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Eligibility

GS Mentors strives to impart the accurate information. However, we always recommend aspirants to clarify your queries regarding IAS/IPS exam eligibility from the official UPSC Civil Services Exam notification.

IAS Exam eligibility as per the latest notification of UPSC (Union Public Services Commission) are discussed as under:

The candidate must hold a degree of any of 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 deemed as a Government strives to have a workforce which reflects gender balance and women candidates are encouraged to apply. University Under Section-3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956, or possess anequivalent qualification.

Every candidate appearing at the examination, who is otherwise eligible, shall be permitted six attempts at the examination:

Provided that this restriction on the number of attempts will not apply in the case of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes candidates who are otherwise eligible :

Provided further that the number of attempts permissible to candidates belonging to Other

Backward Classes, who are otherwise eligible, shall be nine. The relaxation will be available to thecandidates who are eligible to avail of reservation applicable to such candidates :

Provided further that candidates of Persons with Benchmark Disability will get as many attempts as are available to other candidates who do not belong to Persons with Benchmark Disability of his or her community, subject to the condition that a candidate of Persons with Benchmark Disability belonging to the General Category shall be eligible for nine attempts.Necessary action to make corresponding changes in respective Rules/regulations pertaining to various services is being taken separately. The relaxation will be available to the candidates of

Persons with Benchmark Disability who are eligible to avail of reservation applicable to such candidates.

Note :—

  • I. Nationality

    • (1) For the Indian Administrative Service, the Indian Foreign Service and the Indian Police Service,a candidate must be a citizen of India.
    • (2) For other services, a candidate must be either:—
    • (a) a citizen of India, or
    • (b) a subject of Nepal, or
    • (c) a subject of Bhutan, or
    • (d) a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
    • (e) 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 (b), (c), (d) and (e) shall be a person in whosefavor 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.
  • II. Age Limits

    • (a) A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of32 years on the 1st of August, 2019 i.e., he must have been born not earlier than 2nd August,1987 and not later than 1st August, 1998. Necessary action to make corresponding changes inrespective Rules/Regulations pertaining to various services is being taken separately.
    • (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 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;
      • (iv) 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 as on 1st August,2019 and have been released;
        • (a) on completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due to becompleted within one year from 1st August, 2019 otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency; or
        • (b) on account of physical disability attributable to Military Service; or
        • (c) on invalidment.
      • (v) 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, 2019 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.
      • (vi) up to a maximum of 10 years in the case of
        • (a) blindness and low vision;
        • (b) deaf and hardof hearing;
        • (c) locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy;
        • (d) autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability andmental illness; and
        • (e) multiple disabilities from amongst persons under clauses (a) to (d)including deaf-blindness.
      • (vii) up to a maximum of five years if a candidate had ordinarily been domiciled in the State of Jammu and Kashmir during the period from the 1st day of January, 1980 to the 31st day of December, 1989
  • III. Minimum Educational Qualifications:

    Form-I of the Civil Services (Main) Examination.

    • Note I:—Candidates who have appeared at an examination the passing of which would render them educationally qualified for the Commission’s examination but have not been informed of the result as also the candidates who intend to appear at such a qualifying examination will also beeligible for admission to the Preliminary Examination. All candidates who are declared qualified by the Commission for taking the Civil Services(Main) Examination will be required to produce proof of passing the requisite examination alongwith their application (i.e. Detailed Application Form-I) for the Main Examination, failing which such candidates will not be admitted to the Main Examination. Such proof of passing the requisite examination should be dated earlier than the due date (closing date) of Detailed Application
    • Note II: In exceptional cases the Union Public Service Commission may treat a candidate who doesnot have any of the foregoing qualifications as a qualified candidate provided that he/she has passed examination conducted by the other Institutions, the standard of which in the opinion ofthe Commission justifies his/her admission to the examination.
    • Note III: Candidates possessing professional and technical qualifications which are recognised by the Government as equivalent to professional and technical degree would also be eligible foradmission to the examination.
    • Note IV: Candidates who have passed the final professional M.B.B.S. or any other Medical Examination but have not completed their internship by the time of submission of their applications for the Civil Services (Main) Examination, will be provisionally admitted to the Examination provided they submit along with their application a copy of certificate from the concerned authority of the University/Institution that they had passed the requisite final professional medical examination. In such cases, the candidates will be required to produce at the time of their interview original Degree or a certificate from the concerned competent authority ofthe University/Institution that they had completed all requirements (including completion ofinternship) for the award of the Degree
  • IV. Number of attempts:

