Criteria for Civil Services
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(1) For the Indian
Administrative Service and the Indian Police Service, a
candidate must be a citizen of India.
(2) For other services,
a candidate must be either :
(a) A citizen of India,
(b) a subject of Nepal,
(c) a subject of
(d) a Tibetan refugee
who came over to India before 1st January, 1962 with the
intention of permanently settling in India. or
(e) a person of Indian
origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Srilanka,
East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United
Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia and
Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in
Provided that a candidate belonging to
categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) shall be a person in whose
favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the
Government of India.
Provided further that candidates belonging to
categories (b), (c) and (d) above will not be eligible for
appointment to the Indian Foreign Service.
A candidate in whose case a certificate of
eligibility is necessary, may be admitted to the examination but
the offer of appointment may be given only after the necessary
eligibility certificate has been issued to him by the Government
candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must
not have attained the age of 30 years on 1st August, 2004, i.e. he must have been born not earlier than 2nd
August, 1974 and not later than 1st August, 1983.
upper age limit prescribed above will be relaxable:
upto a maximum of five years if a candidate belongs
to a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe.
upto a maximum of three years in the case of candidates
belonging to Other Backward Classes who are eligible to
avail of reservation applicable to such candidates.
upto a maximum of five years if a candidate had
ordinarily been domiciled in the State of Jammu &
Kashmir during the period from the 1st January, 1980 to
the 31st day of December, 1989.
upto 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:
upto a maximum of five years in the case of
ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and
ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least five years Military
Service as on 1st August, 2004 and have been released (i)
on completion of assignment (including those whose
assignment is due to be completed within one year from
1st August, 2004) otherwise than by way of dismissal or
discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency, or
(ii) on account of physical disability attributable to
Military Service, or (iii) on invalidment.
upto a maximum of five years in the case of ECOs/SSCOs
who have completed an initial period of assignment of
five years Military Service as on 1st August, 2004 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 month's notice on
selection from the date of receipt of offer of
upto a maximum of 10 years in the case of blind,
deaf-mute and Orthopaedically handicapped persons.
NOTE I-Candidates belonging to the
Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes and the Other Backward
Classes who are also covered under any other clauses of para 3(ii) (b) above, viz. those coming under the category of
Ex-servicemen, persons domiciled in the State of J & K,
blind, deaf-mute and orthopadically handicapped etc. will be
eligible for grant of cumulative age-relaxation under both the
NOTE II-The term ex-servicemen will
apply to the persons who are defined as ex-servicemen in the
Ex-servicemen (Re-employment in Civil Services and Posts) Rules,
1979, as amended from time to time.
Note III-The age concession under para 3(ii) (b) (v)
and (vi) will not be admissible to Ex-Servicemen and Commissioned Officers
including ECOs/SSCOs who are released on own reguest.
NOTE IV- Notwithstanding the provision
of age-relaxation under para 3(ii) (b) (vii) above, a physically
handicapped candidate will be considered to be eligible for
appointment only if he/she (after such physical examination as
the Government or appointing authority, as the case may be, may
prescribe) is found to satisfy the requirements of physical and
medical standards for the concerned Services/posts to be
allocated to the physically handicapped candidates by the
Save as provided above
the age limits prescribed can in no case be relaxed.
The date of birth accepted by the Commission is
that entered in the Matriculation or Secondary School Leaving
Certificate or in a certificate recognised by an Indian
University as equivalent to Matriculation or in an extract from a
Register of Matriculates maintained by a University, which
extract must be certified by the proper authority of the
University or in the Higher Secondary or an equivalent
These certificates are required to be submitted
only at the time of applying for the Civil Services (Main)
No other document relating to age like
horoscopes, affidavits, birth extracts from Municipal
Corporation, service records and the like will be accepted.
The expression Matriculation/Secondary
Examination Certificate in this part of the instruction includes
the alternative certificates mentioned above.
NOTE 1:- Candidates should note that
only the Date of Birth as recorded in the Matriculation/Secondary
Examination Certificate or an equivalent certificate on the date
of submission of applications will be accepted by the Commission
and no subsequent request for its change will be considered or
Note 2 :- Candidates should also note
that once a Date of Birth has been claimed by them and entered in
the records of the Commission for the purpose of
admission to an Examination, no change will be allowed
subsequently (or at any other Examination of the Commission) on
any grounds whatsoever.
Note 3 :- The candidate should exercise
due care while entering their date of birth in column 8 of the
application form for the Preliminary Examination. If on
verification at any subsequent stage, any variation is found in
their date of birth from the one entered in their matriculation
or equivalent Examination certificate, disciplinary action will
be taken against them by the commission under the Rules.
