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UPSC Eligibility Criteria for IAS/IPS Exam 2022

Topics Covered: UPSC IAS Exam Eligibility Criteria 2022: Nationality, Age Limit, Age Relaxations, Educational Qualification, Number of Attempts, Restrictions on Applying, and Medical & Physical Standards

Okay, so before I start off with this article, I would mention that there are 2 ways you can choose to read this article.

One way is to directly go to the table of content and click on the topic that you’d like to read. That’s the way for you if you’re the straightforward type.

The second way is more for those who find it easier to read things with a flow.

If you are the latter, make yourself a fresh cup of tea and come along as I slowly ease into the topics of UPSC Eligibility Criteria: IAS Age Limit, Number of Attempts, etc. So, to start off, let me ask you a question.

Have you heard the story of King Arthur, the legendary king of Britain, and his sword, Excalibur?

I remember hearing the story when I was little. I am sure many of you might also have heard the story in some form or another.

Basically, the story speaks of an enchanted sword of power called Excalibur, which was stuck in stone.

This sword could only be pulled out and wielded by the most upright and brave of men, one that was pure of heart and possessing unflinching moral integrity.

Many able-bodied men tried their luck, but all of them failed to pull the magical sword out of the stone.

At last, it was King Arthur who was able to do it and consequently became the rightful King of the Britons.

Sounds similar to the Marvel Comics superhero Thor and his magical hammer Mjolnir, doesn’t it?

I know what you might be wondering. You are thinking, “Why is Anuj sir going on about such fabled tales when the article is about the UPSC IAS exam eligibility?”

You see, in my childhood, I used to take these tales to be isolated pieces of lore that spoke of magic and adventure. If you look carefully, you’ll find such stories in every culture and folk tradition, in one form or another.

However, as I grew older, I realized these stories always emphasize the importance of having an upright and selfless nature, being strong, abiding by the law, and defending the weak. That made me understand the underlying wisdom that these stories were trying to get across: the wisdom that power and authority are only handed to those who are worthy of wielding it.

Much like one has to prove their worthiness to become an IAS officer and thus the requirement for eligibility criteria.

Obviously, the eligibility criteria are not very restrictive as the real worthiness has to be proved throughout the selection process. The eligibility criteria act as just the first test of your worthiness.

So, without further ado, let’s begin to understand the eligibility criteria for UPSC CSE.

Table of Content – UPSC Eligibility Criteria for IAS/IPS Exam

UPSC IAS Eligibility Criteria
Age Limit 21 to 32 years (must not have touched the 32nd year)
Age Relaxation As per category (mentioned in section below)
Educational Qualification Graduation (Bachelor)
Number of Attempts 6 - General
9 - OBC, PwBD
Unlimited - SC/ST
Nationality Indian Citizens Only

UPSC Exam 2022 Eligibility

Right of the bat, you must have a bachelor’s degree if you want to be eligible to take the IAS exams, and that is just one of the eligibility criteria.

There are many other complexities associated with the UPSC eligibility criteria therefore, you definitely need to look into the detailed UPSC Eligibility 2022- As reported in the official UPSC 2022 notification- before applying for the IAS exam online.

So first and foremost, to be eligible to appear for the UPSC exam, you need to make sure that you meet the required educational qualifications.

The educational qualifications necessary to appear are not as steep as those required to appear for certain other exams like UGC NET and RBI Grade B.

By not steep I mean that the eligibility for UPSC does not require a minimum passing mark in your graduation certificate.

Anyway, all talks aside, let me get straight to the topic at hand beginning with the UPSC exam eligibility of nationality.

Exam Eligibility Criteria for UPSC CSE

UPSC IAS Exam Eligibility: Nationality

To appear for the UPSC IAS & IPS exams you need to be a citizen of India, for all other services, you must be either:

  1. A citizen of India,
  2. Or a subject of Nepal,
  3. Or a subject of Bhutan,
  4. Or a refugee from Tibet that came to India before the 1st of January 1962 with the intention of settling in India permanently.
  5. Or an individual with Indian origin who has migrated from Burma, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, East African countries of Uganda, Zambia, Zaire, Kenya, the united republic of Tanzania, Malawi, Ethiopia, & Vietnam, with the purpose of settling permanently in India. If you belong to categories b), c), d), and e), then you’d need a certificate issued by the govt. of India to be eligible. Also belonging to the b), c), d), and e). Categories will bar you from being eligible to be appointed to the Indian Foreign Services.

