No change in age limit, attempts for this year: DoPT

No change has been made in the age limit/attempts for Civil Services Examination, 2014, will be implemented from CSE2015.

Updated - May 23, 2016 04:06 pm IST

Published - November 18, 2014 11:56 pm IST - NEW DELHI:

The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has clarified that no change has been made in the age limit/attempts for Civil Services Examination, 2014.

“The Group of Ministers at its meeting held on December 16, 2013, while accepting the age of entry in the CSE to be 21, discussed the upper age limit and decided to go by the recommendations of the Core Group on Administrative Reforms, which is 26 years for the unreserved category, 28 for OBC and 29 years for SC/ST, and two years additional for physically challenged candidates in each category,” said the DoPT statement.

The GoM further decided to reiterate its earlier decision regarding the number of attempts i.e. three for unreserved candidates, five for OBCs, six for SC/ST candidates with additional two attempts for physically challenged candidates in each category. It was decided to implement these provisions from CSE2015.

“The above mentioned decisions were noted for record and further necessary action. However, before any action in this regard could be taken, the government further took a decision on February 7, 2014, to allow two additional attempts to all categories of candidates with effect from CSE2014, with consequential relaxation of maximum age for all categories of candidates, if required,” said the statement.

Thus, the DoPT reiterated, the current position is two additional attempts for all categories, apart from four for the unreserved, unlimited attempts for the SC/ST and seven attempts each for the OBC and the physically challenged (General and OBC) categories.

In its 10th report titled “Refurbishing of Personnel Administration – Scaling New Heights,” the Administrative Reforms Commission (ARC) recommended permissible age as 21 to 25 for general candidates, 21 to 28 for OBCs, and 21 to 29 years for SC/ST candidates as also for the physically challenged.

> Also read the clarification in full (pdf)

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