UPSC Eligibility Criteria 2017–2018 Civil Services/IAS/IPS/IES/NDA/CDS Age Limit, PST for Male & Female, Qualification

UPSC Eligibility Criteria

Check here UPSC Eligibility Criteria for Civil Services, IAS, IPS, IES, NDA and CDS examination. Applicants are informed that before applying for any examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission one should be in terms of Age Limit, PST for Male & Female and educational Qualification. Applicants scroll down this page and ensure UPSC Eligibility Criteria 2017 for their respective examination. 

Union Public Service Commission is well known government organization which is responsible for conducting various competitive examinations and recruiting only eligible and deserving candidates for the vacant profile. So, applicants who wish to apply for any UPSC examination must need to fulfill Union Public Service Commission exam requirements as specified below. Applicants to fetch more details related to UPSC Eligibility Criteria 2017–2018 may read this entire page which is well furnished by the team member of

UPSC Eligibility Criteria

Exam Name UPSC Eligibility Criteria
Engineering Services Examination Get Details
Combined Defense service Exam Get Details
NDA & NA EXAM Get Details
IAS Examination Get Details
Indian Forest Service Exam Get Details
Combined Geo-Scientist and Geologist Exam Get Details
Combined Medical Services Exam Get Details
IES ISS Exam Get Details

UPSC Eligibility Criteria

Engineering Services Examination:

Indian Engineering Services Examination is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission with the intention to recruit eligible and capable candidates for jobs of CE, ME, EE and ETE services. Examination is conducted in two different stages such as prelims and mains.

Eligibility Criteria for ESE:

Essential Qualification: Applicants must have completed their Graduation in Engineering from well known University/ institute.

Age Eligibility: Applicants should have minimum age of 21 years and maximum age of 30 years as on 1st January.

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Combined Defense service Examination:

Combined Defense service Examination will be conducted to recruit officer’s cadets at Indian military, navy, army and air force. Union Public Service Commission is the responsible authority who conducts CDS examination.

CDS Eligibility Criteria:

Required Qualification:

Academy CDS Qualification
Air Force Academy 12th standard form Physics and Mathematics along with a degree from esteemed institution or bachelor degree in engineering /technology.

Women candidates can not apply for Air force academy.

Indian Military Academy A Bachelors Degree from recognized university.
Indian Naval Academy A Engineering Degree from any recognized university or institute
Officers Training Academy Graduate Degree from any esteemed university or institute or college

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Age Limitation:

Indian Military Academy  20-25 years
Indian Naval Academy  20-24 years
Indian Airforce Academy  20-25 years
Officer’s Training Academy (Unmarried Women)  20-25 years
Officer’s Training Academy (Unmarried Men)  20-25 years

NDA & NA Examination:

National Defence Academy and Naval Academy examination is conducted in two exams like I & II by the Union public service commission. This exam is conducted to fill jobs in Navy army and air force.

NDA & NA Eligibility Criteria:

Required Qualification:

  • Army Wing of National Defense Academy: Candidate must have passed 12th class from a well known education board.
  • Air Force and Naval Wing of National Defense Academy: Candidate must be 10+2 class passed with Math and Physics from well known education board.

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Age Limitation:

Aspirants should make sure that their age must be lie in between 2nd July 1998 to 1st July 2001 and those candidates who were born before 2nd July, 1998 and after 1st July, 2001 are not eligible to apply for NDA (1) 2017 exam.

Civil Services Examination:

Civil Services Examination as been organized by the recruitment panel of the Union public service commission with the intention to provide various eligible contenders for the vacant civil services profiles. The examination is conducted in two stages as prelims and mains candidates.

CSE Eligibility Criteria:

Required Qualification

  • Aspirants who have Graduate degree or its equivalent qualification in their relevant streams from well recognized university are eligible for IAS examination.
  • Candidates who have attend the final year for degree exam but the result has not been issued yet they can also apply for Preliminary examination through passing proof along with application for Civil Service Examination.

Age Limit:

Applicants should have minimum age of 21 years and maximum age should be 32 years it means one should were born not earlier than 2nd August, 1985 and not later than 1st August, 1996.

Indian Administrative Service Examination:

Indian Administrative Service Examination is conducted under civil service examination along with other 24 examination.  First stage is civil service aptitude test (CSAT) then mains will be held and lastly interview will be organized by the expert committee.

IAS Eligibility Criteria

IAS Educational Qualification:

Aspirants should have Graduate degree or its equivalent qualification from well known university.

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Age Limit for IAS Examination

Age of the applicants should be minimum 21 years and maximum 32 years or applicants should be been born not earlier than 2nd August, 1985 and not later than 1st August, 1996

Indian Forest Service Examination:

In order to hire up capable candidates for IFS officer post Union public service commission conducts examination in two stages that are prelims and mains. Qualified applicants will be called for Interview to check their ability and skills.

