Minimum Educational Qualifications to appear for UPSC Civil Services Exam

Any degree (graduation).

  1. any of the Universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India.
  2.  or other educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament.
  3.  or declared to be deemed as a University Under Section-3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956.
  4.  or possess an equivalent qualification.

Note: Final year students can also apply.

Minimum age to appear for UPSC IAS Exam?

The minimum age to appear for IAS Exam is 21 years. This means that the candidate must have at-least 21 years of age on 1st August of that given year when the exam is held. For example, if the candidate is appearing for 2017 prelims, he/she should be above 21 years of age by Aug 1, 2017.

Upper age-limit to appear for UPSC IAS Exam?

Upper age limit is also calculated on the date Aug 1. This means if the candidate is appearing for 2017 prelims, he/she should be below the mentioned maximum limit by Aug 1, 2017. Upper age limit is fixed different for different categories, which is as given below.

  1. Upper age limit for General category: 32 years.
  2. Upper age limit for OBC: 35 years.
  3. Upper age limit for SC/ST: 37 Years.
  4. Upper age limit for Citizens of Jammu and Kashmir: 37 years.
  5. Upper age limit for Defense Services personnel disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof: 35 years.
  6. Upper age limit for Ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least five years Military Service: 37 years.
  7. Upper age limit for blind, deaf-mute and Orthopaedically handicapped persons (general category) : 42 years.

Apart from the mentioned limits, OBC/ SC/ ST candidates will get the benefit of cumulative age relaxation. This means age relaxations gets added in special cases, say for example, if the person is OBC + Ex-service men, he will get an extension of 5 + 7 = 12 years, ie his upper age limit now stands at 42 years.