IAS EXAM 2018

IAS EXAM 2018

The IAS exam 2018 is UPSC CSE (Union Public Service Commission Civil Services Examination).IAS stands for Indian Administrative Service. It is a civil services competitive examination conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for the recruitment to various Civil Services of the Government of India. It offers positions in the Union Government, State Government and Public Sector undertakings.

IAS Exam 2018 Eligibility Criteria

  1. Age Limit
  • The candidate must complete 20 years of age and enter at the age of 21.
  • The maximum upper age limit is 32 years.
  • An SC/ST candidate gets age relaxation up to 5 years of his age.
  • An OBC candidate gets age relaxation up to 3 years of his age.
  • In case the candidate is domiciled in J & K from 1st January 1980 to 31st December 1989, he/she will get age relaxation up to 5 years of his age.
  • The age of the candidate will be the same as is mentioned in his/her 10th or 12th
  1. Educational Qualification
  • The candidate must be graduated in any stream from any recognised university approved by University Grants Commission.
  • The candidates who have passed the final year of MBBS but are pursuing internship are also eligible.
  1. Nationality
  • The candidate must be a citizen of India.
  1. Number of Attempts
  • General Category- 6 attempts
  • OBC- 9 attempts
  • SC/ST- No Limit till their age ends
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


HOW TO APPLY FOR IAS 2018

  • The candidate has the choice to apply online as well as offline.
  • In case of offline application, the candidate must download the form from UPSC official website i.e. http://www.upsc.gov.in/apply-online
  • The form has two registration stages in which the personal details of the candidate must be filled correctly.
  • The SBI bank receipt generated must be deposited along with the fee at any SBI branch.
  • In the case of online application, the payment should be made by using net banking, debit/credit cards.
  • Application fees are Rs. 100/-. SC/ST/PH/Female candidates don’t have to pay any application fees.

IAS EXAM 2018 IMPORTANT DATES

FOR PRELIMS EXAMINATION

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NOTIFICATION RELEASE Feb 22, 2017
APPLICATION FORM AVAILABILITY Feb 22, 2017 to Mar 17, 2017
ADMIT CARD FOR PRELIMS EXAM May 2017
IAS PRELIMS EXAM Offline Exam Jun 18, 2017
RESULT OF IAS PRELIMS EXAM Aug/Sep 2017
CUT OFF OF IAS PRELIMS EXAM After the final result of IAS 2017

FOR MAINS EXAMINATION

DAF RELEASE Aug/Sept 2017
DAF AVAILABLE Aug/Sept 2017
ADMIT CARD AVAILABLE Sept 2017
IAS MAINS EXAMINATION Oct 28, 2017
RESULT OF IAS MAINS EXAM Dec 2017
CUT OFF OF IAS MAINS EXAM After the final result of IAS 2017 exam


FOR INTERVIEW

DATE OF PERSONAL INTERVIEW Jan/Feb 2018
IAS FINAL RESULT Feb/Mar 2018
MARKS IN MAINS EXAMINATION AND INTERVIEW Feb/Mar 2018


IAS EXAM 2018 PATTERN AND SELECTION PROCESS

The IAS examination is held in 3 stages:

  • Civil Services Preliminary Examination(MCQ)
  • Civil Services Main Examination(Written)
  • Personal Interview
  1. Civil Services Exam Pattern (Preliminary Exam)
Sr. No. Name of Paper Allotted marks
Paper I General Ability Test 200 marks
Paper II English Language & aptitude 200 marks
Total 400 marks

NOTE:

  • There will be negative marking of 0.25 for every wrong answer.
  • The papers will be objective type.
  1. Civil Services Main Exam Pattern
Sr. No. Title of the paper Marks allotted
Paper I Essay writing 250
Paper II General Studies- I (Indian heritage & culture, history & geography of the world & society) 250
Paper III General studies- II(Governance, Constitution Polity, social justice & international & international relations) 250
Paper-IV General studies- III(Technology, economic development, biodiversity, environment, security & disaster mgmt.) 250
Paper V General studies- IV (Ethics, integrity & aptitude) 250
Paper VI Optional subject- Paper I 250
Paper VII Optional subjects- paper II 250
Subtotal in written exam 1750
Personal interview 275
Grand total (for merit calculation) 2025


