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    Can we prepare for Civil services at the age of 31

    Are you planning to appear for civil services exams? Looking out for the minimum eligibility criteria for giving this exam? On this Ask Expert page, find advice from experts for all your queries.

    Currently I am 31 and by April 2018 I will be 32. Am I eligible for civil or group 1 and 2?
    I would like to start preparation by now. Can we start preparation before or on at the age of 32? What is the difference between groups and civil?


    Thank you
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  • You have not indicated the quota in which belong to. There is a specific mention of eligibility criteria in respect of age for the different aspirants such for the general category the age has been fixed to 32 years where as the same have been extended to 35 for OBC and 37 for SC/ST respectively. For defence personnel the same has been stretched to 37 years and for deaf, dumb and physically handicapped the age has been to fixed to 42 years.
    Supposing that you belong to a candidate of general - category, you fit in the slab of eligible age for the general group.
    Hence start preparing with dedication so that you clear both written examination and oral interview. Ensure that you are medically fit and this status can be assessed by having a consultation with a Registered Physician.

  • (1) Normally the age limit is 32 years. One need to appear for the civil service exam before turning 32.
    (2) Age relaxations are available for certain categories, like in any other exam.
    (a) If you belong to SC/ST, you get a relaxation of up to 5yrs.
    (b) OBC candidates get an age relaxation of up to 3yrs.
    (c) In the case of blind, deaf-mute and orthopedically handicapped persons, an age relaxation of up to 10 yrs is

    As you have not mentioned which category you fall into, we would not be in a position to say whether you are eligible or not. If you belong to any of the above mentioned three categories, and if you have a bachelors degree, start preparing for the exam. Attended coaching classes by enrolling yourself to the topmost coaching center. Wishing you Good Luck!.

    "Do not give up, things might not favour you always"

  • The age limit of Indian Civil Services Examination is 32 years (for General Category candidates). So, if a person has self-belief, he can try seriously and prepare for success in the Civil Services Examination.

    ''What is the difference between groups and civil?''- I have not understood this part of the question. Civil Services Examination is held in three parts, which are Preliminary, Mains and Interview.

    Beware! I question everything and everybody.

  • For General Category candidates, the age limit is 32 years and the number of attempts is 06. For OBC Category candidates, the new age limit is 35 years and the number of attempts is 09. For SC/St Category candidates, the new age limit is 37 years while the number of attempts unlimited.
    The IAS exam will be held in three parts. The first is Preliminary. Once you qualify in this exam, you have to appear for mains. Those people who are qualified will be called for interview. The successful candidates in the interview will be selected for the civil services.
    You have not mentioned about your reservation category. I have given the general age limits. please follow accordingly.

    always confident

  • Hi,
    First you do not mention that if you are a general candidate or have any quota. For general candidate the age limit for appearing the exam is 32 years. But for the other quota and ex service men the age relaxation is applied.
    So, I think if you study seriously then it may not be so tough. Ready sincerely and go for it. good luck.

  • Hi Friend
    The age limit to apply and write the Civil Services Examination is 21-32 years for General category and age relaxations are 3 years for OBC candidates, 5 years for SC/ST candidates, 10 years for PWD candidates.As you are 31 years old, you are eligible to apply for CSAT examination.
    And for group-1 and group-2 examinations,the minimum age limit is 18 years and maximum age limit depends on the concerned state governments.Generally the upper age limit for there exams will be 38 years.
    So,you are eligible to apply for both Civil Services and Group-1,Group-2 exams.And the educational qualification required to apply for all these exams is Graduation in any stream from UGC approved institution or university.

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