[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.
Category Maximum Age Attempt
General 32 6 [must not be born before 2nd August 1986]
OBC 32+3=35 9
SC/ST 32+5=37 till 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 domicile 32+5=37 depending on above categories (Gen, OBC, SC/ST, PH)
Disabled serviceman discharged from duty 32+3=35 same as above
Ex-serviceman with five years duty * specific condition on page2 of notification 32+5=37 same 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 1 Paper 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 marks 200 marks
0.33% negative marking 0.33% negative marking
20 minutes for blind and locomotors disability Same

No changes in Mains and interview syllabus or marks

English 300. 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, 4 250 each x 4 papers = 1000 marks.
ONE Optional subject 500 marks.
Written total 1750
Interview 275
grand total 2025

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 male Rs.100 for Prelims, Rs. 200 for Mains.
Female of any category No fees
SC/ ST, PH no 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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147 Comments on “[UPSC IAS/IPS] Lowest Vacancies in the Decade, Attempt to ‘rehabilitate’ the Interview-failed, No changes in Age, Attempt or Syllabus”

  1. Rejected jeewan bhai

  2. Sir, when are you starting BES18 series?? Please let us know the dates at least. Last time you finished BES classes just before prelims, please try to avoid that. No mains revision series also. We need you sir.

  3. Age relaxation to JK domicile candidates has been scrapped in 2018 notification

  4. No age relax for jnk

  5. Sir is non creamy layer certification nob reqired to fill form?

  6. Plz suggest me what to do.i m from j&k and prepared on the basis of age relaxation but in this notification I don’t get any clause regarding my state. Plz tell me what to do
    Plz help me sir

  7. mr. mrunal you should have atleast read the notification closely. upsc is introducing PARTIAL NEGATIVE MARKING in prelims 2018. major change!

  8. This answer can be answer by no one … It will decide in 2019 notification it self

  9. What is the possible difference between cut off for OBC and General category candidates in Prelims and Mains (Civils and IFoS)… can any1 reply it would be of great help…thanks…

  10. Is there any chance to reduce the age/attempt in 2019 for general cat.?

    1. Aree study par dhayan dai attempt ko kyu ro rha hai kuch change nhi hone wala agle 10 saal tak….

  11. Sir, is a general cat. male candidate eligible for the IFoS exam given having made 6 attempts at cse pre (the last two attempts being selected in common for both CSE and IFoS, i.e. only two attempts at the IFoS) ,and is within the age limit?

  12. Less seats MATLAB Preliminary exam will be more tough…. failed students new vaccency AIPS ( all India pakoda service) join kar sakte hai

    1. bhai , tum abhi se suru kar do ..

  13. I am also waiting.

  14. Sir, will CSE vacancies fall continues in future years too??

  15. Thats the perfect example of minimum Governance & maximum government… This is how this government would achieve the fiscal deficit target… really a shame…

  16. સર જી.
    ઓબીસી કાસ્ટ સર્ટિફિકેટ (અંડર સેન્ટ્રલ લોસ્ટ) દર વર્ષે રીન્યુ કરાવવું પડે ? ગુજરાત માં 10 માં ધોરણ માં આપેલ તે જ ચાલે કે બીજું કાઢવું પડે? ક્યાંથી કાઢવાનું?

  17. Hello Sir,

    Is there any ref. (Govt or Court Orders) f or the below point

    Non-creamy layer certificate.

    Non creamy layer status depends on your parents’ income and property.
    It doesn’t depend on your income/property
    It doesn’t depend on your husband/wife’s income/property.

  18. Thankyou so much sir for every effort of yours. It’s only your strategy that made me clear state public services and now I am confidently proceeding towards civil services.

  19. Sir!! Bes18 Series start krdijiye, last year k jesa na krna preliminary exam tk ..ni to lanka lag jaegi😭😭

  20. sir .when will you start new green series for budget +economic survey?

  21. Even if prelims is easier this time cutoff will go up. May be 140 to 150 for General category.

    1. May be 199 this time….

    2. Please don’t speculate right now. There is no point in publishing comments which might further add to the pressure of the candidates. Besides, what might be the difficulty of questions and what’d be the cutoff, Mrunal Sir himself has advised not to get involved in these “paan-ki-galle” type discussions. The seats have been decreased, that’s a reality and this only means one thing, that we need to put more effort.

  22. Where could I find the details about vacancies ?
    For eg how much in IAS, how many in IPS etc.

  23. Thank you Mrunal Sir

  24. Hi Mrunal,
    Good job Mrunal!! Small correction this time upsc gave 10 years age relaxation to ppl with autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability and mental illness.

  25. My mom is a govt aided school teacher and earns around 7 lakhs she is class 3 Am I belongs to OBC or UR

  26. Domicile relaxation for J&k has been done away with.

    Pl recheck

  27. Vivek Gurjar:
    There will be negative marking for incorrect answers
    (as detailed below) for all questions except some of the
    questions where the negative marking will be inbuilt in the
    form of different marks being awarded to the most appropriate
    and not so appropriate answer for such questions.

    What does this mean in notification…

    1. bcoz the question has more than one answer but the most appropriate one will be given the highest mark. probably bcoz of last year protests regarding the similar options given for a question…

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