IAS Attempts 2021 for SC, ST, OBC & General Category – Check Here

UPSC 2016 ,7 August GS and CSAT Answer Key with QuestionsIn order to clear your doubts about the number of attempts, age limits, qualification requirements, etc; about the UPSC IAS exam, here is an article to guide you in the proper direction.

Minimum age limit:

The minimum age to appear for the IAS exam is 21 years. This means that the candidate must have attained at least 21 years of age on 1st August of that given year when the exam is held.

For example, if the candidate is appearing for 2015 prelims in May, he/she should be above 21 years of age by 1st August 2015.

Maximum age limit:

The upper age limit for aspiring candidates is to be calculated on the date of 1st August. which means that if the candidate is appearing for 2015 prelims in May, he /she should be below the mentioned maximum age limit by Aug 1, 2015.

There is certain relaxation for some category of people. Maximum age limit is enlisted below, depending upon which category the aspirant belongs:

The upper age limitation for the General category is 32 years.
The upper age limitation for the candidate belonging to OBC is 35 years.
The upper age limitation for the candidate belonging to SC/ST is 37 years.
The upper age limitation for the candidates who are citizens of Jammu and Kashmir is 37 years.
Upper age limitation for Defence Services personnel disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof is 35 years.
Upper age limitation for Ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have served at least 5 years Military Service is 37 years
Upper age limitation for blind, deaf, mute or orthopedically handicapped persons but belonging to the General category is 42 years.

In addition to this, the OBC/SC/ST candidates are entitled to get the benefit of cumulative age relaxation.

In simple terms, the age relaxation gets added in special cases, for example- if the person is OBC + Ex-servicemen he will get an extension of 5+7 =12 years. That is his upper age limit now stands at 42 years.

Modification: The central government has recently issued a notice stating the relaxation in a number of attempts and age limits for the UPSC Civil Service Exam.

A number of attempts allowed?

If the person desires to appear for this exam then, in that case, there are some restrictions on the number of times this exam he can write, which is again different for different categories of people.

Number of attempts for General Category is 6

Number of attempts for OBCs is 9

A number of attempts for SC/ST are unlimited till they attain the maximum age limit which is set by the UPSC.

Note– a Physically handicapped and disabled person belonging to a General category will get the benefit of 9 attempts.

Method to calculate the number of attempts:

If you appear to any of the papers of the Civil Services Preliminary Exam then your attempt will be taken into account.
If you just fill-up the form of the UPSC application form but do not go to write the preliminary Exam, then, in this case, your attempt won’t be taken into account.

Educational Qualifications for Civil services Exam:

The minimum education qualifications for applying to the Civil Services Examination is Graduation from any of the Universities 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 UGC`s Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification.

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  1. Pooja says:

    great information sir please share this type of details every exam

  2. Vijay Kumar says:

    IAS Mai banna Chahta sir

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