IAS Exam 2019 Cutoff- Check Category-wise Previous Years' Cutoff

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May 29, 2020

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Every year UPSC (Union Public Services Commission) conducts IAS Exam to recruit eligible candidates for the posts of IAS, IPS, IFS, IRS, and other Group A and Group B of All India Services. IAS 2019 Preliminary exam was conducted on June 2, 2019 in offline mode.

Latest: IAS 2019 Result for Preliminary exam has been released on July 12, 2019. 

  • Candidates who clear prelims can sit for the main paper and similarly who clear the main exam can sit for interview/personality test. Check IAS Exam Pattern
  • However, a candidate’s score in prelims will not be taken into consideration while preparing the Final Merit List.
  • IAS Main examination will be conducted on September 20, 2019 in 24 cities across India. Read IAS Main Syllabus 
  • The final merit list will be prepared keeping in record, candidate’s performance in UPSC Main and Personality Test i.e. Interview round.
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Expected IAS 2019 Cutoff

UPSC IAS 2019 Cutoff will be released by the commission after the declaration of final result in the month of May, 2020. The cut off will be based on the candidate’s performance in IAS Prelims exam. Here is the expected IAS cutoff for 2019:

Category IAS Preliminary Cutoff 2019 IAS Main Cutoff 2019
General 95 775
EWS 94 740
OBC 93 735
SC 81 725
ST 79 724
PH‐1 68 715
PH 2 59 690
PH‐3 40 523

Previous Years’ IAS Cutoff

Cutoff for IAS 2019 is determined on the factors such as number of candidates who sit for the examination, number of seats available for various posts, level of difficulty of examination, reservations, marking schemes, etc. Keeping in mind the convenience of the candidates, we are giving detailed cut offs of the previous year IAS Exam Cut off:

IAS Prelims Cut off 2018

Candidates can check IAS Cut off for previous years to predict the minimum qualifying marks to be shortlisted for the further stages. Candidates can claim IAS Reservation during the IAS Selection Process. The table below gives the minimum cut off marks for various categories:

Category Cutoff (Out of 200)
General 98
OBC (Other Backward Classes) 96.66
SC (Scheduled Caste) 84
ST (Scheduled Tribe) 83.34
Orthopedically handicapped 73.34
Visually impaired 53.34
Hearing impaired 40

IAS main 2018 Cutoff

The candidates must qualify the UPSC main as it is a qualifying exam for various other stages of the IAS Selection Process. The IAS Cut off for UPSC main 2018 is given below:

Category Cutoff (Out of 1750)
General 774
OBC (Other Backward Classes) 732
SC (Scheduled Caste) 719
ST (Scheduled Tribe) 719
Orthopedically handicapped 711
Visually impaired 696
Hearing impaired 520

Final Cu toff for IAS Exam

The minimum marks required to be recruited to the desired post for Civil Services for candidates belonging to different categories is mentioned in the table below:

Category Cutoff (Out of 2025)
General 982
OBC (Other Backward Classes) 938
SC (Scheduled Caste) 912
ST (Scheduled Tribe) 912
Orthopedically handicapped 899
Visually impaired 908
Hearing impaired 754

UPSC IAS 2018 cut off for all stages is mentioned, candidates can check category – wise cut off:  

IAS 2018 Cut off

IAS Prelims Cut off 2017

Category Cutoff (Out of 200)
General 105.34
OBC (Other Backward Classes) 102.66
SC (Scheduled Caste) 88.66
ST (Scheduled Tribe) 88.66
Orthopedically handicapped 88.88
Visually impaired 61.34
Hearing impaired 40

IAS main 2017 Cut off

Category Cut off (Out of 1750)
General 809
OBC (Other Backward Classes) 770
SC (Scheduled Caste) 756
ST (Scheduled Tribe) 749
Orthopedically handicapped 734
Visually impaired 745
Hearing impaired 578

Final Cutoff for IAS Exam

The minimum marks required to be recruited to the desired post for Civil Services for candidates belonging to different categories is mentioned in the table below:

Category Cutoff (Out of 2025)
General 1006
OBC (Other Backward Classes) 968
SC (Scheduled Caste) 944
ST (Scheduled Tribe) 939
Orthopedically handicapped 923
Visually impaired 948
Hearing impaired 830

IAS Prelims Cut off 2016

Category Cut off (Out of 200)
General 116
OBC (Other Backward Classes) 110.66
SC (Scheduled Caste) 99.34
ST (Scheduled Tribe) 96
Orthopedically handicapped 75.34
Visually impaired 72.66
Hearing impaired 40

IAS main 2016 Cut off

Category Cut off (Out of 1750)
General 787
OBC (Other Backward Classes) 745
SC (Scheduled Caste) 739
ST (Scheduled Tribe) 730
Orthopedically handicapped 713
Visually impaired 740
Hearing impaired 545

Final Cut off for IAS 2016

Category Cut off (Out of 2025)
General 988
OBC (Other Backward Classes) 951
SC (Scheduled Caste) 937
ST (Scheduled Tribe) 920
Orthopedically handicapped 927
Visually impaired 951
Hearing impaired 817

IAS Exam Results 2019

IAS Exam Result for UPSC Prelims which was held on June 02, 2019 has been declared on July 12, 2019. The results is made available on the official website of the commission in a PDF file format. The list contains roll numbers of candidates who have qualified for UPSC Main Examination. UPSC Marksheet for Prelims and Main will be out only after the Final merit list is declared by the Commission.

