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IAS Mains 2018

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Aug 25, 2017

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Anil Tigga

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IAS Mains 2018 will be held in the last week of October 2018. Individuals who clear the Prelims stage must register for the Mains exam. Applications process will conclude by August 2018. The exam will constitute of nine papers.

  • Out of these 9, two papers will be of qualifying nature and will not be considered for preparation of merit list.
  • The papers will be subjective type conducted in the pen and paper mode. Aspirants can answer the questions in both English and Hindi language.
  • The duration of each paper will be two hours.

Results for IAS Mains 2018 will be announced in December 2018 by the commission. Applicants who qualify the Mains exam will have to appear for the Interview round that holds 25% weightage in the final merit list. They will be recruited in various departments as per their position in the merit list.

IAS exam is considered to be the toughest government exam. It aims at selecting the best out of the best students to become Grade A officers. Every year more than 11 lakh individuals register for IAS. The screening process is such that only 15,000 participants qualify for the Mains exam and less than 3,000 for the Interview round.

IAS Mains 2018 Dates

IAS Prelims will be held in June 2018. Candidates who have cleared IAS Prelims must apply for the Mains exam. They must visit the official website of UPSC i.e. . The important dates for IAS Mains 2018 are given in the table below:

Event Date
Release of IAS Mains Notification 2018 February 2018
Availability of IAS 2018 Application Form 2nd week of August 2018
Last Date to fill IAS 2017 Application Form  4th week of August 2018
Availability of IAS Mains Admit Card  October 2018
UPSC IAS Mains 2018 Exam 4th week of October 2018
Announcement of IAS Result  December 2018

IAS Mains 2018 Registration Process

IAS Mains 2018 Application Process will begin in August. Applications will be accepted only in the online mode on the official website of UPSC. Candidates must ensure that they meet the academic, age and citizenship criteria to be eligible for the exam.

IAS Mains 2018 Registration will be done in two parts followed by payment of application fees. Here are some quick highlights

  • Aspirants must enter basic details like Name, Gender, Category and Nationality to register for the exam.    
  • IAS Mains 2018 Application Fees of INR 200 can be paid via e-Challan of State Bank of India or through Debit/ Credit card, Net banking by the online mode. Female participants and those belonging to the reserved category will be exempted from payment.

In the 2nd stage of registration, aspirants must fill up qualification and communication details. They must select their preferred exam center and upload certain documents. Candidates will be required to upload scanned copies of their recent photograph and signature to complete the application process.

IAS Mains 2018 Exam Pattern

IAS Mains exam will consist of nine conventional essay type papers. There will be two qualifying and seven merit papers. Aspirants should clear the qualifying papers by securing the required marks for the consideration of other merit papers.

Aspirants can attempt the papers in both English and Hindi language. The duration of each paper is 3 hours. Extra time of 20 minutes will be provided for blind participants.

The total weightage of IAS Mains 2018 written exam is 1750 marks. Students must clear all the papers individually to move to the final Interview round.

IAS Mains 2018 Qualifying Subjects

The qualifying subjects are two language papers out of which one is English. The other subject is the Indian language paper which should be chosen by participants from the languages mentioned in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution. However, the Indian language paper will not be mandatory for applicants belonging to the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Meghalya, Manipur, Nagaland and Sikkim.

Maximum marks for both papers are 300 each. These papers will be of matriculation or equivalent level. Aspirants must attain at least 25% aggregate (75 marks) in each to fulfill the minimum qualifying standards in these subjects. The marks secured in these papers will not be counted for ranking.

IAS Mains 2018 Subjects used in Merit Preparation

The remaining seven papers will be on varied subjects which will be used for merit preparation. There will be two optional papers in which individuals must choose the subject from the list provided by UPSC. A variety of subjects like Law, Medical Sciences, Management, Engineering and pure sciences can be attempted.

The details of merit papers are given in the following table:

Number of Merit Papers 9
Maximum marks of each paper 250
Duration of each paper 3 hours
Medium English and Hindi
Subject of Paper I Essay
Subject of Papers II to V General Studies
Subject of Paper VI and VII Optional Subject (Paper One and paper 2)

IAS Mains 2018 Cutoff

IAS Main 2018 Cut off will be released after the results are declared. Applicants must clear the cut off declared by UPSC to be eligible for the next round. They must secure the minimum required marks as per their category. The cut off for the previous year is given below:

Category Cut off
General 787
OBC 745
SC 739
ST 730
PH- 1 713
PH- two 740
PH- 3 545

IAS Mains 2018 Result

IAS Mains 2018 Result will be declared 15 days after the exam. It will likely be announced in December 2018 on the official UPSC website.

  • IAS Mains Result will be based solely on the performance of individuals in the written exam.
  • Result will be published on the website in the form of a PDF file. Aspirants can visit the website and download this file. They must look for their roll numbers to view their result.

IAS 2018 Interview Round

It is the final stage of IAS selection procedure. It will be conducted at the UPSC office in New Delhi. The final result will be declared after considering the performance of participants in both IAS Mains exam and interview.

  • The interview or personality test will carry 275 marks and a weightage of 25% in the final merit list.
  • The objective of the panel is to judge the mental caliber of candidates.
  • They will assess the intellectual qualities, social traits and interest of applicants in current affairs.
  • Candidates will be marked out of 2075 out of which a General category student must secure around 990 marks to clear the cut off.

IAS Interview will be declared in April 2018. Individuals who emerge victorious will be recruited by various departments of the civil services.

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