All Indian Administrative Civil Service officers are selected by the Union Public Service Commission. They conduct civil service exam for selecting the candidates. It is one of the toughest exams in India. There are a lot of IAS coaching centres in Chennai. It is therefore important for the candidate to research, select and get admitted at the best IAS coaching in Chennai for complete guidance and preparation.

The candidates who clear the exam will be allotted to 24 different services based on the total marks scored in main and interview and also based on candidates’ preference. Among the 24 service, IAS is the top administrative post. Some of the other services are IPS, IFS (Foreign), IFS (Forest), IP & TAFS, IDAS, CMSE, IRTS, IRAS, IAAS, CAPF-AF and so on.

Civil service exam is conducted every year by Union Public Service Commission. Every year approximately one lakh people appear for the exam. The candidates who are appointed as IAS can be employed to some jobs like collector, chief secretary, cabinet secretary, Head of public sector unit and also in inter-governmental organization. 

Some of the inter-governmental organization in which IAS officers can be employed are the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the United Nation or its agencies.

Eligibility Criteria: 

The candidates who apply for the civil service exam conducted by UPSC for the selection of civil servant should fulfill the following criteria.

  • Nationality: The candidates who apply for the civil service exam should be an Indian citizen. They can also be a citizen of Nepal or Bhutan. Tibetan Immigrant who settled in India before 01/01/1962 can also apply for the civil service exam. If a person from Zambia, Zaire, Vietnam, Uganda, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Myanmar, Malawi, Kenya or Ethiopia migrated to India for permanently staying here can also apply for this exam but they should be of Indian Origin.
  • Education: The candidate who wishes to write the civil service exam should have a degree from any familiar or renowned Universities. The candidates who are in their final year can also prepare and apply for the preliminary examination.  The final year MBBS student can apply for the exam before completing their internship but they must submit proof that they have completed the final year from the concerned university. 
  • Age Limit: The minimum age for writing the civil service exam is 21 years and the candidates can write up to 32 years. The required age should be satisfied as on the first of August. The candidates who are born after August 02, 1988 and before August 02, 1999 can apply in the year 2020 for writing the civil service examination. There can be changes based on rules and regulation from the Union public service commission. 

The Union Public Service Commission has provided some relaxation to the upper age limit (32 years). The candidates who belong to scheduled caste or scheduled tribe can write their exams till 37 years. 5 years of relaxation is given to the scheduled caste or scheduled tribe candidates. 

The candidates from other backward class can apply for the civil service exam till 35 years. 3 years of relaxation is provided for the other backward class candidates. There are three years of relaxation for Defense services personnel and five years of relaxation is provided for the ex-servicemen. 

If the candidate is an ex-serviceman from other backward class then he/she can get the benefit of cumulative age relaxation.  So the candidate will get three-year relaxation for other backward class and five-year relaxation benefit because of ex-servicemen. Total of 12 years relaxation benefit is given to that candidate. So he can write the exam until 42 years (Upper age limit). The upper age limit for the handicapped or the disabled candidates is 42 years. 

  • Number of attempts:

There is a restriction on the number of attempts for each candidate who apply for the civil service exam. This restriction is effective from 1984. It is counted as one attempt if the candidate appears for anyone of the paper also. If the candidate applies for the exam but did not write the exam then it is not counted.The number of attempts for general category candidate is 6 and 9 for the other backward class candidates. The number of attempts is unlimited for the scheduled caste and scheduled tribe candidates.

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