(1) Nationality - The candidate must be a citizen of India.
(2) Minimum educational qualification - A candidate must hold a degree of any of the universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other Educational Institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be a deemed university under section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act 1956 or possesses an equivalent qualification.
(a) A Candidate must have attained the age of 21 (twenty-one) years and must not have attained the age of 30 (thirty) years on the first of January, following the date of publication of the advertisement :
Provided that the upper age limit for the permanent residents of Madhya Pradesh has been fixed at 35 years vide General Administration Department circular no. C-3-5/2001/3/1 dated 17th of August 2004. But for the administrative posts of the Home (Police) Department, Excise Department and Jail Department, the maximum age limit will be governed by the provisions of their recruitment rules only :
Provided further that the State Government may vary the lower and upper age limits for any of the services included in these rules, considering the exigencies of the services.
(b) The upper age limit prescribed above, will be relaxable to the following extent:-
(i) upto a maximum of five years : if a candidate domiciled in Madhya Pradesh belongs to a caste or tribe or other backward class which has been notified as scheduled caste or scheduled tribe or other backward class by the Government of Madhya Pradesh.
(ii) up to a maximum of 3 years : if a candidate is a bonafide repatriate of Indian origin from :-
(1) Burma, Who migrated to India on or after 1st June 1963;or
(2) Srilanka; who migrated to India after 1st November, 1964; or
(3) If the candidate is a bonafide displaced person from erstwhile East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) and had migrated to India during the period between 1st January, 1964 and 25thMarch 1971
(iii) up to a maximum of 8 years: if the candidate repatriate or displaced person mentioned in para (2) supra belongs to scheduled castes, scheduled tribes or other backward classes as notified by Government of Madhya Pradesh and domiciled in Madhya Pradesh;
(iv) upto a maximum of 5 years : if the candidate is a widow, divorcee or abandoned at the time of her first appointment.
(v) upto a maximum of 2 years : if the candidate holds a green card in his/her name under the Family Welfare Programme.
(vi) upto a maximum of 5 years : if the candidate is a forward-caste partner of a prize-winning couple under Inter Caste Marriage Scheme sponsored by the Tribal, Harijan and Backward Class Welfare Department as per GAD Memo NO. C-3-10/85/3/1 dated 03-09-1985.
(vii) upto a maximum of 5 years : if the candidate is a sportsman honoured with the "Vikram Award" as per GAD Memo. No. C-3/8/85/3/1 dated 3rd of September 1985.
(viii) upto a maximum of 3 years : in the case of Defence Services Personnel, if one is disabled in military operations during hostility with a foreign country or in a disturbed area and discharged from duty as a consequence thereof.
(ix) upto a maximum of 8 years : if the candidate falling under the above category (viii), belongs to the scheduled caste, scheduled tribe or other backward classes.
(x) up to a maximum of 3 years : in the case of a candidate who is a bonafide, repatriate of Indian origin (Indian passport holder) from Vietnam as also a candidate holding emergency certificate issued to him by Indian Embassy in Vietnam and who arrived in India from Vietnam not earlier than July. 1975;
(xi) upto a maximum of 8 years : if the candidate falling under category (x) above, belongs to a scheduled caste, scheduled tribe or other backward classes.
(xii) up to a maximum of 5 years: in case of Ex-servicemen and Commissioned officers including ECOs/SSCOs who have rendered at least five years military service as on 1st January preceding date of commencement of examination and have been released on completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due to be completed within six month from the said date ) otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency or on account of physical disability attributable to Military service or on invalidment;
(xiii) up to a maximum of 10 years : In case the candidate falling under category (xii) supra belongs to the scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and other backward classes;
(xiv) A candidate who is an ex-serviceman will be allowed to deduct from his age the period of all defence service previously rendered by him provided that the resultant age does not exceed the upper age limit by more than three years.
(xv) For the permanent, temporary employees of the Madhya Pradesh Government and for all classes of employees (including women employees) working in the autonomous bodies of the state like Corporations, Boards, Councils, Municipal corporations, Municipality etc, the maximum age limit prescribed is 38 years. The above concession will also apply to work-charged staff and contingency paid staff and persons employed/postings in project implementing committees, (Enclose certificate from the competent authority)
(xvi) upto a maximum of 3 years : if the candidate is a retrenched government servant, after deducting from his age, the period of all temporary service previously rendered by him upto a maximum of seven years, even if it represents more than one spell.
(xvii) Physically handicapped candidates shall have relaxation of 5 years in the maximum age limit for class-II posts and of 10 years for class-III services. The benefit of Handicapped category shall be granted only on a minimum of 40% disability.
(xviii) upto a maximum of 10 years : According to Rule 4 of M.P. Civil Services (Special Provision for Appointment of Women) Rules, 1997, all women candidates (which also include women from outside the State of Madhya Pradesh) shall be granted a relaxation of 10 years in the maximum age limit.