UPSC Eligibility 2019 : Nationality, Education, Age, Numbers of attempts 

Union Public Service Commission holds Civil Services exams so that they can select the students for the numerous posts in Civil Services of the Government of India, including the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Revenue Service (IRS). The examination conducted by UPSC is the most competitive across India.

There are usually 11,00,000 aspirants applying for the civil services examination. It is directed in two segments, a preliminary examination is made up of two objective-type papers (general studies and aptitude test), and the main examination comprising nine papers of conventional (essay) type afterward a personality test (interview).

Eligibility Criteria 

Aspirants will have to meet some of the eligibility parameters for the UPSC Civil Services Examination. Those who have not been able to come up with the given parameter will not be going for the application process and other rounds of examination.


  • For the Indian Administrative Service, the Indian Foreign Service, and the Indian Police Service, an entrant should be a national of India.
  • For the Indian Revenue Service, an entrant should be of the following:
  • A citizen of India
  • Aspirants who are Indian and has traveled from Pakistan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia or Vietnam with the purpose of forever living in India
  • For other services, a contender should be of the following:
  • A citizen of India
  • A citizen of Nepal or a subject of Bhutan
  • The aspirant who is Indian has traveled from Pakistan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia or Vietnam with the object of lastingly residing in India


  • The aspirants need to possess at least one educational qualifications:
  • A degree from a Central, State or Deemed University.
  • A degree received through correspondence or distance education
  • A degree from an open university.
  • A qualification recognized by the Government of India corresponding to the mentioned above.

The entrants mentioned below are also suitable, then they will require producing evidence of eligibility from an experienced expert at institute/university during the main examination, and those who are not capable of meeting above criteria will not be given admission.

  • Entrants participating in an examination, qualifying which they become suitable enough for getting included into the eligibility category.
  • Contenders clearing the final exam of the MBBS but have not finished their internship
  • Contenders who have cleared their final exam of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), ICSI and ICWAI
  • A degree from a private university
  • A degree from any foreign university established by the Association of Indian Universities


  • A contender will need to acquire the age of 21 and make sure that they are not completing their 32 years on August 1 at the time of examination.
  • Given parameters on age differs background reservations. For other backward, the maximum age limit is 35, and for scheduled categories and scheduled tribes is 37 years. The upper age criteria will not be specified for those who are physically disabled.

Numbers of attempts 

  • General Category: 6 attempts up to 32 years of age.
  • OBC: 9 attempts up to 35 years of age.
  • SC/ST: unlimited attempts up to 37 years of age.