How many attempts for OBC in UPSC?

The Other Backward Classes, commonly known as OBCs are provided with relaxations by UPSC in the IAS Exam. Moreover, the commission also sets few limits and provides some relaxation on certain categories of people. Therefore, the candidates applying for the examination should ensure that they fulfil all the eligibility conditions for admission to the examination. 

The aspirants can read this article to know the UPSC OBC Attempt Limit and the details regarding relaxation. 

The candidates can read more about the UPSC Notification details from the links provided below:

UPSC Attempts for OBC – An Overview

In general, the UPSC provides for six attempts for any candidate who is appearing for the examination. Additionally, the commission also provides some relaxation for different categories of candidates. Therefore, the maximum number of attempts allowed for each candidate is different from each other based on the category they belong to. 

Maximum Number of OBC Attempts in UPSC

Category to which the candidate belongs to 

Number of attempts

OBC (Other Backward Classes)


PwBD (Persons with Benchmark Disability) + OBC


The data in the above table about OBC UPSC attempts are taken from the official website of UPSC, and it is evident that the number of attempts provided for OBC is different and higher than the attempts taken by the general category candidates. 

To know more about other UPSC eligibility criteria, check the linked article. 

Furthermore, UPSC also provides age relaxation for the OBC category of candidates. To read more about the IAS Age Limit, check the linked article. 

Who can avail of OBC Relaxation under UPSC?

There are two categories under OBC – Creamy Layer and Non-creamy Layer. The candidates who belong to Other Backward Classes and come under the creamy layer category cannot avail relaxations provided by the UPSC for OBCs. The relaxation can be availed by the candidate only if he/she belongs to the Non-Creamy Layer under OBC. 

Also, for availing the reservation, 

  • A candidate will be eligible to get the benefit of community reservation only in case the particular caste to which the candidate belongs is included in the list of reserved communities issued by the Central Government.
  • The OBC candidates applying for CSE-2022 must produce OBC (Non-Creamy Layer) certificate based on the income for the Financial Year (FY) 2020-2021, 2019-20 and 2018-19. 
  • The closing date fixed for the receipt of the application of Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination – 2022 will be treated as the date for determining the OBC status (including that of the creamy layer) of the candidates. 

To read more about the Sub-category for OBC, check the linked article. 

When a candidate has to submit proof of any relaxation?

The Commission takes up verification of eligibility conditions with reference to original documents only after the candidate has qualified for the Interview/Personality Test. 

To know more about the documents to be submitted at each stage of UPSC and know the checklist, check the links below:

  1. Documents Required For UPSC Exam
  2. Checklist of Documents for UPSC Civil Services Exam Personality Test/Interview


The Commission, in its official notification, clearly states that the admission of candidates to all the stages of the examination will be purely provisional subject to satisfying the prescribed eligibility conditions. The mere issue of an e-Admit Card to the candidate will not imply that his/her candidature has been finally cleared by the Commission. 

Therefore, if a candidate claims that he/she belongs to the OBC category, then he/she has to submit the required documents by the UPSC at the due time of verification of eligibility criteria. 

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