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Number of attempts for UPSC exam for SC, ST, OBC and General

Attempts for UPSC exam : The number of attempts, age limit, educational qualification etcetera, permitted for Civil Services exam as per the latest notification of UPSC, are discussed in this article.

Age limit for UPSC exam

The minimum required qualification for UPSC examination is Graduation in any field. Students pursuing final year are also eligible to apply. Aspirants can start appearing for UPSC exam from the age of 21 years. The candidate must be of 21 years at least by 1st of August of the year of examination. The maximum age till which a candidate can attempt UPSC exam is also calculated on the same date. The maximum age to be eligible for appearing for UPSC exam is different for different categories, as follows.

  • For General Category the upper age limit is 32 years.
  • OBC category has a relaxation of 3 years, hence it is 35 years.
  • SC/ST category has a relaxation of 5 years and hence it is 37 years.
  • The upper age limit for citizens of Jammu and Kashmir and for Ex-servicemen who have at least five years Military Service is 37 years.
  • Defense Services personnel disabled in operations have an upper limit of 35 years.

Number of UPSC attempts allowed

One cannot attempt the UPSC exam as many times as he wishes. There are some limitations for different categories, on the number of UPSC attempts one can take. A general category candidate gets 6 attempts for UPSC exam whereas an OBC candidate can take 9 UPSC attempts overall. However, there is no restriction on the number of UPSC attempts for an SC/ST candidate. A disabled candidate of general category can attempt the UPSC exam 9 times.

Attempt for UPSC exam is counted only when a candidate who has applied for the exam in any give year has appeared for at least one of the papers in the UPSC preliminary exam. The participation of those who have applied but not appeared for any paper in the UPSC Prelims will not be counted as an attempt. In case of disqualification or cancellation of candidature, the application is not considered as an attempt for UPSC exam.

Restrictions on UPSC application

Except after getting through IAS (Indian Administrative Services) and IFS (Indian Foreign Services), candidates are not restricted from going for further attempts in order to improve their ranking and therefore, the service allotment. If any candidate, who has cleared IAS or IFS, applies for the exam again, he is considered as disqualified. But, if the results of the interview are withheld or not disclosed by the time of the preliminary examination of the following year, then the candidate can attempt the UPSC exam again. However, if the candidate qualifies in the previous year’s examination (Interview) then the following year’s attempt stands disqualified.