Now that you know the basic structure of a UPSC exam, let’s have a look at the other important criteria. Candidates have to satisfy certain norms in different categories to be eligible for the exam.
UPSC Eligibility Norms
Candidates require eligibility in four categories: Age limit, nationality, number of attempts, and educational qualification.
The candidates must be 21 years of age as on August 1, 2019. The maximum age limit allotted is 32 years. The following table indicates the assigned age limits with caste reservations:
|Category||Relaxation of Rules||Maximum Age Limit|
|Other Backward Classes (OBC)||Up to 3 years||35|
|Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST)||Up to 5 years||37|
|Defense Service Personnel disabled during service||Up to 3 years||35|
|Ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least 5 years military service as on 1st August 2019 and have been released||Up to 5 years||37|
|Visually challenged/hearing impaired/physically challenged candidates||Up to 10 years||42|
The candidates should have the following nationality criteria.
For the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and the Indian Police Service (IPS),
For all the other services, the candidate must be:
The candidate must at least have a bachelor’s degree from a recognized University or possess an equivalent qualification.
The number of attempts by candidates for the IAS exam is shown below:
|Category||Number of Attempts|
|Physically Handicapped (General)||9|
|Physically Handicapped (OBC)||9|
|Physically Handicapped (SC/CT)||No restriction|
The UPSC admit cards, distributed three weeks before the exam date, can be downloaded from UPSC’s official website.
The results of the UPSC exam will be published on the official website which can be downloaded in PDF format. Candidates will have to search for the results using their roll no. from the Admit card.
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