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UPSC Eligibility Criteria

The complete UPSC eligibility criteria for the IAS exam is exposed in deep in this article. The Preparartion of IAS methods starts with expriencing specific knowledge on Eligibility criteria for the examinations. The UPSC Age Limit and IAS Eligibility for the Civil Services Exam 2022 has been discussed here.One should note that UPSC 2021 is an ongoing exam. Notification for 2022 is expected to release in February 2022.

UPSC Eligibility – Latest Update

There is one more chance in UPSC 2021 for the students who stayed away from their final shot at civil services examinations in 2020 had been frequently in the news. Currently, the Supreme court had allowed students to submit a depiction before the Central government which is termed as ‘lenient view’ over this appeal. However, the court refused to send any directions to the central government for the same. The Court noted “We are not expressing any opinion regarding resolution,” .

1Q. What is the age limit for the IAS Exam?
A candidate belonging to the General category giving the UPSC prelims should not have completed 32 years as on 1st August of that year. Candidates belonging to other categories have relaxations to the upper age limit. The age limit for UPSC CSE is clearly mentioned in the official notification released by the conducting body. Candidates must carefully go through the same before applying for the exam.
2Q.How many attempts are there for the IAS exam?
A general category/EWS category candidate has 6 attempts in the UPSC IAS exam. OBC candidates have 9 attempts; SC/ST candidates have no bar on the number of attempts (they can take the exam until they reach the upper age limit). EWS category with benchmark disability have 9 attempts, general and OBC physically disabled candidates have 9 attempts. SC/ST physically disabled candidates have no bar on the number of attempts.
3Q. Is there any reservation for ex-servicemen in the UPSC exam?
Yes, ex-servicemen are given age relaxations of up to 5 years in the case of ECOs/SSCOs who have completed an initial period of assignment of 5 years Military Service.
4Q. Is there a minimum percentage required in graduation for IAS exam?
No. Candidates only have to be graduates from a recognised university. There is no minimum graduation percentage required for IAS eligibility.
5Q. What is the salary of an IAS officer?
The basic entry-level pay of an IAS officer is Rs. 56,100. Officers are given other benefits too like residences, official vehicles, etc.
6Q. What is the highest post an IAS officer can reach in his career?
The highest position an IAS officer can aspire to is the Cabinet Secretary of the country. Learn more about Civil Services Posts in the linked article.
7Q. Is there a lateral entry in the IAS?
There is a lateral recruitment scheme in civil services since 2018. The RTI revealed that the government tried to bring in 10 joint secretaries through lateral recruitment. Lateral entry refers to the induction of private sector specialists in government departments. (Source – India Today)
8Q. What is the IAS age limit for general category candidates?
The age limit for IAS exam for general category as specified in the official notification is Minimum Age for IAS Exam – 21 years Maximum Age for UPSC Exam – 32 years One must also remember that there are no relaxations for civil service age limit for general category.
9Q. Can a 30 year old take the UPSC exam?
As per the official notification, the UPSC civil services age limit generally varies between 21 and 32, however, there are upper age limit relaxations for specific categories. Thus, if a candidate has not exhausted their number of attempts, he/she can take the IAS exam at the age of 30 years.
10Q. What is the age limit for OBC in UPSC?
As per the official notification, the Civil Services age limit for UPSC is between 21 and 32 years of age. Age relaxation of 3 years is added to the civil service age limit for OBC, making the maximum age for UPSC 35 years for the OBC category.
11Q. Can a candidate who has exhausted his/her number of attempts but is eligible based on the UPSC IAS Exam age limit, apply for the civil services exam?
No, one must fulfil both the criteria of number of attempts and cut off age for IAS exams.
12Q. What is the age bar for UPSC?
The minimum age to take the UPSC exam is 21 years which is common for all candidates. There are variations in the upper age limit as relaxations are provided to candidates belonging to different categories. Upper UPSC Age Limit for general category – 32 years Upper UPSC Age Limit for OBC – 35 years Maximum age limit for IAS for SC/ST – 37 years
13Q. Are there any age relaxations in UPSC for female candidates?
No, there are no separate relaxations for female candidates. The UPSC age criteria are only dependent on the category.