[UPSC IAS/IPS] Lowest Vacancies in the Decade, Attempt to ‘rehabilitate’ the Interview-failed, No changes in Age, Attempt or Syllabus

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  1. UPSC CSE-2018 Notification out
  2. Lowest Vacancies in the Decade
  3. Interview Fail Candidates’ biodata to be shared with other recruiting agencies
  4. When can I expect Prelims & Mains Result?
  5. No change in Age-Attempt limit
  6. No change in structure of the exam
  7. No changes in Mains and interview syllabus or marks
  8. No change in the syllabus of the exam
  9. Can last semester student apply?
  10. How much fees do I need to pay?
  11. When will I get the hallticket/admit-card for prelims?
  12. Multiple applications by same candidate?
  13. Warning: Optional and centre
  14. OBC alert

UPSC-2018 Notification out

  • UPSC has released notification for civil services 2018 and forest service 2018 exam.
  • Last date to apply is 6th March 2018, 6PM.
  • Online application link is http://www.upsconline.nic.in
  • Apply at earlier because exam centers are first applying first allot basis.
  • Prelim exam to be held on 3rd June 2018. (How many days left- just watch the left hand corner green box of our website).
  • Helpdesk numbers: No. 011-23385271/011-23381125/011-23098543

Lowest Vacancies in the Decade

UPSC Vacancies decline

Data taken from the Notified vacancies in the official notifications of UPSC

  • As you can see from the graph, this year, UPSC has the lowest recruitment in the whole decade (782 vacancies i.e. 198 less than last year and 511 jobs less than the best year-2014.)
  • Therefore, less candidates will get chance to write mains exam. We can expect barely ~9360-10140 candidates clearing prelims-2018, compared to 13,366 candidates who cleared prelims-2017.
  • Similarly, ~2340 may be called for interviews against 2568 called for interviews of CSE-2017.

but there is another positive delelopment:

Interview Fail Candidates’ biodata to be shared with other recruiting agencies

UPSC notification also mentions that

  • Those who fail in UPSC Interview… their details will be shared with other public and private recruiting agencies so that even those unemployed interview-failed candidates can find a suitable jobs.
  • However, you can opt out of this data sharing ‘scheme’, if you’re not interested (or are worried about your ‘aadhar-privacy’). Read page no. 2 and 3 of the notification for more on this.

When can I expect Prelims & Mains Result?

  • In CSE-2017, UPSC declared prelim and mains results within 39 days and 68 days respectively after the exam. So, if UPSC continues to show the same level of efficiency for CSE-2018 then:
  • Prelim-2018 result can be expected on 12th July 2018. [Afterwards, you’ll have to file a new detailed application form-DAF, with documentary proofs. So last year / last-sem students eligible to apply, IF they think they can get provisional marksheet of graduation by ~July/Aug-2018.]
  • Mains-2018 result can be expected after 10th December 2018. [As per revised calendar, Mains starts from 28th September and runs for 5 days so it depends on which days they keep holiday.]

No change in Age-Attempt limit

  • It is same as last year.  Minimum age is 21 years.
  • Age is counted on 1st August of 2018. i.e. you must not be born later than 1st August 1997.
  • Candidate already in IAS or Indian foreign service (IFS)- not eligible to appear.
CategoryMaximum AgeAttempt
General326 [must not be born before 2nd August 1986]
SC/ST32+5=37till upper age
Physically disabled (Blind, Deaf-mute, Orthopedic)32+10=42
  • if general then 9
  • OBC then 9
  • SC/ST- then upper age
J&K domicile32+5=37depending on above categories (Gen, OBC, SC/ST, PH)
Disabled serviceman discharged from duty32+3=35same as above
Ex-serviceman with five years duty * specific condition on page2 of notification32+5=37same as above

Above relaxation are cumulative e.g. OBC candidate from J&K = 32 + 3(OBC) + 5 (J&K) = 40 years up age limit. What doesn’t count as an attempt?

  • Ans. If you applied in previous exam, but remain absent in BOTH prelim papers, then your attempt is not counted.
  • If you fail in prelims, attempt is counted.

No change in structure of the exam

Preliminary exam
Paper 1Paper 2
general studies (GS)aptitude / CSAT
Marks counted for selection in mains exam…yes
  • You need to get only 33% passing marks. i.e. 200 x 0.33 = 66 passing marks required to clear prelims.
200 marks200 marks
0.33% negative marking0.33% negative marking
20 minutes for blind and locomotors disabilitySame

No changes in Mains and interview syllabus or marks

English300. Marks not counted in merit only 25% passing marks required.
Indian language paper (Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi etc. depending on your choice)Same as above.
GS (mains) Paper1, 2, 3, 4250 each x 4 papers = 1000 marks.
ONE Optional subject500 marks.
Written total1750
grand total2025

No change in the syllabus of the exam

Can last semester student apply?

  • Minimum education standard is graduation.
  • Candidates from last semester can apply. Once you clear prelims, you’ll have to fillup a new form called “Detailed application form” to appear in UPSC Mains exam. With this form, you’ve to submit scanned copies of your graduation Certi / last year mark sheet.
  • MBBS candidate must finish internship before interview phase.

How much fees do I need to pay?

General Male and OBC maleRs.100 for Prelims, Rs. 200 for Mains.
Female of any categoryNo fees
SC/ ST, PHno fees

When will I get the hallticket/admit-card for prelims?

  • Hall ticket will be available online, usually 3 weeks before prelim exam. They don’t send it through post anymore. You’ve to download and take printout.
  • If problem, contact   011-23381125/011-23385271/011-23098543.

Multiple applications by same candidate?

  • Every time you apply, you get new registration ID (RID). you must preserve RID because you’ll have to quote it again in the Mains application form i.e. DAF form.
  • If you applied multiple times (because of computer glitch, fee problem or xyz reason) then when downloading hallticket, you should use higher RID. Because higher RID corresponds to your latest application.

Warning: Optional and centre

  • in prelim online form itself, UPSC will ask you to fill the choice of optional subject and mains exam centre. And later on they don’t allow to change it. (Because in the Mains-DAF form, same data will be prepopulated.)
  • Therefore, make no mistake in filling up mains-optional, mains-exam centre and mains medium of answers.

OBC alert

To claim OBC reservation benefit in UPSC, you need TWO certificates:

  1. OBC caste certificate [under central list.] MIND IT: some castes are in state backward list but not in central backward list.
  2. Non-creamy layer certificate.
    1. Non creamy layer status depends on your parents’ income and property.
    2. It doesn’t depend on your income/property
    3. It doesn’t depend on your husband/wife’s income/property.
    4. If your mom/dad is government employee, then INCOME criteria doesn’t apply but his rank / designation matters.
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117 Comments on “[UPSC IAS/IPS] Lowest Vacancies in the Decade, Attempt to ‘rehabilitate’ the Interview-failed, No changes in Age, Attempt or Syllabus”

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  3. Sir my father’s name As in 10th certificate i can not fill in the given coloumn of CSP-2018 ONLINE FORM as it exceeds the limit of characters what should i do?

  4. 5 years relaxation for jk state notified

  5. Not to worry Fill the application again and the new one would be counted…

  6. Sir, I am working as Central Excise Inspector in Central Govt and want to give RBI Grade B exam. Will i get age relaxation?

  7. my e-mail address has been wrongly filled in the prelim form ,other details are correct i have also got verification on my registered phone number …is this a problem

  8. Does the timelines indicate that we can expect final results by mid March next yr?? Plz reply.

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