Trend Analysis for UPSC Prelims Results | Know the UPSC Prelims Cut-off Here

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.

UPSC Prelims Cut-off Trend Analysis

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
2010 248/450 55.11
2011 198/400 49.5
2012 209/400 52.25
2013 241/400 60.25
2014 205/400 51.25
2015 107.34/200 53.67
2016 116/200 58.00
2017 105.34/200 52.67
2018 98/200 49.00
2019 105/200 52.50

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.

How to Check UPSC Prelims Results?

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.

  • All the qualified candidates are required to fill the DAF (Detailed Application Form) for the Civil Services Main examination.
  • The timetable for the Main examination, along with the admit card, are made available on the official website in due course.

Career Launcher brings to you a range of online courses that can help you with the preparation of UPSC Civil Services Exam. Make the most of this lockdown by enrolling in our courses, and kickstart the preparation of UPSC Civil Services Exam. Check out the entire range of our courses here. Do get in touch with our course counselors to know more about our course deliverables.

Current Affairs analysis