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Every candidate appearing at the examination who is otherwise eligible shall be permitted four attempts at the examination. Provided that this restriction on the number of attempts permissible to candidates belonging to other Backward Classes who are otherwise eligible shall be seven.
Number of attempts
Candidates belonging to General Category
Shall be permitted 4 attempts at the examination
Candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes (who are eligible to avail of reservation applicable to such candidates)
Shall be permitted 7 attempts at the examination
Candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes
No restriction on number of attempts. Thus, candidates belonging to SC/ST can give all attempts uptill the eligible age limit.
In case of physically handicapped candidates (relaxation will be available to the physically handicapped candidates who are eligible to avail of reservation applicable to such candidates)
They will get as many attempts as are available to other non-physically handicapped candidates of his or her community, subject to the condition that a physically handicapped candidate belonging to the General Category shall be eligible for seven attempts.
Note: An attempt at a Preliminary Examination shall be deemed to be an attempt at the Examination. If a candidate actually appears in anyone paper in the Preliminary Examination he/she shall be deemed to have made an attempt at the Examination. Notwithstanding the disqualification/cancellation of candidature the fact of appearance of the candidate at the examination will count as an attempt.