Eligibility for UPSC

Eligibility for UPSC Civil Services Examination

Eligibility for UPSC

The Indian Administrative Service recruits candidates through the UPSC Civil Services Examination held annually. The notification for this examination will be published on the UPSC Website on 19th February 2019. Aspirants should satisfy themselves of their eligibility for the UPSC Exam before applying to avoid disappointments and the last minute rush to gather documents for clearing eligibility conditions. The following are the eligibility conditions in brief:

Nationality:
For IAS and IPS, Indian citizenship is a must and for other services, Indian citizenship, or
● Tibetan Refugee Status (moved to India permanently before 1 January 1962) or
● Being a subject or either Nepal or Bhutan or
● Being a migrant of Indian Origin from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Uganda, The United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Zaire or Vietnam who is permanently settled in India is essential.
● A certificate of eligibility issued by the Government of India is required to be presented by all non-Indian citizens who get selected for any of the All India Services through the exam, before being recruited into the service.

Education:
At least a Bachelor’s Degree or Equivalent from a recognized university.

Age Limits:
Minimum 21 years of age to 32 years of age for General category candidates.
Upper age limit is relaxed for SC (5 Years), ST (5 years), OBC (3 years), Ex-Servicemen (Disabled in service – 3 years, with at least 5 years of service – 5 years), Serving ECO/SSCO in the armed forces with at least 5 years of service (5 Years) and Disabled candidates(up to 10 years based on disability) .

The UPSC Exam is conducted in three stages which are:
● Civil Services (prelims) – 2 objective type papers
● Civil services (Mains) – 9 descriptive type papers
● Personality Test – Panel Interview

Aspirants would be invited to apply for the successive stages of the examination only if they clear the previous stage of the examination.

Candidates who fulfill the IAS Eligibility criteria can apply for all the All India Services, while others can apply for the services other than IAS and IPS. This is an important point to keep in mind especially for first-time applicants as having citizenship documents like PAN, Passport or Adhaar updated or corrected takes time and should be done well in advance.

Please go through the UPSC Notification for more details on 19th February 2019. For tips and tricks on UPSC Preparation, check out BYJU’S Youtube Channel: https://youtu.be/b0AOlfYI8eo

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