The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the Civil Services Exam every year to recruit the officers in Indian Administrative Services, Indian Police Services and Indian Forest Services and other Central Civil Services.
The All India Services command better respect and powers in comparison to other services. The Central Civil Services are also good services and are related to the specific departments only. There is a common educational criteria for all the Civil Services in India because mostly the Civil Services are of the generalist in nature.
The main difference is the training imparted by the official training institutes of the specified services which provide the necessary detailed training related to the Laws and rules. Let us see the Educational Qualification for Civil Services Exam in Detail.
Educational Qualification for UPSC IAS Exam 2019
As per the official UPSC Civil Services Exam 2019 Notification, the Educational Qualification required to appear in the UPSC Civil Services Exam is a Degree from any recognised university.
This means that the Bachelor of Arts from any Subject, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Technology or Engineering all are equally eligible to appear in the UPSC Civil Services (IAS) Exam 2019.
“The candidate must hold a degree of any of Universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or 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 University Grants Commission Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification.”
It means that the candidates, who graduated from the deemed universities incorporated under Section 3 of the UGC Act, are eligible to apply for the Civil Services Exam 2019.
“Note I:—Candidates who have appeared at an examination the passing of which would render them educationally qualified for the Commission’s examination but have not been informed of the result as also the candidates who intend to appear at such a qualifying examination will also be eligible for admission to the Preliminary Examination.”
It means that the candidates who are in the final year of their degree exam will also be eligible to apply for UPSC Civil Services Exam.
“All candidates who are declared qualified by the Commission for taking the Civil Services (Main) Examination will be required to produce proof of passing the requisite examination along with their application (i.e. Detailed Application Form-I) for the Main Examination, failing which such candidates will not be admitted to the Main Examination. Such proof of passing the requisite examination should be dated earlier than the due date (closing date) of Detailed Application Form-I of the Civil Services (Main) Examination.”
The candidates have to attach their mark sheet/degree, whichever is available with the IAS Main Detail Application Form in order to appear in the IAS Main(written) Exam. The IAS Main Exam will be conducted in the last week of September and the form will be filled by July end. This includes all the candidates whether passed or appearing in their degree exam.
“Note II: In exceptional cases the Union Public Service Commission may treat a candidate who does not have any of the foregoing qualifications as a qualified candidate provided that he/she has passed examination conducted by the other Institutions, the standard of which in the opinion of the Commission justifies his/her admission to the examination.”
This is a discretionary power of UPSC and only it can allow candidates who could furnish the required documents at the time of IAS Main Exam.
“Note III: Candidates possessing professional and technical qualifications which are recognised by the Government as equivalent to professional and technical degree would also be eligible for admission to the examination.
“Note IV: Candidates who have passed the final professional M.B.B.S. or any other Medical Examination but have not completed their internship by the time of submission of their applications for the Civil Services (Main) Examination, will be provisionally admitted to the Examination provided they submit along with their application a copy of certificate from the concerned authority of the University/Institution that they had passed the requisite final professional medical examination. In such cases, the candidates will be required to produce at the time of their interview original Degree or a certificate from the concerned competent authority of the University/Institution that they had completed all requirements (including completion of internship) for the award of the Degree.”
The Doctors who are yet to complete their internship are provisionally admitted to the IAS Main Exam but they have to submit their certificate of completion at the time of certificate verification during the IAS Interview process.
The candidates who have a valid Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from a recognised institution are also eligible to apply for the UPSC Civil Services (IAS) Exam 2019.
No Minimum Percentage Required
No minimum percentage is mentioned anywhere in the UPSC Civil Sevices Notification. It means that the candidates who have only 33 % or the Passing percentage in the Degree Examinations are also eligible to apply in the UPSC Civil Services (IAS) Exam.
The UPSC Civil Sevices Exam is a level playing field and all the candidates irrespective of their qualification and marks obtained in their academics, compete for the posts notified in the Civil Services Notification.