UPSC Cut Off Marks

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, candidates can find the expected UPSC cut-off marks for IAS Prelims 2019, and the official cut off for previous years.

UPSC Cut Off – IAS Prelims 2019

The UPSC Prelims 2019 was be conducted on June 2, 2019, and the expected UPSC Prelims cutoff score should be in the range of 95-100 for general category. Only those candidates who score above the UPSC Prelims cutoff will qualify for the Mains stage of the exam.

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UPSC Cut off 2018 Prelims

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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 Cutoff 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 UPSC prelims cutoff 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.

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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