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The UPSC 2023 Notification was out on 1st February 2023. The interested candidates who want to apply this year, can check the eligibility criteria in this article. The UPSC CSE eligibility criteria 2023 are based on nationality, age limit, educational qualification, number of attempts, and medical standards. As per the UPSC age limit, candidates between the age group of 21 to 32 years with a graduation degree are eligible to apply for the UPSC IAS exam.
UPSC IAS eligibility criteria 2023 – Overview
Union Public Service Commission Civil Services Examination 2023
Union Public Service Commission
UPSC Eligibility 2023
Nationality – Indian
Age limit – 21 years to 32 years
Educational Qualification – Graduation
Number of attempts
General/ EWS – 6
OBC/ General (PwD) – 9
SC/ ST – No limit (can apply till upper age limit is reached)
The various academic requirements as per the IAS Eligibility Criteria are given below:
- Minimum qualification for UPSC exam: The candidate must hold a degree from Government recognized Universities or possess an equivalent qualification.
- Candidates who are in their final year or awaiting results are also eligible to appear for UPSC preliminary Examination. All such candidates who are likely to appear for IAS exams must produce proof of having passed the said examination along with the application for the main IAS examination.
- Candidates having professional and technical qualifications recognized by the Government as equivalent to professional and technical degrees.
- Medical students who have passed the final year of MBBS, but are yet to complete their internship also have eligibility for IAS. Although, along with the Main Examination application, a certificate of course completion (including internship) from the concerned authority of the University/Institution has to be submitted.
Age Relaxation & Number of Attempts
(Civil Services Age limit relaxations, as discussed below, will apply).
|UPSC Exam Age Limit for General, SC/ST, OBC & Other categories|
|Category||UPSC Age Limit- Upper Relaxation||Number of Attempts|
|SC/ST||37||Unlimited (Up to age limit)|
|Disabled Defence Services Personnel||35||9|
Benchmark Disability – EWS (Economically Weaker Section)
For IAS and IPS:
- Candidate must be a citizen of India
All other Services:
- Candidate must be either:-
- A citizen of India, or
- A subject of Nepal, or
- A subject of Bhutan, or
- A Tibetan refugee who came to India before 1st January 1962 intending to settle in India permanently, or
- A person of Indian origin (PIO) who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Ethiopia, Zaire and Vietnam intending to settle in India permanently.
- The candidates belonging to categories (2), (3), (4) and (5) should furnish a certificate of eligibility issued by the Government of India. Such candidates may take the exam before getting the said certificate of eligibility, but he/she would get the offer of appointment only after the Government of India has issued the certificate.
- Point to Note: A person belonging to categories (2), (3) and (4) are not eligible for appointment to the Indian Foreign Service (IFS).
Applicants appearing for the UPSC IAS exam must be physically fit and have a sound mind. After the UPSC CSE personality test selected applicants undergo several medical tests at the medical center notified by the UPSC. Candidates must pass all the medical tests to get admitted to any of the services.
Note: For more details on the medical requirements for the UPSC CSE exam read the UPSC IAS eligibility criteria in the official UPSC IAS notification 2023.
Who are not eligible to apply for UPSC Civil Services 2023
According to the IAS eligibility criteria 2023, applicants who are serving in the Indian Administrative Services (IAS)/ Indian Foreign Services (IFS)/ Indian Police Services (IPS) can not appear for the UPSC IAS 2023 exam unless and until they resign from their current deputation.
Q1. What type of questions are asked in UPSC exam?
Ans: There will be GK questions and subject based questions
Q2. How eligibility of age is calculated?
Ans: It is calculated on the basis of cutoff date as per the notification
Q3. Are there only four UPSC attempts?
Ans: The General Category can attempt the UPSC Exam only six times, meanwhile for other categories it is nine.