Note: In the case that you are a candidate that needs to produce a certificate of eligibility from the government, you shall be allowed to appear for the exam, but your offer of appointment may only be given when you have submitted the aforenoted certificate of eligibility issued by the Indian Government.

Let’s move on to the section on UPSC IAS Age Limit Criteria.

UPSC IAS Eligibility Criteria: Age Limit

Long story short – Gen: should not have touched age of 32 years, OBC: should not have touched age of 35 years, SC/ST: should not have touched age of 37 years, PwBD: should not have touched age of 42 years as of 01st August 2021.

It is common knowledge that very few candidates are able to crack the UPSC IAS exams in their first attempt itself.

Do you think you are one of them?

Well, if you do it’s great, but remember it’s always an advantage to start early so that you give yourself the option of multiple attempts, if needed, to clear UPSC CSE before you hit the upper age limit to be eligible for IAS.

UPSC last revised the age limit criteria in 2015. With that said, let’s understand the age eligibility for various categories.

If you are a candidate of the general category, you must be at least 21 years and must not have touched the age of 32 years as of 1st August of the year of examination.

For eg., for the 2022 UPSC CSE the candidate must have been born not earlier than 2nd August 1990 and not later than 1st August 2001.

For the various categories of SC/ST/OBC/others, various age limit relaxations have been provided which we will look into in the subsequent section.

UPSC IAS Age Limit Relaxations for ST/SC/OBC

  1. There is an age relaxation of up to a maximum of 5 years if you belong to a Scheduled Caste (SC) or a Scheduled Tribe (ST).
  2. For Other Backward Classes (OBC) the age relaxation is up to a maximum of 3 years.
  3. You’d be granted an age relaxation of up to a maximum of 3 years if you are a Defence Services personnel and got disabled while in combat with a hostile foreign country or in a disturbed area, and are released as a consequence thereof.
  4. There is an age relaxation of up to a maximum of 5 years in case you are an ex-serviceman, Commissioned Officer, or SSCO/ECO, and have served a minimum of 5 years in the Military as of the 1st of August and have been released.
      • The aforementioned holds true in case of completion of service assignments, including the ones that are due to be completed within a year from the 1st of August, other than the way of discharge or dismissal on account of inefficiency or misconduct, or on account of being physically disabled due to military service, or on being invalid.
      • A maximum of 5 years relaxation is given if you are an ECO/SSCO having completed an initial assignment period of 5 years of military service as of the 1st of August, but the assignment has been extended beyond the 5 years period. In such cases the Ministry of Defence issues certificates through which you can apply for civil employment. Through them, you can be released on a 3 months’ notice period in case of selection, from the date of receipt of the appointment offer.
  5. Relaxation up to a maximum of 10 years in case you are a deaf-mute, or blind, or orthopedically handicapped person.

UPSC IAS Updated Age Limit Summary

Category Maximum Age (should not have touched the age of:)
General 32
OBC 32+3=35
SC/ST 32+5=37
Physically disabled (Blind, Deaf-mute, Orthopedically handicapped) 32+10=42
Ex-serviceman discharged from duty due to disability General: 32+3=35
OBC: 32+3+3=38
SC/ST: 32+3+5=40
Ex-serviceman discharged after 5 years duty General: 32+5=37
OBC: 32+5+3=40
SC/ST: 32+5+5=42

Special Case Scenarios

The UPSC has shared some special case scenarios for Age Limit Eligibility through its official notification (link provided below):

If you belong to any of the categories of ST/SC/OBC and also come under the category of ex-servicemen/blind/deaf-mute/orthopedically handicapped etc, you will be eligible for the grant of cumulative age relaxation under both the categories.

However as for the provision of age relaxation by virtue of physical disability, you will be considered eligible for it only if you are blind/deaf-mute/orthopedically handicapped & also found to satisfy the level of disability required to be allocated under the category of physically disabled.

This can be proved only after you produce a certificate of disability issued by the government or a valid appointing authority.

Access the official notification for UPSC CSE on the linked blog.

With that, the section of UPSC IAS Eligibility Criteria: Age Limit comes to an end. Now it’s time we shifted our focus to the Eligibility criteria of the minimum educational qualification.

