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IAS Exam 2018 - Indian Administrative Service Exam

Important Dates for IAS Exam 2018

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Application Form Date 07-Feb-2018 06-Mar-2018
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IAS 2018 Application Form, Eligibility, Exam Date, Syllabus

Indian Administrative Exam (IAS) is organized by UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) each year. Indian Administrative Services exam is a three-tier exam, with preliminary round followed by the Mains Exam and then the Individual Interview of all shortlisted aspirants.
  • IAS Mains is the second stage of IAS. The exam consists of 9 papers out of which 2 are qualifying exams and 7 are considered for IAS Merit.
  • Questions in IAS Mains range from one to 60 marks. The responses vary from 20 words to 600 words. Check IAS Mains Syllabus
  • IAS Prelims Result 2018 is released on upsc.gov.in. UPSC will organize IAS Mains for all the qualified students on October 28, 2018. Check IAS Prelims 2018 Cutoff (Official)

The commission will release IAS Mains Result 2018 on its official website in the month of December 2018. The shortlisted students will be called for Interview Procedure which holds the weight of 25% in the final merit list. Finally, students are selected as per their position in the Merit list and appointed in different departments.

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Here are some interesting insights about IAS 2016:

  • Number of aspirants who registered for IAS Exam 2016- 11.37 lacs
  • Number of aspirants shortlisted for Interview round- 2,955
  • Number of aspirants who appeared for IAS Prelims 2016- 5 lacs
  • Number of aspirants who qualified for IAS Mains 2016- Almost 15,445

Exam Dates for IAS Mains 2018

UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) administrates IAS. IAS Prelims was scheduled on June 18, 2018. The qualified students will appear for IAS 2018 Mains as per the following dates. The Result of IAS Prelims 2018 was released on upsc.gov.in on July 27, 2018.

Announce of IAS Mains Notification 2018August 17, 2018
Last Date to fill IAS 2018 Application FormSeptember 2018
Availability of IAS Hall TicketOctober 2018
IAS Mains ExamOctober 28, 2018
Releasement of IAS ResultDecember 2018

Reservation Criteria for IAS 2018

UPSC provides reservation to aspirants from following categories.

  • IAS Reservation for Defence Personnel- Up to 3 years
  • IAS Reservation for Ex-Servicemen along with ECOs/SSCOs and Commissioned Officers, who have served minimum 5 years of Military Services- Up to 5 years
  • IAS Reservation if aspirant has been living in J&K from January 1st, 1980 to December 31st, 1989- Up to 5 years
  • IAS Reservation for SC/ ST- Up to 5 years
  • IAS Reservation for OBC- Up to 3 years
Reservation in IAS
  • IAS Reservation for orthopedically handicapped aspirants blind, deaf, and mute- Up to 10 years

IAS Mains Application Form 2018

Registration for IAS will be done online. Aspirants have to register online at the official website of UPSC. The registration is done in two parts followed by the payment of the application fee. Aspirants have to enter their choice of center in the form and submit the same to proceed to the next step.

How to apply for IAS Mains 2018?

Aspirants have to fill Detailed Application Form (DAF) at upsc.gov.in to register for IAS Mains. The steps to register for IAS 2018 are given below: The Application Form for IAS Mains 2018 will be available on the official website from August 17, 2018 to September 2018.

how to apply for ias?

Step 1- Registration Part 1

  1. Visit the official website i.e. upsc.gov.in
  2. Click on the link to ‘apply for UPSC Civil Services’
  3. Enter details like Name, Gender, Category, Nationality etc.
  4. Click on Submit button
  5. You will be redirected to the payment step

Step 2- Payment of Application Fee

  1. Choose the payment mode between online or offline mode
  2. Offline method comprises downloading the Pay-in-slip offerd on the page and paying in cash at nearest discipline of State Bank of India during working hours of the bank
  3. Online method comprises payment via debit/credit card or net banking
  4. If you choose Debit Card, enter the Card number, Validity and CVV number
  5. If you choose Credit Card, enter the Card number, Validity and 6 digit special PIN number
  6. For net banking, enter the account details of the bank account
  7. Click on pay now post filling the details
  8. You are redirected to the Part 2 of the UPSC Online Form

Note: This step is not eligible for aspirants who are exempted from paying the fee.

