What Are The Best Career Options After Failing 6 UPSC Attempts At The Age Of 32?

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is all set to declare the Civil Services preliminary examination results soon. Clearing India's toughest examination, Civil Services, is a gruelling task. A candidate can appear for the exam only six times in their lives or until the age of 32. However, the number of attempts for OBC candidates are nine and unlimited for candidates belonging to SC and ST castes.

Aspirants have to devote at least one year to complete the selection process of Civil Services. Appearing for the exam six times is not an easy job because it requires a lot of motivation.

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Disappointment and weariness are common for aspirants who have appeared for the exam all six times and have still failed to achieve the target. Though you have not cracked the exam, the knowledge you attained never goes to waste. After failing your final Civil Services' attempt at the age of 32, you still have a plenty of career options.

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This is the most respectable position and one can achieve this without any difficulty. Considering the knowledge and exposure, many Civil Services coaching institutes and other academic institutes recruit candidates for this position. Based on your optional subject in the Civil Services, you can also become a subject expert in teaching.

Higher Studies Abroad

Many aspirants might have stopped their plans to pursue a master's because of the Civil Services. As the age is a bit of concern in India, one can aim for higher studies abroad in countries such as the USA and the UK.

Candidates can easily crack the abroad entrance examinations such as Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) and Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) with the help of their Civil Services' preparations.

They can also score above the required band level in the English proficiency tests such as the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).


If you have prepared for more than six years for the Civil Services, you will surely understand the market at both a national and an international level. One can kick-start a small start-up based on the market requirement. If you put all the strategies and analysis you attained through Civil Services' knowledge, the possibilities of success are high.

State Public Service Commission

The vacancies in the state public service commission are also popular though they are confined to the state. The maximum age limit is high in the state public service commission though they also follow restriction on the number of attempts for scale-I officers.

However, there is no restriction on the number of attempts for the below positions. Aspirants of Civil Services will surely crack these examinations if they prepare strategically because the syllabus and format of the questions will be almost similar.

Freelance Writing

The Civil Services aspirants will surely fly high in this profession because they witnessed all the major developments while preparing for the exam. Based on their subject specialisation, they can work as a feature writer, columnist or contributor to any newspaper or magazine.

These are some of the top five career options one can consider after failing the UPSC Civil Services at the age of 32. As mentioned above, knowledge obtained will not be wasted. They will also find a plethora of opportunities in the corporate companies for various positions besides private industries.

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