IAS 2020 Reservation Criteria: Age, Attempts, Nationality & Eligibility

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Oct 21, 2020

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UPSC has announced the implementation of freshly brought Economically Weaker Section reservation of 10% in IAS 2019. Candidates will have to mark the category in the IAS 2019 Application Form to avail of this reservation. The EWS Certificate must be procured by the eligible candidates from competent authority by August 31, 2019. 

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  • Reservation in IAS Exam is offered in terms of age relaxation, the number of attempts, IAS Eligibility, relaxation in cut off, and the total number of seats.
  • Relaxation in cut off marks will also be provided to students from EWS, SC, ST, OBC, and PwD category. Check IAS Cut off
  • UPSC will provide reservation in vacancies to students from EWS, SC, ST, and OBC category which ranges from 16% to 25% of the total vacancies.
  • The category-wise vacancies will be declared after the final IAS Exam Result. Check IAS Selection Process
  • The reservation offered is different for each category and the revised criteria are published on upsc.gov.in every year.

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Age Relaxation in IAS Exam

The date of birth, as mentioned in the Matriculation or Secondary School Leaving Certificate or in an equivalent Matriculation certificate recognized by any Indian University is considered valid. Candidates are required to submit these certificates at the time of applying for the UPSC Mains. The upper age limit is relaxable according to the category the candidate belongs to. The age limit relaxation which can be claimed by reserved categories for IAS is given below:

  • Up to 5 years if a candidate belongs to SC/ST
  • Up to 3 years if a candidate belongs to OBC category
  • Up to five years if a candidate had been domiciled in Jammu and Kashmir from January 1st, 1980 to December 31st, 1989.
  • Up to 3 years in case of Defence Services Personnel
  • Up to 5 years in the case of Ex-Servicemen along with ECOs/SSCOs and Commissioned Officers, who have served at least 5 years of Military Services.
  • Up to 10 years in the case of orthopedically handicapped candidates blind, deaf, and mute.

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Distribution of Vacancies in IAS

UPSC releases the distribution of vacancies in each department among various recognised categories. As it is clear from the table given below that reservation of Scheduled caste ranges from 24% to 30% in each department. Reservation of Seats for Scheduled Tribe ranges from 8% to 12% in each department. The vacancies listed as per the category are allotted to students belonging to that particular category. 

Service General O.B.C. S.C. S.T. Total
Indian Administrative Service 91 49 27 13 180
Indian Foreign Service 25 13 7 0 45
Indian Police Service 77 37 23 13 150
Indian P&T Accounts & Finance Service, Group 'A' 14 3 3 2 22
Indian Audit & Accounts Service, Group 'A' 14 8 4 2 28
Indian Customs & Central Excise Service, Group 'A' 117 62 34 17 230
Indian Defence Accounts Service, Group 'A' 8 4 2 1 15
Indian Revenue Service, Group 'A' 92 48 27 13 180
Indian Ordnance Factories Service, Group 'A' 3 1 2 0 6
Indian Postal Service, Group 'A' 9 4 2 2 17
Indian Civil Accounts Service, Group 'A' 4 2 1 1 8
Indian Railway Traffic Service, Group 'A' 36 18 10 5 69
Indian Railway Accounts Service, Group 'A' 16 8 4 3 31
Indian Railway Personnel Service, Group 'A' 14 9 3 1 27
Posts of Assistant Security Officer in Railway Protection Force, Group 'A' 19 16 6 4 45
Indian Defence Estates Service, Group 'A' 2 1 0 1 4
Indian Information Service, (Junior Grade), Group 'A' 11 5 2 3 21
Indian Trade Service, Group 'A' 3 1 1 0 5
Indian Corporate Law Service, Group 'A' 10 6 3 1 20
Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Service, Group 'B' 17 15 14 7 53
Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, D D & NH Civil Service, Group 'B' 1 2 0 0 3
Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, D D & NH Police Service, Group 'B' 1 2 1 0 4
Pondicherry Civil Service, Group 'B' 1 0 0 0 1
Total 585 314 176 89 1164

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How to Claim IAS Reservation?

