What is Civil Service Exam (CSE) ?

Each year UPSC conducts this exam to select officers in following services:

If you want to become officer in any of the above services, you’ve to clear this exam’s three stages viz.
2) mains
3) interview, then depending on your merit, preference and vacancies you’ll get the

Minimum Age and Attempt Limit

  • UPSC civil service exam doesn’t provide relaxation in age, attempt or fees for the EWS.
  • In physical handicap category: (GENERAL | OBC) = 9 attempts while PH (SC | ST) = Unlimited Attempts,
    till upper age.
  • J&K Domicile OR Ex-serviceman get additional +5 years’ age relaxation.Although their attempt depends on category. E.g. J&K domicile non-creamy layer OBC will get only 9 attempts but his upper age limit will be 35+5= 40 years.

Academic Qualification

  • Must be a graduate. For UPSC application there are no minimum %, grade or CGPA required in college.
    There are Toppers with ATKT, failures in college/school exams. UPSC doesn’t care. They only need final graduation certi/marksheet.
  • But please don’t prepare UPSC by neglecting college studies, because in RBI/CAT-exams they require
    minimum 50-55% marks in college, before you can fill application form.
  • Undergraduate in last year or last semester can apply. Provided they’re getting final year/ semester
    marksheet before filling the Mains application form (DAF).
  • American and foreign degrees are also valid but have to get equivalent certificate from Association of Indian Universities (http://www.aiuweb.org/).
  • Distance education degree valid- IF recognized by UGC/AICTE/any Law.
  • MBBS must have completed internship before UPSC Interview-stage comes.
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