UPSC Civil Services Exams – Number of Attempts increased – Other Backward Classes (OBC) get seven attempts – General Category Candidates would get six attempts
Civil Services aspirants preparing for the UPSC exam have reasons to cheer – the total number of attempts permitted at the exam has been increased from 4 to 6 and the maximum age limit has also been increased from 30 to 32.
This decision was announced after an assurance by the Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi to a delegation of civil service aspirants after many of them had protested outside his home.
Currently, a candidate is allowed a maximum of four attempts, if they are between the age of 21 and 30. On the other hand, candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) categories have no limit on the number of attempts and are eligible to appear for the exam till the age of 35. Candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes (OBC) get seven attempts.
The preliminary exam this year is scheduled to held on 24 August, 2014 and the civil Services Main exam is expected to be conducted from 14 December, 2014.
Source: Daily Bhaskar