IAS Examination Eligibility


For the Indian Administrative Service and the Indian Police Service, a candidate must be a citizen of India .

* For other services, a candidate must be either:
* – A citizen of India , or
* – a subject of Nepal , or
* – a subject of Bhutan , or
* – a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India . or
* – a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Srilanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.

Provided further that candidates belonging to categories (b), (c) and (d) above will not be eligible for appointment to the Indian Foreign Service.

A candidate in whose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary, may be admitted to the examination but the offer of appointment may be given only after the necessary eligibility certificate has been issued to him by the Government of India.

Age Limits

* A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 30 years on 1st August, 2005 , i.e. he must have been born not earlier than 2nd August, 1975 and not later than 1st August, 1984 .
* The upper age limit prescribed above will be relaxable:
* 1. upto a maximum of five years if a candidate belongs to a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe.
* 2 upto a maximum of three years in the case of candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes who are eligible to avail of reservation applicable to such candidates.
* 3. upto a maximum of five years if a candidate had ordinarily been domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period from the 1st January, 1980 to the 31st day of December, 1989.
* 4. upto a maximum of three years in the case of Defence Services personnel disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof:
* 5. upto a maximum of five years in the case of ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least five years Military Service as on 1st August, 2005 and have been released (i) on completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due to be completed within one year from 1st August, 2005) otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency, or (ii) on account of physical disability attributable to Military Service, or (iii) on invalidment.
* 6. upto a maximum of five years in the case of ECOs/SSCOs who have completed an initial period of assignment of five years Military Service as on 1st August, 2005 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 month’s notice on selection from the date of receipt of offer of appointment.
* 7. upto a maximum of 10 years in the case of blind, deaf-mute and Orthopaedically handicapped persons.


• Candidates belonging to the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes and the Other Backward Classes who are also covered under any other clauses of para 3(ii) (b) above, viz. those coming under the category of Ex-servicemen, persons domiciled in the State of J & K, blind, deaf-mute and orthopadically handicapped etc. will be eligible for grant of cumulative age-relaxation under both the categories.

• The term ex-servicemen will apply to the persons who are defined as ex-servicemen in the Ex-servicemen (Re-employment in Civil Services and Posts) Rules, 1979, as amended from time to time.

• The age concession under para 3(ii) (b) (v) and (vi) will not be admissible to Ex-Servicemen and Commissioned Officers including ECOs/SSCOs who are released on own reguest.

• Notwithstanding the provision of age-relaxation under para 3(ii) (b) (vii) above, a physically disabled candidate will be considered to be eligible for appointment only if he/she (after such physical examination as the Government or appointing authority, as the case may be, may prescribe) is found to satisfy the requirements of physical and medical standards for the concerned Services/posts to be allocated to the physically disabled candidates by the Government.

• Save as provided above the age limits prescribed can in no case be relaxed.

• The date of birth accepted by the Commission is that entered in the Matriculation or Secondary School Leaving Certificate or in a certificate recognised by an Indian University as equivalent to Matriculation or in an extract from a Register of Matriculates maintained by a University, which extract must be certified by the proper authority of the University or in the Higher Secondary or an equivalent examination certificate.

• These certificates are required to be submitted only at the time of applying for the Civil Services ( Main ) Examination.

• No other document relating to age like horoscopes, affidavits, birth extracts from Municipal Corporation, service records and the like will be accepted.

• The expression Matriculation/Secondary Examination Certificate in this part of the instruction includes the alternative certificates mentioned above.

• Candidates should note that only the Date of Birth as recorded in the Matriculation/Secondary Examination Certificate or an equivalent certificate on the date of submission of applications will be accepted by the Commission and no subsequent request for its change will be considered or granted.

• Candidates should also note that once a Date of Birth has been claimed by them and entered in the records of the Commission for the purpose of admission to an Examination, no change will be allowed subsequently (or at any other Examination of the Commission) on any grounds whatsoever.

• The candidate should exercise due care while entering their date of birth in column 8 of the application form for the Preliminary Examination. If on verification at any subsequent stage, any variation is found in their date of birth from the one entered in their matriculation or equivalent Examination certificate, disciplinary action will be taken against them by the commission under the Rules.
Minimum Educational Qualifications

The candidate must hold a degree of any of Universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutions 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.


• Candidates who have appeared at an examination the passing of which would render them educationally qualified for the Commission’s examination but have not been informed of the results as also the candidates who intend to appear at such a qualifying examination will also be eligible for admission to the Preliminary Examination. All candidates who are declared qualified by the Commission for taking the Civil Services ( Main ) Examination will be required to produce proof of passing the requisite examination with their application for the Main Examination failing which such candidates will not be admitted to the Main Examination. The applications for the main examination will be called sometime in the month of July/August, 2007.

