UPSC Civil Services Eligibility Criteria 2019

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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UPSC Civil Services Eligibility Criteria 2019

Candidates can check the eligibility criteria of UPSC Civil Services 2019 below to know if they fulfill all the conditions for the recruitment process.


UPSC Civil Services 2019 Eligibility Criteria: Nationality

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

UPSC Civil Services Eligibility 2019: Age Criteria

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.

UPSC Civil Services Eligibility Criteria 2019: Educational Qualification

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.


UPSC Civil Services Eligibility Criteria: Number of Attempts

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.


UPSC Civil Services Eligibility Criteria 2019: Physical Standards

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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which colleges in karnataka provide ias coaching with bsc

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 15th Nov, 2019


there is no colleges which provide ias exam courses along with bsc curriculum. see ias exam is a competitive exam and if you want to join as an ias officer you need to self study a lot beside your graduation, and take special coaching  for ups exmas. however there is several exams like upsc prelims and mains need to qualify along with personal interview rounds. hope you may understand.

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how we should prepare for IAS exam. which are the areas we should focus

Arya 14th Nov, 2019

HI Harsha,

UPSC examination is the one you should answer if you aspire to join the Indian Administrative services. For eligibility, you should hold a valid Graduate's degree from a recognized university and be at least 21 years old as of August 1 of the year of the examination.

It is held in two parts: The preliminary examination, which tests your knowledge of current and world affairs, climate change, India's and the world's geography, ecology, comprehension skills, logical skills, problem solving abilities etc. 33% is needed to pass this stage which consists of two papers.

Next comes the written test and the personality Interview. For the written test, you need to have an excellent knowledge of world and current affairs, Technical developments, geography, social scenarios, ethics, culture, environment and two papers based on any one regional language which you can choose. If selected, you will be called for the Personality Interview which will gauge the mental qualities of the candidate.

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Hi, My Date of Birth is 23.07.1988. Am I eligible to attend IAS Exam. And my education degree is BCA

Komal Dayanand Gardi 13th Nov, 2019
Hello Vidhya,  as per the eligibility criteria of UPSE exams candidate must not have age more than 32 years. And as per your mentioned date of birth,  Your age should be 31 years. So you are fit in age criteria.  And BCA Is also a undergraduate degree,  so you have completed graduation also. So you are eligible to apply for UPSE exam this year.
I hope it will help you more.

I am in 11th in science stream but I want to be an ias so before giving upsc on which subject should I do graduation in science or arts

Arya 9th Nov, 2019

Hi Aspirant,

The UPSC exam is held for securing jobs in the Indian Administrative Services and the eligibility criteria are are follows:

Must be a citizen of India, a subject of Nepal , Bhutan or a refugee from Tibet.

Must hold a PASS Bachelor's degree from a deemed University.

Must be older than 21 years of age but younger than 32 as of on the 1st of August of the year of the exam.

I hope I was helpful and good luck!


now I am studying 12th ,MPC .So which group is best to select for writing IAS EXAM

Sharon Rose Student Expert 8th Nov, 2019

Hello Anuradha,

There's no such thing as best degree for IAS.You need to be a graduate to be eligible to appear for UPSC IAS exam.So, it depends on your present interest, you can pursue after passing your 12th, you can also pursue any other 3 year degree.The syllabus for IAS is not entirely same as any other degree syllabus.So it doesn't matter which course you choose.

But make sure that you pursue what interests you.

I hope this is helpful to you.

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