Which category are you from?
Assuming that you are from general category.
You can appear in IAS examination i. e UPSC civil services examination for the maximum of 6 times as a general category candidate
For your reference,
For reference, UPSC eligibility criteria is provided below:-
******** You must have a bachelor's degree in any, discipline from a recognised university.
******** Minimum age limit :- you need to be at least 21 years old to be eligible as on 1st of August of the year of filling the form i. e as on 1st August 2021 for UPSC 2021.
******** Maximum age limit :- 32 years , also there's 3 year relaxation on upper age limit for obc and of 5 years for sc/st category.
********Attempt limit:- The maximum of times one can appear in UPSC is given below category wise :-
General/ EWS - 6
OBC or General PwD - 9
SC/ ST - No limit , can appear till upper age limit .
To help you further, here's a brief of your UPSC examination pattern
Your UPSC civil services examination consists of three stages
********prelims exam :- it is objective paper and is of qualifying nature , so you just need to at least qualify it to be eligible for mains examination, the score /marks obtained by you in your prelims examination is not added up or used in your final merit. Your prelims exam consist of 2 papers: -
-----) general studies 1
-----) general studies II ( csat )
You get 2 hours for each paper
********Mains exam. :- it is descriptive /written examination . There are a total of 9 papers which are listed below:-
-----) compulsory indian language.
-----) general studies I
-----) general studies II
-----) general studies III
-----) general studies IV
-----) optional I
-----) optional II
The compulsory indian language and english are qualifying in nature . You just need to qualify them. The marks obtained by you in these two papers will not be counted towards merit list.
*********Interview :- After qualifying mains, you have to go through interview round, and it is more of test of your personality rather than knowledge.
For detail examination pattern check out :- https://competition.careers360.com/articles/upsc-ias-exam-pattern
The number of attempts for IAS exam: General Category - 6 attempts till 32 years of age
The number of attempts for IAS exam for OBC - 9 attempts till 35 years.
Number of attempts for IAS exam for General Physically Disabled Category - 9 attempts till 35 years.
The number of attempts for IAS exam for SC/ ST - No limit till 37 years.
For more information about IAS eligibility criteria, attempts, etc.
I hope this information was useful to you.