UPSC Age Limit :Qualifications and No. of Attempts

UPSC Age Limit

  • A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 32 years. 
  • The upper UPSC Age Limit age-limit prescribed above will be relaxable;
Category Age Limit 
General 21-32 year 
Other Backward Caste 21-35 year 
SC/ST 21-37 year 
  • up to a maximum of 10 years in the case of
  1. blindness and low vision
  2. deaf and hard of hearing
  3. locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy
  4. autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability and mental illness
  • The date of birth, accepted by the Commission is that entered in the Matriculation or Secondary School Leaving Certificate or in a certificate recognized by an Indian University as equivalent to Matriculation or in an extract from a Register of Matriculates maintained by a University which extract must be certified by the proper authority of the University or in the Higher Secondary or an equivalent examination certificate.

UPSC Attempts

  • Every candidate appearing at the examination, who is otherwise eligible, shall be permitted six attempts.
  • The upper limit prescribed above will be relaxable;
Category No. of Attempts 
Other Backward Caste 
SC/ST No Limit ( within age limit ) 

IAS Qualifications

  • The candidate must hold a degree or possess an equivalent qualification.
  • The candidates ,whose final degree results have not been declared, will also be eligible for admission to the Preliminary Examination.
  • 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

Nationality (UPSC Age Limit)

  • For the Indian Administrative Service, the Indian Foreign Service and the Indian Police Service, a candidate must be a citizen of India.
  • For other services, a candidate must be either:
  1. a citizen of India, or
  2. a subject of Nepal, or
  3. a subject of Bhutan, or
  4. Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India 

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