Eligibility for IAS Officer and IAS Exam 2021 – Check here Online

It is very important for the Candidates to fulfill all the eligibility conditions for admission to the examination. Excuses on any grounds other than the grounds mentioned will not be granted.

The admission of the candidates applying for the Civil Services Examination in all the stages of the examination will be provisional which will be subject to satisfying the prescribed eligibility conditions.

Only on the basis of issue of admission certificate, the candidate should not imply to them that his/her candidacy has been clearly approved by the commission. Commission takes up verification of eligibility conditions with reference to original documents only after the candidate has qualified for Interview/ Personality Test.

New Eligibility Criteria:

With effect from 2015, the government intends to raise the upper age limit and number of attempts of applicants of the UPSC Civil Service Examination.

From the published information on the website of the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances, we come to know that the upper age limitation will be 37 years for the person belonging to SC/ST candidates with unlimited number of attempts; for OBCs with 9 attempts the maximum age limitation is 35 years 0f age; for General category with 6 attempts it is 32years of his age, for physically handicapped candidates the age limit is 42, 45 and 47 years for General, OBC, and SC/ST category respectively and the total number of attempts of General and OBC`s is 9 and for SC/ST it is unlimited, in this particular case.

Academic Qualifications required for IAS Exam:

  • The aspiring candidates must hold in minimum a degree of any University which is incorporated by an Act of the Central / 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.
  • Candidates who have appeared or intend to appear for the qualifying examination and are awaiting results are also eligible to appear for the Preliminary Examination.
  • All such candidates who have cleared the preliminary examination and is qualified to appear for the Civil Services Main Examination must give proof of having passed the said examination along with their application for the Mains Examination.
  • The UPSC may in very exceptional cases treat a candidate without the foregoing requisites of qualification as an eligible candidate if he/she has passed an examination conducted by other institutions, the standard of which justifies his/her admission in the opinion of the commission.
  • Candidates who have professional and technical qualifications recognized by the Government as equivalent to professional and technical degrees.
  • Candidates who have completed the final year of MBBS or any Medical Examination but are yet to complete the internship can also appear for the Mains Examination.
  • It is only permissible if they submit along with their Main Examination application a certificate from the concerned authority of the University or Institution that they have passed the final professional medical examination.
  • At the stage of an interview, it is compulsory for them and all other aspirants to produce a certificate from a competent authority that they have completed with internship all the requirements for the award of medical Degree.

Restrictions on applying for the examination:

A candidate who has already been appointed as Indian Administrative Service or the Indian Foreign Services on the results of an earlier examination and continues to be a member of that service will not be eligible to compete at this examination.

In case such a candidate is appointed to the IAS/IFS after the preliminary Examination of Civil Services Examination, 2015 is over and he/she continues to be an existing member of that service then he /she shall not be eligible to appear for the Civil Services Mains Examination, 2015; their qualification in the preliminary Examination, 2015 shall not be taken into consideration.

Also if such a candidate is appointed to IAS/IFS after the commencement of the Civil Services Main Examination, 2015 but before the result thereof and continues to be a member of that service then in that circumstances he/she shall not be considered for the appointment to any service/post on the basis of the result of this examination.


For applying for the post of IAS and IPS candidate must be a citizen of India. For all other services candidates of the following nationality will also be allowed to appear:- a citizen of India, or a subject of Nepal, or a subject of Bhutan, or a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanently residing in the territory of India, or a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

It is very important for a candidate belonging to categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) shall be a person in whose favor a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the government of India.

Candidates belonging to categories of (b), (c) and (d) as mentioned above will not be eligible for the appointment to the Indian Foreign Service. The offer of appointment may be given only after the necessary eligibility certificate has been issued to him/ her by the Government of India.

UPSC under any clause will not relax the upper age limit.

Note I:

Candidates belonging to the SC & ST and the OBC’S who are also covered under any other clauses of para 3 (ii) (b) above viz. those coming under the category of Ex-servicemen, persons domiciled in the State of J & k, blind, deaf-mute and orthopedically handicapped, 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 Ex-Servicemen and Commissioned Officers including ECOs/SSCOs who are released on their own request shall not be admissible under the age concession under para 3(ii) (b) (v) and (vi).

Note IV:

A physically disabled candidate shall be considered to be eligible for appointment only if he/ she is found to satisfy the requirements of physical and medical standards for the concerned Services/ posts to be allocated to the physically disabled candidates by the Government.

Under such conditions provisions of age relaxation under para 3 (ii), (b) (vii) shall not be withstanding.

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  1. abhi says:

    sir,i am doing my 3yr mbbs bachelors degree in china so am i eligible to apply for the upsc( for IPS)
    pls reply

  2. CID officer hamare desh ke shan hain…….

  3. Mithilesh kumar sharma says:

    12th ke bad ias ke taiari karne ke liye pahale kon subject padhana chaiye

  4. salma says:

    IAS ke liye kya eligible hona chahiye

  5. To become an IAS, Firstly go among the people and talk about the problems and policies which are aimed to mitigate such problems, Secondly Look at bigger picture of how international policies, Economics, defense, geography, culture, communities, language, philosophy, and different contributing factors either preventing welfare or creating them, thirdly human ethics, different conceptual subjects contribute to welfare and help is creating opportunities to share resources among the people such that the prime objective of harmony and peace can be attained, Lastly plan, set an agenda, objective and use all these various methods and studies to contribute strategically, logically, rationally with an human approach for 1 and only 1 thing Welfare of the state, the better your definition for welfare and methods to attain it the better chances you will have to motivate yourself and build confidence and this will raise your chances to be an IAS by 60%, the rest is hard work.

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