicants will get registration confirmation by SMS or E-mail.

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UPSC Civil Services 2018 Answer Key

The UPSC Civil Services 2018 answer key will be released after the examination is over. The answer key will be released on the official website of Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). Candidates will be allowed to download the answer key once it is issued by UPSC. 

The UPSC Civil Services (Preliminary Exam) 2018 was held on 3rd June, 2018, which consisted of 2 papers – Paper 1 and Paper 2. The answer key that will be released will also be distributed paper-wise. The answers of different sets of Paper 1 and Paper 2 will be given in the answer key of UPSC Civil Services 2018. Candidates can save and download the answer key for future reference.  

UPSC Civil Services 2018 Answer Key Important Dates

Events

Dates

UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Exam 2018

3rd June, 2018

UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Result 2018

15th July, 2018

UPSC Civil Services Answer Key To be released

Steps to Download UPSC Civil Services 2018 Answer Key

  • Go to the official website of Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

  • Go to the ‘Home’ page and click on the ‘Examination’ menu.

  • Click on the ‘Answer Key’ under the Examination menu.

  • Click on the link given below, denoting GS Paper 1 and GS Paper 2.

  • A PDF file will open with the answers of the questions asked in the preliminary examination of UPSC Civil Services.

  • Download the PDF file and take a print out of it for future references.

Marking Scheme of UPSC Civil Services 2018 Answer Key

The table given below shows the marking scheme of UPSC Civil Services 2018 answer key.

Paper A

Marks

(One of the Indian Language to be selected by the candidate from the Languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution).

 

 

300

Paper B

 

English

Note:- Papers to be counted for merit

 

300

Paper – I

 

Essay

250

Paper – II

 

General Studies-I

Note:- (Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society)

250

Paper – III

 

General Studies -II
Note:- (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)

 

250

Paper – IV

 

General Studies
Note:- (Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)

 

 

250

Paper – V

 

General Studies – IV
Note:- (Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)

 

250

Paper – VI

 

Optional Subject – Paper 1

250

Paper – VII

 

Optional Subject – Paper 1

250

Sub Total (Written test)

1750

Personality Test

275

Grand Total

2025

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Best Coaching Institutes for UPSC Civil Services 2018

UPSC organised the Civil Services Main Examination 2018 on 28th September 2018 in offline mode. The examination was conducted only for those who successfully qualified the Prelims examination. Every year, lakhs of students from all over India take the UPSC Civil Services examination. While some students choose coaching institutes for preparation, some students believe in self-study.

Joining a coaching institute for UPSC Civil Services is considered a good option for better exam preparation. These coaching institutes will help candidates know the UPSC Civil Services 2018 Syllabus and the complete structure of UPSC Civil Services exam pattern 2018 for each section and sub-section.

In India, there are many coaching institutes that provide proper guidance to the students to achieve success in the UPSC Civil Service examination. They also provide students with the best books and study material to understand the entire structure of the examination. Apart from that, there are many coaching institutes that help candidates not only prepare for the entrance exam, but also for the third stage of examination, i.e. Interview phase.

How to Choose UPSC Civil Services Coaching Institute

UPSC Civil Services applicants must consider the following factors before joining a UPSC Civil Services coaching institute:

  • Before joining a coaching institute, always talk to current and old students of the centre. This will help you get a clear picture of what’s happening inside the centre.

  • Always look at the past few years' results of the coaching centre that you want to join. A good institute remains consistent in terms of its performance.

  • Before selecting a coaching institute, check out the credentials of all teachers.

  • Check whether the institute's location is convenient for you or not.

  • The coaching institute should have the relevant study material.

  • The last but important factor to consider is the cost/fee structure. Some institutes charge sky-high prices but are not worth it. Therefore, always compare the fee charged by different institutes before you select the one that works for you.

Top Coaching Institutes in India for UPSC Civil Services Entrance Preparation

Some of the top coaching institutes in India that prepare students for UPSC Civil Services entrance exams are listed below:

Rau’s IAS Study Circle

O2 IAS Academy

Vajiram and Ravi

ALS IAS Academy

Chanakya IAS Academy

Brilliant Tutorials Private. Limited

Raj IAS Academy

Sathya IAS Academy

Elite Academy

Brain Tree India

Khan Study Circle

Astitva I.C.S.

Top Coaching Institutes for UPSC Civil Services in Delhi NCR

Rau’s IAS Study Circle

ALS (Alternative Learning System) IAS Academy

Vajiram and Ravi

Sriram IAS Academy

Unique Shiksha IAS Institute

Vision IAS – Coaching Institute for Civil Services

Classic IAS Academy

Chanakya IAS Academy

Analog IAS Institute

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Top Coaching Institutes for UPSC Civil Services in Kolkata, West Bengal

AptiPlus

RICE (Roy’s Institute of Competitive Examination)

ALS IAS

Institute for Civil Servant Aspirants (ICSA)

Vinson IAS

Eastern India Competitive Classes

Impulse Institute

The Institute for Competitive Studies (TICS-IAS)

Top Coaching Institutes for UPSC Civil Services in Mumbai, Maharashtra

The Prayas India

Time IAS Academy

Narayana Academy

A Shah’s IAS Institute

Success Forum

Dronacharya IAS Academy

Lakshya IAS Academy

Royale IAS Academy

Paradigm IAS Academy Pvt. Ltd

Academy of Competitive Examinations

Udaan Coaching Institute

ANALOG IAS Istitute

Mumbai Institute for IAS civil service examination preparation

ALS IAS

Top Coaching Institutes for UPSC Civil Services Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Shankar IAS Academy

Kingmakers IAS Academy

Officers IAS Academy

Impact IAS Academy

Kamaraj IAS Academy

All India Civil Service Coaching Centre (AICSCC)

