Now IAS aspirants to get two more chances
The number of attempts for the civil services examinations has been raised by the the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) from four to six for the candidates belonging to the general category. The increase in chance comes with consequential age relaxations from this year onwards.
‘Every candidate appearing for the examination, who is otherwise eligible, shall be permitted six attempts (two more than earlier four),’ said a notification issued by UPSC for the Civil Services Examination, 2014. There is, however, no restriction on number of attempts by a candidates belonging to the Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) categories.
There will also be consequential age relaxations from this year onwards.
A candidate between the age group of 21 and 32 years as on 1 August 2014 can take the prestigious exam. According to the notification, a candidate ‘must have been born not earlier than 2 August 1982 and not later than 1 August 1993’ to take the exam. The examination is conducted by the UPSC to select Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and Indian Police Service (IPS) officers among others. The Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2014 will be held on 24 August.