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IAS Exam 2018 Syllabus, Admit Card, UPSC Notification, Results

Updated On - August 2nd 2018 by SONAL ROHATGI

UPSC Civil Services Prelims Result 2018 declared at, DAF to be available from July 23. UPSC conducts civil services exam to recruit eligible candidates at vacant seats for IAS, IPS, IFS, etc. IAS 2018 is a 2 stage examination. Main exam will be conducted from September 28 – 30, 2018. The IAS 2018 Admit Card for the same will release in August 2018.

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Latest: UPSC has released the Time-Table for Civil Services (Main) Examination – Click Here

The Application process for IAS Exam concluded on March 6, 2018. After the declaration of IAS 2018 Results for Prelims, candidates will proceed to Mains exam. Thereafter, they will appear for personality test for final selection. 

Reservation in IAS 2018IAS 2018 Exam PatternUPSC Syllabus 2018IAS 2018 Selection Process 

IAS Exam Highlights

Exam NameCivil Services Examination
Conducting BodyUnion Public Service Commission (UPSC)
Exam PeriodicityYearly
Exam LevelNational
Exam DatePrelims- June 3, 2018, Mains- September 28 – 30, 2018
Stages3: Preliminary, Mains and Personal Interview
Mode of ExaminationOffline

IAS 2018 Exam Dates 

UPSC will follow the timeline mentioned in the table below for IAS 2018:

EventDateReference Links
Release of Application FormFebruary 7, 2018IAS Application Form ends on March 6, 2018
Availability of Admit cardsMay, 2018Download IAS Admit Card form
Preliminary ExaminationJune 03, 2018Last year, the General category Cut off was 105.3
Announcement of Preliminary Exam ResultAugust, 2018

UPSC Civil Services Prelims 2018 over, Result in July

Main ExaminationSeptember 20187 Papers each of 3 hours
Announcement of Main Exam ResultJanuary 2019Check IAS Result online at

IAS 2018 Mains Time-Table

ias mains exam dates 2018

IAS 2018 Official Notification

Age Limit & Educational Qualifications for IAS 2018

Candidates have to fulfill the eligibility criteria set by the authorities to take the exam. The eligibility parameters are set on the basis of Nationality, Age Limit, Educational Qualifications, Number of Attempts and Physical Standards. Given below are the IAS Exam Eligibility Criteria:


  • For IAS and IPS, applicants must be a citizen of India.
  • Other services require candidates to be either,
  1. Citizen of India
  2. Subject of Nepal
  3. Subject of Bhutan
  4. Tibetan refugee who came to India before January 1, 1962 to settle permanently.
  5. An Indian origin migrant from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam who came to permanently settle in India.

Age Limit

  • The lower age limit for IAS Exam 2018 is 21 years as on August 1, 2018, while upper age limit is 32 years.
  • There is upper age relaxation for reserved category candidates, which is as follows:
    1. SC/ST- Upto 5 years
    2. OBC- Upto 3 years
    3. Defence Services Personnel disabled in operations during hostilities- Upto 3 years
    4. Ex-servicemen- Upto 5 years
    5. ECOs/SSCOs who have completed an initial period of assignment of five years of Military Service- Upto 5 years
    6. PwD candidates- Upto 10 years
    7. Domiciles of Jammu and Kashmir from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 1989- Upto 5 years. Check IAS 2018 Eligibility

Educational Qualifications

  • Applicants must hold a graduate degree or equivalent qualification from a recognized university

Number of Attempts

  • Only six attempts are allowed for a candidate to clear IAS Exam 2018.

UPSC 2018 Online Registration

Interested candidates can fill the application form of the exam on the official website It can only be filled only online from February 07, 2018. Candidates who clear the Preliminary Exam have to apply for the Main Exam separately.

How to Fill IAS Application Form 2018?

