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Eligibility Criteria  -   CSE Entrance Exam

Eligibility Criteria  -  CSE Entrance Exam

UPSC Exam Eligibility Criteria:

Educational Qualification: - Candidates having degree or its equivalent qualification from a recognized university are only eligible to appear for civil service examination. Candidates who have appeared in the final year degree exam but awaiting for their result can also apply for Preliminary examination, subject of submitting passing proof along with application for Civil Service Examination (Main).

Age Limit: - The age limit is different for all the categories according to the government policies and norms.


Upper Age Limit


32 Years


35 Years


37 Years


42 Years

J & K Domicile

GEN=37 Year, OBC= 40 Year, SC/ST=40 Year, PH=50 Year.

Disabled servicemen

GEN=37 Year, OBC=40 Year, SC/ST=40 Year.


It is mandatory for all UPSC exam that the candidate must be an Indian personnel. A citizen of Nepal, a citizen of Bhutan or a refugee from any other country can apply for the IAS 2017 Prelim and Main exam, in order to fulfill the criteria, they must have the permanent plan to settle in India.

Number of Attempts:

  • An attempt at a Preliminary Examination is considered to be an attempt at the Civil Services Examination.
  • If a candidate actually appears in any one paper in the Preliminary Examination, he/she is considered to have made an attempt in the UPSC Examination.
  • The number of times a candidate may attempt the exam is limited as follows:
  1. OBC category candidates: 9
  2. General category candidates: 6
  3. SC/ST Candidates: Unlimited
  4. In the preliminary examination appearing to attempt one of the papers is counted as an attempt, including disqualification/cancellation of candidature.

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