Civil Services 2018 Notification and Vacancies Over the Years

The UPSC has notified Civil Services (Preliminary)Examination 2018. There are 782 vacancies in IAS 2018. The other details are as given below:


Date of Notification: 07/02/2018


Date of Examination: 03/06/2018

Age Limits for Civil Services Exam 2018

A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 32 years on the 1st of August, 2018 i.e., he must have been born not earlier than 2nd August, 1986 and not later than 1st August, 1997.

The upper age-limit prescribed above will be relaxable:
(i) up to a maximum of five years if a candidate belongs to a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe;
(ii) up to a maximum of three years in the case of candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes who are eligible to avail of reservation applicable to such candidates;
(iii) up to a maximum of three years in the case of Defence Services Personnel, disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof;
(iv) up to a maximum of five years in the case of ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least five years Military Service as on 1st August, 2018 and have been released;

Number of Attempts in IAS 2018

Every candidate appearing at the examination who is otherwise eligible, shall be permitted six attempts at the examination:
Provided that this restriction on the number of attempts will not apply in the case of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes candidates who are otherwise eligible.

Provided further that the number of attempts permissible to candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes, who are otherwise eligible, shall be nine. The number of attempts for PH candidates is the same as that available for non-PH candidates in the same category.

Vacancies in Civil Services Exam Over the Years

Now let us look at the number of vacancies in the IAS exam and try to find a trend.


Clearly the number of vacancies after reaching a peak of 1364 in 2014 is on the decline since (which is co-terminus with the tenure of the current NDA regime) with 782 being the lowest vacancy announced by UPSC in this decade. So is the government shrinking or more functions are being handled by state civil servants leading to drop in vacancy? These questions need to be answered.

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