How Many Attempts are Allowed for General in UPSC?

By Aarna Tiwari|Updated : December 29th, 2022

The number of attempts allowed for General in UPSC is 6, up to the age of 32. The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) limits the number of attempts for distinct classes of candidates. It should be noted that simply applying does not constitute an attempt. The UPSC attempts for the general category are lower than other categories, such as OBC/SC/ST/PwBD.

Attempts allowed for General in UPSC

UPSC allows 6 attempts for the General Category until the age of 32. A general category candidate must be at least 21 years old and no older than 32 years old at the time of the examination to sit for the UPSC Exam.

  • The EWS (Economically Weaker Section) is a sub-category of the larger category.
  • EWS Criteria are almost the same as the General category in the way that they receive the same number of chances.
  • The 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 are shortlisted after the Mains exam, they will be called for an Interview round.
  • After adding scores of Mains and Interviews, UPSC prepares the final list, and eligible candidates get appointed to IAS, IPS, IRS, IFS, and other reputed posts.

The table below depicts that EWS and General category has the same number of attempts, i.e., 6, whereas the aspirants belonging to PwBD (General or EWS) gets can attempt the exam 9 times.

UPSC attempt limit for General category
Category of CandidatesTotal Attempts
PwBD (Persons with Benchmark Disability) for General9
PwBD (Persons with Benchmark Disability) for EWS9
EWS (Economically Weaker Sections)6

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FAQs on Attempts allowed for General in UPSC

  • A total of 6 attempts are allowed for General in UPSC. 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 clear 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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