The Union Public Service Commission provides various facilities to aspirants who are differently-abled in the form of age limit relaxations, reservation of certain posts and special provisions for exam centers. However, differently-abled people cannot apply to all of the services in the Civil Services. Let us see what posts are available for such candidates and what the criteria are to avail the benefits under the physically handicapped category in UPSC and the physically handicapped reservations.

Physically Handicapped Category

The Commission assigns a UPSC category code for different disabilities. The following table lists the various codes that UPSC assigns for different categories of physical handicaps (PH) or disability eligible for the IAS exam:

Code Physical Requirements Code Functional Classification
S Sitting OH Orthopaedically Handicapped
ST Standing MW Muscular Weakness
W Walking BL Both Legs
MF Manipulation by Finger OL One Leg
PP Pushing and Pulling OAL One Arm One Leg
BN Bending BLA Both Legs and Arms
L Lifting BLOA Both Legs One Arm
KC Kneeling and Crouching BL Both Legs
SE Seeing VH Visually Handicapped
RW Reading and Writing LV Low Vision
B Blind
H Hearing/Speaking HH Hearing Handicapped
C Communication PD Partially Deaf
FD Fully Deaf

The presence of any one or more of the above-mentioned conditions is defined as a disability by the UPSC. The commission updates this list based on advancements in medical technology and new categories may be added in the future. Aspirants should check the latest IAS notification for the same.

Civil Service Posts for Physically Handicapped Persons

Physical standards are set for each post. Below is a table summarizing the services with their list of physical requirements:

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Name of the Service Category Physical Requirement Functional Classification
Indian Administrative Service Locomotor Disability BA, OA, OL, BH, BL, MW, BLA, OAL, BLOA S, ST, W, SE, H, RW, C
Hearing Impairment PD, FD MF, L, PP, BN, KC, ST, W, H, C, RW
Visual Impairment LV, B MF, L, PP, BN, KC, ST, W, H, C, RW
Indian Revenue Service Locomotor Disability OL, OA S, W, ST, BN, L, ME, SE, RW, C, H
Hearing Impairment HH S, ST, L, W, BN, ME, SE, RW, C, H
Indian Foreign Service Locomotor Disability OA, OAL, OL S, ST, W, C, RW, SE, MF
Hearing Impairment HH H
Visual Impairment LV SE, RW
Indian P&T Accounts and Finance Service Locomotor Disability OA, OAL, OL, BL, BA, MW, BH S,SE, W, RW, C, ST, BN, L, H, KC, MF, PH
Hearing Impairment D, PD As above
Visual Impairment LV, B As above
Indian Audit and Account Service Locomotor Disability OL, OA S, W, ST, BN, SE, C, RW
Hearing Impairment HH As above
Indian Defence Account Service Locomotor Disability OA, OL S, ST, BN, W, SE, C, RW
Hearing Impairment HH As above
Visual Impairment LV As above
Indian Revenue Service Locomotor Disability OA, OAL, OL, BL S,W, ST, RW,SE, C
Hearing Impairment FD, PD MF,PP,L,KC, ST,BN,ST,C,W,H,RW
Visual Impairment B, LV MF,PP,L,KC, ST,BN,ST,C,W,H,RW
Indian Ordnance Factories Service Locomotor Disability OL, OA S,ST,W,BN,RW, SE,H,C
Hearing Impairment PD As above
Visual Impairment LV As above
Indian Civil Accounts Service Locomotor Disability OA, OAL, OL, BL S,W, ST,SE, RW, C,H
Hearing Impairment HH As above
Visual Impairment LV As above
Indian Postal Service Locomotor Disability OL, OA S,W, ST,SE, RW, C,H, BN
Hearing Impairment HH As above
Visual Impairment LV As above
Indian Railway Accounts Service Locomotor Disability OA, OAL, OL, BL, BLAO S,BN, RW, MF, SE,C
Hearing Impairment HH As above
Indian Railway Personnel Service Locomotor Disability OL, OA S,W, ST,SE, RW
Hearing Impairment PD As above
Visual Impairment LV As above
Indian Defence Estates Service Locomotor Disability OL, OA, BL S,BL,ST, SE,MF,H,RW,C
Hearing Impairment HH S, ST, MF, W, BN,C,PP,KC, RW,SE,H
Indian Railways Traffic Service Locomotor Disability OL, OA S,ST, RW, C, SE,H
Indian Information Service Locomotor Disability BA, OA, OL, BH, MW, BL, BLA, OAL, BLOA S,W,ST,,SE ,C, H, RW
Hearing Impairment FD, PD MF,L,PP,L,KC,BN,ST,H,W,C,RW
Visual Impairment B, LV MF,L,PP,L,KC,BN,ST,H,W,C,RW
Indian Corporate LAW Service Locomotor Disability OA, OL, BL, OAL ST, RW, SE S,BN,H
Hearing Impairment HH As above
Visual Impairment LV As above
Indian Trade Service Locomotor Disability BA, OA, OL, BH, MW, BL, BLA, OAL, BLOA S,ST,SE,W, H, C,RW
Hearing Impairment PD, FD MF,L,PP,L,KC,BN,ST,H,W,C,RW
Visual Impairment LV,B MF,L,PP,L,KC,BN,ST,H,W,C,RW
Armed Forces Service Locomotor Disability BL, OA, OL S,ST,W,BN, SE, MF,RW,C
Hearing Impairment HH As above
Visual Impairment LV, B As above
Delhi, Andaman Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service Locomotor Disability BA, OL, OA, BH, MW BL, OAL, BLA, BLOA S,ST,W,SE, H RW, C
Hearing Impairment PD, FD RW,C,MF,PP,L,KC,BN, ST, W,H
Visual Impairment LV, B PP,MF,,L,KC,BN, W,STH,RW,C
Pondicherry Civil Service Locomotor Disability OA, OL, OAL, BL S,C,ST,SE,W,RW,H
Hearing Impairment HH As above
Visual Impairment LV As above

Persons with disabilities sometimes have to face issues in getting allotted to the service of their choice in spite of getting the rank because of the requirements of the nature of the service, but it is not impossible to get a good service for persons with disabilities.

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