The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the Civil Services Exam every year and the exam is conducted in three stages which prolongs for a year. The commission has set certain eligibility criteria which every candidate who is willing to give the examination should know the IAS Eligibility before giving the exam.

The candidates applying for the UPSC IAS Exam should make sure they fulfill all the eligibility criteria for admission to the Examination. The admission to all the stages of the examination will be conditional based on fulfilling the prescribed eligibility conditions. The issue of an e-admit card to the candidate by the commission will not implicate that the candidate has fulfilled all the mentioned eligibility conditions.

The Commission verifies all the documents submitted by the candidates that support the eligibility criteria only after the candidate has qualified for interview/personality test.

UPSC EXAM – ELIGIBILITY FOR IAS

Below-given is the complete detail of eligibility criteria for IAS Exam which every candidate should fulfill

1. NATIONALITY ELIGIBILITY CRITERION

A candidate must be a citizen of India for the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and the Indian Police Service (IPS).
For other services a candidate must be either:
a) A citizen of India, or
b) A subject of Nepal or
c) A subject of Bhutan, or
d) A Tibetan refugee who came before 1st January, 1962 to India with an intention to settle in India permanently.
e) A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Burma, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam Pakistan, Sri Lanka, with the intention to settle permanently in India.

Note

  1. Candidates who belong to the categories b), c), d), and e) mentioned above should produce of eligibility certificate issued by the Government of India in his/her favour.
  2. Candidates who belong to the categories b), c), and d) mentioned above will not be eligible for the appointment to the Indian Foreign Service.
  3. A candidate is offered appointment to the services only after the producing the necessary eligibility certificate issued to him/her by the Government of India (GOI).

2. UPSC AGE LIMIT ELIGIBILITY for IAS

Here is the complete detail about the UPSC age limit for IAS

  1. A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 32 years on the 1st of August 2018 i.e. he/she must not have born before 2nd August, 1986 and not after 1st August 1997.
  2. The upper age limit mentioned above is relaxable under certain conditions as given below.
  3. For candidates who belong to Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) are eligible for age relaxation up to a maximum of 5 years.
  4. For candidates who belong to Other Backward Classes (OBC) are eligible for age relaxation up to a maximum of three years.
  5. For candidates who are Jammu and Kashmir State domicile from 1st January, 1980 to the 31st of December, 1989 are eligible for age relaxation up to a maximum of five years.
  6. For candidates who belong to Defence Services Personnel category and disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof, are eligible for age relaxation up to a maximum of three years;
  7. For candidates who belong to ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs category are eligible for age relaxation up to a maximum of five years given that they have rendered at least five years Military Service as on 1st August, 2018 and have been released based on the below-mentioned criteria;
    i.who have completed the assignment including those including those candidates whose assignment is due to be completed within one year from 1st August, 2018 then than by way of removal or discharge on account of misdemeanors or ineffectiveness
    OR
    ii.on account of physical disability caused during the Military Service
    OR
    iii.On invalidment.
  8. For candidates who belong to ECOs/SSCOs categories are eligible for age relaxation up to a maximum of five years given that they have completed an initial period of assignment of at least five years Military Service as on 1st August, 2018 and whose assignment has been extended beyond 5 years and in such cases if the Ministry of Defence has given a certificate saying that the candidate can apply for civil employment and they will be released on 3 months’ notice on selection from the date of receipt of offer of appointment.
  9. For candidates who belong to the physically disabled category are eligible for age relaxation like the blind, hearing impaired and orthopedically handicapped persons.
Sl.
No.
Category No. of Attempts Upper Age Limit
1 General 06 Attempts 32 Years
2 Other Backwards Castes (OBC) Creamy Layer OBC: treated as General Category: 06 Attempts

