IAS exam is the most competitive exam in India. Every year UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) conducts Civil Services exam for candidates aspiring to be Grade ‘A’ officers. UPSC IAS Exams is conducted in three stages namely Preliminary, Mains and Interview rounds. Here are the highlights for upcoming IAS 2018.
Those who qualify prelims exam of IAS will be allowed to appear in UPSC IAS 2018 Mains exam. Candidates are required to secure minimum marks collectively to qualify the Mains Round of IAS Exam. Out of the above 9 exams, Indian Language and English language are qualifying in nature and not considered for preparation of the final Merit List. The other seven papers will be counted for merit (1750 marks)
IAS Prelims 2018 is the preliminary stage of the exam. IAS Prelims is qualifying in nature where students are required to score marks above the decided cutoff to be able to appear for the IAS Mains. The paper in IAS Prelims constitute two papers viz. GS 1 and GS 2. Where GS 1 deals with General and Current affairs aptitude of the student. GS 2 is more related to quantitative and logical aptitude. The mode of the examination is Offline and the time provided to students to solve 100 and 80 questions is two hours each. Here are the highlights of IAS Prelims 2018.
Know more about IAS Prelims 2018 Pattern, Syllabus, Questions and Expected Cutoff
English and Hindi
Number of papers
Weightage of each paper
2 hours (20 min extra for Blind candidates)
IAS Mains is the next level of Selection process of Indian Administrative Services. The exam of IAS Mains consist of nine papers out of which four paper dedicated to General Studies. General Studies in IAS Mains constitute Current Affairs, Indian History, Polity and Economics. The students are required to qualify the stage in order to appear for Interview rounds. Marks worth 300 are qualifying in nature in which students are to score above the decided qualifyinf marks to qualify. However, 250 are considered for Merit preparation in which students are score above he decided cutoff to qualify. Here are some highlights of IAS Mains 2018.
IAS consists of three stages which are Prelims, Mains and Interview. The exam pattern varies according to the stages.
Papers qualifying in nature
Papers to be counted for merit
Only the IAS Mains qualified students will be eligible for the Personality test (interview). Candidates will be interviewed by Board members, who will be aware of candidates’ career so far. The objective of this interview is to assess candidates’ personal suitability for their further career in the public services.
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Union Public Service Commission follows a negative marking policy. Following the marking scheme of UPSC IAS 2018 Prelims exam, candidates will be awarded one mark if attempting a question correctly and one-third of the marks allotted to the question will be deducted from the total scored marks if the attempt for that question is wrong. Moreover, no marks will be awarded for any question left un-attempted. In General Studies Paper-II, candidates have to qualify the exam with minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33%.
As the IAS Mains Exam is descriptive in nature, marks are awarded or deducted based upon the manner in which a candidate has answered the questions in the qualifying papers(Paper A & B) as well as in the Paper I to VII
Total Marks of the Qualifying Papers:
|Paper A: An Indian Language||300 Marks|
|Paper B: English||300 Marks|
Total Marks of the Papers to be counted for merit:
|Paper I: Essay||250|
|Paper II: General Studies-I (Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society)||250|
|Paper III: General Studies-II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)||250|
|Paper IV: General Studies-III (Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)||250|
|Paper V: General Studies-IV (Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)||250|
|Paper VI: Optional Subject-Paper1||250|
|Paper-VII: Optional Subject-Paper 2||250|
|Sub Total (Written test)||1750|
Candidates appearing for IAS 2018 Exam have to be aware of the complete UPSC syllabus that will be included in all the UPSC examination so as to prepare well and get higher rankings.
IAS Preliminary Examinations two papers are termed as General Studies Paper-I and General Studies Paper-II. Both the question papers will be in two sets of language viz. English and Hindi and will consists of Multiple choice questions (objective type).
Syllabus for General Studies Paper-I is given below:-
Check IAS Syllabus with Important Topics and Expected questions in Prelims and Mains
Syllabus for General Studies Paper-II is given below:
The UPSC IAS Main Examination is a written examination. UPSC syllabus for the main examination consists of nine papers, but only seven papers are considered for making the final ranking. In the remaining two papers, candidates have to secure minimum marks which are declared by UPSC every year.
