UPPSC Eligibility - PCS Exam Qualification, Age Limit, Physical Fitness

The PCS exam full form is the Provincial Civil Service Examination. In this article, we will list the eligibility criteria for the PCS exam conducted by the Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC).

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Check the UPPSC Notification in the linked article.

The PCS Exam details | Recent UPPSC news are as follows:

  • The UPPSC PCS 2023 Prelims exam  was conducted on 14th May 2023.
  • The mains exam for UPPSC PCS will start from 23rd September 2023 onward.
  • The answer key for PCS Exam 2021 was released on 27th October 2021. The candidates can check the linked article for downloading the answer key PDF.
  • UPPSC PCS Admit Card for prelims 2023 will be available on the official website. The candidates can check how to download it at the linked article.
  • Check the UPPSC Result in the linked article.
  • Check the UPPSC Prelims & Mains exam dates in UPPSC Calendar page.


IAS 2023 results

The PCS exam is conducted in three stages (similar to the IAS Exam):

    • Prelims
    • Mains
    • Interview

Regarding the new pattern of UPPSC and the updated PCS Exam syllabus, candidates can view/download the latest UPPSC Syllabus and PCS Exam Pattern from the linked page.


PCS Exam Eligibility 2023

The UPPSC PCS Eligibility Criteria for 2023 has been updated below based on the official PCS notification.

For Age Relaxation  in case of Emergency Commissioned /Short Service Commissioned Officers:

  • The commission has mentioned that all those emergency commissioned or short service commissioned officers who have not been released by the army. Still, their rehabilitation stands extended have to meet following eligibility conditions:
    • The requirement of a certificate of the competent authority of Army, Navy, Air Force and a certificate confirming no disciplinary action is pending against them
    • A written undertaking specifying their exit from army service if and when they are recruited in the PCS  services

    UPPSC PCS 2019 - UPPSC PCS Eligibility (Age Relaxation for Emergency Commissioned/Short Service Officers))

For claiming the benefit of reservation or age relaxation, candidates must:

  1. Have a domicile of UP
  2. A category certificate from the competent authority
  3. In the case of women candidates, the caste/domicile certificate issued from father’s side shall be considered valid
  4. Male candidates with more than one wife (living) are not eligible. (Unless the Governor of the state grants exemption.)
  5. Female candidates who have married a person already having a wife (living) are not eligible.  (Unless the Governor of the state grants exemption.)
  6. Female candidates who are pregnant (12 weeks or more) will be declared temporarily unfit.
  7. Candidates claiming age relaxation/reservation in more than one category for the UP PCS Exam shall be entitled to only one concession, whichever is more beneficial.

To check the UPPSC PCS Preparation booklist and tips, refer to the linked article.

Aspirants looking for motivation to excel in the state or central Public Service Commission exams must refer to the success stories of UPSC toppers and learn from their strategies.

The UPPSC PCS exam eligibility criteria, qualifications, and conditions are given below:

UPPSC Age Limit

The PCS exam (Combined State/Upper Subordinate Services Exam) age limit (as of July 1 of the exam year) is:

  • Minimum age – 21 years
  • Maximum age – 40 years






UPPSC Eligibility Age Limit

The UPPSC notification also lists the age relaxation for different categories/posts in the PCS exam eligibility:

Category Age Relaxation
SC 5 years age limit relaxation
S.T. 5 years age limit relaxation
OBC 5 years age limit relaxation
Skilled players of U.P. of Classified Games 5 years age limit relaxation
State Govt. Employees of U.P. (including Teachers/Staff of Basic Shiksha Parishad and Govt. aided Madhyamik Vidyalayas) 5 years age limit relaxation
Physically Handicapped (PwD) 15 years age limit relaxation
Group- ‘B’ posts for the Emergency Commissioned Officers / Short Service Commissioned Officers / Ex-Army Personnel with experience of 5 years 5 years age limit relaxation

UPPSC Qualification

The educational qualification for the PCS exam is:

  • Candidates must hold a Bachelor’s Degree from any recognised University or equivalent qualification
  • There are also some post-specific PCS Exam qualifications which are given below.

UPPSC Eligibility 2021 - PCS Qualification 2021 (1)

UPPSC Eligibility 2021 - PCS Qualification 2021 (2)

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The PCS exam eligibility also includes Physical Measurements/Fitness for certain posts. Candidates have to undergo a medical test after the interview to be considered eligible.

Physical Measurements for  the following posts for UPPSC PCS 2023 are given below:

  1. Assistant Conservator of Forest
  2. Range Forest Officer
  3. Dy. Superintendent of Police
  4. Superintendent of Jail
  5. District Commandant Home Guards
  6. Excise Inspector etc.

Physical Measurements Qualifications for Assistant Conservator of Forest for UPPSC:

UPPSC PCS 2019 - PCS Eligibility - Physical Measurements Standards - Assistant Conservator of Forest 1

UPPSC PCS 2019 - PCS Eligibility - Physical Measurements Standards - Assistant Conservator of Forest 2

Physical Measurements for Range Forest Officer for UPPSC PSC:

UPPSC PCS 2019 - PCS Eligibility - Physical Measurements Standards - Range Forest Officer

Physical Measurements for other UPPSC posts are given below:

  1. Dy. Superintendent of Police
  2. Superintendent of Jail
  3. District Commandant Home Guards
  4. Excise Inspector etc.

UPPSC PCS 2019 - PCS 2019 Eligibility - Physical Measurements for UPPSC Posts

UPPSC PCS 2019 - PCS 2019 Eligibility - Physical Measurements for UPPSC Posts 2

Candidates must always carefully review the eligibility criteria before applying for any government exam. In terms of age and nationality, there are certain similarities between the eligibility criteria for UPPSC PCS exam and the civil service exam. Aspirants looking forward to applying for either of the two exams must check out the details given above.

