IAS ELIGIBILITY

ELIGIBILITY CONDITIONS FOR THE IAS

  • EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
  • NUMBER OF ATTEMPTS
  • AGE LIMITS
  • RESTRICTIONS ON APPLYING
  • NATIONALITY OF CANDIDATES

A candidate applying for the IAS must meet the following eligibility conditions.

IAS ELIGIBILITY NOTE: PLEASE NOTE THAT THE UPSC ONLY VERIFIES THE CANDIDATURE (DOCUMENTS etc.) OF A CANDIDATE AFTER HE/SHE HAS CLEARED THE PRELIMINARY AND THE MAIN EXAMINATIONS. THE UPSC VERIFIES THE DOCUMENTS ONLY WHEN A CANDIDATE HAS QUALIFIED FOR INTERVIEW PROCESS.

Educational Qualifications

Q. What are the minimum educational qualifications necessary to appear for the Civil Services Examination for getting into the IAS?

A. A candidate who desires to appear for the Civil Services Examination for getting into the IAS must have a degree of any of the Universities incorporated by an Act of the Parliament of India or a State Legislature in India or other educational Institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be a Deemed University under Section-3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956, or possesses an equivalent qualification.

Q. Would candidates who possess professional and technical qualifications that are recognised by the Government of India as equivalent to a professional and technical degree, be eligible to appear for the Civil Services Examination for getting into the IAS? 

A. Yes, candidates who possess professional and technical qualifications that are recognised by the Government of India as equivalent to a professional and technical degree, would be eligible for appearing for the Civil Services Examination for getting into the IAS.

Q. Will 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 (Written) Examination, be permitted to appear for the Main (Written) Examination of the Civil Services for getting into the IAS? 

A. 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 filling up the Detailed Application Form for the Civil Services Main (Written) Examination, will be permitted to appear in the Main (Written) Examination provided they have submitted, along with their Detailed Application Form, a copy of a Certificate from the concerned Authority of the University/Institution that they have already passed the requisite final professional medical examination. In all such cases, the candidates will be required to produce, at the time of their Interview for the Personality Test, the original Degree or a Certificate from the concerned Competent Authority of the University/Institution that they have already completed all the requirements (including the completion of Internship) for the award of the Degree.

Q. Will a candidate who has appeared at an examination, the passing of which would render him/her educationally qualified for the Civil Services Examination, but who has not been informed of the result till the time of filling up the Application Form for the Preliminary Examination, be eligible to appear for the Civil Services Examination for getting into the IAS?

A. A candidate who has appeared at an examination, the passing of which would render him/her educationally qualified for the Civil Services Examination, but who has not been informed of the result till the filling up of the Application form for the Preliminary Examination, will be eligible to appear for the Preliminary Examination of the Civil Services Examination for getting into the IAS. However, he/she will have to produce the proof of having passed that examination when he/she fills up the Detailed Application Form for the Civil Services Main (Written) Examination. In case such candidates are unable to produce the proof of having passed that examination at the time of filling up the Detailed Application Form for the Main (Written) Examination, they will not be permitted to appear for the Main (Written) Examination for the Civil Services for getting into the IAS.

Q. Will a candidate who intends to appear at an examination, the passing of which would render him/her educationally qualified for the Civil Services Examination, be eligible to appear for the Civil Services Examination for getting into the IAS?

A. A candidate who intends to appear at an examination, the passing of which would render him/her educationally qualified for the Civil Services Examination, will be eligible to appear for the Preliminary Examination of the Civil Services Examination for getting into the IAS. However, he/she will have to produce the proof of having passed that examination when he/she fills up the Detailed Application Form for the Civil Services Main (Written) Examination. In case such candidates are unable to produce the proof of having passed that examination at the time of filling up the Detailed Application Form for the Main (Written) Examination, they will not be permitted to appear for the Main (Written) Examination for the Civil Services for getting into the IAS.

Q. Is it possible that the Union Public Service Commission may treat a candidate who does not possess any of the qualifications that have been mentioned above, as a candidate who is qualified to appear for the Civil Services Examination for getting into the IAS? 

A. In exceptional cases the Union Public Service Commission may treat a candidate who does not possess any of the qualifications that have been mentioned above, as a candidate qualified to appear for the Civil Services Examination for getting into the IAS, provided that the candidate concerned has passed some other examination conducted by Educational Institutions whose standard, in the opinion of the UPSC, is sufficiently high and justifies permitting the candidate to appear for the Civil Services Examination for getting into the IAS.

Number Of Attempts

Q. How many attempts are permitted to a candidate from the General Category for appearing for the Civil Services Examination for getting into the IAS?

A. A candidate of the General Category is permitted to make six attempts for the Civil Services Examination for getting into the IAS if he/she is otherwise eligible.

Q. How many attempts are permitted to a candidate from the SC/ST category for appearing for the Civil Services Examination for getting into the IAS?

A. A candidate of the SC/ST Category is permitted to make as many attempts as he/she wants for the Civil Services Examination for getting into the IAS, if he/she is otherwise eligible. This means that there is no restriction on the number of times a candidate from the SC/ST Category can attempt the examination.