• In exceptional cases the Union Public Service Commission may treat a candidate who has not any of the foregoing qualifications as a qualified candidate provided that he has passed examination conducted by the other Institutions, the standard of which in the opinion of the Commission justifies his admission to the examination.

• Candidates possessing professional and technical qualifications which are recognised by Government as equivalent to professional and technical degree would also be eligible for admission to the examination.

• Candidates who have passed the final professional M.B.B.S. or any other Medical Examination but have not completed their internship by the time of submission of their applications for the Civil Services (Main) Examination, will be provisionally admitted to the Examination provided they submit along with their application a copy of certificate from the concerned authority of the University/Institution that they had passed the requisite final professional medical examination. In such cases, the candidates will be required to produce at the time of their interview original Degree or a certificate from the concerned competent authority of the University/Institution that they had completed all requirements (including completion of internship) for the award of the Degree.

Number of attempts

Every candidate appearing at the Civil Services Examination, who is otherwise eligible, shall be permitted four attempts at the examination.

Provided that this restriction on the number of attempts will not apply in the case of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe candidates who are otherwise eligible.

Provided further that the number of attempts permissible to candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes, who are otherwise eligible, shall be seven. This relaxation will be available to the candidates who are eligible to avail of reservation applicable to such candidates.

• An attempt at a Preliminary Examination shall be deemed to be an attempt at the examination.

• If a candidate actually appears in any one paper in the Preliminary Examination, he shall be deemed to have made an attempt at the examination.

• Notwithstanding the disqualification/cancellation of candidature the fact of appearance of the candidate at the examination will count as an attempt.

Restrictions on applying for the examination

A candidate who is appointed to the Indian Administrative Service or the Indian Foreign Service on the results of an earlier examination and continues to be a member of that service will not be eligible to compete at this examination.

In case such a candidate is appointed to the IAS/IFS after the Preliminary Examination of Civil Services Examination, 2007 is over and he/she continues to be a member of that service, he/she shall not be eligible to appear in the Civil Services ( Main ) Examination, 2007 notwithstanding his/her having qualified in the Preliminary Examination, 2007.

Also provided that if such a candidate is appointed to IAS/IFS after the commencement of the Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2007 but before the result thereof and continues to be a member of that service, he/she shall not be considered for appointment to any service/post on the basis of the result of this examination viz. Civil Services Examination, 2007.

Physical Standards

Candidates must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to Civil Services Examination. 2007 as per guidelines given in Appendix-III of Rules for Examination published in the Gazette of India Extraordinary dated 4th December, 2007

If you have questions, please ask below


  1. piyush says:

    i have completed my engineering with computer science branch,can i apply for ias exam,what percentage is required for appering,and i m using spects

  2. ASHISH says:

    hey if anybody want any type of help regarding I.A.S/ I.P.S , tn mail me…. email add is- ashish26148@gmail.com

  3. dinesh singh says:

    hi sir thus is dinesh singh i am a science graguate in Bsc-IT (BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY) from the sikkim manipal university it is a distance education.i want to do IAS,IPS, so please could you tell me can i appear in this exam please send me mail on my email id as soon as possiable.

  4. chethan kumar g.h says:

    dear sir shall i attend ias exams in final year of my B.E course

  5. rajan aggarwal says:

    Curriculum Vitae

    Mr. Rajan Aggarwal

    B-34/ 798,
    Chander Nagar, Contact No: +91-9914530321
    Near Thakur Banke Bihari Mandir , E-Mail: rajanaggarwal11@gmail.com
    Civil Lines,

     To obtain an entry-level position as a Web designer with a growth oriented organization.
     To work on Challenging & dynamic projects with full efforts & enthusiasm & to serve my organization with best efforts.

     Pursuing Master of Computer Applications (MCA) from Punjab Technical University.

     Bachelor of science in Information Technology (BSc.-IT) from Punjab Technical University.

     Advanced Diploma in Hardware and Networking Technologies (ADHNT) from Punjab Technical University.

     Three years Polytechnical Diploma in Electrical Engineering from Punjab State Board of Technical Education & Industrial Training.

     Completed Senior Secondary from PSEB.

     Completed Higher Secondary from PSEB.

     One year working experience
    as a marketing executive
    ICICI Bank in Accounts Opening department.

     Six months working experience
    As a supervisor
    Rapid Knitwears.

