The total number of attempts for Civil Service applicants preparing for Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) exam has been increased from 4 to 6 and the maximum age limit has been increased from 30 to 32.

The decision was announced after an assurance was given by Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi to a delegation of civil service applicants after they protested outside his home.

The preliminary exam year is scheduled to held on August 24, 2014 and the civil services main exam is likely to start from December 14, 2014.