UPSC IAS Eligibility Criteria 2020
Updated on Nov 22, 2019 - 11:34 a.m. IST by Shristi Kirti
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UPSC IAS Eligibility Criteria 2020 - Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) determines the UPSC IAS 2020 Eligibility Criteria for all aspiring candidates. The eligibility criteria of UPSC IAS 2020 will mention 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 eligibility criteria 2020, candidates must be between 21 to 32 years of age and hold a graduation degree. It is advised to the candidates that go through UPSC IAS 2020 eligibility criteria before they start filling their application form. To know more about UPSC IAS eligibility criteria 2020 and number of attempts go through the article below.

UPSC IAS 2020 prelims exam will 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, 2020.

UPSC IAS Eligibility Criteria 2020

The authority determines the eligibility criteria of UPSC IAS 2020 on the basis of the following factors:

  • Nationality

  • Age

  • Education Qualification

  • Number of Attempts

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 2019 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, Indian Foreign Service and 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/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 2020 Eligibility Criteria - Age

As per the eligibility criteria of UPSC IAS 2020 exam, a candidate must have attained 21 years of age. Also, he 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.

UPSC IAS Eligibility Criteria 2020 - Age Relaxations


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, 2019

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 IAS Eligibility Criteria 2020 - Education 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 still awaited also come under IAS 2020 eligibility criteria.

  • 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





Other Backward Classes


PWD (General)


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

UPSC IAS 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 for the exam again.

  • 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 02, 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.

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which are some best youtube channel for ias preparation

anima chaudhary 19th Jan, 2020


There are a few channels who provide the best content for the IAS preparation. The content is actually based on the relevance to the exam, quality of the content.

1.Rajya Shaba tv

2. Lokshaba tv


4. Vision IAS

5.Egyankosh IGNOU


To becoming an IAS bsc law is good or ba llb?

Kanupriya Gupta 18th Jan, 2020

Dear Aspirant,

First let's see the basic difference between BSc. LLB and B.A. LLB. Both of them are integrated courses and the general duration for these courses across the universities and colleges on India is of 5 years as they are an integration of Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts respectively and with that the subject matter of law is also imparted to the candidates. The subjects for the law remain the same but in BA LLB, arts, humanities and social sciences subjects were also integrated. In BSc LLB, Physics, Chemistry etc. such subjects are integrated. One major problematic aspect of this is that only B.Sc. LLB can only be pursued by those students who have studied science in 10+2 as their main subject. Owing to this, if you are a science student and you wish to apply for this, the option is available but otherwise it is not so that naturally pitches BSc LLB out of the picture.

Subjects like History, Geography, Polity, Public Administration, Economics, Ecology, Environment, Science & Tech, Philosophy and Psychology are a part of General Studies paper which are all humanities subjects. So it will give you a upper hand in the paper and you would not have to utilise your time in understanding the subject later. So BA LLB works for people from any academic background and also aids the subjects that are to be studies in IAS.

Though this doesn't mean the BSc. LLB is not a good option as it can also aid you in your optional subject. Nevertheless, Take something which interests you more and fits your understanding of the same.

Hope this helps. All the best!


which is the best college giving IAS coaching along with bsc in tamilnadu?

Indrajit Gupta 14th Jan, 2020
Hello varshini,
Hope you doing well!
There are some best IAS coaching Institute in Tamilnadu:-
1.Shankar IAS Academy.
2.Officers IAS Academy.
3.Sucess IAS Academy.
4.Impact IAS Academy.
5.Manidha Naeyam IAS Academy.
6.Brilliant Tutorials Private. Limited
I hope this helpful for you.
Best wishes!!

I want to become IAS officer,what course I can do for it ? Im currently in 12 commerce.

Khusji 14th Jan, 2020


First of all, you need to obtain adequate qualification for IAS. Basically any graduate can apply for this test. Candidates must have completed 21 years to apply. After graduation, you can apply for the selection test through the portal of UPSC. UPSC portal contain adequate information on selection test (CSAT and mains).

For this exam Number of Attempts:
four attempts for General
seven attempts for OBC
No limit for SC/ST


What is difference blw BA in humanities and BA in business studies. Whoch will help me to prepare IAS and which stream.

Shubhangi sinha 14th Jan, 2020

Hello Manikanta,

BA in humanities emphasis on soft skills and business studies generally focus on technical skills.

It doesn't matter whether B.A humanities or business studies . But, personally I would recommend to opt for B.A in humanities because it's easier and therefore you can devote more time for UPSC preparations.

you can take any subject according to your interest because in UPSC it is the interest that matters the most.

Good luck,

Hope it helps :)

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