     One year working experience
    as a computer operator
    Aastha Kidney Hospital.

     From Jan 2007 Till Now
    As a Computer Teacher
    Aggarwal Institute of Computer Education.

    Programming Languages: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, P.H.P.
    Database Languages: SQL
    Database: MySql
    Operating System: Ubuntu, XP, Vista etc.
    Hardware: Trouble shooting & full desktop assembling.
    Special Software: PhotoShop, Corel Draw, Dreamweaver, Net beans, Quanta plus,
    MS-Office, Basic fundamentals, Internet , MS-Access etc.

     Certificate in All India General Knowledge Test 1999
    conducted by the Andhra Pradesh Public Library Association
    recognized by the Govt. of Andhra Pradesh.

     Certificate in Directorate of Youth Services,

    Punjab National Service Scheme (NSS).

     Good Learner.

     Leadership.

     Can work independently as well as with team in efficient way.

    Date of Birth : 31st August, 1987
    Nationality : Indian
    Languages Known : English, Hindi & Punjabi
    Sex : Male
    Marital Status : Single


    Place: Ludhiana (RAJAN AGGARWAL)

    Sir , i have submitted mu cv plz kindly guide me can i eligible for IAS exams


    THANK U….

  7. naveen.s says:

    i have done bsc electronics from bangalore university i am eligeble for ias any one reply me

  8. mayukh bhattacharya says:

    hello, sir i have eye sight problem and i have flat foot
    plese tell me can i give the IAS Civil service exam.

  9. gaurav says:

    Sir,my question is that how can someone start the preparation of ias while doing engineering???especially the preparation the g.k(general knowledge)….THANKING YOU!!!!

  10. gagandeep says:

    is the roit affected category in exam, or after exam while joining the training

  11. gagandeep says:

    any fee after clear the exam , for training

  12. gagandeep says:

    IPS indian postal service , is this exam also same of ias/ips or differnt.
    plz tell me

  13. DEEPASHREE.R says:

    Is it necessary to complete internship to apply for ias??

  14. R.Balasubramanian says:

    Hai sir, i have finished my B.E (Electronics & Communication engineering) at 2008 patch, i am 26 years old. could u give the idea to joine the IAS exam. my question is what about the age limit, qualification, main subject selection process

  15. parthi says:

    sir now complete BE computer science engg i have prepared IAS wt eligiblity need this

  16. hii says:

    hello… My question is that i have just completed my B.tech in CSE field am i able to apply for IAS exam pls send me details of IAS also
    Thanks in advance…

  17. maheswari says:

    dear sir, shall i attend the IAS exam in final year of my b.pharm plz and my course will be completed on august 2011 its possible to attend r not

  18. reddy says:

    Hello sir i have completed my graduation from br ambedhkar university but i am not completed my intermediate am i qualified for civil service entrance exam tell me

  19. sachin kumar says:

    hii sir this is sachin kumar from malendi sir i want to know that i have completed bca sir tell me that what can i fill up the ias form.and tell me all of the information completed sachin from malendi id sachin.rbs190@gmail.com bye sir

  20. Nirmalkumar says:

    sir i am a final year engineering student,now i am finishing it in the end of this month and my only aim is to become and IAS officer ,so please tell me the eligibility for this exam and i how should appear for this?..please mail me at 14.nirmalkumar@gmail.com

  21. akhand pratap jaiswal says:

    sir am persuding B.E. from computer scince.this is my last semester(8th). Am I eligible for IAS or IES exam,if yes then send me syllabus on my id-akhandgentleman@gmail.com………plz

  22. GANESH says:

    Sir i am ganesh pls say how do i am prepare IAS examination

  23. ruby manohar says:

    sir,i completed my degree,nw am doing MBA, what is the qualification for the IAS exam???? can i eligible for that???? pls help me

  24. jeyalakshmi .s says:

    I am 32 years old. I am very much intersted in IAS. But i think the age limit not allow me write. So, please tell me any other choice to write IAS exam.

    with regards,
    jeyalakshmi srinivasan

  25. ABBAS ALI says:


  26. subha says:

    hi sir,

    hi sir,this is subha..i m finished my undergraduate degeree, bsc(computerscience) on the bharathiyar university.am i eligible to write d ias exam…pls need ur favour..

  27. savitha says:

    my date of birth 22-2-1983 am i eigible for taking ias exam after 2 yrs

  28. manasa says:

    now i am pursuing BA 2nd year through distance mode
    and i have 2 backlogs in 1st year
    after completion of my degree am i elgible to write civils exam

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