Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released the Civil Services Main (Written) Exam 2018 timetable. This exam is popularly called as IAS Main Exam among the IAS aspirants. As per the schedule of the IAS Main Exam, there is a deviation in the pattern, which was followed in the recent years. This time there is a gap of one week for the Optional Subject Papers.
The reason behind this schedule can be two. Firstly, it will provide the gap of one week to revise and prepare the optional subject, which is the selection maker in the IAS Main Exam. Secondly, the working professionals need not to take leave for the optional subjects, as they will be conducted on the next weekend.
The total number of days of exam is five in total. The General Studies papers will be conducted back to back in two sessions per day. The best option is available for the Essay paper. The Essay paper will be conducted on 28 September 2018. This will be the first paper and the candidates will appear in it without any baggage of past papers. Following are some of the important points, which need consideration.
Each exam is for 3 hours; there will be nine exams in total, out of which seven papers counted for final Merit…
• The forenoon session is between 9.00 A.M. to 12.00 Noon while afternoon session is between 2.00 P.M. to 5.00 P.M.
• The exam will commence from 28-09-18 (Essay Paper)
• There are back-to-back exams on 29-09-18 and 30-09-18 (General Studies paper I – IV).
• However, there is a gap of 6 days for the next exam, i.e. Indian Language Paper (Paper A) on 06-10-18.
• The final exam is that of optional subject on 07-10-18.
One thing, which needs a consideration here, is the timing of the exam. The month of September and first week of October are the most humid months in the whole year. The exam halls all over India are not equipped with the air conditioners. Therefore, there are harsh conditions for the IAS candidates to put so much effort in writing the answers in such humid conditions. The best session for the IAS Main Exam can be more towards the winter session such as November month. But it is just a suggestion.
All the Best to all!