Is Tattoo Allowed in IAS?

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: November 9th, 2023

Tattoo is allowed in IAS, provided they should not be present on the most noticeable body parts. Wearing a tattoo is fine, and there are no restrictions applicable for aspiring UPSC candidates. IAS and Civil Services officials can get tattoos done on their bodies, but they should not be visible. Candidates who wish to become an IAS officer must not get tattoos on their face, forearm, finger, and body parts that can be easily seen and detected.

Is Tattoo Allowed in IAS?

Tattoos appearing on exposed body parts are generally not considered good if one enters civil services. The reason is that as a part of the Indian Administrative Services, the members are asked to follow certain Central Civil Services Rules.

  • The IAS officer with the tattoo creates a non-professional image of the person in front of the public.
  • Those who are part of the IAS should refrain from being treated like “indecent of a government official” and not show their tattoos on the most visible body parts.
  • There is no strict rule for tattoos in the IAS exam, but police officers and army personnel are not allowed to enter the concerned department with tattoos on their bodies.
  • The Civil services have individuals from all walks of life; hence many Famous IAS officers who initially had tattoos in their modelling or celebrity profession were also selected as IAS officers.


Are Visible Tattoos Allowed in IAS Exam?

No, visible tattoos are not allowed in Indian Administrative Services. Future IAS officers must make sure that their tattoos are unobservable and must not be inked on the outer part of the body. In case your tattoo is visible during the IAS interview session, the senior officials may ask you about it.

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