Age Limit for IAS Exam 2022

The Union Public Service Commission conducts the Civil Services Exam every year to appoint candidates into the All India Services, and Group A posts of Central Government. It is one of the most sought after examinations held in the country, and cracking it is a matter of pride and respect for every aspirant. 

Since the IAS Exam is an annually conducted recruitment exam, UPSC releases an official notification, wherein it mentions all the details related to the enrolment, examination and final selection. Every candidate is expected to go through these details carefully before they apply for the examination. 

One of the key aspects mentioned in the UPSC notification is the eligibility criteria. Only the aspirants who satisfy all the requirements are eligible to apply for the exam. In this article, we will focus on the IAS Age Limit, which is a key criterion for all the applicants applying for the civil services exam. 

What is the Age Limit for UPSC CSE?

As per the official notification:

“A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 32 years as on the 1st of August (year of the examination)” 

This implies that candidates between the age group of 21 and 32 are eligible to apply for the civil services exam. However, there are certain relaxations that are applicable for candidates belonging to specific categories. Details about the same can be found further below in this article. 

Kickstart your UPSC 2022 preparation now and complement it with the links given below:

Category-wise Age Limit for UPSC Civil Services Exam


Upper Age Relaxation

Age Limit

IAS Age Limit for General


21 to 32 years

IAS Age Limit for SC/ST

5 years

21 to 37 years

IAS Age Limit for OBC

3 years

21 to 35 years

IAS Age Limit for PwBD

10 years

21 to 42 years

Defence Services Personnel, disabled in operations during hostilities

3 years

21 to 35 years


5 years

21 to 37 years

Candidates must note that they should not have attained the maximum age limit as of 1st August of the exam year. 

Some Salient Points To Remember About IAS Age Eligibility

  • Candidates who fall under two of the above-mentioned categories will be given a cumulative upper age relaxation under both the categories
  • Only an aspirant who satisfies the age limit along with the other eligibility criteria like the number of attempts, minimum educational qualification, nationality conditions, etc. is eligible to apply for the exam
  • There is no separate IAS Age Limit for female candidates

Note: The conducting body reserves the right to update or revise the age criteria for the civil services exam. Thus, it is advised that aspirants must carefully analyse the official notification and go through the terms and conditions before filling in the application form. 

Given below are a few related links for the reference of candidates:

IAS Study Materials

Age Limit and Number of Attempts in the UPSC Exam

FAQ on UPSC IAS 2021 for Beginners

UPSC Full Form

IAS 2022

UPSC Posts – Types of Civil Services


Leave a Comment

Your Mobile number and Email id will not be published.