How Many Attempts are Allowed for SC in UPSC?

By Aarna Tiwari|Updated : June 30th, 2022

SC category candidates are allowed unlimited attempts in UPSC till they attain the permissible relaxed age limit. The permissible relaxed age limit for the SC category is 37 years (32 years + 5 years). Thus, the SC category candidate can attempt the UPSC Exam every from the age of 21 years to 37 years.

Number of Attempts in UPSC for SC Category?

The UPSC Age Limit varies from candidate to candidate based on the category to which he/she belongs. SC Category candidates are allowed unlimited attempts till they attain the age of 37 years.

The candidates belonging to the Scheduled Castes who are also covered under the category of Ex-servicemen, persons domiciled in J & K, blind, hearing impaired and orthopedically handicapped etc. will be eligible for grant of cumulative age relaxation under both the categories.

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How Many Attempts are Allowed for SC in UPSC FAQs

  • The UPSC Eligibility subsumes the UPSC Age Limit. To appear for the UPSC Exam, the minimum age required for all categories is 21 years. The upper age limit and Number of Attempts in UPSC vary according to the category.

    • General Category- 6 attempts; 32 years
    • OBC Category- 9 attempts; 35 years
    • SC/ST Category- unlimited attempts; 37 years
    • Physically Disabled/Handicapped Category- 9 attempts; 42 years (for both General and OBC) and Unlimited attempts till age limit.


  • Yes, the SC category does have an age limit. The UPSC Notification states that the candidates belonging to the SC category must have attained the age of 21 on 1st August of the year of the Exam but must not have attained the age of 37 on 1st August of the year of the Exam. So, the minimum age limit is 21 years and the maximum age is 37 years.

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