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Academic Eligibility to Appear in IAS Exam

Candidates who aspire to become IAS Officers and wish to apply for the UPSC Civil Services Exam should ensure that they fulfil at least one of the following education qualification criteria:

  • A degree from any of the universities integrated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India
  • A degree from any other educational institutions recognized by an Act of Parliament
  • A degree or an equivalent qualification from any Deemed University under the UGC Act, 1956
  • A degree through correspondence or distance education
  • A degree from an open university
  • A qualification equivalent to one of the above which is recognized by the Government of India

Candidates who meet the below mentioned education criteria can also take the civil services exam, but they should submit the proof of eligibility from an authority of their university or institution before the UPSC Mains Exam. Candidates failing to submit the proof may not be allowed to take the exam:

  • Candidates who have appeared in the graduation exam or relevant qualification exam or higher exams and waiting for the results can also write the UPSC Exam but they should ensure that after success in the exam they meet one of the above educational criteria.
  • Candidates who have not yet completed the MBBS internship but have passed in the final exam of the MBBS degree can also appear in the UPSC CSE.
  • Candidates who have passed the final exam of the Institute of Chartered Accountant of India (ICAI), ICSI, and ICWAI can also take the exam.
  • Candidates who have obtained a degree from any private university with the above mentioned conditions.
  • Candidates who have obtained a degree from any foreign university recognized by the Association of Indian Universities

Eligibility Criteria For IAS Exam

  • Candidates who aspire to become IAS Officers, IFS Officers or IPS Officers must be Indian citizens.
  • Candidates to get into the Indian Revenue Service must meet one of the following nationality criteria as set by the UPSC guidelines:
  • Citizen of India
  • A person of Indian Origin who has migrated from Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam, Zaire, or Zambia with an intention of permanently settling in India.
  • A Citizen of India.
  • A Citizen of Nepal or a subject of Bhutan
  • Tibetan Refugee who came to India before 1st January 1962 to settle permanently in India
  • A Person of Indian Origin who has migrated from Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam, Zaire, or Zambia with an intention of permanently settling in India

IAS Age Limit and Number Of Attempts

A candidate should have achieved at least 21 years of age and should not have attained 32 years of age as on 1st August 2018. This is for the General Category candidates. There are relaxations for other categories which are described below:


Stages Of Exam

The Civil Services Examination (better understood as IAS Exam) is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) annually. The Exam consists of 3 stages:

  • Stage I: Preliminary Examination
  • Stage II: Main Examination
  • Stage III: Personality Test/Interview Round

The timeline of events for the Civil Services Examination (CSE).


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Aspirants often have a misconception that at least 13-14 hours a day must be given to this exam. Again, this is not true. UPSC preparation is journey of not only gathering knowledge, but also of overall character and personality development. So, if you utilise 13-14 hrs a day only in studying, you won’t get time to interact with the outside world and evolve properly and this wouldn’t help in the training process. Diligent engagement of 5-6 hrs a day would be enough for the preparation and that’s why KAVISH IAS suggests its students to start planning from their graduation only, as regular practice will definitely help you reach your goal.
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Another myth that students fear is that ‘UPSC IS DIFFICULT AND ONLY IIT OR TOP COLLEGE GRADUATES CAN CRACK IT ’. UPSC is open for graduates from every stream and doesn’t prefer anyone based on his/her background. So if you are willing to dedicate your time in this preparation, you can surely succeed in this exam with a good rank.