Eligibility for IAS Exam


Whoever is the candidates applying for the IAS examination should make sure that they have fulfilled all the eligibility conditions for admission to examination.


The candidate must hold a degree of any of Universities which is formed by an Act of the Central or the State Legislature of India or any other educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be considered as a University under Section-3 of the University certified by the Commission Act.


The admission to all the stages of the examination will be purely temporary subject to satisfying the prescribed eligibility conditions. Mere issue of admission certificate to the candidate will not imply that his/ her candidature has been finally cleared by the Commission. Commission take up verification of eligibility conditions with reference to original documents only after the candidate has qualified for Interview/ Personality Test


1) Candidates who have appeared or indicate to appear for the qualifying examination and are awaiting results are also eligible to appear for the Preliminary Examination. All such candidates who qualify to appear for the Civil Services Main Examination must create the proof of having passed the examination along with their application for the Main Examination.


2) Incas the candidates does not have the degree but have done the courses, which is equivalent to degree, The UPSC in exceptional cases treat a candidate indispensable qualification as an eligible candidate and the standard of which justifies his / her admission in the opinion of the Commission.


3) Candidates with professional and technical qualifications recognised by the Government as equivalent to professional and technical degrees.


Candidates who have passed the final year of MBBS or in any Medical Examination but they are yet to complete the internship can also appear for the Main Examination. However, the candidates are required to submit the a certificate from the concerned authority of the university/ institution which they have passed the final professional medical examination, along with their Main Examination application.. At the Interview stage they must create a certificate from a competent authority that they have completed internship all the requirements for the award of the Medical Degree.


Restrictions on applying for the examination:


A candidate who are already appointed to the Indian examination and is already a member of the IAS/IFS Indian commission are not eligible toappearthe preliminary Examination of Civil Services Main Examination again. The candidates who continues to be a member of that service, he/she shall not be eligible to appear in the Civil Services (Main) Examination.


Also, if a candidate is appointed to IAS/IFS after the beginning of the Civil Services (Main) Examination, but before the result and therefore continues to be a member of that service, the candidates shall not be considered for appointment to any service/post on the basis of the result of the candidate’s examination.



Eligibility for IAS Exams:


(i) Nationality:


1) A candidate must be a citizen of India, for the (IAS) Indian Administrative Service and the (IAS) Indian Police Service.


2) For other services Eligibility, a candidate must be:


a) a citizen of India,


b) a subject of Nepal, and also Provided that a candidates shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.


c) a subject of Bhutan, and Provided that a candidate belonging to categories above (b)


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


f) Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the government of India.


g) Provided further that candidates belonging to categories (b), (c) and (d) above will not be eligible for appointment to the Indian Foreign Service.

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 eligibility certificate has been issued to candidates by the Government of India.


(ii) Age Limits:


a) A candidate must be age of 21 years and after the age of 31 years candidates is not eligible.


b) The upper age limit prescribed above will be relax able :


i) A candidate belongs to a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe are eligible to appear this exam till the age of 35 years.


ii) A candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes are eligible to avail for this exam at the age of 33 years.


iii) Up to a maximum of five years if a candidate had ordinarily been domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period from the 1st January, 1980 to the 31st day of December, 1989.


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.


i) 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, 2012 and have been released .


a) on completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due to be completed within one year from 1st August, 2012) 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 invalid meant.


i) Upton a maximum of five years in the case of ECOs/SSCOs who have completed an initial period of assignment of five years Military Service as on 1st August, 2012 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.


ii) Up to a maximum of 10 years in the case of blind, deaf - mute andorthopedically handicapped persons.


UPSC not to relax upper age limit


Candidates belonging to the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes and the Other Backward Classes who are also covered under any other clauses of para 3(ii) (b) above, coming under the category of Ex-servicemen, persons domiciled in the State of J & K, blind, deaf-mute and orthopedically handicapped etc. will be eligible for grant of cumulative age-relaxation under both the categories.


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.


The age concession under para 3(ii) (b) (v) and (VI) will not be admissible to Ex-servicemen and Commissioned Officers including ECOs/SSCOs who are released on own request.


Notwithstanding the provision of age-relaxation under para 3 (ii) (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.


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