Examination Eligibility for UPSC- IAS, Number of Attempts and Age Limit Permitted:

Any degree (graduation).
From:

  1. Any of the Universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India.
  2. or other educational institution established by an Act of the Parliament.
  3. or declared to be deemed as a University Under Section-3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956.
  4. or possess an equivalent qualification.

Can final year students apply in UPSC- IAS Examination?

Candidates who have appeared at an examination the passing of which would render them educationally qualified for the Commission’s examination but have not been informed of the results as also the candidates who intend to appear at such a qualifying examination will
also be eligible for admission to the Preliminary Examination.

When a candidate has to submit proof of passing graduation?

All candidates who are declared qualified by the Commission for taking the Civil Services (Main) Examination will be required to produce proof of passing the requisite examination with their application for the Main Examination failing which such candidates will not be admitted to the Main Examination.

What is the minimum age to appear for UPSC- IAS Examination?

The minimum age to appear for UPSC- IAS Exam is 21 years.

What is the upper age limit to appear in UPSC- IAS Examination?

Upper age limit is calculated on the date- Aug 1st . This means if the candidate is appearing for 2020 prelims, he/she should be below the mentioned maximum limit by Aug 1, 2020. Upper age limit is fixed different for different categories, which is:

Upper age limit is calculated on the date- Aug 1st . This means if the candidate is appearing for 2020 prelims, he/she should be below the mentioned maximum limit by Aug 1, 2020. Upper age limit is fixed different for different categories, which is:

  1. Upper age limit for General category: 32 years.
  2. Upper age limit for EWS category: 32 years.
  3. Upper age limit for OBC: 35 years.
  4. Upper age limit for SC/ST: 37 Years.
  5. Upper age limit for Defense Services personnel disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof: 35 years.
  6. Upper age limit for Ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least five years Military Service: 37 years.
  7. Upper age limit for blind, deaf-mute and Orthopaedically handicapped persons (general category): 42 years.

Apart from the mentioned limits, OBC/ SC/ ST candidates will get the benefit of cumulative age relaxation. This means age relaxations gets added in special cases, say, for example, if the person is OBC + Ex-servicemen, he will get an extension of 3 + 5 = 8 years, ie his upper age limit now stands at 40 years.

What is the number of attempts?

Category Age Limit Number of Attempts
General & EWS 32 6
OBC 35 9
SC/ST 37 Unlimited till the upper age limit is reached
Physically Handicapped 42 9 for Gen and OBC. Unlimited till age limit for SC/ST
Disabled servicemen disabled from duty 37 (Gen), 38 (OBC), 40 (SC/ST) Unlimited till the upper age limit is reached