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UPSC Civil Services IAS Prelims Exam 2018 Answer Key

IAS is the best All India service to serve the society. Various deserving candidates do not appear in the IAS Exam because they do not know the exact eligibility criteria for the IAS Exam. Here we are summarising the IAS Exam Eligibility in all aspects as given in the UPSC Civil Services Exam Notification. There is also a category wise restriction on the number of attempts in the IAS Exam; We are giving in detail about the number of attempts permitted to each category candidates. Not only Indian Citizens but the subjects of Nepal are also eligible to appear and compete in this exam.

Age Criteria for IAS Exam 2018

CategoryUpper Age LimitNo. of Attempts AllowedGeneral32 Years06 AttemptsOther Backwards Castes (OBC)32 Years with relaxation of 03 years = 35 years09 AttemptsScheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST)32 Years with relaxation of 05 Years = 37 yearsTill the Upper Age limitPhysically disabled candidates (Blind, Deaf-Mute, Orthopedic)32 years with relaxation of 10 years = 42 years

For the General and OBC Candidates= 09 attempts

For SC/ST Candidates = Unlimited till age limit

Jammu & Kashmir DomicileGeneral = 37 years, OBC = 40 Years, SC/ST = 42 Years, PH = 50 yearsUp to the Upper Age limitDisabled servicemen disabled from dutyGeneral= 37 years OBC = 38 Years SC/ST = 40 YearsUp to the Upper Age limit

UPSC IAS Notification 2018

IAS Selection Process

UPSC IAS Exam 2018 Syllabus

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Educational Qualification for Appearing in IAS Exam 2018

  • A degree of any of the Universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be a Deemed University under the UGC Act, 1956, or an equivalent qualification.
  • Candidates who have appeared or intend to appear for the qualifying examination and are awaiting results are also eligible to appear for the Preliminary Examination however, they are supposed to submit proof of passing the requisite qualification along with Detailed Application Form for Civil Services (Main) Examination

Current Affairs for IAS Prelims 2018

    Number of Attempts and Age Limit for Appearing in IAS Exam 2018

    • For General Category candidates, the new age limit is 32 years and the number of attempts is 06.
    • For OBC Category candidates, the new age limit is 35 years and the number of attempts is 09.
    • For SC/SC Category candidates, the new age limit is 37 years while the number of attempts unlimited.
    • For Physically Handicapped candidates, age limit is 42, 45 and 47 years for General, OBC and SC/ST category respectively while the number of attempts is 09 for General and OBC and unlimited for SC/SC category.
    • The changes in the number of attempts and age limit will apply w.e.f. Civil Services Examination 2014.
    • Certain categories of persons as specified in the Commission's Notice as published in Employment News/Rozgar Samachar are eligible for age relaxation.

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      Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (b) (c), (d), and (e) shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.
      Provided further that candidates belonging to categories (b) (c), and (d) above will not be eligible for appointment to the Indian Foreign Service.

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      A candidate, in whose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary, may be admitted to the examination but the offer of appointment may be given only after the necessary eligibility certificate has been issued to him by the Government of India.

      • For the Indian Administrative Service and the Indian Police Service, a candidate must be a citizen of India.
      • For other services, a candidate must be either:
      1. a citizen of India, or
      2. a subject of Nepal, or
      3. a subject of Bhutan, or
      4. a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India. Or
      5. a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Srilanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

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      Restrictions on applying for the IAS exam

      A candidate who is appointed to the Indian Administrative Service or the Indian Foreign Service on the results of an earlier examination and continues to be a member of that service will not be eligible to compete at this examination.

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      UPSC Exam Schedule, Check UPSC Exam Calendar 2018-19

      UPSC 2018 Exam Calendar: UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) has been announced the Examination Calendar for the session year of 2018-19, whereby, candidates can get an idea for UPSC Exam Schedule for all the exams which are conducted by Union Public Service Commission. UPSC yearly release the exam schedule by announcing the UPSC Exam Calendar. Here, we have given the UPSC Examination Calendar of 2018-19 in which all the dates available like when will registration start when will close and exam dates with time duration.  

