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IAS Exam 2021 Cutoff- Check Category-wise Expected & Previous Years' Cutoff

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Jan 8, 2021

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UPSC has announced IAS 2020 Prelims Result, conducted on October 4, at its official website – on October 23, 2020. The result is published as a PDF file having the roll numbers of qualified candidates. Download Result PDF. The exam was conducted on 4 October 2020. The aspirants, who have qualified the exam, need to submit their Detailed Application Form-I (DAF-I) through online by 11 November 2020 to appear for the IAS Main Exam 2020. 

UPSC IAS Prelims Cut Off Marks 2020

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

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.

Latest Updates:

28 October 2020: Detailed Application Form I (DAF I) for IAS Main 2020 exam has been released by the UPSC. Click here. 

27 October 2020: UPSC has published the IAS Prelims Result 2020 along with the names of the aspirants. Check Here. 

24 October 2020: UPSC has declared the UPSC IAS Prelims 2020 Result.

16 October 2020: IAS Prelims Toppers 2020 marks have been published by the UPSC.

16 October 2020: IAS 2019 mark sheet has been published by UPSC.

12 October 2020: In Supreme Court, a petition was filed for attempting an additional attempt the UPSC 2021 exam. 

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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.
  • 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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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

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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.

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IAS Selection Process 2019

Selection of candidates for the 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.


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.


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
arvind kumar

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

dhanesh chandra
How many sufficient months required for upsc pre exam
arvind kumar

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

ammar zaheer ahmed
What is the best way to crack the english paper of capf assistant commandant?
kavita rani

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.

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

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.

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?
kavita rani

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.

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?
kavita rani

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.

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

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.

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?
kavita rani

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.

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

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

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?
kavita rani

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.

utkarsha khatri
How much rank should one get to get into IAS?
kavita rani

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

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?
kavita rani

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.

What is the cutoff in a degree percentage for attending the IAS exam?
kavita rani

Hi Riyaz. No minimum percentage requirement is fixed by the UPSC for the candidates appearing for the IAS exam. Candidates having a bachelor’s degree are eligible to apply.

vishal sharma
What are the minimum cutoffs for the IPS and IAS exams?
kavita rani

Hi Vishal. Each year UPSC takes IAS Exam to appoint eligible candidates for the posts like IAS, IPS, IFS, etc. IAS cut off in 2019 for general category candidates was 775 (in mains) while the cut-off list for the candidates belonging to EWS was 740. For more details you can refer to the link.

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.