IAS 2020 Eligibility (Prelims), Age Limit, Nationality, Qualification, Medical test

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Aug 26, 2020

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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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  • Candidate must be more than 21 years of age and the upper age limit is 32 years for general candidates.
  • IAS Exam Pattern consists of three stages namely IAS Prelims followed by IAS Main exam and Interview round.
  • IAS Prelims Exam tests candidates’ General knowledge, Mental Aptitude, and knowledge of their specialized field. Read IAS Main Syllabus
  • Final Interview for those who successfully clear IAS Main will be conducted in the month of September 18, 2020. Check IAS Cutoff
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IAS Exam 2020 Eligibility: Minimum Qualification

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:

  • Candidates who are waiting for the result of their graduation exam are eligible for the IAS Prelims exam but they will have to present the degree at the time of appearing for the IAS Main Exam.
  • IAS Exam Eligibility is considered on the basis that he/she has passed an exam conducted by other Institutions, the standard of which in the opinion of the Commission justifies his/her admission to the IAS Exam 2019.
  • Candidates with professional and technical degrees as recognized by the Government of India will also be eligible to appear for IAS Exam.
  • IAS will provisionally admit candidate with a professional MBBS degree or candidate who has passed any other medical examination but has not completed internship. This is applicable only if he/she submits a copy of the certificate from the concerned authority of the University/Institution along with the IAS Online Application.

IAS Exam 2020 Eligibility: Age Criteria

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:

  • Candidate belonging to Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe category will be given maximum age relaxation of five years.
  • Candidates who can avail reservation applicable in Other Backward Classes (OBC) category shall be given relaxation of up to three years.
  • Relaxation of a maximum of three years in the case of Defence Services Personnel, disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence thereof, will be given.
  • Five years age relaxation is provided to the Candidates belonging to ex-servicemen including Commissioned officers and ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered Military services for at least five years as on August 01, 2019 and have been released
  1. on completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due to be completed within one year from August 01, 2019 otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency or
  2.  on account of physical disability attributable to Military Service or
  3. on invalidment or
  • Relaxation of up to a maximum of five years will be given in the case of ECOs/SSCOs who have completed an initial period of assignment of five years of Military Service as on August 01, 2019 and whose assignment has been extended beyond five years and in whose case the Ministry of Defence issues a certificate that they can apply for civil employment and that they will be released on three months’ notice on selection from the date of receipt of offer of appointment.
Note: No age relaxation will be provided to candidates who are domiciled from Jammu and Kashmir from 2020 onwards.

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IAS Exam Eligibility: Nationality

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:

  1. a citizen of India
  2. a subject of Nepal
  3. a subject of Bhutan
  4. a refugee from Tibet who came to India with the intention of permanently settling before January 01, 1962 or
  5. a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia, and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India provided that a candidate belonging to categories Nepal, Bhutan, Tibetan refuge and other Indian origin candidates from countries mentioned above shall be given a certificate of eligibility issued by the Government of India.

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.

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IAS Exam Eligibility: Physical Standards

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.

  • It is very important to be physically fit for the efficient discharge of duties and services.
  • For recruitment in civil services, a candidate must also be mentally fit.
  • If the candidate fails to satisfy the requirements of being mentally and bodily fit to discharge duties, he/she will not be appointed.

Hospitals conducting a medical test for Civil Services Exam

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:

  • Safdarjung Hospital
  • Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital
  • Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital
  • Succheta Kriplani Hospital
  • Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital
  • Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital
  • BR Ambedkar Hospital

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:

  • Safdarjung Hospital
  • Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital
  • LHMC
  • Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital
  • Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital

Candidates who will require Appellate Specialized Medical Board for eye conditions will be sent to Guru Nanak Eye Centre, New Delhi for medical examination.

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Non-Eligible Candidates for IAS Exam

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:

  • A candidate who has been appointed as Indian Administrative Service (I.A.S) officer or Indian Foreign Service (I.F.S) officer by the results of an earlier examination and continues to be a member of that service will not be eligible to sit for IAS Exam.
  • If such is the case then candidates will be appointed to the IAS/IFS after the conduction of IAS Prelims. Candidate of such a case will continue to be a member of that service and he/she shall not be eligible to appear in IAS Main exam.
  • If a candidate is appointed to IAS or IFS after he/she sits for IAS Main before the announcement of IAS Exam Result thereof and continues to be a member of that service, he/she shall not be eligible for appointment to any service on the basis of IAS Result.


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.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.


shatakshi patki
How can I prepare for the UPSC exams at home when I have done a BTech from computer science? Might I be eligible for the IAS exam?
kavita rani

HI Shatakshi. Some of the tips that can be followed by while preparing for the IAS exam include doing preparing by referring to the latest books, doing mock tests and sample papers, etc. To learn more about an effective preparation strategy, refer here.

kashish tomar
Are PCI approved college students eligible for IAS exams?
kavita rani

HI Kashish. Yes, Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) approved college students can write the IAS exam.

karan rathod
Are AMIE graduates eligible for the IAS exam?
kavita rani

Hi karan. Yes, AMIE graduates are considered eligible to write the IAS exam.

karan rathod
I am pursuing 4th year of MBBS. Am I eligible for IAS exam?
kavita rani

Hi Karan. Yes if you have M.B.B.S. degree or any other degree from a recognized university, you are eligible to give the IAS exam.

shiya devi
When I will be eligible for IAS exam 2021 if my DOB is 28th September 1999?
kavita rani

Hi Shiya. Candidates must be at least 21 years of age but the upper limit of age limit is 32 years. Candidate must not be born earlier than August 02, 1987 and not later than August 01, 1998. For more details, refer here.

puja sao
Are SWAYAM degree holders eligible for appearing in the IAS exam?
kavita rani

HI Puja. All the courses offered under SWAYAM are valid in the country and have received UGC approval as well.

arunava ray
Is a computer science engineering student eligible for the UPSC IAS exam?
kavita rani

Hi Arunava. Yes, candidates who have completed Computer Science Engineering are eligible to apply for both IAS and IES Exams.

How can I start for my preparation for IAS ? I need Some tips regarding IAS exam introduction, eligibility criteria etc.
kavita rani

Hi Riyaz. First and the foremost important task while preparing for the IAS is understanding the UPSC pattern and procedure. You need to revise the UPSC syllabus thoroughly. For detailed eligibility criteria, refer here.

shreya sarkar
I will be 21 years old in 16 April 2021, so am I eligible to give IAS exam of 2021?
kavita rani

HI Shreya. The minimum age to give the IAS Exam is 21 years. This means that the candidate must be at least 21 years age on 1st August of that particular year in which the exam is conducted. For instance, in case the candidate is planning to give the IAS exam in 2021, then he/she must be above 21 years of age by Aug 1, 2021.

karan rathod
Can a diploma holder be eligible for the DRDO and the IAS exam?
kavita rani

Hi Karan. No, diploma holders are not allowed to apply for the IAS exam. Candidates must be a graduate, graduates in any subject and any stream will be eligible for the UPSC exam.