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UPSC Cut Off: IAS & IPS Exam

Every year, the Union Public Services Commission (UPSC) conducts the Civil Services Examination (CSE) to shortlist candidates for various services including All India Services (AIS), namely Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Forest Service (IFS) and Indian Police Service (IPS)

Candidates have to stand out in the three stages of the selection process to take up the service. The selection of the candidates will start with the screening round, i.e., Civil Services Preliminary (CSP). After taking the Preliminary examination, most of the candidates will be very eager regarding the probable cut off marks. One who secures the UPSC Cut off score in the Preliminary is only eligible for the Main Examination which will be held in September.

The UPSC will be announcing the IAS cut off score only after a year. Aspirants are a bit confused about whether to start the preparation for Main Exam or not before the release of the Preliminary result. Hence, we bring you the expected UPSC cut off marks for General Studies (Paper-I), which is only considered for merit.

UPSC Cut Off Score 2021 (Expected) 

The Commission will release the Civil Services Examination 2020 Cut-off score after declaring the final result. We have listed the expected minimum qualifying standards/ marks in various categories stages. 

Category IAS Prelims Cut-off 
General 90-105
EWS 80-100
OBC 90-100
SC 80-90
ST 75-80
PwBD-1 50-60
PwBD-2 40-60
PwBD-3 55-65
PwBD-5 55-65

IAS Cut-off: Important Points  

  • The UPSC will release the IAS cut-off marks only for GS Paper-I only as GS Paper-II was of qualifying nature with 33% marks in Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination. 
  • As per the official sources, subject to 10% marks in each of the seven competitive papers i.e. Essay, GS-I, GS-II, GS-III, GS-IV, Optional-I and Optional-II. 

IAS Tie-Breaking Rules

In case two or more candidates have secured equal aggregate marks in Civil Services Exam, the tie will be resolved based on below principals. 

(i) Marks in the Compulsory Papers and the Personality Test put together is to be ranked higher.

(ii) In case the marks mentioned above are equal, the candidate senior in age is to be ranked higher. 

(iii) In case the above two points are the same, candidate getting more marks in the compulsory papers is to be ranked higher. 

Explore UPSC Tie-breaking Principals For Exams

What After UPSC Preliminary Cut Off Score?

After taking the UPSC Civil Services Preliminary exam, candidates need to assess their expected score with the help of the question booklet. If candidates feel that they are expecting a good UPSC cut off marks and stand above the previous years' cut off, they should start preparing for the UPSC Main Examination

The Commission will release the UPSC Prelims result after a month from the exam date. Those who have qualified in the IAS Prelims need to submit an online Detailed Application Form-I (DAF-I) along with scanned documents for the UPSC Main Exam.

UPSC Cut Off: Civil Services Preliminary Exam (Out of 200)

Category  2019 2018 2017 2016
General  98 98 105.34  116 
EWS 90 - - -
OBC 95.34 96.66 102.66  110.66 
SC 82 84  88.66  99.34 
ST 77.34 83.34 88.66  96 
PWD (Orthopedically Handicapped)   73.44  88.88  75.34 
PWD (Visually Impaired)   53.34  61.34  72.66 
PWD (Hearing Impaired)   40  40  40 

UPSC Cut Off: Civil Services Main Exam (Out of 1750)

Category  2019 2018 2017 2016
General  751 774 809  787 
EWS 696 - - -
OBC 718 732  770  745 
SC 706 719  756  739 
ST 699 719  749  730 
PWD (Orthopedically Handicapped)   711  734  713 
PWD (Visually Impaired)   696  745  740 
PWD (Hearing Impaired)   520  578  545 

UPSC Final Cut Off Score (Out of 2025)

Category  2019 2018 2017 2016
General  961 982  1006  988 
EWS 909 - - -
OBC 925 938  968  951 
SC 898 912  944  937 
ST 893 912  939  920 
PWD (Orthopedically Handicapped)   899  923  927 
PWD (Visually Impaired)   908  948  951 
PWD (Hearing Impaired)   754  830  817 

How UPSC Cut Off Score Prepared? 

The Commission will announce the Civil Services cut off score after the declaration of the final results i.e., interview. It will prepare the IAS cut off score based on the factors such as the number of candidates who had appeared, the total number of vacancies, reservation and other details. Aspirants should note that the IAS Prelims cut off is the minimum mark one should obtain to attain eligibility to appear for the Main exam.

IFS Cut Off 2020

The UPSC releases the Indian Forest Service (IFS) cut off marks after declaring the final result and marks of recommended candidates. Aspirants are advised to check the IFS cut off marks which help them to get familiar with the marks required to qualify in each phase of the selection process. The cut off for IFS vary from year to year. One should note that the cut off is different for both IFS Prelims cut off and IFS Mains cut off. Aspirants are also advised to check the marks secured by the last recommended candidate (final stage) out of 1700 category-wise.

Indian Forest Service (IFS) Cutoff 2019

IFS Prelims (Out of 200)

Minimum Qualifying Standards

IFS Mains (Out of 1400)

Minimum Qualifying Standards

IFS Final Stage (Out of 1700)

Marks secured by the last recommended candidate

General 116 686 918
EWS 112.66 615 839
OBC 114.66 661 876
SC 101.34 609 832
ST 101.34 598 849

Note: The IFS Preliminary cut off marks will be based on the General Studies (Paper I) only because the GS Paper-II was of qualifying nature. Aspirants should obtain a minimum of 5% marks in each paper to qualify in the IFS Mains Examination. 

How UPSC IFS Cut Off Score Prepared? 

Aspirants should note that whenever two or more candidates have secured equal aggregate marks in IFS Exam, the tie(s) will be considered with the principles approved by UPSC. Candidates who secure more marks in compulsory papers and the personality test (interview) put together will be ranked higher. In case the marks are equal, the senior in age will be ranked higher. 

UPSC Cut-off For Various Exams 

The UPSC will also release the cut-off score for various examinations that include CDS exam, CAPF, NDA, Combined Medical Service, Combined Geo-scientist and CISF exam. Candidates are advised to visit the official website of UPSC to check the cutoff scores.  

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