Each year approximately 8 lakh of candidates aspire to become IAS officers and prepare for the IAS exam. Many candidates wait for their bachelors to get completed so that they can devote their complete time to UPSC preparation. But if you plan to prepare for the UPSC before your graduation is completed, then you need to keep a few points in mind.

You have to do thorough research on the eligibility criteria before you start preparing for the UPSC. If you don’t do the right research then your effort might go into vain, so when you know the eligibility you can plan your preparation accordingly. And make sure you don’t start too soon or too late for the UPSC exam. According to your strength and weakness start the preparation and also decide in which year you are planning to give the exam.

Can I give the UPSC Exam before Graduation?

To answer the question “Can I give the UPSC Exam before Graduation?”, we will take you through the eligibility for the UPSC examination:-

Eligibility for the UPSC Examination

  • Candidates must have a degree from a recognized university which is incorporated by the Act of Central or States legislature in India or other educational institutions. Or any university which is considered to be a deemed university under the UGC act 1956.
  • A Candidate has a minimum age of 21 and the maximum age limit differs on the basis of the caste they belong to.  The maximum age for General Category is 32 years, for OBC it is 35 years, for SC and ST it is 37 years.
  • No: of attempts that can be taken by candidates also differ on the basis of caste category:- for general it is 6. For OBC it is 9, for SC/ ST it is till the age, and for EWS( Economically weaker section it is 6.
  • To become an IAS officer candidate must be of Indian Nationality and to become an IPS officer candidate can be from India, Nepal, Bhutan or can be a Tibetan refugee.

 Verdict on Preparing for UPSC before Graduation

So if you are planning to prepare for UPSC before graduation then you shouldn’t, because there is an age restriction and a graduate degree is required to move in with the further process for UPSC. So if you don’t read about the UPSC eligibility criteria, then you will be starting sooner than you should.

Which Graduation is Best for UPSC?

There is no particular graduation degree that is believed to be the best for the UPSC because in optional subjects you have many options to choose from. So,  you can choose it according to your subject and the subject that you think you will do good at. No graduation degree alone will guarantee to achieve the desired score in UPSC, so you can go for your preferred graduation degree and try to make it your strong subject so that you don’t have to worry much while choosing the optional subject. IF you get your graduation subject strong then you may consider your half job is done.

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The question that is frequently asked by the UPSC aspirant “Is graduation necessary for UPSC?” So we would like to clarify that yes having a graduation degree is a vital eligibility criterion that the candidate is supposed to meet to achieve what he desires. For the preliminary exam, you can appear without submitting the graduation degree, but if you clear prelims then to apply for the main exams you will need to submit the graduation certificate. You will need a graduation degree from a deemed university or university which is incorporated by the Act of Central or States legislature in India or other educational institutions. Unless and until you have t

Is Graduation necessary for UPSC?

he graduation degree in your documents, you won’t be able to proceed further with the process of UPSC examination.

Government Exams after Graduation

For many of the government exams, you will need a graduation degree to complete the application process. You can start the preparation during your graduation but you will be eligible to give the exam only when you have the graduation degree in your hand. So this is a requisite criterion for a candidate aspiring to work as a government officer. The list of these exams that you can give after your graduation are:-

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1. SSC

SSC Stand of Staff Selection Commission which is a committee that conducts exams that have the jobs that are just below the jobs from UPSC.:-

  • Through the SSC CGL examination, you can apply for the post of Assistant Audit Officer, Assistant Selection Officer, Tax Assistant, and Inspector of Income Tax.
  • Through SSc CPO you get the position of Sub Inspector.
  • Through SSC JE you get the position of Junior Engineer.

2. Railways

To get a job in Railways you again need a graduation degree. Indian Railways provide with a various job opportunity that you can get by passing the examination for these specific positions:

  • Through the RRB JE exam, you can desire for the position of Junior Engineer, Junior Engineer(Informational Technology), Depot Material Superintendent, Chemical and Metallurgical Assistant
  • Through RRB NTPC you can get the position for Traffic Assistant, Goods Guard, Senior Commercial cum Ticket Clerk, Senior Clerk cum Typist and Junior Account Assistant cum Typist, Senior timekeeper, Commercial Apprentice, and station Master
  • Through DMRC Recruitment you can get the post of General Manager and Section Engineer.

3. Banking

There are many opportunities in the banking sector as well. You can prepare for the exams to get the post that follows them.

  • Through IBPS PO you can get the post of Probationary officer
  • Through NABARD you can become Development Assistant
  • Through NABARD Grade you can get the post of B Manager in Grade B
  • Through NABARD Grade A you can desire for the position of Assistant Manager in Grade A
  • Through SBI PO you can desire to become Probationary Officer
  • Through IBPS Clerk you can become the Clerk

Before applying for any exam you should thoroughly research the requirement of the documents and their eligibility criteria. If you start the preparation without knowing this crucial thing you may find yourself in the middle of the ocean with no help. So to have the most benefit of your preparation and hard work then you should start at the right time. You can start early as well to have more time to prepare but you will be able to give the exam once you get the graduation degree. There are many government exams that you can give to become a government officer, but for those exams a graduation degree becomes vital, and having a graduation degree comes in their eligibility criteria.

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