DoPT Clarifies Fresh Attempts and Age Relaxation in UPSC Civil Services Examination

Update: Clarification on fresh attempts and age relaxation in Civil Services Examination :  With reference to the decision of the Competent Authority conveyed earlier, the existing position in respect of number of attempts and  maximum age limits for various categories of candidates and the changes as approved in number of attempts & age-limits consequent to providing two additional attempts would be as under:-
Number of Attempts for IAS Exam - ClearIAS

Number of attempts and age limit for UPSC IAS exam

  • For a general category candidate, the maximum age limit permissible to write UPSC prelims would be 32 years. Number of attempts permissible would be 6.
  • For an OBC candidate, the maximum age limit permissible to write UPSC prelims would be 35 years. Number of attempts permissible would be 9.
  • For an SC/ST candidate, the maximum age limit permissible to write UPSC prelims would be 37 years. Number of attempts permissible would be unlimited within that age-limit.
  • For a PH candidate belonging to general category, the maximum age limit permissible would be 42 years. That would be 45 for a PH candidate in OBC and 47 for a PH candidate in SC/ST. The number of attempts permitted would be 9 for a PH candidate in general categorty and OBC while it is unlimited for SC/ST.

Get the official notification about age relaxation from DoPT here.

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