ELIGIBILITY
For eligibility criteria of Civil Service Examination, four points are taken into
consideration, namely

  • Nationality
  • Education
  • Age & Attempt
  • Reservation

NATIONALITY

For  IAS  & IPSThe candidate must be a citizen of India.
For Other Services

a) A citizen of India
b) A citizen of Nepal or a subject of Bhutan.
 
c) A Tibetan refugee who settled permanently in India before January 1,1962.
d) A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Myanmar, SriLanka, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India

NOTE:- Provided further that candidates belonging to categories (b), (c)
and (d) above will not be eligible for appointment to the Indian Foreign
Service.

EDUCATION
A graduate in any stream.
EXCEPTION
Final year students can also apply but they have to produce the graduation certificate at the Main Examination stage.
AGE LIMITS & ATTEMPTS

CATOGERY AGE LIMITS
MINIMUM 
MAXIMUM
General(oc) & obc –
creamy layer
21 32 6
OBC (non creamy layer) 21 35 9
Scheduled caste 21 37 No restriction in
attempts.
Scheduled tribe 21 37 No restriction in
attempts.
Physically challenged 21 Category relax. + 10 Based on category
Domicile of J&K b/w (1st
January, 1980 to the 31st
day of December, 1989.)
21 Category relax. + max.
5
Based on category
Ex – service man 21 Category relax. + 5 Based on category