“You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul.” - Swami Vivekananda, Indian monk.
“Where do you see yourself when you grow up?”
This is the most cliché question a child must answer. And the most common answer given by children is engineer or doctor (given by the more ambitious ones).
Little do these young ones know about the wonderful job that IAS is. Otherwise, why would we have so many engineers qualifying the Civil Services Examination, Kanishak Kataria Rank 1, CSE 2019 being the latest example. Ira Singhal, Athar Aamir khan, Srushti Jayant Deshmukh and Akshat Jain are some of the engineer-turned-IAS officers. Dr Shah Faesal and Dr Shena Aggarwal are the doctor-turned-IAS officers.
Being a civil servant offers something that many top corporate jobs, businesses and even many reputed government jobs can’t.
It could be power, fame, prestige, self-actualization, perks, a grand accommodation, very own staff, an opportunity to serve the nation and comfortable life.
Many young aspirants start preparing for CSE just after completing their intermediate (12th standard).
But it is very vital for a candidate, especially for a fresher to know the right time to take the mother of all examinations.
This is not as simple as it sounds. Many deserving candidates fall short of their attempts because they come to know about the existence of Civil Services Examination (CSE) very late in their life when they are on the verge of completing the maximum age limit.
It takes time to understand the demand for this examination and everybody has his/her speed of assessing their strengths and weaknesses. Having no time or lesser number of attempts due to age issues creates additional pressure on the candidate. Yet the lucky ones can sail through.
Many officers who qualify CSE cannot get the service of their choice since they have crossed the age limit, they can’t give it another shot.
If you are OBC/SC/ST /Physically Handicapped (PH), you should know that you are given extra attempts and extended age limit as compared to the general category students. You can feel thankful about it and start preparing for the exam more rigorously.
If you are a GENERAL category student, you should know that you have limited attempts as compared to others and try cracking the examination in one go.
The point is that it is crucial to know the various eligibility criteria to prepare yourself the best possible way and start at the right time in advance.
Knowing all the eligibility criteria thoroughly, in fact, makes you smarter and gives you an edge over others who are unaware( believe it or not) because then you can plan your UPSC journey( the journey of a lifetime) in a manner best suitable for you.
In the light of that, below are the various UPSC eligibility criteria you must know to give your best shot.
For Indian administrative service, Indian Foreign Service, & Indian Police Service
For other services
If you are from Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet or other above-mentioned countries ( having the intention of permanently settling in India), knowing only the fact that you are eligible for such coveted posts will boost your confidence and surely, you would not want to miss this chance.
There are many youngsters from such countries living in India yet unaware of this golden opportunity in their way.
By studying the job profiles, you are eligible for, you can choose one dream job that drives you crazy and it will motivate you in your hard times throughout the UPSC journey.
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.
You should be at least 21 year of age to sit in the Civil Services Examination. Further, you can give your valid number of attempts till you attain the age of 32 years. (relaxations described below excluded)
|Defence Services Personnel||Three years|
|Blindness and low vision, deaf and hard of hearing, locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy, autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability, mental illness and multiple disabilities including deaf blindness.||Ten years|
|If you are domiciled in State of Jammu and Kashmir||Five years|
The candidate must hold a degree, or possess an equivalent qualification. Your degree should be ecognised either by an act of parliament or state legislature or University Grants Commission. With the intention of bringing socio-economic balance in our society, government encourages women to apply for CSE in large numbers.
Candidates who have appeared or intend to appear for the qualifying examination and are awaiting results are also eligible to appear for the Preliminary Examination.
Candidates who have passed the final year of MBBS or any Medical Examination but are yet to complete the internship can also appear for the Main Examination.
The UPSC may in exceptional cases treat a candidate without the foregoing requisite qualification as an eligible candidate if he / she has passed an examination conducted by other institutions, the standard of which justifies his / her admission in the opinion of the Commission.
Candidates with professional and technical qualifications recognised by the Government as equivalent to professional and technical degrees can also appear for Civil Services Examination.
|Every candidate appearing at the examination, who is otherwise eligible shall be permitted six attempts at the examination.|
|Age||Educational Qualification||No. of Attempts|
|General 21-32 Years||Graduate (any stream)||Six|
|OBC 21-35 Years||Graduate (any stream)||Nine|
|SC/ST 21-37 Years||Graduate (any stream)||Any number of attempts till the age limit|
|CATEGORY||AGE LIMIT (MIN. AGE- MAX. AGE)||NUMBER OF ATTEMPTS|
|SC/ST||21-47 years||Any number of attempts till the age limit|
What will count as an attempt at the Civil Services Examination?
An attempt at a Preliminary Examination shall be deemed to be an attempt at the Civil Services Examination If:
Appearance of the candidate at the examination will count as an attempt.
If a candidate just applies for UPSC CSE but don't appear, that won't be counted as an attempt by UPSC.
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 Examination.
Candidates must be physically fit for admission to Civil Services Examination, 2019. guidelines are given in Appendix-III of rules of examination.
These were some of the criteria which will surely help you in a manner that will guide before you start your UPSC journey.
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