UPSC IAS Eligibility Criteria 2020
Updated on Feb 17, 2020 - 9:55 a.m. IST by Shristi Kirti
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UPSC IAS Eligibility Criteria 2020 - Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has prescribed UPSC IAS 2020 eligibility criteria for all aspiring candidates in its official notification on February 12 at The eligibility criteria of UPSC IAS 2020 mentions the minimum standards on the basis of age, nationality, education qualification and number of attempts. Candidates willing to appear for the UPSC IAS exam must meet the eligibility criteria. As per UPSC IAS 2020 eligibility criteria, candidates must be between 21 to 32 years of age and hold a graduation degree from recognized university. It is advised to the candidates that go through UPSC Civil Services eligibility criteria 2020 before they start filling their application form. To know more about UPSC IAS eligibility criteria 2020, number of attempts and education qualification go through the article below.
Latest: UPSC IAS Application Form 2020 is available now.

UPSC Civil Service 2020 prelims exam is slated to be held on May 31, 2020 in offline mode. Candidates who qualify the prelims exam will further have to appear for the mains exam, which is slated to be conducted from September 18 as per UPSC IAS exam dates.

UPSC IAS Eligibility Criteria 2020

Commission determines the UPSC IAS eligibility 2020 on the basis of the following factors:

1. Nationality

2. UPSC IAS Age Limit

3. UPSC IAS Eligibility Qualification

4. UPSC IAS Attempts

UPSC Civil Services Eligibility Criteria 2020 - Video

UPSC IAS Eligibility Criteria 2020 - Nationality

Candidates willing to appear for the UPSC IAS exam must meet the eligibility criteria on the grounds of Nationality. Candidates must be an Indian in order to meet UPSC IAS 2020 eligibility criteria. However, to know more about the eligibility criteria of UPSC IAS 2020 on grounds of nationality, candidates can go through the points mentioned below.

  • For Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS)and Indian Police Service (IPS), 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/Bhutan/Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India/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.

Candidates falling under such category of nationality must have a certificate of eligibility issued by the Government of India. Such candidates would be offered an appointment only after the necessary Government-issued certificates are presented.

UPSC IAS Eligibility Age

As per the eligibility criteria of UPSC IAS 2020 exam, a candidate must have attained 21 years of age. Also, he/she must not have attained 32 years of age as on August 1, 2020. However, there are various age relaxations given to the candidates belonging to the reserved category. The table below contains the relaxation in age as per the category.

Age Relaxation in UPSC IAS 2020


Relaxation in Age



5 years


3 years

Defense Services Personnel, disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence there

3 years

Ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs who will render at least five years Military Service as on August 1, 2020 and have been released

5 years

ECOs/SSCOs who have completed an initial period of assignment of five years of Military Service as on 1st August, 2020

5 years

In the following cases:

  • blindness and low vision

  • deaf and hard of hearing

  • locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack

  • victims and muscular dystrophy

  • autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability and mental illness

10 years

Candidates ordinarily domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 1989.

5 years

UPSC Exam Eligibility Educational Qualification

  • All those candidates applying for UPSC IAS, must hold a graduation degree from any of the government recognised university. Candidates can hold graduation degree in any discipline. Candidates whose final result for the graduation is awaited also considered qualified to apply as per IAS exam eligibility educational qualification standards.

  • Applicants should note that there is no such IAS eligibility percentage to appear for exam. As per qualification and percentage required for IAS exam aspirants merely have to hold a graduation degree.

  • Candidates holding government recognised professional and technical qualifications as equivalent to professional and technical degree are also eligible to apply.

UPSC IAS 2020 Eligibility Criteria - Number of Attempts


UPSC Civil Services Age Limit

Number of Attempts







SC and ST


Unlimited (Up to age limit)

General Physically Disabled



OBC Physically Disabled



SC and ST Physically Disabled


Unlimited (Up to achieving the maximum age limit)

Disabled servicemen (General)


Disabled servicemen (OBC)


Disabled servicemen (SC and ST)


Note: For candidates belonging to SC, ST category, number of attempts will not be applied.

UPSC Civil Services Eligibility Criteria 2020 - Candidates who cannot apply

  • Candidates who are already serving the Indian Administrative Services/Indian Foreign Services as a result of the previous exam, cannot appear in exam again as per IAS eligibility and age limit.

  • Candidates appointed to the Indian Police Service as per previous exam results of and continues to be a member of that service can not appear for the Indian Police Service in Civil Services Examination,

UPSC IAS Application Form 2020

All those candidates who will meet the eligibility criteria of Civil Services Exam can fill the application form. The application form of UPSC CSE will be available in online mode in February 12, 2020. Candidates have to fill all the required details in the application form correctly. All those who will fill the application form correctly will be able to download the admit card of UPSC IAS 2020. Applicants should note that filling application form is first steps of UPSC IAS selection process.

UPSC IAS Admit Card 2020

All the candidates who successfully apply for UPSC IAS 2020 exam will be issued admit card. Commission will release the admit card of Civil services 2020 tentatively in March 28 in online mode. Applicants have to visit exam centres by carrying one id proof along with copy of UPSC IAS 2020 admit card.

