How many attempts in UPSC for SC?

According to the official notification of UPSC, the eligibility criteria for nationality, age limit, number of attempts, educational qualifications and others for various categories have been prescribed. The Commission recommends applying for the exam only if the candidate satisfies the eligibility criteria. 

This article will provide information regarding the attempt limit for the Scheduled Castes category in the IAS Exam.

The candidates can refer to the below-mentioned links for additional information regarding the UPSC Notification:

An Overview of Number of UPSC Attempts for SC

The candidates should have a clear knowledge of the eligibility criteria of different categories before applying for the examination. The UPSC prescribes the number of attempts as six in general and provides relaxation for some categories, which includes candidates who belong to the Scheduled Castes. The below table data is sourced from the official notification of UPSC, and it shows that there is no restriction on the number of attempts for the candidates who belong to the Scheduled Castes category. 

UPSC attempts for SC

Category to which the candidate belongs to 

Number of attempts

SC (Scheduled Castes)


PwBD (Persons with Benchmark Disability) for SC


In other words, the candidates belonging to the Scheduled Castes will have an unlimited number of attempts in the UPSC Exam. 

Even though there is no restriction on the number of limits for Scheduled Castes, there are other eligibility criteria to be fulfilled by these candidates. For example, age limit, nationality, and educational qualifications. 

Also read:

  1. UPSC Eligibility Criteria
  2. UPSC Age Limit for SC & ST Category

What is the eligibility for availing reservations for Scheduled Castes?

  • 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. 
  • Candidates seeking reservation/relaxation benefits available for SC must ensure that they are entitled to such reservation/relaxation as per eligibility prescribed in the Rules/Notice. They should also be in possession of all the requisite certificates in the prescribed format in support of their claim as stipulated in the Rules/Notice for such benefits, and these certificates should be dated earlier than the due date (closing date) of the application of Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2021.

Also read more about Documents Required For UPSC Exam, from the linked article. 

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