Eligibility for IAS Exam : Number of Attempts,Age Criteria,Educational Criteria

Eligibility for IAS Exam

Eligibility for IAS Exam

Eligibility for IAS Exam is given in the official notification of UPSC Civil Services Exam released by the Union Public Service Commission. We have taken the Eligibility conditions such as educational qualification, Age criteria, number of attempts, Nationality and other things from the Official UPSC Notification for Civil Services IAS Exam

UPSC Civil Services (IAS) Notification 2019 may be delayed

Not only Indian Citizens but the subjects of Nepal are also eligible to appear and compete in the UPSC Civil Servces (IAS) Exam.

IAS Exam is the premier exam of India and also the toughest one. IAS is the best All India Service to serve the society. The youth of our country aspire to be IAS officer at least once in life. The UPSC conducts the civil services exam each year for the All India services and various central civil services. Various deserving candidates do not appear in the IAS Exam because they do not know the exact eligibility criteria for the IAS Exam.

Eligibility Criteria for IAS Exam 2019

CategoryAge LimitNo. of Attempts Allowed
General32 Years06 Attempts
Other Backwards Castes (OBC)32 Years with relaxation of 03 years = 35 years09 Attempts
Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST)32 Years with relaxation of 05 Years = 37 yearsTill the Age limit
Physically disabled candidates (Blind, Deaf-Mute, Orthopedic)32 years with relaxation of 10 years = 42 years

For the General and OBC Candidates= 09 attempts

For SC/ST Candidates = Unlimited till age limit

Jammu & Kashmir DomicileGeneral = 37 years, OBC = 40 Years, SC/ST = 42 Years, PH = 50 yearsUp to the Upper Age limit
Disabled servicemen disabled from dutyGeneral= 37 years OBC = 38 Years SC/ST = 40 YearsUp to the Upper Age limit

Age will be calculated from the date - 1st of August of the Notification year.

Minimum Age for Civil Services IAS Exam is 21 year.

Niti Aayog Recommendations

Educational Qualification for IAS Exam 2019

  • A degree of any of the 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 a Deemed University under the UGC Act, 1956, or an equivalent qualification.
  • Candidates who have appeared or intend to appear for the qualifying examination and are awaiting results are also eligible to appear for the Preliminary Examination however, they are supposed to submit proof of passing the requisite qualification along with Detailed Application Form for Civil Services (Main) Examination


Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (b) (c), (d), and (e) shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.
Provided further that candidates belonging to categories (b) (c), and (d) above will not be eligible for appointment to the Indian Foreign Service.

A candidate, in whose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary, may be admitted to the examination but the offer of appointment may be given only after the necessary eligibility certificate has been issued to him by the Government of India.

  • For the Indian Administrative Service(IAS) and the Indian Police Service(IPS), a candidate must be a citizen of India.
  • For other services, a candidate must be either:
  1. a citizen of India, or
  2. a subject of Nepal, or
  3. a subject of Bhutan, or
  4. a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India. Or
  5. a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Srilanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

Restrictions on applying for the IAS exam

A candidate who is appointed to the Indian Administrative Service(IAS) or the Indian Foreign Service(IFS) on the results of an earlier examination and continues to be a member of that service will not be eligible to compete at this examination.

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