What is the eligibility for UPSC exam?
The IAS exam is open to almost all people in the country who are graduates. However, there are a few eligibility conditions that the candidate must satisfy if they wish to take the UPSC civil services exam India. In this article, we discuss the complete eligibility criteria for the UPSC IAS exam.

IAS Eligibility Overview:

  • IAS Age Limit 21 to 32 years
    The candidate should have completed 21 years as on 1st August 2022 (for the UPSC CSE 2022) and not completed 32 years as on 1st August 2022 (relaxations as discussed below will apply).
  • Note:Defense Servicemen: Disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof.In the case of ECOs/SSCOs who have completed an initial period of assignment of 5 years Military Service as on 1st August, 2022 and whose assignment has been extended beyond five years and in whose case the Ministry of Defense 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.
  • Age relaxation As per category (mentioned below)
  • Educational qualification for IAS Graduation
  • Nationality Indian citizens only


Minimum qualification for UPSC exam India eligibility for IAS:

  • Minimum qualification for UPSC exam India: The candidate must hold a degree from Government recognized Universities or possess an equivalent qualification.
  • Candidates who are in their final year or awaiting results are also eligible to appear for UPSC preliminary Examination. All such candidates who are eligible to appear for IAS exams must produce proof of having passed the said examination along with the application for the main IAS examination.
  • Candidates having professional and technical qualifications recognized by the Government as equivalent to professional and technical degrees.
  • Medical students who have passed final year of MBBS, but are yet to complete their internship also have eligibility for IAS. Although, along with the Main Examination application, a certificate of course completion (including internship) from the concerned authority of the University/Institution has to be submitted.

Nationality eligibility criteria for IAS:


• Candidate must be a citizen of India
• Candidate must be either:-
A. A citizen of India, or
B. A subject of Nepal, or
C. A subject of Bhutan, or
D. A Tibetan refugee who came to India before 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
E. A person of Indian origin (PIO) who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Ethiopia, Zaire and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.
• The candidates belonging to categories (B), (C), (D) and (E) should furnish a certificate of eligibility issued by the Government of India. Such candidates may take the exam before getting the said certificate of eligibility, but he/she would get the offer of appointment only after the certificate has been issued by the Government of India.
• POINT TO NOTE: A person belonging to categories (B), (C) and (D) are not eligible for appointment to the Indian Foreign Service (IFS).