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 Admit Card 2020 is to be released tentatively by March 28 in online mode

UPSC IAS Eligibility Criteria 2020

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

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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 the exam will be issued UPSC IAS 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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how I can become a ias full process, exam and terms and conditions please thanks

Papeya Dubey Student Expert 2nd Apr, 2020

In order to appear for UPSC, you just need to be 21 years old and passed graduation in any discipline from a recognized university,you can apply even in your final year. UPSC doesn't discriminate among aspirants and hence allow people from all background to appear for this exam.

UPSC Civil Service Exam consists of three level-


Preliminary numbers are not added in the final list, you just need to score the required cut offs against your category.It mainly consists of GS Paper-I 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.

and CSAT includes topics such as basic numeracy, comprehension, logical reasoning and analytical ability, general mental ability, decision making and problem solving, interpersonal skills including communication skills. Both consists of 200 marks, MCQs based. Prelims is mcq based, but still it requires knowledge coupled with speed.

Mains is more of a subjective type, one needs to write answer for Four General Studies Paper(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, there are total nine papers here. 250 marks for each paper, total is 1750 marks followed by Personality Test of 275 marks.

Now, coming to your question preparation for UPSC anyway takes two years, that's one year of preparing for the exam and another year of appearing for Prelims, Mains and Interview.

You can go through the gradual steps as mentioned below in order to start your preparation for UPSC:

Be well acquainted with UPSC Syllabus, learn it by heart, that's the most crucial step to crack this exam, to know what to read and what to skip. In addition to this, never ever make a differentiation between prelims and mains, what I mean is do not prepare separately for each, because nowadays what's happening is even in prelims, UPSC frame questions based on Mains syllabus, So, the first towards preparation shall be a integrated preparation for both.

Read 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.

Start with basics, for each subject, you can do with NCERTs for this.

As you progress, move on to other relevant books, keep your resources minimum like Polity by Laxmikanth, History of Modern India by Bipin Chandra etc.

Start practicing answer writing in advance, even in a little way, writing mains is a huge task for nine paper, it requires immense practice along with knowledge.

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 extensively dedicated to UPSC, , it's highly important to evaluate your performance while doing so.

After joining as a NDA officer ,can i give ias exam

Deepshikha Student Expert 2nd Apr, 2020
Well,Yes you can go for UPSC examination after getting into NDA. The basic eligibility criterua is that the candidate must hold a graduation degree in any discipline recognized by the government of India. The candidate must be a citizen of India and must be atleast 21 years of age and the maximum age must be 32 years. For Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe,a relaxation of five years is given.
Hope this helps.
Good luck.

I want to be an ias Officer I am in class 8 should I take bsc in inter or ba in inter because I am going to take ba in graduation

Ankita yadav 1st Apr, 2020
Hi aspirant
It's good that you have decided your goal from this age, you should prefer arts side in 12th and then BA with history and political science.

I completed my inter second year (commerce). Goal is to become an IAS officer. So can I join any degree with civils? is this compulsory now? because the institution fee is too high which I cant pay. So can I join any degree college by taking B.A and continue self preparation for upsc?

Pankhuri Kumari 1st Apr, 2020
Hii Sridhar!
You don't need to join civil ourses in order to clear UPSC and become an IAS.  You can join any bachelor's course of your choice and prepare for UPSC by yourself. The eligibility criteria to become and IAS states that the candidate must have completed graduation from a recognised university in any subject stream. So Yes, you can take admissions in BA and like courses and self prepare for UPSC.
Hope this helps.
Good luck!

which courses available after becoming ias officer?can government give permission any ias officer to continue study?please give me detail information

Harshita Sharan Srivastava Student Expert 31st Mar, 2020

Hello Aspirant,

Yes, you can study even after becoming IAS officer. Also, IAS officers are allowed from six months to two years of paid leave to pursue higher studies. You can go for any course of your choice after becoming an IAS. Few of which are as follows:

  • Ph.D
  • MS
  • MBA
  • Acturial Science

Good Luck

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