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What is the IAS Age Limit?

IAS age limit details are mentioned in the UPSC eligibility. Every aspirant has to fall within the prescribed age limit for Union Public Service Commission. It is known to every aspirant that the age limit varies depending on the candidate’s category. Once the candidate fulfills the eligibility, they can proceed with the application process. The prelims test is the first written exam for the IAS exam. All the candidates who are going to appear in the exam this year should study Current Affairs 2022 thoroughly.


The Prelims Exam question paper carries around 15 to 20 questions on the current affairs topic. Below, we have discussed the age limit instructions and the importance of current affairs for the IAS exam, so candidates should be prepared accordingly.


IAS Age Limit For Different Categories

The IAS Age Limit varies as per the category of candidates. The minimum age limit for the UPSC exam is 21 years, and the maximum age limit is 32 years. In the table below, we have mentioned detailed information for better understanding. Keep in mind that reserved category candidates will get relaxation in comparison of other general category aspirants. Also, the Physically abled IAS aspirants will be eligible till 42 years (Maximum Age Limit + 10 Years).



IAS Age Limit
Category Min Age for IAS Exam Max Age for IAS Exam
UPSC Age Limit for General 21 32
UPSC Age Limit for OBC 21 35
IAS Age Limit For Handicapped 21 42
UPSC Age Limit for SC/ST 21 37
UPSC Age Limit for EWS

(Economical Weaker Section)

21 32


How to Calculate Age Limit For IAS Exam?

The Union Public Service Commission calculates the age of aspirants before 1 Aug of the year in which the exam is conducted. Not only this, but the upper age limit for the exam is calculated according to the 1 August date. As mentioned above, the minimum age limit is 21 years of age. For reference, candidates who want to appear this year should be born between 2nd Aug 1990 and not after 1st Aug 2001.

Category Wise Age Relaxation

Physically abled candidates get 10 years of age relaxation, SC/ST candidates can avail 5 years of relaxation, OBC candidates can apply for till 35 years, and General category candidates get no relaxation. Also, they can avail of relaxation of a maximum number of attempts.

Importance of Current Affairs in UPSC Exam

Current Affairs is an irreplaceable subject when it comes to preparing for the UPSC Civil Services Exam. It is important not only for the Prelims exam but also for mains and interview exams sometimes. A study shows that the current affairs weightage is increasing every year in the question paper of the IAS exam. It means candidates have to put more attention and focus on this particular subject.


Current Affairs has a vast subject that includes various topics. However, the IAS Exam has no defined set of topics or syllabus. Every year topics get change. In the Prelims exam, candidates face questions on topics like current events, national & international events, new inventions, etc. Apart from all these topics, current affairs give a dynamic view to write answers in mains exam. Mains Exam is the second written test where all the shortlisted candidates for the Prelims exam appear. It develops the candidate’s logical thinking, scientific knowledge, etc.



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