Civil Services Exam

Eligibility

All candidates (male/female/transgender) are requested to carefully read the Rules of Civil Services Examination notified by the Government (Department of Personnel and Training) and asked to check the Eligibility before applying for the exam.

Eligibility Conditions

Nationality

Are you an Indian? if Yes skip the below content and check the Age limit. Indian Citizens are eligible for all services recruited under Civil Service Examination, UPSC.

  • For the Indian Administrative Service, the Indian Foreign Service and the Indian Police Service, 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, Sri Lanka, 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.
  • Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (2), (3), (4) and (5) shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.
  • 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/her by the Government of India.

Age Limits

Are you between the age group of 21-32 Years? If Yes then you are eligible for IAS Exam so Pass over to check the Educational Qualification needed.

    1. Minimum age must be 21 years and must not have attained the age of 32 years on the 1st of August, 2021 i.e., the candidate must have been born not earlier than 2nd August, 1989 and not later than 1st August, 2000
    2. The upper age-limit prescribed above will be relaxable
      1. SC/ST Candidates maximum 5 Years
      2. Eligible OBC Candidates maximum 3 Years
      3. Defence Services Personnel, disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area – maximum of 3 years
      4. Ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and Emergency Commissioned Officers (ECOs)/ Short Service Commissioned Officers (SSCOs) up to a maximum of five years who have rendered at least five years Military Service as on 1st August, 2021 and have been released
        1. on completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due to be completed within one year from 1st August, 2021, otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency); or
          1. on account of physical disability attributable to Military Service; or
          2. on invalidment
        2. up to a maximum of five years in the case of ECOs/SSCOs who have completed an initial period of assignment of five years of Military Service as on 1st August, 2021 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.
        3. up to a maximum of 10 years in the case of candidates belonging to Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PwBD) categories viz.
          1. blindness and low vision
          2. deaf and hard of hearing;
          3. locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy;
          4. autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability and mental illness;
          5. multiple disabilities from amongst person under clauses (i) to (iv) including deaf-blindness
    3. The date of birth, accepted by the Commission is that entered in the Matriculation or Secondary School Leaving Certificate or in a certificate recognised by an Indian University as equivalent to Matriculation or in an extract from a Register of Matriculates maintained by a University which extract must be certified by the proper authority of the University or in the Higher Secondary examination certificate or an equivalent examination certificate. The certificate in support of the date of birth is required to be submitted by a candidate only at the time of applying for the Civil Services (Main) Examination. No other document relating to age like horoscopes, affidavits, birth extracts from Municipal Corporation, Service records and the like will be accepted.

Note‐I : Candidates belonging to either the SC or the ST or the OBC category who are also covered under any other clauses of para 3(II)(2) above, viz. those coming under the category of Ex-servicemen or PwBD, will be eligible for grant of cumulative age-relaxation under both categories.

Note‐II : The term Ex-servicemen will apply to the persons who are defined as Ex-servicemen in the Ex-servicemen (Re-employment in Civil Services and Posts) Rules, 1979, as amended from time to time.

Note‐III : The age concession under para 3(II)(2) (d) and (e) will be admissible to Ex-servicemen i.e. a person who has served in any rank whether as combatant or non-combatant in the Regular Army, Navy and Air Force of the Indian Union and who either has been retired or relieved or discharged from such service whether at own request or being relieved by the employer after earning pension.

Note‐IV : Notwithstanding the provision of age-relaxation under para 3(II) (2) (f) above, candidates of PwBD category will be considered to be eligible for appointment only if they (after such Medical Examination as the Government or appointing authority, as the case may be, may prescribe) are found to satisfy the requirements of physical and medical standards for the concerned Services to be allocated to the candidates of PwBD category by the Government.

Note‐V : Save as provided under para 3(II) (2) above, the age-limits prescribed can in no case be relaxed.

