UPSC Eligibility Criteria

UPSC Eligibility Criteria for IAS & IPS Exam 2021

UPSC Eligibility- Academic

  • The candidate must hold a degree of any of Universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University under Section-3 of the University Grants Commission (UGC) Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification.
  • Candidates who are in their final year or awaiting results are also eligible to appear for UPSC preliminary examination.
  • Candidates having professional and technical qualification recognised by the equivalent to professional and technical degrees.
  • Candidates who have passed the final professional M.B.B.S. or any other Medical Examination but have not completed their internship by the time of submission of their applications for the Civil Services (Main) Examination, will be provisionally admitted to the Examination provided they submit along with their application a copy of certificate from the concerned authority of the University/ Institution that they had passed the requisite final professional medical examination. In such cases, the candidates will be required to produce at the time of their interview original Degree or a certificate from the concerned competent authority of the University/Institution that they had completed all requirements (including completion of internship) for the award of the Degree.
UPSC Eligibility Criteria for IAS & IPS Exam

UPSC Age Limit

  • The candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 32 years on 1st Aug of the year of examination. The upper age limit for IAS as well as all services exam is relaxed for OBC,SC/ST aspirants.
  • Up to a maximum of five years if a candidate belongs to a Scheduled Caste (SC) or Scheduled Tribe(ST).
  • Up to a maximum of three years in the case of candidates belonging to OBC who are eligible for reservation applicable to such candidates.
  • Up to a maximum of five years if a candidate had ordinary domiciled in the State of J & K during the period from the 1st January, 1980 to the 31st December,1989.
  • Up to a maximum of three years in the case of Defence Services Personal Disabled in operations during hostilities with ant foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence there of.


  • The candidate must be a citizen of India to be eligible for the Indian Administrative Service(IAS) and the Indian Police Service(IPS ), for other services, a candidate must be either
  • A citizen of India,
  • Or a subject of Nepal,
  • Or a subject of Bhutan,
  • Or a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January,1962 with the intention of permanently setting of India,
  • Or a person of India origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.