Graduation from any university including open universities recognized by the UGC. Indian students holding degree from a foreign university should ensure that their degree is duly accredited or recognized by UGC.

Candidates from all streams can apply for Civil Services exam. After graduation and clearing Prelim exam one can choose any given optional subject for UPSC Mains, whether one has studied it for graduation or not.
Always look for the latest notification of UPSC to ascertain last date for application and schedule of examination.
Age: At least 21 years old on the 1st of August of the year in which they aspire to give the Exam. See latest UPSC notification for prescribed upper age limit, age relaxation etc.
No. One has the option to write your answers either in English or in any one of the languages included in the Eighth schedule to the Constitution.

See UPSC latest notification in this regard. UPSC generally gives options to:

  1. If one opts to write the Main Exam in English, he/she may choose as the medium for interview either English or Hindi or any other Indian language opted by him/her for the compulsory Indian language paper in the written Main Exam. But, he/she is exempted from writing compulsory Indian language paper; he/she will have to choose either English or Hindi as the medium for interview.
  2. If a person opts for Indian language as the medium for the written part of the Civil Services Main Exam, he/she can choose either the same Indian language or English or Hindi as the medium for the interview.
No. An attempt will be counted only if one has appeared in at least one paper. See latest UPSC notification


(i). Number of attempts for General category candidates is 6.

(ii). Number of attempts for OBC is 9.

(iii). There is no restriction on number of attempts for SC/ST category.

In case of physically handicapped belonging to General category are eligible for 9 attempts.

No. Only candidates belonging to communities which are included in the Central list of OBCs and are not in the ‘creamy layer’ category are eligible for such concessions. See notification pertaining to the concerned state.