UPSC Age Limit 2023 - UPSC Eligibility Criteria, IAS Officer Qualification

By Shubhra Anand Jain|Updated : January 13th, 2023

UPSC Eligibility details include UPSC Age Limit, IAS Qualification, Nationality Requirement, and more. The UPSC age limit and the detailed IAS eligibility are released along with notification by the Union Public Service Commission on its official website. Those who are preparing to become a part of India’s elite bureaucracy must check the UPSC eligibility criteria before applying for the exams. It is essential to check the eligibility details before filling out the application form to avoid last-stage disqualification.

The most important detail to check about the UPSC eligibility criteria 2023 is the IAS age limit, as it varies for all reserved categories. Before filling out the application form, detailed information on the UPSC age limit, UPSC qualification, and other requirements must be checked and the documents supporting the eligibility are checked during document verification at a later stage. The candidates must ensure that they are fulfilling the UPSC eligibility criteria before filling up the form, to be considered eligible for taking the exam.

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UPSC Eligibility 2023

The notification for UPSC 2023 will be released on 01 February 2023. Candidates who want to apply for 2023 can check the eligibility criteria in this post. The commission released the UPSC Notification 2022 on 2nd February 2022, along with the IAS qualification.

Below we will cover the updated IAS requirements so that candidates can get a clear idea about the UPSC age limit, qualifications, and other requirements.

  • UPSC Age Limit - 21 -32 Years
  • Maximum Age for UPSC - Changes as per UPSC Age Relaxation for reserved categories. 
  • UPSC Qualification Criteria - Educational Qualification for UPSC is to be a graduate from a recognized university. 
  • Nationality- Indian
  • UPSC Attempt Limit- 6 attempts for General Category

UPSC Age Limit

The IAS age limit varies as per reservation categories. As per the official age limit for UPSC from the IAS qualification, the candidate's minimum age must be 21 years. The maximum age for UPSC must be 32 years as of 1st August 2022. Below we have mentioned the category-wise UPSC eligibility has been listed here-

Category

Minimum Age for UPSC 

Maximum Age for UPSC

UPSC Age Limit for General

21

32

UPSC Age Limit for OBC

21

35

UPSC Age Limit for SC

21

37

UPSC Age Limit for Scheduled Tribe

21

37

UPSC Age Limit for EWS

21

32

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Age Limit for UPSC 2023

Applicants preparing for the upcoming exams can check their age limit for UPSC 2023 by calculating it as of the 1st of August, 2023. The notification will be released in February 2023, but it's wise to check the age limit and the other eligibility details in advance. There is also news circulating on the internet about the UPSC age limit increasing to 35. As of now, there is no official update about the UPSC age limit increased to 35 for the general category. As per the official age limit for IAS 2023, the upper limit for the general category is 30 and for OBC is 35 years. 

How to Calculate IAS Age Limit?

The Union Public Services Commission calculates the UPSC Age Limit as of 1st August of the year in which the UPSC Exam is conducted. The minimum age limit to take the UPSC examination is 21 years. For example, if a candidate is appearing for the UPSC 2022, the candidate must be 21 years on the 1st of August, 2022. Even the upper age for the exam calculated as of 1st August.

The upper age limit for UPSC for general category candidates is 32 years. The upper age limit prescribed in the UPSC Notification is relaxable for up to five years if the candidate belongs to a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe. For an OBC candidate, a relaxation of 3 years is mentioned, making the maximum age limit for UPSC exam to be at 35 years. To calculate the correct UPSC Age Limit, a candidate should not have been born earlier than 2nd August 1990 and not after 1st August 2001.

UPSC Age Limit Relaxation for Different Categories

As we have mentioned in the table above, candidates from SC, ST, OBC, and other categories get age relaxation on the upper UPSC age limit. Candidates from the OBC category get an age relaxation of 3 years, which makes their upper age limit 35 years. Candidates from SC/ST category will get an age relaxation of 5 years, so their upper age limit is 37 years.

