TWO MORE ATTEMPTS AT CIVIL SERVICES EXAMINATION
The Latest Notification
Additional Attempts for Various Categories
Rules on Age qualification for the Civil Services
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The Department of Personnel and Training, under the Ministry of Personnel,
Public Grievances and Pensions, have released a notification providing a
relaxation in the number of attempts and maximum age-limit for the civil
The Union Public Services Commission has introduced a series of changes in
the Civil Services Examination in the recent years. Starting from the
introduction of the CSAT paper in place of the Optional paper in the Prelims
exam, the UPSC further made a major transformation in the Civil Services Mains
Examination in 2013. However, the decision witnessed a major uproar among the
aspirants, who did not welcome the changes.
Thus, the announcement of the civil services examination witnessed a
simultaneous series of protests from the various sections of IAS aspirants. The
main concerns of the aspirants, for which the protests were made
The complete overhaul of the Mains examination came
without any relaxation in the attempt and maximum agelimit criteria, to
provide the candidates an appropriate time to adjust to the new syllabus.
Since the New syllabus was announced late, by the UPSC, there was little
time available for the candidates to prepare for the Exam. Thus, the
candidates demanded additional attempts and age relaxations.
The demands were supported by the earlier examples when
the changes in the UPSC Mains and Prelims were matched with an additional
number of attempts for the candidates.
some sections of the student community also objected to
the introduction of the English paper as a compulsory subject. It was
alleged that it was done with an intention of sidelining the student
belonging to nonenglish
medium. However, later UPSC, through its notification, amended its decision
and made the English paper qualifying in nature.
The Latest Notification:
A detailed Analysis In its latest notification, released recently, the
Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has taken a major decision,
announcing additional attempts and age relaxations for the candidates of various
The relaxations given are as follows:
Additional Attempts for Various Categories
Unreserved/General Category- While the earlier limit of
attempts by the candidates of the unreserved category was 4, the latest
notification by the UPSC has increased the same to 6. Thus, the candidates
would be entitled to have 2 additional attempts. This also comes with a
consequential maximum age-limit relaxation of two years, thus making the
maximum age limit 32 years.
SC/ST Category- The earlier age-limitation for the
candidates belonging to the SC/ST category was 35 years. There was no
specified restriction on the number of attempts available to this category.
Thus, the candidates,
hailing from the SC/ST category are able to take the civil services
examination till they attain the maximum age-limit. The latest notification
has increased the age-limit for the SC/ST category by 2 years, making it 37
years, with a consequential increase of 2 attempts.
OBC Category- While the maximum age-limit for the
candidates coming from the OBC section was 33 years, and the number of
attempts being 7; the latest notification of the UPSC has increased the
number of attempts and maximum-age by 2 respectively. Thus the new attempt
limit is 9, with maximum age being 35 years.
Physically Handicapped (P.H.) Category- previous agelimit
for the candidates belonging to the PH category was 40 years, with 7
attempts for General and OBC Category PH candidates, and unlimited attempts
for the SC/ST + PH candidates. However, the latest notification has
increased the number of attempts to 9 for the General/OBC PH candidates. The
age-limit has been increased by 12 additional years to each category, that
is, for General PH candidates= 30+12 (42); for SC/ST PH candidates= 35+12
(47); and for OBC PH candidates= 33+12 (45).
Rules on Age qualification for the Civil Services Examination
The rules of the UPSC regarding the age calculation of a candidate for civil
services exam are that- a candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and
must not have attained the maximum age-limit, as on August 1st.
The date of birth accepted by the Commission is that entered
in the Matriculation or Secondary School Leaving Certificate, or in a
certificate recognized by an Indian University as equivalent to Matriculation or
extract from a Register of Matriculates maintained by a University, which 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 at the time of applying for the Civil Services (Main)
Examination. No other document relating to age like horoscope, affidavits, birth
extracts from Municipal Corporation, service records and the like are accepted.
Thus, the calculation of the age qualification for appearing
in the civil services is done from August 1st of the that year, and not from
January 1st. The age qualification is calculated according to the category of
the candidate. Apart from the criterion for Unreserved, OBC, SC, ST and PH
candidates, there is also an age relaxation for the candidates:
relaxation of upto a maximum of 5 years, is a candidate
had ordinarily been domiciled in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, during the
period from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 1989.
relaxation of upto a maximum of three years in case of
Defence Services personnel disabled in operations during hostilities with
any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence
Relaxation of a maximum of five years in the case of
ex-servicemen including Commission Officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered
at least five years military service, and have been released- on completion
of assignment or otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account
of misconduct or inefficiency, or on account of physical disability
attributable to military service, or on invalidment.
Relaxation of upto a maximum of five years in the case of
ECOs/SSCOs who have completed an initial perid of assignment of five years
military service and whose assignment has been extended beyond five years
and in whose case the ministry of defence issues a certificate that they can
apply for civil employment and that they will be released on three months
notice on selection from the date of receipt of offer of appointment.