IAS Exam 2018: Registration, Exam Pattern & Cutoff

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Jul 19, 2017

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IAS exam is considered to be the most competitive exam of all in India. Every year UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) conducts Civil Services exam for candidates aspiring to be Grade A officers. The Notification for IAS Exam 2018 is expected to be released by UPSC in Februrary 2018 inviting eligible candidates for registration. UPSC IAS is conducted in three levels viz. Preliminary Level, Mains Level and Interview rounds. The registered candidates are required to sit for Preliminary round. The appeared candidates are shortlisted based on their scores and invited for IAS Mains. Candidates qualifying IAS Mains are then called for Interview rounds.

IAS Prelims: IAS Prelims comprise two papers in objective format for a total of 200 marks each. Paper 1 consists of Quantitative and Logical Aptitude Questions, it is commonly referred as Civil Services Aptitude Test. paper II of Civil Services/IAS Exam contains questions from the domain of General Studies. For a total of 200 marks, candidates are allowed 2 hours for each paper. The Preliminary round of IAS Exam is expected to be conducted in June 2018. Last Year, IAS Prelims cutoff was 150-200 for general candidates. Check IAS Cutoff 2017 for more details

  • General Studies: 100 questions for a total 200 marks to be solved in 2 hours.
  • CSAT: 80 questions for a total of 200 marks to be solved in 2 hours.

IAS Mains: The Mains Exam constitutes of 9 papers. Candidates are required to secure minimum marks collectively to qualify the Mains Round of IAS Exam. Out of the 9 papers, 4 papers are dedicated to General Studies. Apart from Indian and English Language, candidates are provided option to choose two papers out of the list available to candidates during IAS Registration. Out of the above 9 exams, Indian Language and English language are qualifying in nature and not considered for preparation of IAS Merit List. Rests of the exams are for ranking of the candidate.

The Interview round is the final round following the Mains exam round. Interview round acts as the deciding factor in the selection of candidates for IAS as this round is of 275 marks. Most of the students who crack the interview round are the ones who score a minimum of 55% marks.

Highlights for IAS 2018

Exam Highlights
Exam Name Indian Administrative Services
Conducting Body Union Public Service Commission
Official Website upsc.gov.in
Exam Type National Level Recruitment Exam
Exam Periodicity Yearly
Recruitment for IAS (Indian Administrative Service) officer
IPS (Indian Police Service) officer
IFS (Indian Foreign Service) officer
Group A and Group B service
Exam Date (Prelims) June 18, 2018
Eligibility Criteria Qualification: Any degree from a recognized university
Age: 21 years- 32 years
Mode of Application Online
Language Medium English and Hindi
Number of Stages Prelims, Mains and Interview
Number of Posts 24

IAS 2018 Dates

UPSC will be conducting the IAS 2018 exam according in the sequence of following dates:

Events Date
Release of Notification for IAS Prelims February, 2018
Availability of application form for IAS Prelims February, 2018
Last date to fill the online form for IAS Prelims March, 2018
Availability of Admit cards First week of June, 2018
IAS Prelims exam date June, 2018
Announcement of result of IAS Prelims exam August, 2018

IAS Exam 2018 Eligibility criteria

The eligibility criteria include academic qualification, age limit, nationality etc. Candidate must be eligible on the basis of the following factors to apply for IAS exam.

Academic qualification

Candidates must have a graduation degree in any stream or equivalent from the any of the Universities which are included is State or Central Government of India’s Act. The candidate qualified from Institutes established by Act of Parliament or any deemed University as per the Union Grants Commission Act can also apply.

Age Limit

The age limit ranges from 21 to 32 for the candidate to apply. Candidate from reserved category can avail the age relaxation. The age limit will be calculated as on August 01, 2018.


Following are the criteria on the basis of Nationality:

  • For IAS (Indian Administrative Service) and IPS (Indian Police Service), candidate must be the citizen of India.
  • For other services, citizens of following nationalities can apply: India, Nepal and Bhutan. Also a Tibetan refugees or a person of India migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention to settle in India can apply for other services.

IAS 2018 Registration

Candidates can register for IAS 2018 exam in the following steps:

  • In part – I, candidate must fill in the important information like name, gender, date of birth, etc. and submit this information.
  • Candidate can now pay the fees by online methods, like debit or credit card, net banking, etc. Candidate from reserved category is exempted to pay any fee.
  • In part – II, candidate can now select the center according to his convenience where he or she wants to take the exam.
  • Finally, the candidate must upload the scanned copies of his or her recent photograph, with white background and signature on white paper with blue or black pen.

IAS Exam center 2018

Candidate must select the favourable exam center as soon as possible as the allotment of the exam centers is done on the basis of First-Come-First-Serve basis.