Two qualifying papers will be of matriculation level or equivalent standard to its level. These papers are not counted in the final score for ranking. Both papers are of 300 marks each.
Paper-A: Indian Languages
Candidates will be asked to write: Short Essays, Comprehension of given passages, Precis writing and Usage and Vocabulary.
Candidates have to select any one of the Indian Language from the Languages mentioned in the Eighth Schedule to the Indian Constitution.
Note: These papers are not necessary for the candidates belonging to Sikkim, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Manipur, and Arunachal Pradesh.
Paper-B: English language
Short Essays, Comprehension of given passages, Precis writing and Usage and Vocabulary
List of seven papers along with UPSC syllabus:
|PAPER||SUBJECT AND CONTENT|
|Paper-I||Essay(It Can be written in the medium or language of the candidate’s choice) - On single or multiple topics|
|Paper-II||General Studies-I (Culture and Indian Heritage|History and Geography of the World and Society)|
|Paper- III||General Studies –II (Constitution| Governance| Social Justice| Polity| and International relations)|
|Paper-IV||General Studies –III (Economic Development| Technology| Environment| Biodiversity| Disaster Management and Security)|
|Paper-V||General Studies –IV (Aptitude| Integrity| and Ethics)|
|Paper-VI||Optional Subject – Paper 1|
|Paper-VII||Optional Subject – Paper 2|
Paper VI and VII are the two optional subjects chosen by the candidate at the time of filling up the UPSC IAS 2018 Application Form.
Here are the lists of all the recommended Books for the preparation of the UPSC IAS exam
The important reference books for IAS Prelims are listed below.:
|22 Years CSAT General Studies IAS Prelims Topic-wise Solved Papers 1995-2016||DISHA Experts||9386146827|
|General Studies Paper I 2017 & 2018||McGraw Hill Education||935260346X|
|General Studies Paper II 2017 & 2018||McGraw Hill Education||9352603478|
|Manorama Yearbook 2017 & 2018||Mammen Mathew||9386025205|
|India 2017 & 2018||Government of India||8123023286|
|Oxford Student Atlas for Competitive Exams||Oxford||199470642|
Apart from reference books, you also need to read topic-wise IAS Books for Prelims which are given below:
|Indian Polity||M. Laxmikanth|
|Environment and Ecology: Biodiversity, Climate Change and Disaster Management for Civil Services Examination||Majid Husain|
|India's Struggle for Independence||Bipan Chandra|
|A Brief History Of Modern India||Rajiv Ahir|
|Art and Culture||Nitin Singhania|
|Indian Economy||Ramesh Singh|
|Physical Geography||Goh Cheng Leong|
|India's Struggle for Independence||Bipin Chandra|
|Facets of Indian Culture||Spectrum|
|A New Look at Modern Indian History||BL Grover|
|India Since Independence||Bipan Chandra|
|A History of Modern World||Ranjan Chakravarti|
|Certificate Physical and Human Geography||Goh Cheng Leong|
|Indian and World GeographY||Majid Hussain|
|NCERTs of Class XI and XII||CBSE|
|India: Development and Participation||Amartya Sen and Jean Dreze|
|Our Constitution||Shubham Kashyap|
|Our Parliament||Shubham Kashyap|
|Governance in India||M Laxmikanth|
|International Relations in 21st Century||Pushpesh Pant|
|Indian Economy||Ramesh Singh|
|Indian Economy: Performance and Policies||Uma Kapila|
|Economic Survey||Ministry of Finance, India|
|Environment & Ecology: Biodiversity, Climate Change & Disaster Management||Majid Hussain|
|Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude for Civil Services Main Examination||Subba Rao|
Apart from these recommended books for GS Mains for IAS, candidates should also read news articles and editorials from newspapers like Indian Express and The Hindu. Also, they should stay updated with the latest development in the field of Science and technology, Ecological issues, International Relations, Polity, Economic developments through online and offline news sources.
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.