UPSC Eligibility


The candidate who needs to give UPSC examination should possess a degree from any university aligned by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or from any other educational institutions formulated 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.

The AARVAM Academy the best UPSC Coaching center in Chennai can give you more detailed information here below about all the eligibility criteria for the UPSC exam.


  1. Candidate who has already appeared in the examination, those candidates have to furnish the eligibility document for the last qualifying examination which will help them to appear for the UPSC   Preliminary Examination. The candidate who is declared qualified by the Commission for taking the Civil Services (Main) Examination will have to give proof of passing the requisite examination alongwith the application for applying the Main Examination, if any candidate fails to produce the requisite examination with their application are not eligible to give Main Examination.The application for the Main exam may come up mostly in the month of August/September.
  2. In exceptional cases the Union Public Service Commission may treat a candidate who has not any of the foregoing qualifications as a qualified candidate provided that he/she has passed the examination hosted by the other Institutions, commenced by the opinion of the Commission justifies his/her admission to the examination.
  3. Candidates possessing professional and technical qualifications which Government recognizes as equivalent to professional and technical degrees would also be eligible for admission to the examination.
  4. The candidate has to submit the application with a copy of the certificate from the concerned authority of the University/ Institution if the candidate has not completed their internship by the time of submission of their applications for the Civil Services (Main) Examination, especially this rule is for Candidates who have passed the final professional M.B.B.S. or any other Medical Examination. In that case, the medical candidate has to furnish an original Degree or a certificate along with an internship for the award degree. from the concerned competent authority of the University/Institution at the time of their interview.


When you are preparing for the UPSC exam knowing your nationality is important and AARVAM Academy the best UPSC Coaching center in Chennai gives here more brushed-up information look down:-

1.   A candidate must be a citizen of India who applying for the Indian Administrative Service and the Indian Police Service.

2.   A candidate must be either for appearing the exam:

1.  A citizen of India, or

2.  A subject of Nepal, or

3.  A subject of Bhutan, or

4.  A refugee from Tibet came to India last before 1st Jan. 1962 with the intention to settle down in India permanently or a person 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 having the same intention to settle down in India. Desired to have the following requirements: –

A.    The eligibility certificate will be issued by the government of India to those Candidates in favor of having categories (b), (c), (d), and (e).

B.     Provided further that candidate belonging to categories (b), (c) and (d) above will not be eligible for appointment to the Indian Foreign Service.

Note: The candidates will be allowed to appear UPSC examination with the necessary eligibility certificate but the necessary offer letter will be provided to the successful candidate after submitting the approved eligibility certificate offer by the Government of India.

Age Limits

Age criteria is a vital criterion when you are applying for the UPSC examination here the best UPSC Coaching center in Chennai, the AARVAM Academy will broadly give you more information about the age limit criteria:-  

The candidates who are appearing for the UPSC exam should have an age limit of 21 years and less than 32 years ( As per the need of 1st August of the year in which he/she is giving for the Preliminary Examination).

The candidate who is appearing for the Preliminary Examination as of the 1st of August 2018, the candidates should be between 21-32 years of age.

Age Relaxation

Age relaxation is another major component, when you are appearing for the UPSC examination Here, the UPSC Coaching center in Chennai, the AARVAM Academy guides you! Look below:

The upper age limit has been mentioned here below (those who have not attained the age of 32 years as of 1st August) will be relaxed as in

CategoryAge Relaxation
For candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled TribeUpto a maximum of 5 years
For candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes who are eligible to avail of reservations applicable to such candidatesUpto a maximum of 3 years
For candidates domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period from the 1st January 1980 to the 31st day of December 1989Upto a maximum of 5 years
If any personnel working in Defence Services are disabled in operations during the hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereofUpto a maximum of 3 years
The Commissioned Officers and ECOs/ SSCOs who will appear in the Preliminary Examination, should have 5 years of experience in their service till 1st Aug of the same year. Certain criteria are to be noted here down: – 1.     Those Commissioned Officers and ECOs/ SSCOs candidates whose assignment is yet to be completed within one year that is to be completed within 1st Aug of the same year, when he will apply. 2.   Those who are dismissed for the reason of misconduct in their service; those who have a physical inability 3.   Those who are invalidUpto a maximum of 5 years
In the case of military personnel of the rank of ECOs/SSCOs should have completed 5 years on 1st Aug of applying year and those who have services have been extended have to submit a certificate of civil employment for a minimum of 3 months prior to their joining date.Upto a maximum of 5 years
For blind, deaf-mute and orthopedically handicapped candidatesUpto a maximum of 10 years


CategoryNumber of attempts
Candidates having a General Categorycan opt for 6 attempts at the examination
Candidates who are with Other Backward Classes (who are able to avail of reservations applicable to such candidates)Shall be eligible for 9 attempts at the examination
Candidates belonging to 1 Scheduled Castes  2 Scheduled TribesThere is no barrier to attempts. Thus, candidates belonging to SC/ST can appear for the exam till the eligible age limit.
Certain relaxation has been made for the physically handicapped for attempting the UPSC exam ( The physically handicapped candidates are eligible as per the reservation applicable to such candidates)      They are eligible to appear in the exam as many times as if they are in other categories like SC and ST or OBC but for the general category, those who are physically handicapped can attempt only 9 times.