Step 1- Registration Part 1

  1. Visit the official website i.e.
  2. Click on the link to ‘apply for UPSC Civil Services’
  3. Enter details like Name, Gender, Category, Nationality etc.
  4. Click on Submit button
  5. You will be redirected to the payment step

Step 2- Payment of Application Fee

  1. Choose the payment method between online or offline mode
  2. INR 100 must be submitted via Pay-in-slip which must be downloaded from the application portal.
  3. For online payment, candidates can use SBI credit card/debit card or Internet Banking Services.
  4. In case of Debit Card, enter the Card number, Validity and CVV number.
  5. If you choose Credit Card, enter the Card number, Validity and 6 digit special PIN number
  6. For net banking, enter the account details of the bank account
  7. Click on pay now post filling the details
  8. You will be redirected to the Part 2 of the UPSC Online Form

Note: This step is not applicable for candidates who are exempted from paying the fee.

Step 3- Registration Part 2

  1. Post receipt of the fee, fill other details of the IAS Application form
  2. Enter the choice of IAS Exam Center
  3. Enter the qualification and other communication details 
  4. Post verification, click on submit to proceed to the next step

Step 4- Uploading the Images

  1. Click on the link or blank space provided to upload the photograph
  2. Browse the location of the image and select the image
  3. Click on open/upload
  4. Check if the image is opened correctly and clearly
  5. Repeat the same steps to upload the image of the signature
  6. Click on “I Agree” to approve of the declaration and submit the complete IAS 2018 Application Form.

Female applicants and SC/ST/ PwD category candidates are exempted from paying the fee.

Posts Offered through IAS 2018

There are total 782 vacancies that have been announced this year via civil services exam. It is for the first time in a decade that the vacancies announced by UPSC are this less. Following posts are offered in two given groups:

Group A Services
Indian Administrative ServiceIndian Post and Telecommunication Accounts and Finance Service
Indian Audit and Accounts ServiceIndian Postal Service
Indian Civil Accounts ServiceIndian Railway Accounts Service
Indian Corporate Law ServiceIndian Railway Personnel Service
Indian Defence Accounts ServiceIndian Railway Traffic Service
Indian Defence Estates ServiceIndian Revenue Service (Custom and Central Excise)
Indian Foreign ServiceIndian Revenue Service (Income Tax)
Indian Information Service (Junior Grade)Indian Trade Service (Gr. III)
Indian Ordnance Factories Service (Assistant Works Manager, Administration)Assistant Security Commissioner in Railway Protection Force
Indian Police Service--
Group B Services
Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Services (Section Officer’s Grade)Pondicherry Civil Service
Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil ServicesPondicherry Police Service
Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Services-

IAS 2018 Admit Card

The admit card for both the exams will be made available on the UPSC website. The admit card for the Main Exam will be released in August 2018. Candidates can download their admit cards by following the steps mentioned below:

  1. Visit the official website of UPSC
  2. Click on link ‘Download IAS Prelims/Main Admit Card 2018’ 
  3. Read the instructions mentioned carefully and click ‘Yes’
  4. Enter Registration ID or Roll Number followed by Date of Birth of the candidate
  5. Submit after entering the captcha in the given blank field
  6. Print IAS Admit Card

Discrepancy in IAS Admit Card

In case candidate finds any discrepancy in the IAS 2018 Admit Card, he/she must report it immediately to the UPSC examination authorities. Note that following particulars must be enclosed in the redressal document:

  • Name and Year of Examination
  • Registration ID
  • Roll number
  • Complete postal address

IAS 2018 Exam Centers for Prelims

The Preliminary Exam will be conducted in numerous centres across 72 cities in the country. The Main Exam is held in 24 different cities across India.

IAS Exam Center for Prelims

Read more about IAS Exam Centres 

IAS 2018 Exam Pattern- Examination Scheme

IAS Exam 2018 consists of 3 stages namely, Preliminary, Main and Personal Interview. Each exam has different pattern and different number questions.

  • Preliminary exam in IAS Exam 2018 is just a screening test to shortlist candidates for further selection process.
  • Those who qualify Prelims are required to re-register for IAS Mains 2018 which is qualifying in nature.
  • Further, selected candidates will appear for personal interview session.

