Can Final Year Students Appear for the UPSC Exam?

Every year the UPSC conducts the civil services exam to recruit officers into the Indian civil services. The civil service promises an exciting career to youngsters who have a yearning to give back to the country and take an active part in her progress. There are a few eligibility conditions to satisfy before an aspirant can take the IAS exam. Among other things, they have to be graduates. Many final year university students, who nurture the IAS dream, wonder if they are eligible for the exam in their final year itself. This article answers their question.

The UPSC exam pattern

There are three stages to this exam. They are:

  1. UPSC prelims
  2. UPSC mains
  3. UPSC personality test

Eligibility conditions for the exam

Nationality: A candidate must be an Indian citizen for the posts of IAS and IPS. For all other posts, he/she can be:

  1. a citizen of India, or
  2. a subject of Nepal, or
  3. a subject of Bhutan, or
  4. a Tibetan refugee who came to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
  5. a person of Indian origin (PIO) who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Ethiopia, Zaire and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

For the last four categories, the candidate must produce an Eligibility Certificate issued by the Indian government before appointment to the service. It should also be noted that a candidate belonging to categories 2, 3 and 4 are not eligible for the India Foreign Service.

Age limit and number of attempts: The UPSC also has restrictions for the age limit and the number of permitted attempts. Check the following table for the conditions:


Upper Age Limit Number of Permitted Attempts












Till the upper age limit

Physically Handicapped


General & OBC: 9

SC/ST: Till the upper age limit

J&K Domicile

General: 37

OBC: 40

SC/ST: 42

Physically disabled: 50

Till the upper age limit

Servicemen disabled from duty

General: 37

OBC: 38

SC/ST: 40

Till the upper age limit

Educational Qualification: The UPSC mandates candidates to be graduates from a recognised university.

Can final year students take the IAS exam?

Yes, final year students can also sit for the UPSC prelims exam. But there are conditions attached to this:

  • The passing of the said final year exam should render the candidates eligible for the UPSC civil services exam, i.e., it should be a graduation-level degree from a recognised university. It can also be a professional or technical degree.
  • All such candidates who are declared as eligible for the UPSC mains by the board (i.e., those who clear the UPSC prelims) should produce the proof of their passing the required university examination along with their mains application. Only then will they be permitted to take the IAS mains exam.
  • If they fail to produce the required proof, they will not be admitted to the mains exam. This will result in the loss of a precious attempt because an attempt at the prelims is counted as one attempt.

Also, MBBS graduates who are yet to complete their internship can also take the UPSC mains exam. But such candidates should produce a certificate from their university or institution stating that they have completed all the requirements (including internship) for the medical degree at the time of the personality test/UPSC interview.

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  1. My Date Of Birth Is 22/03/2003 Which Year I apply for upsc

    1. Hi Ashutosh
      To sit for UPSC IAS Exam, an aspirant has to be a minimum of 21 years of age. Check UPSC Eligibility Criteria page to understand the requirements for civil services examination.

  2. I’m 19 and DOB is 19 July 2000 2nd year btech
    Can i apply for upsc in my final year of btech?

    1. Hi Kriti
      You can apply for UPSC IAS Exam either when you have cleared your graduation degree or are waiting for your final term results. The graduation certificate has to be submitted as a proof of educational qualification during the IAS Mains Application procedure. Please refer to UPSC Eligibility page for further details.

  3. Sir i am studying btech final year. i will complete my studies in May and I Will get my certificate in June or July 2021.
    Can I apply for upsc 2021 and am I eligible for upsc exam and Indian Forest service exam??

    1. Hi Santhu
      Yes, you can apply for UPSC 2021. The UPSC exam recruits for the services like IAS, IFS, IPS and more. You can get the full details on the UPSC eligibility criteria in the linked article. Keep up your preparation and for the same you can also check our Free IAS Prep page.

  4. Good Evening Respected Sir/Madam,
    Is an IGNOU student qualified for UPSC CSE?
    Is it mandatory to fill details of the educational degree certificate in DAF-I?
    Kindly guide
    Thank you

    1. Yes, IGNOU student csn sit for UPSC Exam. And, it is mandatory to fill all details in DAF.

  5. Shubhangi shrivastava

    Hello sir/ma’am
    I am a dental student,i will complete my final year in november 2021 (result will be declared around november month)
    Can i sit for upsc year 2021?

    1. Hi Shubhangi
      You will have to sit for UPSC 2022 as the final results’ mark sheet is required during the Mains Application process.

  6. Sir I am doing my final year of bba and my birth date is 11 Jan 2001 can I give upsc exam for year 2021

    1. As for age, you can sit for UPSC 2021. The final year students can sit for UPSC given they are able to produce their final marksheet during mains stage. Check UPSC Eligibility Criteria in detail.

  7. Sir, I’m a Bsc nursing student, I will complete my finals in September 2022 and result would be declared in November 2022, will I be eligible for Upsc 2022?

    1. You are eligible for UPSC 2023.

  8. My date of birth is 24/07/2000, can I apply upsc civil services exam 2021

    1. Hi
      You will meet the age requirements for UPSC 2021. To check the detailed UPSC eligibility criteria, refer to the linked article.

  9. Hello Sir,
    This side SHASHANK SHEKHAR, I am pursuing BA. LLB 5 years integrated course and I will graduate in 2023 so can i appear for UPSC CSE exam while I am in my final year that is 9th semester, and can I give the mains exam while I am in my last semester of the college???

    1. You can give UPSC exam in the last semester only when you will be able to get your graduation final mark sheet before the mains application process.

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