UPSC Age Limit ,UPSC Eligibility & Full Details-Latest Updated

1-UPSC Age Limit-

UPSC Age Limit-UPSC which is Union Public Service Commission conduct exam for various group A services and Civil Services exam is one of them. There are lakhs of aspirants who apply for this exam every year and some hundreds of them finally get selected for various posts under differents departments.

The biggest questions is the UPSC age limit for CSE exam, as many aspirants disqualify year to year due to the age barrier of UPSC exam. So today I will tell you the complete details about UPSC age limit and other qualifications.

UPSC exam is one of the toughest exam in terms of competition in India, so people study hard to crack this exam but there are some aspirants who study hard for years and sudden the commission change the UPSC age limit and the all hard work get wasted.

So it is highly recommended to get updated with the latest eligibility criteria of UPSC CSE exam , UPSC age limit details and other required information.

2-Why UPSC Age Limit-

There are many questions about the UPSC age limit as many expert believe that UPSC age limit should be decreased and some say there should be no UPSC age limit.

There are Baswan Committee recommendations which strongly say that UPSC age limit should be reduced  for general category and relatively for other category aspirants.

But the basic reason for the discussion for the upsc age limit is to select the best mind from the country into the elite service . UPSC wants young minds in the service so they can think about reducing the higher upsc age limit to lower.

The other reason for the fixing age limit for UPSC exam is to filter non-serious aspirants to write this exam because they only increase government resources in managing the examination process.

If the Commission does not fix UPSC age limit for civil services exam, it will be very difficult to conduct exam in very transparent manner because the number of UPSC aspirants will increase from 1.5 million to much higher number.

3-Current UPSC Age Limit-

UPSC makes changes in its civil services examination eligibility criteria and the last change was made 3-4 year before in UPSC syllabus when UPSC changes Prelims Paper-2 into CSAT and its marks made only for qualifying in nature. Before that both prelims papers marks were counted for prelims merit and science background aspirants used to perform better.

This step was welcomed by humanities subject aspirants, because CSAT has reduced the importance of maths, english , reasoning types of subject.

Change In UPSC Age Limit-

UPSC has also changed its previous age limit criteria , they have increased it now. Here are the complete facts about the UPSC age limit for current examination for all the category.

CategoryMini-UPSC Age LimitMax-UPSC Age LimitNo. of AttemptQualification
Genaral21 years32 years06Degree From University.
SC/ST21 years32+5 years No limit.Degree From University.
OBC21 years32+3 years06+3 =9Degree From University.
ex-service man with 5 years minimum service.21 yearsG-37,OBC-40,SC/ST-42.Based on Category (mentioned above)Degree From University.
Handicaps, Blind etc.21 years32+10 YearsGen & OBC ( 9 attempts )Degree From University.
j&K resident.21 yearsG-37, OBC-40.ST/SC-42, PH-50 yearsTill the age limit.Degree From University.
Dis-abled service man.21 yearsG-37,ST/SC-40. OBC-38 years,Based on the category ( mentioned above )Degree From University.

(a) A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 32 years .
(b) The upper age-limit prescribed above will be relaxable: (i) up to a maximum of five years if a candidate belongs to a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe;
(ii) up to a maximum of three years in the case of candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes who are eligible to avail of reservation applicable to such candidates;
(iii) up to a maximum of five years if a candidate had ordinarily been domiciled in the State of Jammu and Kashmir.
(iv) up to a maximum of three years in the case of Defence Services Personnel, disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof; (v) up to a maximum of five years in the case of ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least five years Military Service.

(a) on completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due to be completed within one year otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency. (b) on account of physical disability attributable to Military Service; or( c) on invalidment.

(vi) 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 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. (vii) up to a maximum of 10 years in the case of blind, Hearing Impaired and Orthopaedically handicapped persons.

Note I:—Candidates belonging to the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes and the Other Backward Classes who are also covered under any other clauses of Rule 6(b) above, viz. those coming under the category of Ex-servicemen, persons domiciled in the State of J & K, blind, Hearing Impaired and orthopaedically handicapped etc. will be eligible for grant of cumulative age-relaxation under both the 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 Rule 6(b)(v) and (vi) will not be admissible to Ex-servicemen and Commissioned Officers including ECOs/SSCOs, who are released on own request.

Note IV:—Notwithstanding the provision of age relaxation under Rule 6 (b)(vii) above, a physically disabled candidate will be considered to be eligible for appointment only if he/she (after such physical examination as the Government or appointing authority, as the case may be, may prescribe) is found to satisfy the requirements of physical and medical standards for the concerned Services/Posts to be allocated to the physically disabled candidates by the Government.

Save as provided above, the age-limits prescribed can in no case be relaxed. 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 or an equivalent examination certificate.

These certificates are required to be submitted 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.

The expression Matriculation/Higher Secondary Examination Certificate in this part of the Instruction include the alternative certificates mentioned above.

Note 1:—Candidate should note that only the date of birth as recorded in the Matriculation/Secondary Examination certificate or an equivalent certificate on 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 2:—Candidates should also note that once a date of birth has been claimed by them 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.

Note 3:- The candidate should exercise due care while entering their date of birth in the online Application Form for the Preliminary Examination. If on verification at any subsequent stage, any variation is found in their date of birth from the one entered in their matriculation or equivalent Examination certificate, disciplinary action will be taken against them by the Commission under the Rules. ( above mentioned facts are based on UPSC notification 2017 ). You can get latest Exam notification from Here- UPSC Notification

By seeing the above, it is very clear that there is ample time for UPSC exam preparation and sufficient number of attempts but this criteria can change anytime as government is planning to implement Baswan committee. There are news comes every year about this change so keep it in your mind too and plan accordingly.

4-Eligibility Other Than UPSC Age Limit-

There are some other eligibility criteria for UPSC exam which must be full-filled by every aspirants before applying for UPSC CSE exam. Here are the details.

UPSC Exam Eligibility


All India Services (IAS and IPS)- For all india services , a candidate must be citizen of India so other’s are not eligible for these posts.

Other Services (IRS, IAAS, IRTS etc)- For other services than IAS ,IPS, The candidate must be the candidate must be-

1.  a citizen of India,

2.  a subject of Nepal,

3.  a Subject of Bhutan,

4.  a Tibetan refugee, who came over to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India,

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 or Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

Note 1: Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (2), (3), (4) and (5) shall be a person in whose favour the Government of India has issued a certificate of eligibility.

Note 2: Further, candidates belonging to categories (2), (3) and (4) above will not be eligible for appointment to the Indian Foreign Service.

Note 3: A Aspirants 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.

If you fulfill all the mentioned eligibility criteria for this exam , then only you will be called eligible for this exam. This the complete details of basic and required eligibility criteria for UPSC CSE exam based on the UPSC official information published every year before UPSC Prelims exam in its notification.

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