Bhubaneswar: Amid media reports that had been making rounds that the age limit to appear the UPSC civil services exam might be reduced, government today clarified that there is no such proposal to make any revision in the same.
Minister of State for Prime Minister's Office, Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Jitendra Singh told ANI that there is no move by the Centre to alter the age criteria of eligibility to appear in civil service examinations and therefore, all the reports and speculations should be put to rest.
The rumours related to the same started hitting headlines after the Baswan committee submitted its suggestion and reportedly it suggested to reduce upper age limit for candidates appearing for IAS examination. It was then believed that UPSC may reduce the upper age limit to 26 to insulate the aspirants currently preparing for the exam.
Besides, reports were there that NITI Aayog had suggested reducing the upper age limit for joining the Civil Services from 30 to 27.
Currently, the lower age limit for all categories for appearing UPSC examination is 21 years and it is calculated as on August 1. For example, a candidate set to appear for 2018 prelims, needs to have attained 21 years as on August 1, 2018.
Similarly, the UPSC age limit for General Category candidates is 32 years while it is 35 and 37 years for OBC and SC/ST candidates respectively.
UPSC conducts examinations every year to fill administrative positions in different All-India Services exams including IAS, IFS and IPS.