The Exam Patternfor IAS 2018 is given in the table below:

MediumBilingual (English and Hindi)Bilingual (English and Hindi)
Number of qualifying papers7
Total weightage 400 Marks (200 each)1750 Marks
Type of questionsObjectiveBoth Objective and Subjective
Negative marking for each incorrect answerone-third (0.33)one-third (only for objective type questions)
Duration of exam2 Hours per Paper3 Hours per Paper

UPSC IAS 2018 Syllabus

IAS Syllabus is decided by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) each year. Each stage in IAS exam has a different syllabus.

  • IAS Syllabus for Prelims evaluates a candidate’s knowledge and aptitude in current affairs.
  • IAS Syllabus for Mains assesses a candidate’s academic expertise in his specialized subject. It also tests his ability to present knowledge in a clear and coherent manner and his overall intellectual traits and understanding of concepts. 
  • The prelims section of IAS Exam 2018 covers questions from History, Polity, Geography and Agriculture, Science and Technology, Ecology and Environment, Economics, Arts and Culture, Social Welfare and GK. 
  • The scope of IAS Syllabus for Mains section as optional subject papers (Paper VI and Paper VII) for the examination is broad of the honors degree level.
  • In the case of Engineering, Medical Science and law, the level corresponds to the bachelors’ degree.

Read CompleteIAS 2018 Syllabus

Preparation Books for IAS Exam 2018

The following books can assist candidates to prepare well for one of the most competitive government exams of the country. CheckIAS Preparation Tips

Find below the list of Preparation books for IAS Exam 2018:

Book TitleAuthor/Publication
History Of Modern India (History)Bipan Chandra
India’s Struggle For Independence (History)Bipan Chandra
India’s Ancient Past (History)R.S. Sharma
History Of Medieval India (History)Satish Chandra
A New Look at Modern Indian HistoryBL Grover
The Wonder That Was India (Culture)A.L. Bhasham
Indian Art and Culture (Culture)Nitin Singhania
Our ParliamentSubash Kashyap
Geography of India (Geography)Majid Husain
Oxford School Atlas (Geography)Oxford
Science and TechnologyTMH
CSAT Book Cracking the CSAT Paper-2Arihant
Certificate Physical and Human Geography (Geography)Goh Cheng Leong
Indian Polity for Civil Services Examinations (Polity)M. Laxmikanth
Indian Economy (Economy)Ramesh Singh
Environmental Studies: From Crisis to Cure (Environment)Rajagopalan
A History of Modern WorldRanjan Chakravarti
Environment for Civil Services Prelims and Mains (Environment)Khuller
Facets of Indian CultureSpectrum
Indian ConstitutionPM Bakshi
Verbal & Non-Verbal ReasoningR. S. Aggarwal

UPSC 2016 paper-I

UPSC 2016 Paper-II

UPSC 2015 Economics Paper

UPSC 2015 Economics_Mains Paper

How to Check IAS Result 2018?

UPSC declares the result of all the three stages separately. The result of IAS Exam 2018 is declared on the official website of UPSC. The Preliminary Exam’s result will be declared in July 2018 while that of Main Exam in January 2019.

Candidates can follow the below steps to access the IAS Result for each exam:

  1. Visit the official website of IAS i.e.
  2. Click on the link which says ‘View IAS Result 2018’
  3. Find your roll number in the list of the roll numbers mentioned in the PDF
  4. Download PDF for future reference

IAS Cut off 2018- Category- wise

  • The minimum qualifying marks or cut off is released by the authorities post the declaration of result of each stage.
  • Candidates scoring more than or equal to the cut off marks are eligible for the next step of the selection process.
  • The cut off for both the examinations depends upon a number of factors like the difficulty level of the IAS Exam, vacancies available and number of appearing candidates etc.
  • IAS 2018 Expected Cut off for different categories is tabulated below:
PH 1101-170550-615800-820
PH 289-120550-630780-835
PH 360-125450-515690-726

IAS Selection Process 2018

The selection process of IAS Exam is a 3 stage assessment, wherein, candidates have to appear for Prelims, Mains and Personal Interview.