  • (I) An attempt at a Preliminary Examination shall be deemed to be an attempt at the Civil Services Examination.
  • (II) If a candidate actually appears in any one paper in the Preliminary Examination, he/she shall be deemed to have made an attempt at the Examination.
  • (III) Not with standing the disqualification/cancellation of candidature, the fact of appearance of the candidate at the examination will count as an attempt.
  • (IV) Restrictions on applying for the examination:
    • (a) A candidate who is appointed to the Indian Administrative Service or the Indian Foreign Service 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. In case such a candidate is appointed to the IAS/IFSafter the Preliminary Examination of Civil Services Examination, 2019 is over and he/she continues to be a member of that service, he/she shall not be eligible to appear in the CivilServices (Main) Examination, 2019 not with standing his/her having qualified in the Preliminary Examination, 2019.

      Also provided that if such a candidate is appointed to IAS/IFS after the commencement of the Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2019 but before the result there of and continues to be amember of that service, he/she shall not be considered for appointment to any service/post on the basis of the result of this examination viz. Civil Services Examination, 2019.

    • (b) A candidate who is appointed to the Indian Police Service on the results of an earlier examination and continues to be a member of that service will not be eligible to opt for the Indian Police Service in Civil Services Examination, 2019.
  • (V) Physical Standards: Candidates must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to Civil Services Examination, 2019 as per guidelines given in Appendix-III of Rules for Examination published in the Gazette of India Extraordinary dated 19th February, 2019.

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Age and Attempts

  • The number of attempts for IAS exam: General Category: 6 attempts till 32 years of age.
  • The number of attempts for IAS exam: OBC: 9 attempts till 35 years of age.
  • The number of attempts for IAS exam: SC/ST: unlimited attempts till 37 years of age.

NB: Physically Handicapped /disabled candidates belonging to General category will get the benefit of 9 attempts till the age prescribed by UPSC – 42 years

How are attempts for Civil Service Exam calculated?

If you appear for any of the papers of the Civil Services Preliminary Exam, your attempt is counted. If you filled up the UPSC application form but didn’t go to take the Preliminary Exam, your attempt will NOT BE COUNTED.

Cut Off

Cut-off marks in different years hide
Year Prelims Main

(out of 1750)

Total

(out of 2025)

Ref.
Category Marks Total Marks Category Marks Category Marks
2013 General 241 400 General 564 General 775
OBC 222 OBC 534 OBC 742
SC 207 SC 518 SC 719
ST 201 ST 510 ST 707
PH-1 199 H-1 510 PH-1 725
PH-2 184 PH-2 502 PH-2 718
PH-3 163 PH-3 410 PH-3 613
2014 General 205 385 General 678 General 889
OBC 204 OBC 631 OBC 844
SC 182 SC 631 SC 830
ST 174 ST 619 ST 811
PH-1 167 PH-1 609 PH-1 816
PH-2 113 PH-2 575 PH-2 778
PH-3 115 PH-3 449 PH-3 713
2015 General 107.34 200 General 676 General 877
OBC 106 OBC 630 OBC 834
SC 94 SC 622 SC 810
ST 91.34 ST 617 ST 801
PH-1 90.66 PH-1 580 PH-1 802
PH-2 76.66 PH-2 627 PH-2 830
PH-3 40.00 PH-3 504 PH-3 697
2016 General 116 200 General 787 General 988
OBC 110.66 OBC 745 OBC 951
SC 99.34 SC 739 SC 937
ST 96 ST 730 ST 920
PH-1 75.34 PH-1 713 PH-1 927
PH-2 72.66 PH-2 740 PH-2 951
PH-3 40 PH-3 545 PH-3 817
2017 General 105.34 200 General 809 General 1006
OBC 102.66 OBC 770 OBC 968
SC 88.66 SC 756 SC 944
ST 88.66 ST 749 ST 939
PH-1 88.88 PH-1 734 PH-1 923
PH-2 61.34 PH-2 745 PH-2 948
PH-3 40 PH-3 578 PH-3 830
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