Academic Qualification

To apply for UPSC Civil Services (IAS/IPS) Examination, a candidate….

  1. Must be a graduate. source site No minimum %, grade or CGPA required in college. (But don’t prepare UPSC by neglecting college because in RBI/CAT-exams they consider college marks)
  2. There are Toppers with ATKT, failures in college/school exams. UPSC doesn’t care. They only need final graduation certi/marksheet.
  3. Undergraduate in last year, go last semester can apply.
  4. here American degrees valid but have to get equivalent cert. from AIU.
  5. Distance education degree valid- IF recognized by UGC/AICTE/any Law
  6. MBBS must have completed internship before UPSC Interview-stage comes.

Age / Attempt limit in UPSC IAS/IPS?

General & Creamy OBC
/ 6 Attempts
Non-Creamy OBC
/ 9 Attempts

  • Apply online: 7th Feb to 3rd March 2018

    • You’ve to indicate optional subject in online Prelim-form. You can’t change it afterwards during Mains form.
    • Marksheet, Caste Certi not required at this stage.

  • Stage1- Prelims / CSAT: 3rd June, 2018

    • Multiple choice Question (MCQ) Test. Two papers 1) General Studies 2) Aptitude. No optional paper here.
    • Question paper is set in English and Hindi.
    • if you apply online but remain absent in prelims, then your attempt is not counted.

  • Stage2- Mains: 29th Sep. 2018 onwards (five days)

    • When you clear prelims, You’ll have to fill up a new separate (online) form called “Detailed Application form” ( DAF).
    • In this online DAF-form, Your optional subject will be pre-selected from prelim form, hence you can’t change.
    • Along with DAF-you’ll have to give proof of graduation, caste, PH.
    • Mains contains Seven Descriptive Papers; including one optional subject paper.

  • Stage3- Interview, Dates undecided

    Can be given in any language. But advisable to give in Hindi/English otherwise 1) Leaves Poor impression 2) Translator eats up time/ reduces impact of your answer.

How to start Prelim Preparation?

  1. Coaching / Delhi-Stay is see NOT essential to clear Prelims. Many toppers managed without coaching, by self study!
  2. First, Start with NCERT Textbooks Topicwise (Free Download)
  3. Observe Previous years Topicwise Papers; so unnecessarily Time is not wasted in wrong direction.

Difficult to explain all the nuances of UPSC Prelims-Cum Mains preparation, Notes making, Time management etc. in a single web-page! Please go through following Lecture for detailed strategy :)Mrunal
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160 Comments on “UPSC Civil Services IAS/IPS Exam: Syllabus, Structure, Strategy”

  1. Sir, my name is suman and i’m from darbhanga
    I Just want to know that can i give upsc exams…..this year i’m given 12th board exam with commerce faculty and from what should be my strategy to appear in this exam after can i prepare for that from now?

    1. First of all – focus on your graduation

      1. pahale aap gradution pura kre

  2. Dear SIr,
    Kinldy provide some strategy and study material for upcoming GPSC Class 1-2 exam , Its my humble request sir.

  3. Mrinal sir want to the answer of a question:
    Inflation implies:
    1. Rise in budget
    2. Rise in money supply
    3. Rise in consumer goods
    4. Rise in general price index

  4. Sir,
    I am Abhirami K H,now I’m at the way of completion of my graduation. I A S is my dream,can I get IAS without any coaching. Everyone is saying that coaching at Delhi is necessary to pass prelims,is it? Please provide me necessary suggestions to achieve my dream

    1. No, coaching is not necessary to clear UPSC exam. There’re lots of aspirant who cleared the exam without joining any coaching institute. But if you need it, you can join.

  5. When will budget and economic survey for 2018 be taken?

  6. Sir I am preparing for civil services and ifos I have applied only for ifos in 2018 will my attempt on civil services count please let me know

  7. is it important new p. h certificate for upsc, or old b4 15 years.

  8. CSAT Paper-2 is only for qualifying 33% or its marks will be added with Paper-1 to qualify for Mains exam ?

  9. Sir I m serving in the Indian navy , but I want to clear upsc case plzzzzz help me sir.
    Is it possible for a foji like us to clear this exam. I would have to prepare without quitting my job and m also a Hindi medium guy. Plzzzzz guide me sir

  10. Sir, i am working in kendriya vidyalaya sangathan (Autonomous body of MHRD) as a teacher. Will i get age relaxation in civil service exam.

  11. sir are security related issues social issues etc asked in mains also

  12. Sir koi date batayea please Aur nhi hoga to wo bhi batayea economic survey 2018

  13. Sir now I am in my graduation second year how to I start my civils preparation. Please give me any suggestions to clear civils examination? It’s my dream.

  14. Sir,I have given 12th sci board exam in this year.How I should prepare for UPSC in next 3 years with completing B.A.?

  15. Hi sir Good morning I am studying 2 year graduation please give your best suggestions to me to complete my UPSC in 1 St attempt

  16. Sir, i want proper guidlines i wanna be IPS in any how so.. please guide me
    I have to be IPS for my life
    Please contact me through my mail if you have some time for me

  17. Sir please give me some suggestion for good ranking in 2018 UPSC exam. My math’s is very poor

    1. No issues, maths comes under CSAT Paper – II, which is qualify paper where you have to score at least 33%.

  18. hi,sir ! my question is About percentage
    is it compulsory for civilservices(I.P.S)

  19. Sir Hindi medium m kon sa coaching delhi m achha h

  20. Sir
    Good afternoon
    I am Postgraduate 1st year student. I am preparing for upsc 2019. Sir please guide me how to prepare for it

  21. What should the strategy for study, all subject each day or two subject each day or 1 subject till I finish it. Please share your experience. Thank you.

    1. At least 2 subjects.
      One is from Current Affairs & another one is any subject.

  22. is there an age relaxation for widow,seperated and divorced females ? kindly confirm

  23. Sir, I have dream to Crack IAS Exam but i m very poor in study especially Maths subject.
    And i hve some finincial problem to coaching IAS Classes So, I humble Request to you plz give some very good suggestion for self study to crack IAS exam in very good ranking. And Recently i have completed my Master’s Degree (Economics).

  24. I am sree lakshmi from can I achieve IAS ???I am now studying in 12th standard with bio as main..

  25. Sir what would be the upper age limit for UPSC 2019 – 20 notification? Is will there any changes about reducing the age?

  26. Sir what would be the upper age limit for UPSC civil services 2019-20 notification?

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  28. Sir,Now am completed my 2nd year,from starting of 3rd year i want to start prepetation for UPSC…so give me any suggestion sir……

  29. Sir,
    I am very poor not only in English but also hindi , but l am trying to speak English.
    So please tell me which is Better language to prepare upsc exams for me

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