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UPSC Age Limit- 2019 – Eligibility & Relaxations

UPSC Age Limit | In this article, we’ll provide you details about MAXIMUM AGE LIMIT FOR UPSC INDIAN CIVIL SERVICE EXAM, also known as IAS exam . Earlier we had provided Maximum Attempts to Apply for UPSC Exams. Union Public Service Commission is the authorized central agency to release the eligibility details such as UPSC age limit or IAS age limit for the UPSC IAS exam.

UPSC has announced UPSC Notification 2019 for Indian Civil Services Examination. According to which, the registrations for Civil Services Exam would start from 19th February 2019 and the Prelims would be conducted on June 2, 2019. Students have already started to gear up for UPSC Prelims 2019 Exam.

The candidates applying for the UPSC Indian civil service examination should ensure that they fulfill UPSC Age Limit, before they apply for any UPSC exam. The revised maximum age limit, eligibility criteria and age relaxations for UPSC Indian civil services exam for various categories are given below.

UPSC Age Limit for UPSC Exam 2019 – Age relaxation for the UPSC CIVIL SERVICES EXAMINATION:

According to UPSC Age Limit, a candidate must have the age between 21 to 32 years on August 1 of 2017. For all the students belonging to OBC category, the upper age limit is 35, and for SC and ST, it is  37 years. Physically Disabled (Blind, Deaf, Orthopedic) – 42 years

UPSC Age Limit: Jammu & Kashmir Domicile

General Category: 37 years


OBC: 40 years

SC/ST: 42 years

PH: 50 years

Read below the UPSC age limit conditions for IAS exam 2019, according to the UPSC Notification 2019

(a) A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 32 years on the 1st of August, 2017 i.e., he must have been born not earlier than 2nd August, 1986 and not later than 1st August, 1997. Necessary action to make corresponding changes in respective Rules/Regulations pertaining to various services is being taken separately.

(b) The upper UPSC exam age limit prescribed below will be relaxable:

(i) up to a maximum of five years if a candidate belongs to a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe;

(ii) up to a maximum of three years in the case of candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes who are eligible to avail of reservation applicable to such candidates;

(iii) up to a maximum of five years if a candidate had ordinarily been domiciled in the State of Jammu and Kashmir during the period from the 1st January, 1980 to the 31st day of December, 1989;

(iv) up to a maximum of three years in the case of Defense Services Personnel, disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof;

(v) up to a maximum of five years in the case of ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least five years Military Service as on 1st August, 2017 and have been released;

(a) on completion of assignment including those whose assignment is due to be completed within one year from 1st August, 2016 otherwise than by way of dismissal or  discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency; or

(b) on account of physical disability attributable to Military Service; or

(c) on invalidment.

(vi) up to a maximum of five years in the case of ECOs/SSCOs who have completed an initial period of assignment of five years of Military Service as on 1st August, 2017 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.

(vii) up to a maximum of 10 years in the case of blind, deaf-mute and Orthopaedically handicapped persons.

UPSC Age Limit: Other Relaxations

Note I:—Candidates belonging to the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes and the Other Backward Classes who are also covered under any other clauses of Rule 6(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 age-relaxation under both the categories.

Note II:—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.

 Note III:—The age concession under Rule 6(b)(v) and (vi) will not be admissible to Ex-servicemen and Commissioned Officers including ECOs/SSCOs, who are released on own request.

Note IV:—Notwithstanding the provision of age relaxation under Rule 6(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.

Save as provided above, the UPSC Exam Age limit prescribed can in no case be relaxed. 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 Indian Civil Service (Mains) Examination. No other document relating to age like horoscopes, affidavits, birth extracts from Municipal Corporation, Service records and the like will be accepted.

UPSC Exam Age Limit- The expression Matriculation/Higher Secondary Examination Certificate in this part of the Instruction include the alternative certificates mentioned above.

Note 1:—Candidate should note that only the date of birth as recorded in the Matriculation/Secondary Examination certificate or an equivalent certificate on the date of submission of application will be accepted by the Commission, and no subsequent request for its change will be considered or granted.

Note 2:—Candidates should also note that once a date of birth has been claimed by them and entered in the records of the Commission for the purpose of admission to an Examination, no Government strives to have a workforce which reflects gender balance and women candidates are encouraged to apply.

Change will be allowed subsequently or at any other Examination of the Commission on any grounds whatsoever.

Note 3:- The candidate should exercise due care while entering their date of birth in the online Application Form for the Preliminary Examination. If on verification at any subsequent stage, any variation is found in their date of birth from the one entered in their matriculation or equivalent Examination certificate, disciplinary action will be taken against them by the Commission under the Rules.

Hope, now you have a fair idea on UPSC Exam Age Limit for UPSC Prelims and Mains 2019

Few Important Links for UPSC IAS Aspirants 2019

UPSC Notification 2019 UPSC Syllabus UPSC Prelims Syllabus
UPSC IAS Exam Pattern UPSC Reference Books UPSC Eligibility
UPSC Mains Exams Pattern UPSC Question papers UPSC IAS Preparation Tips
UPSC IAS Exam Application UPSC Admit Card UPSC Results


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