How UPSC Prelims Cut off is Calculated?

UPSC prelims is just around the corner and if you are planning to appear in the exam, you must have an idea that the prelims exam is the first and foremost stage of the UPSC selection process. The syllabus of the prelims exam is less as compared to the mains exam but the candidates appearing in the exam must not take the exam lightly. 

It is to be noted that the candidates not only have to clear the UPSC Prelims exam but they also have to qualify the minimum cut off released by the commission every year. The cut off for the exam varies every year. Candidates appearing in the examination must know that there are certain factors based on which the UPSC Cut off is decided. Here in this article, we will discuss how UPSC prelims cut off is calculated and what are the factors that influence the qualifying marks. 

UPSC Cut off or the minimum qualifying marks is the marks of the last candidate in the merit list released by the UPSC. The list is made in the descending order of the marks obtained. The merit list is prepared according to the number of vacancies in every category for a particular year. For example, if there are 900 vacancies for the OBC category in a year, the mark of the last candidate in the OBC list (of 900) would be the cut-off for that category.

Candidates appearing in the UPSC Prelims exam must know that there are two papers in the prelims exam; 

  • General Studies - I
  • CSAT

Candidates have to score a minimum of 33% marks to qualify CSAT while scoring in GS - I will be the basis of UPSC Prelims Cut off. The commission calls approximately 12-13 times the number of vacancies in the mains exam who have appeared in the prelims test. 

Factors Affecting UPSC Cut off

There are certains factors with the help of which the commission decides the cut off marks. The factors are mentioned below: 

  • Number of vacancies
  • Total number of candidates appeared in the exam
  • Difficulty level of question papers
  • Category of candidates

UPSC Prelims Cut off Trend

As discussed above, the commission calls candidates upto 12 to 13 times the total vacancies in the UPSC Mains exam, and therefore the minimum score of the last candidate in the list is the minimum qualifying marks for UPSC Prelims exam. Based on the same rule, UPSC has released the Prelims Cut off over the years. Here, we have curated the list of UPSC prelims cutoff over the past few years. 

Year

General

OBC

SC

ST

2018

98.00

96.66

84.00

83.34

2017

105.34 

102.66

88.66 

88.66 

2016

116.00 

110.66 

99.34 

96.00

2015

107.34 

106.00

94.00

91.34

2014

205

204

182

174

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