For the best results and to crack the exam with flying colours, a candidate must be well aware of the syllabus, exam pattern and scheme of selection, well in advance. This is also applicable for IAS Syllabus as it is extremely comprehensive.


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  1. This’s very helpful for me. thanks for your precious information.

  2. Very helpfull for me

  3. Sir
    What age relaxation to ex servicemen

    • Hi Manohar
      There is a 5 years of age relaxation for ex-serviceman (Native of Uttar Pradesh) who has rendered five years in service, which makes maximum age limit to be 45 years.
      Refer to UPPSC Preparation page to keep up your preparation.

  4. Sir what the qualification for uppcs

    • Hi Pramod
      The age limit and educational qualification are mentioned below:
      1. Minimum Age Limit – 21 Maximum Age Limit – 40
      2. Educational Qualification – A Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized government university/college
      Rest, this page gives all other details. Refer to UPPSC PCS Preparation page to keep up your preparation.

  5. I want to do preparation for uppcs. Please tell me what subject I can choose and how I can start preparation.

  6. Hy sir I am an arts graduate with 50% marks date of birth is 4/1988 am I eligible for exam

    • Hi Nazid
      As per the UPPSC Eligibility Criteria, the minimum age of the aspirant has to be 21 and maximum 32. The commission also gives age relaxation for different categories which you can find on this page itself. Hence, you can sit for the UPPSC PCS Exam. You can check the UPPSC syllabus to be updated about the current PCS exam pattern.

  7. Is BCA students eligible for UPPSC exam??

  8. Hello sir,
    I m post graduate n 39 years old can I apply for pcs exam , your guidance can help me.

    • Hi Bhawna
      Yes, you can sit for UPPSC PCS till you attain 40 years of age. If this year you have not applied for PCS 2020, you can apply for PCS 2021.

  9. Hello sir mera graduation me 47% marks h kya mai uppcs ke liye apply kar skta hu
    Plz reply me sir🇮🇳🇮🇳🙏🙏

  10. Hello Sir,
    When will application form & schedule for PCS 2021 exam be published.

  11. I was born on 1986, October belongs to general category. Am I eligible for UPSC. Please suggest.
    As this page says maximum age limit is 40.

    • Hi Kumud
      The maximum age limit is 40 for UPPSC exam which is Uttar Pradesh PCS Exam. The maximum age limit for UPSC (which recruits for IAS, IPS, IRS, IFS etc.) for general category aspirants is 32.

  12. hello sir!
    Do i need to belong to UP in order to be eligible for UPPSC ?
    Please reply

    • No, that is not a requirement. Natives of other states can very well sit for the UPPSC exam, however they can’t claim reservation.

  13. Hi sir myself Vandana kumari, I’m 2 March 1986 born, i m a nursing officer by proffesion currently working in AIIMS delhi. I had done post basic B sc nursing from IGNOU university . Now I want to prepare for civil services so pls guide me

  14. Anju sharma
    Hi sir i am post graduated in home science subject .can i sit in pcs exam.

  15. BCA, MCA wale bhi aaply kr sakte hai kya? Please guide me

  16. Hi sir i m shivani Akhade. I m SYBAF in commerce student. Can I sit in pcs exam, after graduation. Please reply me.

  17. I am graduate (BA). Can i apply ?

  18. Is there any requirement of ‘minimum passing marks in graduation’ for UPPSC exam?

    • No. A graduation degree is a must. However, a candidate must be clear with the post-specific PCS qualifications which are mentioned on this page above.

  19. Hii,

    Want to know about age ralaxatikn,
    Belonging from OBC cat
    Max age till 21-40 yrs including relaxation or withour relaxation.

    With relaxation will be 45 year

    Kindly advise is that correct.

  20. Sir i m post graduate mba(marketing,Hr)
    How can i apply for PCS

  21. Hello sir i have completed my post graduation in law. I have this query that whether post specific PCS exam have different syllabus and exam.

  22. sir , I am post g. can I apply for this .
    can you help me that how could I prepare .

  23. Respected byjus,
    Please answer my query.
    Can MP students sit for uppsc exam? if yes, then will MP student be eligible for same number of seats as notified by the commission or less as compared to a UP student?

  24. i dont know Hindi. Am i eligible to apply for UPPSC exams

  25. Hello.
    I am Graduate in Computer Applications.
    Is there any possibility for me to appear in UPSC examinations.

  26. Sir I am graduate in bsc can I fill pcs exam

  27. Hi Sir,
    i jst want to ask that currently i’m in the last year of my graduation so could i fill the form for 2021

    • The final result should be with you on/before the last date of UPPSC PCS registration. If that is not the case, then you may sit for the next year.

  28. Hi,
    My domicile is not of UP. Am I eligible for the UPPSC exam? if yes, what will be the maximum age for the exam? Please do let me know.

  29. Hi
    I am recently doing btech from computer science branch.
    Can I apply for the uppcs?

    • Hi,
      Either the candidates with a bachelor’s degree can apply or the one who is in the final year of their graduation. In the latter case, one has to submit the self-attested certificate with DAF during PCS Mains exam application process.

  30. sir is there any limitation on number of attempts in up pcs paper ????

  31. Sir, I’m in last year of graduation, can I also fill the form for 2022 uppsc exam ?

    • Greetings Ayushi. Yes, you are eligible to apply for the 2022 UPPSC Exam. But you must produce the self-attested degree certificate before the Mains portion of the UPPSC Exam takes place. Failing to do so will lead to disqualification of you candidature.