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 have attained 32 by 1st August of the exam year). The minimum age you need to have complete to be eligible for this exam is 21 years.

Refer to the latest IAS Notification for more details on the eligibility criteria and age relaxation.

UPSC Age Limit for General Category 2023

UPSC calculates age as of 1st August of the year in which the exam is conducted. So, for the 2023 civil services exam, you should be above 21 years of age as of 1st August 2023. Even the upper age is calculated as of 1st August. So, you should not be more than 32 years as of 1st August 2023.

  • Minimum age: 21 years
  • Maximum age: 32 years

This implies that the date of birth of candidates who wish to take the 2023 UPSC civil services exam should fall between 2nd August 1991 and 1st August 2002.

Other categories like OBC, SC, ST, physically handicapped, ex-servicemen, etc. have certain age limit relaxation which can be referred to from the links given below:

Also, See:

The Issue of Age Limit and Number of Attempts in the UPSC Exam
UPSC Age Limit for SC and ST Category
Eligibility Conditions for UPSC Exams
IAS Online Application

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  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.

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

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

    • 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

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

  6. Hello,

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

    Please suggest.


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

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

  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?

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

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

    • 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?

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

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

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

  16. How many attempts I have??
    My dob 2 Jan 1993
    Category open

  17. hello, I belong to general category and my dob is 01/08/89 so pls tell me Can I give attempt of UPSC 2021.

  18. My dob is 31 dec 2001 so in which year i will be eligible to give this exam?

  19. Hey my dob is 31 december 2001 (obc) can i appear in 2022 prelims?

  20. Hello sir, my name is onkar pawar. Iam general category . My date of birth 09/08/2001 . Which year I am eligible for upsc by condition of age limit

  21. Hello Sir
    My name is Anuj Rana and i belong from Hapur state Uttar Pradesh. My date of birth is 7th May 2001. When will I be eligible for my upsc first attempt.

  22. Am I eligible for 2023 UPSC CSE as my DOB is 27, 05, 1988

    • Hi
      The candidate from the OBC category shouldn’t have attained 35 as of 1st August 2023. You can sit for 2021 and 2022.

  23. Hello,

    My DOB is 2 June 1987, Category-OBC, Am I eligible to apply for UPSC 2022.

    Please suggest.


  24. Hi Sir,

    My DOB is 25/Mar/1989. (32 yrs – 5 Months) Category – OBC. Sir still how many attempts am eligible for. Please suggest.

    Thank you.

  25. Hi sir,

    My DOB is 25-09-2001 so am i eligible to appear for UPSC 2022.

    • Dear Aspirant,
      The candidate with a minimum of 21 years of age can sit for UPSC 2022. In your case, you can sit for UPSC 2023. We have provided detailed eligibility here.

  26. my DOB is 27th NOV 1992 general category. Till what year would i be able to sit for UPSC?

    • Dear aspirant,
      The minimum age limit for a candidate (General Category) is 21 and the maximum age limit is 32. As per this, you can sit for 2022, 2023 and 2024. For more help with your UPSC preparation, you can download BYJU’S – The Learning App and also refer to our YouTube channel (BYJU’S IAS).

  27. Hi sir my age is 11-05-1990 am i eligible for 2022 upsc will be my 5th attempt

    • Dear Aspirant,
      For a general category candidate, the maximum age limit is 32. UPSC clarifies that the candidate must not have attained 32 as of 1st August of the exam year. Complying with this condition, a candidate who is 32+ stands ineligible for the UPSC 2022.

      One can check the list of PSC examinations that have different age limits and can appear for the same.

  28. Hi my birth date is 29/07/1993 , open category, which last attempt is eligible to me?am i eligible for 2025?

    • Dear Aspirant,

      As per the UPSC Eligibility Criteria 2021, the minimum age limit for the candidates (General Category) is 21 and the maximum age limit is 32. Please note, as per the latest notification that the candidate should not have attained 32 years of age as of 1st August of the exam year.