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:

CodePhysical RequirementsCodeFunctional Classification
SSittingOHOrthopaedically Handicapped
STStandingMWMuscular Weakness
WWalkingBLBoth Legs
MFManipulation by FingerOLOne Leg
PPPushing and PullingOALOne Arm One Leg
BNBendingBLABoth Legs and Arms
LLiftingBLOABoth Legs One Arm
KCKneeling and CrouchingBLBoth Legs
SESeeingVHVisually Handicapped
RWReading and WritingLVLow Vision
BBlind
HHearing/SpeakingHHHearing Handicapped
CCommunicationPDPartially Deaf
FDFully 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:

Also Read: Insights into the Reservation System in India

Name of the ServiceCategoryPhysical RequirementFunctional Classification
Indian Administrative ServiceLocomotor DisabilityBA, OA, OL, BH, BL, MW, BLA, OAL, BLOAS, ST, W, SE, H, RW, C
Hearing ImpairmentPD, FDMF, L, PP, BN, KC, ST, W, H, C, RW
Visual ImpairmentLV, BMF, L, PP, BN, KC, ST, W, H, C, RW
Indian Revenue ServiceLocomotor DisabilityOL, OAS, W, ST, BN, L, ME, SE, RW, C, H
Hearing ImpairmentHHS, ST, L, W, BN, ME, SE, RW, C, H
Indian Foreign ServiceLocomotor DisabilityOA, OAL, OLS, ST, W, C, RW, SE, MF
Hearing ImpairmentHHH
Visual ImpairmentLVSE, RW
Indian P&T Accounts and Finance ServiceLocomotor DisabilityOA, OAL, OL, BL, BA, MW, BHS,SE, W, RW, C, ST, BN, L, H, KC, MF, PH
Hearing ImpairmentD, PDAs above
Visual ImpairmentLV, BAs above
Indian Audit and Account ServiceLocomotor DisabilityOL, OAS, W, ST, BN, SE, C, RW
Hearing ImpairmentHHAs above
Indian Defence Account ServiceLocomotor DisabilityOA, OLS, ST, BN, W, SE, C, RW
Hearing ImpairmentHHAs above
Visual ImpairmentLVAs above
Indian Revenue ServiceLocomotor DisabilityOA, OAL, OL, BLS,W, ST, RW,SE, C
Hearing ImpairmentFD, PDMF,PP,L,KC, ST,BN,ST,C,W,H,RW
Visual ImpairmentB, LVMF,PP,L,KC, ST,BN,ST,C,W,H,RW
Indian Ordnance Factories ServiceLocomotor DisabilityOL, OAS,ST,W,BN,RW, SE,H,C
Hearing ImpairmentPDAs above
Visual ImpairmentLVAs above
Indian Civil Accounts ServiceLocomotor DisabilityOA, OAL, OL, BLS,W, ST,SE, RW, C,H
Hearing ImpairmentHHAs above
Visual ImpairmentLVAs above
Indian Postal ServiceLocomotor DisabilityOL, OAS,W, ST,SE, RW, C,H, BN
Hearing ImpairmentHHAs above
Visual ImpairmentLVAs above
Indian Railway Accounts ServiceLocomotor DisabilityOA, OAL, OL, BL, BLAOS,BN, RW, MF, SE,C
Hearing ImpairmentHHAs above
Indian Railway Personnel ServiceLocomotor DisabilityOL, OAS,W, ST,SE, RW
Hearing ImpairmentPDAs above
Visual ImpairmentLVAs above
Indian Defence Estates ServiceLocomotor DisabilityOL, OA, BLS,BL,ST, SE,MF,H,RW,C
Hearing ImpairmentHHS, ST, MF, W, BN,C,PP,KC, RW,SE,H
Indian Railways Traffic ServiceLocomotor DisabilityOL, OAS,ST, RW, C, SE,H
Indian Information ServiceLocomotor DisabilityBA, OA, OL, BH, MW, BL, BLA, OAL, BLOAS,W,ST,,SE ,C, H, RW
Hearing ImpairmentFD, PDMF,L,PP,L,KC,BN,ST,H,W,C,RW
Visual ImpairmentB, LVMF,L,PP,L,KC,BN,ST,H,W,C,RW
Indian Corporate LAW ServiceLocomotor DisabilityOA, OL, BL, OALST, RW, SE S,BN,H
Hearing ImpairmentHHAs above
Visual ImpairmentLVAs above
Indian Trade ServiceLocomotor DisabilityBA, OA, OL, BH, MW, BL, BLA, OAL, BLOAS,ST,SE,W, H, C,RW
Hearing ImpairmentPD, FDMF,L,PP,L,KC,BN,ST,H,W,C,RW
Visual ImpairmentLV,BMF,L,PP,L,KC,BN,ST,H,W,C,RW
Armed Forces ServiceLocomotor DisabilityBL, OA, OLS,ST,W,BN, SE, MF,RW,C
Hearing ImpairmentHHAs above
Visual ImpairmentLV, BAs above
Delhi, Andaman Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil ServiceLocomotor DisabilityBA, OL, OA, BH, MW BL, OAL, BLA, BLOAS,ST,W,SE, H RW, C
Hearing ImpairmentPD, FDRW,C,MF,PP,L,KC,BN, ST, W,H
Visual ImpairmentLV, BPP,MF,,L,KC,BN, W,STH,RW,C
Pondicherry Civil ServiceLocomotor DisabilityOA, OL, OAL, BLS,C,ST,SE,W,RW,H
Hearing ImpairmentHHAs above
Visual ImpairmentLVAs 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.

Also Read: Here’s the UPSC Latest News on  Age Limit

Conclusion

If you have reached till this, then probably you have understood about the physically retarded quota, age relaxation and reservation in UPSC for physically handicapped. For more informative posts, keep your eyes here on this page. You can also share your thoughts and queries by commenting in the below box.

Content Protection by DMCA.com
Summary
Physically Handicapped Criteria for UPSC: All About Physically Handicapped Reservations
Article Name
Physically Handicapped Criteria for UPSC: All About Physically Handicapped Reservations
Description
Want to know that is the exact reservation in UPSC for physically handicapped? What is the physically retarded quota? Have got no clue? Click here to know all about it.
Author
Publisher Name
UPSC Pathshala
Publisher Logo

About the Author

Shilpa

Shilpa is a professional web content writer and is in deep love with travelling. She completed her mass communication degree and is now dedicatedly playing with words to guide her readers to get the best for themselves. Developing educational content for UPSC, IELTS aspirants from breakthrough research work is her forte. Strongly driven by her zodiac sign Sagittarius, Shilpa loves to live her life on her own notes and completely agrees with the idea of ‘live and let live. Apart from writing and travelling, most of the time she can be seen in the avatar of 'hooman' mom to her pets and street dogs or else you can also catch her wearing the toque blanche and creating magic in the kitchen on weekends.

View All Articles