UPSC Exam Eligibility criteria for the Civil Services Examination


  • For the Indian Administrative Service, the Indian Foreign Service and the Indian Police Service, a candidate must be a citizen of India.
  • For the Indian Revenue Service, a candidate must be one of the following:
    • A citizen of India
    • a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia or Vietnam  with the intention of permanently settling in India
  • For other services, a candidate must be one of the following:
    • A citizen of India
    • A citizen of Nepal or a subject of Bhutan
    • a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India

UPSC Education qualification for the UPSC CIVIL SERVICES EXAMINATION:

For appearing in the exam, a degree of graduation in any stream from any university recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC) is required. Candidates who have appeared in the qualifying exam and are awaiting results are also eligible to apply, provided they submit the certificate of qualification along with the mark sheet to the UPSC before the main exam.
A candidate applying for IFS exam must possess a bachelor’s degree in one of the following: animal husbandry and veterinary science, botany, chemistry, geology, mathematics, physics, statistics and zoology, or a bachelor’s degree in agriculture, forestry or engineering from a recognized university.

Age relaxation for the UPSC CIVIL SERVICES EXAMINATION:

  1. A candidate must have the age between 21 to 32 years on August 1 of 2016. Prescribed age. For OBC the upper age limit is 35, SC and ST the limit is 37 years. Physically Disabled (Blind, Deaf, Orthopedic) – 42 years
Jammu & Kashmir Domicile:
General Category: 37 years
OBC: 40 years
SC/ST: 42 years
PH: 50 years
Number of attempts:
General category candidates: 6 attempts
OBC category candidates = 9
SC/ST Candidates = unlimited
Physically Disabled (Blind, Deaf, Orthopedic)
General Category: 9 attempts
OBC: 9 attempts
SC/ST: Unlimited
Physical Standards: The candidate must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to Civil Services Examination.
UPSC does verification of eligibility conditions with reference to original documents only after the candidate has qualified for Interview/Personality Test .Appearing to attempt one of the papers in the UPSC preliminary examination is counted as an attempt but failing to attend is not counted as an attempt. I hope this post is help for you to clear all doubts regarding number of attempts, age limits, educational qualification, UPSC Exam Eligibility, etc. will make fit for UPSC Civil Services Exam (popularly known as IAS exam). For more details about UPSC exam eligibility and number of attempts you can go through UPSC Official Website: www.upsc.gov.in.

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