UPSC Civil Services prelims exam 2018 to be held on 3 June, notification on 7 Feb at

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The UPSC says the civil services preliminary examination 2018 is scheduled to be held on 3 June. Photo: Priyanka Parashar/Mint

New Delhi: The civil services preliminary examination to select Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and Indian Police Service (IPS) officers among others has been scheduled to be held on 3 June next year, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has said.

Except for this year’s test, which was held on 18 June, the preliminary tests for 2016, 2015 and 2014 were held during the month of August, as per UPSC records. The preliminary exam for 2013 was held on 26 May.

The civil services preliminary examination, 2018, is scheduled to be held on 3 June, as per the UPSC’s programme of examinations for 2018.

The notification for next year’s exam will be issued on 7 February. The last date for receipt of applications would be 6 March, 2018, it said.

The civil services examination is conducted annually by the UPSC in three stages — preliminary, main and interview — to select officers for Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and Indian Police Service (IPS), among others.

The number of vacancies to be filled on the result of the 2017 civil services examination is expected to be approximately 980 which include 27 vacancies reserved for those in physically handicapped category. The result of civil services preliminary examination 2017 was declared on 27 July.