Eligibility Criteria: Civil Services Exams (IAS)

Eligibility Criteria: Civil Services Exams (IAS)

Eligibility for the examination is as follows:

Nationality

  • For the IAS, the IFS and the IPS, a candidate must be a citizen of India.

  • For the Indian Revenue Service, a candidate 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

  • For other services, a candidate must be one of the following:

  • A citizen of India

  • A citizen of Nepal or a subject of Bhutan

  • 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

Education Qualification

  • All candidates must have as a minimum 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 university

  • A qualification recognized by the Government of India as being equivalent to one of the above

The following candidates are also have eligibility, but must submit proof of their eligibility from a competent authority at their institute/university at the time of the main examination, failing which they will not be allowed to attend the exam.

  • Candidates who have appeared in an examination, the passing of which would render them educationally qualified enough to satisfy one of the above points.

  • Candidates who have passed the final exam of the MBBS degree but have not yet completed an internship

  • Candidates who have passed the 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 recognized by the Association of Indian Universities

  Age Eligibility

  • A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 32 years on August 1 of the year of examination.

Category

Maximum Age

General

32 years

OBC

35 years

SC/ST

37 Years

Physically disabled – Blind, deaf-mute & Orthopedically handicapped persons

42 years

Citizens of Jammu & Kashmir

  • 37 years for General

  • 40 years for OBC

  • 42 years for SC/ST

  • 50 years for PH

Defense Services personnel disabled in operations

  • 35 years for General

  • 38 years for OBC

  • 40 years for SC/ST

Ex-servicemen who have rendered at least 5 years Military Service

  • 37 years for General

  • 40 years for OBC

  • 42 years for SC/ST

Numbers of attempts

Category

Attempts

General

6 attempts till 32 years of age

OBC

9 attempts till 35 years of age

SC/ST

Unlimited attempts till 37 years of age

Physically disabled: Blind, deaf-mute & Orthopedically handicapped persons

9 attempts till 42 years of age

  • Appearing to attempt one of the papers in the preliminary examination is counted as an attempt, including disqualification/ cancellation of candidature.

  • However, applying to sit the exam but failing to attend is not counted as an attempt.

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