UPSC Age Limit

The Civil Services Exam is held by the UPSC every year to enrol officers into the Indian civil services. A career in the civil services is prestigious and challenging. This is the perfect opportunity for talented youngsters to use their education and calibre in the service of the nation. The Commission prescribes certain eligibility conditions for candidates applying for the UPSC exam. In this article, you can read about the age limit for the UPSC exam.

UPSC Age Limit: 21 – 32 years

To take the civil services exam, candidates should have completed at least 21 years before taking the prelims exam. For the general category, the age limit for IAS is 32 years. This means that the candidate should not have turned 32 years as on 1st August of the year in which the exam is being conducted. For example, for the 2019 UPSC exam, the general category candidate should not have turned 32 as on 1st August 2019. There is no difference in the IAS age limit for female and male candidates.

The UPSC gives certain relaxations for the candidates belonging to the Other Backward Classes (OBC), Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) and physically handicapped candidates, among others.

The following table gives the age criteria for UPSC exam for the various categories:


Age relaxation in UPSC

Civil Service exam age limit


No relaxation



5 years



3 years


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

5 years


Defence Service Personnel disabled during service

3 years


Visually challenged/hearing impaired/physically challenged candidates

10 years


Ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least 5 years military service as on 1st August 2018 and have been released *

5 years


* – such candidates on completion of assignment (including those whose assignment would complete within one year from 1st August 2019) 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. Ex-servicemen and Commissioned Officers including ECOs/SSCOs who are released on their own will not be eligible for the age concession as explained above.

Candidates who can claim multiple reservations, for example, OBC candidates who are physically handicapped, can get cumulative age relaxations, in this case, 3 years (OBC) + 10 years (PH), 45 years would be the maximum limit.

As proof for the age/date of birth, only matriculation or secondary school leaving certificate, or a certificate recognised as equivalent to matriculation by an Indian University will be considered.

The UPSC also has certain limits on the number of attempts a candidate can take.

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