Upper age limit for the open category raised from 30 to 32 years, 35 in the OBC and 42 for physically challenged

New Delhi :  Thanks to Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi”s help to lakhs of aspirants for the civil services like IAS, IPS, IFS and IRS, the government on Monday decided to give two additional attempts and consequential age relaxation to all categories of candidates in the examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission.

He was moved by thousands of the UPSC aspirants camping in front of his residence at 12 Tughlaq Lane here on January 30 when he promised to take up their case with the government. The aspirants were led by Maharashtra PCC member Sanjiv Kumar Rathod. “The Central Government has approved two additional attempts to all categories of candidates with effect from Civil Services Examination 2014, with consequential age relaxation of maximum age for all categories of candidates, if required,” says a notification issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) issued last Friday to bring cheers to the aspirants.

This will mean a candidate in the general category will get six attempts and the OBC candidate nine attempts. There is no restriction on attempts by the SC/ST candidates.

Also, the upper age limit goes up from 30 to 32 in the general category adn 35 in the OBC category and children of disabled defence personnel which is already available to SC/ST candidates as also J&K residents and ex-servicemen. It goes up to 42 years in the case of blind, deaf-mute and orthopaedically handicapped candidates.

The immediate benefit will fall in the Civil Services Examination (Preliminary), 2014 tentatively scheduled to be held on August 24, this year. The Civil Service Examinations is conducted by the UPSC. The examinations is conducted in three stages– preliminary, mains and interview.

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