Minimum Age: 21 years
- For General category candidates, paper age limit is 32 years with a maximum of 6 attempts.
- For OBC candidates, upper age limit is 35 years with a maximum of 9 attempts.
- For SC/ST candidates, upper age limit is 37 and the number of attempts is up to the age limit
- For physically disabled candidates, upper age limit is 35, 38 and 40 for General category, OBC and SC/ST respectively with the number of attempts being 9 for General category and OBC candidates; for SC/ST up to age limit.
- Candidates from J&K domicile, upper age limits are 37 years, 40 years, 42 years and 50 years for GC, SC/ST, OBC and physical handicapped respectively and upper age limit is same as stated above for specific categories.
- For disabled servicemen, upper age limit 35 years, 38 years and 40 years respectively for GC, OBC, SC/ST respectively and upper age limit is same as stated above for specific categories.
Eligibility criteria for UPSC Civil Service Examination
- The candidate must hold a degree from Government recognized Universities or possess an equivalent qualification.
- Candidates who are in their final year or awaiting results are also eligible to appear for UPSC preliminary Examination. All such candidates who are eligible to appear for UPSC exams must produce proof of having passed the said examination along with the application for the main UPSC examination.
- Candidates having professional and technical qualifications recognized by the Government as equivalent to professional and technical degrees.
- Medical students who have passed final year of MBBS, but are yet to complete their internship also have eligibility for UPSC CSE. Although, along with the Main Examination application, a certificate of course completion (including internship) from the concerned authority of the University/Institution must be submitted.
Other Eligibility Criteria for UPSC Civil Service Examination
- Nationality: To appear for UPSC Civil Service Examinations, a candidate must be a citizen of India.
- Fitness: Candidate must be physically and mentally fit.
- The percentage eligibility for UPSC exams: A candidate should have completed degree in the graduate examination or equivalent
Vacancies and Selection
Generally, the number of vacancies varies every year. The number of candidates that pass the preliminary examination is generally 11 or 12 times the number of vacancies, and the number of candidates selected for the final interview is thrice the number of vacancies. As per existing policies, reservation for SC/ST/OBC is applied to each level of the selection process.
Number of Attempts for UPSC Exam for Any Candidate
- For General category and OBC Category and belongs to Creamy layer – 7 Attempts
- OBC non-creamy layer – 7 Attempts
- For Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe classification hopefuls there is no restriction on the number of attempts till they accomplish the age of 35 years.
- Candidates having a place with OBC/SC/ST can give the initial 4 attempts as General class competitors (on the off chance that they so crave) and from there on they can profit the unwinding in the number of attempts by availing the category relaxation.