The candidates are required to follow the following regulations and submit the required documents to claim the IAS Reservation. The guidelines considered to claim IAS Reservation are mentioned below:

  • A candidate will get the benefit of community reservation only in case if the candidate’s caste is included in the list of reserved communities issued by the Central Government.
  • If a candidate belongs to General Category but subsequently requests Commission to change his/her category to the reserved one, such request shall not be entertained under any circumstances.
  • The same rule will be practised for the physically disabled category as well.
  • Unfortunately, if a candidate becoming physically disabled during the course of the IAS, the candidate is required to produce valid documents to address the Commission to take a relevant decision in the matter.
  • All the candidates who are seeking IAS Reservation available for SC/ST/PH/OBC/Ex-servicemen must ensure that they are eligible for the same as per the rules and should possess all the requisite certificate prescribed by the Commission and should submit it before the due date of the IAS Application Form.
  • No request for withdrawal of candidature after the submission of IAS Online Application will be entertained under any circumstances.

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Services for Disabled Candidates

The IAS Exam Eligibility for the physically disabled persons availing reservation against the vacancies reserved for them as prescribed in "The Persons with Disability (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995."

All the candidates may have one or more of the following functional classification and physical requirement:

Physical Requirement Code Functional Classification Code
Sitting S Orthopedically Handicapped OH
Standing ST Hearing Handicapped HH
Walking W Visually Handicapped VH
Seeing SE One Arm OA
Hearing/ Speaking H One Leg OL
Writing/ Reading RW Both Arms BA
Communication C Both Hands BH
Lifting L Muscular Weakness MW
Pushing & pulling PP Both Legs One Arm BLOA
Bending BN Both Legs and Arms BLA
Kneeling & Crouching KC One Arm One Leg OAL
Manipulation by Finger MF Blind B
 -- --  Low Vision LV
--  --  Fully Deaf FD
 -- --  Partially Deaf PD

A list of Services along with Physical requirement and functional classification for the candidates who belong to Physically Disabled Category is given below:

