IAS Eligibility Criteria 2021 - UPSC will release the eligibility criteria of IAS 2021 in its official notification on February 10, 2021. Interested candidates have to meet IAS 2021 eligibility criteria before filling UPSC IAS application form . IAS eligibility criteria 2021 consists of nationality, age limit, academic qualification, number of attempts etc. As per IAS exam eligibility 2021, candidates' age must be between 21 to 32 years and they must hold a graduation degree from a reputed university. UPSC IAS exam is conducted to recruit candidates for administrative posts in Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), and Indian Police Service (IPS) etc. UPSC IAS 2021 notification will be released on February 10, 2021. Check more details related to IAS 2021 eligibility criteria here.
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IAS Eligibility Criteria 2021 - Nationality

As per the eligibility criteria of IAS 2021, only Indian nationals are eligible to apply for the exam. The details nationality norms are mentioned below:

  • A candidate must be a citizen of India.

  • Refugees belonging to neighboring countries who have a valid certificate of nationality and intend to stay in the country are also eligible to apply for the IAS exam.

IAS Eligibility Criteria 2021 - Age Limit

As mentioned in the IAS 2021 eligibility criteria, a candidate must be between 21 to 32 years of age as on August 1, 2021. UPSC also provides age relaxations to candidates belonging to reserved category. From the following table, candidates can check the relaxation policy as per the category.

IAS Age Relaxation 2021


Age relaxation


No age relaxation


3 years


5 years

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

3 years

Ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers (CO) and ECOs/SSCOs who will render at least five years Military Service as on August 1, 2021, 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 2021

5 years

In the following cases:

  • blindness and low vision

  • deaf and hard of hearing

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

  • victims and muscular dystrophy

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

10 years

Candidates ordinarily domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir from January 1, 1981, to December 31, 1989.

5 years

IAS Eligibility Criteria 2021 - Educational Qualification

  • As per the education qualification for IAS, Candidates must hold a graduation degree in any discipline from a reputed university.

  • Candidates who are awaiting their final result of the graduation can also apply as per IAS 2021 eligibility criteria.

  • There is no such IAS eligibility percentage to appear for the exam.

  • Candidates who hold a professional and technical degree are also eligible to apply for the UPSC IAS exam.

IAS Eligibility Criteria 2021 - Number of Attempts

From the following table, candidates can check the number of attempts as mentioned in the eligibility criteria of IAS.

IAS 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)


Candidates who are not eligible to apply for UPSC Civil Services 2021

As per the eligibility criteria of IAS 2021, those candidates who are already serving in the Indian Administrative Services/Indian Foreign Services, cannot appear in the exam.

Candidates appointed into the Indian Police Service (IPS) who are serving as a member of that service also can not appear for the Indian Police Service exam in Civil Services Examination.

UPSC Civil Services Eligibility Criteria 2021

UPSC IAS Application Form 2021

UPSC will release the application form on February 10, 2021. All candidates who meet the above-mentioned IAS eligibility criteria 2021 will be able to fill the form. The application form will be available in online mode and candidates will have to fill all the required details and pay the application fees in online mode only. Post successfully submitting the application form, candidates will be issued the IAS Admit card in online mode.

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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - UPSC IAS Eligibility Criteria 2021 - Check UPSC IAS Age Limit, Attempts, Qualification

Question: What are the exam dates UPSC IAS?


Check the exam dates here - UPSC IAS 2021 exam dates.

Question: What is the maximum age limit for IAS as per the eligibility criteria 2021?


For candidates to the general category it is 32, for OBC it is 35, and for candidates belonging to SC & ST categories the maximum age limit is 37 years.

Question: Is there any minimum percentage required as per the eligibility criteria of IAS 2021?


No, there is no minimum percentage of marks required. Candidates must only hold a graduation degree from a recognized university that’s it.

Question: Is height criteria as per the eligibility criteria of IAS 2021?


