What is the UPSC Age Limit for SC and ST Candidates?

By Aarna Tiwari|Updated : November 8th, 2022

The UPSC Age Limit for SC and ST Candidates is 37 years (32 years + 5 years relaxation). Candidates from Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) communities can have unlimited attempts until their mentioned UPSC Age limit. The IAS Age Limit varies depending on the kind of reservation. According to the official UPSC Age Limit, a candidate must be at least 21 years.

As of August 1, 2022, the general category candidate's maximum age to take the UPSC Exam is 32 years. Every year, the UPSC holds the Civil Services Examination to select applicants for various services, including IAS, IPS, IFS, and many others.

UPSC Age Limit for SC

The UPSC Age Limit for SC is 37 years. The official notification regarding the UPSC Age Limit reads- ‘Candidates who fall under the SC category must be at least 21 years old on August 1 of the exam year, although they cannot be older than 37.’ Candidates for the SC Category may apply as often (unlimited attempts) as necessary until they satisfy the Union Public Service Commission's requirements.

UPSC Age Limit for ST

The UPSC Age Limit for ST Category is 37 years (32 years + 5 years relaxation), according to the UPSC Eligibility. The ST category candidates must be at least 21 years old on August 1 of the exam year, although they cannot be older than 37.

The UPSC sets the age requirements that a candidate must meet is defined by the Commission as- "A candidate must have reached the age of 21 and not yet reached the age of 32 on August 1, 2021, which means that he must have been born between August 2, 1989, and August 1, 2000. If a candidate is a representative of a Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe, the upper age limit specified above may be relaxed by a maximum of five years.’

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FAQs on UPSC Age Limit for SC, ST Candidates

  • The UPSC Age Limit 40 Years is a rumour that has been there that the UPSC will increase the upper age limit to 40 years for selected categories. Other than this, candidates from the PH category can give the IAS Exam even after 40 Years.

  • The maximum Age Limit for SC candidates to sit for the UPSC Exam is 37 years. The minimum age limit is 21 years.

  • The UPSC Age Limit for ST Category is 37 years (32 years + 5 years relaxation). Candidates from SC and ST who are also ex-servicemen, residents of the State of J & K, blind, hearing-impaired, or orthopedically handicapped shall be eligible for cumulative age relaxation under both categories.

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