UPSC Age Limit for General Category

The UPSC civil services exam is your key to a career in the prestigious civil service of the country. If you have a desire to serve your country, you can try your hand at the civil services exam. All you need is a fierce commitment to your goal and adherence to an uncompromising work ethic. Apart from these traits, you also need to satisfy certain conditions that the UPSC has put in place. This article discusses the UPSC age limit criterion for aspirants belonging to the general category.

The UPSC has set an age limit for candidates who wish to take the civil services exam. For the general community, the age limit is 32 years. (The candidate should not be more than 32 years of age). The minimum age you need to have complete to be eligible for this exam is 21 years.

UPSC Age Limit for General Category 2020

UPSC calculates age as on 1st August of the year in which the exam is conducted. So, for the 2020 civil services exam, you should be above 21 years of age as on 1st August 2020. Even the upper age is calculated as on 1st August. So, you should not be more than 32 years as on 1st August 2020.

Minimum age: 21 years

Maximum age: 32 years

This implies that the date of birth of candidates who wish to take the 2020 UPSC civil services exam should fall between 2nd August 1988 and 1st August 1999.

Other categories like OBC, SC, ST, physically handicapped, ex-servicemen, etc. have certain age limit relaxation. Read more about age limit relaxation here.

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30 Comments

  1. Hi I am pursuing bsc pcm and I wants to be IPS officer how can I start this preparation and my height is 151cm.

    1. Hi Chandni
      To be recruited in IPS, you have to sit for UPSC Civil Services Examination. You can check the following pages to start your preparation:
      1. Free IAS Prep
      2. NCERT Notes PDF
      3. Daily News

  2. my age is 33 years and 8 month i want apply for upsc prelims 2021 for obc candidates. am i eligible

    1. Yes, Manikandan
      You can sit for UPSC 2021. If you are preparing, you can take help from the following links:
      1. NCERT Notes for UPSC
      2. UPSC Previous Years’ Question Papers

  3. My age is 29. Born on 17 march 1991 august. Could you tell me how many attempts I have

    1. Hi Sree
      The numbers of attempts are different for different categories. For General Category candidate, it is 6. For OBC, it is 9. For SC/ST, unlimited attempts are given. You can read the detailed eligibility criteria in the linked article.

  4. my date of birth is 3 jan 2003, i want to appear in 2023 for upsc . am i eligible

    1. Hi Gursimran
      You can sit for UPSC 2024 as the minimum age required to sit for UPSC CSE is 21 as of 1st August of the year of the examination. You can read the detailed UPSC eligibility criteria in the linked article.

  5. My dob is 12 august 2003. When will be my first attempt

    1. Hi Sakshi
      You can sit for UPSC 2023.

  6. Hello,

    My DOB is 21 July 1987, Category-OBC, Am I eligible to apply for UPSC 2021.

    Please suggest.

    Regards.

    1. Yes, you are eligible w.r.t age. The maximum age limit for OBC candidates is 35. Check UPSC eligibility criteria in the linked article.

  7. Hey, if my DOB is 26/09/2001 then I m eligible for 2022 examination for UPSC?.

    1. No, you will be eligible for UPSC 2023. The minimum age is 21 (As of 1st August 2022) for UPSC 2022.

  8. My DOB is 25/07/1999.can I appear for this exm ?

    1. Hi
      You can sit for UPSC 2021 given you meet all the UPSC eligibility criteria.

  9. Sir my dob is 05/07/2001 hence, can I apply for cse 2022?

    Will this date 1 St August remains the same for 2022?

    1. Yes, a candidate has to be a minimum of 21 (as of 1st August of the exam year) while applying for the exam.

  10. my dob is 15-08-1989, cat-obc creamy, what would be the last attempt for upsc?

    1. UPSC 2024 will be the last attempt.

  11. My date of Birth is 17 january 1989, category – general, can i appear for UPSC Civil services in 2021

    1. Hi
      As per UPSC notification 2020, a candidate (GC) must not have attained age of 32 as of 1st August 2020. For 2021 examination also, if the eligibility condition remains the same, a general category student completing 32 before 1st August 2021, will not be able to sit for the exam.

  12. Hey my DOB is 09-07-2000 can I sit in 2021 UPSC exam?

    1. Yes, you can sit for UPSC 2021. Read detailed UPSC eligibility criteria at the linked article.

  13. Hi my dob is 04-05-1985 ,I’m sc st category ,can I apply for upsc 2021

    1. Yes, any SC/ST candidate fulfilling other eligibility condition can sit for UPSC 2021 if he/she is not attaining 37 on/before 1st August 2021.

  14. My DOB is 10/08/2000 so in which year will I be eligible to write UPSC cse exam ??

    1. You can sit for UPSC 2022.

  15. Hey!
    My DOB is 09/09/2003
    Can I apply for upsc examination that will be held in 2024??

    1. Hi
      As the minimum age limit is 21 for the UPSC exam, you can sit for UPSC 2025. Please read detailed UPSC eligibility criteria at the linked article.

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