Other Eligibility Conditions
- Only Indian nationals are eligible for IAS and IPS.
- For other services a candidate can be either of the following:
a. a citizen of India,
b. a subject of Nepal,
c. a subject of Bhutan,
d. a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before January 1, 1962 with the
intention of permanently settling in India, or
e. a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Burma, Ethiopia, Kenya,
Malawi, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Vietnam, Zaire
or Zambia with the intention of permanently settling in India.
Candidates belonging to either categories of b., c., d. or e. must produce an
eligibility certificate issued by the Government of India. Those who belong to
either of b., c. or d. categories are not eligible for appointment to the Indian
Foreign Service (IFS).
- A candidate must have attained 21 years and not be over 30 years on
August 1 of the year of examination.
- The upper age limit for the post of Assistant Commandant - Group A in
CISF is 28 years only.
- The upper age limit is relaxed in specific cases as mentioned below:
a. upto a maximum of 5 years if the candidate belongs to SC/ST.
b. upto a maximum of 3 years if the candidate belongs to Other Backward
c. upto a maximum of 5 years if the candidate had been domiciled in Jammu &
Kashmir during the period between January 1, 1980 and December 31, 1989.
d. upto a maximum of 3 years in the case of Defence Services personnel
disabled during hostilities with foreign countries or in a disturbed area and
e. upto a maximum of 5 years in the case of ex-servicemen including
Commissioned Officers and ECOs / SSCOs who have rendered at least five years
Military Service as on August 1 of the year of examination and have been
- on completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due to
be completed within one year from August 1 of the year of examination)
otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or
- on account of physical disability attributable to Military Service, or
- on invalidment.
f. upto a maximum of 5 years in the case of ECOs / SSCOs who have completed
an initial period of assignment (5 years Military Service) as on August 1 of the
year of examination and whose assignment has been extended beyond 5 years. Such
candidates will have to provide a certificate from the Ministry of Defence
stating that they can apply for civil employment and they will be released on a
notice of 3 months, upon selection, from the date of receipt of offer of
g. upto a maximum of 10 years in the case of blind, deaf-mute and
orthopaedically handicapped candidates.
The date of birth accepted by the Commission is that entered in the
Matriculation or Secondary School Leaving Certificate or in a certificate
recognised by an Indian University as equivalent to Matriculation or in an
extract from a Register of Matriculates maintained by a University, which
extract must be certified by the proper authority of the University or in the
Higher Secondary or an equivalent examination certificate. These certificates
are required to be submitted only at the time of applying for the Civil Services
No other document relating to age like horoscopes, affidavits, birth extracts
from Municipal Corporation, service records and the like will be accepted.
The expression Matriculation/Secondary Examination Certificate in this part of
the instruction includes the alternative certificates mentioned above.
Number of attempts :
Every candidate appearing at the examination who is otherwise eligible, shall
be permitted four attempts at the examination. Provided that this restriction on
the number of attempts will not apply in the case of Scheduled Castes and
Scheduled Tribes candidates who are otherwise eligible. Provided further that
the number of attempts permissible to candidates belonging to Other Backward
Classes, who are otherwise eligible shall be seven. The relaxation will be
available to the candidates who are eligible to avail of reservation applicable
to such candidates.
Provided further that a physically handicapped will get as many attempts as are
available to other non-physically handicapped candidates of his or her
community, subject to the condition that a physically handicapped candidate
belonging to the General Category shall be eligible for seven attempts. The
relaxation will be available to the physically handicapped candidates who are
eligible to avail of reservation applicable to such candidates.
- An attempt at a Preliminary Examination shall be deemed to be an attempt
at the Examination.
- If a candidate actually appears in any one paper in the Preliminary
Examination, he/she shall be deemed to have made an attempt at the
- Notwithstanding the disqualification cancellation of candidature, the
fact of appearance of the candidate at the examination will count as an
Number of Attempts and Age Limit
Category Age Limits No. of Attempts
General 21 30(by AUG of Exam Year) 4
OBC 21 33(by AUG of Exam Year) 7
SC/ST 21 35(by AUG of Exam Year) Not Applicable
Blind, deaf-mute and Orthopaedically handicapped persons 10 years i.e. 40 10
Restrictions on applying for the examination:
A candidate who is appointed to the Indian Administrative Service or the
Indian Foreign Service on the results of an earlier examination and continues to
be a member of that service will not be eligible to compete at this examination.
How to Apply:
There is two ways to apply: Offline and Online.
