UPSC Age limit 2020: Must check before apply

UPSC CSE is conducted every year for various civil services examination. The cut-off date on which the UPSC age limit is decided is 1st August.

Before applying for UPSC CSE candidates must check their eligibility criteria including age limit and educational qualification.

UPSC age limit must be checked by candidate before applying for this examination.
UPSC age limit: Source; TOI

 General Categories: maximum 6 attempts, Age limit 21-32 years. 

OBC Categories: maximum attempts 9, Age limit 21–35 years.

SC/ST Categories: Maximum attempts – no limit, Age limit 21–37 years.

Economically Weaker Section: maximum attempts – 6, Age limit 21-32 years

Physically disabled candidates: Maximum attempts (General Categories and OBC – 9,  SC/ST- unlimited), Age limit 21-42 years.

Defense Service Personnel (Disability): 35 years

Ex-serviceman including Commissioned Officer, Army: 37 years

Note: Female candidate of any category has been given any special relaxation. Only thing is that they do not require to pay Examination Fee(belonging to any category). Female candidates will get the benefit of their category.

 UPSC Age Limit: (a) A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 32 years. Necessary action to make corresponding changes in respective Rules/Regulations pertaining to various services is being taken separately.

 (b) The upper UPSC age-limit prescribed above will be relaxable:

 (i) up to a maximum of five years if a candidate belongs to a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe;

(ii) up to a maximum of three years in the case of candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes who are eligible to avail of reservation applicable to such candidates;

(iii) up to a maximum of three years in the case of Defence Services Personnel, disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof;

(iv) up to a maximum of five years in the case of ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least five years Military Service  and have been released;

(a) on completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due to be  completed within one year otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency; or

 (b) on account of physical disability attributable to Military Service; or

 (c) on invalided.

 (v) up to a maximum of five years in the case of ECOs/SSCOs who have completed an initial period of assignment of five years of Military Service and whose assignment has been extended beyond five years and in whose case the Ministry of Defence issues a certificate that they can apply for civil employment and that they will be released on three months’ notice on selection from the date of receipt of offer of appointment.

 (vi) up to a maximum of 10 years in the case of

 (a) blindness and low vision;

 (b) deaf and hard of hearing;

(c) locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy;

(d) autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability, and mental illness; and

(e) multiple disabilities from amongst persons under clauses (a) to (d) including deaf-blindness.

Note I:—Candidates belonging to the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes and the Other Backward Classes who are also covered under any other clauses of Rule 6(b) above, viz. those coming under the category of Ex-servicemen,

(a) blindness and low vision;

 (b) deaf and hard of hearing;

 (c) locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy;

 (d) autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability, and mental illness; and (e) multiple disabilities from amongst persons under clauses (a) to (d) including deaf-blindness, etc. will be eligible for grant of cumulative age relaxation under both the categories.

Note II:—The term Ex-servicemen will apply to the persons who are defined as Ex-servicemen in the Ex-servicemen (Re-employment in Civil Services and Posts) Rules, 1979, as amended from time to time.

 Note III:—The age concession under Rule 6(b)(iv) and (v) will not be admissible to Ex-servicemen and Commissioned Officers including ECOs/SSCOs, who are released on own request.

 Note IV:—Notwithstanding the provision of age relaxation under Rule 6(b)(vi) above, candidates of Persons with Benchmark Disability will be considered to be eligible for appointment only if he/she (after such physical examination as the Government or appointing authority, as the case may be, may prescribe) is found to satisfy the requirements of physical and medical standards for the concerned Services/Posts to be allocated to the Persons with Benchmark Disability by the Government. Save as provided above, the age-limits prescribed can in no case be relaxed.

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.

These certificates are required to be submitted only at the time of applying for the Civil Services (Main) Examination. No other document relating to age like horoscopes, affidavits, birth extracts from Municipal Corporation, Service records and the like will be accepted.

 The expression Matriculation/Higher Secondary Examination Certificate in this part of the instruction includes the alternative certificates mentioned above.

 Note 1:—Candidate should note that only the date of birth as recorded in the Matriculation/Secondary Examination certificate or an equivalent certificate on the date of submission of application will be accepted by the Commission, and no subsequent request for its change will be considered or granted.

Note 2:—Candidates should also note that once a date of birth has been claimed by them and entered in the records of the Commission for the purpose of admission to an Examination, no change will be allowed subsequently or at any other Examination of the Commission on any grounds whatsoever.

