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, Commission changed accordingly over the years. Recently Baswan committee submitted its suggestion to reduce upper age limit for candidates appearing for IAS examination. However, the Baswan committee’s recommendations are yet to be made public.
Lower Age limit
For all categories, the lower age limit for appearing UPSC examination is 21 years. Age limit is calculated according to august 1. For example, if a candidate is appearing for 2018 prelims, he/she should have attained 21 years on august 1, 2018.
Upper Age limit
The upper age limit varies from category to category. For many years, UPSC age limit was 30 for general category candidates, 33 years for OBCs and 35 years for SC and ST candidates. The then UPA government in 2014, increased upsc age limit for IAS examination.
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 every year (1st August 2018). Along with upper age relaxation, the number of attempts has also increased. Due to an uproar over General Studies Paper 2,the then UPA government relaxed the age limit.
|Category||UPSC Age limit|
|Citizens of Jammu and Kashmir||No age relaxation as per CSE 2018’s notification|
|Defense personnel disabled in operations during hostilities with foreign countries or disturbed area||35|
|Physically handicapped / disabled||42|
Cumulative Age relaxation
Apart from 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 service man, he will get 5+7= 12 years of relaxation. Hence, his upper age limit will be 42 years.
Baswan Committee recommendations- UPSC Age Limit
The Baswan committee has recently submitted its recommendations regarding changes in IAS exams. 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 general category.
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 upper age limit will not change for existing candidates at least for Civil Service 2018 Exam.