Q. Union Public Service Commission, Eligibility – Age, qualification, attempts, fee and how to apply?

Answer: Age: You need to be between 21 and 30 years of age as on August 1 every year for the exam. Relaxations to the age limit are available for 5 years for candidates belonging to the scheduled castes or those who were domiciled in J & K from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 1989.

A relaxation of 3 years in the case of Defence Services Personnel disabled in operations;

8 years for Scheduled Caste candidate who is also a defence personnel, disabled in operations;

5 years in case of ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers who have rendered at least five years Military Service as on August 1 of that year;

10 years in the case of ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers who belong to the Scheduled Castes and who have rendered at least five years Military Service

Educational Qualification: You need a degree from any university or deemed university. Candidates with professionals and technical qualifications recognised by the government are also eligible. MBBS degree holders who have not completed their internship are provisionally admitted to the Main Examination provided they submit a certificate of their institute that they have passed the final medical examination. Those who have appeared in the final year and are awaiting results can also apply but they have to produce proof of passing the exam with their application for the Main Exam.

Attempts: You are permitted 4 attempts at the examination. There is no restriction on the number of attempts for scheduled caste candidates but Other Backward Classes have seven attempts. If you appear in the Preliminary Exam or even appear for one paper, it is counted as an attempt. You should make up your mind before applying and taking an attempt and only a serious attempt should be made.

Fee: Examination fee is Rs 50, to be paid through Central Recruitment Fee stamps available at post offices. The post office must cancel the stamps so that the impression of the cancellation stamp partially overflows on the application form. Postal orders, drafts, etc are not accepted and candidates should only send the fee through the Recruitment Fee stamps. Candidates belonging to the scheduled castes and physically handicapped persons are not required to pay any fee.

How to Apply: Applications should be made in the prescribed format (the form is available from all leading post offices) and sent to:

Under Secretary (CSP),

Union Public Service Commission,
Dholpur House, New Delhi-110 011.

A registration number is given as a token of receipt of the application. If you don’t receive an acknowledgement within 45 days, you should contact the UPSC. Admission certificates and Roll nos. are sent and if they are not received one month before the exam, you should contact the UPSC. Communications to the UPSC should contain name of examination, registration no., name and postal address as given in the application.