IAS (Indian Administrative Service) Prelims Exam 2018

Last Updated - March 10 2018

IAS Prelims 2018 is scheduled on June 3, 2018. Here are some highlights of the upcoming preliminary level of prestigious examination. The IAS Prelims is the first stage of the civil services examination organizeed by the UPSC.

  • Paper 1 is considered for Merit Preparation, whereas Paper 2 is only qualifying in nature.
  • Aspirants qualifying in the IAS Prelims have to apply for the IAS Mains 2018 (followed by an interview).
  • The exam will comprise 2 offline objective papers of 200 marks each.

The IAS Prelims Exam Format is based on the Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQ) pattern with 2 compulsory papers of 200 marks each. Civil Services examination is organizeed to appoint aspirants for 19 highly reputable Group A & 5 Group B civil service posts.


Exam Dates for IAS Prelims 2018

UPSC will announce the notification for IAS Prelims during the last week of April 2018. The IAS candidates can go via the entire tentative schedule for IAS Prelims examination in the table below:  The last date to fill the IAS Prelims Application Form will be May 2018. UPSC will organize the IAS Prelims Examination on June 3, 2018.

Announce of Notification for UPSC Prelims ExamApril 2018
Availability of IAS Prelims Application FormApril 2018
Last Date to Pay the IAS Prelims Application fee by CashMay 2018
Last Date to fill the IAS Prelims Application FormMay 2018
Availability of IAS Prelims Hall TicketMay 2018
Organization of IAS PrelimsJune 3, 2018
Declaration of Result for UPSC PrelimsSeptember 2018
Releasement of Cutoff for UPSC PrelimsAfter the declaration of Final Result

Eligibility for IAS Prelims 2018

UPSC has set certain IAS Prelims Eligibility criteria that the aspirants appearing for the examination are obliged to fulfil. The IAS Prelims Eligibility for 2018 comprises the academic qualification, age limit, number of attempts, physical standards, and citizenship criteria. Below given are only a few important eligibility criteria need for the examination. The aspirants have to go via the clear & detailed set of eligibility criteria.

  1. IAS Prelims Eligibility Academic Qualification: The aspirants must be a graduate from
  • A Deemed University as per the University Grants Commission Act.
  • Institutes founded by Act of Parliament or
  • Any of the Universities comprised in the act of Central or State Legislature of India or
  1. IAS Prelims Eligibility Age limit: The aspirant must be between 21 years to 32 years to be applicable for the IAS Exam. However, there are certain relaxations eligible to the aspirants of different categories in case of age limit criteria.
  2.  IAS Prelims Eligibility Nationality: The aspirant must be a citizen of India or satisfy any one of the following citizenship criteria:
  • Citizen of Nepal
  • Citizen of Bhutan
  • Citizen of India
  1. Number of Attempts: A maximum of 6 attempts is allowed. But for the aspirants of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, the criterion of the number of attempts is not eligible.

Application Form of IAS Prelims 2018

The aspirants wishing to apply for the Civil services Examination have to first apply for IAS Prelims. The IAS Prelims 2018 Application Form will be available from the last week of April 2018. There are a few significant points regarding the filling of IAS Prelims Application Form which are mentioned below:

  1. The candidates have to fill the IAS Prelims Application Form online on the official website of UPSC (upsc.nic.).
  2. It is recommended that the participants fill a single application form.
  3. In the case, they submit multiple applications, they have to ensure that the application with higher Registration ID (RID) is clear in all respects and is without any flaw.
  4. For aspirants who are in the Government Service, Government owned industrial undertakings or other similar organizations or in private employment, they have to submit their applications straight to the Commission.
  5. They also have to submit an undertaking stating that they have informed their employer about the same. If in any case, the Commission receives any communication from the employer against the aspirant applying to the examination, the aspirant's application will be rejected.
  6. The aspirants have to choose the IAS Prelims 2018 Exam Center in the IAS prelims Application Form.
  7. Along with the participants’ general details comprised in the IAS Prelims 2018 Application Form, the aspirants have to fill the following details in the IAS Prelims 2018 Application Form:
  • The medium of examination for IAS Mains Examination
  • Mandatory Indian Language for IAS Mains Examination
  • IAS Mains Exam Centers and Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination Center
  • Optional subject to be selected for the examination,

The procedure of filling the IAS Prelims Application Form is summarized below:

IAS Prelims Application Form PART I

Step 1 Registration for Part I: Enter the details Name, Gender, Category, Nationality and other individual details.

Step 2 Payment of Application: Select the payment mode.

  • If the payment method is Online method pay via debit/credit card or net banking.
  • If the method is offline then, downloads the Pay-in-slip and pay in cash at the nearest discipline of SBI.

IAS Prelims Application Form PART II

Step 3 Registration for Part II: Clear the other details of the IAS Application form.

Step 4 Uploading the Images: Upload the photograph & signature in accordance with the given specifications. With this, the IAS Prelims Application Form is finished. The participants can finally submit the application form & note the Reg ID.