NOTE

  • There will be two papers- qualifying papers and merit formation papers. It is compulsory for the candidate to appear in both the parts. In case the candidate fails to appear, his name will be cancelled.
  • One Indian language is to be selected from the languages included in the 6th schedule of the constitution. This paper (Paper A) is of 300 marks whereas Paper B is of 300 marks as well.
  • Paper A and Paper B of Indian language and English will be of Matriculation level and can be easily cleared.

LIST OF OPTIONAL SUBJECT FOR THE MAIN EXAMINATION

Agriculture Anthropology Chemistry Geography
History Political science & International relations Commerce & accountancy Economics
Management Mathematics Mechanical engineering Psychology
Public administration Sociology Electrical engineering Physics
Zoology Medical science Animal husbandry & veterinary science Botany
Civil engineering Geology Law Philosophy
Statistics


LIST OF LANGUAGES

Assamese (Assamese)

Bengali (Bengali)

Bodo (Devanagari)

Dogri (Devanagari)

English (English)

Gujarati (Gujarati)

Hindi (Devanagari)

Kannada (Kannada)

Kashmiri (Persian)

Konkani (Devanagari)

Maithili (Devanagari)

Malayalam (Malayalam)

Manipuri (Bengali)

Marathi (Devanagari)

Nepali (Devanagari)

Oriya (Oriya)

Punjabi (Gurumukhi)

Sanskrit (Devanagari)

Santhali (Devanagari or Ol Chiki)

Sindhi (Devanagari or Arabic)

Tamil (Tamil)

Telugu (Telugu)

Urdu (Persian)

 

  1. Personal Interview

A round of Personal Interview will be conducted for the candidates who qualify the preliminary and main examination. This test will comprise of psychometric test, assessment test, and personal interview as well. The marks of this test will be included in the final aggregate.

SYLLABUS Of IAS EXAM

  1. PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION

 

PAPER 1

 

·        Current affairs and current events of international and national importance.

·        General science

·        General issues on Climate Change, Environmental Ecology and Biodiversity (It don’t require subject specialisation )

·        Indian National Movement and History of India.

·        World and Indian Geography- Rights, Issues, Physical Geography of India and the world, Economic Geography of India and the world, Social Geography of India and the world.

·        Indian Polity and Governance- Constitution, Public Policy, Political System, Panchayati Raj, etc.

·        Social Development and Economics- Social Sector initiatives, Sustainable Development, Inclusion, Demographics, and Poverty etc.

PAPER 2 ·         Problem-solving and Decision-making

·         General mental ability

·         Comprehension

·         Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. –Class X level), Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level). To download free NCERT Books from Class 5 to Class 12th.

·         Analytical ability and Logical reasoning.

·         Interpersonal skills including communication skills

 

  1. MAIN EXAMINATION

Paper 1: Essay (250 marks)

 

Candidates may be asked to write an essay on the specific topic. Credit will be given for effective and exact expression.

Paper 2: General Studies paper 1 (250 marks)

Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society.

 

·         Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.

·         Modern Indian history from the middle of the eighteenth century till the present- significant events, personalities, issues in India.

·         The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the country.

·         Post-independence consolidation and reorganisation within the country.

·         World History- Events from the 18th century such as industrial revolution, world wars, redraw of national boundaries, colonisation, decolonization, political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism etc.- their forms and effect on the society.

·         Salient features of Indian Society and Diversity of India.

·         Role of women’s organisation, population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanisation, their problems and their remedies in India.

·         Globalisation effects on Indian society.

·         Social empowerment, communism, regionalism & secularism in India.

·         Salient features of world’s physical geography.

