UPSC declares official cutoffs for 2013: Even Prelims had minimum passing marks in each paper! Cutoffs increased sharply for each category

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  1. Official cutoffs for CS
  2. Minimum passing marks: Prelims
  3. Prelim Cutoffs Comparison Last three years
  4. Minimum Passing Marks Mains

UPSC has declared the official cutoff marks for Civil service exam 2013 (Prelims, mains and interview stage)

Original source:

You wont find above link on the FrontPage of UPSC website but if you click on “Examination” section & then scroll down to “cutoff marks”, you’ll see it.

Official CSAT cutoffs

ExamCS (Prelim)*CS (Main)#CS(Final)
PH-1 Ortho199510725
PH-2 Visual184502718
PH-3 Hearing163410613
  • *Subject to minimum of 30 marks in Paper-I and 70 marks in Paper-II.
  • #Subject to 10% marks in each of the seven competitive papers i.e. Essay, GS-I, GS-II, GS‑III, GS-IV, Optional –I and Optional-II.

Minimum passing marks: Prelims

  • From the above * and # , now we know UPSC’s official system of “minimum passing marks” (this was never disclosed in RTIs so far).
  • it implies that if you failed to reach minimum passing marks in any one paper then they won’t select you for next stage, even if you get best marks in other papers.
  • BUT overall merit list prepared by combing scores of both GS + Aptitue paper.
MAX marksMinimum
Must get
atleast __ MCQs
CSAT (GS)100 Q x 2 = 2003015
CSAT (Aptitude)80 Q x 2.5= 2007028

*assume no MCQs is wrongly attempted.

PS: unlike Bank exams there is no sectional cutoffs within an individual paper. (This is confirmed via RTI many times)

Prelim CSAT Cutoffs: Comparing last 3 years

chart UPSC CSAT Cutoffs 2011-2013

Cutoffs increased significantly between 2012 vs 2013!


out of 400201120122013
PH1- Ortho135160199

Minimum Passing Marks Mains

Compulsory English30075*
Compulsory Indian Language30090*
TOTAL (ignoring Compulsory papers, they’re not counted in merit)1750

*UPSC officially mentioned these minimum passing marks of language papers, in the Notification of CSE-2014.

PS: In 2011 and 2012, UPSC did not have two options and two GS papers, so comparative table of 2011 vs 12 vs 13 is meaningless. Because entire mains system is changed.

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So far 337 Comments posted


    sir plz tell me the books and their writer for preparing UPSC pre as well as mains my optional is mathematics.

  2. priya

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  3. sam

    I recently graduated as a btech in computer science engineering.But within this course i felt that i should go for civil service exam bcz i somewhere realise that it is the only thing in which i am interested in and i should go for it…but at the moment i am stuck in choosing the optional subjects as i am not familiar with most of them as of now…I therefore some seek some valuable suggestions from you…..friends?…i will appreciate your good suggestions..

  4. Ranjana

    sir…is it possible to crack csat ,,..only three month prepration….if yes ….plz tell me how.

    1. chirag

      yes ncert and hindu

  5. abhinav kumar

    i want to know about job chances in MEA (ministry of external affairs) through SSC exams.

  6. chandra shekhar maurya

    sir , mai ek obc cast ka boy hu… but mai obc certificate nahi banane ke karan maine general cottegree ka pryog kiya kya mai mence mai obc option kar sakate hai ………

  7. Namneet singh

    Which is the better option ias,ips or ifs??

  8. pumam singh

    plz notify of new posts

  9. Girijesh Kumar singh

    Sir tell me the cut off marks for epfo upsc ph category.

  10. kritika

    Sir if I score 65 in GS and 85 in CSAT will I get passed in the pre 2015 ?????

    1. Varun

      Chances are rare.But hope for the best.

    2. jai singh

      no bed luck

  11. kriti

    Sir do the MPM that HV been given over here simply imply whether u will get selected for next round or not?????? Plz help me out of this puzzling situation .. thnx

  12. kritika

    Namneet I think it entirely depends on ur choice whether u wanna serve the nation as an administrater or as a police officer or as a foreign officer but my personal inclination is towards IAS ….BTW it does not always depends on ur choice but ur potential and the perseverance matters a lot in attaining ur goal ……….

  13. kalapana

    sir in this prelims i got in answer key i got 95marks so can i start preparing for mains pl tell me.

  14. hemant choudhary

    how to prepare geography for college lecturer ………….sir plz help……….

  15. ashoka

    Yes, if u r sure then nothing can stop u……



  17. Saikumar

    What is meant by cutt off marks

  18. sachin

    sir 2015 ki gen walo ki merit kitne par lagi thi

  19. Chaman

    I was completed postgraduation in agricultural education so I want prepare exams of civil service plz tell me how prepare exams of civil service

  20. Parkh

    Current events of last one year is enough or not!

  21. venu

    sir plz tell me the books and their writer for preparing UPSC pre as well as mains my optional is mathematics.

  22. binu

    sir Iam a ba philosophy student and I want to try for IAS preliminary exam. please help me whatever the books I should refer as I have a little time for preperation.plz help me

  23. SureshMP

    sir i need author name of book public administration for my main option paper

  24. sunny singh

    Sir ,your site and your ambitious help is awesome .
    But plz.. provide some updated info.. of 2015- 16
    About score card ….

    And finally thanks..for ur effort for UPSC.

  25. virendra chaudhary

    sir pls tell me books for upsc and their writers for pre exam and mains my optional sub is geography

  26. bed prakash

    sir, how will I know about upsc(IAS) vacancy.ln which month it release every year. kindly guide me.

  27. rajvendra singh

    Sir plz suggest me,how to select the subject I m graduate and also working in a gov’t bank and how to prepare for ias exam

  28. VINODH

    Sir is there sub sectional cutoff in CSAT paper separately.

  29. Ravi

    Sir i am taking botany as optional in upsc. Can you suggest me important books .

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