What is the Qualification for IAS?

The civil services, along with the armed forces, is one of the most esteemed services in the country. Among the various services which one can get into after clearing the UPSC civil services exam, the most sought-after and prestigious is the Indian Administrative Service (IAS). In this article, we have discussed the qualification or eligibility criteria for the IAS exam.

Find below the eligibility criteria for IAS Exam

The candidate must be an Indian citizen to write the UPSC IAS exam. The exam is open to both men and women and in fact, the government encourages women candidates to apply (female candidates are exempt from the application fee for the exam). 

Nationality Conditions for IAS

NATIONALITY CRITERION FOR IAS AND IPS:

  • Candidate must be a citizen of India

NATIONALITY CRITERION FOR ALL OTHER SERVICES:

  • Candidate must be either:-
  1. A citizen of India, or
  2. A subject of Nepal, or
  3. A subject of Bhutan, or
  4. A Tibetan refugee who came to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
  5. A person of Indian origin (PIO) who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Ethiopia, Zaire and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.
  • The candidates belonging to categories (B), (C), (D) and (E) should furnish a certificate of eligibility issued by the Government of India. Such candidates may take the exam before getting the said certificate of eligibility, but he/she would get the offer of appointment only after the certificate has been issued by the Government of India.
  • POINT TO NOTE: A person belonging to categories (B), (C) and (D) are not eligible for appointment to the Indian Foreign Service (IFS).

Education Qualification for IAS

The educational qualification needed to appear in UPSC IAS Exam is a degree in any discipline from a recognized university, incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutions created by an Act of Parliament or acknowledged to be a Deemed University under the UGC Act, 1956, or an equal prerequisite. The candidates who are awaiting the final year result can also apply for this Exam.

UPSC Age Limit

The age criteria for the candidates who are willing to take UPSC Civil Services Exam varies based on their category to which they belong. The age limit for candidates of various category is given below:

Category

Upper Age Limit

Age Relaxation

General

32 Years

Nil

Other Backward Castes (OBC)

32 Years

Relaxation of 03 years = 35 years

Scheduled Caste (SC)/Scheduled Tribe (ST)

32 Years

Relaxation of 05 Years = 37 years

Physically disabled candidates (Blind, Deaf-Mute, Orthopedic)

32 years

Relaxation of 10 years = 42 years

Jammu & Kashmir Domicile

32 years

Relaxation of 5 Years General = 37 Years OBC = 40 Years SC/ST = 42 Years  PH = 50 years

Disabled servicemen disabled from duty

32 years

General = 37 years  OBC = 38 Years (Relaxation of 6 Years) SC/ST = 40 Years (Relaxation of 8 Years)

 

Number of attempts

The number of attempts permitted for a general category candidate is IAS Exam is 6. There are 9 attempts permissible for OBC candidates. The candidates from SC and ST category will have unlimited attempts till they reach the upper age limit.

Category

No. of Attempts Allowed

General

06 Attempts

Other Backward Castes (OBC)

09 Attempts

Scheduled Caste (SC)/Scheduled Tribe (ST)

Till the Upper Age limit

Physically disabled candidates (Blind, Deaf-Mute, Orthopedic)

General and OBC Candidates= 09 attempts               

SC/ST Candidates = Unlimited till age limit

Jammu & Kashmir Domicile

Up to the Upper Age limit

Disabled servicemen disabled from duty

Up to the Upper Age limit

 

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