Eligibility Criteria


Candidate must be a citizen of India

Candidate must be a citizen of Nepal or a subject of Bhutan

Candidate must be a Tibetan Refugee who came to India before January 1, 1962, to be settled permanently in India

Candidate must be person of Indian Origin who has migrated from Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam, Zaire, or Zambia with an intention of permanently settling in India


Educational Qualification:

Candidate applying for civil service exams is required to fulfil the following criteria:

Candidate must hold a Bachelor's Degree from any of the recognized universities

Candidates who have appeared for the qualifying examination and are awaiting results or those who are yet to appear for the qualifying examination are also eligible for the Preliminary Examination. Such candidates have to produce proof of passing the said examination along with the application for the Main Examination

Candidates with professional and technical qualifications recognized by the Government or its equivalent are also eligible to apply

Candidates who have passed the final year of MBBS or any Medical Examination but are yet to complete the internship can also appear for the Main Examination. However, they must submit a certificate from the concerned University that they have passed the final professional medical examination


Age Limit :

A candidate should be minimum of 21 years and maximum 32 years old as on  August 01, 2019. But he/she must have been born not earlier than August 02, 1987 and not later than August 01, 1998

The upper age limit prescribed above is relaxable for the following candidates:

5 Years - Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) 3 Years - Other Backward Classes (OBC)

3 Years - Defence Services personnel

5 Years - ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least 5 years Military Service as on August 01, 2019

5 Years in the case of ECOs/SSCOs 10 Years - Blind, deaf-mute, and orthopedically handicapped persons

5 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, 2019 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


Number of attempts:

For General Candidates: 7 attempts (Up to 32 Years)

Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Candidates (SC/ST): No Limits (Up to 37 Years)

Other Backward Classes (OBC): 9 attempts (Up to 35 Years)

Physically handicapped- 9 attempts for general and OBC, while unlimited for SC/ST


UPSC Syllabus for Prelims

The Preliminary Examination consists of two papers of objective type (multiple-choice questions) carrying a maximum of 400 marks.
The Question Papers (Test Booklets) are set in English & Hindi

General Studies Paper – I200 Marks
General Studies Paper – II200 Marks

UPSC Prelims Syllabus for Paper I – (200 marks)

Duration: Two hours (Counted for the merit rank in the Prelims)

  • Current affairs - national and international
  • History of India – Ancient, Modern and Medival
  • Indian and World Geography – Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.
  • Indian Polity and Governance.
  • Economic and Social Development Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.
  • General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate
  • General Science and technology – Static and Current

UPSC Prelims Syllabus for Paper II- (200 marks)

Duration: Two hours (Not counted for the merit rank in Prelims but a qualifying Paper; just needs 33% marks)

  • Reading Comprehension.
  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills.
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability.
  • Decision-making and problem-solving.
  • General mental ability.
  • Basic numeracy Quantitative aptitude, Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. – Class X level)


Paper 1:
Essay250 Marks
Paper 2:
General Studies - 1
Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society250 Mark
Paper 3:
General Studies - 2
Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations250 Marks
Paper 4:
General Studies - 3
Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management250 Marks
Paper 5:
General Studies - 4
Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude250 Marks
Paper 6:
Optional Subject
Optional Subject: Paper - 1250 Marks
Paper 7:
Optional Subject
Optional Subject: Paper - 2250 Marks
Paper 8:
Qualifying - 1
English300 Marks
Paper 9:
Qualifying - 2
Hindi or any language in the 8th schedule of the constitution300 Marks





The personal ability test is assessed out of maximum marks 275 with no minimum cut off marks defined and A score over 200 is considered a high score. Candidates should rely more on written exam for the final ranking.Interview is a test of candidate’s overall personality which includes analytical ability, lateral thinking, logical decision making etc. The main objective of the interview is to assess the personal suitability of the candidate for a career in public service. The test is intended to judge the mental calibre of a candidate. i.e. to assess not only his/her intellectual qualities but also social traits and his/her interest in current affairs. The test normally judges mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical Display of thoughts, balance of judgment, unbiased views, variety and depth of interest, ability for social cohesion and leadership, intellectual and moral integrity.Interview is of a very natural, but directed and conscious conversation, which is intended to reveal the true personality of the candidate.