UPSC IAS Eligibility Criteria: Minimum Educational Qualification

I have written the UPSC eligibility based on educational qualifications in detail below:

To appear for the UPSC IAS exam you must have proof that you are a graduate from a centrally or state-recognized university. This means that you should have a bachelor’s degree certificate from any university incorporated by an Act of the State and Central Legislature of India, or any institute of education established by an Act of the Parliament of India, or one that is declared to be a deemed university under Section-3 of the University Grants Commission Act of 1956, or possess a qualification equivalent to that.

In the case that you possess a professional or technical bachelor’s degree like BE or MBBS recognized by the govt, you’d be considered eligible to appear for the UPSC exam.

Some Exceptions:

  1. (a) In case you are in your final year of college and have appeared for or are intending to appear for the final examination of your bachelor’s degree course, or are awaiting the results of the same, you are eligible to apply for the prelims examination of the CSE.
    (b) In case you are able to clear the prelims round of the UPSC exam and are planning to appear for the Mains round of the UPSC exam, you’d need to produce the proof of your graduation by attaching your bachelor passing certificate to your application for the Mains exams.
  2. In certain exceptional cases, the UPSC may allow you to appear for the IAS exams even if you do not have a graduation certificate from the universities/institutes written above but have passed your final graduation examination from any other institute, the standard of which in the perception of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) justifies your eligibility to appear for the Civil Services exam, e.g., Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, etc.
  3. In case you have already passed the final examination of your MBBS course or any other medical course but are yet to complete your internship at the time of your application for the UPSC Mains exams, you will still be provisionally allowed to appear for it, provided that you submit along with your application a copy of the certificate from your university/institute that you have passed your final medical exam. In such a case, you would need to produce at the time of your interview, your original degree or a certificate from your university attesting that you have completed all that is needed (including the completion of internship) for the award of the degree.

That concludes this section, let’s move to the section on the number of attempts.

UPSC IAS Eligibility Criteria: Number of Attempts

With the age limits, the UPSC had also raised the number of attempts for applicants of the Civil Services Exams in the year 2015. According to the amendment, the candidates belonging to the general category had been granted a maximum of 6 attempts.

For the OBC candidates, a maximum of 9 attempts, & for the ST/SC candidates, an unlimited number of attempts.

The maximum number of attempts for the physically disabled general and OBC candidates is 9, whereas, for the ones from the ST/SC categories, it is unlimited.

To put things in a better perspective, I have mentioned all the information about the number of attempts in the table below. Do check it out.

Category Maximum Age (should not have touched the age of:)
General 6
OBC 9
SC/ST As many as he/she can until upper age limit reached
Physically disabled General: 9 attempts
(Blind, Deaf-mute, Orthopedically handicapped) OBC: 9
SC/ST: As many as he/she can until upper age limit reached
Ex-serviceman discharged from duty due to disability As per categories mentioned above, i.e., Gen, OBC, SC/ST, Disabled
Ex-serviceman discharged after 5 years duty As per categories mentioned above, i.e., Gen, OBC, SC/ST, Disabled

I hope the table above helps you view all the exhaustive texts written before from a comprehensive and birds-eye point of view.

UPSC IAS Eligibility Criteria: Restrictions on Applying for the Examination

  1. If you are already appointed to the Indian Administrative Services (IAS) or Indian Foreign Services (IFS) on the result sheets of an earlier examination and also continue to be a member of any of the 2 services, then you will not be eligible to appear in the exams that particular year. In case you are appointed to any of the two services after having sat for the year’s Prelims and continue to be a member of any of the 2 services, you would then not be eligible to appear for the Mains exam for the year. Also, if you are appointed to any of the 2 services before the results of the UPSC exams of the particular year comes out, and continue to be a member of any of the 2 services, in such a case you will not be considered for appointment to any post/service on the basis of the results of the examinations of that particular year.
  2. If you are already appointed to the Indian Police Services (IPS) on the result sheets of an earlier examination and continue to be an IPS officer, then you will not be eligible to opt for the IPS in the exams for the particular year.

UPSC IAS Eligibility Criteria: Medical and Physical Standards

You must make sure that you are physically fit and capable for the job as tasking as that of an IAS officer. For that, you’d need to match up to the physical standards for admission to Civil Services Examination, 2021.

These standards are decided on as per the guidelines given in Appendix-III of Rules for Examination published in the Gazette of India Extraordinary dated 4th March 2021.

For your convenience, I have provided the PDF of these guidelines (Appendix-III) below:

UPSC CSE Medical & Physical Standards PDF

Conclusion

That brings us to the end of this somewhat long and detailed article. I hope it has helped you clear all your doubts about the various UPSC eligibility criteria.

