Civil Services Examination (CSE)

Civil Services Exam Eligibility Criteria: – Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts Indian Civil Services (ICS) Examination. Eligibility details are given below…

Nationality: – For the Indian Administrative Service and the Indian Police Service, a candidate must be a citizen of India. For other services a candidate must be either:

  • a citizen of India, or
  • a subject of Nepal, or
  • a subject of Bhutan, or
  • a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January. 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
  • 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 settling in India.

Age Limit: – A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 32 years on 1st August. 2017, i.e. he must have been born not earlier than 02-08-1985 and not Iater than 01-08-1996.

Age relaxations:-

The upper age limit prescribed above (of not having attained the age of 32 years on 1st august) will be relaxable…..

S. No.CategoryAge Relaxation
1.For SC, ST candidates5 years
2.For OBC candidates3 years
3.For candidates been domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period from the 1st January, 1980 to the 31st day of December, 19895 years
4.In case of defence services personnel disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof3 years
5.In the case of Ex-servicemen including Commission Officers and ECOs/ SSCOs who have rendered at least five years Military Service as on 1st August (of the year in which s/he is appearing for the Preliminary Examination) and have been rele2ased (i) on completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due to be completed within one year from 1st August of the year in which he/she is appearing for the Preliminary Examination) otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency, or (ii) on account of physical disability attributable to Military Service, or (iii) on invalidment5 years
6.In the case of ECOs/SSCOs who have completed an initial period of assignment of five years Military Service as on 1st August of the year in which s/he is appearing for the Preliminary Examination and whose assignment has been extended beyond five years and in whose case the Ministry of Defence issues a certificate that they can apply for civil employment and that they will be released on three months’ notice on selection from the date of receipt of offer of appointment.5 years
7.For blind, deaf-mute and orthopedically handicapped candidates10 years

Minimum Educational Qualification: – The candidate must hold a Degree of any of Universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutions 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.


  1. Candidates who have appeared at an examination the passing of which would render them educationally qualified for the Commission’s examination but have not been informed of the results as also the candidates who intend to appear at such a qualifying examination will also be eligible for admission to the Preliminary Examination. All candidates who are declared qualified by the Commission for taking the Civil Services (Main) Examination will be required to produce proof of passing the requisite examination with their application for the Main Examination failing which such candidates will not be admitted to the Main Examination. The applications for the Main Examination are called sometime in the month of September/October.
  2. In exceptional cases the Union Public Service Commission may treat a candidate who has not any of the foregoing qualifications as a qualified candidate provided that he/she has passed examination conducted by the other Institutions, the standard of which in the opinion of the Commission justifies his/her admission to the examination.
  3. Candidates possessing professional and technical qualifications which are recognised by Government as equivalent to professional and technical  degree would also be eligible for admission to the examination.
  4. Candidates who have passed the final professional M.B.B.S. or any other Medical Examination but have not completed their internship by the time of submission of their applications for the Civil Services (Main) Examination, will be provisionally admitted to the Examination provided they submit along with their application a copy of certificate from the concerned authority of the University/ Institution that they had passed the requisite final professional medical examination. In such cases, the candidates will be required to produce at the time of their interview original Degree or a certificate from the concerned competent authority of the University/Institution that they had completed all requirements (including completion of internship) for the award of the Degree.



Number of Attempts:-


S. No.CategoryNo. of Attempts
1.General6 times
2.OBC9 times
3.SC/STNo restriction on number of attempts
4.In case of physically handicapped candidates (relaxation will be are available to the physically handicapped candidates who are eligible to avail of reservation applicable to such candidates)They will get as many attempts as are available to other non-physically handicapped candidates of his or her community, subject to the condition that a physically handicapped candidate belonging to the General Category shall be eligible for 9 attempts.



  1. An attempt at a Preliminary Examination shall be deemed to be an attempt at the Civil Services Examination.
  2. 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
  3. Notwithstanding the disqualification/cancellation of candidature, the fact of appearance of the candidate at the examination will count as an


Physical Standards: – The candidate must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to Civil Services Examination.

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