In the table below, we have provided the upper age limit for each category.

Maximum Age Limit for UPSC for all Categories

Category 

IAS Age Limit Relaxation

General

No Age Relaxation

OBC

3 Years

Disabled Defense Services Personnel

3 Years

SC / ST

5 Years

EX-Servicemen

5 Years

Benchmark Disability- EWS

10 Years

Latest News about UPSC Age Limit

Recently, applicants who couldn't appear for UPSC Exam due to Covid-19 requested an extra attempt and relaxation on UPSC Age Limit. As per the latest news, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) is not in favor of providing an extra attempt or relaxing the IAS Age Limit. DoPT also claimed that any alteration of the UPSC age Limit or the number of attempts allowed due to the COVID-19 outbreak might lead to similar demands from other groups of applicants. It will also have an impact on other contenders' chances.

Number of Attempts in UPSC 

The number of UPSC attempts can be explained as the number of times a candidate is allowed to appear for the UPSC Exam. Every candidate is only eligible to appear UPSC Exam up to a certain number. We have mentioned all the information regarding the UPSC number of attempts allowed for a candidate from each category. 

  • General category candidates get a total of 6 attempts with an age limit of 32 years.
  • Candidates from the OBC category get 9 attempts till 35 years of age
  • SC/ST category candidates get an unlimited number of attempts till 37 years of age
  • EX-Servicemen/Benchmark Disability- EWS/Disabled Defense Services Personnel will get 9 attempts until the age of 42.

IAS Qualification

To be eligible for the UPSC exam, candidates must meet various academic requirements. Below we have mentioned the UPSC eligibility for educational qualifications in detail.

  • The candidates need to have a degree from a recognized government university or have an equivalent IAS qualification.
  • UPSC Eligibility for Final Year Students: Those who are in their final year of graduation and waiting for results can also apply for the UPSC Exam. However, these candidates have to produce proof of passing the said exam.
  • Medical students who have cleared their final year can also apply for the exam. But such candidates need to submit the course completion certificate along with the UPSC Mains examination application.

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UPSC Eligibility - Nationality

Under the nationality eligibility criteria for UPSC, citizens from other countries can also apply for UPSC under certain conditions. We have mentioned the complete IAS qualification criteria based on nationality below. 

For IAS, IPS, and IFS - Candidates need to be a citizen of India

For Other Services:-

  1. A candidate can be a citizen of India, or
  2. Nepal, or
  3. Bhutan
  4. A Tibetan refugee came to India before 1st January 1962 and permanently settled in India.
  5. A person from India who has migrated from Burma, Sri Lanks, Pakistan, Uganda, African countries, Malawi, United Republic of Tanzania, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia, and Vietnam intends to settle in India permanently.
  6. Those candidates who belong to 2,3,4, and 5 categories should provide a certificate of eligibility issued by the Indian Government. These candidates may take the exam before getting the said certificate of eligibility. However, he/she would only get the offer of appointment after the certificate has been issued by the Indian Government.

Summary of UPSC Eligibility Criteria 

Below mentioned is the synopsis of the UPSC eligibility for all the categories of applicants. The Nationality and Qualification mostly remain the same for all categories. The major difference is in the UPSC age limit and the number of attempts

Type of ApplicantIAS Qualification Criteria 2023
UPSC age limit for General Category IAS Age Limit - 32 Years with 6 Attempts
UPSC Age Limit for OBC UPSC Age Limit is 35 Years with 9 Attempts
SC/ST 32 years + 5 years with unlimited attempts.
Physically Disability

UPSC Age Limit is 42 years, where SC/ST category aspirants have unlimited attempts, and others have 9 attempts.

J&K Domicile The UPSC age limit will be calculated as 32 years + 5 years + (5 years, if SC/ST OR 3 Years, if OBC), and the UPSC attempts depends on the reserved category.