  • Preliminary exam is basically screening test in which, over 15 lakh candidates participate.
  • There are two papers for candidates to attempt compulsorily in IAS Exam 2018 Prelims.
  • The basic requirement to clear this stage is to at least secure 33% marks in General Science section.
  • Further, on the basis of IAS Exam 2018 result for prelims, candidates register for Mains exam.
  • IAS Exam 2018 Mains will cover 9 conventional essay type papers, 2 being optional in them.
  • Mains exam and interview session form basis of candidate’s selection. Read more about IAS Selection Process
  • After the IAS Exam 2018 Mains examination of 1750 marks, candidates have to clear the cut off as decided by UPSC.
  • Those who clear the cut off are called for Interview session.
  • Marks obtained in personal interview out of the total of 275 marks will also be considered while preparing the list of finally selected candidates.

IAS 2018 FAQs

Ques. What is the IAS Exam?

Ans. IAS stands for Indian Administrative Service. It is a civil services exam that is conducted by UPSC each year. It contains 3 stages viz. Prelims, Prelims and Interview. All shortlisted candidates can choose from the given Group A/ B posts.

Ques. What is the salary of an IAS officer?

Ans. The 7th Pay Commission recommendations were approved by Cabinet on June 29, 2016. Now the basic pay of entry level IAS officers is INR 56100. Allowances like Dearness Allowance (DA), House Rent Allowance (HRA) and Travel Allowance (TA) will be extra. The salary will increase as experience increases. The basic pay of Cabinet Secretary is fixed at INR 2,50,000.

So, IAS Salary = Basic Pay + DA + HRA + TA

Ques. What are some useful websites to prepare for IAS?

Ans. Candidates preparing for IAS can take help from websites such as,,,,,, etc.

Ques. What are the minimum qualifying marks for clearing IAS interview?

Ans. There are no minimum marks to qualify the interview round. However, the interview round carries 275 marks.

Ques. What are the number of vacancies available through IAS each year?

Ans. The number of available vacancies is noted in each of the advertisements. They vary every year. However, in the last 4 years, the number of vacancies has varied between 1000-1200.

Ques. When does IAS Notification come out?

Ans. UPSC releases IAS Notification for Prelims in the month of May, for the exam which is held in August. The applications are for the same are accepted till June end. For Prelims, IAS Notification is generally released in September.

Ques. I have studied from an Open University? Am I eligible to apply for IAS?

Ans. Yes, you can apply only if it is a recognized university and you possess the educational qualifications prescribed for the exam.

Ques. How many times can I appear for IAS?

Ans. A candidate from General Category can sit for IAS max 6 times. Candidates from reserved categories can sit as many times as they want. There is no restriction.

Ques. I don’t have my class X and XII Marksheet. Can I still sit for IAS?

Ans. Yes, provided the graduation has been completed from a recognized University and you possess the educational qualifications prescribed for the exam.

Ques. When will the notification for IAS exam release and who is responsible for releasing it?

Ans. The notification for IAS exam was released on February 7 and UPSC is responsible for releasing it.

Ques. How and when will the students able to fill the IAS 2018 application form?

Ans. Students will be able to fill the IAS 2018 Application form from February 7, 2018, to March 6, 2018, in online mode only.

Ques. When and what are the different phases in which the IAS 2018 exam conducted?

Ans. The IAS 2018 exam will be held in two different phases i.e. Prelims and Mains. Prelims will be conducted on June 3, 2018, and Mains will be held on September 28, 2018.

Ques. If students are unable to clear the Phase II exam can they able to appear for the interview round?

Ans. No, students qualifying IAS Mains exam will only be called for interview round.

Ques. Are 12th pass candidates eligible to appear for the IAS 2018 examination?

Ans. No, for appearing in the IAS 2018 Exam, the student must possess graduation degree from a recognized college or university.

Ques. What should be the students maximum and minimum age required to fill the IAS 2018 Application form?

Ans. Student’s minimum age should be 21 years and maximum age should be 32 years as on August 1, 2018.

Ques. In which year students must be born so that they are able to fill the application form.

Ans. Students must have been born not earlier than August 2, 1986, and not later than August 1, 1997.

The age limit for different categories is as:

CategoryUpper age limit
General32 years
OBC35 years
SC/ ST37 years
PWD42 years
J & K DomicileGen = 37 years, OBC = 40 years, SC/ ST = 40 years, PH = 50 year
Disabled ServicemenGen = 37 years, OBC = 40 years, SC/ ST = 40 years

Ques. Other than Indian students who else can apply for the IAS 2018 exam.

