About UPSC Exam: Eligibility, Age limit, Qualification & Other Details

UPSC Exam Eligibility 


  • Students aimed at IAS, IFS and IPS, must be a native of India.
  • Students aimed at IRS and other services must be from India, Bhutan or Nepal.
  • The students who have taken their place in India roaming from Tibet before 1st January 1962 will be accepted for UPSC Exam.
  • The UPSC exam process is applicable to those having a birthplace of India and come from Pakistan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia or Vietnam to find their place in India.

UPSC Education Qualification 


  • There is no certain perimeter for marks through which aspirants become eligible but a graduate degree.
  • They might be bearing a degree from a Central, State or Deemed University
  • A degree collected by means of correspondence or distance education is valid
  • A degree collected from an open university is approached by Commission.
  • A degree/qualification which is accepted by the Govt. of India as being equivalent to one of the above
  • Applicants who are completing their final education or in last year will be taken in to account.

UPSC Age limit 


Age Limit for UPSC 


Category Relaxation Upper Age Limit
General No relaxation 32
Scheduled caste/scheduled tribe (SC/ST) Up to 5 years 37
Other Backward Classes (OBC) Up to 3 years 35
Defence Service Personnel disabled during service Up to 3 years 35
J&K domicile between 1st January 1980 and 31st December 1989 Up to 5 years 37
Ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least 5 years military service as on 1st August 2017 and have been released * Up to 5 years 37
Visually challenged/hearing impaired/physically challenged candidates Up to 10 years 42

No of Attempts for UPSC 


Category No. of Attempts Allowed
 General 6 attempts
OBC (Non-creamy Layer) 9 attempts
SC/ST Up to 37 years (No limit).
Physically Handicapped (General) 9 attempts

The open category candidates can go for UPSC exam can go for six times, and nine times are applicable for OBC candidates. There is no perimeter assigned for the endeavours to enforce on SC, ST candidates.

  • General category candidates: 6
  • OBC category candidates = 7
  • Physically Handicapped = 9
  • SC/ST Candidates = unlimited

Proof of Date of Birth to attempt UPSC 


Proof of Date of Birth to attempt UPSC Exam

UPSC will acknowledge the date of birth to be specified in the 10+2 class (Matriculation or Secondary School) Leaving Certificate or in a certificate issued by an Indian University equal to Matriculation which is the final degree collected by students or at the order of Register of Matriculates maintained by a University or an equivalent exam certificate.

Aspirants need to produce the proof of birth while taking on Civil Service Mains.

The document which is not recognized by UPSC as Date of Birth Certificate (birth Proof)

  1. Affidavits
  2. Horoscopes
  3. Birth extracts from Municipal Corporation etc.
·       For Scheduled Caste (SC) or Scheduled Tribe (ST) Exam Fee is Zero. (No Fee. Its

·       For Female or Physically Handicapped (PH) aspirants UPSC Exam Fees is free

·       Those not coming from any of the categories will need to submit RS.100 as UPSC Exam Fees.

Payment mode of Exam

  • The fee can be paid by cash from any branch of SBI.
  • Aspirants can also use the internet banking or by using Visa/Master Credit/Debit Card.
  • After the taking of fees, it will not be given back.
  • After being eligible for the UPSC CSE Main, you will require submitting the fee which is accepted as RS. 200.