[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. Have.you.forgot.to.mention.about.essay.paper.

  2. Sir, Please make a Playlist of videos we should watch before watching your next budget and economy series :)

  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

    1. no..its not a big problem.. all you need to have is your working mobile number and registration id

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

  9. Can anyone please clear my doubts?
    1. I have submitted my application form but I opted for CSE oy and didn’t opt for IFoS. Now, can I submit a new application form including both CSE and IFoS?
    2. I have done Engineering in ECE and my optional for CSE is Sociology. So what optionals would you suggest for IFoS?
    3. If I cleared IFoS prelims cutoff and could appear for IFoS Mains, will it be okay if I don’t attend the IFoS mains? Or will it create a problem for my overall CASE result?
    Thanks in advance.

  10. Sir, if I am not wrong, a person will get a single certificate mentioning the caste name and whether that person belongs to non creamy category. You dont have to produce 2 separate certificates – 1 for caste and 1 for non creamy. Correct me if i am wrong here.

    1. OBC Certificate is being issued to the Candidates in two separate formats. One is in State government format without creamy layer clause which is valid only that particular state and another is in Central Government format with creamy layer clause mentioned in it. This is valid certificate for UPSC and other Central government examination/recruitment. So you have to clearly mention that you want central government format (OBC-NCL) while applying for OBC certificate.

  11. Sir If Parents government employee then Income criteria doesn’t apply true .But in Karnataka the State government officials are not issuing OBC Certificate .They have the own rules aka Parents income must be below 6 Lakhs . Central government doesn’t issue OBC Certificate ,now what’s the solution to this .

    Caste is in both State and Union List !


    During the part 2 of the registration process, when they ask you to accept/click on that declaration thing. In short just the very last page after submitting everything photo/signature etc..
    When I clicked on that button, it didn’t come as “successful submission of form” , it just went white/blank.
    SO , my question is that should fill another form or is it fine as I did receive a confirmation email.???

    1. It’s fine. Notification means registration done. The email would be having a registration ID and a message that Application successfully completed (Part I & Part II).”.

  13. General 32 6 [must not be born before 2nd August 1986]

    its not 2nd august 1986 but 2nd august 1985

  14. UPSC has a lopsided approach in their reservation policy. Reserved category candidates have a lesser cut-off at the preliminary stage itself that makes them to sit for mains. However, by virtue of their hard work, they may get a general rank based on their performance in the mains. When the preliminary examination is just a screening test to limit the candidates for mains, and sufficient number of reserved candidates have to be inducted into mains, let there be a single cut-off for all the candidates. For example, if the cut of for an ST candidate is 30% in preliminary, UPSC should invite all the candidates above 30% for mains irrespective or their category. This is justified in the light of a separate cut off for mains and the possibility of candidate sitting in mains by virtue of their lower cut offs and getting higher ranks. In other words there is a chance of a reserve category candidate becoming general after declaration of mains results. UPSC may therefore do away with prelims altogether.

  15. can we apply with old obc certificate dated may – 2015 as the process of getting the new one is delayed.

  16. Is there any Whatsapp Group of those who are preparing for UPSC ?

  17. Hello sir I have passed in gradution in education.So how to prepare ias exam.please tell me…

  18. Hello sir I have pairing in graduation so sir please tell me how to prepare ias exam thankoy .

  19. I’m graduation final please help.

    1. Hi sir,
      Some of the basic things you have to do.First start to read hindu news paper,atleast cover the front page and try to understand it.Then you have to read any school books from 6th to 10 th standard .The subjects you have to studied are science,social science,and environment.If you are good in numerical aptitude,logical reasoning,then no issue other wise go for RS agarwal.

  20. Hi sir, My DOB: 16-02-1985 & I belong to OBC, I wanted to appear for CSE, Seen in websites that, for OBC’s max age limit is up to 35 yrs, for general 32yrs, my question is, Am I eligible to write CSE? If yes how many attempts will I get? I applied this year for CSE, but am I allowed to write or not? I have confusion, please help me out. Thanks

    1. Did you find an answer? I have a similar query as yours

  21. This is the first-time govt. making the process for UPSC is easier

  22. Sir I did post graduation in fine art, can I aply for UPSC examination for IAS/IPS ?

  23. Plz plz plz help. I am a general candidate with age 32 years & 3 months on 1st August 2018. Is it is acceptable?
    As in, any age less than 33 is acceptable, or the age should be less than 32?

  24. sir, is there reserved seat for agricultural graduates in IFS ?

  25. Will it be considered an attempt when you only filled the application but did not appear for the exam?

  26. Sir I preparation of IAS what can I do for proper prepare plz tell me sir am poor family boy ….
    Plz plz plz tell me sir

  27. Sir, I am working as a Police Constable in Andaman & Nicobar Police and I want to give CSE, will I get age relexaction?

  28. sir I have state lavel caste certificate belong to NT category. sir it is important to make new caste certificate for Central level OBC certificate. sir plz answer to me.

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