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Can a graduation holder from IGNOU participate in the UPSC exam?

Educational requirements for UPSC Civil Services Exam

  • To appear for the UPSC IAS exam, a candidate must hold at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Candidates who have already taken the qualifying exam (bachelor’s degree) and are awaiting results are also eligible to apply. Candidates who plan to take the final exam can also register to take the UPSC IAS preliminary exam. However, to be considered for the IAS mains exam, these applicants must provide documentation of their final degree completion certificate. In exceptional circumstances, the UPSC may let a candidate who does not fit into the aforementioned categories sit for the UPSC exam if the individual has passed an exam held by another institution and the UPSC is persuaded that the level of that exam warrants their admission.
  • Candidates having professional or technical credentials that the government has deemed to be equivalent to degrees in those fields are also eligible.
  • MBBS applicants who have not yet finished their internship by the time they apply for the UPSC Mains will be granted provisional admission to take the mains, provided they submit a copy of the certificate from the relevant university or institution authority attesting that they have passed the necessary final professional medical examination. Such applicants must present a document from the university or institution at the time of the interview attesting that they have fulfilled all requirements (including completing the internship) for the award of the medical degree.


What is IGNOU?

Indira Gandhi National Open University, or IGNOU is one of the biggest educational institutions in India. IGNOU is the top distance learning Open University in the nation with more than 4 million students registered. IGNOU Centers have been established in the following five zones: northeast, east, south, and north. IGNOU has launched several online courses in addition to open and distance learning courses.


Can an IGNOU student apply for the UPSC?

IGNOU is a central open university that was created by a law passed by the government in 1985. All IGNOU degrees and diplomas are recognized by the UPSC and other selection committees. So, candidates from IGNOU in any subject are qualified to take the UPSC Civil Services exam. Therefore, there is no doubt that you are qualified to take the IAS exam. Candidates for the UPSC must have earned a bachelor’s or master’s degree to be eligible. It implies that to take the UPSC test, they must be degree holders.


How can IGNOU help you in Civil Services exam preparation?

IGNOU study material is handy for your IAS exams or other similar competitive exams, as this study material gives you a deep knowledge of the subject. The book contains easy-to-comprehend content and gives you deep insight into the subject. And this knowledge is helpful for the UPSC IAS prelims and Mains.

Specifically, IGNOU literature, social science, and scientific stream books help prepare for the UPSC civil services exam. The IGNOU texts can be downloaded for free from the “eGyankosh: Home,” which is the official IGNOU book repository. To do the necessary search, you must first specify a Login ID and password combination, then select the “type your search phrase” option in the website’s search option. The Egyankosh website offers chapter-by-chapter downloading alternatives rather than complete book downloads.


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