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.
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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Civil Services Cut Off marks decided by UPSC are based on various factors, some are listed below:
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).
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.
* 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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:
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.
Candidates can check how to download UPSC Prelims 2018 Answer Key using the following procedure:
Candidates can calculate their scores with the help of UPSC IAS Answer Key 2018 as mentioned below:
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.
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.
To be updated on exam date – June 3rd.
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