Non-Creamy Layer OBC: 09 Attempts

32 Years with a relaxation of 03 years = 35 years
3 Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) Up to the Upper Age limit / Unlimited attempts 32 Years with a relaxation of 05 Years = 37 years
4 Jammu & Kashmir Domicile Up to the Upper Age limit or Unlimited attempts
  • General = 37 years
  • OBC = 40 Years
  • SC/ST = 42 Years
  • PH = 50 years
5 Ex-servicemen/ Commissioned Officers (ECOs/SSCOs)  discharged from duty due to injury while in service Up to the Upper Age limit / Unlimited attempts
  • General= 37 years
  • OBC = 38 Years
  • SC/ST = 40 Years
6 Physically disabled candidates (Blind, Deaf-Mute, Orthopedic)
  • General and OBC Candidates – 09 attempts
  • SC/ST Candidates – Unlimited
32 years with relaxation of 10 years = 42 years

Note

  1. Candidates who belong to the SC/ST and the OBC categories and also come under the category of Ex-Servicemen, persons domiciled in the State of J&K, blind, Hearing Impaired and orthopaedically handicapped persons etc. will be eligible for the cumulative age-relaxation under the both the categories.
  2. The term Ex-servicemen is applicable to a person who meets the definition of the Ex-servicemen as defined in the Ex-servicemen (Re-employment in Civil Services and Posts) Rules, 1979 and as amended from time-to-time.
  3. The candidates who belong to the Ex-servicemen and Commissioned Officers (ECOs/SSCOs) categories and who are released from the service upon their own request and in such case the candidates will not be eligible for upper age relaxation.
  4. However, a physically disabled candidate will be considered to be eligible for the appointment only if he/she satisfies the requirement of physical and medical standards as prescribed by the Government or appointing authority for the concerned services/posts that is allocated to the physically disabled candidates by the Government.

The age-limits mentioned above will not be relaxed furthermore in any case.

Below mentioned are the documents to support the age proof or date of birth.
i. The date of birth considered by the Commission is as entered in the Matriculation or Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC)
OR
ii in a certificate recognized by an Indian University as equivalent to Matriculation
OR
iii. in an extract from a Register of Matriculates maintained by a University as equivalent to Matriculation and the extract must be certified by the proper authority of the University or in the Higher Secondary or an equivalent examination certificate.

The candidates are required to submit these certificates only at the time of applying for the Civil Services (Main) Examination.

*Documents for age proof that is not accepted by the commission are affidavits, birth extracts from Municipal Corporation horoscopes, Service records, and similar such documents.

Note

  1. On the date of filling the application, the candidate should carefully enter their date of birth and ensure it is as mentioned in the Matriculation/Secondary Examination certificate or an equivalent certificate as the Commission will accept the date of birth as recorded in the Matriculation and no changes in the date of birth will be considered by the commission.
  2. Once the date of birth is entered in the records of the Commission for the purpose of admission to an Examination, the Commission will not entertain any changes on any grounds whatsoever for any other examination of the Commission.
  3. The candidates should be careful while entering their date of birth detail in the UPSC Online Application Form for the Preliminary Examination. If the candidates enter any invalid date of birth with any variation in the date of birth mentioned in the matriculation or equivalent examination certificate, then the commission is will take any disciplinary action against the candidates under the Rules.

3. UPSC ELIGIBILITY for IAS: MINIMUM EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION

The candidate must have obtained a degree from any of the Universities as mentioned below:
Incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India
OR
Any educational institutions recognized by an act of parliament or declared to be deemed as University under the University Grants Commission Act, 1956,
OR
Possess an equivalent qualification.

