IAS Exam is a test conducted by the Union Public Services Commission to recruit eligible candidates to All India Services which includes IAS, IPS, IRS, IFS, and many other Group A and Group B services. Candidates applying for IAS Exam must hold a Graduation degree in any discipline from any recognized University.
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IAS Exam sets eligibility criteria for the candidates who wish to get recruited in All India Services. Candidates who wish to sit for UPSC Civil Services Exam must hold a graduation degree from any University which has been incorporated by Act of Parliament or which is to be declared as a Deemed University by University Grants Commission or he/she must possess an equivalent qualification for IAS Exam. However, there are several exceptions which may be treated by the commission under the following conditions:
There is an age limit set by IAS for candidates who will appear in the IAS 2020. A candidate must have attained 21 years of age but the upper limit of age limit is set on 32 years. Candidate must not be born earlier than August 02, 1987 and not later than August 01, 1998.
Some relaxations have been given to candidates belonging to certain reserved categories as mentioned below:
For recruitment as an I.A.S or I.P.S officer, a candidate must be a citizen of India. Apart from I.A.S or I.P.S services, the candidate must be any of the following:
Note: Candidate who is a subject of Nepal, Bhutan, or is a Tibetan refugee will not be considered eligible for appointment to Indian Foreign Services. Also, candidates who need to produce a certificate of eligibility will be admitted to the IAS Exam but the appointment will be given after submission of certificates issued by Government of India.
Candidate who wishes to seek employment at any post of All India Services has to appear for and clear a physical test which is conducted by the commission as per rules and regulations laid down by the Government of India.
Seven hospitals have been designated for conducting medical tests of candidates wishing to get employed in civil services posts in Delhi. Names for the designated hospitals are:
Female candidates will also be examined in the above-mentioned hospitals.
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For candidates with Physical Disability, the following hospitals will be conducting medical examination as per their IAS Prelims:
Candidates who will require Appellate Specialized Medical Board for eye conditions will be sent to Guru Nanak Eye Centre, New Delhi for medical examination.
There are several cases in which candidates will stand non-eligible for IAS Exam. The conditions of Non-Eligibility for IAS exam have been mentioned below:
Ques. Which branch of engineering is eligible for the IAS?
Ans. Any candidate holding technical degrees of any kind from a central or state government recognized institute can apply for IAS too.
Ques. Is AMIE degree considered for IAS eligibility?
Ans. AMIE is considered equivalent to B. Tech. and hence it is an eligible degree for applying for exams like IAS.
Ques. I am pursuing Dual degree Mtech. Am I eligible for UPSC 2020?
Ans. Yes, you will be eligible as according to UPSC, candidates who have appeared in their final exam or will be completing the degree course they are pursuing, this year are also eligible to apply for IAS 2020.
Ques. I am in my 3rd year of engineering. Can I apply for UPSC?
Ans. No, if you are in the third year of engineering you cannot apply for UPSC 2020 as you have to complete the graduation before the application procedure of UPSC 2020 starts, which means if you are in the last leg of your 8th semester in 2019, you can consider applying for IAS 2020.
Ques. Is graduation necessary to appear in the UPSC exam?
Ans. Yes, the minimum qualification required for IAS educational qualification is graduation. You can check the detailed IAS eligibility criteria here.
Ques. Will my graduation marks affect UPSC examination?
Ans. There are no minimum marks required for applying for the UPSC exam and hence, your graduation marks will not affect the UPSC exam either. However, if you are in the final year of your graduation and apply for IAs but fail the final exam, then you cannot appear for the IAS.
Ques. What is the eligibility for the medical fitness test for IAS?
Ans. There is no height, weight and chest girth specifications for IAS candidates but in case during the medical checkup, they seem disproportionate, the candidate will be sent for further tests and even X-rays. Stable mental and physical health is required for the IAS postings and the medical checkups will be done at different government recognized medical centers. You can find the detailed physical fitness criteria for IAS here.
Ques. What is the maximum age limit to appear in IAS exams?
Ans. The maximum age limit for IAS is 32 years. However, there are age relaxations for reserved categories as well which you can find in detail here.
Ques. I am doing B.SC (IT). Am I eligible for IAS?
Ans. Yes, graduation is the minimum required educational qualification for IAS and hence, B.Sc. in IT is eligible. If you have already graduated or in the final year of your graduation, you can apply for IAS.
Ques. Is a diploma holder eligible for UPSC?
Ans. Diploma degree is not enough for UPSC eligibility as the minimum required qualification is graduation.
Ques. Is a BA without honors eligible for the IAS exam?
Ans. Yes, BA without honours is eligible for IAS exam provided it is completed from any recognized central or state university.
Ques. How many marks are required in 12th for IAS?
Ans. There is no minimum marks requirement in class 12 for IAS as the exam is conducted based on the graduation level qualification.
Ques. Will my graduation marks affect UPSC examination?
Ans. No, the graduation marks does not affect the UPSC examination which is entirely based on your preparation of the prelims and mains syllabus.
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