Name of the Service Category Physical Requirement Functional Classification
Indian Administrative Service Locomotor Disability BA, OA, OL, BH, BL, MW, BLA, OAL, BLOA S, ST, W, SE, H, RW, C
 - Hearing Impairment PD, FD MF, L, PP, BN, KC, ST, W, H, C, RW
 - Visual Impairment LV, B MF, L, PP, BN, KC, ST, W, H, C, RW
Indian Revenue Service Locomotor Disability OL, OA S, W, ST, BN, L, ME, SE, RW, C, H
Hearing Impairment HH S, ST, L, W, BN, ME, SE, RW, C, H
Indian Foreign Service Locomotor Disability OA, OAL, OL S, ST, W, C, RW, SE, MF
 - Hearing Impairment HH H
 - Visual Impairment LV SE, RW
Indian P&T Accounts and Finance Service Locomotor Disability OA,OAL, OL, BL, BA, MW, BH S,SE, W, RW, C, ST, BN, L, H, KC, MF, PH
 - Hearing Impairment D, PD As above
 - Visual Impairment LV, B As above
Indian Audit and Account Service Locomotor Disability OL, OA S,W, ST, BN, SE, C,RW
 - Hearing Impairment HH As above
Indian Defence Account Service Locomotor Disability OA, OL S, ST, BN, W, SE, C, RW
 - Hearing Impairment HH As above
 - Visual Impairment LV As above
Indian Revenue Service Locomotor Disability OA, OAL, OL, BL S,W, ST, RW,SE, C
 - Hearing Impairment FD, PD MF,PP,L,KC, ST,BN,ST,C,W,H,RW
 - Visual Impairment B, LV MF,PP,L,KC, ST,BN,ST,C,W,H,RW
Indian Ordnance Factories Service Locomotor Disability OL, OA S,ST,W,BN,RW, SE,H,C
 - Hearing Impairment PD As above
 - Visual Impairment LV As above
Indian Civil Accounts Service Locomotor Disability OA, OAL, OL, BL S,W, ST,SE, RW, C,H
 - Hearing Impairment HH As above
 - Visual Impairment LV As above
Indian Postal Service Locomotor Disability OL, OA S,W, ST,SE, RW, C,H, BN
 - Hearing Impairment HH As above
 - Visual Impairment LV As above
Indian Railway Accounts Service Locomotor Disability OA, OAL, OL, BL, BLAO S,BN, RW, MF, SE,C
 - Hearing Impairment HH As above
Indian Railway Personnel Service Locomotor Disability OL, OA S,W, ST,SE, RW
 - Hearing Impairment PD As above
 - Visual Impairment LV As above
Indian Defence Estates Service Locomotor Disability OL, OA, BL S,BL,ST, SE,MF,H,RW,C
 - Hearing Impairment HH S, ST, MF, W, BN,C,PP,KC, RW,SE,H
Indian Railways Traffic Service Locomotor Disability OL, OA S,ST, RW, C, SE,H
Indian Information Service Locomotor Disability BA, OA,OL, BH, MW, BL, BLA,OAL,BLOA S,W,ST,,SE ,C, H, RW
 - Hearing Impairment FD, PD MF,L,PP,L,KC,BN,ST,H,W,C,RW
 - Visual Impairment B, LV MF,L,PP,L,KC,BN,ST,H,W,C,RW
Indian Corporate LAW Service Locomotor Disability OA, OL, BL, OAL ST, RW, SE S,BN,H
 - Hearing Impairment HH As above
 - Visual Impairment LV As above
Indian Trade Service Locomotor Disability BA, OA,OL, BH, MW,BL, BLA,OAL,BLOA S,ST,SE,W, H, C,RW
 - Hearing Impairment PD, FD MF,L,PP,L,KC,BN,ST,H,W,C,RW
 - Visual Impairment LV,B MF,L,PP,L,KC,BN,ST,H,W,C,RW
Armed Forces Service Locomotor Disability BL, OA, OL S,ST,W,BN, SE, MF,RW,C
 - Hearing Impairment HH As above
 - Visual Impairment LV, B As above
Delhi, Andaman Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Service Locomotor Disability BA, OL, OA, BH, MW BL, OAL, BLA, BLOA S,ST,W,SE, H RW, C
 - Hearing Impairment PD, FD RW,C,MF,PP,L,KC,BN, ST, W,H
 - Visual Impairment LV, B PP,MF,,L,KC,BN, W,STH,RW,C
Pondicherry Civil Service Locomotor Disability OA, OL, OAL, BL S,C,ST,SE,W,RW,H
 - Hearing Impairment HH As above
 - Visual Impairment LV As above

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IAS Exam Eligibility Criteria

UPSC has defined the IAS Exam Eligibility to be meet accurately by the aspiring candidates. The complete list of IAS Exam Eligibility conditions are described below. Candidates are recommended to have a look at the information provided below and satisfy them to appear for the IAS Exam.

Nationality

It is mandatory for the candidate to be a citizen of India if he/she is applying for Indian Administrative Service and the Indian Police Service. Apart from I.A.S or I.P.S services, 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 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

Age Limit

A candidate must be at least 21 years old to be considered eligible for appearing in the IAS Exam or at most 32 years old to be considered eligible. Age relaxation will be given to the reserved categories.

Qualification for IAS Exam

The minimum qualification for IAS Exam is to hold a degree which has been incorporated by Act of Parliament or which is about to be declared as a Deemed University by University Grants Commission. The candidate must have cleared or candidates who are appearing in the qualifying examination can also apply for IAS Exam.


Number of Attempts in IAS Exam

  • Every candidate is provided six attempts to appear in the IAS Exam.
  • Candidates who belong to Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe are provided with relaxation on the No. of attempts for IAS Exam.
  • Candidates who belong to Other Backward Classes (OBC) category are eligible to take nine attempts of IAS Exam.
  • Candidates who belong to the PH category may have as many attempts as non- physically handicapped candidates of the same community.
  • Physically handicapped candidates who belong to the General category are eligible to have nine attempts IAS Exam.
  • If a candidate appears in any paper in the UPSC Prelims, it will be assumed that candidate has made an attempt at the IAS Exam.