No there is no such criteria of height.

Question: Is Tattoo allowed in IAS?


There is no policy as mentioned in the notification But is always advised to not ink your body if you are appearing for any government exam, mainly which is related to administration.

Question: What is the minimum academic qualification for IAS?


Applicants should hold a degree in graduation to be eligible for UPSC IAS 2021.

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can I prepare for Ias while studying agriculture bsc??? is 4 yrs enough for preparation of ias? if so what schedule should I follow ?

Aditya Kumar Student Expert 16th Jan, 2021


Yes, you can definitely prepare for UPSC civil services examination along with your Bsc agriculture,  many students do prepare for UPSC along with their graduation and not only prepare but crack it as well and get into their dream services you can do the same , what all it requires is dedication and focus towards your studies.

And yes, 4 years is  enough for your UPSC preparation, don't worry.

But yes,
As you are doing your graduation you'll have to balance both your graduation and your studies for preparation for UPSC. As you have 4 years you can prepare easily even if you give 6 hours a day, not much is  required as you have 4 years. Now how you will give 6 hours a day depends upon you. For example, if your college starts at 9:00 you can wake up at 5 ,get fresh by 5:30 and can study till it 8 , again after 1 hour of returning from college , you can study for 2 hours for UPSC, then again have some break and after which you can study for your college and before you sleep you can again give 2 hours towards your UPSC preparation so that you can give a total of 6 hours in a day. It will a  little difficult to manage at starting but soon you will get used to it, just try to do this for 21 days and you will soo get into your routine :)

Follow the below tips to prepare well for your UPSC  examination :-

To start your preparation  first of all go well through syllabus  , you can check the complete syllabus at

Top books which you can follow for UPSC examination preparation are listed below subject wise:-


*NCERT XI (Ancient & Medieval)
*NCERT XII (Modern Indian History)
*Facets of Indian Culture Spectrum
*From Plassey to Partition - A History of Modern India

Indian Art & Culture

*Indian Art & Culture - Nitin Singhania


*Indian Polity M Laxmikanth


*NCERT VI X (Old Syllabus)
*NCERT XI, XII (New Syllabus)
*Certificate Physical Geography G C Leong
World Atlas


*The Indian Economy Sanjiv Verma
*Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh
*Economic Development & Policies in India Jain & Ohri


*Class XII Biology (last 5 chapters)
*Environment by Shankar IAS Academy

International Relations

*NCERT XII (Contemporary World Politics)
*Current Affairs ( read newspaper )

To get the complete list of books go through

*Make a routine or a time table and try to religiously follow it , take short breaks in between your studies.

*Read newspaper daily and keep yourself updated with the current affairs

*Choose your optional subject wisely , choose the subject you have interest in.

*Make short notes for each subject, it  will help you in your revisions a lot as syllabus is wide

*Set daily goals like I have to cover these many topics today, weekly goals like I have to  cover these chapters this week and practice their questions too, by the end of this week and similarly set monthly goals to cover the syllabus and meet them without any fail.

*Revise :- there's no point of preparing for the exam if you couldn't recall anything in the UPSC Examination so you should stress on revision as well.

* Your mains examination is in written, so you need to work your speed and also work on improving how to present the knowledge you have on paper, so answer writing practicing should be also your priority

*Solve previous year question papers and mock test papers ;- You should solve these , it will give you idea of types of questions asked and their difficulty level and will help you a lot.

*Also work on your communication skills and personality development as it plays an important role in your interview round

For more tips go through


If you have any other doubt then feel free to ask them :) we are always here to help you out and guide you



now iam in 10th and my further ambition is to become an IAS and iam choosing the field in my 11 is IIT can I crack UPSC? by choosing IIT

Aditya Kumar Student Expert 16th Jan, 2021


First of all IIT is not a stream to be chosen in your class 11th , IITs are just an Engineering colleges which provide admission through JEE advanced so I am guessing that you mean that you are in 11th and have to chosen science stream maths group and you are preparing for JEE mains and advance for pursuing engineering in IIT.

