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

Eligibility for IAS 2019

IAS Exam treats all the IAS aspirants in par irrespective of their age, educational qualification, attempt, and the likes. There is no minimum passing percentage required in the graduate degree in order to apply for the IAS Exam. All the IAS aspirants whether simple graduate or a Doctor in the subject needs to appear in the common IAS Prelims Exam conducted by Union Public Service Commission each year in the month of June.

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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.

In Addition to the pre-existing reservation categories, this year the Union Public Services Commission added a  new category of Economically Weaker Section(EWS) category for the purpose of providing reservation to the EWS Candidates as mandated by the Government of India. The Eligibility conditions for the EWS candidates have not been changed and are aligned with the general candidates' eligibility conditions.

Eligibility Criteria for IAS 2019
CategoryMaximum Age LimitNo. of Attempts Allowed
General32 Years06 Attempts
Other Backwards Castes (OBC)35 years (3 year relaxation)
09 Attempts
Economically Weaker Section (EWS)32 Years (No relaxation)06 Attempt
Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST)37 years (5 year relaxation)Till the Age limit
Physically disabled candidates (Blind, Deaf-Mute, Orthopedic)42 years ( 10 year relxation)

For the General and OBC Candidates= 09 attempts

For SC/ST Candidates = Unlimited till 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.

Candidate must have attained a minimum age of 21 years for this examination. There is no age relaxation, Fee Relaxation and Attempt relxation for the EWS category candidates. The separate maximum Age limit has been set for different categories. 32 years for general category, 35 years for OBC and 37 years for SC and ST have been prescribed. There is even more relaxation in the disabled category.

Reservation for EWS

The recent decision of Govt of India to provide reservation to the Economically weaker Section of the society is also incorporated in the UPSC Civil Services Exam notification. The number of the EWS reserved seats will be around 89 seats in which 18 could be of IAS. The final numbers of vacancies and the reserved seats will be published in the results.

No Attempt relaxation for EWS Category

There is no relaxation provided to the candidates belonging to the EWS category. The EWS category will only have 6 attempts if they belong to the General Candidates.

Niti Aayog Recommendations for Age in IAS

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

The educational qualification required for this examination is Graduate in any discipline. There is no minimum percentage required in graduation. The only essential condition is that the graduate degree should be from a Government recognised University. The exam is so designed that the persons from different backgrounds are placed at the level playing field. There is no advantage to the candidates, who have better marks in their degree course only the civil services exam marks matters.


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.

The citizens of Tibet's Refugee Families, Nepal, and Bhutan, along with Indian citizens, can apply in this examination, but for recruitment in IAS and IPS, the candidate must be a citizen of India. In this examination, people of Indian origin who are in different countries can also fill the form.

Restrictions on applying for the IAS Exam 2019

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.

IAS Exam 2019 Process

    Important references for the IAS Exam

    Latest UPSC IAS Official Notification


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    IAS Prelims Syllabus in Detail


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    IAS Main Exam Syllabus in Detail


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    IAS Toppers Video


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    IAS Prelims Solved Previous Year Papers


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    IAS Main Previous Year Question Paper


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    Best Books for IAS Exam


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    How to Prepare for IAS Exam


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    Career as an IAS and IPS

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    IAS Exam 2019 Important Dates

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    Important Dates


    UPSC Civil Services IAS & IFoS Notification



    UPSC Online Form Submission Start



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    UPSC IAS Prelims 2019 Admit Card

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    UPSC IAS Prelims 2019 Exam



    UPSC IAS Prelims 2019 Result

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    IAS Main form submission on UPSC Online Starts

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    IAS Main form submission on UPSC Online Starts

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    IAS Main Exam 2019 Admit Card

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    IAS Main Exam 2019


    IAS Prelims Exam 2018 Answer Key

    IAS Question Papers

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