Eligibility Conditions for UPSC Exams 2017: Age Limit

UPSC Civil Services Exam 2017 Notification: Examination Scheme, Exam Dates, Application Fee and Last Date Details. The UPSC has released the notification for Civil Services And Indian Forest Services Examination.

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The UPSC released its notification for 2017 containing all the information that a civil services aspirant requires. This article talks about the age limit criterion that the UPSC has set for candidates who wish to take the 2017 UPSC exam.


A candidate must have attained 21 years of age and must not have attained 32 years of age as on 1st August 2017. That means, the date of birth of a candidate must be between 2nd August 1985 and 1st August 1996. This is for a General category candidate who does not qualify for any reservation. For the reserved candidates, the following table gives the upper age relaxation. So the minimum age required for UPSC exam is 21 years. The following table gives the maximum age across all categories.




Maximum Age


No relaxation


Scheduled caste/scheduled tribe (SC/ST)

Up to 5 years


Other Backward Classes (OBC)

Up to 3 years


J&K domicile between 1st January 1980 and 31st December 1989

Up to 5 years


Defence Service Personnel disabled during service

Up to 3 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


Visually challenged/hearing impaired/physically challenged candidates

Up to 10 years



* – such 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.


Points to note:-

  • Candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC who also fall under the category of ex-servicemen/J&K domicile/physically or visually challenged/hearing impaired will be eligible for grant of cumulative age-relaxation under both the categories.
  • The term ex-servicemen, is as defined in the Ex-servicemen (Re-employment in Civil Services and Posts) Rules, 1979.
  • Ex-servicemen and Commissioned Officers including ECOs/SSCOs who are released on their own will not be eligible for the age concession as explained above.
  • Physically disabled candidates will have to satisfy the requirements of physical and medical standards for the concerned posts/services after examination by the Government or appointing authority.
  • The proof of date of birth/age is the matriculation or secondary school leaving certificate, or a certificate recognized by an Indian University as equivalent to matriculation.
  • These certificates should be submitted only while applying for the UPSC mains exam.
  • No other certificate like horoscopes, affidavits, birth extracts from Municipal Corporation, service records would be accepted as proof of age.
  • While entering the DOB online at the time of applying for the UPSC prelims exam, make sure it is as entered in the matriculation certificate. Otherwise, disciplinary action can be taken against the candidate by the Commission.


Download the 2017 UPSC notification PDF.


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The UPSC released their notifications for civil services exam for 2017 on February 22nd. Visit BYJU’S Website for the latest news on the notifications page.