Q. How many attempts are permitted to a candidate from the OBC category for appearing for the Civil Services Examination for getting into the IAS?

A. A candidate of the OBC Category is permitted to make nine attempts for the Civil Services Examination for getting into the IAS, if he/she is otherwise eligible. This means that an OBC candidate is permitted 3 attempts more than a candidate belonging to the General Category.

Q. How many attempts are permitted to a candidate from the Physically Disabled  Category (Blind, Hearing Impaired or Orthopedically handicapped) for appearing for the Civil Services Examination for getting into the IAS?

A. A candidate of the Physically Disabled (Blind, Hearing Impaired or Orthopedically handicapped) Category is permitted the following number of attempts for the Civil Services Examination for getting into the IAS, if he/she is otherwise eligible:

i) General Category Candidates – 9 attempts.

ii) OBC Category Candidates – 12 attempts

iii) SC/ST Category Candidates – No limit on the number of attempts.

Q. What is considered as ‘an attempt at the Civil Services Examination’?

A. If a candidate makes an attempt at writing a Preliminary Examination, it is deemed to be ‘an attempt at the Civil Services Examination’.

Q. If a candidate appears in only one paper of the Preliminary Examination of the Civil Services Examination for getting into the IAS,  will that also be counted as ‘an attempt at the Civil Services Examination’?

A. 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.

Q. Will it count as an attempt at the Civil Services Examination for getting into the IAS, if a candidate is disqualified or his/her candidature is cancelled?

A. Even if a candidate is disqualified or his/her candidature is cancelled, the fact that the candidate has appeared for the Preliminary Examination will count as one attempt.

Age Limits

Q. What is the minimum age at which a candidate can appear for the Civil Services Examination for getting into the IAS?

A. A candidate must be at least 21 years old before he/she can appear for the Civil Services Examination for getting into the IAS.

Q. What is the maximum age up to which a candidate from the General Category can appear for the Civil Services Examination for getting into the IAS?

A. A candidate belonging to the General Category must not be more than 32 years old when he/she appears for the Civil Services Examination for getting into the IAS.

Q. What is the maximum age up to which a candidate from the SC/ST Category can appear for the Civil Services Examination for getting into the IAS?

A. A candidate belonging to the SC/ST Category must not be more than 37 years old when he/she appears for the Civil Services Examination for getting into the IAS. This means that the upper age can be relaxed for a maximum period of 5 years for candidates belonging to the SC/ST Category.

Q. What is the maximum age up to which a candidate from the OBC Category can appear for the Civil Services Examination for getting into the IAS?

A. A candidate belonging to the OBC Category must not be more than 35 years old when he/she appears for the Civil Services Examination for getting into the IAS. This means that the upper age can be relaxed for a maximum period of 3 years for candidates belonging to the OBC Category.

Q. What is the maximum age up to which a candidate who had ordinarily been domiciled in Jammu & Kashmir during the period from 1st January 1980 to the 31st day of December 1989, appear for the Civil Services Examination for getting into the IAS?

A. A candidate who had ordinarily been domiciled in Jammu & Kashmir during the period from 1st January 1980 to the 31st day of December 1989 must not be more than 37 years old when he/she appears for the Civil Services Examination for getting into the IAS. This means that the upper age can be relaxed for a maximum period of 5 years for candidates belonging to the Category called

“Ordinarily been domiciled in Jammu & Kashmir during the period from 1st January 1980 to the 31st day of December 1989”.

Q. What is the maximum age up to which Defence Services Personnel, disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof, can appear for the Civil Services Examination for getting into the IAS?

A. Defence Services Personnel, disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof, must not be more than 35 years old when they appear for the Civil Services Examination for getting into the IAS. This means that the upper age can be relaxed for a maximum period of 3 years for Defence Services Personnel disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof.

Q. What is the maximum age up to which ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least five years Military Service and have been released either on completion of assignment, or on account of physical disability attributable to military service or on invalidment can appear for the Civil Services Examination for getting into the IAS?

A. Ex-Servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least five years Military Service and have been released either on completion of assignment, or on account of physical disability attributable to military service or on invalidment must not be more than 37 years old when they appear for the Civil Services Examination for getting into the IAS. This means that the upper age can be relaxed for a maximum period of 5 years for Ex-Servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least five years Military Service and have been released either on completion of assignment, or on account of physical disability attributable to military service or on invalidment.

Q. What is the maximum age up to which 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  appear for the Civil Services Examination for getting into the IAS?

A. 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, must not be more than 37 years old when they appear for the Civil Services Examination for getting into the IAS. This means that the upper age can be relaxed for a maximum period of 5 years for 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.

Q. What is the maximum age up to which candidates who are blind or Hearing Impaired or Orthopedically handicapped and who fall in the Physically Disabled Category can appear for the Civil Services Examination for getting into the IAS?

