How Many Attempts are Allowed for SC in UPSC?

By Aarna Tiwari|Updated : December 29th, 2022

An unlimited number of attempts are allowed for SC in UPSC until they reach the permissible relaxed age limit. The SC category has a relaxed age limit of 37 years (32 years + 5 years). As a result, SC candidates can take the UPSC Exam at any time between the ages of 21 and 37. According to UPSC eligibility, these candidates are eligible for 5-year age relaxation.

Attempts Allowed for SC in UPSC

The UPSC Age Limit varies depending on the category to which a candidate belongs. SC Category candidates have no UPSC Attempt Limit until they meet the Union Public Service Commission's eligibility criteria for this category.

Candidates from the Scheduled Castes, who the Ex-servicemen also cover, persons domiciled in J&K, blind, hearing impaired, and orthopedically handicapped categories are eligible for cumulative age relaxation under both categories. A few important criteria for SC in UPSC are as follows.

  • The SC category candidate should ensure that they satisfy all the criteria applicable before applying for an Examination.
  • A Scheduled Caste (SC) candidate is considered against the vacancies reserved only if they own a valid caste certificate.
  • The aspirants need to outrank lower cutoffs in Prelims, Mains, and final merit.
  • The maximum upper age limit, i.e., 37 years, should not have been reached as of 1st August of the exam year).

What is UPSC Exam?

The Union Public Service Commission holds an annual exam to select candidates for various decorated bureaucrat positions. Because most candidates choose IAS as their first preference, it is also known as an IAS exam in India. The UPSC Exam has three stages: preliminary examination, main examination, and interview. Candidates who obtained the required qualifying marks in the Prelims exam were eligible to take the Mains exam.

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FAQs on Attempts allowed for SC in UPSC

  • An unlimited number of attempts are allowed for SC in UPSC. They can appear in the exam till they fulfil the required age limit. The maximum age limit for SC candidates to appear in the exam is 37 years.

  • 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 the 1st of August of the Exam year but must not have attained the age of 37 on the 1st of August of the year of the Exam. So, the minimum age limit is 21 years, and the maximum is 37 years.

  • The UPSC Eligibility subsumes the UPSC Age Limit. The minimum age required for all categories is 21 years to appear for the UPSC Exam. The upper age limit and the 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.

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