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UPSC CSE age limit: No proposal to alter age criteria, says government

According to UPSC rules, a candidate above 32 years is not eligible to appear for the exam. However, as per media reports, the Niti Aayog has recommended to decrease upper age limit to 27 years

By: Education Desk | New Delhi | Updated: December 27, 2018 9:17:11 am
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Contrary to media reports that the maximum age limit for UPSC examination is likely to be reduced, the government on Tuesday confirmed that it is not considering any such proposal. MoS PMO Dr Jitendra Singh told ANI: “There is no move by Government to alter the age criteria of eligibility to appear in civil service examinations. Reports and speculations should be put to rest.”

For candidates belonging to general category, the upper age limit remains 32 years. For candidates belonging to scheduled castes (SC) and scheduled tribes (ST) category, the upper age limit to appear for the exam remains 37 years while for OBC category aspirants, it is 35 years.

According to reports, the Niti Aayog had suggested that to lower the upper age limit for entry into the civil services to be brought down to 27 years for general category candidates in a phased manner by 2022-23.

In the ‘Strategy for New India @75’ document released last week, the government think-tank also pitched for an integrated exam for all civil services.

The document also said the service conditions for employees of autonomous bodies need to be regulated and harmonised. It noted that reforms in civil services are a continuous process and several initiatives have been taken in recent years by the present government.

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