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).

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

  • UPPSC Notification 2021 has been released on 5th February 2021. (Check the UPPSC Notification in the linked article.)
  • UPPSC PCS Mains 2020 Result is to be declared. Check the UPPSC Result in the linked article.
  • UPPSC PCS Admit Card for prelims 2021 will be out in May, and candidates can check how to download it at the linked article.
  • Check the UPPSC Prelims & Mains exam dates in UPPSC Calendar page.
  • 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 2021

The UPPSC PCS Eligibility Criteria for 2021 has been updated below after the release of the official PCS notification 2021.

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.

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 PCS Age Limit 2021 (1)

UPPSC PCS Age Limit 2021 (2)

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 2021 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

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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

    1. 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

    1. 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.

    1. Hi Avinash
      To start the preparation, first you need to know the UPPSC Syllabus which is given in the linked article for your reference. Going forward, you can refer to our UPPSC PCS Preparation page to get the idea on how to proceed with your preparation.

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

    1. 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??

    1. Hi Anand
      Yes, a BCA student can sit for UPPSC exam. If you are preparing for UPPSC PCS, check the following pages:
      1. UPPSC Preparation
      2. Current Affairs

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

    1. 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🇮🇳🇮🇳🙏🙏

    1. Yes. You can.
      Check UPPSC Preparation page to start your preparation for PCS Exam.

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

    1. The PCS 2021 application will only be released in 2021. Any information related to UPPSC Notification will be updated in the linked article.

  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.

    1. 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. Rachit Chaturvedi

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

    1. 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

    1. Hi Vandana, pls check the UPSC Eligibility Criteria to know if you meet the eligibility requirements to sit for CSE.

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

    1. Yes, Anju.
      You can sit for PCS exam. A graduate in any degree recognized by the government is eligible to sit for the UPPSC PCS Exam.

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

    1. Yes, Chanchal
      Any graduate (from a govt-recognized university/college/institutes) can apply for PCS Exam.

  16. Shivani Sanjay Akhade

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

    1. Yes, Shivani
      You may sit for PCS exam given you meet all the eligibility criteria. You can check UPPSC Calendar as PCS 2021 dates will be updated here once the notification will be out.

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

    1. Yes, you can apply if you meet all the eligibility conditions.

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

    1. 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.

    1. For OBC candidates, the max age limit is 45.

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

    1. Hi
      Wait for UPPSC PCS 2021 notification. It will be released on the official website of UPPSC. Meanwhile, you can visit our UPPSC notification post where we will update as and when it comes out.

  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.

    1. UPPSC PCS recruits for various posts but has only one exam.

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

    1. Yes, you can apply if you meet the eligibility criteria. You can first go through our UPPSC preparation post for booklist and tips for PCS exam.

  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?

    1. Hi
      Yes, a candidate hailing from MP can sit for UPPSC Exam. However, one cannot claim any age relaxation or benefits of reservation.

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

    1. The UPPSC PCS Mains has General Hindi paper which is of 150 marks. Hence, it is required that a candidate must know Hindi.

  25. Shreyansh Srivastava

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

    1. Yes, one with a basic graduation degree from a govt-recognized university/college can sit for UPSC exam.

  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

    1. 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.

    1. The maximum age limit is 40.

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

    1. 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.

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