UPSC EXAM

IAS Exams 2016-17:

IAS Exams (popularly known as Civil Services Exams) are being conducted every year in India to fill prestigious posts like IAS (Indian Administrative Service), IPS (Indian Police Service), IFS (Indian Foreign Service), IRS (Indian Revenue Service) and many other central government services.

The Civil Services Exams (IAS Exams) are conducted in three phases.

Phase I: CSAT (Civil Services Aptitude Test) in August, 2016

Phase II: Mains (Civil Services Mains) in December of 2016

Phase III: Personality test (interview) in Feb/Mar of 2016

Educational Qualification:

Any degree holder (or degree final year students who can get the degree by August 1, 2016) from any recognized University in any discipline with any percentage is eligible

Age Qualification:

A general category candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 30 years on 1st August of the exam year. OBC/SC/ST/PH category candidates can avail age relaxation

The upper age limit is given in the table below for various categories

General Category: 30 years

OBC: 33 years

SC/ST: 35 years

Physically Handicapped: 40 years

Attempts limit:

Applying and not appearing for any paper does not count as an attempt. Appearing for one or more papers count as an attempt.

A general category candidates can attempt the exams up to 6 times

OBC/PH category candidates can attempt the exams up to 9 times.

SC/ST candidates can attempt any number of times as long as their age limit is within the eligibility range.

Educational Qualification:

Any degree holder (or degree final year students who can get the degree by August 1, 2016) from any recognized University in any discipline with any percentage is eligible

Age Qualification:

A general category candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 30 years on 1st August of the exam year. OBC/SC/ST/PH category candidates can avail age relaxation

Attempts limit:

Applying and not appearing for any paper does not count as an attempt. Appearing for one or more papers count as an attempt.

General category

before AFTER
attempt limit 4 4+2 = 6 years
age limit 30 years 30+2=32 years

OBC category

before AFTER
attempt limit 7 7+2=9
age limit 33 33+2=35 years

SC/ST category

before AFTER
attempt limit unlimited Unlimited
age limit 35 35+2=37 years

PH category

PH candidate from before AFTER
PH from General/OBC category attempt limit 7 7+2=9
age limit 40
  • General PH: 30+12=42 years
  • OBC PH: 33+12=45 years
PH from SC/ST category attempt limit unlimited unlimited
age limit 40 SC/ST PH: 35+12=47 years