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IAS (UPSC CSE) Exam 2021 Cutoff- Check Category-wise Expected & Previous Years' Cutoff

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Mar 19, 2021

The IAS (UPSC CSE) cut-off is the minimum required marks to qualify for the exam. It is declared after conducting all the stages of the exams. UPSC will announce the IAS Prelims 2021 Result, will be conducted on 27 June 2021, at its official website – upsc.gov.in in July 2021 (tentatively). The qualified candidates will appear for the IAS Mains 2021 exam. The expected cut off score of IAS 2021 exam will give a generic idea regarding the cut-off to expect for IAS Prelims 2021.

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  • 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.
  • The final merit list will be prepared keeping in record, candidate’s performance in UPSC Main and Personality Test i.e. Interview round. Read IAS Main Syllabus

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Cutoff 2021

IAS (UPSC CSE) Prelims Expected Cutoff 2021

IAS (UPSC CSE) Cutoff 2021 official cutoff will be released after completing the UPSC IAS exam process. The cutoff score is the reflection of the competition and the difficulty level of the question paper. The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will release the cutoff score after each stage of exam.

Category IAS Prelims Expected Cut off (out of 200)
General 105+5
EWS 95+5
OBC 100+5
SC 87+5
ST 83+5
PwBD1 55+5
PwBD2 47+5
PwBD3 43+5
PwBD5 65+5

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UPSC 2020 exam cutoffs for prelims, mains and interview round will be released after interview round.Till now candidates can refer to the cutoffs before 2020 which are mentioned below-

Cutoff 2019

IAS (UPSC CSE) Cutoff 2019

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:

Category IAS Prelims Cut off (Out of 200) IAS Main cut off (Out of 1750) IAS Cut off (Final) (Out of 2025)
General 98.00 751 961
EWS 90.00 696 909
OBC 95.34 718 925
SC 82.00 706 989
ST 77.34 699 893
PwBD1 53.34 663 861
PwBD2 44.66 698 890
PwBD3 40.66 374 653
PwBD5 61.34 561 708
Previous Cutoff

*PwBD &ndash Person with Benchmark Disability

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Previous Years’ IAS (UPSC CSE) Cutoff

In the following section, the cutoff of previous years for each stage has been highlighted.

IAS Prelims Cutoff

IAS Prelims is assumed to be a screening test for the successive test. The maximum marks considered for the IAS Prelims exam is 200.

Category 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015
General 98.00 98.00 105.34 116.00 107.34
EWS 90.00 - - - -
OBC 95.34 96.66 102.66 110.66 106.00
SC 82.00 84.00 88.66 99.34 94.00
ST 77.34 83.34 88.66 96.00 91.34

IAS Mains Cutoff

IAS Mains exam comprises written test and personality test. The IAS MAin Cutoff score is considered as the main benchmark for deciding the IAS Selection Process. The maximum marks of IAS Mains exam is 1750.

Category 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015
General 751 774 809 787 676
EWS 696 - - - -
OBC 718 732 770 745 630
SC 706 719 756 739 622
ST 699 719 749 730 617

IAS (UPSC CSE) Final Cutoff

The qualified aspirants of IAS Main exam will be called for the Personality test. The IAS interview exam is of 275 marks. Hence, the final IAS Cutoff score will be derived for the maximum score of 2025.

Category 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015
General 961 982 1006 988 877
EWS 909 - - - -
OBC 925 938 968 951 834
SC 989 912 944 937 810
ST 893 912 939 920 801

Factors Affect the IAS (UPSC CSE) Cutoff 2021

  • Difficulty level of the question paper
  • Total number of vacancies in the IAS exam
  • Total number of aspirants appeared for the exam.
IAS FAQs

FAQs

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.

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

Comments


24 Comments
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nafisa khatoon
What was the IAS Prelims Cutoff for the last year?
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jaya garg

Hi. IAS Prelims is assumed to be a screening test for the successive test. The maximum marks considered for the IAS Prelims exam is 200. The cutoff score for the general category candidates was 98.00 while for the IBC category, it was 90.

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ammar zaheer ahmed
When the IAS (UPSC CSE) Prelims Cutoff 2021 will be released?
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jaya garg

Hi. IAS (UPSC CSE) Cutoff 2021 official cutoff will be released after completing the UPSC IAS exam process. To check the IAS (UPSC CSE) Prelims Expected Cutoff 2021, refer here.

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anurag mishra
Can I apply with pwd-2 and ews both certificates together in upsc and is it possible and profitable?
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diya suresh

The reservation and relaxation in certain parameters will be applicable as oer the govt. norms and regulations. You can submit both certificates for UPSC. The decision will be exclusively made by the conducting body and hence profitability cannot  be determined at this point.

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sunny pandey
From where can I check Final Cut off for IAS Exam
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jaya garg

Hi Sunny. The minimum marks required to be recruited to the desired post for Civil Services for candidates belonging to different categories is mentioned here.
 

