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Eligibility Criteria  -   UPSC ESE Entrance Exam

Eligibility Criteria  -  UPSC ESE Entrance Exam


An applicant needs to be either:

(a) an India citizen, or

(b) a subject of Bhutan, or

(c) a subject of Nepal, or

(d) a Tibetan refugee came to India before the 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or

(e) a person of Indian origin who has immigrated from Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Burma, or East African countries of Uganda, Kenya, United Republic of Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zaire, and Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention of setting in India.

Given that an applicant belonging to categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been assigned by the Govt. of India. An applicant in whose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary may be admitted to the examination, but the offer of the appointment may be awarded only after the required eligibility certificate has been assigned to him/her by the Govt. of India

Age Limit 

An applicant for this exam must have attained at least age of 21 years and more than the age of 30 years on the 1st January 2019, i.e., he/she must have been born between 2nd January 1989 and 1st January 1998. Age relaxation is there for SC/ST/OBC and others candidates as per the government rules.


Candidates willing to apply for ESE 2019 should possess an Engineering degree from an authorized institute.

Note: An applicant who has appeared at an examination the passing of which would render him/her educationally qualified for this examination, but has not been informed of the result, may apply for admission to the examination. An applicant who intends to appear at such a qualifying examination may also apply. Such applicants will be admitted to the examination, if otherwise eligible, but their admission would be provisional and subject to cancellation, if they do not produce proof of having passed the required qualifying examination along with the Detailed Application Form which will be required to be submitted by the applicants who qualify on the result of written part of the examination.


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