And yes,
After your engineering from IIT you will  be able to become an IAS officer as to become an IAS officer you need to clear UPSC civil services examination and to be eligible for that you need to be a graduate in any discipline doesn't matter whether it's Engineering or any other graduation course fr
om any recognised University

After the completion of your engineering you will be eligible for UPSC examination and can appear for it and you will have to go through 3 stages of UPSC which are listed below :-

*The first stage of the exam is Preliminary examination (objective )

*The second stage, Mains (written).

*If you manage to clear both prelims and mains then you are to go through third stage i.e interview/personality test .

And if you managed to clear all the three rounds mentioned above, then  you can become an ias/ ips etc officer on the basis of rank obtained by you in UPSC and your preference

These days it has been become very common to go for UPSC examination after engineering, a lot of students complete their engineering and then go for writing UPSC examination and not only appear for UPSC examination, they qualify it as well also and some even top the exam : ) .
For Instance, Kanishak Kataria  who topped  UPSC civil services examination in 2018 was an engineer.

The additional benefit of  doing engineering first and then appearing for UPSC examination is that you will have a back up, you know UPSC examination in note that is easy to crack show in the worst is if you you could not crack it then with your engineering degree can go for other decent jobs.

In short,
You don't need to worry at all after engineering from IIT you can definitely become an IAS officer

Now that ,you are in 11th and preparing for JEE ,to prepare well you can go for our jee program at the convenience of your home, the link for the same is provided below

https://learn.careers360.com/knockout-jee-main-april /



can I give upsc exam in any language

suprava.65 15th Jan, 2021

Dear Aspirant

Yes, You can give UPSC exam in any language.

Candidates can choose either English or any one of the Indian languages mentioned in the 8th schedule of the Constitution of India. A lot of candidates who are not comfortable in English opt to take Hindi or any other regional language as their medium of exam for the IAS mains

All the best


what are the subject will required for IAS exam after 12th

Aditya Kumar Student Expert 14th Jan, 2021


When it comes to which subject you should choose after your 12th  for graduation, to be eligible for UPSC civil services examination
You can choose any subject or course  of your choice based on your interest for your graduation

This is because,

to be eligible for UPSC  examination there is no compulsion to be a graduate in a particular subject, all you need to be eligible is that you should be a graduate in any discipline

So you can choose any stream of your interest, but yes if you choose BA or Arts
choosing Arts or the humanities can be really helpful for your UPSC  examination, this is because in Arts you will be learning subjects like history , polity etc which are a part of the UPSC syllabus so it will help you in your upsc examination

UPSC syllabus includes History, Indian Art & Culture , Polity, Geography , Economics, Environment , International Relations etc.

You  can check the complete syllabus at

If you have any other doubt then you can always reach us to clear them :) we are always available to help you out and guide you



how can i prepare IPS/IAS ??please help

Papeya Dubey Student Expert 13th Jan, 2021

Hello, .

UPSC Civil Service Exam consists of three stages-

Preliminary : This is the first Stage , MCQs based exam, it has two papers and each one consists of 200 marks,its numbers ain't added to final list, you just need to score the required cut offs against your category. First is GS Paper-I which consists of the following topic such as History of India and Indian national movement, Indian and World geography, Economic and social development- sustainable development, poverty, inclusion demographics, social sector initiatives etc,Indian polity and governance-constitution,political system,Current Events nationally and Internationally, General Science,General Issues on environmental ecology,biodiversity and climate change. you just need to score the required cut offs against your category. Second Paper is CSAT which is qualifying by nature,you need to score merely 33% which is 66 marks out of 200, it includes following topics such as basic numeracy, comprehension, logical reasoning and analytical ability, general mental ability, decision making and problem solving, interpersonal skills including communication skills.

