UPSC Age Limit for SC and ST Category (Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe)

UPSC Age Limit for SC and ST Category (Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe).

The Union Public Service Commission is a constitutional body which conducts various examinations in the country to recruit candidates for various posts in the Government of India. The Civil Services Examination is one such exam conducted by the UPSC every year to fill candidates in various posts like the Indian Administrative Services (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), among the others.

More than 9 lakh candidates apply to write the civil services exam but only a few thousands clear the exam and get into the post and this one of the reasons why this exam is called as one of the toughest and mother of all exams.

But here in this article, we are discussing the age limit one of the eligibility criterion set by the UPSC, which every candidate should fulfil along with other criteria to write the civil services exam commonly and popularly now as IAS Exam.

The UPSC Age Limit varies from candidates to candidates based on the category to which they belong.  The UPSC defines the age limit criteria that a candidate must fulfil as mentioned below.

“A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 32 years on the 1st of August, 2019 i.e., he must have been born not earlier than 2nd August, 1987 and not later than 1st August, 1998. The upper age-limit prescribed above will be relaxable The upper age-limit prescribed above will be relaxable up to a maximum of five years if a candidate belongs to a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe.

Here we discuss the maximum upper Age limit for the SC/ST (Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe) and the number of attempts.

Category

Maximum Upper Age Limit

Number of Attempts

Scheduled Caste (SC) /Scheduled Tribe (ST)

32 years + 5 years relaxation = 37 years

Unlimited (till the age limit)

Note I:

Candidates belonging to the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes who are also covered under the category of Ex-servicemen, persons domiciled in the State of J & K, blind, Hearing Impaired and orthopaedically handicapped etc. will be eligible for grant of cumulative age-relaxation under both the categories.

Find below the age limit and number of attempts for other categories.

UPSC Age Limit and number of attempts for GENERAL CATEGORY

Age Limit

Attempt Limit

32 Years

6

UPSC Age Limit and number of attempts for OBC CATEGORY

 

Age Limit

Attempt Limit

Non-creamy layer

35 Years

9

Creamy layer

32

6

 NOTE

  • OBC gets 9 attempts and 35 years, but this applies only to non-creamy layer OBC and not to creamy layer OBC.
  • For age/attempt limit, the creamy layer OBC is treated as General category candidate (which means they get only 6 attempts and age limit is 32 years as mentioned in the above table).

UPSC Age Limit and number of attempts for  PH CATEGORY

PH Candidate Category

Age Limit

Attempt Limit

General Category

42

9

OBC Category

45

9

SC/ST Category

47

Unlimited

UPSC Age Limit and number of attempts for J & K Domicile

Category

Age Limit

Attempt Limit

General Category

37

depending on the categories viz.Gen, OBC, SC/ST, PH

OBC Category

40

SC/ST Category

42

PH

50

UPSC Age Limit and number of attempts for Ex-Servicemen

Category

Age Limit

Attempt Limit

General Category

37

depending on the categories viz.Gen, OBC, SC/ST

OBC Category

40

SC/ST Category

42

UPSC Age Limit and number of attempts for Disabled Defence Services Personnel

Category

Age Limit

Attempt Limit

General Category

35

depending on the categories viz.Gen, OBC, SC/ST

OBC Category

38

SC/ST Category

42