Ans: The Civil Services Examination (CSE) is conducted every year by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) as a common entrance examination for recruitment to various services like the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Police Service (IPS), Group ‘A’ and Group ‘B’ – Central Services.
Ans: I. Academic Eligibility
The candidate must possess a degree from an Indian University or an educational institution deemed as a University or possess an equivalent qualification. Those in the final year of a degree course can also appear in the Preliminary Examination.
- Other Eligibility Conditions
- For the IAS and the IPS, the candidate must be a citizen of India.
For the other services, a candidate must be either:
a citizen of India, or
a subject of Nepal, or
a subject of Bhutan, or
a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before January 1, 1962, with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
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.
The candidate must have attained 21 years of age on August 1st of the year of examination and must not have attained 32 years of age on that date. The upper age limit will be relaxed by 3 years for OBC candidates and 5 years for SC/ST candidates. The upper age limit is also relaxed in favour of certain categories of civil servants working under the Government of India and Defence Services Personnel.