UPSC Eligibility Criteria 2022

To be qualified to sit the IAS exams, you must first hold a bachelor’s degree, and this is just one of the qualifying requirements.

There are numerous other intricacies involved with the UPSC eligibility requirements; therefore, before enrolling for the IAS test online, you should thoroughly review the complete UPSC Eligibility Criteria 2022- as given in the official UPSC 2022 release.

To be eligible to take the UPSC exam, you must first ensure that you have the necessary educational requirements.

The educational qualifications necessary to appear are not as steep as those required to appear for certain other exams like UGC NET and RBI Grade B.

By not steep I mean that the eligibility for UPSC does not require a minimum passing mark in your graduation certificate.

UPSC IAS Exam Eligibility: Nationality

To appear for the UPSC IAS & IPS exams you need to be a citizen of India, for all other services, you must be either:

  1. A citizen of India,
  2. Or a subject of Nepal,
  3. Or a subject of Bhutan,
  4. Or a refugee from Tibet that came to India before the 1st of January 1962 with the intention of settling in India permanently.
  5. Or an individual with Indian origin who has migrated from Burma, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, East African countries of Uganda, Zambia, Zaire, Kenya, the united republic of Tanzania, Malawi, Ethiopia, & Vietnam, with the purpose of settling permanently in India. If you belong to categories b), c), d), and e), then you’d need a certificate issued by the govt. of India to be eligible. Also belonging to the b), c), d), and e). Categories will bar you from being eligible to be appointed to the Indian Foreign Services.

UPSC IAS Eligibility Criteria: Age Limit

Long story short – Gen: should not have touched age of 32 years, OBC: should not have touched age of 35 years, SC/ST: should not have touched age of 37 years, PwBD: should not have touched age of 42 years as of 01st August 2021.

UPSC last revised the age limit criteria in 2015. With that said, let’s understand the age eligibility for various categories.

If you are a candidate of the general category, you must be at least 21 years and must not have touched the age of 32 years as of 1st August of the year of examination.

For eg., for the 2022 UPSC CSE the candidate must have been born not earlier than 2nd August 1990 and not later than 1st August 2001.

UPSC IAS Eligibility Criteria: Minimum Educational Qualification

I have written the UPSC eligibility based on educational qualifications in detail below:

To appear for the UPSC IAS exam you must have proof that you are a graduate from a centrally or state-recognized university. This means that you should have a bachelor’s degree certificate from any university incorporated by an Act of the State and Central Legislature of India, or any institute of education established by an Act of the Parliament of India, or one that is declared to be a deemed university under Section-3 of the University Grants Commission Act of 1956, or possess a qualification equivalent to that.

Also Check: UPSC CSE

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