Eligibility Criteria to Appear in Civil Services Exam-Latest Update

Written by Dr. SS

Check the latest information on UPSC Exam eligibility for 2019 as per UPSC Notification of 2018. Detail of required eligibility criteria for the exam is to be met by the aspirants such as Age limit, educational requirements etc. We are also giving our readers other valuable information like the total number of attempts of the exam which are permitted by UPSC etc.


UPSC exam eligibility

(i) Nationality As First Eligibility for IAS Exam

First eligibility for UPSC exam is the nationality.

A candidate for UPSC exam must be anyone out of below
(a) An Indian citizen, or
(b) a subject of Bhutan, or
(c) a subject of Nepal, or
(d) a Tibetan refugee  who came  to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of setting  permanently in India,
(e) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from, Srilanka, Pakistan, Burma, East African countries of Uganda, Kenya, Zambia, the United Republic of Tanzania, Malawi, Ethiopia, Zaire and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.
A candidate belonging to categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) shall have a certificate of eligibility issued by the Government of India.


(a) Let’s talk about next eligibility of UPSC exam, which is age criteria

The minimum age for UPSC Exam is  21 years and must not have attained the age of 32 years on 1st August 2018. To describe this eligibility be more precisely, we can say the candidate should not be born earlier than 2nd August 1986 and not later than 1st August 1997.
Same has been confirmed by the Union Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh in Rajya Sabha on 03 August 2018 that upper age limit is 32 years as on 1 August 2018 for aspirants of UPSC 2018 exam.
(b) Relaxation in the eligibility limit of upper age for UPSC Exam:
(i)  up to a maximum of five years for a candidate of a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled  Tribe.
(ii) up to a maximum of three years for candidates of Other Backward  Classes who are eligible to avail of reservation.

(iii) up to a maximum of three years for Defence Services personnel disabled in operations in a disturbed are or during hostilities with any foreign country  and released as a consequence thereof:

(iv) up to a maximum of five years for ex-servicemen  which includes Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs after rendering at least five years Military Service as on 1st August 2018  have been released (i) on completion of assignment, or (ii) on account of physical disability attributable to Military Service, or (iii) on invalided.

(v) up to a maximum of five years for  ECOs/SSCOs who  completed an initial period of assignment of five years of Military Service as on 1st August, 2018 and got their assignment extended beyond five years and but have a certificate issued by  the Ministry of Defence that they can apply for civil employment and that they will be released on three month’s notice on selection from the date of receipt of offer of appointment.

(vi) up to a maximum of 10 years in the case of Low Vision and  Hearing Impaired Persons.


Third eligibility criteria for UPSC Exam is graduation degree. 

The candidate for UPSC Civil Services must have a Bachelor’s degree. Yes, if you are planning to appear in UPSC exam, these eligibility criteria demand a degree of graduation. You can be graduate from any discipline and at the same time, you are free to choose any subject as an optional for the UPSC exam. Click here for List of optional paper & syllabus.

If you are applying for forest Services, this eligibility of having a graduate degree is applicable to you but you should have at least one of the subjects namely  Botany, Chemistry, Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science, Mathematics, Geology, Physics, Statistics, and Zoology or a Bachelor’s degree in  Forestry, Agriculture, or in Engineering of any of Universities established by an Act of the State or Central Legislature in India or any educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament or which is declared to be deemed as a University under Sec.3 of the U.G.C. Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification.

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Since 1984, maximum attempts have been restricted as an eligibility criterion for UPSC Exam.

Every eligible candidate shall be given six attempts at the UPSC exams. This restriction will not apply in the case of eligible Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe candidates. The number of attempts permissible to candidates of eligible Other Backward Classes, will be nine.

Eligibility criteria in terms of the number of attempts permitted to a physically handicapped are same as are available to other nonphysically handicapped candidates of his or her community. Both will get the same no. attempts. But a physically handicapped candidate of a General Category shall be eligible for nine attempts.


(i)  An attempt at a Preliminary Examination is considered as an attempt at the Examination.
(ii) If a candidate who appears in any one paper in the Preliminary Examination, he/she shall be considered to have made an attempt at the Examination.
(iii) Notwithstanding the disqualification/cancellation of candidature will count as an attempt.

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Last but not the least, Fitness as eligibility for UPSC exam.

Candidates of UPSC Exam must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to All Civil Services including Indian Forest Service Examination, 2018 as per regulations.
Candidates are advised to check official notification of 2019 to confirm UPSC exam eligibility criteria before filling the form for UPSC prelims 2019.

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