The UPSC have developed an application form common for all their
examinations, which will be processed on computerised machines. This application
form alongwith an Information Brochure containing general instructions for
filling up the form, an acknowledgement card and an envelope for sending the
application is obtainable from the designated Head Post Offices/Post Offices
throughout the country as against cash payment of Rs. 30/- (Rupees twenty only).
Form should be purchased from the designated Post Offices only and not from any
other agency. This form can be used only once and for only one examination.
Candidates must use the form supplied with the Information Brochure only and
they should in no case use photocopy / reproduction / unauthorisedly printed
copy of the Form. Since this form is electronically scannable, due care should
be taken to fill up the application form, correctly. While filling up the
application form, please refer to detailed instructions given in the Notice. The
duly filled in Application Form with the acknowledgement card should be sent to
- Secretary, Union Public Service Commission, Dholpur House, New Delhi - 110011.
Candidates may apply online using the website http://www.upsconline.nic.in
Detailed instructions for filling up online applications are available on the
above mentioned website.
Salient features of the system of Online Application Form are given hereunder :
• Detailed instructions for filling up online applications are available on the
above mentioned website.
• Candidates will be required to complete the Online Application Form containing
two stages viz. Part-I and Part-II as per the instructions available in the
above mentioned site through drop down menus.
• The candidates applying Online are required to pay a reduced fee of Rs. 50/-
(Rupees Fifty only) (excepting Female/SC/ST/PH candidates who are exempted from
payment of fee) either by remitting the money in any branch of SBI by cash, or
by using net banking facility of SBI or by using any Visa/ Master Credit/Debit
• Before starting filling up of online application, a candidate must have his
photograph and signature duly scanned in the .png or .jpg format in such a
manner that each file size should not exceed 40KB each.
(a) Candidates applying Online (exempting Female/SC/ST/PH Candidates who are
exempted from payment of fee) are required to pay a reduced fee of Rs. 50/-
(Rupees Fifty only) either by remitting the money in any Branch of SBI by Cash,
or by using net banking facility of SBI or by using Visa/Master Credit/Debit
(b) Candidates applying Offline (through Common Application Form) are required
to pay a fee of Rs. 100/- (Rupees One Hundred only) through a single Central
Recruitment Stamp. Central Recruitment Fee Stamp (NOT Postage Stamp) of the
requisite denomination may be obtained from the Post Office and affixed on the
application form in the space provided therein. The stamp must be got cancelled
from the issuing Post Office with the date stamp of the Post Office in such a
manner that the impression of the cancellation mark partially overflows on the
application form itself but within the space provided on the Application form
itself. The impression of the cancellation mark should be clear and distinct to
facilitate the identification of date and the Post Office of issue.
Candidates residing abroad should deposit the prescribed fee in the office of
India's High Commissioner, Ambassador or representative abroad as the case may
be for credit to account head "051-Public Service Commission-Examination Fees"
and attach the receipt with the application.
All female candidates and candidates belonging Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe/
Physically Handicapped categories are exempted from payment of fee. No fee
exemption is, however, available to OBC candidates and they are required to pay
the prescribed fee in full.
Physically disabled persons are exempted from the payment of fee provided they
are otherwise eligible for appointment to the Services/Posts to be filled on the
results of this examination on the basis of the standards of medical fitness for
these Services/Posts (including any concessions specifically extended to the
physically disabled). A physically disabled candidate claiming fee concession
will be required by the Commission to submit along with their Detailed
Application Form, a certified copy of the certificate from a Government
Medical Board in support of his/her claim for being physically disabled.
Center of Examination:
AGARTALA CHANDIGARH IMPHAL LUCKNOW RANCHI
AHMEDABAD CHENNAI ITANAGAR MADURAI SAMBALPUR
AIZAWL CUTTACK JAIPUR MUMBAI SHILLONG
ALIGARH DEHRADUN JAMMU NAGPUR SHIMLA
ALLAHABAD DELHI JODHPUR PANAJI (GOA) SRINAGAR
AURANGABAD DHARWAD JORHAT PATNA THIRUVANANTHAPURAM
BANGALORE DISPUR KOCHI PUDUCHERY TIRUPATI
BAREILLY GANGTOK KOHIMA PORT BLAIR UDAIPUR
BHOPAL HYDERABAD KOLKATA RAIPUR VISHAKHAPATNAM
The centres and the date of holding the examination as mentioned above are
liable to be changed at the discretion of the Commission. While every effort
will be made to allot the candidates to the centre of their choice for
examination, the Commission may, at their discretion allot a different centre to
a candidate, when circumstances so warrant. Blind candidates will, however, be
required to take the examination at any one of the seven centres viz. Chennai,
Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow, Dispur and Mumbai. Candidates admitted to
the examination will be informed of the time table and place or places of