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UPSC Civil Services Exam is conducted for the recruitment of IAS, IPS, IRS, IFS and other 22 services listed under Group A and Group B. Roughly, about 11 lakh students apply for Prelims exams out of which 4 to 5 lakh appear for the exam, which is the first step of an aspirant to secure a spot out of around 1000 vacancies offered.
In this page, we provide the UPSC Eligibility Criteria for the Civil Services Exam which includes
Note 1: Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (2), (3), (4) and (5) shall be a person in whose favour the Government of India has issued a certificate of eligibility.
Note 2: Further, candidates belonging to categories (2), (3) and (4) above will not be eligible for appointment to the Indian Foreign Service.
Note 3: A candidate in whose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary may be admitted to the examination but the offer of appointment may be given only after the necessary eligibility certificate has been issued to him/her by the Government of India.
Note: The Candidates applying for the Civil Service Examination should ensure that they fulfill all eligibility conditions and criteria for admission to the examination. Their admission to all the stages of the examination will be purely provisional subject to satisfying the prescribed eligibility conditions. Mere issue of admission certificate to the candidate will not imply that his/her candidature has been finally cleared by the UPSC. UPSC takes up verification of eligibility conditions with reference to original documents only after the candidate has qualified for Interview/ Personality Test.
The age limit and its relaxation (on the basis of category) decides the number of chances you get to appear for the UPSC exam. Applicants should have attained an age of 21 years and must not be more than 32 years of age on 1st August 2018, which means candidates should not have been born earlier than 2nd August 1986 or after 1st August 1997.
The restrictions on the number of times this exam can be taken are as follows
Note: Physically Handicapped/disabled candidates belonging to General category will get the benefit of 9 attempts till the age prescribed by UPSC i.e., 42 years.
If a candidate appears for any of the papers of the Civil Services Preliminary Exam, the attempt is counted. If a candidate filled up the UPSC application form but didn’t take the Preliminary Exam, the attempt will not be counted.
Note: An attempt is counted if a student appears for one of the papers in the Prelims examination.
The minimum educational qualification for IAS exam is that a candidate must hold a degree from any university incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India, or other educational institution established by an Act of Parliament, or declared to be deemed as a university under Section-3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification.
UPSC Civil Services exam is conducted every year for the recruitment of elite IAS, IPS and other Group A officers. The recruitment process takes about a year and exams are conducted in three stages.
Stage 1: Preliminary exam, usually conducted in May/June. It is an objective type question paper with two papers – one is General Studies, and the other is CSAT for 400 marks (200 marks each).
Note – Marks are deducted for wrong answers (1/3rd for every wrong answer), and CSAT paper is qualifying in nature (66.7 marks needed for qualifying).
Stage 2: UPSC Civil Services Mains Exam consists of 9 papers which are descriptive. There are 4 General Studies Essays and 2 Optional Papers included for merit. English and Language papers are qualifying in nature. Mains exam is usually held in October/November.
Stage 3: Those candidates who qualify the Mains exam are called for the Interview. Based on Mains and Interview score, candidates are recommended by UPSC. UPSC publishes the final recommended list in May/June.
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