Step 3- Registration Part 2

  1. Post receipt of the fee payment, fill other details of the IAS Application form
  2. Enter the choice of IAS Exam Center
  3. Enter the qualification and other communication details
  4. Post verification, click on submit to proceed to the next step

Step 4- Uploading the Images

  1. Click on the link or blank space offered to upload the photograph
  2. Browse the location of the image and select the image
  3. Click on open/upload
  4. Check if the image is opened correctly and completely
  5. Repeat the same steps to upload the image of the signature
  6. Click on “I Agree” to approve the declaration and submit the clear IAS Online Form.

IAS 2018 Application Fee

  • The Application Fee for IAS can be remitted either by online or offline mode.
  • Female and reserved category aspirants are exempted from paying the fee.
  • The online payment comprises payment via Debit/Credit Card or via the net banking service offered by 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.
  • For offline payment, the aspirant needs to download the Pay-in-slip available on the official website. They must carry the same with the cash fee to the nearest discipline of State Bank of India during working hours of the bank. It should be noted that the fee is non-refundable and non-transferrable.
  • The offline payment comprises payment by cash at any discipline of State Bank of India (SBI).
  • Application Fee for IAS Mains is INR 200.

Fill Here IAS Application Form

IAS Mains Hall Ticket 2018

  • Candidates can download IAS Mains Hall Ticket from the official website i.e. upsc.gov.in.
  • IAS 2018 candidates must note that IAS hall ticket will be available in online mode only.
  • The Hall Ticket is alloted to only those candidates who have successfully registered for IAS with payment of requisite fee.

The steps followed to download the e-Hall Ticket for IAS are mentioned below:

how to download ias hall ticket
  1. Visit the official website of IAS i.e. upsc.gov.in
  2. Click on link ‘Download IAS Mains Hall Ticket 2018’
  3. Read the instructions mentioned cautiously and click ‘Yes’
  4. Enter Registration ID or Roll Number followed by Date of Birth of the aspirant
  5. Submit after entering the captcha in the given blank field
  6. Print IAS Hall Ticket

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Exam Centers for IAS Mains 2018

  • The exam centers for IAS vary for both the stages.
  • Once the maximum number of aspirants choose a similar exam center, the option freezes.
  • The allocation of IAS Mains 2018 Exam Center is done by the Commission on the First-Come-First Allocation basis.
  • Aspirants have to choose the desired exam center as early as possible before the maximum number of aspirants for that particular center reaches its limit.
  • Aspirants have to enter their choice of IAS Exam Center at the time of registration.

IAS 2018 Exam Center for Mains

IAS Exam Centers for Mains
AllahabadDispur (Guwahati)Raipur

Exam Format for IAS Mains 2018

IAS consists 3 stages namely Prelims, Mains and Interview. Each stage has diifferent no. of Papers and Format. They are described below:

IAS Exam Format for Mains

  • It includes 2 papers namely Paper A and Paper B.
  • IAS Mains is a written test.
  • Paper B has 7 subjects out of which paper VI and Paper VII are optional subjects for Paper I and Paper II.

The exam format for IAS Mains is given in the table below:

IAS Exam Format for Mains
MediumBilingual (English and Hindi)
Number of Qualifying Papers2 (300 Marks Each)
Number of Merit PapersPaper 1 (250 marks)
Paper 2 (250 marks)
Paper 3 (250 marks)
Paper 4 (250 marks)
Paper 5 (250 marks)
Paper 6 (optional subject for paper I; 250 marks)
Paper 7 (optional subject for paper II; 250 marks)
Total weightage of written exam for UPSC Mains1750 Marks
Type of QuestionsObjective and Subjective both
Period of exam3 Hours per Paper
Period of exam for Blind aspirants3 Hours 20 Minutes per Paper

Read more about IAS Exam Format

IAS Exam Format for Individuality Test

  • In broad terms, this is really an assessment of not only his intellectual qualities but also social traits and his interest in present affairs.
  • The interview will be graded for 275 marks. The total marks of IAS is 2025 marks
  • Aspirants will be ranked on basis of the grand total and called for the final interview.
  • All aspirants qualifying the Mains examination will proceed towards the Individuality Test.
  • This would comprise the Psychometric Test, Assessment Test as well as the Individual Interview.
  • This test will be organizeed in the language of choice.

