Age Limit for IAS 2019

The first question that comes to every IAS aspirant’s mind is, ‘what is the eligibility for UPSC exam?’ BYJU’S brings to you all you need to know regarding the age limit for IAS 2019 exam. Basically, you need to be an Indian citizen and at least a graduate to be eligible to take the IAS exams.

The following table gives you the UPSC upper age limit 2019. It also lists the number of attempts a candidate has depending on the category.


Upper Age Limit

No. of Attempts


32 Years



35 Years



37 Years



Gen-42 Years OBC-45 Years SC/ST-47 Years



Gen-37 Years OBC-40 Years SC/ST-42 Years

Depending on the categories viz. Gen, OBC, SC/ST, PH

Disabled Defence Services

Gen-37 Years OBC-40 Years SC/ST-42 Years    

Depending on the categories viz. Gen, OBC, SC/ST, PH

As you can see, the IAS age limit for females and males is 32 years for the general community, 35 years for OBC and 37 years for SC/ST candidates. The IAS age limit is 40 years for OBC candidates who are physically handicapped, domiciled in J&K, ex-servicemen, or disabled defence personnel.

Read in detail about what is the qualification required for UPSC exam here.

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