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UPSC IAS Prelims 2017 Cut off

Last Updated - June 30, 2017

UPSC IAS Prelims 2017 exam is on June 18, 2017. It will be conducted in one day only.

  • Number of applicants appearing for the preliminary round are 13-14 times of the number of vacancies.
  • Candidates who clear the round 1 will be appearing for the round 2 or UPSC main exam.
  • A minimum of 33% marks are required to clear the preliminary rounds.
  • 1/3rd marks are deducted for every wrong answer as per the marking scheme and 2 marks are awarded for every correct answer.
  • UPSC cut off score is dependent on many factors like:
  1. Difficulty level of the exam
  2. Number of candidates appeared
  3. Number of vacancies
  4. Reservation policies
  5. Constitutional affirmative scheme

Check IAS Exam 2016 Cut Off

UPSC IAS Prelims Cut off 2016

Cut off is dependent on multiple factors but the difficulty level of the paper and change in the trend of the exams is the most important factor.

  • UPSC 2016 prelim GS paper 1 was highly factual and data oriented.
  • Exact figures in numbers were asked instead of analytical questions.
  • 36 questions were easy, 43 of moderate difficulty level and 21 were tough.
  • 27 questions were asked from misc. GK/current affairs section.
  • UPSC Prelims paper 2 had no surprises.
  • A few changes were there in the pattern ofthe verbal (English) section.
  • There was a total of 27 reading comprehension based questions.
CS (Prelims)116.00110.6699.3496.0075.3472.6640.00

UPSC IAS Prelims Cut off 2015

Approximately 60 questions were asked from the GK and CA section, so it had 29% weightage.

  • Indian polity had more than 10 questions, so this was an important topic for the year 2015 and 2014.
  • Science & Techno questions were just 7, so this section is becoming slowly insignificant.
  • UPSC GS paper 1 2015 had a moderate difficulty level.
  • Paper 2 was easy as compared to paper 1.
  • 465882 candidates took UPSC Civil Services 2015 Prelims Exam.
  • 50% of the questions were asked from RC section in paper 2.
  • Hindi version of the paper was quite comprehensive.
CS (Prelims)107.34106949190.6676.6640

UPSC IAS Prelims Cut off Over the Years

Change in trend can be observed from the table below:

YearCut off marksPercentage
  • The percentage of toppers used to be above or near 60 percent. It has fallen now between 40 – 50 percent.
  • Paper has become tougher and evaluation process has changed.
  • Because of increase in difficulty of GS section, the percentage cut off is expected to fall.
  • UPSC prefers to use the term minimum qualifying marks instead of cut off.
  • List is published in the descending order of merit.
  • UPSC cut off list is relative in nature.
  • Students who clear the minimum cut off marks are only invited to next round.
  • This depends on the number of vacancies. The formula used for inviting candidates to round 2 is: number of vacancies * 12.
  • It is necessary to score minimum cut off, as there is no concept of clearing any section. 

UPSC IAS Prelims Cut off 2014, out of 400: 

CS (Prelims)245226212208201190172

UPSC IAS Prelims Cutoff 2013, out of 400:

CS (Prelims)241222207201199184163
AbbreviationFull form
OBCOther Backward class
SCSchedule Cast
STSchedule Tribe
PH-1/ OHOrthopedically handicapped
PH-2/VIVisually Impaired
PH-3/HIHearing Impaired


UPSC IAS Marking Scheme

There are two papers in UPSC preliminary paper. Paper 1 is called GS 1 and paper 2 is called GS 2.

  • Each paper 1 and paper 2 is of 2 hours duration.
  • MCQ based paper format.
  • 400 marks are the total weigtage of paper 1 and paper 2.
  • 2 marks will be awarded for every correct answer.
  • 1/3rd marks will be deducted for every wrong answer.
  • The marking scheme is same for both paper 1 and paper 2.

UPSC IAS: Change Over the Years

UPSC syllabus covers every speck of information that can be gained on the planet. But, there are constant efforts put in by UPSC team to make the exam syllabus a little easy. This does not mean that the syllabus has been trimmed, just there are some changes:

  • UPSC exam has 3 stages prelims, mains and personality test.
  • Changes in UPSC are done by the committee after taking feedback from candidates.
  • Students are asked to give feedback on Age relaxation, Numbers of attempts Permitted, Test of English Proficiency and Optional Subject.
  • An improvement can be suggested in any part of the exam though.
2011Optional subject exam was replaced by CSAT.
20132 optional subjects were replaced by one optional subject. GS papers were restructured. Previous 2 papers were divided into 3 papers, a new paper was introduced. Name of paper 4 was “Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude’. Marks allotted for essay section increased from 200 to 250. Word limit was reduced and number of questions increased.
2014Number of essays increased from 1 to 2. Now there are two sections with four optional choices which previously was a single section with four optional choices. Permitted attempts increased from 4 to 6. Maximum age limit increased from 40 to 42. 
2015Only GS was now considered for merit, CSAT became the qualifying exam.

UPSC IAS Mains: An Introduction

UPSC IAS mains exam is a written exam which is designed to test the academic talent, the ability to present the information precisely and in a coherent manner.

  • UPSC main exam is on October 28, 2017. (5 days)
  • The essay questions are designed to understand the psychology and awareness levels.
  • 9 papers have to be answered in the main examination which includes 2 qualifying papers and 7 papers counted for ranking.
  • 300 marks are allotted to each of the qualifying paper.
  • Papers on Indian language and English will have to be answered in English and the respective language.
  • Each paper is of 3 hours duration.
  • Question paper is set in English and Hindi language only.
  • Papers on Indian language and English are from class 10 level.
Paper 1Essay
Paper 2Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society.
Paper 3Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations.
Paper 4Technology, Economic Development, Bio diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management.
Paper 5Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude
Paper 6 and 7 (Optional Subjects)Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science Agriculture Anthropology Botany Chemistry Civil Engineering Commerce and Accountancy Economics Electrical Engineering Geography Geology History Law Management Mathematics Mechanical Engineering Medical Science Philosophy Physics Political Science and International Relations Psychology Public Administration Sociology Statistics Zoology
Literature of any one of the following languages:Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu and English.



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