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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