(iii) Minimum Educational Qualifications :
The candidate must hold a degree of any of
Universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or State
Legislature in India or other educational institutions
established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a
University Under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission
Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification.
Note I : Candidates who have appeared at
an examination the passing of which would render them
educationally qualified for the Commissions examination but
have not been informed of the results as also the candidates who
intend to appear at such a qualifying examination will also be
eligible for admission to the Preliminary Examination. All
candidates who are declared qualified by the Commission for
taking the Civil Services (Main) Examination will be required to
produce proof of passing the requisite examination with their
application for the Main Examination failing which such
candidates will not be admitted to the Main Examination. The
applications for the main examination will be called sometime in
the month of July/August, 2004.
Note II : In exceptional cases the Union
Public Service Commission may treat a candidate who has not any
of the foregoing qualifications as a qualified candidate provided
that he has passed examination conducted by the other
Institutions, the standard of which in the opinion of the
Commission justifies his admission to the examination.
Note III : Candidates possessing
professional and technical qualifications which are recognised by
Government as equivalent to professional and technical degree
would also be eligible for admission to the examination.
Note IV : Candidates who have passed the
final professional M.B.B.S. or any other Medical Examination but
have not completed their internship by the time of submission of
their applications for the Civil Services (Main) Examination,
will be provisionally admitted to the Examination provided they
submit along with their application a copy of certificate from
the concerned authority of the University/Institution that they
had passed the requisite final professional medical examination.
In such cases, the candidates will be required to produce at the
time of their interview original Degree or a certificate from the
concerned competent authority of the University/Institution that
they had completed all requirements (including completion of
internship) for the award of the Degree.
Every candidate appearing at the Civil Services
Examination, who is otherwise eligible, shall be permitted four
attempts at the examination.
Provided that this restriction on the number of
attempts will not apply in the case of Scheduled Caste and
Scheduled Tribe candidates who are otherwise eligible.
Provided further that the number of attempts
permissible to candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes,
who are otherwise eligible, shall be seven.
1. An attempt at a Preliminary Examination
shall be deemed to be an attempt at the examination.
2. If a candidate actually appears in any
one paper in the Preliminary Examination, he shall be deemed
to have made an attempt at the examination.
3. Notwithstanding the
disqualification/cancellation of candidature the fact of
appearance of the candidate at the examination will count as
(v) Restrictions on
applying for the examination :
A candidate who is appointed to the Indian
Administrative Service or the Indian Foreign Service on the
results of an earlier examination and continues to be a member of
that service will not be eligible to compete at this examination.
In case such a candidate is appointed to the
IAS/IFS after the Preliminary Examination of Civil Services
Examination, 2004 is over and he/she continues to be a member of
that service, he/she shall not be eligible to appear in the Civil
Services (Main) Examination, 2004 notwithstanding his/her having
qualified in the Preliminary Examination, 2004.
Also provided that if such a candidate is
appointed to IAS/IFS after the commencement of the Civil Services
(Main) Examination, 2004 but before the result thereof and
continues to be a member of that service, he/she shall not be
considered for appointment to any service/post on the basis of
the result of this examination viz. Civil Services Examination, 2004.
Candidates must be physically fit according to physical
standards for admission to Civil Services Examination. 2004 as per guidelines
given in Appendix-III of Rules for Examination published in the Gazette of India
Extraordinary dated 29th November, 2003.
Requirements for the Disabled Candidates:- For being
considered against the vacancies reserved for them, the physically disabled
persons should have disability of Forty per cent (40%) or more. However, such
candidates shall be required to meet one or more of the following physical
requirements/abilities which may be necessary for performing the duties in the
concerned Services/Posts :
1.Work performed by manipulating (with Fingers)
2. Work performed by pulling & pushing
3. Work performed by lifting
Work performed by kneeling and crouching
5. Work performed by bending
6. Work performed by sitting (on bench or chair)
7. Work performed by standing
8. Work performed by walking
9. Work performed by seeing
10. Work performed by hearing/speaking
RW 11. Work
performed by reading and writing.
The functional classification in their case
shall be, one or more of the following, consistent with the requirements of the
concerned Services/Posts :–
1. both legs affected but not arms
2. both arms affected
a. impaired reach
b. weakness of grip.
3. both legs and both arms affected.
4. one leg affected (R or L)
a. impaired reach
b. weakness of grip
5. one arm affected (R or L) - do -
6. stiff back and hips (cannot sit or stoop).
7. muscular weakness and limited physical endurance.
8. the blind
9. partially blind
10. the deaf
11. partially deaf.
NOTE: Refer the the latest Notification for
exact and certain information.