Physically Handicapped Criteria For UPSC

The Union Public Service Commission provides various concessions to differently abled candidates in terms of age limit relaxation for physically handicapped aspirants, reservation of posts and special provisions in exam centres etc. However, not all services through the Civil Services Examination are open for physically handicapped candidates. In this article, we bring you the various UPSC posts available for handicapped candidates. We have also included the physically handicapped criteria for UPSC.

UPSC Physically Handicapped Category

The commission assigns a UPSC category code for different disabilities. The following table lists the various categories of physical handicaps(PH) or disability which are eligible for the IAS exam:

Code

Physical Requirements

Code

Functional Classification

S

Sitting

OH

Orthopaedically Handicapped

ST

Standing

MW

Muscular Weakness

W

Walking

BL

Both Legs

MF

Manipulation by Finger

OL

One Leg

PP

Pushing and Pulling

OAL

One Arm One Leg

BN

Bending

BLA

Both Legs and Arms

L

Lifting

BLOA

Both Legs One Arm

KC

Kneeling and Crouching

BL

Both Legs

SE

Seeing

VH

Visually Handicapped

RW

Reading and Writing

LV

Low Vision

B

Blind

H

Hearing/Speaking

HH

Hearing Handicapped

C

Communication

PD

Partially Deaf

FD

Fully Deaf

The UPSC defines disability as the presence of any one or more of the conditions listed above. The commission updates this list based on advancements in medical technology and new PH categories may be added in the future. Aspirants should check the latest IAS notification for the same.

Civil Service Posts for Physically Handicapped Persons

The requirements of physical standards for UPSC Civil Services are different for every post. We have compiled the physical requirements of each service in the following table:

Service

Categories for which identified

Functional Classification

Physical Requirements

Indian Administrative Service

Locomotor disability

BA, OA, OL, BH, BL, MW, BLOA, BLA, OAL

C, S, W, ST, SE, RW, H

Visual impairment

B, LV

C, MF, RW, PP, KC, L, BN, ST, W, H

Hearing impairment

FD, PD

C, PP, KC, MF, L, BN, ST, RW, W

Indian Foreign Service

Locomotor disability

OA, OL, OAL

RW, ST, S, W, C, SE, MF

Visual impairment

LV

SE, RW

Hearing impairment

HH

H

Indian Revenue Service (Customs & Central Excise, Gr. A)

Locomotor disability

OL, OA

C, S, BN, L, SE, RW, H, MF, W, ST

Hearing impairment

HH

C, H, S, L, ST, W, BN, SE, RW, MF

Indian P&T Accounts & Finance Service, Gr. A

Locomotor disability

BH, BA, BL, OA, OL, MW, OAL

BN, KC, S, PP, SE, W, RW, C, ST, H, L, MF

Visual impairment

LV (PB), B

BN, C, W, PP, S,RW,ST,H,L,KC,MF

Hearing impairment

PD, FD

BN, C, S, SE, W, RW, ST, KC, L, MF, PP

Indian Audit & Accounts Service, Gr. A

Locomotor disability

OL, OA

BN, S, SE, C, W, RW, ST

Hearing impairment

PD

S, ST,W,SE,RW, BN, C

Indian Defence Accounts Service, Gr. A

Locomotor disability

OL, OA

S, ST, W, BN, SE, RW, C

Indian Revenue Service (I.T.), Gr. A

Locomotor disability

OA, OL, OAL, BL

S,ST,SE,RW,C, W

Visual impairment

LV, B

MF, L, KC, BN,

ST, W, H, RW, C, PP

Hearing impairment

PD, FD

MF,PP,L,KC,BN,

ST, W,RW,C, H

Indian Ordnance

Locomotor disability

OA, OL

S,ST,W,BN,RW, SE,H,C

Factories Service, Gr. A

Visual impairment

LV (PB)

