UPSC CSE Prelims is the elimination round of the coveted Civil Services examination. The UPSC Prelims includes two papers: General Studies and CSAT. While aspirants are required to score more than 33% (66 marks) in CSAT; it is the marks obtained in the General Studies paper that determine whether or not you qualify for CSE Main.
Hence, the UPSC Prelims cut-off is nothing but the marks obtained by the final candidate (in GS paper) who qualified in the Prelims round.
The number of candidates qualifying Prelims depends on the total number of vacancies of the corresponding year. Every year, about 3% of candidates are selected for the UPSC CSE Main. The UPSC Prelims results are declared about 30-40 days after the Prelims examination. Check the cut-off marks (year-wise) for the general category below. The cut-off for the reserved category is lower than that of the general category.
|Year||Cut-off Marks (General Category)||Percentage|
As is apparent, the cut-off percentage is usually just above 50%, with some exceptions. It depends on the difficulty level of the exam, and other factors, such as number of applications and number of vacancies. Hence, it can be concluded that the exam is difficult only because the syllabus is extremely vast. So, all you need is strategic preparation under the guidance of expert mentors, which can help you in qualifying the CSE Prelims.
UPSC announces the results of the qualified candidates on its official website. Candidates can check their roll numbers in the PDF uploaded by the Commission. The cut-off marks and marks obtained by the candidates are released separately after the entire process is completed. Candidates can check their scores by logging into their respective accounts with the help of their roll numbers.
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