Mains : This is a second stage which it's more of a subjective type, you are required to write answers for Four General Studies Paper such as

  • GS-I includes Indian Heritage and Culture,History and Geography of the World and Society,
  • GS-II includes Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International Relations,
  • GS-III includes Technology, Economic Development, Bio-Diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management,
  • GS-IV includes Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude
  • Two Optionals,
  • One Essay,
  • Two Language Paper

In total there are nine papers in Mains, and each paper is of 250 marks, total adds up to 1750 marks.

Interview : The two stages are further followed by personality test of 275 marks.

In order to initiate your preparation, the first and most important step is to be well acquainted with UPSC Syllabus , learn it by heart as this will enable you to know what to read and what to skip.

As per the recent trends UPSC is framing Prelims questions also based on Mains syllabus, so have an integrated approach for Prelims and Mains .

To cover such a humongous syllabus you will have to make a timetable, set targets on a daily,weekly and monthly basis , that's the only way to complete this extensive syllabus

Newspaper reading is equally essentially part of preparation, you can start with any newspaper like The Hindu, or Indian Express on a regular basis to be updated as well as gaining knowledge which shall be highly useful to you in future exam preparation part. Put a more emphasis on editorial part, it will not only broaden your perspective but help a lot in answer writing, and make sure whatever opinion you form it should be well balanced. You can also make notes of this, it'll be very useful in answer writing.

When it comes to reading books ,start with basics, for each subject, you can do with NCERTs for this. This will build your foundation strong,as you progress, move on to other relevant books as mentioned below;

For Prelims, you can refer the following books:

History ;

  • NCERT Class XI and XII
  • India's Struggle for Independence by Bipin Chandra
  • For Indian Culture, refer art and culture by Nitin Singhania

Geography ;

  • NCERT Class VI to XII
  • GC Leong's Physical Geography
  • World Atlas

Economics ;

  • NCERT Class XI
  • Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh

International Relations & Polity ;

  • NCERT XII Political Science with current affairs
  • Indian Polity by Laxmikanth


  • Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning by RS Agarwal
  • M Tyra's Quicker Maths

Coming to Mains Exam, you can refer the following books for four General Studies Paper;

GS I - For History , Class XI NCERT book with India's struggle for Independence by Bipin Chandra,India after Independence by Bipan Chandra,History of Medieval India by Satish Chandra

For Geography refer World Geography and Geography of India by Majid Hussain, GC Leong's Physical and Human Geography with NCERT Class XI book.

For GS II - Polity and International Relations , refer Indian Polity by Lamikanth,India's Foreign Policy by Rajiv Sikri

For GS III - For Economics refer Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh, read ARC report along with Economic Survey and Fiscal Budget .

For GS IV - For Ethics refer a book named Lexicon by Niraj Kumar , also you can go through study material of IGNOU.

Remember to keep your resources minimal, read one book many a times instead of many a book one time, as you have to retain so much of information so rely on only limited yet trustworthy resources and revision is the only key for remembrance.

Writing mains is a huge task, for nine paper it requires immense practice along with knowledge. So, you have to start practicing answer writing in advance, even in a little way, There are many sites which provide questions on daily basis you can avail that. Try to give a holistic viewpoint while answer writing by providing political,economical and social aspect. You can get topper's answer sheet from various sites, try to analyze and study them minutely, you'll get an ideas about what to write, how to express and present viewpoint in organized manner.

Practice previous year question paper which you can get from the site of UPSC,in addition mock papers, and test series which you can get it from any of the sites exclusively dedicated to UPSC, it's highly important to evaluate your performance while doing so.

One of the key thing which is important in cracking UPSC is you need to have the understanding of the basics pretty strong, what I meant you don't have to be an expert but you surely need to have the base/foundation strong in each subject, hence the importance is often emphasized on going with NCERTs first as this will make the base strong, and as I said keep resources limited whatever you choose.

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