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ankur jain
How IAS cut off is decided each year and does it remains the same every time?
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jaya garg

No, the IAS Cutoff is determined by several factors like total number of candidates who sit for the examination, number of seats available for various posts, level of difficulty of examination, reservations, marking schemes, etc. So keeping all the factors in mind, the cut offs of IAS Exam is decided.

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ankur jain
What if I am not able to make it to the merit list?
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jaya garg

Candidates who clear prelims only will be allowed to 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 considering the Final Merit List.

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saurav kumar
What was IAS Prelims Cut Off Marks in 2020?
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jaya garg

For the General category, the cut off for IAS prelims was 95, while for IAS mains it was 775. 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.

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jatin sharma
what is IAS Exam Cutoff and do I need to meet it?
J
jaya garg

The UPSC IAS cut-off is the least marks needed by the candidates to qualify for the exam. It is declared after all the stages of the exams are conducted. UPSC announced IAS 2020 Prelims Result, which were held in October 4 at its official website. Further details are mentioned here.
 

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bal mukund singh
As we know that civil service prelims has no particular syllabus and there is a big difference between both papars in the way of attempting Qns. Plz suggest what can i do for better performance. Thanks
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swati srivastava

Hi Mukund, you should stick to the syllabus and keep your study resources limited in order to crack the exam. For details visit: IAS EXAM

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dhanesh chandra
How many sufficient months required for upsc pre exam
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swati srivastava

Hi Dhanesh, you need at least one and a half year to prepare for UPSC Exam. For more details visit: IAS EXAM

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ammar zaheer ahmed
What is the best way to crack the english paper of capf assistant commandant?
J
jaya garg

HI Ammar. First of all, you need to manage the available time so that you can prepare for the CAPF assistant commandant exam. Try to learn new words, read English newspaper like The Hindu etc. daily.  To know more about the exam, refer here.

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anuj singh chauhan
Why do some people say LHMC is better than UCMS in spite of the fact that UCMS cutoffs are much higher?
J
jaya garg

Hi Anuj. The reason why the cut off list at UCMS is mostly higher is that fact that LHMC's is a girl's college and when the competition is limited, it results in changes in the cut of list accordingly. Also, LHMC is located in Connaught Place, whereas UCMS is located at a remote place.

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vanshika chandra
How do I start practicing answer writing for the UPSC IAS Exam? I also do not have the option of senior or teacher feedback. So, where can I get feedback on my answers?
J
jaya garg

Hi Vanshika. Answer writing in an important aspect while preparing for the UOSC IAS exam. Students preparing for the same must do last year’s question papers so that they can judge their performance level. Also, you can take several questions from IAS forums online.

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mizna harmain
How do I make my answers in UPSC Mains different from others so as to stand out to test examiners and thereby, purportedly, earn a higher score?
J
jaya garg

HI Mizna. The UPSC Mains Exam is highly competitive in nature as it is given by lakhs of aspirant’s each year. UPSC asks lot of questions aimed at testing candidate’s skills. Since every aspirant knows the same details and information as you do but the way you are presenting the facts makes a difference. Thoughtful Innovation in the key to make your answers look more presentable. Make flowcharts wherever possible, diagrams, etc. as it will add value to your answers.

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mohammed najamuddin
Will the Upper age limit for UPSC IAS exam soon be cut to 26 years only for a general category?
J
jaya garg

Hi mohammed. Yes, one of the most important recommendation which might affect the recruitment in the Civil Services in India in the future is that the upper age limit for the civil services is expected to be brought down to 27 years by 2022-23.

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karan rathod
How important is the final interview of the IAS exam? Are the marks of "4 papers of GS, 2 papers of optional and an essay" combined with the interview marks?
J
jaya garg

Hi Karan. The interview is the final selection round in the UPSC examination. In this round shortlisted candidates are judged based on their personality, whether they are suitable to be a competent administrator or not is judged through the interview only. So it plays a significant role in the final selections.

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shiya devi
What are the blogs (in Quora and other platforms) to follow to prepare for civil services of India?
J
jaya garg

HI Shiya. Some of the good blogs and websites that can be referred while preparing for the Civil Services exam include ClearIAS.com, UPSCPortal.com, halfmantr.com, jagranjosh.com, UPSCguide.com, among others.

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vikram dewan
If cutoff of OBC in IAS exam is just 1 mark less than general cutoff, then will all OBC will sit in general category seats?
J
jaya garg

Hi Vikram. In case an OBC candidate gets more marks than general candidate than the OBC candidate can take the seat of a general candidate. The unreserved seats are not reserved for General Category rather they are the Open Seats are can be given to any student of any caste in case they get higher marks then general student.

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utkarsha khatri
How much rank should one get to get into IAS?
J
jaya garg

Hi Utkarsha. The last rank of the candidates belonging to general category allocated to IAS was 95. For more details refer here.

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sandesh kumar
If reserved category (SC/ST) student score more than general category cutoff marks in IAS exam, then can he/she be posted in general category seat?
J
jaya garg

Hi Sandesh. Yes, irrespective of category someone applies at the time of registration, in case they qualify in open category by marks they scored they will be selected in open category. This is possible only in case unless someone else does not claim age relaxation at the time of registration. To know more about it, I would suggest you to check the official website.