Ans. Except for Indian Students, a citizen of Nepal or Bhutan or a Refugee from any other country can apply for IAS 2018 Exam but they must have a permanent plan to settle in India

Ques. What are the important details that students need to provide while filling the application form?

Ans. The details that students need to provide while filling the application form are applicants name, fathers name, mothers name, address, contact no., and email ID etc.

Ques. What are the documents that students need to bring along with them on the exam day?

Ans. On the examination day, students need to bring their admit card and ID proof along with them.

Ques. How much is the IAS 2018 Application fee and what are the methods to pay the fees?

Ans. For general category, male candidates have to pay INR 100/- as application fees and SC/ ST/ PWD/ Female candidates don’t have to pay the application fees. Online or offline are both the mode to pay the application fees.

Ques. Other than Visa Card/ Debit Card or Credit card is there any other method for paying the online application fees.

Ans. No, online application fees can only be paid via Visa Card/ Credit Card or Debit card through net banking of SBI branches throughout India.

Ques. Except for the branches of SBI bank can students pay the application fees to other banks?

Ans. No, the application fees can only be paid at SBI branches.

Ques. Name the subjects from which the questions will be asked in IAS 2018 Prelims exam?

Ans. In IAS 2018 Prelims exam, the questions will be asked from the subjects namely General Studies and Aptitude Test.

Ques. In how many sections the IAS 2018 Mains exams is divided and name the subjects from which the questions will be asked.

Ans. The IAS 2018 Main exam is divided into 9 sections and the subjects from which the questions asked are Modern Indian Language Skills, English Language Skills, Essay Writing, General Studies – I, General Studies – II, General Studies – III, General Studies – IV, Optional Subject Paper – 1, and Optional Subject Paper – 2.

Ques. In which medium the exam is conducted and what is the total time duration to complete the paper?

Ans. The exam is conducted in both the English and Hindi medium. For prelims exam, total time duration given to complete per paper is 2 hours and for Main, to complete per paper 3 hours will be given.

Ques. What are the types of questions asked in the both the Prelims and Mains exam?

Ans. The questions in the prelim exam are of objective type and for mains exam; the questions are of both objective and subjective type.

Ques. What is the marking scheme of IAS 2018 Prelims exam? Is there is any marks deduction for wrong answers?

Ans. In IAS 2018 Prelims exam, each question in general studies carries 2 marks and civil service aptitude test carries 2.5 marks. For every incorrect answer, 0.33 marks will be deducted as penalty.

Ques. How many marks will students get for every correct answer in IAS 2018 Mains exam? Will the marks have deducted for wrong answers?

Ans. For every correct answer, students will get 2.5 marks. While 0.33 marks will only be deducted for every wrong objective type answer.

Ques. If students are unable to submit the filled in application form, will they be able to download the admit card?

Ans. No, only those students are able to download the admit card who have successfully submitted their application form

Ques. When and who will release the IAS 2018 Admit card and what is the mode to download it?

Ans. The admit card will be released on the official website in the last week of May 2018. It can download through online mode only.

Ques. What if students did not bring the admit card on the examination day?

Ans. Those who did not bring the admit card will not be able to sit for the exam.

Ques. What information do students need to enter for downloading the admit card?

Ans. Students need to enter their registration number and date of birth for downloading the admit card

Ques. Where to report if the students found any discrepancy in the admit card?

Ans. In the case of any discrepancy in the admit card, students have to instantly report the higher authorities.

Ques. Why the cut off marks are so important in the recruiting process and who will consider it?

Ans. Cut off are important in recruiting process for short listing the students. UPSC board will consider the cut off marks.

Ques. List down the impact of cut off marks in all the stages while short listing the candidates?

Ans. At the time of prelims exam, cut off marks is applicable to shortlist the candidates for IAS Mains exam Cut off of mains exam helps to select students for the personal interview

Ques. When is the result of IAS 2018 Prelims exam announced? Who is responsible for declaring it?

