How Many Attempts are Allowed for Physically Handicapped in UPSC?

By Aarna Tiwari|Updated : July 1st, 2022

Physically Handicapped candidates of the General/OBC/EWS categories are allowed a maximum of 9 attempts and Physically Handicapped candidates of SC/ST categories are allowed an unlimited number of attempts in case they are otherwise eligible. Physically Handicapped candidates are called Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PwBD) candidates by the Commission.

Number of Attempts Allowed for Physically Handicapped in UPSC Exams?

The number of attempts for the candidates from the Physically Handicapped or Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PwBD) category depends on their category. The list discusses in detail the number of attempts, and the minimum and maximum age limit for the PwBD candidates.


Minimum Age 

Maximum Age

Number of Attempts

PwBD- General

21 years

42 years



21 years

45 years



21 years

47 years


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  • Physically Handicapped candidate of the General/OBC/EWS can attempt the UPSC Exam 9 times. Physically Handicapped candidates of the SC/ST category have unlimited attempts till they attain the maximum age limit. The UPSC Eligibility differs from category to category.

  • Yes, a physically handicapped person can become an IAS officer. The UPSC, in the official UPSC Notification, states the eligibility conditions for the PwBD candidates. Ira Singhal, Kempa Honnaiah, and Satender Singh are fine examples of physically handicapped candidates who made a difference.

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