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Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility norms for the examination are as follows:

NATIONALITY

Nationality

  1. For the Indian Administrative Service, the Indian Foreign Service and the Indian Police Service, a candidate must be a citizen of India.
  2. For the Indian Revenue Service, a candidate must be one of the following:
  3. ★ A citizen of India
    ★ A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India
  4. For other services, a candidate must be one of the following:
  5. ★ A citizen of India
    ★ A citizen of Nepal or a subject of Bhutan
    ★ A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

EDUCTIONAL QUALIFICATION

Educational Qualification

All candidates must have a minimum of any of the following educational qualifications:
  1. A degree from a Central, State or Deemed university
  2. A degree received through Correspondence Education or Distance
  3. A degree from an Open University
  4. A qualification recognized by the Government of India as being equivalent to either of the above.
  5. The following candidates are also eligible, but have to submit proof of their eligibility from a competent authority at their institute/university at the time of the main examination, failing which they will not be allowed to attend the exam.
  6. ★ Candidates who have appeared in an examination, the passing of which would render them educationally qualified enough to satisfy any of the above points
    ★ Candidates who have passed the final exam of the MBBS degree but have not yet completed their internship.
    ★ Candidates who have passed the Final exam of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India(ICAI), ICSI and ICWAI
    ★ A degree from a private university
    ★ A degree from any foreign university recognized by Association of Indian Universities (AIU).

AGE LIMIT

Age Limit

Prescribed age limits vary with respect to the caste reservations. The minimum age for everyone is 21 years. The upper age limit for General category is 30 years. One who turns 21 on August 1 is eligible where as one who turns 30 on August 1 of the year of examination is not eligible. For OBC category upper age limit is 33, and for SC/ST it is 35 years. Upper age limit relaxation is provided to certain candidates who are backward with respect to other factors and physically handicapped people.

NUMBERS OF ATTEMPTS

Numbers of Attempts

The number of attempts a candidate can give the exam is limited as follows:
  • General Category Candidates and OBC Category Candidates under the Creamy layer = 6 attempts
  • OBC Category Candidates = 9 attempts
  • SC/ST Candidates = Unlimited