“Two additional attempts” for all categories of candidates in UPSC's Civil Services Exams
The Union Government has decided to give an additional 2 attempts along-with a consequential age relaxation to all categories of candidates for the Civil Services Exam conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).
The Ministry of Personnel in its order stated that it has approved two additional attempts to all categories of candidates with effect from Civil Services Examination 2014, with consequential age relaxation of maximum age for all categories of candidates, if required.
The UPSC conducts the civil service exams to select members of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Foreign Service (IFS) among others.
As per the existing norms of Civil Services Examination 2013
- The candidates from the open category get four attempts at passing the exam, while candidates from OBC categories get seven. The fixed age limit for these candidates is 30 and 33 respectively. Candidates from SC/ST communities have no cap on the number of attempts but have an age limit of 35.
- The upper age limit is also relaxable upto a maximum of five years if a candidate had ordinarily been domiciled in Jammu & Kashmir during January 1, 1980 to December 31, 1989.
- For defense services personnel disabled during hostilities with a foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence, the relaxation is up to three years.
- There is also a relaxation in upper age upto a maximum of 10 years in the case of blind, deaf-mute and orthopaedically handicapped candidates besides other categories.
Note: The Civil Services Examination (Preliminary), 2014, is tentatively scheduled for August 24, 2014. The examinations are conducted in three stages: Preliminary, mains and interview.