Candidates can also check UPSC IAS exam pattern to score well in exam

Applicants should know UPSC IAS syllabus to give boost to their preparation

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - UPSC IAS Eligibility Criteria 2020

Question: What is the age limit for IAS?


For General it is 32, for OBC it is 35, And SC & ST it is 37 years.

Question: What is upsc exam eligibility educational qualification percentage ?


Candidates should hold a graduation degree from recognized university

Question: Is height required for IAS?


No there is no such criteria of height for IAS exam though candidates who wants to opt for IPS should hold minimum standards of IAS eligibility.

Question: Is Tattoo allowed in IAS?


Temporary tattoo is allowed in IAS 2020 but those who have a permanent tattoo on any other part of the body will be debarred from the UPSC IAS recruitment process.                                      

Question: What is IAS eligibility percentage ?


As per IAS eligibility there is no such percentage of passing marks in UPSC IAS 2020.

Question: What is education qualification for IAS ?


Applicants should hold a graduation degree to be eligible for UPSC IAS 2020

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tell me all about upcs exam (IAS)

Rohan Goyal 20th Feb, 2020

Hi Divya,

IAS is a civil service examination which is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission ( UPSC ) . There are three stages of this exam and if you clear all the three stages then you will be posted in best and highly posted civil service like:- IAS, IPS etc. This is one of the toughest exam of India. But this can be cracked with a proper strategy,  study . This is an offline mode exam and conducted once in a year. The age limit prescribed is 21 years to 32 years and other for reserved candidates.  This exam contains both MCQ and descriptive questions.

Stage 1 Preliminary Exam

Stage 2 Mains Exam

Stage 3 UPSC Personality Exam ( Interview)

For more information you can go the link given below.

Link :-

I hope you got your answer.

All The Best!


i want to know about nimset and preparing for 2021

Hrisheekesh Singh 19th Feb, 2020

Hi Bibhas,

NIT MCA Common Entrance Test (NIMCET), is the national level entrance exam conducted every year by one of the National Institutes of Technology (NITs) for taking admissions on merit basis to Master of Computer Applications (MCA) programme.

This exam works across the NITs located in Agartala, Allahabad, Kurukshetra, Calicut, Raipur, Warangal, Surathkal, Durgapur, Trichy, Jamshedpur, Bhopal and Kurukshetra.

The application form of NIMCET 2020 will be released soon through which the candidates can fill the form and appear in the entrance exam. NIMCET admit card will also be released to be downloaded by candidates. The exam will be conducted in offline mode and the result of the same will be declared on the official website of NIMCET 2020.

Total 809 seats are available and duration of exam is 2 hours.

NOTE:- NIMCET scores are used by many other universities and institutes for admissions to the MCA programmes offered by them.

You may refer to the source article for more information about NIMCET 2020 Exam.

I hope this information helps you.

Good Luck!


Iw ant to be an IAS officer which field I will choose

Papeya Dubey Student Expert 19th Feb, 2020

The eligibility criteria for UPSC is to have attained 21 years ago and passed graduation in any discipline from a recognized university. Even, final year students are eligible.

If you're asking this question in context of the fact that UPSC is more humanities oriented, then let me tell you from the past few years people from engineering, medical have made it to topper's list. So, what matters in this case is a good planning and strategy.Also  this is the very reason UPSC has made no discrimination, hence allowed people from every stream to apply for it. If you're interested in humanities stream, then go ahead with your choice but don't make it compulsory one in order to crack UPSC.

Is doing IT degree will be any help for IAS?

Papeya Dubey Student Expert 19th Feb, 2020

Eligibility Criteria for UPSC is to have attained 21 years age and passed graduation in any discipline from a recognized university. Even final year students are eligible to apply.

So, you can pursue graduation in any discipline to apply for UPSC Civil Service. Now, coming to year question UPSC is more humanities oriented, so people belonging to this stream are acquainted with the subject in a good way. Science students do not study these subjects at 10+2 level. But, having said that let me tell you in the past few years, if you look at the toppers of this exam, many people from engineering, medical too have qualified. Hence, this is the reason UPSC makes no discrimination and allow people from all discipline to appear for this.

please recommend me the best book for IAS study Hindi medium

anima chaudhary 18th Feb, 2020

As per the reviews these are the best books for the IAS in hindi medium are-

For Indian history Plassi se vibhajan, Adhunik bharat ka ethas by bipin Chandra , bharat gandhi ke baad by ramchandra guha.

For world history -samkaleen vishwa ka ithas (1890-2008)

For indian geography for oxford school atlas (hindi), bhugol mukhya pariksha by Dkhullar

For world history- bharat avum vishva ka bhugol by magbook

Bharat evam vishwa ka bhugol.

For art culture bhartiya kala sanskriti evam virsat and bhartiya kala evam sanskriti.

For Indian society you can prefer samajik samasyayein by ram Ahuja.
These are the ideal books , you didn't mention about the subject?
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