IAS 2018 Mains Preparation

Aspirants are need to consider IAS Mains Syllabus to prepare well for the exam. Each paper has has a various format and syllabus that aspirants must be well acquainted with. This syllabus elaborates well on which topics to study for IAS.

To improve your scores, here are some books for IAS that can be referred to for help:

India’s Ancient Past (English)Indian Polity (English) 4 Edition
History of Medieval India (English)Certificate Physical and Human Geography
India’s Struggle for Independence (English)Wizard Geography for General Studies
A Brief History of Modern India (English) SpectrumIndian Economy 7th Edition (Ramesh Singh)
Facets of Indian Culture by SpectrumEnvironmental Studies: From Crisis to Cure (Environment)

IAS Mains 2018 Preparation Tips


Cracking IAS will turn out to be a cakewalk if aspirants work under proper guidance and help. Some of the most helpful IAS Mains 2018 Preparation Tips are mentioned below:

  • Taking up the Mock tests is an integral part of the preparations
  • Time management is the key
  • Don’t panic during the exam and read all the questions cautiously.
  • Brushing up NCERT books and earlier years' question papers would be a good idea if you are time-crunched
  • Prepare and revise all the subjects of the General Studies (Paper I) to assure a good score
  • Prepare the present affairs considering the latest schemes and bills introduced by the Government of India
  • A relaxed state of mind helps to increase the accuracy and decreases the time usage

IAS Mains Result 2018

  • This result is solely based on the performance of aspirants in the written exam.
  • Aspirants can visit the official website of IAS to check their respective result.
  • IAS Exam Result 2018 for Prelims paper will be released in August 2018 while the result for Mains will be declared after 15 days of the exam.
  • UPSC declares IAS Exam Result separately for all the three stages viz. Prelims, Mains and Interview.

Aspirants can follow the below steps to check IAS Mains 2018 Results or Marksheet:

ias result

  1. Visit the official website of IAS i.e. upsc.gov.in
  2. Click on the link which says ‘View IAS Result 2018’
  3. Find your roll number in the list of the roll numbers mentioned in the PDF
  4. Download PDF for further correspondence

IAS 2018 Cut off

  • The Cut off for the Civil Services depends upon the difficulty level of the IAS Exam, vacancies available and a number of appearing aspirants etc.
  • The Cut off is announced post declaration of IAS Exam Result.
  • Aspirants with marks above the mentioned cutoff will be shortlisted for the posts.

IAS Cut off List for various categories is tabulated below:

PH 1101-170550-615800-820
PH 289-120550-630780-835
PH 360-125450-515690-726

Posts Provided via IAS Exam 2018

Aspirants must complete the exam to be appointed as an IAS (Indian Administrative Service) officer, IPS (Indian Police Service) officer, IFS (Indian Foreign Service) officer and other Group A Services and Group B services. Different Group A and Group B services have been tabulated separately below:

Group A Services
Indian Administrative ServiceIndian Post and Telecommunication Accounts and Finance Service
Indian Audit and Accounts ServiceIndian Postal Service
Indian Civil Accounts ServiceIndian Railway Accounts Service
Indian Corporate Law ServiceIndian Railway Personnel Service
Indian Defence Accounts ServiceIndian Railway Traffic Service
Indian Defence Estates ServiceIndian Revenue Service (Custom and Central Excise)
Indian Foreign ServiceIndian Revenue Service (Income Tax)
Indian Information Service (Junior Grade)Indian Trade Service (Gr. III)
Indian Ordnance Factories Service (Assistant Works Manager, Administration)Assistant Security Commissioner in Railway Protection Force
Indian Police Service--
Group B Services
Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Services (Section Officer’s Grade)Pondicherry Civil Service
Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu, and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil ServicesPondicherry Police Service
Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu, and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Services-

