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UPSC 2017 Cut - Off

UPSC announced Civils Services Exam 2017 Cut-off on May 2, 2018. Prelims cut-off for this year was lower than the previous year, owing to the difficulty level of Prelims question paper. On the other hand, Mains written cut-off followed an increasing trend as seen over the years, since the pattern is almost the same and predictable. Regarding Final cut-off, this year it has crossed the 1000 mark, showing that the competition level is going up.

For category-wise detailed cut-off, read below.

UPSC 2017 Cut Off


The cut-off score for UPSC exam is the lowest score that candidates must obtain to qualify the different stages of Civil Services Examination Preliminary, Mains and Interview. Only those candidates who are declared by the UPSC to have qualified the Preliminary examination in the year will be eligible for the Mains examination. UPSC declared the list of candidates who have qualified for UPSC Civil Services 2017 Mains examination based on the criteria of the minimum cut off marks, which is 33% in General Studies Paper II of Civil Services (Preliminary) examination.


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UPSC 2017 Cut off Marks - Influencing Factors

Civil Services Cut Off marks decided by UPSC are based on various factors, some are listed below:

  • Total Number of Vacancies.
  • Total Number of Candidates Participating in Each Stage.
  • Level of Difficulty of Questions.
  • Marking Scheme.
  • Reservation Norms.
  • Last Year cut off Trends.

UPSC Cut off Marks of IAS Prelims Exam

UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Examination is the first step of the selection process for various Civil Services. UPSC Preliminary Examination of Civil Services consists of two compulsory papers, namely General Studies Paper-I (GS Paper I) and General Studies Paper-II (GS Paper II) which is often referred as Civil Service Aptitude Test (CSAT).

  • General Studies Paper I is of qualifying nature for Mains Written Exam. The marks obtained in this paper are considered for shortlisting to the Mains Exam. UPSC decides cut off marks for this paper.
  • In General Studies Paper II, candidates need to secure the minimum qualifying marks which are 66, i.e., 33% of 200 marks. Cut off marks are not applicable to this paper.
  • Thus for shortlisting candidates to UPSC Civil Services Mains written examination, UPSC considers marks obtained by the candidates in GS Paper I and qualifying marks in GS Paper II.

Each year on an average, based on the Civil Services Prelim cut off marks decided by UPSC, the number of candidates to be shortlisted for UPSC Civil Services Mains Examination is around 12 to 13 times the total number of vacancies to be filled through the UPSC Civil Services Exam.

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* Note - Till 2014, UPSC Prelims Cut off was calculated based on scores of both Paper 1 and Paper 2. This was changed after 2015 when Paper 2 was made qualifying in nature and cut off was based only on the score in Paper 1.

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UPSC Cut off Marks for IAS Mains Exam

UPSC Mains written examination is the second step of UPSC Civil Services Selection process. UPSC Mains Examination consists of nine papers of conventional essay type, out of which two are qualifying papers (Paper A - Indian Language, Paper B - English), each of 300 marks and seven other papers (Paper I to Paper VII) are compulsory which are of 250 marks each and are counted for merit.

  • Only candidates who secure cut off marks (as decided by UPSC) in Civil Services Prelim Exam are allowed to attend Paper A and Paper B of Mains written examination.
  • Candidates need to obtain at least 25% marks in qualifying papers (Paper A and Paper B) as a cut off to appear in the next 7 papers of UPSC Civil Services Mains examination.
  • Cut off of UPSC Civil Services Mains written exam is calculated on the basis of minimum 10% marks in each of the competitive papers i.e., Essay paper, GS-I, GS-II, GS-III, GS-IV, Optional paper-I and Optional paper-II.

Each year on an average, based on the Civil Services Mains Written Exam cut off marks decided by UPSC, the number of candidates shortlisted for the Interview stage is twice the total number of vacancies to be filled through the UPSC Civil Services Exam.