Success IAS Academy

Manidha Naeyam IAS Academy

Indian IAS Academy

Vetri IAS Study Circle

Smart Leaders IAS Academy

Ganesh’s IAS Academy

Manidhanaeyam IAS & IPS Free Coaching Centre

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Top Coaching Institutes for UPSC Civil Services in Bangalore, Karnataka

Pragnya IAS Academy

Inspiro IAS

Achiever IAS Academy

Shiksha IAS Academy

Analog IAS Institute

Insight IAS

National IAS Academy

Global IAS Academy

IAS Forum

Rau’s IAS Study Circle

IAS Baba

Himalai (Making Indian Administrators)

Shankar IAS

The Impact IAS

Plutus IAS

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Top Coaching Institutes for UPSC Civil Services in Jaipur, Rajasthan

Rau’s IAS Study Circle

Zenith Point

Chanakya IAS Academy

Sanjeevani Civil Service Guidance Academy

RAOS Jaipur

Astitva IAS Acadamy

Springboard Academy

ETEN IAS

Motive Academy (Best RAS/IAS Coaching in Jaipur)

Gayatri IAS Academy, Best IAS coaching, Best RAS coaching, Civil services coaching in Jaipu

KSG India Jaipur

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Top Coaching Institutes for UPSC Civil Services in Hyderabad, Telangana

Analog IAS Institute

Pragnya IAS Academy

R.C. Reddy IAS Study Circle

Brain Tree Institute

La Excellence IAS

Krishna Pradeep's 21st Century

Sri Chaitanya IAS Academy

Gandhi IAS Study Circle

ALS IAS Academy, Hyderabad

IAS Brains

The IAS Mentors

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UPSC Civil Services Conducting Body

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is India's central agency authorised to conduct the Civil Services examination, Engineering Services Examination, Combined Medical Services Examination, Combined Defence Services Examination, National Defence Academy Examination, Naval Academy Examination, Special Class Railway Apprentice, Indian Forest Service examination, Indian Economic Service examination, Indian Statistical Service examination, Combined Geoscientist and Geologist Examination, and Central Armed Police Forces (Assistant Commandant) examination.

UPSC Civil Services 2018 Important Dates

Events

Date 

 UPSC Civil Services Online Registration Start Date

7th February 2018

Last Date to Submit UPSC Civil Services Application Form

6th March 2018

UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Exam Date

3rd June 2018

UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Exam Result Declaration Date

15th July 2018

UPSC Civil Services Mains Exam Date

28th September 2018 to 7th October 2018

UPSC Civil Services Mains Exam Result Declaration Date

December 2018

UPSC Civil Services 2018 Timetable for Mains Examination 

Paper-I Essay

28th September 2018  (9.00 AM to 12.00 PM)

Paper-II General Studies-I

Paper-III General Studies-II

29th September 2018 (9.00 AM to 12.00 PM)

29th September 2018 (2.00 PM. to 5.00 PM)

Paper-IV General Studies-III

Paper-V General Studies-IV

30th September 2018 (9.00 AM to 12.00 PM)

30th September 2018 (2.00 PM. to 5.00 PM)

Paper-A Indian Language

Paper-B English

6th October 2018 (9.00 AM to 12.00 PM)

6th October 2018 (2.00 PM. to 5.00 PM)

Paper-VI Optional Paper-I

Paper-VII Optional Paper-II

7th October 2018 (9.00 AM to 12.00 PM)

7th October 2018 (2.00 PM. to 5.00 PM)

UPSC Civil Services 2018 Exam Centers

                                                                                           For Preliminary Examination:

DELHI

LUDHIANA

UDAIPUR

DHARWAD

MADURAI

VARANASI

DISPUR

MUMBAI

VELLORE

FARIDABAD

MYSORE

VIJAYAVADA

CHENNAI

KOHIMA

THANE

COIMBATORE

KOLKATA

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM

BANGALORE

JAIPUR

SAMBALPUR

BAREILLY

JAMMU

SHILLONG

BHOPAL

JODHPUR

SHIMLA

BILASPUR

JORHAT

SILIGUDI

AHMEDABAD

GWALIOR

PORT BLAIR

AIZAWL

HYDERABAD

PUDUCHERRY

ALIGARH

IMPHAL

PUNE

ALLAHABAD

INDORE

RAIPUR

ANANTPUR (ANDHRA PRADESH)

ITANAGAR

RAJKOT

GANGTOK

NAGPUR

VISHAKHAPATNAM

GAYA

NAVI MUMBAI

WARANGAL

AURANGABAD

JABALPUR

RANCHI

CUTTACK

KOZHIKODE

TIRUCHIRAPALLI

AGARTALA

GHAZIABAD

GAUTAM BUDDH NAGAR

DEHRADUN

LUCKNOW

TIRUPATI

CHANDIGARH

KOCHI

SRINAGAR

AGRA

GORAKHPUR

PANAJI (GOA)

AJMER

GURGAON

PATNA

                                                                                            For Mains Examination:

DEHRADUN

MUMBAI

BANGALURU

DELHI

PATNA

BHOPAL

DISPUR (GUWAHATI)

RAIPUR

ALLAHABAD

HYDERABAD

RANCHI

CUTTAK

JAIPUR

SHILLONG

AHMEDABAD

JAMMU

SHIMLA

AIZAWL

KOLKATA

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM

CHANDIGARH

LUCKNOW

VIJAYAWADA

CHENNAI

Contact Details

Address: Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), Dholpur House, Shahjahan Road, New Delhi – 10069

Phone number: 011-23385271/011-23381125/011-23098543

Website: https://www.upsc.gov.in

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