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IAS Eligibility

In its official IAS 2022 notification, the UPSC made the UPSC IAS 2022 eligibility criteria available. The eligibility requirements for the UPSC CSE 2022 are based on nationality, age restrictions, educational requirements, the number of tries, and medical requirements. Interested and qualified candidates must carefully review the UPSC eligibility requirements 2022.

Candidates with a graduation degree and a range of age between 21 and 32 are eligible to apply for the UPSC IAS exam, according to the UPSC age limit for 2022. For the UPSC IAS 2022 exam, candidates from the reserved category are eligible for age and attempt restrictions relaxation. Read the article below for more details on the UPSC’s IAS 2022 eligibility requirements.

Overview of UPSC IAS Eligibility Criteria 2022

Name of ExamUnion Public Service Commission Civil Services Examination 2022
Conducting BodyUnion Public Service Commission
Level of Exam National
UPSC Eligibility 2022Nationality – Indian
Age limit – 21 years to 32 years
Educational Qualification – Graduation
Number of attemptsGeneral/ EWS – 6, OBC/ General (PwD) – 9, SC/ ST – No limit (can apply till upper age limit is reached)

Eligibility Criteria for UPSC IAS 2022

The various parts of the UPSC eligibility requirements work together to determine a candidate’s eligibility for the IAS exam. The following is a list of the various criteria for IAS eligibility:

  • Educational Qualification
  • Age limit
  • Nationality
  • UPSC attempt limit
  • Medical standards


Any candidate who is an Indian citizen is eligible to apply for the IAS exam, per the IAS eligibility requirements. Below are more specifics regarding nationality eligibility for UPSC IAS:

  1. Citizen of India or
  2. A subject of Nepal/ Bhutan or
  3. Tibetan refugee who came to India, to permanently settle here before January 1, 1962, or
  4. People of Indian origin who migrated from Uganda, Burma, Pakistan, Zambia, the United Republic of Tanzania, Malawi, Sri Lanka, East African Countries of Kenya, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam to permanently settle in India.

Note: Candidates from categories 2, 3, and 4 are eligible to be admitted to the examination if a certificate of eligibility has been issued in their favor by the Government of India.

Age and Attempts Limit

No matter their category, candidates must have reached the age of 21 on August 1, 2022, which means they cannot have been born later than August 1, 2001, according to the UPSC CSE notification for 2022.

An attempt at the UPSC CSE Prelims will count toward the total number of attempts for the Civil Services Examination. A candidate will be deemed to have exhausted all attempts at the Examination if they show up on even one paper in the Preliminary Examination.

Students can consult the following table for information on the number of attempts and the maximum age limit:

CategoryMaximum age limitNumber of attemptsComments
General326OBC Creamy Layer are included in the General category.
EWS326Same as General Category.
OBC (NCL)3593 years of age relaxation.
SC37Unlimited till age.5 years of age relaxation.
ST37Unlimited till age.5 years of age relaxation.
PwD4209 for GL/EWS/OBC and Unlimited for SC/ST.10 years of age relaxation.
Defence Services Personnel35 to 37As per the category of the candidate.3 years of age can be relaxed if the person is disabled. For ECOs and SSCOs who have completed at least five years of service, there is a five-year age relaxation.

Educational Qualification

The educational requirements for the UPSC CSE exam do not include any minimum mark requirements. According to the UPSC CSE 2022 announcement:

  1. A graduate degree from one of the Universities is required for a candidate:
  • Incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India, or
  • Established by an Act of Parliament, or
  • Declared to be deemed as a University under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956, or
  • Possess an equivalent qualification
  1. The UPSC CSE Prelims exam is open to graduates who are in their final year of study and are awaiting their final grade.
  2. Candidates must submit their provisional mark sheet and provisional degree certificate during the DAF-1 form submission if they are designated as qualified for the UPSC CSE Mains exam.
  3. Candidates with professional and technical qualifications that have been approved by the government as being equivalent to a professional and technical degree, such as a CA certificate or an AMIE degree, are also eligible for the UPSC CSE.
  4. Candidates will be provisionally admitted to the UPSC CSE if they have passed the M.B.B.S final exam or any other professional examination equivalent to one leading to a medical degree or certificate but have not finished their internship at the time the DAF-1 is submitted.
  5. However, candidates must demonstrate their degree or a certificate from the relevant competent authority of the university or institution that they have fulfilled all requirements (including the completion of the internship) for the award of the degree at the time of the interview.

Medical Standard

Candidates taking the UPSC IAS exam must be mentally and physically sound. Selected candidates take several medical tests at the medical facility the UPSC has informed after the CSE personality test. To be admitted to any of the services, candidates must pass all of the medical examinations.

Restrictions for UPSC CSE Eligibility 2022

Candidates who were chosen for IAS, IPS, or IFS services in the previous UPSC CSE examination are subject to some restrictions, according to the UPSC CSE notification 2022. The information is as follows:

A candidate who was appointed to the IAS or IFS based on the outcomes of a prior UPSC CSE exam and is still a member of that Service is ineligible to sit for the UPSC CSE exam.
A candidate who was selected for the Indian Police Service (IPS) based on the results of an earlier UPSC CSE exam and who is still a member of the IPS is not permitted to choose the IPS based on the results of the current UPSC CSE exam.

Frequently Asked Questions

Ques. Once I’ve completed the UPSC CSE form, can I get my reservation certificate made?

Ans. If you are qualified for any reservations, make sure you have your reservation certificate in hand before the deadline for submitting your application. Your candidacy will be withdrawn if you submit your reservation certificate after the deadline.

Ques. Are degrees from foreign colleges and universities recognised by UPSC?

Ans. The UPSC will accept it, but there are many prerequisite steps that must be taken. Your foreign degree must first be authenticated by the Indian High Commission in that nation before being submitted to AIU along with payment for an equivalence certificate. Although the procedure might take some time, once you have the equivalence certificate, nothing to worry about.

Ques. Which BMI level is acceptable for UPSC CSE?

Ans. During the medical examination, a BMI of no more than 30 is permitted. You will be classified as temporarily unfit if your BMI exceeds 30. In order to avoid having your application rejected as medically unfit, you will have some time to lose weight.

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