Many UPSC and other exam aspirants have a question in there mind that whether they should be selected as a civil servant if they have a tattoo in their body and have a question in their mind Can IAS Aspirants Have A Tattoo?
For IAS, any service like IPS, IRS, IFos, and IFS follow the same rule that UPSC publishes. But there is no mention or rule has been made that IAS and other UPSC aspirants cannot have or have a tattoo with them.
So I researched this topic and got into deep as there were only user-generated answers like forum etc. I had to go to some government websites as well to know in detail.
Can IAS Aspirants Have A Tattoo? IAS aspirants and civil service aspirants can definitely have a tattoo on their body part except for the face, finger, forearm, and other parts, which are generally visible. Tattoos with relation to any tribe or culture are permitted, and having a tattoo, in general, can harm your personality or get you into trouble entering the services.
To know more in detail about this topic i have mentioned about what kind of tattoos should a person have and who should not have tattoos. Also you will read what can IAS aspirants do if they have a tattoo with them.
Who all can have tattoos?
The aspirants who belong to any tribal area may get have a tattoo during an early age. I have seen many pictures on the internet and also near villages women mostly have tattoos. They call it godna and they belong to baiga tribe.
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So mostly tribal people have the practice of getting a tattoo. And that too especially women from the tribe they mostly found to have a tattoo with them.
Here are some list of tribes which can have tattoos.
- The Gonds Tribe:- Central India
- Mundas Tribes:- Jharkhand
- Dhanuks Tribes:- Bihar
- Korathi Tribes:- Tamil Nadu
- Apatani Tribes:- Arunachal Pradesh
- Singhpo Tribes:- Assam
These are some common tribe of India who all can have a tattoo. And they are also allowed to give the exam.
But that does not mean that only tribal people are allowed to have tattoos it can be anyone who can have it. For example many people have a tattoos of religious signs and gods which is totally allowed in the civil services.
What to do if you have a tattoo?
As I have mentioned above the tattoos should be related to any religion and culture. But try to avoid it if you are serious for this exam. The first thing you should know is that once you have got a permanent tattoo it is very hard to remove them.
People who got tattoo from early age can do two things.
Hide it:- If you cleared all the written exams of UPSC and the only interview is left then make sure you wear the clothes which can cover your tattoos properly.
Men should not wear half sleeves shirts and women should avoid half sleeves Kurti and you wearing a saree and go for full sleeves blouse.
Remove it:- You need to hide your tattoo not only in the interview but for a long period of time from your senior officers as well. If you have a permanent tattoo is by laser removal.
What if in medical test the examiner find a tattoo?
There are no such rules that a person who cleared UPSC exam should not have a tattoo. So once you clear any government exam before joining they do a medical test.
If the finds any tattoo they won’t do anything it means tattoos are allowed.
To know more how medical test in UPSC is performed know from an expert. You can watch below’s video about how is medical test taken?
Is there anyone in the civil services who got a tattoo?
Yes, there are some people like IAS and IPS who got tattoo according to the below photographs.
These pictures are from angel tattoos we don’t own any of the image above.
In these pictures you can see two civil services officers the first one is the of IPS officer and the second one is of IAS officer.
Jobs in which tattoos are completly prohibited
Apart from the defence jobs there are no such rules in any government job that one cannot have a tattoo. So if you got any tattoo and preparing for defence jobs you will not be selected for any of the job role.
The final Thoughts
As per my opinion after looking to the images if you have joined as a civil servant in any of the department it’s better to ask some people before having a tattoo. You can join many groups on the social media to take suggestions for having a tattoo.
Although as i have said it’s better to have a tattoo when it is not visible to others in the service, And if you are making it for just to show off people than you can face some criticism by the people mostly your seniors the rest is your decision.