The civil services aspirants preparing for the prestigious Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will from this year on wards be given two more additional attempts to write the examination. There has only been speculation for change in format and syllabus, but so far it remains the same.
A candidate will be permitted a maximum of four attempts for the examination. However, there is no restriction on number of attempts by a candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs). Seven attempts are permissible to an aspirant belonging to Other Backward Classes (OBCs).
The Civil Service Examinations is conducted by the UPSC to select candidates for the post of Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officers among others.
The examination is conducted in three stages– preliminary, mains and interview. The Civil Services Examination (Preliminary), 2014 is scheduled to be held on August 24, this year.
The candidate is required to have attained the age of 21 years but the upper age limit is 30 years to apply for the Civil Services Examination. The upper age limit is relaxed up to a maximum of five years for candidates belonging to SCs or STs categories and up to a maximum of three years for candidates of OBC category among others.