Eligibility Criteria – Civil Services Exams (CSE)

Nationality

  • For the Indian Administrative Service, the Indian Foreign Service and the Indian Police Service, 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

  • All candidates must have a minimum of any of the following educational qualifications
  • A degree from a Central, State or Deemed university
  • A degree received through Correspondence Education or Distance
  • A degree from an Open University
  • A qualification recognized by the Government of India as being equivalent to either of the above
  • The following candidates are also eligible, but have to 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 any of the above points
  • Candidates who have passed the final exam of the MBBS degree but have not yet completed their 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 Association of Indian Universities

 


Minimum age – Calculated on the date Aug 1

  • 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.

 


Maximum Age – Calculated on the date Aug 1

Category Maximum Age
General 32 years
OBC 35 years
SC/ST 37 Years
Physically disabled – Blind, deaf-mute and Orthopedically handicapped persons 42 years
Citizens of Jammu and 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 five years Military Service
  • 37 years for General
  • 40 years for OBC
  • 42 years for SC/ST

 


Max. No. 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 and Orthopedically handicapped persons 9 attempts till 42 years of age

 

However these candidates are requested to bear in mind -

  • An attempt at a Preliminary Examination shall be considered to be an attempt at the Examination.
  • If a candidate actually appears in any one paper in the Preliminary Examination, he/she shall be deemed to have made an attempt at the Examination.
  • Not withstanding the disqualification/cancellation of candidature, the fact of appearance of the candidate at the examination will count as an attempt.
  • Candidates just applied but did not appear is not counted as an attempt.
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