What is the age limit for CSAT 2011?

I just got a few mails asking me what the age limit is, for taking up CSAT in 2011 ?

Let me tell you that only the pattern of examination has changed for Civil Services Preliminary Exams, and there is no other change, either in the format, or in the structure, or the age criteria.

Therefore, the age limit for CSAT 2011 is :

Minimum 21 years forall candidates,(as on 1-8-2011),
Maximum 30 years for General Candidates. 33 years for Backward Classes I BC – M / MBC / DNC and 35 years for Scheduled Castes,Arunthathiyars and Scheduled Tribes

Please post your other queries in the comment box below.

CSE – CSAT 2011 Exam Dates


  1. Sir, My DOB is 26-04-78, I belong to OBC category am i eligible for UPSC CSAT-2012 ?

    Please help!! confused!!

  2. @Rashmi – You have decided to start studying at the right age. If you can tell me about your background, I will be in a better position to assist and guide you.

    I’ll start a specific thread for this sake, where everyone can follow and learn from it.


  3. my age is 18 yrs i now want to start the study for upsc but i m not able to get the notes so help me regarding to get the notes please……

  4. i want to know about prelim and mains xam what are the subjects for prelims and what are the subjects for mains.and what should we learn about general studies

  5. Sir, My DOB is 23-02-82, i AM SERIOUR CANDIDATE OF upsc EXAM am i eligible for UPSC CSAT-2012 ?

  6. Hello sir,

    My Date of birth is 17.08.1980 and belongs to OBC category. May I know till what year Can I appear for the civils exam. Am I eligible to write the exam till 2014. and, Is the age limit is considered as on Aug 1st or is it considered as on the date of writing the prelimis or Is the age limit is considered as on date of the Mains exam. Please guide me sir as it is really helpful for me to plan my studies for apprearing the exam.

  7. @Regan – If you are under ‘General Category’, then you cannot, if you have any other category (OBC, SC, ST, Ex-Serviceman, Handicap, etc,.) then there you can.

  8. Hi,
    I am central govt employee (Regular) in General category.I am now 26 yrs old.So what is the upper age limit and what are the no. of attempts for me to appear in civil services exam?

  9. Thanks Gautam…yet I’m not applied for the exams so I think I’m not eligible to take UPSC CSAT exams…is there any chance tht nxt Govt will increase age relaxations? if yes means, when will it happn? n how we will get to know?…

  10. @Viswa – Have you applied for the exams yet, or yet to apply ? If you have not applied, I’m sorry to inform that the last date is over, and you’ll not be able to apply now. An for next year, I doubt if you qualify based on age relaxations. Check next years notification, which will be released in the month of Jan / Feb -2012, for confirmation.

  11. hi, my DOB is 27-11-1977, am I eligible to take UPSC CSAT 2011 exams?…I belong to the Backward Class(BC)…plz help me!!…

  12. @Sanjay – Physically handicapped candidates do have relaxation. But depends on the degree and case. It’s mentioned in the notification.

  13. I was born on 5-7-1981, on 1st august i shall be in 30. i am physically challenged. is there any relaxation for the physically challenged candidates.

  14. MrMuse – There is good news for you. Though there is no way you can make amendments to your previous application, you can go ahead and apply afresh. You’ll get both the hall tickets, make sure you use the one which has ‘English’ as the medium of written examination. Do not use the other one. This will solve your problem. Hope this helps.


  15. @Mr.muse – There was a corrigendum announced in paper by UPSC in the news papers relating to this mistake. I guess you have to call UPSC and find out what you can do, or give me sometime so that I can contact a few people who I know so that I can inform you about the same.

  16. hi,
    in the new form for civil services prelims examination, there’s a column for ‘medium of written examination’. i wanted to choose english, but when i checked the notification, there was no code available for the english language and codes were given only for the Indian languages, and i’d no choice but to choose hindi. but at the same time, when i went through the online application, there’s the provision for choosing english. is there any way by which i can change or make amends?

  17. My date of birth is 23/10/1983. I belong to the General Category.
    With respect to the deadline of age 30 before 1st August of the year where I might be appearing for the exam – I would like to know how many attempts do I have? Is it 2 or 3?


    Kindly clarify.

  18. @Saravanan – If you belong to OBC category, upper age limit is 33 years, which means you can try for two more years, provided you’ve not exhausted your 7 attempts.

    All the best,

  19. sir.
    My DOB IS 08march1981. I belongs to OBC CATEGORY. I had age limitation for appear civil service examination. I want to know, which Year is my last attempt for the appearance of civil service examination

  20. Dear sir,
    My DOB is 10/04/1981. I belong to the General category. Kindly let me know whether i shall be eligible for appearing at CSAT 2011.


  21. Kindly somebody let me know that those who were born in January 1981 are eligible for UPSC this year or not.
    Thanks in Advance

  22. I have heard that the age limit for the open student for upsc becomes 25 is it true or give me more information

  23. @Shyju – There is no special relaxation for CSAT, I guess. Please re-check on that one. The age limit has not been changed as of now. We’ll know about it only once the notification comes out. The 3 years limit you are talking about, I guess is for OBC candidates. Please re-check on that.


  24. Hi,

    My birth date is 16th June 1977. I belong to OBC category, though am yet to obtain a creamy layer certificate. I understand that for CSAT there is a relaxation of 3 years on upper age limit and is calculated as on 1st Aug 2011. Am I eligible to apply ? If yes, then when shd i need to produce the creamy layer certificate. I need to give it a go in the new format.

  25. hi!! I want to know that is there any chances of change in age limit for general candidate in future…plz inform..

  26. @Ash – If you are a General Merit candidate, I doubt if you are eligible. Please check the notification once it’s released for clarity.

  27. please change age limit for BC candidates upper age limit 35 years .
    its better . syllabus changes its effected on our age . i like to fight about this .

  28. Sir,
    Iam an Ayurvedic doctor.Iam interested to take Medical science as my one optional paper.Is there any difficulties concerned to the Interview ?

  29. Sir,

    My DoB is 01-02-1981. Will I be eligible to write CSAT 2011 without claiming the age relaxation?

    Amarjit Singh

  30. @rahul
    Minimum 21 years forall candidates,(as on 1-8-2011),
    Maximum 30 years for General Candidates. 33 years for Backward Classes I BC – M / MBC / DNC and 35 years for Scheduled Castes,Arunthathiyars and Scheduled Tribes .


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