Every candidate appearing at the Civil Services Examination, who is otherwise eligible, shall be permitted four attempts at the examination,
Provided that this restriction on the number of attempts will not apply in the case of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe candidates who are otherwise eligible.
Provided further that the number of attempts permissible to candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes, who are otherwise eligible, shall be seven
Provided further that a physically handicapped will get as many attempts as are available to other non-physically handicapped candidates of his or her community, subject to the General Category shall be eligible for seven attempts.
An attempt at a Preliminary Examination shall be deemed to be an attempt at the Examination