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UPSC Eligibility Criteria | IAS, IPS Exam Eligibility

The complete UPSC Eligibility Criteria 2021, IAS Age Limit, IPS Exam Eligibility, Educational Qualifications for civil services examination.

The IAS Eligibility and UPSC Age Limit for the Civil Services Exam 2021 will be updated here once the commission releases the official notification.

UPSC Eligibility Criteria | IAS, IPS Exam Eligibility

UPSC/IAS Age Limit21 to 32 years on 1 August of the year of Exam.
Age RelaxationAs per category (mentioned below)
Educational Qualification for IASGraduation
NationalityIndian citizens only

(i) Nationality

For the Indian Administrative Service and the Indian Police Service a candidate must be a citizen of India.

(ii) Age Limits

(a) A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 32 years on 1 August of the year of Exam.

(b) The upper age limit for Reserve Category.

CategoryUPSC Age Limit- Upper RelaxationNumber of Attempts
General326
OBC359
SC/ST37Unlimited (Up to age limit)
Disabled Defence Services Personnel359
Ex-Servicemen379
Persons with
Benchmark Disability – EWS (Economically weaker section)
429

PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED (PH) AGE CRITERIA & NUMBER OF ATTEMPTS

CATEGORYAGE LIMIT (MIN. AGE- MAX. AGE)NUMBER OF ATTEMPTS
General21-42 yearsNine
OBC21-42 yearsNine
SC/ST21-47 yearsAny number of attempts till the age limit

(iii) Minimum Educational Quali cations

The candidate must hold a degree of any of the Universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University Under Section-3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification.

(iv) Number of attempts

Every candidate appearing at the Civil Services Examination, who is otherwise eligible, shall be permitted six attempts at the examination. Provided that this restriction on the number of attempts will not apply in the case of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe candidates who otherwise eligible. Provided further that the number of attempts permissible to candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes, who are otherwise eligible, shall be nine.

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