Trend Analysis of UPSC Mains Cut-off Marks from 2005 to 2015

The UPSC civil service exam conducted every year is held in three stages – prelims, mains and interview. If you get the required minimum mark (cut-off) in the prelims exam, you will be eligible to take the UPSC mains written exam. Here again, you need to get the prescribed cut-off mark to be summoned for the UPSC interview (also known as the personality test). After the interview, a final merit list of candidates will be released by the UPSC and if your name is on that list, your life would take a new meaning and direction! Read more about the UPSC exam format here. This article gives you the trend analysis of the UPSC mains cut-off marks from the year 2005 to 2015.

Basically, cut-off mark or the minimum qualifying mark is the minimum mark needed to secure a place in the rank list and qualify for the next round. Let us suppose there are 250 vacancies in a particular category, say OBC. Then, the mark secured by the 250th candidate in that category (in the descending order of marks acquired) is the cut-off mark for that category.

The following table gives the cut-off mark of the general category for the IAS Mains written exam and also the final marks for the mains + interview that the last candidate got:

Year

Mains Cut-off (GEN)

Mains Percentage of the Last Candidate

Mains + Interview Marks (GEN)

Mains + Interview Percentage of the Last Candidate

2015

676/1750

38.62

877/2025

43.30

2014

678/1750

38.74

889/2025

43.90

2013

562/1750

32.1

775/2025

38.27

2012

700/2000

35

936/2300

40.69

2011

842/2000

42.1

1090/2300

47.39

2010

904/2000

45.2

1134/2300

49.3

2009

899/2000

44.95

1127/2300

49

2008

954/2000

47.7

1161/2300

50.47

2007

1005/2000

50.25

1210/2300

52.6

2006

975/2000

48.75

1179/2300

51.26

2005

986/2000

49.3

1203

52.3

 

The following table gives the final cut-off marks (for mains + Interview) for different categories in the year 2015:

Category

General

OBC

SC

ST

PH 1

PH 2

PH 3

Final Cut-off Marks (out of 2025)

877

834

810

801

802

830

697

 

 

Also Read | How Does the UPSC Decide the Cut-off for UPSC Prelims Exam?

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