How Many Attempts are allowed for OBC in UPSC?

By Durga Prashanna Mishra|Updated : June 29th, 2022

The Number of Attempts Allowed for OBC in the UPSC exam is nine till 35 years of age. In general, the UPSC gives only six attempts to candidates appearing for UPSC Civil Services Exam. It is evident that the number of attempts allowed for OBC is more than the general category. Apart from the relaxation in the number of attempts, candidates also get three years of age relaxation. 

Number of Allowed Attempts for OBC in UPSC?

As we have mentioned above, the number of attempts of OBC in UPSC is nine. However, aspirants should know that there are two categories under OBC- Creamy Layer and Non-creamy layer. Those who belong to the other backward categories fall under the creamy layer, and they can’t avail themselves of the UPSC’s relaxation for OBCs. The relaxation for attempts will only be provided only if the candidate belongs to the Non-Creamy Layer under OBC.

  • An aspirant will only get the community relaxation only in the case of a particular caste to which the candidate falls under the list of reserved categories created by the central government.
  • Candidates applying for the UPSC CSE must produce the OBC certificate.

According to the eligibility of UPSC exam, if any OBC candidate wants to appear 10th time in UPSC exam, then their application won't be accepted by the commission. Even if he/she in the age limit criteria. They will not be eligible for appear in the exam after 9th attempts.

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FAQs on Allowed Attempts for OBC in UPSC?

  • Candidates from OBC backgrounds get a total of 9 attempts in the UPSC Exam. Candidates need to make their every attempt count, despite of relaxation. They should analyze UPSC Syllabus properly and come up with an effective UPSC preparation strategy.

  • The candidates will only get OBC community benefits for the number of attempts only if they present the OBC certificate when asked. In case they failed to submit the certificate then they'll be treated as general students.

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