Post Offered and Vacancies through IAS Exam

UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) has numerous posts and vacancies and here is the complete list of the same. The number of vacancies is expected to be around 980, which will be divided among the reserved categories i.e. 34 vacancies will be reserved for PH category, 14 vacancies will be reserved for LDCP, 13 vacancies for HI, 7 vacancies for B/LV. The candidates are required to check the list of posts offered to fill the desired post in the IAS Online Form.

Group A Services
Indian Administrative Service Indian Post and Telecommunication Accounts and Finance Service
Indian Audit and Accounts Service Indian Postal Service
Indian Civil Accounts Service Indian Railway Accounts Service
Indian Corporate Law Service Indian Railway Personnel Service
Indian Defence Accounts Service Indian Railway Traffic Service
Indian Defence Estates Service Indian Revenue Service (Custom and Central Excise)
Indian Foreign Service Indian Revenue Service (Income Tax)
Indian Information Service (Junior Grade) Indian Trade Service (Gr. III)
Indian Ordnance Factories Service (Assistant Works Manager, Administration) Assistant Security Commissioner in Railway Protection Force
Indian Police Service
Group B Services
Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Services (Section Officer’s Grade) Pondicherry Civil Service
Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu, and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Civil Services Pondicherry Police Service
Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu, and Dadra & Nagar Haveli Police Services

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Comments


27 Comments
P
pankaj
1.Will ex-servicemen get any quota for allotment of seat 2.if ex-servicemen belong to any of the mentioned reserved categories will they get extra benefits in the selection procedure. Regards.
R
rajni

Sir, 

For more details on the reservation quota of the IAS examination, kindly check: Reservation IAS examination

A
astha
Hi.. I have a question...i belong to PH category.. My right hand is completely affected what other service can I get except ias
R
rajni

Madam, 

For more reservation details due to any inconveniences, kindly check: Reservation IAS

K
karan rathod
Can we join Indian Army as SSC officer and then join Civil Services and then again join Army via TA?
K
kavita rani

Hi Karan. Yes, it’s possible. You can join the Indian Army as a SSC Officer and after successfully doing your service, you can join Civil services and then join TA.

I
ishan vashistha
My DOB in Matriculation certificate is different from rest of the ID Cards(pan, Aadhar, passport). I understand that UPSC will accept matriculation certificate DOB and that is okay. But will the mismatch with other Documents be an issue?
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nafisa khatoon
I'm a class 12th student. I want to become an IAS after completing my MBBS course. Should I have to start preparing for the UPSC from now? What are the chances of being successful if I prepare after becoming a doctor?
K
kavita rani

Hi Nafisa. You must start IAS preparation at the earliest. No matter which ever course you select, it will not make any difference. The sooner you start, more time you will have in hand to focus on building concepts for the IAS preparation.

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ankit sharma
If I am belonging to the EWS category and I get the rank in top 50 in upsc final list will I be able to change my category from EWS to general if I had filled in the initial registration form for exam under EWS category. Will I be able to change it after the declaration of final result if I get a rank which is adequate to get IAS through General.
K
karan rathod
Which books should I prefer for preparing for the IAS exams opting sociology as an optional subject?
K
kavita rani

Hi Karan. Some of the books that can be referred include Handbook of Indian Sociology by Veena Das, Modernisation of Indian Tradition by Yogendra Singh, Sociological Background of Indian Nationalismby A R Desai. Other books that help prepare for the exam are mentioned here.

A
ambar ahirawar
What are the various job categories under UPSC Civil Services Examination?
K
kavita rani

Hi Ambar. Some of the job categories include:

Indian P & T Accounts & Finance Service.

Indian Audit and Accounts Service.

Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise)

Indian Defence Accounts Service.

Indian Revenue Service, etc.

S
sneha
I am 24 years old I want to appear for upsc under general category but I belong to ST category is it possible to apply in general category or I will be disqualified??
R
rajni

Madam, 

If you belong to the ST category, kindly apply under the ST category to maintain transparency of reservation. 

P
prem
Two persons belongs to same category ie., EWS but they got different ranks. Person who got lower rank got IAS and person with higher rank got IFS. Why?
R
rajni

Sir, 

For more information on detailed rservation factors, kindky check: IAS reservation