Eligibility for the UPSC Examination

1) Educational Qualification:

To appear for the UPSC Examination, a candidate must have a Bachelor’s Degree from a well recognised University.

If a candidate has technical or professional qualifications which are recognised by the government, he can also apply for the UPSC Exam.

Candidates who have appeared in an examination the passing of which would render them educationally qualified enough to give the examination.

Candidates who have passed the final year of MBBS or any Medical Examination but are yet to complete the internship can also appear for the Main Examination.

However, they must submit a certificate from the concerned University that they have passed the final professional medical exam to appear for UPSC.

2) Number of Attempts:

Candidates from the general category can attempt 6 times for the UPSC Exam upto 32 years of age. Physically handicapped candidates of this as well as OBC Category can attempt it 9 times.

On the other Hand, candidates from the OBC Category can attempt it 9 times upto 35 years of age while SC/ST Candidates attempt it any number of times till the maximum age of 37. Physically Handicapped candidates from this category can give the UPSC Exam any number of times.

3) Nationality:

For the post of an IAS or IPC, the candidate must be a citizen of India.

For the other services, the candidate must be an Indian or a citizen of Nepal or a subject of Bhutan or a Tibetan Refugee who settled permanently in India before January 1, 1962 or a person of Indian Origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Myanmar, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Ethiopia, Uganda, Zambia, Zaire or Vietnam and intend to permanently settle in India.

4) Age Limits:

The candidate appearing for the UPSC Examination must be at least 21 years old and not exceed 32 years for the General Category,ECOs/SSCOs who have completed an initial period of assignment of five years of Military Service and Domiciles of Jammu and Kashmir from 1 January 1980 to 31 December 1989, 35 years for the OBC Category, 37 years for the SC/ST Category as well as candidates of the PwD Category, as on August 1 of the year of examination.

Relaxation of up to a maximum of five years will be given in the case of ECOs/SSCOs who have completed an initial period of assignment of five years of Military Service as on 1 August of the year 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, the limit is 32 years.

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