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Eligibility for IAS Examination in 2015

Updated on June 13, 2015
Eligibility of IAS or IPS is graduation in any discipline
Eligibility of IAS or IPS is graduation in any discipline | Source

IAS Exam Eligibilty

The eligibility for IAS does not remain the same every year. Many changes took place in earlier years regarding the number of attempts and the maximum age limit. In this hub I have tried to clarify the latest eligibility criteria for UPSC Civil Services examination 2015.


i) You must be an Indian citizen to be an IAS or IPS officers.

ii) For other posts a subject of Nepal or Bhutan is also eligible.

iii) A Tibetan refugee who came to India after1st January, 1962 to live India is eligible to sit in the examination.

iv) PIO (Persons of Indian Origin) who have migrated to India to settle here from the following countries are eligible :-Pakistan,Burma,Sri Lanka,East African countries of Kenya, Uganda,the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, EthiopiaVietnam

v) Above mentioned persons of Indian origin are not eligible for IAS, IPS and IFS (Indian Foreign Service) but they can apply for the other services if they have a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.

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Minimum Educational Qualification

i) The candidate must have a graduation degree from any recognized universities of India. The university should be recognized by the Central government or the State Government or by the both. Graduation here means B.A., B.Sc, B.Com etc.

ii) Technical and professional degrees equivalent to graduation like MBBS, LLB, BCA, BBA, B.Tech, B.E., B.Arch, BDS, B.Pharm, BHMS, BFA etc are also considered as eligible.

iii) No minimum percentage of marks is required for this examination.

iv) The candidates who have appeared for the final year examination of a degree are also qualified to write the UPSC civil services. After clearing the preliminary examination she will have to produce the graduation certificate. So, she/he can apply if he/she is sure to get the final mark-sheet within October or November of 2015.

v) The medical students like MBBS, BHMS or BDS degree holders can apply during the internship period, but they must get the internship completed certificate from their university before the time of the interview.

vi) In some exceptional cases, UPSC may consider allowing students who have completed courses from other institutes which are not equivalent to graduation.

Eligibility criteria for ias
Eligibility criteria for ias | Source

Age Limits

i) The age limit of IAS examination is 21 to 32 years. Those who have attained the age of 21 or more or who are under the age of 32 on 1st of August, 2015 are eligible to apply.

ii) So, the oldest candidates should have a date of birth within 2nd August, 1983 and the youngest candidate after 1st August, 1994.

iii) There are relaxations in the upper age limits for OBC, SC, ST, PH and some other group of candidates.

iv) An OBC student will get a maximum age relaxation of three years.

v) An SC or ST candidate will get five years of age relaxation. So, an SC or ST student can write UPSC civil services upto the age of 37.

vi) If anyone has been domiciled in Jammu and Kashmir during the period of 1st January, 1980 to the 31st December, 1989, he or she will get five year relaxation.

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Special Condition for Defense Personnel

vii) A defense personnel will get three year age relaxation if he or she was released from army due to being disabled during doing his/her duty against foreign forces or insurgents.

viii) The ex-servicemen will get a maximum relaxation of five years. The commissioned officers and the officers who joined the army as a Short Service Officer will also get the same benefit. The condition for them is they must have completed five years of military service life before being released from the army. Those whose jobs are terminated from the army due to disciplinary grounds or other types of misconducts will not get any relaxation.

ix) Short Service Officers who have completed five years of service and now has extended their service for another five years can apply without being released from the army provided they get the permission from the Ministry of Defense for appearing in the Civil Services examination. They will also get five years age relaxation.

PH candidates will get 10 years extra above the prescribed age limit

Special Condition for PH Candidates

x) The PH candidates will get 10 years of age relaxation. Here PH is blind, deaf-mute and orthopedically handicapped persons.

xi) But the PH candidates must have the minimum fitness required for various jobs. Every job under the UPSC Civil Service examination has its own physical fitness criteria.

xii) Those who had appeared in Civil Services Examination in 2011 are eligible to apply in 2015 if they cross the above age limit or not. This relaxation is for every 2011 candidate of any age, cast or sex.

xiii) The reserved category candidates can get the cumulative age relaxation benefits. If anyone falls in more than one reserved category then he/ she will get the age relaxation benefits of both categories added. For example, if a ST candidate is PH then he or she will get 5+10 = 15 years of age relaxation.

xiv) The commission will only accept the secondary or matriculation certificate or equivalent as the proof of age. No other certificate bearing the candidates date of birth will not be considered to calculate his age.

xv) The candidates will have to submit the document supporting his or her date of birth before appearing for the Mains examination.

xvi) The candidate’s application will be cancelled if the date of birth mentioned during the form fill up does not match with the submitted document.

Number of Attempts in UPSC CSE

Number of Attempts
Unlimited (up to the upper age limit)
Unlimited (up to the upper age limit)

Number of Attempts

i) There is a restriction in the number of attempts to give the UPSC Civil Services examination. The unreserved candidates are allowed to write the examination for only six (6) times.

ii) The OBC (Other Backwards Classes) candidates can appear for the examination for nine (9) times.

iii) The SC/ ST candidates have no number of attempts limit.

iv) If a PH candidate belongs to general or OBC category he or she will get maximum nine attempts. If he or she belongs to SC/ST community then there are no restrictions in number of attempts for him or her.

v) Those candidates who had appeared in the CSE 2011 can apply for the CSE 2015 even if they have finished their quota of number of attempts.

What is an “Attempt” in CSE

If you apply for the Civil Services Examination and do not appear at the examination hall then this will not be counted as an attempt. In such case, the candidate has not spent any attempt from the quota.

An attempt is counted if the candidate actually appears in even one paper of the Preliminary examination. Even if the candidate’s candidature is disqualified for some reason the appearance in the examination hall will be counted as an attempt.


Physical Standards

The candidates should be physically fit to perform their duties. Ph candidates are unsuitable for technical posts like IPS, IRTS or IRPF etc.

Those who are already appointed in the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) or Indian Foreign Service (IFS) are not edible to apply again in this examination. Those who were in other service can apply again.

So, now you know about the eligibility of IAS examination. You know that you can apply for the most coveted job of an IAS officer. So, why you are wasting your time now? Start your preparation for the civils as soon as possible.


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      Reena Dhiman 2 years ago

      Thanks for valuable details about IAS , because it is the number one ranked job in India. It is very tough to get this job opportunity