A. The upper age of candidates who are blind or Hearing Impaired or Orthopedically handicapped and who fall in the Physically Disabled Category can be relaxed up to a maximum of 10 years if they wish to appear for the Civil Services Examination for getting into the IAS. This would mean that

(i) a candidate from the General Category who suffers from any of these handicaps must not be more than 42 years old if he/she wishes to appear for this examination.

(ii) a candidate from the SC/ST Category who suffers from any of these handicaps must not be more than 47 years old if he/she wishes to appear for this examination.

(iii) a candidate from the OBC Category who suffers from any of these handicaps must not be more than 45 years old if he/she wishes to appear for this examination.

Q. What kind of age relaxation would be applicable for candidates belonging to the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes and the Other Backward Classes who also come under the category of Ex-servicemen, Persons Domiciled in the State of J & K, Blind, Hearing Impaired and Orthopedically handicapped etc.? 

A. Candidates belonging to the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes and the Other Backward Classes who also come under the category of Ex-servicemen, Persons Domiciled in the State of J & K, Blind, Hearing Impaired and Orthopedically handicapped etc. will be eligible for grant of cumulative age-relaxation under both the categories.

 Q. Will the concessions regarding age relaxation be admissible to Ex-Servicemen and Commissioned Officers including ECOs/SSCOs, who are released from the Defence Services on their own request?

A. No. The concessions regarding age relaxation will not be admissible to Ex-Servicemen and Commissioned Officers including ECOs/SSCOs, who are released from the Defence Services on their own request?

Q. Will a candidate falling under the category of Physically Disabled person (who is either blind, or hearing impaired or orthopedically handicapped) be eligible for appointment only on the basis of a Certificate given by a Competent Authority certifying about the physical impairment that the candidate is suffering from?

A. No. A Physically Disabled candidate (who is either blind, or hearing impaired or orthopedically handicapped) will have to undergo a physical examination that the Government or the Appointing Authority has prescribed and should satisfy the requirements of physical and medical standards for the concerned Services/Posts that he/she has applied for before he/she can be considered to be eligible for appointment.

Q. Which documents does the UPSC consider as adequate proof of age and date of birth?

A. The UPSC considers the date of birth entered at the following places as adequate proof of age and date of birth:

(i) The date of birth entered in the Matriculation or the Secondary School Leaving Certificate; or

(ii) The date of birth entered in a certificate recognised by an Indian University as equivalent to Matriculation; or

(iii) An extract from a Register of Matriculates maintained by a University showing the date of birth entered in that Register. The extract must be certified by the proper Authority of the University; or

(iv) The date of birth entered in the Higher Secondary or an equivalent examination certificate.

Q. Does the UPSC consider any other document like a horoscope or an extract from the Municipal records etc. as adequate proof of age and date of birth?

A. No. The UPSC does not accept any other document except those mentioned above as adequate proof of age and date of birth.

Restrictions On Applying

Q. What are the restrictions on candidates applying for the Examination? 

A. The following restrictions are applicable on candidates:

1. (i) If a candidate was appointed to the IAS or the IFS on the basis of the results of an earlier examination, and continues to be a member of that service, then he/she is not eligible to compete again at this examination.

b. If a candidate was appointed to the IAS/IFS after the Preliminary Examination for that year is over, and he/she continues to be a member of that service, then the candidate shall not be permitted to appear in the Main Examination of that year.

c. If a candidate is appointed to IAS/IFS after the commencement of the Main Examination for that year, but before the results of the Main examination are announced, and continues to be a member of that service, he/she shall not be appointed to any service/post on the basis of the result of the examination for that year.

ii. If a candidate is appointed to the IPS on the basis of the results of an earlier examination, and continues to be a member of that service, then he/she will not be eligible to opt for the IPS in the Civil Services Examination to be held during the subsequent year.

Nationality OF the CANDIDATES applying

Q. What should be the nationality of the candidates who desire to be selected for the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and/or the Indian Police Service (IPS)?

A. A candidate who desires to be selected for the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and/or the Indian Police Service must be a citizen of India.

Q. What should be the nationality of the candidates who desire to be selected for the other Central Services?

A. For the other Central 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.

Q. Can any person who falls in the categories mentioned at (b), (c), (d) and (e) above be selected for the Central Services through the Civil Services Examination?

A. No. Only those candidates from categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) can be selected for the Central Services through the Civil Services Examination in whose favour a Certificate of Eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.

Q. Can a person from categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) above who has not been granted the Certificate of Eligibility by the Government of India appear for the Civil Services Examination for getting into the Central Services?

A. A person from categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) above, in whose case a Certificate of Eligibility is necessary, but has not been granted by the Government of India, may be permitted to fill the form for appearing at the Preliminary and the Main Examinations of the Civil Services for getting into the Central Services. However, the offer of appointment will be given to such person only after the necessary Eligibility Certificate has been issued to him/her by the Government of India.

Q. Can candidates from categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) above appear for the Civil Services Examination for getting into the Indian Foreign Service (IFS)?

A. No. Candidates belonging to categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) above are not eligible for appointment to the Indian Foreign Service (IFS).

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