UPSC IAS 2018 Eligibility

Exam Date : 18th June 2018 To 18th June 2018
Result Date : 21st February 2019

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Eligibility Criteria for UPSC IAS 2018

Candidates must make sure that they fulfil the general eligibility criteria before filling in the application form as eligibility criteria play a major role in filtering the candidates.
The general eligibility criteria that the candidates should fulfil before applying for the UPSC IAS 2018 is mentioned below.


  • If the candidate opts for IAS/IPS, they must be an Indian citizen to satisfy the eligibility criteria for UPSC IAS.
  • For becoming an IFS (Indian Foreign Service) officer, the candidate must be a citizen of India or they should be a migrant (settled in India) to satisfy the eligibility for UPSC IAS.
  • For other posts, the candidates should be an Indian Citizen or a subject of Bhutan/Nepal or a Tibetian refugee or a Migrant from Pakistan/Burma/Sri Lanka/East African Countries to satisfy the eligibility criteria for UPSC IAS.

The candidate might appear in UPSC IAS 2018 exam without submitting the eligibility certificate issued by the Government of India. 
But, the eligibility certificate must be submitted during the further process.

 Age Limit:

It is mentioned in the eligibility criteria that the age of the candidate should be between 21 and 32 on the 1st of August, 2018.

Relaxation in the Upper Age limit:

  • Up to five years of relaxation is provided for candidates belonging to SC/ST categories. 
  • Up to three years of relaxation is provided for candidates if they belong to OBC Category.
  • Up to a maximum of five years if a candidate had ordinarily been domiciled in the State of Jammu and Kashmir during the period from the 1st January 1980 to the 31st day of December 1989
  • Up to a maximum of 10 years in the case of blind, Hearing Impaired and Orthopaedically handicapped persons.
  • Up to a maximum of five years for ex-service men if the essential documents are submitted. 
  • Up to a maximum of three years in the case of Defence Personnel (essential documents have to be submitted).


  • Candidates should be very careful in entering their date of Birth in the UPSC IAS Examination Application Form.
  • If any discrepancy is found in the subsequent stages, they would be disqualified. 
  • The DOB mentioned in the mark sheet of 10h grade or any qualifying exam would be considered as the valid DOB.

Educational Qualification: 

  • The candidate must hold a degree of any of the recognised university, or possess an equivalent qualification to satisfy the eligibility criteria for UPSC IAS.
  • On exceptional cases, the UPSC authorities might consider few candidates who have cleared certain qualifying exams to be eligible for appearing in UPSC IAS.
  • If the results of the qualifying exam are not yet released, the candidates are allowed to write the prelims exam.
  • In that case, the candidates should submit the result card in the subsequent stage. 

Number of Attempts:

  • All the candidates applying can make six attempts. 
  • Candidates belonging to SC/ST category can make any number attempts in the UPSC IAS Exam.
  • Physically handicapped candidates belonging to the General Category can make 9 attempts. 
  • Candidates belonging to OBC category can make 9 attempts. 


  •  An attempt at a Preliminary Examination shall be deemed to be an attempt at the Civil Services Examination.
  •  If a candidate actually appears in any one paper in the Preliminary Examination, they shall be deemed to have made an attempt at the Examination.
  •  The fact of appearance of the candidate at the UPSC IAS examination will count as an attempt 


  • The candidates should be physically fit as mentioned by the UPSC.

Restrictions on applying for UPSC IAS 2018:

  • Candidates who are in power as IAS/IFS officers can't appear in the UPSC IAS Exam. 
  • If they have been posted after the UPSC IAS 2018 prelims, they can;t appear in the UPSC IAS Mains Exam. 

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