S, ST, W, RW, SE, H, C, BN

Hearing impairment

PD

S, ST, W, BN, RW, SE, H(Speaking), C

Indian Postal Service, Gr. A

Locomotor disability

OA, OL

S, ST, W, RW, SE, H, C, BN

Visual impairment

LV

S, ST, W, BN, SE, H, C, RW

Hearing impairment

HH

S, ST, W, BN, RW, SE, H, C

Indian Civil Accounts Service, Gr. A

Locomotor disability

OA, OL, OAL, BL

S,ST,W,RW,H,C, SE

Visual impairment

LV

S,ST,W,SE, RW,H,C

Hearing impairment

HH

S,ST,W,SE, RW,H,C

Indian Railway Accounts Service, Gr. A

Locomotor disability

OA, OL, OAL, BL

S,ST,W,RW,C,H, SE

Visual impairment

LV

S, ST, W, RW, SE, C, H

Hearing impairment

PD

S, ST, W, RW, SE, C, H

Indian Railway Personnel Service, Gr. A

Locomotor disability

OA, OL

S,ST,BN,SE,C,W,H,RW

Visual impairment

LV

S, ST, BN, SE, C, W, H, RW

Hearing impairment

PD

S, ST, BN, SE, C, W, H, RW

Indian Railway Traffic Service, Gr. A

Locomotor disability

OA, OL

S, ST, W, SE, RW,

H, C

Indian Defence Estates Services, Gr. A

Locomotor disability

OA, OL, BL

S,ST,W,BN,MF,PP,KC,SE,RW,H,C

Visual impairment

LV

S, ST, W, BN, MF, PP, KC, SE, RW, H, C

Hearing impairment

HH

S, ST, W, BN, MF, PP, KC, SE, RW, H, C

Indian Information Service, Gr. A

Locomotor disability

BA, OL, OA, BH, MW, BL, OAL, BLA, BLOA

S,ST,W,RW,SE,H,C

Visual impairment

LV, B

MF,PP,L,KC,BN,

ST,W,H,RW,C

Hearing impairment

PD, FD

MF, PP, L, KC, BN,

ST, W, H, RW, C

Indian Trade Service, Gr. A (Gr. III)

Locomotor disability

BA, OL, OA, BH, MW, BL, OAL, BLOA, BLA

S,ST,W,SE, H, RW,C

Visual impairment

LV, B

MF, PP, L, KC, BN,

ST, W, H, RW, C

Hearing impairment

PD, FD

MF, PP, L, KC, BN,

ST, W, H, RW, C

Indian Corporate Law Service

Locomotor disability

OA, OL, OAL, BL

ST, RW, SE, S,BN,H

Visual impairment

LV

ST, RW, SE, S, BN, H

Hearing impairment

HH

ST, RW, SE, S, BN, H

Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service, Gr. B (Section Officers’ Grade)

Locomotor disability

OA, OL, BL

S,ST,W,BN,MF,SE,RW,H, C

Visual impairment

LV, B

S,ST,W,BN,MF,RW,H,C

Hearing impairment

HH

S,ST,W,BN,MF,SE,RW,C

Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service, Gr. B

Locomotor disability

BA, OL, OA, BH,

S,ST,W,H,SE,RW,C

MW, BL, OAL,

BLA, BLOA

Visual impairment

LV, B

MF,PP,L,KC,BN,

ST,W,H,RW,C

Hearing impairment

PD, FD

MF, PP, L, KC, BN,

ST, W, H, RW, C

Pondicherry Civil Service, Gr. B

Locomotor disability

OA, OL, BL, OAL

S,ST,W,SE,

S, ST, W, SE, RW, HC

Visual impairment

LV

S, ST, W, SE, RW, HC

Hearing impairment

HH

HC, W, S, ST, SE, RW

Disability is not an obstacle for ambitious candidates in becoming a Civil Servant. Aspirants can inspire themselves with many examples of successful candidates like Ira Singhal who cleared the IAS exam in spite of disability. There are many such examples of physically handicapped IAS officers which aspirants can look up to.

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