UPSC Age Limit Latest News

The USPC conducts the civil services exam every year to recruit civil servants and diplomats for the country. The UPSC has certain eligibility criterion based on nationality, educational qualification, age limit and number of attempts which candidates have to meet. This article throws light on the UPSC age limit criterion for 2019.

All candidates must be graduates and have completed 21 years of age while taking the UPSC prelims exam. The maximum age limit is 32 years for the general category candidates. There are some relaxations for the reserved category candidates. The following table details the relaxation and the upper age limits for all the categories.

The Baswan Committee was constituted by the UPSC to look into the scheme and various issues related to the UPSC civil services exam. The committee was headed by B S Baswan, a retired IAS officer. The Committee submitted its report to the UPSC on 9th August 2016. Among its recommendations was one to reduce the upper age limit of the candidates from the current 32 years.

There was a lot of speculation among candidates about the maximum age in the last one year. But, for now there is no change in the upper age limit. It is now believed that a time-frame would be given for the changes to come into force. This would help the existing aspirants who would otherwise be adversely affected by the changes.

The call for a reduction in the upper age limit is primarily because many government officials and civil services training academies feel that older officers, especially those on the wrong side of 30, find it difficult to adopt and adapt to the values and work ethic required of civil servants. The upper age limit has been relaxed several times in the past. In the 1960s, it used to be 24 years of age. It saw a relaxation throughout the decades that followed until 2014 when it was raised to 32 years.

UPSC latest news on age limit/Age limit for civil services 2019

The following table gives the Age Limit for UPSC Civil Services Exam/UPSC upper age limit 2019:



Upper Age Limit


No relaxation


Scheduled caste/scheduled tribe (SC/ST)

Up to 5 years


Other Backward Classes (OBC)

Up to 3 years


Defence Service Personnel disabled during service

Up to 3 years


J&K domicile between 1st January 1980 and 31st December 1989

Up to 5 years


Ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least 5 years military service as on 1st August 2017 and have been released *

Up to 5 years


Visually challenged/hearing impaired/physically challenged candidates

Up to 10 years



* – such candidates on completion of assignment (including those whose assignment would complete within one year from 1st August 2018) other than those who have been dismissed or discharged on account of misconduct or inefficiency. Also, includes those servicemen who have been released due to physical disability attributable to military service; and also who have been released owing to invalidment.

Did you know?

The average age of candidates who clear the UPSC civil services exam is 26.9 years according to a study. In fact, most successful candidates fall between the age bracket 26 and 28 years.

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