IAS Exam Result for main will be declared in the month of January 2020 and on the basis of the marks scored in the UPSC main, candidates will be called for the interview. A final merit list will be prepared taking into consideration the IAS main marks and marks scored in Personality Test i.e. Interview. The final list can be expected to be out in May, 2020 after the personality test which will be commenced in March, 2020.

How to download IAS Exam Results?

The final merit list will be uploaded on the official website in the month of May 2020. However, candidates can check their IAS Exam Result for Prelims by following the given below steps:

  • Visit the official website of UPSC.
  • Next, look for the result link for UPSC Prelims 2019.
  • A PDF displaying the IAS Exam Results appears on the screen from which the candidates must find their roll number.

IAS Selection Process 2019

Selection of candidates for IAS Exam is a three-stage process:

  1. Written examination- Prelims and main
  2. Interview

Candidates who will qualify in the UPSC Prelims will be eligible to sit for UPSC main and from there qualifying candidates will be called for interview and the final merit list will be prepared henceforth. Here are the details of the IAS Selection Procedure followed by UPSC for IAS Exam:

UPSC Prelims Exam

IAS Prelims is scheduled for June 02, 2019. Candidates will qualify for the UPSC main after the commission releases IAS cut off. IAS Prelims comprises multiple-choice questions for a total of 400 marks. Candidates must know that marks secured in the Preliminary exam for IAS will not be taken into consideration for the preparation of the final merit list. Those candidates who qualify the UPSC Prelims will be eligible to sit for the main of IAS Exam.

The Commission will draw a list of candidates to be qualified for UPSC main based on the criterion of minimum qualifying marks of 33% in General Studies Paper-II of UPSC Prelims and total qualifying marks of General Studies Paper-I of UPSC Prelims. IAS Cut off for main of IAS Exam will be released on the basis of aggregate marks obtained in Paper-I out of 200 marks and marks obtained in Paper-II out of 200 marks. The maximum marks on English Language and Comprehension will be deducted.

UPSC Main Exam

UPSC main is slated to be conducted in 2 parts namely, written examination and interview. Candidates who have qualified in the UPSC Prelims will be eligible to sit for the written examination of UPSC main. The written examination is held for 3 hours and the candidates who qualify it successfully are called for interview or personality test by the Commission.

Candidates will be evaluated on the basis of his/her career records that will be presented in front of the Commission that will conduct the interview. Interview of IAS Exam will carry 275 marks and there will not be any qualifying marks in this round. The board will examine the candidate’s personality and suitability for the services that he/she has applied hence the questions will be asked accordingly.

Final Selection

Final selection for various All India Services will be done on the basis of the marks secured by the candidate in the UPSC main and Interview session. The candidates will be allotted the services according to the final score and preferences selected by them in the earlier stages. Marks scored in UPSC Prelims will not be included while preparing the Final Merit List. Candidates will be able to access the final merit list on the official website.

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Ques. What is the cut-off for Clearing UPSC Prelims?

Ans. The UPSC IAS Prelims cut-off for 2020 will be declared after the exam is conducted. The cut-off marks vary every year depending on various criteria. The last year cut off marks for IAS prelims was 95-105 out of 200. You can check the detailed cut-off for IAS prelims here.

Ques. What is the cut off for SC/ST candidates in an IAS exam?

Ans. The cut-off marks for SC/ST is less than the general category and will be declared after the exam. The 2019 IAS Prelims cut-off was 85-95 for ST and 80-90 for SC. You can get the details of cut-marks from here.

Ques. How is cut off in UPSC prelims calculated?

Ans. Usually the UPSC calls candidates 12-13 times the number of available vacancies and the cut-off is accordingly determined. Moreover, you have to score 33% minimum for the CSAT paper after the format was changed.

Ques. Do the Forest Service Exam cut offs really go higher than CSE?

Ans. Yes, IFS cut-off is generally higher than CSE as the number of available vacancies is much lesser.

Ques. How much rank should one get to get into IAS?

Ans. To be sure of qualifying into IAS, you must have rank within top 100.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.


aniket yadav
Good info.
puja bhandarkar
My date of birth 04/05/1983 I belongs to OBC . I m eligible for IAS 2019 exam ?
akansha expert

Hi Puja, You may please check this link for getting IAS 2019 Eligibility.