The candidates aspiring to serve as civil services officers have to go through three phases of the UPSC examination. The aspirants should know that these officers mainly indulge in the fieldwork. Therefore, having a check on the mental as well as the physical aspects of the IAS candidates becomes necessary.  

This article tends to provide an insight into the physical and medical eligibility criteria for IAS. All IAS aspirants who are appearing for the UPSC exam must know it. 

UPSC Views

The UPSC council provides a set of eligibility guidelines for the candidates to pay attention to. The aspirants should know about the judgment of physical attributes in the technical and non-technical services. Physical standards are important especially for technical departments like IPS, IRS, RPF, etc. While for non-technical services (IAS, IFS, IFoS, etc), some basic medical requirements should be there in the aspirant. 

The candidate should know that rule 21 of the CSE Rules prescribed by the DoPT states.

A candidate must be in good mental and bodily health. and free from any physical defect likely to interfere with the discharge of his duties as an officer of the service.

Examination of the candidates is never on the basis of their physical structure when it comes to IAS. This usually prevails in technical departments. But the non-technical services are free from these medical eligibility criteria. However, if the bodily measurements of the aspirant are termed as disproportionate. Then a thorough medical checkup of the candidate will be conducted. 

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Basic Physical Eligibility Criteria for IAS are:-

Let’s discuss Medical Eligibility for IAS:

– As IAS is a non-technical department that functions mostly on clerical work, a perfect vision power is a must. All the candidates who went through eye surgeries should mention prior to the medical examination. Candidates with the history of myopia are ‘unfit’ for the services. However, people with squint and night blindness are passed on as ‘fit’.

– The aspirant should not be suffering from an abnormal blood pressure rate. Additionally, he/she should not be suffering from diabetes mellitus. If such a situation arises, the candidate will have to go under further medical supervision. This is done to check his/her eligibility for the job. 

– The hearing abilities of the IAS aspirant should be good in both ears. If a candidate has any hearing dysfunctionality,  then it should be reported beforehand.

– In cases of pregnant candidates, the council terms them as ‘fit’ for the job. However, they are not passed on for physical training. In such a scenario, they are on the field after a period of confinement. 

– The candidates should be free from all sorts of communicable and transitory diseases. There should be no scope for inner body malfunction. Mainly in terms of abdominal, liver, kidneys, heart conditions, etc. It should be known that aspirants suffering from diseases like hernia, hemorrhoids, hydrocele, etc are unfit for the job. 

– All the candidates with the medical record of organs transplant are ‘unfit’ for the job. A cornea transplant is an exemption.

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Advice For Appearing Aspirants

The above mentioned are some basic medical requirements that are needed to be met by the IAS aspirants. The candidates who do not fulfill the above criteria should not lose hope. Instead, they should find a cure to solve their medical issues.

Even if their issues are untreatable and they didn’t meet medical requirements, civil services are not the end for them. The candidate should find what is best for him/her and proceed accordingly. 

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