IAS Exam 2018 Selection Procedure

The selection procedure of IAS involves three stages viz. Prelims, Mains and Interview. Aspirants have to fulfill at least marks need in the IAS Prelims to qualify for IAS Mains. All three stages are elaborated below:

IAS Prelims

  • Aspirants have to appear for two papers carrying 200 marks and objective type questions.
  • The first stage, IAS Prelims, serves as a screening test only.
  • The number of aspirants who qualify for UPSC Mains will be 12 or 13 times the total number of vacancies.
  • The qualifying criterion for IAS Mains is consideration of marks obtained in Paper I and Paper II (General Studies) of UPSC Prelims.
  • The marks obtained in UPSC Prelims Paper 1 and 33% marks of Paper 2 is considered as the qualifying criteria for UPSC Mains.

IAS Mains

  • They have to qualify both to be selected for the desired post.
  • The written examination includes of 7 conventional papers of essay type. Those who qualify the UPSC Mains will be intimated about their selection on the e-mail ID.
  • Aspirants who qualify for IAS Mains have to appear for a written test followed by an individuality test or interview.

Interview or Individuality Test

  • The interview or individuality test is the last stage of the IAS Selection Process.
  • Aspirants are questioned concerned to the career pursued and matters of general interest. The object of the interview is to assess the individual suitability of the aspirant for a career in public service by a Board of competent and unbiased observers.
  • A test of 275 Marks would be taken off the aspirants qualified in the Mains Examination. This would comprise Psychometric Test, Assessment Test as well as the Individual Interview.
  • The Marks obtained in the Individuality Test would be added in the calculation for the declaration of the final Merit list.

Read How to prepare for IAS Interview?

Final Merit List

Marks obtained by an aspirant in the Main Examination (written part as well as interview) will determine his final rank. Aspirants will be allotted to the different Services keeping in view their ranks in the examination and the preferences expressed by them for the different Services and Posts.

Read details about IAS Selection Procedure

IAS Exam 2018 FAQs

Ques. What is the IAS Exam?

Ans. It is a civil services exam that is organized by UPSC each year. It contains 3 stages viz. Prelims, Mains and Interview. IAS stands for Indian Administrative Service. All shortlisted aspirants can choose from the given Group A/ B posts.

Ques. What is the salary of an IAS officer?

Ans. The 7th Pay Commission recommendations were approved by Cabinet on June 29, 2016. Now the basic pay of entry-level IAS officers is INR 56100. Allowances like Dearness Allowance (DA), House Rent Allowance (HRA) and Travel Allowance (TA) will be extra. The basic pay of Cabinet Secretary is fixed at INR 2,50,000. The salary will increase as experience increases.

So,IAS Salary = Basic Pay + DA + HRA + TA

Ques. What are some useful websites to prepare for IAS?

Ans. Aspirants preparing for IAS can take help from websites such as ClearIAS.com, completeiasexam.com, Mrunal.org, insightsonindia.com, iasbaba.com, gktoday.in, iasscore.in etc.

Ques. What are the at least qualifying marks for completing IAS interview?

Ans. There are no at least marks to qualify the interview round. However, the interview round carries 275 marks.

Ques. What is the number of vacancies available via IAS each year?

Ans. The number of available vacancies is noted in each of the advertisements. They vary every year. However, in the last 4 years, the number of vacancies have varied between 1000-1200.

Ques. When does IAS Notification come out?

Ans. The applications are for the same are accepted till June end. For Mains, IAS Notification is generally announced in September. UPSC announces IAS Notification for Prelims in the month of May, for the exam which is held in August.

Ques. Am I applicable to apply for IAS? Have I studied at an Open University?

Ans. Yes, you can apply only if it is a recognised university and you possess the educational qualifications prescribed for the exam.

Ques. How many times can I appear for IAS?

Ans. An aspirant from General Category can sit for IAS max 6 times. Aspirants from reserved categories can sit as many times as they seeking. There is no restriction.

Ques. I don't have my class X and XII Marksheet. Can I still sit for IAS?

Ans. Yes, offered the graduation has been finished from a recognised University and you possess the educational qualifications prescribed for the exam.

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