 

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FAQs on UPSC Eligibility and Age Limit for UPSC

  • As per the UPSC Age Limit, the minimum age of the candidate must be 21 years, and the maximum age must be 32 years as of 1st August 2023. This means to be eligible for the UPSC Exam 2023, a candidate should not have been born earlier than 2nd August 1991.

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  • As per the official IAS Officer qualification in accordance with the UPSC eligibility criteria, an applicant must be an Indian National to become an IAS officer. A non-Indian citizen is not eligible for the post of IAS. The Nationality has some relaxation for other posts such as the subject of Nepal, Bhutan, Tibetan refugee and more are eligible for UPSC exam.

  • The UPSC age limit for SC and ST candidates is 37 years as of 01 August 2022. UPSC provides an age relaxation of 5 years for SC/ST applicants. Applicants must go through the detailed UPSC eligibility criteria 2023 before applying for the exam to avoid later-stage disqualification.

  • There is no such requirement of UPSC exam eligibility educational qualification percentage in the official notification. As per UPSC Qualification, an applicant must have a valid graduate degree from a recognized university. Even degrees such as MBBS, ICAI, ICWAI, or ICSI are welcome to apply. 

  • The UPSC number of attempts varies as per various reservation categories. Applicants from SC/ST category have unlimited attempts as long as they are eligible as per IAS qualification. As per the official notification, the UPSC age limit for SC is 37 years. Therefore, up to 37 years of age, candidates have endless attempts.

  • No, there is no relaxation for female candidates in UPSC. The minimum required IAS age limit for females is 21 years, and the maximum age required is 35 years. The UPSC age limit relaxation is dependent on the category only.

  • If you belong to the reserved category of Persons with Benchmark Disability – EWS (Economically Weaker Section), the UPSC age limit is 42 years. Candidates in the Physically Handicapped category can also apply at 40 depending on their reservation category. For applicants with J&K domicile and belonging to OBC, SC, ST, and PH categories, the IAS Age Limit is 40- 50 years depending on the category.

  • No, as per the latest news, DoPT and UPSC have not reduced the UPSC Age Limit for any category. The age limit for UPSC Exam 2023 remains the same i.e. 32 years for the General category.

  • The minimum UPSC Age Limit as per the official eligibility details is 21 Years and the maximum age is 32 years for the General category. 26 is an excellent age to appear for UPSC Exam. However, it should not be noted that as long as you are eligible for IAS Exam, no age is a bad one to appear for UPSC CSE.

  • Yes, applicants in their final year of graduation can apply for the IAS Exam. As per the IAS qualification, candidates with a valid graduate degree from a recognized university can apply for the exam. The candidates must submit proof of their degree when asked to ensure their eligibility.

  • The UPSC eligibility for the exam is that the applicants must have a graduate degree from a recognized university and must be within the UPSC age limit. The age limit for UPSC for the general category is 32 years, for OBC the IAS age limit is 35 while the SC /ST candidates must be less than 37 years of age.

  • Candidates fulfilling the UPSC eligibility criteria can take the exam. It is of utmost importance for the candidates to check the eligibility criteria before filling up the application form. The candidates must fulfill the UPSC age limit, the minimum being 21 years and the maximum being 32 years for General candidates. The age limit and the eligibility criteria for other candidates differ category-wise. The candidates must be in possession of a graduate degree. They must be of Indian nationality for becoming IAS, IPS, and IFS.

  • The aspirants aspiring to become IAS officers must be having complete knowledge of the UPSC eligibility criteria and age limit. They must be having a graduate degree. The aspirants must fulfill the UPSC age limit, eligibility criteria, and educational qualification. The minimum age limit is 21 years, and the maximum age limit will be 32 years.

  • The UPSC age limit is an essential factor that the candidates must fulfill to consider themselves eligible for the posts. The minimum UPSC age limit is 21 years while the maximum age limit is 32 years. The age limit varies according to different categories. The minimum age limit remains the same. The maximum age limit varies, for OBC it is 35, the maximum age limit for SC and ST is 37 and for candidates belonging to Economically weaker sections is 32.

