Thursday, 22 February 2018

UPSC Civil Services 2018 Exam: Official Notification & Dates Released Apply onlie at

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released the notification for Civil Services Examination, 2018:-
On 7 February, the Union Public Service Commission published the notification for the 2018 civil services examination. It notified 782 vacancies, the lowest in 10 years, and a steep fall from the 980 vacancies notified in 2017.No change in Age-Attempt limit
This, however, isn’t a new trend. Ever since the NDA government came to power under Narendra Modi in 2014, the number of vacancies has been on the decline. That year had witnessed the notification of 1,291 vacancies – the highest in the last 10 years.
On the same day as the UPSC’s notification, Jitendra Singh, Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, said in response to a question in the Lok Sabha that there was currently a shortage of around 1,500 IAS officers in the country, as per data available till 1 January 2017.
Why is the number of vacancies declining, despite the government’s admission that there is a need for more officers?
Promises and realities
During his 2014 Lok Sabha election campaign, Modi had promised that he would make the bureaucracy leaner, under his mantra of ‘minimum government, maximum governance’. The falling number of vacancies is seen to be a result of Modi’s promise.
However, a senior official of the Department of Personnel and Training, explained how the system of vacancies works in reality.
“The number of vacancies depends upon the requirement raised by the various state governments and central agencies,” the official said on the condition of anonymity. “The numbers are also kept in check to manage the career growth of all the officers as they get promotion. Because of the pyramid structure of the government, it is important to maintain a balance at the entry level.”
However, Satyanand Mishra, former IAS officer and Chief Information Commissioner, said he was shocked at the low number.
“The number of vacancies is a shocker for me. Roughly around 3 per cent of the workforce in the bureaucracy retires every year. The current vacancies will only fill that gap,” Mishra told ThePrint. “I was expecting an increase in the requirement of officers in the revenue and tax department, especially post GST implementation and with a policy to collect more tax.”
A.P. Singh, former member of the UPSC and retired IPS officer, clarified that it was the DoPT that took these decisions, not the UPSC.
“UPSC issues the notification based on the requirement given to us by the DoPT. The commission has no say in the number of vacancies; it only conducts the examination,” he said.
Tougher competition
A low number of vacancies will make the toughest examination in the country even tougher for aspirants, because of the increased competition.
Last year, around 12 lakh candidates had registered themselves for the examination, with only 980 vacancies up for grabs. However, over the years, the number of candidates who actually appear for the examination has declined drastically, since a number of registered candidates don’t appear because it would take away one of their attempts.
In 2016, 11,35,943 candidates had applied for this examination, out of which only 4,59,659 candidates actually appeared.
The preliminary examination of the Civil Services examination for recruitment to the services and posts will be held by the Union Public Service Commission on June 03rd(Tentative). Mains will be held from 28th September.

The posts coming under the purview of the Civil Services examinations are:
(i) Indian Administrative Service.
(ii) Indian Foreign Service.
(iii) Indian Police Service.
(iv) Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service, Group A.
(v) Indian Audit and Accounts Service, Group A.
(vi) Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise), Group A.
(vii) Indian Defence Accounts Service, Group A.
(viii) Indian Revenue Service (I.T.), Group A.
(ix) Indian Ordnance Factories Service, Group A (Assistant Works Manager, Administration).
(x) Indian Postal Service, Group A.
(xi) Indian Civil Accounts Service, Group A.
(xii) Indian Railway Traffic Service, Group A.
(xiii) Indian Railway Accounts Service, Group A.
(xiv) Indian Railway Personnel Service, Group A.
(xv) Post of Assistant Security Commissioner in Railway Protection Force, Group A.
(xvi) Indian Defence Estates Service, Group A.
(xvii) Indian Information Service (Junior Grade), Group A.
(xviii) Indian Trade Service, Group A (Gr. III).
(xix) Indian Corporate Law Service, Group A.
(xx) Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service, Group B (Section Officers Grade).
(xxi) Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service, Group B.
(xxii) Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Service, Group B.
(xxiii) Pondicherry Civil Service, Group B.
(xxiv) Pondicherry Police Service, Group B.

Post details:
Total number of posts:782

Age Limit-Candidates age should be above 21 years and below 32 years. The upper age relaxation is 05 years for SC/ ST, 03 years for OBC and 10 years for PH candidates. Age relaxation is applicable as per rules.

Maximum Age
till upper age
Physically disabled
(Blind, Deaf-mute, Orthopedic)
  • if general then 9
  • OBC then 9
  • SC/ST- then upper age
J&K domicile
depending on above categories (Gen, OBC, SC/ST, PH)
Disabled serviceman discharged from duty
same as above
Ex-serviceman with five years duty
* specific condition on page2 of notification
same as above

No change in structure of the exam

Preliminary Exam
Paper 1
Paper 2
General studies (GS)
Marks counted for selection in mains exam…yes
  • You need to get only 33% passing marks. i.e. 200 x 0.33 = 66 passing marks required to clear prelims.
200 marks
200 marks
0.33% negative marking
0.33% negative marking

Selection Process: The Civil Services Examination will consist of two successive stages. Civil Services Preliminary Examination (Objective type) for the selection of candidates for the Main Examination and Civil Services Main Examination (Written and Interview).

मुख्य परीक्षा दिसंबर  2016 में संभावित है। 

Civil Services New Mains Format
Paper I
Paper II, III, IV, V
General Studies with new topics (250 marks for each paper)
Papers VI,VII
Any one subject (having 2 papers) to be selected from the prescribed optional subjects (250 marks for each paper)
Personality Test (Interview)
Total Marks

The training program for the selected candidates usually commences on first Monday of September every year.

Since 1959,national academy of training of mussoorie,has been imparting training to the IAS probationers.The various components of the induction of the training programme for IAS are,

-foundation training                      4 months.
-professional training (first spell)   5 months.
-district training in the state        12months.
-professional training(second spell)  3 months.
                                        total = 24 months

The foundation training course is combined for IAS,IFS,IPS and Grp A services of india(FOREIGN service too).
During the first spell of institutional training,the IAS probationary study more detail the problems of Indian administration,criminal procedure code,constitution and legal system,economic planning etc.
in the second spell the probationers discuss the administrative problems, problems and issues they were confronted with or they observed during the course of their practical training of state.The training at the stage is problem oriented .

Application Fee: Candidates have to Pay Rs.100/- either by online or offline mode. No Fee for Female/ SC/ ST/ PH candidates.

UPSC 2018:  Important Dates:-

UPSC 2018


Issue of  Notification

07 February 2018

Application form availability

07 February 2018

Last date for Application Submission (online)

6th March 2018

Prelims Admit card

 June 2018

UPSC Preliminary Exam date

3rd June 2018

Prelims exam result

August 2018

Main Exam Admit Card Availability

September  2018

UPSC Main Exam Date

1st October 2018

Declaration of final result

January 2019

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