IFS Eligibility Criteria:

Educational Qualification

Aspirants must have possessed Graduate degree or its equivalent qualification from a recognized university.

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Age Limit:

Applicants should have lower age of 21 years and upper age should be 32 years. age relaxation as per norms of the UPSC.

Combined Geo-Scientist and Geologist Examination:

Combined Geo-Scientist and Geologist Examination is conducted In the month of May mostly with the intention to hire up Geologist, Geophysicist and Chemist posts falling under Geological Survey of India (GSI) Junior Hydrogeologists (Scientist B) specified under Central Ground Water Board (CGWB).

Geologist Exam Eligibility Criteria:

Required Qualification:

Post Name Educational Qualification
Geologists & Junior Hydro Geologists Grade ‘A’ Master’s degree in Geology or Geological Science from a recognized university
Geophysicists Grade ‘A’ M.Sc. (Geophysics) or M.Sc. in Physics or Applied Physics or Integrated from a recognized university.
Chemists Grade ‘A’ M. Sc. in Chemistry or Analytical Chemistry or Applied Chemistry from a recognized board.

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Geologist Exam Age Limit:

Name of Post Age Limit (Years)
Geologist, Group A 21 to 32
Geophysicist, Group A
Chemist. Group A
Junior Hydro Geologists (Scientist B), Group A 21 to 35

CAPF ACs Examination:

Union Public Service Commission conducts Limited Departmental Competitive Examination with the purpose to fill up Assistant Commandant Jobs in Central Armed Police Forces. Final selection will be done on the basis of performance in test or interview.

CAPF ACs Eligibility Criteria

Required Qualification:

Applying contenders must have possessed Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university.

Age Limitation:

Applying candidate’s age should be lie in between 20 and 25 as on 1st August 2017.

Combined Medical Services Examination:

In order to fill up vacant medical officer in different government department, recruitment panel of the commission conducts Combined Medical Services Examination in the month of August. Assortment will be done on basis of written test and interview.

CMS Eligibility Criteria

Required Qualification:

Desirous candidates who are going to apply for Combined Medical Services Examination must hold MBBS Degree from a University recognized. Contenders who are pursuing final M.B.B.S. Examination can also apply.

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UPSC CMS Age limitation:

Applying contenders for UPSC CMS Jobs have maximum age of 32 years as on 01/08/2017.

CISF AC (EXE) LDCE examination:

Limited Departmental Competitive Examination has been conducted by Union Public Service Commission in order to fill up vacant position of Assistant Commandant Jobs in Central Industrial Security Forces in the month March.

CISF AC Exam Eligibility Criteria:

Required Qualification:

Candidates must possess Graduation degree in their relevant field from recognized university or institute.

IES ISS Examination:

Union Public Service Commission releases IES ISS Exam Notification and conducts Indian Economic Services & Indian statistical Services examination in the month of May with the intention to recruit eligible and capable candidates in order to fill up government services.

IES ISS Eligibility Criteria:

Required Qualification:

For Indian Economic Service (IES):  Applicants must have completed Post Graduate / Master Degree in Economics/Applied Economics/ Business Economics/ Econometric from any Recognized University or institution.

For Indian Statistical Service (ISS): Candidates should have Bachelors Degree with Statistics/Mathematical Statistics/Applied Statistics as one of the subject or a Master’s degree in Statistics/Mathematical Statistics/ Applied Statistics from any Recognized University or institution.

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Age Limitation:

Minimum age of aspirants should be 21 years and maximum age should be 30 years on 1st august.

SO/STENO Examination:

With the purpose to heck the ability of the applying candidate’s Union Public Service Commission conducts Limited Departmental Competitive Examination in the month of December.

SO/STENO Eligibility Criteria

Educational Qualification:

Applicants applying for UPSC Sections Officers (SO) and Steno Examination must ensure that they have completed Graduation /Post Graduation in their relevant discipline from any well recognized University or Institution.

UPSC Eligibility Criteria


Applicants should make sure they must be-

A citizen of India, or

A subject of Nepal, or

A Bhutan, or

A Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January, 1962 with the intention to  permanent settle down in India, or

A person who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and Vietnam to Indian with the intention of permanently settling in India.