This would be a good time to check the updated UPSC IAS Syllabus and understand the key topics. Additionally, you should also check the recommended books for UPSC CSE preparation.

Having said that I now bid farewell. Until next time.

Have a great day!

CEO of Anujjindal.in

About Anuj Jindal

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Anuj Jindal, the founder, is an ex-manager from SBI, with an M.Com from Delhi School of Economics. He also has a JRF in Commerce & Management and NET in HRM, along with more than 5 years of experience in the field of Education.

FAQs: UPSC Eligibility Criteria for IAS/IPS Exam

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    Is there any limit on the number of attempts for the UPSC exam? 

    Yes, there is a limit to the number of times you can appear for the IAS exam. Candidates belonging to the General category candidates can appear for a maximum of 6 attempts. 

    However, talking about candidates belonging to the other categories the maximum number of attempts for OBC is 9, and for SC/ST & handicapped categories, there is no limit on the number of attempts till their respective upper age limits

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    What is the educational qualification needed to appear in IAS exam? 

    To be eligible for the IAS exam, a candidate needs to have a graduation degree. That is the most basic level of educational qualification necessary to appear for the IAS exam. Now, the degree can be in any stream. 

    Also, to note is that the degree that the candidate holds should be of a university recognized by the Government of India as a legitimate university. 

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    What are the age limit and the number of attempts permitted to write the UPSC Civil Services Exam? 

    So, the minimum age limit required to appear for the IAS is 21 years for candidates of all categories.   

    As far as the upper age limit goes, it differs from candidate to candidate depending on the category they belong to. A candidate should be less than 32 years for those of the general categories, 35 years for OBC, 37 for SC/ST, and 42 for the PwBD category as of 1st August of the year of the examination

    Now coming to the number of attempts permitted to take the UPSC IAS exams, it’s 6 for general category and EWS candidates, 9 for OBC candidates, and an unlimited number of attempts for SC/ST category candidates

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    Are there any age relaxations in UPSC for female candidates? 

    Well, as far as the UPSC is concerned, female candidates are not granted any kind of age relaxation. However, women are given the facility to apply for the exam for free though.   

    If you want to know about the age relaxation criteria of the UPSC, you can check it out in the article I have written above. 

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    What is the age limit for UPSC Civil Services Exam? 

    According to the IAS eligibility mentioned in the UPSC notification for the given year, the minimum age limit for candidates is 21 years, irrespective of the category that he/she might belong to.  

    However, the upper age limit for IAS eligibility differs from candidate to candidate. The upper age limit for IAS eligibility for General candidates is 32 years, whereas for OBC candidates it is 35 years, for SC/ST it is 37, and the upper age limit for IAS eligibility for PwBD candidates is 42 years

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    Is there any reservation for ex-servicemen in the Civil Services Exam? 

    Yes, there are reservations for ex-servicemen in the Civil Services Exam. According to the UPSC exam eligibility, the upper age limits of ex-servicemen are extended by a few years.  

    Also, to be noted is that according to UPSC exam eligibility, the upper age limit criteria for ex-servicemen have been divided between two different categories of ex-servicemen. The first being “Ex-serviceman discharged from duty due to disability” and the other being, “Ex-serviceman discharged after 5 years duty”.  

    The UPSC exam eligibility age criteria is further divided into 3 categories for each type of ex-servicemen.  

    So, starting with the category of “Ex-serviceman discharged from duty due to disability”, the upper age limit for General candidates is 35 years, for OBC, it is 38 years, and for SC/ST, it is 40 years.  

    Now, talking about the category of “Ex-serviceman discharged after 5 years duty”, the upper age limit for General candidates is 37 years, for OBC, it is 40 years, and for SC/ST, it is 42 years

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    Which branch of engineering is eligible for the IAS? 

    Only a graduation degree certificate is required for you to be eligible to take the IAS exam, it does not matter which branch of engineering you have graduated from. 

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    Is a diploma holder eligible for UPSC? 

    Nope, that’s a negative. A diploma holder is not eligible to appear for the UPSC Civil services exam, because the UPSC demands that applicants have at least a graduation degree before applying for the exam. 

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    Can 12th passed students apply for the recruitment? 

    No. It is not possible for a 12th passed student to apply for the IAS exam, as the exam requires a minimum educational qualification of being a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from a government-recognized university. 

    So, if you are a 12th passed student, I’d recommend that you get yourself a college/university degree first, and then apply for the UPSC IAS recruitment. 

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