Age Criteria for UPSC: Age Limit for UPSC Civil Services Exam

Union Public Service Commission is the authorized central agency to release the eligibility details such as UPSC age limit or IAS age limit for the UPSC IAS exam.

UPSC publicizes the notification for Indian Civil Services Examination.

As said by UPSC, the registrations for Civil Services Exam begin from the month of February and the Prelims is commenced in June.

The applicants who yearn for the UPSC Indian civil service examination must confirm the UPSC Age Limit, before taking part in the UPSC exam.

Each year UPSC organizes Civil Service examination to choose some suitable applicants for numerous managerial services.

UPSC administers the age limits for candidates on the basis of category.

For each category, there is a different age limit.

UPSC Pattern 2019 


UPSC Examination is held for the recruitment of leading IAS, IPS and other Group A officers. The recruitment process is in the progress through the year in three phases.

Stage 1: Preliminary exam has appeared under the management of UPSC in May/June. It is an objective type question paper with two papers – one is General Studies, and the other is CSAT for 400 marks (200 marks each).

Note – Marks are removed for incorrect answers (1/3rd for every wrong answer), and CSAT paper is qualifying in nature (66.7 marks needed for qualifying).

Stage 2: UPSC Civil Services Mains Exam involves 9 papers which are of descriptive type. There are 4 General Studies Essays and 2 Optional Papers contained within for merit. English and Language papers are qualifying in nature. Mains exam is frequently organized in the month of October/November.

Stage 3: Those applicants who attend the Mains exam will be considered for the Interview. On the basis of Mains and Interview score, applicants are suggested by UPSC. UPSC put out the final recommended list in May/June.

Age Limit for UPSC Civil Services Exam/UPSC upper age limit 2019 


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
Defense 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

Lower Age Criteria 


For each category, the lower age limit for students participating in the UPSC examination is 21 years. Age limit is estimated on August 1.