UPSC Eligibility Criteria

UPSC Eligibility Criteria

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts various exams for recruitment to several central government posts. Here we are going to list the eligibility for prelim examinations of UPSC.


1) For the Indian Administrative Service and the Indian Police Service, a candidate must be a citizen of India.
2) For other services, a candidate must be either :
(a) a citizen of India, or
(b) a subject of Nepal, or
(c) a subject of Bhutan, or
(d) a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
(e) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently.

Age Limit

The age limit varies according to various categories as follows:
1) Minimum age – 21 years (For all categories)
2) Maximum age
a) General – 32 years
b) OBC – 35 years
c) SC/ST – 37 years
d) Physically disabled persons (Blind, deaf­mute and orthopaedically handicapped persons) – 42 years
e) If a candidate had ordinarily been domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period from the 1st January, 1980 to the 31st December, 1989 – 37 years

Educational Qualifications:

To appear in UPSC Civil Services Examination a candidate should possess a degree from a recognized University.

Number of Attempts

The number of attempts varies as follows:
a) General – 6 attempts
b) OBC – 9 attempts
c) SC/ST – Not applicable (Unlimited attempts)
d) Physically disabled persons
– General category:9 attempts
– OBC – 9 attempts
– SC/ST: Not applicable (Unlimited attempts)

Where to Apply

Applicant can apply online using the website