UPSC Civil Services Eligibility Criteria 2019 – Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) prescribes the eligibility criteria of UPSC Civil Services that candidates must fulfill to apply successfully for the exam. For UPSC Civil Services eligibility criteria 2019, the Commission provides certain conditions regarding age, nationality, educational qualification, etc. As per UPSC Civil Services eligibility criteria, candidates must hold a bachelor’s degree in any discipline to be eligible to appear for the exam. Candidates must be between 21 and 32 years of age to be eligible for UPSC Civil Services. In case, candidates fail to fulfill UPSC Civil Services eligibility criteria 2019 their candidature will be rejected.
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Candidates can check the eligibility criteria of UPSC Civil Services 2019 below to know if they fulfill all the conditions for the recruitment process.
To apply for Indian Administrative Service and Indian Police Service posts, candidates must be citizens of India while appointment to the post of Indian Foreign Service will be provided to Indian citizens and person of Indian origin only. However, candidates applying for other services should be –
citizens of India
subjects of Nepal
subjects of Bhutan
Tibetan refugee who came before January 1, 1962, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India
Person of Indian origin who 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
Candidates should be between 21 and 32 years of age as on August 1, 2019, i.e. they should not have been born earlier than August 2, 1987, and not later than August 1, 1998. The upper age limit for certain categories are relaxable. The details regarding the relaxation of age for these categories have been provided below:
The maximum relaxation provided to candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC)/ Scheduled Tribe (ST) is five years
Candidates belonging to OBC categories will be given age relaxation upto three years
The maximum age relaxation provided to PwD candidates is ten years.
The minimum academic qualification accepted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for the examination is bachelor’s degree in any discipline. Candidates who have appeared for their final graduation exam but are awaiting their results for the same are eligible to apply for UPSC Civil Services 2019 given they are able to provide proof of having passed the exam while filling the Detailed Application Form (DAF) for the Mains exam. Failing to give proof of having passed the requisite exam will result in the cancellation of candidature. Candidates having professional and technical qualifications recognised by Government as equivalent to professional and technical degree are eligible to apply. Candidates having passed final year of M.B.B.S. or equivalent Medical Examination but have not completed internship during submission of UPSC Civil Services application form will be admitted provisionally to the exam. Such candidates will have to submit a copy of certificate from the concerned authority of the University/Institution stating that they have passed the final professional medical examination.
Candidates will be permitted to apply for UPSC Civil Services for a maximum of six times. The restrictions on the maximum number of attempts are not applicable for candidates belonging to ST/ SC categories. However, the maximum number of attempts permissible for OBC candidates is nine. Candidates who have appeared in UPSC Civil Services Prelims will be considered as one attempt regardless of the number of papers they have appeared in the exam.
On the basis of UPSC Civil Services 2019 eligibility criteria, candidates should be physically and mentally fit. If candidates fail to fulfill any of the requirements for physical standards prescribed by the Commission, their candidature will be rejected. UPSC will conduct the medical test to verify whether candidates qualify all the physical requirements of the exam.
For the complete physical standards prescribed by the Commission for UPSC Civil Services, click here.
Restrictions to apply for UPSC Civil Services 2019 - Candidates appointed to Indian Administrative Service (IAS)/ Indian Foreign Service (IFS) based on results of the previous exam who continues to be members of the service are not eligible to apply for UPSC CS 2019.
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