The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has formally made six as the number of attempts a candidate can take to appear for the Civil Services Examination, besides giving age relaxation of up to 32 years, a move announced last year after Rahul Gandhi intervened. The last date to apply online this year is June 30, 2014.
The formal announcement came after the formal notification that came within days after the new NDA government took over shows that the UPSC will keep the new norms in tact for some time.
“Every candidate appearing for the examination, who is otherwise eligible, shall be permitted six attempts (two more than earlier four),” the UPSC notification for the 2014 Civil Services Examination stated.
However, candidates belonging to the Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) categories have no cap on the number of attempts.
The age limit of 32 years is relaxed by 5 more years for SC/ST candidates and 3 years for OBC candidates and 5 years for people from J&K during the conflict period between 1 January 1980 and 31 December 1989.
This year, there are 1,291 vacancies to be filled through the exam and the last date to file online applications is midnight 30 June, 2014. The exam will be held on Aug. 24, 2014.