2018 UPSC IAS Cut Off Marks Released

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released the cut off marks for the Civil Services Prelims and Mains exam 2018. The cut-off marks indicate the marks of the last candidate who was selected based on the number of vacancies in a particular category.

Candidates who had appeared for the prelims exam in June 2018 and cleared it would have secured the cut off marks or more in the prelims.

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Similarly, for the mains exam also, only those candidates who would have secured a minimum of the cut off marks would have been summoned for the UPSC personality test.

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.

UPSC Cut off 2018 Prelims

The cut off marks for the UPSC prelims exam 2018 is 98 for the general category. The category-wise minimum qualifying marks for prelims are given in the following table.

Category

UPSC Prelims Cut off Marks(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

(PwBD indicates physically handicapped candidates)

The prelims cut off marks is based on General Studies I only. The General Studies II or the CSAT paper is not counted for merit ranking and is only qualifying in nature. The GS II paper requires candidates to score at least 33% in it to qualify for the mains.

A general candidate needed only 98 out of 200 marks in the GS I paper to clear the 2018 IAS prelims. If you analyse, 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.

Score more in UPSC 2019, check our Target Prelims 2019 page.

UPSC Mains Cut Off 2018

The cut off marks for the IAS mains (written) exam 2018 is 774 for the general category 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 mains written exam would have cleared it. This is subject to the candidates securing at least 10% marks in each of the seven papers namely, Essay, GS I, GS II, GS III, GS IV, Optional I and Optional II. And of course, 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 next 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

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