Age Limit for IAS Exam

Age limit for IAS exam

The IAS exam, or more accurately, the UPSC civil services exam is conducted by the UPSC every year to recruit officers into the Indian civil service. Graduates who have an ambition to enter the prestigious civil service and have a desire to serve the country can take the civil services exam, which is held in 3 stages. To take this exam, you have to fulfil certain eligibility conditions of nationality, age, number of attempts tried and education. Read on to know all about the age limit for IAS exam.

The UPSC requires candidates to be at least 21 years of age when they sit for the UPSC prelims exam. And, they should not be over 32 years. This is for the general category candidates. Candidates belonging to other categories have certain age relaxation.

The following table gives the IAS exam age limit criterion for all the categories:



Upper Age Limit


No relaxation


Other Backward Classes (OBC)

Up to 3 years


Scheduled caste/scheduled tribe (SC/ST)

Up to 5 years


Defence Service Personnel disabled during service

Up to 3 years


Visually challenged/hearing impaired/physically challenged candidates

Up to 10 years


Ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least 5 years military service as on 1st August 2017 and have been released *

Up to 5 years



* – candidates on completion of assignment (including those whose assignment would complete within one year from 1st August 2017) other than those who have been dismissed or discharged on account of misconduct or inefficiency. Also, includes those servicemen who have been released due to physical disability attributable to military service; and also who have been released owing to invalidment.

Candidates who fall under twin categories (for example, physically handicapped/ex-serviceman and SC/ST/OBC) are eligible for cumulative age relaxation.

Candidates can take the UPSC exam until they cross the age limit or exhaust the number of attempts permitted, whichever comes early.

2019 UPSC civil services exam – Age Limit

For the General Category candidates taking the 2019 UPSC exam, their dates of birth should fall between 2nd August 1987 and 1st August 1998. For the other categories, relaxations as given by the UPSC are applicable and calculated accordingly.

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