:: Number of attempts ::
(a) Every candidate appearing at the examination who is otherwise
eligible, shall be permitted six attempts at the examination.
Provided that this restriction on the number of attempts will not
apply in the case of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes candidates
who are otherwise eligible.
Provided further that the number of attempts permissible to candidates
belonging to Other Backward Classes, who are otherwise eligible shall
be nine. The relaxation will be available to the candidates who are
eligible to avail of reservation applicable to such candidates.
Provided further that a physically handicapped will get as many
attempts as are available to other non-physically handicapped
candidates of his or her community, subject to the condition that a
physically handicapped candidate belonging to the General Category
shall be eligible for nine attempts. Necessary action to make
Corresponding Changes in respective Rules/Regulations Pertaining to
various services is being taken separately. The relaxation will be
available to the physically handicapped candidates who are eligible to
avail of reservation applicable to such candidates.
(b) Notwithstanding anything contained in this rule, any candidate who
appeared in the Civil Services Examination, 2011 but is otherwise
ineligible for Civil Services Examination, 2015 due to completion of
the number of attempts available for examination under this rule,
shall be permitted an additional attempt in the Civil Services
(i) An attempt at a Preliminary Examination shall be deemed to be an
attempt at the Civil Services Examination.
(ii) If a candidate actually appears in any one paper in the
Preliminary Examination, he/she shall be deemed to have made an
attempt at the Examination.
(iii) Notwithstanding the disqualification/ cancellation of
candidature, the fact of appearance of the candidate at the
examination will count as an attempt.
(v) Restrictions on applying for the examination :
A candidate who is appointed to the Indian Administrative Service or
the Indian Foreign Service on the results of an earlier examination
and continues to be a member of that service will not be eligible to
compete at this examination. In case such a candidate is appointed to
the IAS/IFS after the Preliminary Examination of Civil Services
Examination, 2015 is over and he/she continues to be a member of that
service, he/she shall not be eligible to appear in the Civil Services
(Main) Examination, 2015 notwithstanding his/her having qualified in
the Preliminary Examination, 2015.
Also provided that if such a candidate is appointed to IAS/IFS after
the commencement of the Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2015 but
before the result thereof and continues to be a member of that
service, he/she shall not be considered for appointment to any
service/post on the basis of the result of this examination viz. Civil
Services Examination, 2015.