Ans. The IAS 2018 Prelims result will be announced in July and it will be declared by Commission on the official website.

Ques. How many rounds that students have to clear for their final selection?

Ans. For the student’s final selection they have to clear the three rounds i.e. Preliminary exam, Main exam and Personal Interview round.

Ques. How will the final merit list be prepared and when is merit list declared?

Ans. For preparing the final merit list, both the marks of written test and final interview will be taken into consideration and merit list will be prepared after the declaration of the result.

Ques. How many times can students appear for an IAS exam? Is there any kind of restriction that students need to face for appearing in the exam?

Ans. General category candidates can sit for the exam for maximum 6 times. There is no restriction for reserved category candidates (OBC- NCL category- 9 attempts), they can appear as many times as they want.

Ques. What is the total number of vacancies available for IAS and who will release it?

Ans. The total number of vacancies released by the UPSC every year for civil services is 782.

Ques. If a student writes the exam in English can they interview in Hindi or any other language?

Ans. No, if a student writes the exam in the English language they can give the interview in the same language only.

Ques. Can final year students of graduation apply for IAS 2018 examination?

Ans. Yes, final year students of graduation can apply for IAS 2018 but they have to give their passing proof.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College


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wot is the max or min age required for this exam?

29 May, 2018 00:20
Akansha Expert

Hi Dipika, As pr rule of this Entrance Exam, Candidate must be more than 21 years of age and the upper limit for age is 32 years for general candidates, however, there are certain relaxations given by the commission.

29 May, 2018 13:19
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25 May, 2018 00:20
Akansha Expert

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25 May, 2018 13:31
nagarjun dn

Hii sir i am studying 2 nd year bsc, how to prepare for IAS

09 May, 2018 13:11
Garima Bansal

Hi Nagarjun, You can get preparation tips by this link:- Preparation tips

20 Jun, 2018 19:04

after 12th how can start our preparing for upsc ? i m science student,.or m 12th k baad ba karu ya bsc

14 Apr, 2018 00:20
Bhawna Vedwal

If you want to prepare for UPSC then you should pursue B.A and i am giving you a link of how to prepare for UPSC you can use it : Preparation Tips

01 Jun, 2018 12:54
sreenu kammala

hi, i have done degree with eligibility test in Dr. Ambedkar Open University, without 10 th and Inter qualification, so am i eligible for civil examinations

10 Mar, 2018 15:03
Sakshi Garg Expert

Hi Sreenu, Please read the Eligibility Criteria for the IAS Exam through this link: Eligibility Criteria.

10 Mar, 2018 16:18
somesh pratap singh

how to prepare politcal science for ias optional??????

05 Jan, 2018 00:20
Bhawna Vedwal

Hello Somesh, Use the following tips for preparation-

  • Refer standard books for preparation.
  • You should understand exam pattern and syllabus of political science
  • Make a time table according to syllabus
  • Make Notes of all concepts.
  • Do deeper study of concepts.
  • Keep practicing previous years question paper.
  • Keep enough time for preparation

18 May, 2018 14:30
Hemang Awasthi

Hi, I'm a biology student and will be completing my Bs.c in Enviornmental science in 2020, will I be eligible for IAS exam then?

30 May, 2017 11:00
Kalpana Sharma Expert

Hi Hemang, To appear in IAS Exam, please check this link Eligibility Criteria for IAS

02 Sep, 2017 16:31
Kushagra Nigam

Can you provide me the syllabus of commerce for IAS Exam?

19 May, 2017 11:58
Vaishali Expert

Hi Kushagra, Please find the link and check IAS Mains Syllabus for Commerce

19 May, 2017 17:20
Jainab Alvi

I am preparing for IAS, I want to know the important topics covered in the syllabus

19 May, 2017 11:41
Vaishali Expert

Hi Jainab, Please find the link and check syllabus for IAS 2018

19 May, 2017 17:09
Ruby Pakhariya

hey, please let me know the eligibility criteria, procedure for application and what is the syllabus for IAS exam...?????????

19 May, 2017 11:39
Vaishali Expert

Hi Ruby, Mentioned below the links which is providing details for IAS Exam:

19 May, 2017 16:58

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