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UPSC Cut off of IAS Interview

The Interview or personality tests for UPSC Civil Services is conducted for a total of 275 marks. There is no minimum qualifying marks or cut off for UPSC Civil Services Interview.

UPSC Cut off for Final Ranking

UPSC releases Final cut off marks for various civil services posts after completion of Interview. This Civil Services Final cut off is based on UPSC Civil Service Examination Mains - Written Exam (7 Compulsory Papers) marks and Interview marks secured by the candidates who cleared the examination in the last attempt. UPSC releases All India Rank (AIR) of candidates, which is an aggregate of the marks obtained in all 7 Compulsory Papers of Mains written exam and Interview.

  • Total marks of UPSC Mains Written Exam considered for Final Ranking = 7 compulsory papers (Paper I to Paper VII) x 250 marks = 1,750 marks.
  • Total marks for Final Ranking = Marks of 7 compulsory papers in Mains Written Exam (out of 1,750 marks) + Interview marks (out of 275 marks)

Candidates who secure cut off marks for Final Ranking are allotted to the various civil services like IAS, IPS, IFS, IRS, etc., keeping in view their All India Rank in the UPSC exam and preferences expressed by them for the various services and posts.

UPSC Civil Services cut off marks for Final Ranking of last 4 years is provided:

General Cut off OBC Cut off SC Cut off ST Cut off PH1 Cut off PH2 Cut off PH3 Cut off


UPSC Answer Key

UPSC Civil Services Answer Key 2017 is available separately for each paper. Candidates can cross-check correct options with the help of UPSC Civil Services 2017 Answer Key and analyze their answers as marked during the examination. UPSC will release the official answer key of UPSC 2017 after the final result announcement. UPSC will be conducting UPSC Civil Services Mains examination on October 28, 2017.

Instructions to download UPSC Prelims Answer Key 2018

Candidates can check how to download UPSC Prelims 2018 Answer Key using the following procedure:

  • The Answer Key for each set of UPSC Civil Services question booklet is provided.
  • Click on the link for UPSC Answer Key 2018 for your set i.e. the subjects were chosen by the candidate.
  • A '.pdf' file will open up mentioning correct options for each question.
  • Candidates are advised to download the UPSC 2017 Answer Key for their set for future references.

How to calculate scores for UPSC Civil Services Prelims 2018?

Candidates can calculate their scores with the help of UPSC IAS Answer Key 2018 as mentioned below:

  • Marks scored by candidates in Prelims Paper I and II = total number of correct responses*marks allotted to each question- total number of wrong responses*marks deducted for each wrong answer
  • For Paper I = correct responses out of 100*2 marks 0.66 marks for each incorrect answer
  • For Paper II = correct responses out of 80*2.5 marks 0.85 marks for each incorrect answer
  • Total Marks of Prelims exam = Paper I score + Paper II score

Using the Answer Keys, the candidates can determine their score in the examination. The previous year cut offs give an insight into the marking system of the UPSC and help the candidates prepare well accordingly.

Expected UPSC Prelims Cut off 2018

The answer key of UPSC Prelims can be checked here.

Based on NeoStencil's analysis and past five-year trends, the paper this time was on a tougher side. The cut off is expected to come down for this year.

Prediction of Cut off for this year's Prelims exam

Below is the predicted cut-off marks for the 2018 Prelims exam.

Paper General Cut offOBC Cut offSC Cut offST Cut off
Paper I94 ± 3
91 ± 3
79 ± 3
77 ± 3
Paper II (Qualifying Only - 33% Marks)

Important dates for UPSC Civil Services Prelims 2018

NotificationFebruary 7, 2018
Application Form startsFebruary 7, 2018
Application EndsMarch 6, 2018
Admit CardMay, 2018
Prelims ExamJune 3, 2018
ResultJuly/August 2018
CutoffAfter the final result of UPSC CS 2018 (May 2019 tentatively)
Answer keyAfter the final result of UPSC CS 2018 (May 2019 tentatively)


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