When the maximum limit of candidate for a particular center is reached, that option is frozen and the candidate can choose that center. Check the following table to know the Exam Centers for IAS Exam 2018.

Agartala Coimbatore Indore Mysore Siligudi
Agra Cuttack Itanagar Nagpur Srinagar
Ajmer Dehradun Jabalpur Navi Mumbai Thane
Ahmedabad Delhi Jaipur Gautam Buddha Nagar Thiruvananthapuram
Aizawl Dharwad Jammu Panaji (Goa) Tiruchirappalli
Aligarh Dispur Jodhpur Patna Tirupati
Allahabad Faridabad Jorhat Port Blair Udaipur
Anantpur (Andhra Pradesh) Gangtok Kochi Puducherry Varanasi
Aurangabad Gaya Kohima Pune Vellore
Bangalore Ghaziabad Kolkata Raipur Vijayawada
Bareilly Gorakhpur Kozhikode (Calicut) Rajkot Vishakhapatnam
Bhopal Gurgaon Lucknow Ranchi Warangal
Bilaspur Gwalior Ludhiana Sambalpur --
Chandigarh Hyderabad Madurai Shillong --
Chennai Imphal Mumbai Shimla --

IAS Exam Admit card 2018

Candidates will be provided with the admit card two weeks prior to IAS Preliminary test. Admit cards are available online only and no post will be sent to their respective residences.

The candidate must follow the instructions carefully given on the website in order to download the admit card.

  • Visit the official website of UPSC and click on the link of IAS Admit card
  • Enter the registration Id and Date of Birth to download the admit card.
  • Click on the submit button and take a printout of the admit card for the exam day.

IAS 2018 Exam Pattern

IAS Exam comprises three stages which are Prelims, Mains and Interview. The exam pattern varies according to the stages. Here, we are providing the IAS exam pattern for Prelims and Main as mentioned below.

Preliminary test:

Mode Offline
Medium English and Hindi
Number of papers  2
Weightage of each paper 200 marks
Duration 2 hours (20 min extra for Blind candidates)

Both the papers are objective type in nature. 1 mark is awarded for correct answer and 1/3rd mark is deduced for wrong answer.

Mains exam:

Mode Offline
Medium English and Hindi
Number of papers 9
Weightage of qualifying papers 300 marks each
Weightage of ranking papers 250 marks each
Duration 2 hours (20 min extra for Blind candidates)

IAS Preparation Tips

Candidate can prepare for IAS exam if he follows the IAS exam syllabus thoroughly. He can also follow some of the following tips in order to crack the exam:

  • Prepare for each topic mentioned in the syllabus thoroughly and go through the prescribed books.
  • Read newspapers like The Hindu and Indian Express to keep yourself abreast with current affairs and Bills introduced by the Government.
  • Time management plays a significant role in this exam.
  • Take mock exams in order to gauge out your shortcomings and work on them.

IAS Result 2018

IAS Preliminary test will be announced in August 2018. The candidates are shortlisted for further rounds on the basis of their performance in this round. The result of IAS Mains will be declared in the month of March 2019. The result will be available in the PDF format on the official website of UPSC. Candidates can check the result in pdf file by their Roll Number.

IAS Cutoff 2018

The cutoff is announced after the announcement of IAS exam result. The candidates who obtain marks more than the cutoff become eligible for their desired services.

The cutoffs also vary on the basis of relaxation provided to reserved category and also according to different services.

The different posts offered after clearing the IAS exam are in Group A and Group B. The candidate can select the desired service from these two groups. Check the following table to know the previous cutoff marks of IAS Exam as given below.

General 150-200 660-679 860-889
OBC 140-201 600-631 809-845
ST 103-180 610-620 800-815
SC 101-185 615-633 815-835
PH 1 101-170 550-615 800-820
PH 2 89-120 550-630 780-835
PH 3 60-125 450-515 690-726

IAS Exam Selection Process 2018

Candidates are selected via three rounds.

The first round is Preliminary test which has 2 papers of General studies. The people appearing for Prelims are generally 12-13 times the candidates appearing for Mains exam.

The second round is Mains exams which has 9 papers. Candidates that obtain 33% or more in Prelims become eligible to appear in Mains exam. In this exam, the thought process and its structuring is examined by the examiner.

The third and final round is Interview. This round is also known as the personality test. The candidate is assessed on the basis of his academic background, interests and also if his personality matches to the stature of a civil servant.


The reservation criteria would be applicable as per the rules of UPSC. The age relaxations for each category is mentioned in the table below:

SC/ST 5 years
OBC 3 years
J&K Domicile 5 years
Defense Personnel 3 years
Handicapped (Blind, deaf, mute) 10 years

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.