UPSC Tie-breaking Principles For Civil Services And Other Exams

Many aspirants often confused about how the examination authority will rank in case of equal marks which is common in academic or competitive examinations. One can witness around 10 candidates with the same marks in the premier examinations such as the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Civil Services. How the UPSC award the rank in case of the overall marks of two or more candidates are equal. Civil Services aspirants also ask about how the relative merit between two candidates decided in case of equal marks. Candidates should know about UPSC Tie-breaking and UPSC ranking when two candidates score equal marks.

 

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What Is UPSC Tie-breaking?

What Is UPSC Tie-breaking?

In the case of the overall marks of two or more candidates are equal, the UPSC start applying the Tie-breaking principles. The UPSC Tie-breaking will decide inter se merit among candidates having equal overall marks.

How Did UPSC Tie-breaking Principles Work?

How Did UPSC Tie-breaking Principles Work?

The UPSC consider the marks secured in the compulsory papers and the personality test (interview) for ranking. In case the marks are equal, a candidate senior in age will be ranked higher. In case of a tie between two or more candidates continues, the Commission will consider the marks in the compulsory papers for ranking.

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Civil Services Tie-breaking Principles
 

Civil Services Tie-breaking Principles

The UPSC Indian Administrative Service (IAS) tie-breaking and Indian Forest Service (IFS) tie-breaking is similar. The Commission will consider the age in case of the overall equal marks. In case of the same age and the overall equal marks, UPSC will give preference to the marks obtained in the compulsory papers for higher ranking.

Engineering Services Examination (ESE) Tie-breaking

Engineering Services Examination (ESE) Tie-breaking

The marks of subject/technical papers plus marks of personality test are considered in the Indian Engineering Services (IES) ranking. In the case of the equal marks, the senior in age will be ranked higher.

Combined Medical Service (CMS) Tie-breaking

  • Age
  • Date/ year of completion of the Internship

CDS, NDA, CAPF (AC), CISF (LDCE) Examination

  • Age

Engineering Service Examination (ESE)

  • Marks of subject/ technical papers plus marks of personality test (PT)
  • Age

Indian Economic Service (IES) & Indian Statistical Service (ISS) Examination

  • Marks of subject specific papers plus marks of personality test (PT)
  • Age

Combined Geo-Scientist And Geologist Examination

  • Marks of subject specific papers plus marks of personality test (PT)
  • Age

SOs/ Stenographers (LDCE) Examination

  • Age

Note: The UPSC has revised the tie-breaking principles in February 2020. The above-listed tie-breaking principles are updated.

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