A candidate must be either :
1. A citizen of India, or
2. A subject of Nepal, or
3. A subject of Bhutan, or
4. A Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India. or
5. A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka, East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Ethiopia or from Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.
Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) above shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.
A candidate in whose case a certificate of eligibility is necessary, may be admitted to the SCRA examination 2012 but the offer of appointment may be given only after the necessary eligibility certificate has been issued to him by the Government of India.
(II) SCRA 2012 Age Limits :
A candidate must have attained the age of 17 years and must not have attained the age of 21 years on 1st January, 2012, i.e. he / she must have been born not earlier than 2nd January, 1991 and not later than 1st January, 1995.
The upper age limit for SCRA Exam is relaxable as follows :
1. Upto a maximum of five years if a candidate belongs to a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe.
2. Upto a maximum of three years in the case of candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes who are eligible to avail of reservation applicable to such candidates.
"The closing date fixed for the receipt of the application form for SCRA 2012 will be treated as the date for determining the OBC status ( including that of creamy layer ) of the candidates."
3. Upto a maximum of five years if a candidate had ordinarily been domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period from the 1st January, 1980 to the 31st day of December, 1989.
4. Upto a maximum of three years in the case of Defence Services personnel disabled in operations during hostilities with any foreign country or in a disturbed area and released as a consequence there of :
5. Upto a maximum of five years in the case of ex-servicemen including Commissioned Officers and ECOs / SSCOs who have rendered at least five years Military Service as on 1st January, 2012 and have been released.
1. On completion of assignment ( including those whose assignment is due to be completed within one year from 1st January, 2012 ) otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency, or
2. On account of physical disability attributable to Military Service, or
3. On invalidment.
6. Upto a maximum of five years in the case of ECOs / SSCOs who have completed an initial period of assignment of five years of Military Service as on 1st January, 2012 and whose assignment has been extended beyond five years and in whose case the Ministry of Defence issues a certificate that they can apply for civil employment and that they will be released on three month's notice on selection from the date of receipt of offer of appointment.
7. Upto a maximum of 10 years in the case of blind, deaf-mute and Orthopaedically handicapped persons.
Note : I
Candidates belonging to the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes and the Other Backward Classes who are also covered under any other clauses of para 3 (II) (b) above, viz. those coming under the category of Ex-servicemen, persons domiciled in the State of J & K etc. will be eligible for grant of cumulative age-relaxation for SCRA Exam under both the categories.
Note : II
The term ex-servicemen will apply to the persons who are defined as ex-servicemen in the Ex-servicemen ( Re-employment in Civil Services and Posts ) Rules, 1979, as amended from time to time.
Note : III
The age concession under Para 3 (II) (b) (v) to (vi) will not be admissible to Ex-servicemen and Commissioned officers including ECOs / SSCOs, who are released on their own request.
Note : IV
Notwithstanding the provision of age relaxation for SCRA Exam under Para 3 (II) (b) (vii) above, a physically handicapped candidate will be considered to be eligible for appointment only if he / she ( after such physical examination as the Government or appointing authority, as the Government or appointing authority, as the case may be, may prescribe ) is found to satisfy the requirements of physical and medical standards for the concerned Services / Posts to be allocated to the physically handicapped candidates by the Government.
Save as provided above the age limits prescribed can in no case be relaxed.
The date of birth accepted by the Union Public Service Commission is that entered in the Matriculation or Secondary School Leaving Certificate or in a certificate recognised by an Indian University as equivalent to Matriculation or in an extract from a Register of Matriculates maintained by a University, which extract must be certified by the proper authority of the University or in the Higher Secondary or an equivalent examination certificate.
These certificates are required to be submitted only after the declaration of the result of the written part of the SCRA examination.
No other document relating to age like horoscopes, affidavits, birth extracts from Municipal Corporation, service records and the like will be accepted.
The expression Matriculation / Higher Secondary Examination Certificate in this part of the instruction includes the alternative certificates mentioned above.