UPSC cut off 2020 for Prelims and Mains Examination

In this article, you can see expected UPSC cut off 2020 and previous year cut off for Prelims and Mains Examination.

The Union Public Service Commission commonly abbreviated as UPSC is India’s premier central recruiting agency. Every year, the UPSC (Union Public Services Commission) conducts the Civil Services Examination (CSE) to shortlist candidates for various services including All India Services (AIS), namely Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Forest Service (IFoS) and Indian Police Service (IPS).

The UPSC cut off marks indicate the marks of the last candidate who was selected based on the number of vacancies in a particular category.

The UPSC releases the cut off marks for both Prelims and Mains only after the final result of the Civil Services Exam for that particular year is declared.

In this article, you can find the expected cutoff of UPSC Prelims 2020 and also IAS cut-off marks for IAS Prelims as well as the Mains exam for previous years.

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First of all, I would like to tell you that what are factors responsible for UPSC IAS cut off for the Prelims and Mains exam.

  • Total Number of Vacancies
  • Level of Difficulty of Questions
  • Total Number of Candidates Participating in Each Stage
  • Reservation Norms
  • Last Year cut off Trends
  • Marking Scheme

Candidates have to appear in the three stages of the selection process to take up the service.  The selection of the candidates will start with Civil Services Preliminary Examination.  After taking the Preliminary examination, most of the candidates will be very eager regarding the probable cut off marks.

One who secures the UPSC Cut off score in the Preliminary is only eligible for the Main Examination which will be held in September. UPSC aspirants are a bit confused about whether to start the preparation for Main Examination or not before the release of the Preliminary result.

Hence, we bring you the expected IAS cut off marks for General Studies (Paper-I), which is only considered for merit.

UPSC Cut off 2020 for Prelims (Expected)

Category Expected Cut off Marks
General 97 ± 2
OBC 95 ± 2
SC 85 ± 2
ST 83 ± 2

Now Let’s look at some previous year cut of UPSC IAS exam.

UPSC Cut off 2019 Prelims

UPSC has conducted the exam of Prelims 2019 on June 2, 2019. The expected cutoff marks for UPSC Prelims exam 2019 is-

Expected UPSC Cut-Off Prelims 2019 
Category Expected Cut-Off GS Paper-I
General 95-104
EWS 95-98
OBC 90-100
SC 85-95
ST 80-90
Previous Minimum Qualifying Marks for UPSC Prelims GS Paper –II (CSAT) 2019
Minimum Percentage of Marks 33%

UPSC IAS Cut off 2018 Prelims

UPSC has conducted the exam of Prelims 2018 on June 3, 2018. The cutoff marks for the UPSC Prelims exam 2018 is 98 for the general category.

Category UPSC Prelims Cut off Marks 2018 (out of 200)
General 98
OBC 96.66
SC 84
ST 83.34
PwBD – 1 73.34
PwBD – 2 53.34
PwBD – 3 40
PwBD – 5 45.34

A general candidate needed only 98 out of 200 marks in GS paper-1 to clear the 2018 UPSC IAS prelims. If you analyze, this is lower than the cut-off marks of both the 2017 and 2016 UPSC Prelims exams. While it was 105.34 in 2017, it was 116 in 2016.

UPSC IAS Cut off 2018 Mains Exam

The cut-off marks for the UPSC mains (written) exam 2018 is 774 for the general category candidates and 732 for OBC candidates. Take a look at the next table, it gives the mains (written) exam cut off marks in the various categories.

Category UPSC Mains Cut off Marks (out of 1750)
General 774
OBC 732
SC 719
ST 719
PwBD – 1 711
PwBD – 2 696
PwBD – 3 520
PwBD – 5 460

Candidates who scored a minimum of 774 marks (which 49%) in the UPSC mains written exam would have cleared it. The candidates would also have had to qualify the language papers (English and Indian language) with at least 25% of the marks.

The UPSC has also released the total marks secured by the last person in every category. The table gives you those numbers-

Category Marks secured by the last recommended candidate (out of 2025)
General 982
OBC 938
SC 912
ST 912
PwBD – 1 899
PwBD – 2 908
PwBD – 3 754
PwBD – 5 718

UPSC prelims cut off 2017

UPSC has conducted the exam of Prelims 2017 on June 18, 2017. The cutoff marks for the UPSC Prelims exam 2017 is 105.34 for the general category.

Category UPSC Prelims Cut off 2017 Marks (out of 200)
General 105.34
OBC 102.66
SC 88.66
ST 88.66
PH (Various categories) 40 to 85.34

UPSC prelims cut off 2016

UPSC has conducted the exam of Prelims 2016 on August 7, 2016. The cutoff marks for the UPSC Prelims exam 2016 is 116 for the general category.

Category UPSC Prelims Cut off Marks (out of 200)
General 116
OBC 110.66
SC 99.34
ST 96
PH (Various categories) 40 to 75.34

UPSC prelims cut off 2015

UPSC has conducted the exam of Prelims 2015 on August 23, 2015. The cutoff marks for the UPSC Prelims exam 2015 is 107.34 for the general category.

Category Prelims Cut off Marks (out of 200)
General 107.34
OBC 106
SC 94
ST 91.34
PH (Various categories) 40 to 90.66

UPSC prelims cut off 2014

UPSC has conducted the exam of Prelims on August 24, 2014. The cutoff marks for the UPSC Prelims exam 2014 is 205 (out of 400) for the general category.

Category Prelims Cut off Marks (out of 400*)
General 205
OBC 204
SC 182
ST 174
PH (Various categories) 113 to 167

*from 2011 to 2014, even Prelims Paper-II (Aptitude)’s marks were counted while shortlisting candidates to Mains exam. Hence cutoffs look Higher than in 2015 and 2016.


UPSC Prelims Cut-off Marks: Over the Years

Year Cut-off Marks Percentage
2005 284/450 63.11
2006 282/450 62.66
2007 256/450 56.88
2008 244/450 54.22
2009 250/450 55.55
2010 248/450 55.11
2011 198/400 49.5
2012 209/400 52.25
2013 241/400 60.25
2014 205/400 51.25
2015 107.34/200 53.67
2016 116.00/200 58.00
2017 105.34/200 52.67
2018 98/200 49.00

UPSC Mains Cut-off Marks: Over the Years

Year Mains Marks (out of 2000) of the last candidate (General Category)  Mains+ Interview (out of 2300) marks of the last candidate (General Category) 
2005 986 1203
2006 975 1179
2007 1005 1210
2008 954 1161
2009 899 1127
2010 904 1134
2011 842 1090
2012 700 936
2013 562 [out of 1750] 775 [out of 2025]
2014 678 [out of 1750] 889 [out of 2025]
2015 676 [out of 1750] 877 [out of 2025]
2016 787 [out of 1750] 988 [out of 2025]
2017 809 [out of 1750] 1006 [out of 2025]
2018 774 [out of 1750] 982 [out of 2025]

 

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