Knowledge has no age and preparing for the examination also has no age limit but, age is not a big bar until someone has not exceeded the upper age limit or the number of attempts. Cracking an exam is quite hectic and also sometimes seems to be impossible, but one should always remember that it is not the end and always keep trying is the motive.

This article talks about all your questions and answers them, read the whole article to make all your doubts clear and have everything prepared beforehand. Planning is something that should be done before the examination and this is provided in this article and we have many more on UPSC Pathshala.

UPSC Age Limit for SEBC

IAS Age Limit 21 to 32 years
Age Relaxation As per category
Educational Qualification for IAS Graduation
Nationality Indian Citizens only

Also Read: IAS Exam Age Limit for Female: Understanding the UPSC Age Limits

UPSC Age Relaxation

As per the official guidelines, the age limit of the candidate should be from 21 to 32 years and for UPSC CSE 2021 the official statement explains that he/she must be born not earlier than 2nd August 1989 and not later after 1st August 2000.

The Civil Services Age limit is important for eligibility factor and there candidates appearing for the examination should check the below table throughout.

Category UPSC Age Limit- Upper Relaxation Number of Attempts 
General 32 6
OBC 35 9
SC/ST 37 Unlimited (Up to age limit)
Disabled Defence Services Personnel 35 9
Servicemen 37 9
Persons with

Benchmark Disability – EWS (Economically weaker section)

42 9

For UPSC CSE in Exam


SC/ST 5 years
OBC 3 years
Defence Service Personnel 3 years
Servicemen, ECOs/SSCOs, and Commissioned Officers (who have served at least 5 years of Military Services). 5 years
Orthopedically handicapped candidates like blind, deaf, and mute. 10 years


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UPSC Reservation

Below are the reservations and eligibility criteria for the examination.

Eligibility based on Education Qualification

# The minimum qualification for the exam is the candidate must have a degree from z government recognised university or possess the equivalent qualification.

# Candidates can appear for Prelims who are in their final year or are waiting for the results in their final year. They have to show proof of who is appearing for the exam and also produce the passed results with Mains application.

# Candidates who are having a technical degree recognised by the government and equivalent to professional and technical degrees.

# Candidates who have passed the final year of MBBS and yet to complete their internship are also eligible. However, they should submit a certificate of course completion along with the internship from the concerned authority.

Eligibility Based on Nationality

For IAS and IPS

The candidate must be a citizen of India

All other Services

# A person should be either a citizen of India or a subject of Nepal, Bhutan, Tibetan refugee who have come and settled in India permanently after 1st January 1962.

# Candidates of Indian Origin (PIO) who are from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries like Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Ethiopia, Malawi, Kenya, Vietnam and Zaria, should permanently settle in India.

# Candidates who belong to categories (2), (3), (4) and (5) should have an eligibility certificate issued by the government and they should get an appointment only after the government has given the certificate.

# Candidates who are belonging to (2), (3), (4) and (5) are not eligible for IFS or Indian Forest Service.

UPSC Quota

Posts Offered and Services

Union Public Service Commission has divided the services into Group A and Group B and there have several posts and vacancies. The total number of posts are to be around 980 and are again divided into reserved categories, 34 for PH category, 14 for LDCP, 13 for HI, 7 for B/LV and more.

Group A

# Indian Administrative Service

# Indian Post and Telecommunication Accounts and Finance Service

#Indian Audit and Accounts Service

# Indian Postal Service

# Indian Civil Accounts Service

# Indian Railway Accounts Service

# Indian Corporate Law Service

# Indian Railway Personnel Service

# Indian Defence Accounts Service

# Indian Railway Traffic Service

# Indian Defence Estates Service

# Indian Revenue Service (Custom and Central Excise)

# Indian Foreign Service

# Indian Revenue Service (Income Tax)

# Indian Information Service (Junior Grade)

# Indian Trade Service (Gr. III)

# Indian Ordnance Factories Service (Assistant Works Manager, Administration)

# Assistant Security Commissioner in Railway Protection Force

# Indian Police Service

Group B

# Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Services (Section Officer’s Grade)

# Pondicherry Civil Service

# Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu, and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Services

# Pondicherry Police Service

# Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu, and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Services


Nothing is impossible and cracking a UPSC can be done with the right strategy and tips. We started with discussing the age limit and hoping that all your counts have been cleared and illustrated in the right way. We realised that we have some age limits and age relations for the exam and we have to follow them. Some reserved categories should be followed and regulated.

UPSC Pathshala has answers to all your doubts and questions that one is carrying for the exam and one will find many articles and courses related to the topic and we believe to clarify every doubt of yours as it is said that one should always write the exam with a free mind and no stress at all.

We believe you can crack the exam and we are here to help you. If you have any don’t, suggestions or queries feel free to comment in the comment section below and we shall get back to you as soon as possible.

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