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GENERAL TREND - CUT-OFF MARKS & USEFUL STATISTICAL DATA

The following statistical data gives an insight about the cut-off marks as well the topper's scores in both the Preliminary and the Main examinations for different subjects. This also mentally prepares budding aspirants and make them aware as to what is the score that they have to aim for in the qualifiers and Main examination in order to get a good ranking and also secure their position in the top segment.

Note that the cut-off marks, topper's scores and the corresponding ranking of the candidates varies every year depending on the number of vacancies and the complexity of the examination during that particular year.

You may visit the http://upsc.gov.in to get the final ranks of candidates and the services allotted to them.

 
 

 

Cut-Off Marks for the Preliminary Examination (with negative marking) in 2010 & 2011



Note: Since the UPSC has changed its Preliminary Examination pattern of Indian Forest Services by introducing a component of Screening Mechanism through Civil Services Preliminary Examination, the Preliminary exam will be common for both Civil Services Aspirants and as well as for Indian Forest Services Aspirants. Hence we assume that the Cut Off Marks will be around 220+ out of 400 for General Category, keeping in mind that the Preliminary Examination 2013 is easier because of the integration of Civil Services and Indian Forest Services.

Category Minimum Cut-off marks for preliminary exam - 2010

General

248

OBC

240

SC

231

ST

225

PH 1

227

PH 2

211

PH 3

182

Category Minimum Cut-off marks for preliminary exam - 2011

General

198

OBC

175

SC

165

ST

161

PH 1

135

PH 2

124

PH 3

96

 

General Trend of Scores for Preliminary Examination (with negative marking), Main Examination and Interview


The Indian Civil Services examinations conducted before the year 2011 had no negative marking. With the introduction of the system of negative marking for the IAS exams from the year 2011, the cut-off marks has gone down further. The basic trick to score well in the IAS examinations is to not risk answering those questions which you are not completely sure of. Instead of guessing the answer and losing marks, it is better to gain the maximum score by only answering the questions for which you are sure about the correct answer.

Going by the trend during the recent years, a score of more than 1050 is recommended to ensure a decent place in the final listing of selected candidates. The range of scores for the Main examination is between 50% - 55%. The key here is to choose an optional subject of your interest and score well to be the top segment of those subjects that you have chosen. The qualifying scores vary between optionals and the number of students finally selected from each optional subject is proportionate to the number of students appearing for a particular optional subject.

Note: Since the UPSC has changed its Preliminary Examination pattern of Indian Forest Services by introducing a component of Screening Mechanism through Civil Services Preliminary Examination, the Preliminary exam will be common for both Civil Services Aspirants and as well as for Indian Forest Services Aspirants. Hence we assume that the Cut Off Marks will be around 220+ out of 400 for General Category, keeping in mind that the Preliminary Examination 2013 is easier because of the integration of Civil Services and Indian Forest Services.

General Trend for Preliminary Exam - Qualifying Scores - With Negative Marking

Category

Marks

General

195+

OBC

180+

SC

165+

ST

150+

General Trend for Main examination - Cut-off Scores for Interview Call
Category Marks

General

980+

OBC

960+

SC

950+

ST

920+

In the case of personality test (interview), a decent score ranges between 150 to 180. The final interview plays a vital role in your final ranking and also in the placement process for a particular civil service. The interview scores generally vary between 50 to 240.

General Trend - Final Scores - Cut-off Marks for Final Selection
Category Marks

General

1200+

OBC

1175+

SC

1150+

ST

1120+

General Trend - Final Scores - Based on Ranking
Category Marks

Top 20 ranks

1300+

Top 50 ranks

1280+

Top 100 ranks

1250+

Top 200 ranks

1225+

 

Cut-Off Marks for the Preliminary Examination (with negative marking)



Optional subject Minimum number of questions that need to be correct for Paper I Minimum number of questions that need to be correct for Paper II

General

65+

130+

OBC

60+

120+

SC

55+

110+

ST

50+

100+

 

Toppers' Marks - Civil Service Mains Examination 2003



Subject Maximum Marks 1st Rank1 3rd Rank2 6th Rank3 7th Rank4

Essay

200 125 132 119 108

General Studies - Paper I

300 192 197 179 154

General Studies - Paper II

300 147 164 180 127

Optional I - Paper I

300 173 173 165 174

Optional I - Paper II

300 180 171 180 183

Optional II - Paper I

300 190 166 181 205

Optional II - Paper II

300 157 191 200 185

Interview

300 230 180 174 201

Total marks

2300 1394 1374 1338 1337

 

Percentage of marks obtained by Toppers



Subject Maximum Marks 1st Rank1 3rd Rank2 6th Rank3 7th Rank4
Essay 100 62.50 66.00 59.50 54.00
General Studies - Paper I 100 64.00 65.67 59.67 51.33
General Studies - Paper II 100 49.00 54.67 60.00 42.33
Optional I - Paper I 100 57.67 57.67 55.00 58.00
Optional I - Paper II 100 60.00 57.00 60.00 61.00
Optional II - Paper I 100 63.33 55.33 60.33 68.33
Optional II - Paper II 100 52.33 63.67 66.67 61.67
Interview 100 76.67 60.00 58.00 67.00
Total marks 100 60.61 59.74 58.17 58.13

 

Statistical Trend - Vacancies (vs) Selection


The following table highlights the number of candidates who applied for the preliminary examination (vs) the number of candidates who actually appeared for the examination from 1995 - 2002.

Year of Preliminary Exam No. of Candidates
Applied Appeared
1997 2,65,761 1,30,198
1998 2,71,517 1,22,363
1999 3,09,501 1,35,086
2000 2,25,555 1,19,398
2001 2,56,673 1,38,240
2002 3,01,585 1,57,486

 

The following table highlights the number of vacancies for various posts against the number of candidates recommended for various civil services from 1995 - 2002.

Year Of Exam Vacancies Candidates Recommended during Final Selection
SC ST OBC GEN TOTAL SC ST OBC GEN TOTAL
1995 98 49 165 333 645 101 49 192 303 645
1996 125 57 174 383 739 138 59 212 330 739
1997 89 43 166 323 621 94 46 215 266 621
1998 53 28 114 275 470 60 30 142 238 470
1999 53 27 97 234 411 63 30 127 191 411
2000 54 29 100 244 427 58 34 128 207 427
2001 47 39 97 234 417 52 42 131 192 417
2002 38 22 88 162 310 38 22 88 138 286

 

 
 
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