UPSC Exam Age Limit for OBC: Eligibility Criteria, Attempts and Age Relaxations for OBC Category

UPSC Exam Age Limit for OBC

UPSC has declared the application of newly introduced Economically Weaker Section reservation of 10% in IAS 2019. This reservation in the IAS Examination will provide age relaxation, several attempts, IAS eligibility, the cut-off, and reservation in seats.

UPSC exam age limit for OBC is also reconsidered and has declared age relaxation to OBC in this fresh introduction of reservation for Other Backward Class, SCs, and STs.

UPSC Age Limit for OBC

The birth date quoted in the Higher Secondary School Leaving Certificate or any equivalent document acknowledged by any Indian University is a valid document. Submitting these documents while appearing for UPSC Mains is mandatory.

The maximum age limit for candidates under the OBC category is 35 years. The minimum age required is 21 years for every category. The maximum age limit is relaxed concerning the category to which the candidate belongs too. The reserved categories recognized by UPSC can demand the age limit relaxation.

Age Relaxation for OBC for UPSC Exam

The candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes can avail of an age limit relaxation of ‘three years’ to benefit from this freshly introduced reservation, which concerns the age limit for UPSC for OBC. The upper age limit is five years for a Scheduled Caste (SC) candidate or a Scheduled Tribe (ST).

If the candidate was a permanent resident of Jammu and Kashmir from 1st January 1980 to the 31st December 1989, an upper limit of five years could be claimed by the same candidate. While considering Defence services personnel disabled, UPSC has decided to give a three-year age limit relaxation.

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UPSC Age Limit for OBC Female

Female candidates appearing for the UPSC exam and belonging to the Other Backward Class must be more than 21 years old as recorded in their higher secondary school certificate or any equivalent certificate. The upper age limit for the female candidate belonging to the Other Backward Class (OBC) category should be 35 years.

Female candidates more than 35 years old are not eligible for appearing in UPSC exams. A female candidate must submit appropriate certificates or documents related to the birthdate to avoid any mishaps and easily apply for UPSC exams. For SC and ST, the maximum age limit for the female candidate is 37 years.

UPSC introduces Aggregate Age-relaxation for Age limit

UPSC aspirants who belong to the Scheduled Castes (SC) or Scheduled Tribes (ST) and Other Backward Classes (OBC) with all the other weaker economic classes are acceptable for availing the aggregate age-relaxation limit under all the mentioned categories.

Within the new aggregate age relaxation, UPSC has also lifted the number of attempts of the candidates appearing for the UPSC exams. The maximum age limit for the candidate belonging to OBC is 35 years old, and they can attempt the UPSC exams nine times. The upper limit of the candidates’ age belonging to the Scheduled caste or Scheduled Tribes is 37 years. The number of attempts allowed for SCs and STs for which the candidate can appear for the Civil Service Examination is an unlimited number of times concerning their age limit.

Additional Eligibility Criteria

The UPSC aspirant should be India’s civilian to become an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and the Indian Police Services (IPS). Aspirants can also be the citizens of Nepal or Bhutan. A Tibetan refugee who shifted to India intending to be a permanent citizen of India before 1st January 1962 is also eligible for IAS or IPS in India.

Any migrated human being with an Indian Origin, with a purpose of being a permanent Indian citizen from Zaire, Ethiopia, Malawi, Zambia, Vietnam, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, Sri Lanka, The United Republic of Tanzania, Burma and Pakistan are eligible for applying for UPSC exams. These candidates will be eligible for the other services, including IAS and IPS but will not be eligible for Indian Foreign Services.


The aspirants should make sure that they consider and accomplish all the Civil Service Examinations’ eligibility criteria. While claiming reservation, these documents and certificates will play a crucial role in enrolling you in Civil Service Examinations. Candidates must look after every guideline to provide appropriate documents to UPSC.

We here through our medium of blogs, try to convey maximum instructions and criteria held by UPSC in order to keep all the UPSC aspirants updated regarding all the age, quota and exam related information. Follow-up with our regular blogs to keep updated regarding all the UPSC exam news and updates.

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