UPSC Exam 2019: Eligibility, Educational Qualification

UPSC is responsible for holding many exams including, Civil Services Exam, IFS, NDA, CDS, SCRA etc.

Civil services examination is generally noted as IAS exam featuring 24 services like IFS, IPS, IRS, IRPS and so on.

The Civil Services Examination known as CSE is the most thoughtful and demanding exam taking a lot of determination to accomplish in India.

The UPSC directs that the applicant must be no less than a graduate to be entitled to the IAS exam.

They will require possessing a bachelor’s rank received from a reputed university.

Those who are yet to finalized as being graduate from university or have accomplished the exam and are looking for the results will be provided for the exam.

Amidst all these, they will be obliged to produce the proof of passing before attending the UPSC mains exam.

Even those applicants with professional/technical qualifications corresponding to professional/technical degrees (government recognised) are suitable for IAS exam.

UPSC Exam Details- Eligibility 


  • For the IAS, IFS & IPS, an applicant must be a resident of India.
  • For the IRS and other services, an applicant must be one of the following:
    • A citizen of India
    • a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India

UPSC Exam Details- Educational Qualification 


Educational Qualification 


  • The UPSC does not postulate any subject that aspirant might have preferred during graduation for eligibility.
  • MBBS aspirants who are chasing their placement are also suitable for the mains exam on condition that they bring a certificate from their respective institution or university bearing the proof for completion of the final examination. During interview/UPSC personality test, they ought to have done their internship and binding certificates

All aspirants must have one of the following educational qualifications:

  • A degree from a Central, State or Deemed University
  • A degree received through correspondence or distance education
  • A degree from an open universities
  • A qualification recognized by the Government of India as being equivalent to one of the above

UPSC Exam Details: Age Limit 


An applicant should complete the age of 21 years and not be more than 32 years on August 1 of the year of examination. For OBC the upper age limit is 35, and for SC and ST the limit is 37 years.

Upper Age Limit Candidates
5 Years Scheduled Caste-Scheduled Tribe(SC/ST)
3 Years Other Backward Classes(OBC)
3 Years Defence Services Personnel
5 Years Ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least 5 years Military Services as on August 1, 2019
5 Years ECOs/SSCOs
10 Years Blind, deaf-mute, and orthopedically handicapped persons
5 Years ECOs/SSCOs who have accomplished initial period of assignment of five years of Military Service as on 1 August 2019 and whose assignment of five years and in whose case the Ministry of Defense issues a certificate that they can apply for Civil Employment and that they will be released a three months’ notice of selection from the date of receipt of offer of appointment

 Numbers of attempts for UPSC Exam 


  • General category candidates: 4s
  • OBC category candidates = 7
  • SC/ST Candidates = unlimited