Eligibility Conditions for UPSC 2017: Number of Attempts & Other Restrictions

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. 

The UPSC released its 2017 notification on 22nd February 2017. All the details like the exam dates, exam scheme, how to apply, etc. are explained in this document. Download the 2017 UPSC notification PDF.

This article talks about the number of attempts permitted to a candidate to take the UPSC civil services exam.


Number of Attempts



Other Backward Classes (OBC)


Scheduled Castes/Tribes (SC/ST)

No restriction

Physically Handicapped (General)


Physically Handicapped (OBC)


Physically Handicapped (SC/ST)

No restriction


Points to note:-

  • If a candidate appears for the UPSC prelims exam, it will be deemed as one attempt.
  • If a candidate clears the UPSC prelims, he/she will be eligible for appearing for the USPC mains of that year only.
  • Even if a candidate’s candidature is disqualified or canceled, his/her taking the exam will be counted as one attempt. 


A candidate who is appointed to the IAS/IFS (foreign service) on the basis of the result of an earlier civil service exam and continues to be a member of that service will not be eligible to apply for this exam. If such candidate is given such appointment after taking the 2017 prelims exam, he/she will not be permitted to take the mains exam of 2017. Also, if such a candidate is appointed to the IAS/IFS after taking the UPSC mains 2017 but before the announcement of the results, then he/she will not be considered for appointment to service on the basis of 2017 mains exam.  

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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.


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