      As everyone knows, Candidates who want to fill the UPSC exam application form searching for the UPSC 2018 Exam Calendar. Here we have given the full UPSC Exam Schedule in tabular format which is announced by the UPSC. Candidates can also download the calendar in PDF format with the help of below given a link or by visiting the official web portal of UPSC that is

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      The UPSC calendar has all information with the commencement date of UPSC exams online registration process, last date, as well as afterwards the Exam Date. The Union Public Service Commission has released the UPSC Exam Calendar 2018-19. As per the UPSC Calendar 2018, the upcoming UPSC Exam starting from the Sept/Oct 2017 and exam will be conducted in 2018.

      S. No

      Examination Name

      Notification Date

      Last Date for receipt of Applications

      Exam Dates

      Exam Duration


      Engineering Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2018

      27th Sept 2017

      23rd Oct 2017

      7th Jan 2018 (SUNDAY)

      1 Days


      Reserved for UPSC RT/ Examination

      21st Jan 2018 (SUNDAY)

      1 Days


      C.D.S. Examination (I), 2018

      8th Nov 2017

      4th Dec 2017

      4th Feb 2018


      1 Days


      Reserved for UPSC RT/ Examination

      25th Feb 2018


      1 Days


      CISF AC (EXE) LDCE-2018

      6th Dec 2017

      29th Dec 2017

      4th March 2018


      1 Days


      Reserved for UPSC RT/ Examination

      11th March 2018


      1 Days


      N.D.A. & N.A. Examination (I), 2018

      15th Jan 2018

      5th Feb 2018

      22nd April 2018


      1 Days


      Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2018

      7th Feb 2018

      6th March 2018

      3rd June 2018


      1 Days


      Indian Forest Service (Preliminary) Examination, 2018 through CS (P) Examination 2018


      I.E.S./I.S.S. Examination, 2018

      21st March 2018

      16th April 2018

      29th June 2018


      3 Days


      Combined Geo-Scientist and Geologist Examination, 2018

      21st March 2018

      16th April 2018

      29th June 2018


      3 Days


      Engineering Services (Main) Examination, 2018

      1st July 2018 (SUNDAY)

      1 Days


      Combined Medical Services Examination, 2018

      11th April 2018

      7th May 2018

      22nd July 2018 (SUNDAY)

      1 Days


      Reserved for UPSC RT/ Examination

      29th July 2018 (SUNDAY)

      1 Days


      Central Armed Police Forces (ACs) Examination, 2018

      25th April 2018

      21st May 2018

      12th August 2018 (SUNDAY)

      1 Days


      Reserved for UPSC RT/ Examination

      19th August 2018 (SUNDAY)

      1 Days


      N.D.A. & N.A. Examination (II), 2018

      6th Jun 2018

      7th July 2018

      9th Sep 2018 (SUNDAY)

      1 Days


      Reserved for UPSC RT/ Examination

      23rd Sep 2018 (SUNDAY)

      1 Days


      Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2018

      28th Sep 2018


      5 Days


      Reserved for UPSC RT/ Examination

      28th Oct 2018


      1 Days


      C.D.S. Examination (II), 2018

      8th Aug 2018

      3rd Sept 2018

      18th Nov 2018


      1 Days


      Reserved for UPSC RT/ Examination

      25th Nov 2018


      1 Days


      Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination, 2018

      2nd Dec 2018


      10 Days


      S.O./Steno (GD-B/GD-I) LDCE

      12th Sept 2018

      5th Oct 2018

      15th Dec 2018 (SATURDAY)

      2 Days

      Note: The dates of notification, commencement and duration of Examinations/ RTs are liable to alteration if the circumstances so warrant.

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      UPSC Exam Schedule 2018-19

      Candidates who want to know the UPSC Exam Schedule which is going to conduct in 2018, they can check UPSC Exam Calendar 2018. Candidates can check the above-given table and click on the given link to download UPSC 2018 Exam Schedule in PDF format. Thank You!