Note

  • Candidates who have given their final year examination and waiting for the result passing which would render them the graduational level which is the minimum qualification for the Commission’s examination will be eligible for the admission to the IAS Preliminary Examination. The candidates who qualify for the UPSC Mains Examination are required to submit the proof of passing the requisite examination while filling the Detailed Application Form (DAF) for the UPSC Mains Exam and candidates who fail to submit their documents will not be admitted to the Main Examination.
    *The application for the Civil Services IAS Mains Examination will be announced in the UPSC Notification somewhere in the month of September/October.
  • If a candidate has not any of the above-mentioned qualifications provided that as a qualified candidate, he/she has passed examination conducted by the other institutions and in such exceptional cases, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will allow the candidate to give exam based on the standard of the qualification which in the opinion of the commission would justify his/her admission to the examination.
  • Candidates who have obtained professional and technical qualifications recognized by the Government as equivalent to a professional and technical degree are also eligible for admission to the IAS Mains Examination.
  • Candidates who have passed the final professional M.B.B.S. or any other Medical Examination but have not completed the internship during the time of filling the DAF for Mains Exam will be admitted to the examination conditionally that they submit a copy of certificate from the concerned authority of the University/Institution that they had obtained the required final professional medical examination. Anyhow, the candidates should produce the original documents at the time of the UPSC Civil Services (IAS) Interview for Personal Test to support their documents produced at the time of filling online.

4. NUMBER of ATTEMPTS for IAS EXAM

Candidates appearing for the UPSC Civil Services (IAS) Examination is permitted six attempts at the examination and provisionally the restriction on the number of attempts at the IAS Exam is not applicable for all candidates like in the case of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes candidates who are eligible for more than 6 attempts.

The number of attempts allowed to candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes will be 9 based on the eligibility for relaxation of the upper age limit and who are eligible to avail reservation.

The candidates who belong to the Physically handicapped category will get as many attempts as are available to the other non-physically handicapped candidate of his/her community according to which a physically handicapped candidate who belong to the General Category will be eligible for 9 attempts. Such candidates are also eligible to avail the reservation that apply to them.

Category No. of Attempts
General 06 Attempts
Other Backwards Castes (OBC) Creamy Layer – 06 Attempts

Non-creamy Layer – 09 Attempts

Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) Till the Upper Age limit (37 Years)
Jammu & Kashmir Domicile Unlimited attempts
Ex-servicemen discharged from duty due to injury during Service Unlimited attempts
Physically disabled candidates (Blind, Deaf-Mute, Orthopedic) General Category- 09 attempts
OBC Candidates-09 attempts
SC/ST Candidates –  Unlimited attempts

Note

  1. A candidate who appears in the IAS prelims exam will be considered as an attempt at the Civil Services Examination.
  2. Even if candidates appear in any one of the papers pf the prelims exam then it will be considered that the candidate has made an attempt at the Civil Services IAS Prelims Exam.
  3. Anyhow, if a candidate’s candidature is cancelled or disqualified by the commission and yet the candidate appears in the prelims exam then it will be considered as an attempt made at the IAS Prelims Exam.

5. RESTRICTIONS ON APPLYING FOR THE EXAMINATION

A candidate who is already appointed to the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) or the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) based on the results of the Civil Services Examination of that a particular year and who continues to be a member of that service will not be eligible to compete at this examination.

In case a candidate is appointed to the IAS/IFS after the Civil Services Preliminary Examination, 2018 is over and he/she continues to be a member of that service then such candidate will not be eligible to appear in the Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2018 even though the candidate has qualified in the preliminary examination, 2018.

In case such a candidate is appointed to the IAS/IFS after the Preliminary Examination of Civil Services Examination, 2017 is over and he/she continues to be a member of that service, he/she shall not be eligible to appear in the Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2017 notwithstanding his/her having qualified in the Preliminary Examination, 2017.

In such cases if the candidate is appointed to IAS/IFS after the commencement of the Civil Services (Main) Examination 2018 but continues to be a member of that service before the announcement of the result then the candidate is not considered for appointment to any service/post based on the UPSC 2018 Civil Services IAS Examination result.

A candidate who has already appeared in the Civil Services Exam earlier and is in as Indian Police Service will not be eligible to choose for the Indian Police Service in Civil Service Examination, 2018.

6. PHYSICAL STANDARDS

Candidates must be physically fit and should meet the physical standards for admission to Civil Services Examination 2018 as per the guideline given in the UPSC 2018 Civil Services Notification.

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