UPSC Prelims 2018: Notification Released!


One of India’s most awaited exam is around the corner, much to the relief of the many aspirants. Every year, lakhs of Indians from various fields attempt to crack this tough examination. We are talking about nothing else but the UPSC Preliminary Examinations or Civil Services Aptitude Test or the CSAT. The UPSC Prelims examination is the first examination conducted under the Civil Services Examination (CSE) by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) to recruit people for many civil services.


These services include:

  • Indian Administrative Service (IAS)
  • Indian Foreign Services (IFS)
  • Indian Police Services (IPS)

There are many more services to go for which are categorized into two, Group A and Group B. UPSC Prelims is considered to be among the most difficult examinations in the country, only some make it to the next round.

The last date to fill in the application for taking the UPSC Prelims is 6th March 2018 while the exam is scheduled to be conducted on 3rd June 2018.

The Prelims includes 2 papers, the General Studies Paper I and the General Studies Paper II. While the Paper I is on general studies, the Paper II is a choice from 23 optional subjects. The preliminary examination focuses on the person’s analytical abilities and understanding. On clearing it, the person moves on to the next round, the Mains. It consists of another written examination and an interview.


Analysing the paper pattern of last 3 years, it can be concluded that a maximum number of questions are asked from social sciences while only 4-5 questions are asked from the defense section. The best solution to understand the pattern and know where you stand is to solve maximum previous year’s papers.

So buckle up aspirants, the track is set, the gun is shot and it’s an open race to the finish line. Best of luck!

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