What is the Number of Attempts in UPSC For General/OBC/SC/ST?

UPSC is one of the toughest competitive exams in which lakhs of applicants take part every year. According to the UPSC attempts list 2024, aspirants who want to clear the civil services exam must meet the eligibility criteria. The number of attempts for the UPSC exam varies according to the candidate category. Candidates of a general category can get 6 attempts to clear the UPSC exam. OBC category candidates can get 9 attempts to clear this exam. Unlimited attempts are given to candidates of the SC/ST category.

How many attempts given to candidates for UPSC 2024

Candidates who want to clear the UPSC exam should know the number of attempts according to their category. Candidates should meet the eligibility criteria before appearing in this exam. Understanding the attempt limit is also important for aspirants to plan their exam strategy effectively.

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The attempts for the UPSC exam vary according to the category of candidates. The general category candidates can make 6 attempts, whereas the SC/ST category candidates make unlimited attempts. Along with a number of attempts, candidates should consider the age limit. The attempts will not be of any use if you reach the upper age limit. Candidates should take most of attempts, before reach to upper age limit.

Category-wise attempts for the UPSC exam

Here is the table that shows category-wise attempts for the UPSC 2024 exam

Category Age LimitNumber of Attempts
General 326
OBC359
SC/ST37Unlimited 
PwBD429 for General and OBC Unlimited for SC/ST
EWS326

UPSC attempts for the General category

The general category candidate can get a lower number of attempts in the UPSC exam. Candidates who belong to this category can get 6 attempts only. It is suggested that candidates must know about their upper age limit to try all attempts before that age. The upper age limit for general category candidates is 32 years to become eligible for the UPSC exam.

ParticularsDetails
Number of Attempts6
Maximum Age Limits32

UPSC attempts for the OBC category

Candidates of the OBC category can get relaxation in their age limit and attempt the UPSC exam, according to government rules. The number of attempts that OBC category candidates make in the UPSC exam is 9. The upper age limit for this category is 35 years 

ParticularsDetails
Number of Attempts9
Maximum Age Limits35

UPSC attempts for the SC/ST category

Candidates of the SC/ST category can get an age relaxation of 5 years for the UPSC exam. The upper age limit is 37 years for SC/ST category candidates. Along with age relaxation, there is an unlimited number of attempts set for that category.

ParticularsDetails
Number of AttemptsUnlimited
Maximum Age Limits37

UPSC attempts for PwBD category

Candidates of the PwBD category can get attempts up to 9 to clear the UPSC exam. The age of this category of candidates should be up to 42 years old to become eligible for it. If The person with a benchmark disability belongs to the SC/ST category, then they can get the benefit of unlimited attempts to clear this exam.

ParticularsDetails
Number of Attempts9
Maximum Age Limits42

UPSC attempts for ex-serviceman and disabled defense services personnel

Disabled defense service personnel or ex-servicemen are eligible to appear in the UPSC exam and can get up to 9 attempts. Their age limit is vary on specific conditions and their category

ParticularsDetails
Number of Attempts9
Maximum Age LimitsDepend on specific conditions

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