The UPSC has also introduced the age relaxations provision from this year onwards.
“Every candidate appearing for the examination, who is otherwise eligible, shall be permitted six attempts (two more than earlier four),” said a notification issued by UPSC for the Civil Services Examination, 2014.
The candidates belonging to the Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) categories, however, have no limits on their attempts.
From this year onwards, a candidate between the age group of 21 and 32 years as on August 1, 2014 can take the exam.
According to the notification, a candidate “must have been born not earlier than August, 2, 1982 and not later than August 1, 1993” to take the exam.
The UPSC conducts exam to select Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and Indian Police Service (IPS) officers among others.
The Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2014 will be held on August 24. The examination is conducted in three stages — preliminary, main and interview.
The deadline for filling online applications is 11.59 pm on June 30. “The applications for the main examination will be called sometime in the month of September/October, 2014,” said the notification.