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

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Relaxation in Upper Age:

Union Public Service Commission is the responsible authority to provide jobs to every category candidates thus, for reserved category candidates some rules will be granted. Applicants belonging to reserved category such as SC/ ST or other backward category will get the benefit of upper age relaxation as per norms of Union Public service Commission. Here we have provided details of upper age relaxation as per the category… must check age relaxation –

Category Upper Age Relaxation
General Required Age
Other Backwards Castes (OBC) 03 years
Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) 05 Years
Ex serviceman 05 Years
Physically disabled candidates (Blind, Deaf-Mute, Orthopedic)  10 years
Jammu & Kashmir Domicile General- 37 years, OBC- 40 Years, SC/ST-  42 Years, PH- 50 years
Disabled servicemen disabled from duty General: 37 years, OBC: 38 Years, SC/ST: 40 Years
ECOs/SSCOs 5 years

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Number of Attempts for UPSC Exam:

Candidates can apply for UPSC Notification only for 6 times. Applicants has limit to apply and attempt any of the UPSC Examination. No one will be permitted to apply more than stipulated no. of attempts. Candidates belong to OBC community or SC / ST, will get limit with relaxation as per the rules of the examination. Reserved category candidates can attempt the UPSC examination beyond general limits-

Category No. of Attempts Allowed
General 06 Attempts
Other Backwards Castes (OBC) 09 Attempts
Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) Till the Upper Age limit
Physically disabled candidates (Blind, Deaf-Mute, Orthopedic) General /OBC Candidates= 09 attempts

For SC/ST Candidates = Unlimited till age limit

Jammu & Kashmir Domicile Up to the Upper Age limit
Disabled servicemen disabled from duty Up to the Upper Age limit

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Note: Appearing to preliminary examination will be counted as an attempt this also includes disqualification/ cancellation of candidature. But if, candidates apply for exam but failing to attend the examination then, same will not be counted as an attempt.

UPSC Physical Requirements

Applicants should note that below provided physical eligibility details will be applicable for CDS Examination and NDA Examination so, ensure you physical or medical standards through this single page.

Height/Weight Standards for Male Candidates:

Height (in cm) Weight (in kg)
18 years 20 years 22 years
152 44 (45 navy) 46 47
155 46 48 (47 navy) 49
157 47 49 50
160 48 50 51
162 50 52 52
165 52 53 55
168 53 55 57
170 55 57 58
173 57 59 60
175 59 61 62
178 60 62 63
180 63 64 65
183 65 67 67
185 67 69 70
188 70 71 72
190 72 73 74
193 74 76 77
195 77 78 78

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Height/Weight Standards for Female Candidates:

Height (in cm) Weight (in kg)
20 years 25 years 30 years
150 39 41 43
153 40 47.2 43.5
155 43 44 46
158 45 46 48
160 46 47 49
163 47 49 51
165 49 51 53
168 50 52 54

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Vision Standards

Vision Standards for Air force

Vision Standards
Uncorrected without glass 6/6, 6/9
Corrected with glass 6/6 (only for Hypermetropia)
Limits of Myopia Nil
Limits of Hypermetropia +2.00 D Sph
Colour Vision CPI (MLT)
Astigmatism +0.75 Cyl
Near Vision N-5 each eye

Visual Standards for Navy

Uncorrected without glass  6/12
Corrected with glass  6/6
Limits of Myopia -1.5
Limits of Hypermetropia +1.5
Binocular vision  III
Limits of Colour Perception  I

Physical Requirements:

Running  2 to 4 Km. in 15 minutes
Pushups & Sit-ups  Minimum 20 each
Chin ups  Minimum 08
Rope Climbing  3 to 4 metres.

Anthropometric Measurements for Air Force

Carrying angle of elbow shall not be more than 100 (ten degree).

Anthropometric (Body) Measurements for Air Force Pilot
Leg length 99.00cm – 120.00cm
Thigh length Max 64.00cm
Sitting height 81.50cm – 96.00cm

Medical Standards

Teeth Conditions:

  • Applicants shall sufficient, natural and healthy teeth.
  • Candidates with 14 dental points must be accepted.
  • Make sure any candidates should not suffer from severe pyorrhea.

Ear, Nose and Throat Conditions:

  • Hearing of the applicants should be normal
  • Forced whisper at a distance of 610 cms in a quiet room will be clear to the candidates.
  • Disease in ear, nose and throat in past or present is not admissible.

Not any other physical ailments:

  • Applicants should not have any skin or other disease.
  • One should have normal blood pressure
  • Aspirants should not have any functional or organic disease in their blood vessel or heart.

UPSC Examination

Union public service commission is well known reputed government organization. The main motive of its establishment is to conduct various recruitment examinations. Recruitment panel of the UPSC conducts various competitive examinations to hire up capable and qualified candidates to fill vacant posts in different government department. Aspirants, who want to enhance their career in Government sector, they must apply for UPSC Notification. Organization conducts all level of examination of different grade such as A, B, C level. Some of the examinations conducted by the UPSC are as follows-

1) Civil Services Examination
2) Engineering Services Examination
3) Combined Defence Services Examination
4) National Defence Academy Examination
5) Naval Academy Examination
6) Combined Medical Services Examination
7) Indian Economic Service/ Indian Statistical Service Examination
8) Geologists’ Examination
9) Central Armed Police Forces (Assistant Commandant) Examination
10) SO/stenographer Examination


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