Technical Services vs Non-Technical Services: Medical Standards

The services within the Civil Services Examination have been grouped into Technical and Non-Technical categories. Technical Services require special medical status in terms of vision, height, chest, chest expansion etc.

Technical services:

IPS officers

  1. Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS)
  2. Indian Police Service (IPS)
  3. Delhi Andaman and Nicobar Police Service (DANIPS)
  4. Pondicherry Police Service (PONDIPS)
  5. Railway Protection Force (RPF)

Non-technical services:

IAS officers

  1. Indian Administrative Service (IAS)
  2. Indian Foreign Service (IFS)
  3. Indian Audit & Accounts Service ( IA&AS)
  4. Indian Revenue Service (IRS – Customs and Central Excise)
  5. Indian Civil Accounts Service (ICAS)
  6. Indian Railway Accounts Service (IRAS)
  7. Indian Railway Personnel Service (IRPS)
  8. Indian Defense Accounts Service (IDAS)
  9. Indian Revenue Service (IRS – Income Tax)
  10. Indian Ordinance Factories Services
  11. Indian Postal Service (IPoS)
  12. Indian Defense Estates Service (IDES)
  13. Indian Postal & Telegraph Accounts and Finance Service
  14. Indian Corporate Law Services (ICLS)
  15. Indian Information Service
  16. Indian Trade Service (IIS)
  17. DANICS
  18. PONDICS
  19. Armed Forces Headquarters (AFHQ) Civil Service

Minimum Standard for Height and Chest Girth

Candidates will not be accepted for the below technical services if they do not meet the minimum standard for height and chest girth.

NO Service   Height Chest girth when fully expanded Expansion
1 Indian Railway Traffic Service Men 152 cm* 84 cm 5cm
Women 150 cm* 79 cm 5 cm
2. Indian Police Service, Group ‘A’ post in Railway Protection Force and other Central Police Services Group ‘A’ & Group ‘B’ Men 165 cm (For ST  – 160 cm) 84 cm 5cm
Women 150 cm (For  ST – 145 cm) 79 cm 5 cm

* Relaxed minimum height is prescribed in the case of candidates belonging to Scheduled Tribes and to races such as Gorkhas, Garhwalis, Assamese, Kumaonis, and Nagaland Tribal etc. whose average height is distinctly lower.

Also read:  Relaxation of number of attempts for UPSC Civil Services Exam

Standards for distant and near vision for Technical and Non-Technical Services


Technical Services Non- Technical Services 
 Better eye

(corrected vision)

Worse eye Better eye (corrected vision) Worse eye
Distant vision 6/6 or 6/9 6/12 or 6/9 6/6 or 6/9 6/18 to Nil or 6/12
 Near vision J1** J2** J1**
J2
J3 to Nil** J2
 Types of corrections permitted Spectacles, CL and Refractive Surgery like Lasik, ICL, IOL etc. But if refractive surgery was done, the case to be referred to a Special Board of Ophthalmologists. Spectacles, CL and Refractive Surgery like Lasik, ICL, IOL etc.
Limits of refractive error permitted No limit. However the
candidates who have
Myopia of more than
6.00 D including
spherical & cylindrical
error should be referred
to special Myopia
Board.
No limit. However the
candidates who have
Myopia of more than
6.00 D including
spherical & cylindrical
error should be referred
to special Myopia
Board.
Color vision requirements High-Grade Low grade
Binocular vision needed Yes No
Squint Unfit Fit

** Near vision for Railways Service viz., IRTS, IRAS, IRPS, and RPF is JI in better eye and JII in the worse eye.

Note: We will be writing a separate post on medical requirements for Civil Services.

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