UPSC Civil Services Cut off – Previous Years Cut off, Prelims and Mains

UPSC releases the cut off for IAS prelims and main exams separately on the scheduled dates. Cut off is the benchmark or the minimum marks which candidates need to secure in order to move further in the UPSC recruitment process. The cut off is decided on the basis of total vacancies, difficulty level of paper and number of candidates appearing for the exam.

Civil Services (IAS) exam is conducted in two stages – prelims (objective) and main (descriptive paper). Prelims is more of a screening process for the candidates to check if they are eligible for the mains round. The marks obtained in the prelims exam does not count in the final exam scores that are considered for the recruitments in civil services posts. Final cut off considers Mains cut off and marks obtained in the interview round for the final merit list.

In this article, we will feature the cut offs of the previous yearโ€™s Civil Services Exam. You will also get to know how to check the cut off online and key events in Civil Services Exam 2020.

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UPSC Civil Services Cut off – Prelims and Mains Cut off

UPSC IAS 2020 cut off has not yet been released since the exams are yet to be conducted for this year. IAS prelims exam 2020 was scheduled to be conducted in the month of May 2020. On 4th May, UPSC announced the deferrment of the Prelims exam until further notice. [Read the Civil Services Exam Dates article for updates]

Hence, let’s talk about the cut offs of Civil Services (Preliminary) Exam, 2019 and the cut offs of IAS prelims and main exam in the year before that. IAS Prelims 2019 was held in June 2019 and results were declared in July 2019. ย Weย  have given more focus on the IAS Prelims exam, the cut off for the IAS Prelims 2019 and brief on Mains cut off in the following sections below:

IAS Prelims Paper – Marks, Negative Marking

Subjects

No. of Objective Questions

Duration

GS Paper 1

100 Questions (2 marks)

2 Hours

GS Paper 2 (Qualifying nature)

80 Questions (2.5 marks)

2 Hours

Totalย 

180 Questions (400 marks)

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The questions asked in the IAS Prelims 2019 were moderate to difficult. A negative marking of โ…“ marks was deducted from the total marks. This information is crucial for analysing what cut off can you expect after attempting the papers.

The category wise cut off list of IAS Prelims 2019 is mentioned below:

Category

Cut-Off GS Paper-I (Out of 200 Marks)

General

95-105

EWS

95-100

OBC

90-100

SC

85-95

ST

80-90

Previous qualifying marks for IAS Prelims GS Paper – II (CSAT) 2019 (Out of 200 Marks)

Minimum Percentageย 

33%

The previous yearโ€™s (2015 to 2018) cut off for IAS Prelims GS Paper 1 is mentioned in the table below:

IAS Prelims GS Paper-I Cut off Marks in the Previous Years

Category

2018

2017

2016

2015

General

98.00

105.34

116

107.34

OBC

96.66

102.66

110.66

106

SC

84.00

88.66

99.34

94

ST

83.34

88.66

96

91.34

PwBD – 1

73.34

85.34

75.34

90.66

PwBD – 2

53.34

61.34

72.66

76.66

PwBD- 3

40

40

40

40

Minimum Qualifying Marks for IAS Prelims GS Paper – II (CSAT) 2018

Minimum Percentage

33%

The IAS Mains 2019 cut off marks are mentioned in the table below:

Category

Cut Off Marks

General

775

EWS

740

OBC

735

SC

725

ST

724

PH-1

715

PH-2

690

PH-3

523

IAS Cut off Marks for 2018 exam is shown in the table below:

Categories

Prelims Cut Offย 

Mains Cut Offย 

Final Cut Off

General

98

774

982

OBC

96.66

732

938

SC

84

719

912

ST

83.34

719

912

OH

73.34

711

899

VI

53.34

696

908

HI

40

520

754

UPSC Civil Services Cut off – Check Cut Off Marks Online

Step 1: Applicants have to log in to the official website of UPSC (http://upsc.gov.in/).

Step 2: Under the Examination tab, click on the Cut off button.

Step 3: Click on the Download button of the exam for which you want to check the cutoff for.

Once you click on the button, the IAS exam cutoff will appear on the screen.

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UPSC Civil Services Cut off – Key Dates (2020)

IAS Prelims Exam 2020 has been scheduled to be conducted on 31 May 2020. On the other hand, UPSC has not issued any notice regarding the new IAS interview 2019 dates yet.ย 

The key dates for the events in the Civil Services (IAS) 2020 exam is mentioned below:

Key Dates

Notifications

12 February 2020

UPSC issued the Civil Services (IAS) Exam announcement of 796 vacancies.

3 March 2020

Online applications were accepted until this date.

31 May 2020 (Deferred)

IAS Prelims 2020 Exam will be conducted in offline mode. (Deferred)

Dates not announced

IAS Prelims Exam results

18 September 2020

IAS Mains Exam is scheduled on this date

UPSC Civil Services Cut off – Post Prelims Exam Process

IAS Mains Exam – The candidates who are declared by the Commission to have qualified for admission to the Civil Services (Main) Examination will have to apply online again and submit an on-line Detailed Application Form-I [DAF-I] along with scanned documents/certificates in support of their date of birth, category etc.

IAS Interview – The candidates who are declared to have qualified Civil Services (Main) Examination will be required to mandatorily indicate the order of preferences only for theย  participating services in the Civil Services Examination for the year, for which they are interested to be allocated to, in the on-line Detailed Application Form-II [DAF-II], before the commencement of Personality Tests (Interviews) of the examination.

UPSC Civil Services Cut offย – FAQs

Q. What are the next steps after obtaining IAS cut off?

If you obtain a required cut off in prelims or mains you move to next stage of the exam. If you obtain the required cut off in UPSC IAS Mains exam, then you will be called for interview. Performance in the interview and cut off in marks is considered together for final cut off. Candidates who achieve the final cut off are selected for civil services posts.

Q. What were the expected cut off in IAS 2019 prelims for general category candidates?

The expected cut off in IAS 2019 prelims for general/EWS candidates were 95-105.

Q. What were the cut off for UPSC IAS 2019 Mains for General Category Candidates?

Only candidates who secured 775 out of 1800 were able to qualify for final interview round.

Q. Is there qualifying marks to be obtained in the GS Paper II in UPSC IAS Prelims?

Yes, GS paper-II is qualifying in nature with minimum passing marks required is 33%.

Q. Will the IAS prelims be held on time this year?

UPSC IAS 2020 prelims are yet to happen and it has got further postponed (from 31 May, 2020 until further notice) due to the prolonged lockdown in the country.

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