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UPSC Prelims 2022 took place on June 5, 2022. The expected UPSC Cut Off For Prelims this year is 90-95 marks. The cut-off marks for UPSC Prelims 2021 are out and for the General Category candidates the cut-off came out to be 87.54. This year, we are expecting the prelims cut off 2022 to be between 90-95.

UPSC Cut Off 2021 was released on 30th May 2022, on the same day when the Union Public Service Commission had announced the UPSC Final Result of Civil Services 2021.

UPSC conducts the All-India Exam, Civil Services Examination (CSE) every year. The exam takes place in three stages – Prelims, Mains and the Interview. To pass each stage, the candidates are required to score marks above the UPSC Cut Off that is decided by the Commission. For the understanding of the IAS Exam, this article will provide you with information on the UPSC Cutoff marks for IAS Prelims 2021-22; how is UPSC Cut-Off calculated; and the year-wise official cutoff of the civil services exam.

Facts about UPSC Cut Off

The following points can clear doubts on how UPSC Cut Off is calculated:

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  1. The UPSC prelims cut off marks are based on General Studies I only. The General Studies II or the CSAT paper is not counted for merit ranking and is only qualifying in nature. The GS II paper requires candidates to score at least 33% in it to be eligible for the mains. To read in detail how IAS Cutt Off is decided, check — How Does the UPSC Decide the Cutoff for UPSC Prelims Exam?
  2. The UPSC cut off marks indicate the marks of the last candidate who was selected based on the number of vacancies in a particular category. The UPSC releases the cut off marks for both Prelims and Mains only after the final result of the Civil Services Exam for that specific year is declared.
  3. UPSC has cleared a few things with regards to the selection of candidates based on cut off:
    • Case 1 – If two candidates score equal aggregate marks in the Civil Services Examination, the Commission resolves the tie by allotting a higher rank to that candidate who secures more marks in compulsory papers, and IAS Interview put together.
    • Case 2 – If two candidates score equal also in compulsory papers and UPSC personality tests put together, the candidate who will be senior in age will be allotted a higher rank.
    • Case 3 – If two candidates who score equally in both compulsory papers and UPSC CSE Interview; and also are same in age; then the candidate who would have secured more marks in only compulsory papers will be allotted a higher rank.

UPSC Cut Off 2022 for CSE Prelims 2022

Candidates took Civil Services Prelims 2022 examination on 5th June 2022. The examination took place in two sessions - 9:30 AM -11.30 AM and 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM.

The UPSC Prelims Cut Off 2022 - 90-95

UPSC Cut Off – IAS Prelims 2021

The UPSC Prelims 2021 was conducted on 10th October 2021. BYJU’S had analysed that the IAS Prelims Cut Off 2021 would be around 95-100 (+/-2). Now, the official notice has declared that CSE Cut Off for Prelims 2021. Only those candidates who scored above the UPSC Prelims cutoff had qualified for the Mains stage of the exam. According to the Official Cut-Off list, marks for various category of candidates is as given below:

UPSC Cut Off – IAS Prelims 2021
Category UPSC Cut Off
General 87.54
EWS 80.14
OBC 84.85
SC 75.41
ST 70.71
PwBD-1 68.02
PwBD-2 67.33
PwBD-3 43.09
PwBD-4 45.80

Candidates should know that cutoff for IAS, IPS and IFS remains the same.

UPSC Cut Off – IAS Mains 2021

The IAS Mains 2021 cut off that has been officially announced by the Commission is given below:

UPSC Cut Off – IAS Mains 2021

Category UPSC Cut Off
General 745
EWS 713
OBC 707
SC 700
ST 700
PwBD-1 668
PwBD-2 712
PwBD-3 388
PwBD-4 560

UPSC Cut Off – IAS Final 2021

UPSC Cut Off – IAS Final 2021

Category UPSC Cut Off
General 953
EWS 916
OBC 910
SC 886
ST 883
PwBD-1 892
PwBD-2 932
PwBD-3 689
PwBD-4 701

UPSC Cut Off – IAS Prelims 2020

The UPSC Prelims 2020 was conducted on 4th October 2020. BYJU’S had analysed that the IAS Prelims Cut Off 2020 would be around 95-98 (+/-3). Now, the official notice has declared that CSE Cut Off for Prelims 2020. Only those candidates who scored above the UPSC Prelims cutoff had qualified for the Mains stage of the exam.

Category UPSC Cut Off
General 92.51
EWS 77.55
OBC 89.12
SC 74.84
ST 68.71
PwBD-1 70.06
PwBD-2 63.94
PwBD-3 40.82
PwBD-4 42.86

Candidates should know that cutoff for IAS, IPS and IFS remains the same.

