UPSC Civil Services Eligibility Criteria 2019

Deepika Narwal Updated On: 14 Mar, 2019 11:32 IST

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UPSC Civil Services 2019 Eligibility Criteria

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Civil Services 2019 eligibility criteria include the conditions and specific requirements that applicants have to fulfill to become eligible for the exam. The conditions may include requirements related to academic qualification, age and number of attempts. A Civil Services aspirant can qualify all the stages of the examination provided he/she meets the prescribed UPSC eligibility conditions. A candidate's eligibility will be cross-checked by the Commission through document verification once he/she has qualified for Interview/ Personality Test.

Detailed Eligibility Criteria for UPSC Civil Services 2019

Minimum Educational Qualifications:

  • Applicant must hold a degree from any of the recognised Universities or possess an equivalent qualification.

Age Limit:

  • Applicant must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 32 years on the 1st of August, 2018 i.e., he/she must have been born not earlier than 2nd August, 1986 and not later than 1st August, 1997.  

Age Relaxation:

  • Up to a maximum of five years in the case of SC/ST candidates;

  • Up to a maximum of three years in the case of OBC candidates;

  • Up to a maximum of five years if a candidate had ordinarily been domiciled in the State of J&K during the period from the 1st January 1980 to the 31st day of December 1989;

  • Up to a maximum of three years in the case of Defence Services Personnel, disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof;

  • Up to a maximum of five years in the case of ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least five years Military Service as on 1st August 2017 and have been released;

  • Up to a maximum of five years in the case of ECOs/SSCOs who have completed an initial period of assignment of five years of Military Service as on 1st August, 2018 and whose assignment has been extended beyond five years and in whose case the Ministry of Defence issues a certificate that they can apply for civil employment and that they will be released on three months’ notice on selection from the date of receipt of offer of appointment.

  • Up to a maximum of 10 years in the case of blind, Hearing Impaired and Orthopaedically handicapped persons.


  • The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released the reservation norms for the candidates enrolling in UPSC Civil Services examination.

  • According to the released norms, 10% reservation will be provided to the candidates belonging to the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS).

  • The EWS category candidates must collect their EWS Certificate latest by 1st August 2019.

  • It is important for the candidates to opt for the Reservation Quota as the same shall only be applied for the ones who successfully apply for it.

  • Other reservation for the SC and ST candidates shall remain the same as per the norms prescribed by UPSC. 

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