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A. Nationality
 
i)
For the Indian Administrative Service and the Indian Police Service, a candidate must be a citizen of India.
ii) For other services, a candidate must be either :-
 
  a)
A citizen of India, or
  b)
a subject of Nepal, or
  c)
a subject of Bhutan, or
  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 India.
 

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 of India.
 
     
 
B. Age Limits
 
i)
A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 30 years on 1st August of the year in which he/she is appearing for the Preliminary Examination (e.g., a candidate appearing for the preliminary examination of the year 2009 should be between 21-30 years of age as on 01st, August 2009) i.e. he/she must have been born not earlier than 02nd August 1979 and not later than 01st, August, 1988.
ii) The upper age limit prescribed above will be relaxable:
 

Category

Age Relaxatoin

i) For candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribe

Upto a maximum of 5 years

ii) For candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes who are eligible to avail of reservation applicable to such candidates

Upto a maximum of 3 years

iii) For candidates 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 5 years

iv) 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 3 years

v) 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 (of the year in which s/he is appearing for the Preliminary Examination) and have been released (i) on completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due to be completed within one year from 1st August of the year in which he/she is appearing for the Preliminary Examination) 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 5 years

vi) In the case of ECOs/SSCOs who have completed an initial period of assignment of five years Military Service as on 1st August of the year in which s/he is appearing for the Preliminary Examination 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 months’ notice on selection from the date of receipt of offer of appointment.

Upto a maximum of 5 years

vii) For blind, deaf-mute and orthopedically handicapped candidates

Upto a maximum of 10 years

 
     
 
C. Educational Qualification
 

A candidate must hold a degree of any of the Universities incorporate by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an Act of amendment or declared to deemed as a University under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956 or possess an equivalent qualification.

Note: Candidates who have appeared at an examination the passing of which would render them educationally qualified for the Commission's examination but have not been informed of the result 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 along with their application for the Main Examination failing which such candidates will not be admitted to the Main Examination.

 
     
   
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