UPSC Cut Off – IAS Mains 2020

The IAS Mains 2020 cut off that has been officially announced by the Commission is given below:

Category UPSC Cut Off
General 736
EWS 687
OBC 698
SC 680
ST 682
PwBD-1 648
PwBD-2 699
PwBD-3 425
PwBD-4 300

UPSC Cut Off – IAS Final 2020

Category UPSC Cut Off
General 944
EWS 894
OBC 907
SC 875
ST 876
PwBD-1 867
PwBD-2 910
PwBD-3 675
PwBD-4 465

UPSC Cut Off – IAS Prelims 2019

The UPSC Prelims 2019 was conducted on June 2, 2019, and as analysed by the BYJU’S, UPSC Prelims cutoff score is in the range of 95-100 for the general category.

The table below mentions the official UPSC Cut-Off 2019 for all the categories:

Category UPSC Cut Off
General 98
EWS 90
OBC 95.34
SC 82
ST 77.34
PwBD-1 53.34
PwBD-2 44.66
PwBD-3 54.66
PwBD-4 61.34

Candidates should know that cutoff for IAS, IPS and IFS remains the same.

UPSC Cut Off – IAS Mains 2019

The IAS Mains 2019 cut off that has been officially announced by the Commission is given below:

Category UPSC Cut Off
General 751
EWS 696
OBC 718
SC 706
ST 699
PwBD-1 663
PwBD-2 698
PwBD-3 374
PwBD-4 561

UPSC Cut Off – IAS Final 2019

Category UPSC Cut Off
General 961
EWS 909
OBC 925
SC 898
ST 893
PwBD-1 861
PwBD-2 890
PwBD-3 653
PwBD-4 708

UPSC Cut off 2018 Prelims

The cutoff marks for the UPSC prelims exam 2018 is 98 for the general category. The category-wise minimum qualifying marks for prelims of the IAS Exam are given in the following table.

Category UPSC Prelims Cutoff Marks (out of 200)
General 98
OBC 96.66
SC 84
ST 83.34
PwBD-1 73.34
PwBD-2 53.34
PwBD-3 40
PwBD-5 45.34

A general candidate needed only 98 out of 200 marks in the GS I paper to clear the 2018 IAS prelims. If you analyse, this is lower than the cutoff marks of both the 2017 and 2016 UPSC Prelims exams. While it was 105.34 in 2017, it was 116 in 2016.

UPSC Mains Cut Off 2018

The cutoff marks for the IAS mains (written) exam 2018 is 774 for the general category candidates. Take a look at the next table; it gives the mains (written) exam cut off marks in the various categories.

Category UPSC Mains Cut off Marks (out of 1750)
General 774
OBC 732
SC 719
ST 719
PwBD-1 711
PwBD-2 696
PwBD-3 520
PwBD-5 460

Candidates who scored a minimum of 774 marks (which is 49%) in the mains written exam would have cleared it. This is subject to the candidates securing at least 10% marks in each of the seven papers namely, Essay, GS I, GS II, GS III, GS IV, Optional I and Optional II. And of course, the candidates would also have had to qualify the language papers (English and Indian language) with at least 25% of the marks.

The UPSC has also released the total marks secured by the last person in every category. The next table gives you those numbers:

Category Marks Secured by the Last Recommended Candidate (out of 2025)
General 982
OBC 938
SC 912
ST 912
PwBD-1 899
PwBD-2 908
PwBD-3 754
PwBD-5 718

Frequently Asked Questions related UPSC Cut Off

Q. What is the cut-off for UPSC 2021 Prelims Examination?

The UPSC Cut Off 2021 for Civil Services Prelims Examination is 87.54 for the General category of candidates.

Q. What is the expected cut-off for UPSC 2022 Prelims Examination?

The UPSC Cut Off 2022 for Civil Services Prelims Examination is expected to be between 90-95 marks for the general category candidates.

Q. What is the cut-off for UPSC 2021 Mains Examination?

The UPSC Cut Off 2021 for Civil Services Mains Examination is 745 marks for the General category of students.

Q. What is the cut-off for UPSC 2020?

The UPSC Cut Off for general category students in the prelims exam is 92.51, and 944 is the UPSC 2020 Final Cut-Off.

Q. How is the UPSC Cut Off calculated?

The vacancies announced in the UPSC Exam and the difficulty of the UPSC Prelims and Mains exams are determining factors in the calculation of UPSC Cut Off.

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