  • Yes, graduation is the minimum eligibility criteria for taking the UPSC exam. It is highly important for the candidates to fulfill the minimum eligibility criteria for considering themselves eligible for taking the exam. The candidates in the final year, awaiting the results can also take the exam, but they will have to present proof of passing the exam later.

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  • The maximum age required for the candidates passing the UPSC eligibility is 32 years for general candidates. It is of prime essentiality and importance for the candidates to fulfill the minimum and maximum age limit requirements, to be considered eligible for the post. The maximum age limit for the candidates belonging to the General category is 32 years, and for OBC is 35. The maximum age limit for the candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe categories is 37 years, and for the candidates belonging to Economically Weaker sections, it is 32 years.

  • No, the minimum education qualification for UPSC candidates is graduation. Candidates not fulfilling the minimum eligibility criteria are liable to be disqualified. The aspirants who are in their final year of graduation and awaiting results can also take the exam but will have to present proof of passing the exam at the later stages of the recruitment process.

  • It is of high importance for the candidates to fulfill the UPSC eligibility criteria to be considered eligible for the post. You must fulfill the UPSC age limit to be considered eligible for the post. The minimum age limit criteria are 21 years, and the maximum age limit criteria vary according to caste. For general it is 32, for OBC it is 35 and for SC and ST it is 37 years. So, you are not eligible for becoming IAS at 38 years.

  • The UPSC eligibility criteria for females are the same as that for males. There are no special provisions or criteria for female candidates. The female candidates must note the eligibility criteria and apply after ensuring that they fulfill the eligibility criteria.

  • No, the candidates must keep in mind that the number of attempts is highly essential for the exam. If your number of attempts have exhausted, you will not be considered eligible for the exam according to the prescribed UPSC eligibility criteria. The General category candidates have six attempts. The OBC category receives 9 attempts, and SC and ST category receives an unlimited number of attempts. The candidates must keep in mind the upper age limit as well while applying for the exam.

  • The IAS qualification is also prescribed by the official authorities of the Union Public Service Commission. The age limit varies category-wise. The minimum IAS age limit is 21 years. The maximum is 32 for General category candidates. The age limit for OBC is 35 years, SC and ST are 37 years, and 32 years for the EWS category. They must be possessing Indian nationality and graduation degree to fulfill IAS qualification.

  • The UPSC exam pattern comprises three major stages that are Prelims, Mains, and Interview. The prelims exam is the qualifying round and the candidates must pass this round to be able to proceed further. The IAS exam pattern comprises two papers, having a duration of 2 hours. Paper 1 carries 100 questions, whereas paper 2 comprises 80 questions. The total marks carried by the papers is 200 each.

  • The mains exam comprises optional subjects. The main list of optional subjects includes agriculture, botany, anthropology, animal husbandry, psychology, sociology, statistics, zoology, geology, history etc. The candidates must check the syllabus of the optional subjects and then pick it for the exam. This highly influences the chances of the candidates getting selected for the exam.

  • The prelims syllabus includes Paper 1 and CSAT. Paper 1 comprises history, geography, current events of national and international interest, social development, general issues etc. The main syllabus includes the subjects such as the compulsory Indian language, English, essay writing, General studies 1 to 4, and optional subjects. The optional subjects are agriculture, history, psychology, botany, anthropology etc.

  • It is essential for the candidates to fulfill the UPSC eligibility. The minimum age limit is 21 years, while the maxim age limit varies category-wise. For General and EWS candidates the maximum age limit is 32 years, and for the OBC it is 35 years. The maximum age limit for the qualification is 37 years. They must possess a graduation degree. The candidates must be Indian to be considered eligible for the post.

  • The total marks of the prelims paper is 400. There is a negative marking as well in the prelims exam. 1/3rd of the allotted marks will be deducted in case of wrong answers. The 100 questions are asked in the IAS exam, and 80 questions are asked in the CSAT paper. The questions are asked in the format of Multiple choice questions [MCQs].

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