Application Fee of IAS Prelims 2018

The aspirants should remit a fee of INR 100 Rupees One Hundred only. There is an exception for the SC/ST/ Female/Physically Handicapped aspirants and they required not pay the fee.

The aspirants can remit the fee either by depositing the money in any discipline 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 any Visa/Master Credit/ Debit Card.


Hall Ticket of IAS Prelims 2018

UPSC will issue the IAS Prelims 2018 Hall Ticket 3 weeks before the commencement of the IAS Prelims 2018. The IAS Prelims Hall Ticket will be alloted to those participants who are considered applicable for the IAS Prelims 2018 based on the application form they have submitted.

The IAS Prelims 2018 Hall Ticket will be available online on the official website of UPSC (upsc.gov.in). The examination authority will not send the IAS Prelims 2018 e-admission certificate by post.

If the participants do not receive the hall ticket 3 weeks before the Examination, they should immediately contact the Commission at the Facilitation Counter situated in the Commission’s Office either in person. Otherwise, they can address the same issue over the phone at the following numbers:

  • 011-23098543.
  • 011- 23385271
  • 011-23381125

If the aspirant does not receive any answer even after addressing the issue, then the aspirant will be solely responsible for the non-receipt of the IAS Prelims 2018 Hall Ticket.

Note: Receipt of hall ticket does ensure their eligibility for the entire civil service examination as the clear verification of eligibility is organizeed by the commission only after the aspirant has qualified for the IAS Mains 2018.

Any correspondence or query to the commission will be accepted only if they contain the following particulars clearly:

  • Complete postal address as given in the application.
  • Name and year of the examination.
  • IAS Exam Center 2017
  • Roll Number (if received)
  • Registration ID (RID)
  • Name of aspirant (in full and in block letters)

Exam Centers for IAS Prelims 2018

The participants have to fill the IAS Prelims 2018 Exam Center choice while filling the part II of the IAS Prelims Application Form. It is recommended that the participants fill the application form as early as possible to get the centre of their choice because once the centre outnumbers the number of aspirants the centre option freezes and the participants cannot select the centre anymore. There is a total of 72 IAS Prelims 2018 Exam centres. The availability of the exam centres is based on the first cum first Allot basis. There are various sets of exam centres for both IAS Prelims & IAS Mains.


Exam Format for IAS Prelims 2018

The IAS Prelims 2018 Exam Format is based on the MCQ pattern. The IAS Prelims which is a screening test for IAS Mains 2018 consists of two mandatory papers of 200 marks each. The aspirants can go via the most important highlights of the IAS Prelims Exam Format in the table below:

Method of ExaminationOffline
Format Of ExaminationMCQ/ Objective
MediumBilingual (English and Hindi)
Number of PapersPaper I
Paper II (General Studies)
Weightage of Paper I200 marks
Weightage of Paper II200 marks
Period of IAS Exam (Prelims)2 hours per section
Period of Civil service Exam (Prelims) for Blind aspirants2 hours 20 minutes per section
Marking schemeNegative marking of 0.33 eligible to inaccurate entries as well as multiple entries for a single question. **

Note: General Studies Paper (Paper II) is a qualifying paper. The at least qualifying marks are 33%.

** However in the case of certain questions, the negative marking will be segregated on the basis of most suitable to the least suitable responses.


Syllabus for IAS Prelims 2018

Both Paper I and Paper II of IAS Prelims is mandatory. The outline of the IAS Prelims 2018 Syllabus is mentioned below:

IAS Prelims Syllabus Paper I

  • Present Affairs-National & International
  • General issues on Environment & Ecology
  • Indian & World Geography
  • Indian Polity & Governance
  • Economic & Social Development
  • General Science
  • Indian History & Indian National Movement

IAS Prelims Syllabus Paper-II

  • Logical & Analytical Reasoning
  • Judgement making & Problem-Solving
  • General numerical Ability
  • Comprehension
  • Basic Mathematics
  • Interindividual & Communication skills

Result for IAS Prelims 2018

The IAS Prelims Result is usually released one month after the examination has been organizeed. The aspirants have to reach their IAS Prelims Result from the official website of UPSC. Hence the IAS Prelims 2018 Result will be declared by the month of September. The aspirants have to download the pdf and check for their roll no to obtain their scores. The tentative date of IAS Prelims 2017 is June 3, 2018.


Selection Procedure of IAS Exam 2018

The IAS Examination is a 3 staged examination, the first stage being the IAS Prelims. The aspirants qualifying the IAS Prelims have to undergo the IAS Examination Selection procedure summarized below;

The total marks of Paper I of IAS Prelims along with the at least qualifying marks of 33 % in case of Paper II is considered for shortlisting aspirants for the IAS Main.

IAS Mains

The IAS Main Examination consists of two qualifying papers and 7 papers that are to be counted for merit.

Interview or Individuality Test

The interview or individuality test is the ultimate stage of the Civil Service examination. The interview is a rigorous selection procedure where the aspirants are individually assessed on multiple aspects that need to become an ideal civil servant. Those aspirants who have qualified the IAS Mains at least qualifying marks and the IAS Main Cut off will be further intimidated personally for the interview.



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