How Many Attempts are Allowed for General in UPSC?

By Aarna Tiwari|Updated : June 29th, 2022

The Number of Attempts Allowed for General in UPSC is 6 attempts, till 32 years of age. It is to note that just applying doesn't count as attempting. The UPSC general attempts are less in comparison to other categories, such as OBC/SC/ST/PwBD.

Number of Attempts Allowed for General Category in UPSC Exam?

The Attempts for General Category in UPSC are 6 attempts till 32 years of age. To appear for UPSC Exam, a general category candidate must be a minimum of 21 years of age and must not be more than 32 years of age at the time of the examination. The EWS (Economically Weaker Section) is a kind of sub-category of the general category. They are provided with the same number of attempts as the General category. 

A number of attempts is nothing less than the number of times a candidate can appear in the UPSC exam. After passing the prelims exam, they appear in the Mains exam. Once they get shortlisted after Mains exam then they'll be called for Interview round. After adding scores of Mains and Interview, UPSC prepares the final list and then eligible candidates get appointed on IAS, IPS, IRS, IFS and other reputed posts.

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FAQs on Attempts are Allowed for General in UPSC

  • The Attempts for General Category in UPSC are limited to 6 attempts. The attempt is the same for both male and female candidates. The 6 attempts are valid till 32 years of age. For detailed information, candidates can read about the UPSC Eligibility.

  • UPSC is one of the toughest exams in the country. But having said that, an approachable and sorted UPSC Preparation Strategy can help in clearing the UPSC Exam in a year. If the candidate is well versed with the UPSC Syllabus and understands the UPSC Exam Pattern, the exam is not as tough as the general myth is. 

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