Note‐VI : Candidate should note that only the date of birth as recorded in the Matriculation or Secondary School Leaving Certificate or in an equivalent certificate as mentioned in para 3(III) (3) above and issued prior to the date of submission of application will be accepted by the Commission, and no subsequent request for its change will be considered or granted.

Note‐VII : Candidates should also note that once a date of birth has been submitted by them in the application form and entered in the records of the Commission for the purpose of admission to an Examination, no change will be allowed subsequently or at any other Examination of the Commission on any grounds whatsoever.

Minimum Educational Qualification

A candidate must hold a degree of any of the Universities incorporated by an Act of the central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutions

Number of attempts

General Eligible Candidate gets 6 (six) attempts at the Civil Service Examination.However, relaxation in the number of attempts will be available to the SC/ST/OBC and PwBD category candidates who are otherwise eligible.

SC /ST Candidates – Unlimited attempts

OBC Candidates – 09 attempts

PwBD (GL/EWS/OBC ) – 09 attempts

PwBD ( SC/ST ) – Unlimited attempts

Note-I :The terms – GL for General, EWS for Economically Weaker Sections, SC for Scheduled Castes, ST for Scheduled Tribes, OBC for Other Backward Classes and PwBD for Persons with Benchmark Disability.

Note‐II : An attempt at a Preliminary Examination shall be deemed to be an attempt at the Civil Services Examination.

Note‐III : If a candidate actually appears in any one paper in the Preliminary Examination, it will be deemed that the candidate has made an attempt at the Examination.

Note‐IV : Notwithstanding any subsequent disqualification/cancellation of candidature, the fact of appearance of the candidate at the Examination will count as an attempt.

Restricted Candidates

A candidate who is appointed to the Indian Administrative Service or the Indian Foreign Service based on the results of an earlier Examination and continues to be a member of that Service will not be eligible to appear at the Civil Services Examination-2021

In case such a candidate is appointed to the IAS or IFS after the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination-2021 is over and the candidate continues to be a member of that Service, the candidate shall not be eligible to appear in the Civil Services (Main) Examination-2021 notwithstanding having qualified in the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination-2021.

If such a candidate is appointed to the IAS or IFS after the commencement of the Civil Services (Main) Examination-2021 but before the result thereof is declared by the Commission and continues to be a member of that Service, the candidate shall not be considered for appointment to any Service/Post on the basis of the result of the CSE-2021.

A candidate who is appointed to the Indian Police Service based on the results of an earlier Examination and continues to be a member of that Service shall not be eligible to opt for the Indian Police Service on the basis of the result of the CSE-2021.

Medical and Physical Standards

Candidates must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to Civil Services Examination

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UPSC IAS IPS Interview Venue – Office of the Union Public Service Commission at Dholpur House, Shahjahan Road, New Delhi-110069

Download e-Admit card-Civil Service IAS/IPS Preliminary and Main exam e-Admit card can be downloaded from the website

Candidates must write the papers in their own hand-Mobile Phones Banned-Communication to the Commission

Civil Service IAS/IPS Preliminary exam Fee is Rs.100/-
Civil Service IAS/IPS Main Exam Fee is Rs.200/-

AGARTALA-BANGALORE-CHANDIGARH-DEHRADUN-FARIDABAD-KOZHIKODE-PANAJI

Civil Services Examination will consist of two successive stages-Preliminary-Main-Interview

Paper I General Studies ( Compulsory ) – 100 Questions

Objective Type – multiple choice questions – 200 Marks ( 2 Hours duration )

Civil Service Vacancies for the year 2021 is expected to be 712-Posts included in Civil Service Exam

Optional Subject Papers I & II-Agriculture-Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science-Anthropology-Botany-Chemistry-Civil Engineering

Preliminary Examination-Paper I-Current events-History of India-INM-Geography-Polity-Economic and Social Development-Environmental ecology-General Science-Paper II-CSAT

Indian Civil Service Preliminary Exam Date – 27th June, 2021 rescheduled to 10th October, 2021

Online Application can be filled from 4th March, 2021 to 24th March, 2021