IAS Eligibility Criteria 2018 for Gen/OBC/SC UPSC Civil Services Exam (CSE) Age, Qualification, Number of Attempts

IAS Eligibility Criteria

Applicants want to apply for Indian Administrative Service Examination (Civil Services Examination) has to be eligible in all term, so candidates must ensure their all condition by considering IAS Eligibility Criteria. Union Public Service Commission intends to recruit eligible and capable candidates to fill up vacant posts in government department.

So interested candidates firstly check UPSC Civil Services Exam Age Criteria and other requirements such as Qualification and stipulated number of attempts by each candidate. Check complete IAS Eligibility Criteria 2018 required for Gen, OBC, SC and other categories.

We all know that Union Public Service Commission is responsible for hiring most eligible and suitable candidates by conducting Civil Services Examination. This time also commission is going to conduct various examinations to provide job opportunity to deserving job seekers.  Applicants who want to be IAS officer must fulfill all UPSC Civil Services Exam Eligibility Criteria as required. Scroll down this page which is well prepared by the team of indguru.com to get complete IAS Eligibility Criteria 2018.

UPSC IAS Eligibility Criteria


For Indian Administrative Service and Indian Police Service candidate must be must be a citizen of India

  • For other services, a candidate must be-
  • a citizen of India, or
  • a subject of Nepal, or Bhutan or
  • a Tibetan refugee who came to India before 1st January, 1962 with the intention to permanent settle down in India, or
  • a person 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 to Indian with the intention of permanently settling are eligible to apply for services.
  • Candidate belonging to (b), (c), (d) and (e) categories, in their favour Government of India has been issued certificate of eligibility.
IAS Exam Eligibility Criteria

Applicants, who have completed Bachelor’s Degree from recognized universities/ institute or having Professional and technical qualifications recognized by the Government or its equivalent are entitled to apply for IAS Examination.

Contenders who are going to appear for qualifying examination and who have already appeared for Qualifying exam and waiting for results are also eligible to apply for the IAS officer profile.

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UPSC Civil Services Exam Age Limitation

Applicants who want to apply for UPSC IAS exam notification must make sure that you have attained the age of 21 years but does not exceed by 32 years.

Relaxation in Upper Age:

Applying applicants will also get age relaxation benefits as per the norms of the management of the government.  Check age relaxation of your category-

Category      Upper Age Relaxation
GeneralNot more than 32 years
Other Backwards Castes (OBC)03 years
Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST)05 Years
Ex serviceman 05 Years
Physically disabled candidates (Blind, Deaf-Mute, Orthopedic) 10 years
Jammu & Kashmir DomicileGeneral- 37 years, OBC- 40 Years, SC/ST-  42 Years, PH- 50 years
Disabled servicemen disabled from dutyGeneral: 37 years, OBC: 38 Years, SC/ST: 40 Years
ECOs/SSCOs5 years

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No. of attempts for Civil service Examination:
CategoryNo. of Attempts Allowed
General06 Attempts
Other Backwards Castes (OBC)09 Attempts
Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST)Till the Upper Age limit
Physically disabled candidates (Blind, Deaf-Mute, Orthopedic)General /OBC Candidates= 09 attempts

For SC/ST Candidates = Unlimited till age limit

Jammu & Kashmir DomicileUp to the Upper Age limit
Disabled servicemen disabled from dutyUp to the Upper Age limit

Physical Standard:

Height165 cm150 cm
Chest-84cm79 cm (expansion 5cm)
Eye sight of Myopia-4d

Height may be relaxed for those who are belonging to Gorkhas, Garhwalis, Assamese, Kumaonis, and Nagaland Tribal etc and scheduled Tribes candidates as Men: 160cms & Women 145cms.

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Restrictions on applying for the Examination
  • Candidates who were appointed for Indian Administrative Service one the result and continue to be member of that service are not eligible for the IAS examination.
  • IF candidates is appointed to IAS/IFS after Civil Services Prelims Examination and they are continues to be a member of that service are not eligible for Civil Services (Main) Examination. No matter he /she qualified in Preliminary Examination.
  • If any candidates will be appointed for IAS/IFS after mains exam and he /she continues to be a member of that service are not eligible for other service or post.
Selection Procedure

Applicants those who are wondering to apply for Indian Administrative Service or civil service examination to grab respective civil services jobs are informed that recruitment panel of the Union Public Service Commission has fixed up systematized selection process. Assortment of recruits will be based on mains and interview.

Firstly candidates will go for prelims exam and after qualifying it, applicants are required to appear in the mains. Applicants who will successfully qualify the written exam will undergo for Interview round. Aspirants also have to go for physical/ medical test; it is just of qualifying nature one have clear this test, but its marks will not be added in merit. Those who will be found unfit for the post they will be rejected.


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