The government, has cut down the rumors and decided that there will be no relaxation in upper age limit and the number of attempts for a candidate appearing in civil service examination.
V Narayanaswamy, the Minister of State for personnel says "some representations or references have been received from various quarters seeking relaxation in the upper age limit and the number of attempts, as prescribed in UPSC's Civil Services Examination (CSE) Rules, 2013 consequent to format change in the exams."
According to the new modified scheme, the number of papers taken by the candidate remains the same. However, the optional subjects have been chopped down from two to one. This will reduce the number of papers from four to two and the number of papers for general studies has been increased from two to four.
Presenting the new modified scheme at Lok Sabha, V Narayanaswamy says "Thus, no additional stress is envisaged on the candidates on account of these changes. There is no proposal to relax fresh attempts and consequently relaxation in the upper age limit."
As per CSE Rules, 2013, a candidate whose minimum age is 21 years and upper age is lesser than 30 years, is eligible to give the examination to choose IAS, IPS and IFS among others.
The above rule is for General Caste, however, the upper age limit is relaxable up to five years for Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribe and for OBC candidates, it is relaxable up to three years. The upper age limit is also relaxable upto a maximum of five years if a candidate had ordinarily been domiciled in Jammu & Kashmir during 1st January 1980 to 31st December 1989.