 Note 3:- The candidate should exercise due care while entering their date of birth in the online Application Form for the Preliminary Examination. If on verification at any subsequent stage, any variation is found in their date of birth from the one entered in their matriculation or equivalent Examination certificate, disciplinary action will be taken against them by the Commission under the Rule.

What is the number of attempts in the IAS Examination?

 The number of attempts: Every candidate appearing at the 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 Castes and Scheduled Tribes candidates who are otherwise eligible :

 Provided further that the number of attempts permissible to candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes, who are otherwise eligible, shall be nine. The relaxation will be available to the candidates who are eligible to avail of reservation applicable to such candidates :

 Provided further that candidates of Persons with Benchmark Disability will get as many attempts as are available to other candidates who do not belong to Persons with Benchmark Disability of his or her community, subject to the condition that a candidate of Persons with Benchmark Disability belonging to the General Category shall be eligible for nine attempts.

 Necessary action to make corresponding changes in respective Rules/Regulations pertaining to various services is being taken separately. The relaxation will be available to the candidates of Persons with Benchmark Disability who are eligible to avail of reservation applicable to such candidates.

How the attempts are counted in the IAS Examination?

 (I) An attempt at a Preliminary Examination shall be deemed to be an attempt at the Civil Services Examination.

 (II) If a candidate actually appears in any one paper in the Preliminary Examination, he/she shall be deemed to have made an attempt at the Examination.

 (III) Notwithstanding the disqualification/cancellation of candidature, the fact of appearance of the candidate at the examination will count as an attempt.

The educational qualification which is required to apply for IAS Examination?

Candidate must hold a graduation degree from any recognized university by UGC. If a candidate is appearing for the final semester/year then he is eligible to apply for this examination. Candidate has to show their graduation degree before Mains examination (while filling the Detailed Application Form, DAF). If any candidate fails to show their graduation degree before Mains examination then he will not be eligible to appear in Mains examination despite being passed in the Prelims examination.

 Minimum Educational Qualifications: The candidate must hold a degree of any of 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.

 Note I: 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. 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. The applications for the Main Examination will be called sometime in the month of July/August 2018.

 Note II: In exceptional cases, the Union Public Service Commission may treat a candidate who does not have any of the foregoing qualifications as a qualified candidate provided that he/she has passed examination conducted by the other Institutions, the standard of which in the opinion of the Commission justifies his/her admission to the examination.

 Note III: Candidates possessing professional and technical qualifications which are recognized by the Government as equivalent to the professional and technical degree would also be eligible for admission to the examination.

 Note IV: Candidates who have passed the final professional M.B.B.S. or any other Medical Examination but have not completed their internship by the time of submission of their applications for the Civil Services (Main) Examination, will be provisionally admitted to the Examination provided they submit along with their application a copy of certificate from the concerned authority of the University/Institution that they had passed the requisite final professional medical examination. In such cases, the candidates will be required to produce at the time of their interview original Degree or a certificate from the concerned competent Government strives to have a workforce which reflects gender balance and women candidates are encouraged to apply. the authority of the University/Institution that they had completed all requirements (including completion of internship) for the award of the Degree

is there any age limit for upsc exam?

Yes, the age limit depends upon the category of the candidate. The age limit for different categories of candidates are as follows:

What is the age limit for General Category in UPSC CSE?

The age limit for General categories candidates for UPSC CSE is 32 years.

What is the age limit for OBC Candidate in UPSC CSE?

The age limit for the OBC candidates in UPSC CSE is 21 to 35 years.

What is the age limit for EWS category of candidates in UPSC CSE?

The age limit for the Economically Weaker Section of Society in UPSC CSE is 21 to 32 years.

What is the age limit for the SC/ST categories candidates in UPSC CSE?

The age limit for the SC/ST category of the candidate in UPSC CSE is 21 to 37 years.

Is there any any difference in the Male and Female candidate in UPSC CSE?

There is not any age relaxation on the basis of sex(Male or Female) of the candidates.

What is the age limit for the Ex-serviceman in UPSC CSE?

The age limit for the ex-serviceman in the UPSC CSE is 21 to 37 years.

What is the age limit for the Physically handicapped candidates in UPSC CSE?

The age limit for physically handicapped candidates in the UPSC CSE is 21 to 42 years.