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Eligibility Of Civil Services Exam

The Candidates applying for the examination should ensure that they fulfill all eligibility conditions for admission to examination. Their admission to all the stages of the examination will be purely provisional subject to satisfying the prescribed eligibility conditions.

Mere issue of admission certificate to the candidate will not imply that his/ her candidature has been finally cleared by the Commission. Commission take up verification of eligibility conditions with reference to original documents only after the candidate has qualified for Interview/ Personality Test.

Age Limit for Civil Services Exam

  1. A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 32 years on 1st August, 2015, i.e. he/she must have been born not earlier than 2nd August, 1983 and not later than 1st August, 1994.
  2. The upper age limit prescribed above will be relaxable 
    1. upto a maximum of five years if a candidate belongs to a Scheduled Caste or a
      Scheduled Tribe.
    2. upto a maximum of three years in the caseof candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes who are eligible to avail of reservationapplicable to such candidates.
    3. upto a maximum of five years if a candidatehad ordinarily been domiciled in theState of Jammu & Kashmir during the periodfrom the 1st January, 1980 to the 31stDecember, 1989.
    4. upto a maximum of three years in thecase of Defence Services personnel disabledin operations during hostilities withany foreign country or in a disturbed areaand released as a consequence thereof.
    5. upto a maximum of five years in thecase of ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOswho have rendered at least five years Military Service as on 1st August, 2016 and have been released
      • on completionof assignment (including those whoseassignment is due to be completed withinone year from 1st August, 2016) otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge onaccount of misconduct or inefficiency, or
      • on account of physical disability attributable to Military Service, or
      • on invalidment.
    6. Upto a maximum of five years in thecase of ECOs/SSCOs who have completedan initial period of assignment of five yearsMilitary Service as on 1st August, 2016 and whose assignment has been extendedbeyond five years and in whose case theMinistry of Defence issues a certificate thatthey can apply for civil employment andthat they will be released on three months notice on selection from the date of receiptof offer of appointment.
    7. upto a maximum of 10 years in thecase of blind, deaf-mute and orthopaedicallyhandicapped persons.
  3. Not with standing anything contained in this rule, any candidate who appeared in the Civil Services Examination, 2011 but is otherwise ineligible for Civil Services Examination, 2016 due to attainment of upper age limit on the crucial date for examination prescribed under this rule, shall be permitted an additional attempt in the Civil Services Examination, 2016.

Candidates belonging to the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes and the Other Backward Classes who are also covered under any other clauses of para 3(ii) (b) above, viz. those coming under the category of Ex-servicemen, persons domiciled in the State of J & K, blind, deaf-mute and orthopaedically handicapped etc. will be eligible for grant of cumulative agerelaxation under both the categories.

The term ex-servicemen will apply to the persons who are defined as ex-servicemen in the Ex-servicemen (Re-employment in Civil Services and Posts) Rules, 1979, as amended from time to time.

The age concession under para 3(ii) (b) (v) and (vi) will not be admissible to Ex- Servicemen and Commissioned Officers including ECOs/SSCOs who are released on own request.

Notwithstanding the provision of age-relaxation under para 3 (ii) (b) (vii) above, a physically disabled candidate will be considered to be eligible for appointment only if he/she (after such physical examination as the Government or appointing authority, as the case may be, may prescribe) is found to satisfy the requirements of physical and medical standards for the concerned Services/posts to be allocated to the physically disabled candidates by the Government.

Educational Qualifications for Civil Services Exam

The candidate must hold a degree of any of Universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University Under Section-3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification .

Candidates who have appeared at an examination the passing of which would render them educationally qualified for the Commission’s examination but have not been informed of the results as also the candidates who intend to appear at such a qualifying examination will also be eligible for admission to the Preliminary Examination. All candidates who are declared qualified by the Commission for taking the Civil Services (Main) Examination will be required to produce proof of passing the requisite examination with their application for the Main Examination failing which such candidates will not be admitted to the Main Examination. The applications for the Main Examination will be called sometime in the month of October/November, 2016.

In exceptional cases the Union Public Service Commission may treat a candidate who has not any of the foregoing qualifications as a qualified candidate provided that he/she has passed examination conducted by the other Institutions, the standard of which in the opinion of the Commission justifies his/her admission to the examination.

Candidates possessing professional and technical qualifications which are recognised by the Government as equivalent to professional and technical degree would also be eligible for admission to the examination.

Candidates who have passed the final professional M.B.B.S. or any other Medical Examination but have not completed their internship by the time of submission of their applications for the Civil Services (Main) Examination, will be provisionally admitted to the Examination provided they submit along with their application a copy of certificate from the concerned authority of the University/Institution that they had passed the requisite final professional medical examination. In such cases, the candidates will be required to produce at the time of their interview original Degree or a certificate from the concerned competent authority of the University/Institution that they had completed all requirements (including completion of internship) for the award of the Degree.


  1. For the Indian Administrative Service and the Indian Police Service, a candidate must be a citizen of India.
  2. For other services, a candidate must be either :
  1. a citizen of India, or
  2. a subject of Nepal, or
  3. a subject of Bhutan, or
  4. a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
  5. a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.

Provided further that candidates belonging to categories (b), (c) and (d) above will not be eligible for appointment to the Indian Foreign Service.

A candidate in whose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary, may be admitted to the examination but the offer of appointment may be given only after the necessary eligibility certificate has been issued to him/her by the Government of India.

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