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UPSC Age Limit 2021 – Will they Change it?

Age Limit for UPSC

The Upper Age limit for UPSC varies from category to category. Currently, the UPSC Age limit for General Category candidates is 32 years and 35 and 37 years respectively for OBC and SC&ST candidates as of 1st August 2021. Along with upper age relaxation, the number of attempts has also increased. −

UPSC Age Limit 2021

Category Age limit for UPSC
General            32
OBC            35
SC/ST            37
Citizens of Jammu and Kashmir            37
Defense personnel disabled in operations during hostilities with foreign countries or disturbed area           35
Ex-servicemen           37
Physically handicapped/disabled           42

Every year UPSC is conducting Civil Service Examination to select appropriate candidates for various administrative services. UPSC has set Age Limits for candidates according to different categories. For each category, the Commission changed the UPSC Age limit accordingly over the years. Recently, the Baswan committee submitted its suggestion to reduce the Upper Age Limit for candidates appearing for the IAS Exam. However, the Baswan committee’s recommendations are yet to be made public.

For many years, the Age limit was 30 for General Category candidates, 33 years for OBCs and 35 years for SC and ST candidates. Finally, the UPA government in 2014, increased the Age limit for Civil Service Examination. Due to an uproar over General Studies Paper 2, the then UPA government relaxed the age limit to 32 years.

Furthermore, there is no age relaxation or attempt for UPSC as per EWS Reservation as per the UPSC 2020 Civil Service Notification Government announced.

Also read: IAS/ IPS Cadre Allocation New Proposal 

Cumulative Age Relaxation

Apart from the mentioned UPSC Age limits for SC/ST and OBC candidates will get cumulative age relaxation. In other words, age limits added in special cases. For example, if a person is OBC and ex-serviceman, he will get 5+7= 12 years of relaxation. Hence, his upper age limit will be 42 years.

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Lower UPSC Age Limit

For all categories, the lower age limit for appearing UPSC Examination is 21 years. The Age Limit is calculated according to August 1. For example, if a candidate is appearing for 2020 prelims, he/she should have attained 21 years on August 1, 2020.

Eligibility Criteria for UPSC CSE – EWS Category

EWS Reservation Eligibilty - 10%

Also, there are speculations regarding relaxation in UPSC Age Limit and Attempts as per the recent introduction of EWS Reservation. However, the central government did not provide such provisions not yet. age relaxation but also attempts. There is no  Upper Age relaxation for EWS Category.

Also read: UPSC Syllabus for Prelims and Mains Examination

Baswan Committee Recommendations on UPSC Age Limit

The Baswan committee has recently submitted its recommendations regarding changes in IAS exams. Consequently, the significant recommendation among these is to reduce the upper age limit of the candidates. Although the recommendations are yet to be published, its heard from the sources that the upper age limit will be fixed at 26 years for the General Category.

In fact, the government will implement the recommendations only after extending a significant window to the existing candidates as per recent news. As a matter of fact, we expect the upper age limit will not change for existing candidates also for the Civil Service 2021 Exam.

Also read IAS Exam Pattern, Eligibility, Syllabus and Dates

Reference: UPSC Official Website

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