Check here the Eligibility Criteria for UPSC Civil Services Prelims and Mains Examination
In the case of candidates applying for IAS, IFS and IPS, the nationality should be Indian and they must be citizens of India.
For other services, candidates can be either:
Citizens of India or
Subjects of Nepal
Tibetan refugees, who came to India before the 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanent settlement in India.
A candidate must have attained 21 years of age and must not have attained 32 years on the 1st of August 2018 to apply for CSE 2018.
This means that applicants must not have born before 2nd August 1984 and after 1st August 1995.
The upper age limit is relaxable for candidates coming under the following categories:
On completion of assignment
On account of physical disability that has aroused out of military service or
To utmost 5 years, in case, a candidate belongs to SC/ST category
Up to 3 years for candidates from OBC category and are eligible for reservation applicable to such applicants.
By 5 years for those who have ordinarily been stayed in the Jammu & Kashmir State from 1st January 1980 to 31st December 1989.
For up to three years for candidates, who belongs to defence services and has turned out to be disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released due to this reason.
For up to five years in the case of ex-servicemen inclusive of Commissioned Offices and SSCOs/ECOs, who have provided their service at least for five years in the military as on the 1st of August 2016 and have been released.
For up to 5 years in the case of SSCOs/ECOs, who have completed an initial period of 5 years of military service as on the 1st of August 2016 and whose assignment has been extended for more than 5 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 a notice of three months on the selection from the date of receipt of offer of appointment.
For up to 10 years in the case of visually impaired, hearing impaired and orthopedically handicapped individuals.
Candidate must be a graduate from any university or have an equalent qualification.
Candidates with technical qualification are also eligible to apply
Candidatesawaiting the results or going to appear for the final semester of the degree course in 2018 can apply, but they will have to submit the proof of qualification if they are qualified for taking up the main examination.
Candidates, who have completed their MBBS, but not have completed their internship by the time of submission of application, are eligible to provisionally appear for the CSE Main examination. But, they must submit a copy of the certificate from a competent authority stating that they have passed the final examination for MBBS.
Number of Attempts:
Every candidate appearing for the CSE, who is otherwise eligible, shall be allowed to make six attempts. This restriction of a number of attempts will not be applicable for SC/ST candidates.
In the case of OBC candidates, the number of permissible attempts is 9.
Also, physically handicapped candidates can take up the attempts as per the community to which they belong to.
Even, if a candidate attends only a single paper in the CSE, he/she will be considered to have attempted the test once.
Restriction on applying to the Examination:
Any candidate, who has already been appointed to IAS or IFS based on the results of the CSE conducted in earlier years and continues to be a member of these services are not eligible to apply.
Also, if a candidate is appointed to these services after the commencement of Main examination 2018, but before the publishing of results thereof and continues to be a member of these services, will also be restricted to get appointed any post or service based on the results of the 2018 examination.
To apply for UPSE CSE 2018, applicants must be physically fit as per the physical standards guidelines as published in the Gazette in the India Extraordinary.