·         Distribution of key natural resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian sub-continent); factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary, and tertiary sector industries in various parts of the world (including India)

·         Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone etc., geographical features and their location- changes in critical geographical features (including waterbodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes.

Paper 3: General Studies paper 2 (250 marks) Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations.

 

·         Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.

·         Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein.

·         Separation of powers between various organs disputes redressed mechanisms and institutions.

  • Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with the Indian constitutional scheme of other countries.

·         Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning, the conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these.

·         Structure, organisation and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary Ministries and Departments of the Government; pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their role in the Polity.

·         Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act.

·         Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies.

·         Statutory, regulatory and various other quasi-judicial bodies

·         Government policies and interventions for the development and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

·         Development processes and the development industry- the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders

·         Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.

·         Issues relating to the development and management of Social Sector or Services related to Health, Education and Human Resources (HR).

·         Issues related to poverty and hunger.

·         Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures.

·         Role of civil services in a democracy.

·         India and its neighbourhood- relations.

·         Bilateral, regional, global groupings and agreements involving and/or affecting India’s interests.

·         Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora.

·         Important International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate.

Paper 4: General Studies paper 3 (250 marks) Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management.

·         Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilisation of resources, growth, development and employment.

·         Inclusive growth and issues arising from it.

·         Government Budgeting.

·         Major crops cropping patterns in various parts of the country, different types of irrigation and irrigation systems storage, transport and marketing of agricultural produce and issues and related constraints; e-technology in the aid of farmers

·         Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices; Public Distribution System- objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping; issues of buffer stocks and food security; Technology missions; economics of animal-rearing.

·         Food processing and related industries in India- scope and significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management.

·         Land reforms in India.

·         Effects of liberalisation on the economy, changes in the industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth.

·         Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc.

·         Investment models.

·         Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life

·         Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology.

·         Awareness in IT fields, Space, Computers, robotics, Nano-technology, biotechnology and issues related to intellectual property rights.

·         Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment

·         Disaster and disaster management.

·         Linkages between development and spread of extremism.

·         Role of external state and non-state actors in developing challenges for internal security.

·         Challenges to internal security through communication networks, role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber security; money-laundering and its prevention

·         Security challenges and their management in border areas; linkages of organised crime with terrorism

·         Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate

Paper 5: General Studies paper 4 (250 marks)

Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude

 

·         Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics in private and public relationships. Human Values – teachings from the lives of great leaders, reformers and administrators; the role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values.

·         Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behaviour; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion.

·         Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service, integrity, impartiality, non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker sections of the society.

·         Emotional intelligence concepts, and their utilities and application in administration and governance.

·         Contributions to the world of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world.

·         Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance; accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance; ethical issues in international relations and funding; corporate governance.

·         Honesty in Governance: Concept of public services; Philosophical basis of governance; Information sharing and transparency in government, Right to Information, Codes of Ethics, Codes of Conduct, Citizen’s Charters, Work culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilisation of public funds, challenges of corruption.

·         Case Studies on above issues.

Paper 6 and 7: (250 marks each paper)

 

Optional 1 (Of your choice)/ Optional 2 (Of your choice)

 

 

 

CUT OFF Of  2016

Category CS Prelims CS Mains CS Final
General 107.34 676 877
OBC 106 630 834
SC 94 622 810
ST 91.34 617 801
PH‐1 90.66 580 802
PH‐2 76.66 627 830
PH‐3 40 504 697


IAS EXAM 2018 CUT OFF TREND

Category UPSC Civil Service Cut off Marks 2015 UPSC Civil Service Cut off Marks 2014 UPSC Civil Service Cut off Marks 2013
CS Prelims CS Mains CS Final CS Prelims CS Mains CS Final CS Prelims CS Mains CS Final
General 107.34 676 877 205 678 889 241 564 775
OBC 106 630 834 204 631 844 222 534 742
SC 94 622 810 182 631 830 207 518 719
ST 91.34 617 801 174 619 811 201 510 707
Maximum Marks 200 1750 2025 385 1750 2025 400 1750 2025

 

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