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: http://www.upsc.gov.in/exams/cut-off%20marks/2013/cs/Cut%20off%20cs.pdf

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

Exam CS (Prelim)* CS (Main)# CS(Final)
General 241 564 775
OBC 222 534 742
SC 207 518 719
ST 200 510 707
PH-1 Ortho 199 510 725
PH-2 Visual 184 502 718
PH-3 Hearing 163 410 613
Total 400 1750 2025
  • *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 marks Minimum
passing
marks
Must get
atleast __ MCQs
correct*
CSAT (GS) 100 Q x 2 = 200 30 15
CSAT (Aptitude) 80 Q x 2.5= 200 70 28
total 400

*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 400 2011 2012 2013
GEN 198 209 241
OBC 175 190 222
SC 165 185 207
ST 161 181 200
PH1- Ortho 135 160 199
PH2-Visual 124 164 184
PH3-Hearing 96 111 163

Minimum Passing Marks Mains

Subject Max.
Marks
MINIMUM
PASSING
MARKS
Compulsory English 300 75*
Compulsory Indian Language 300 90*
Essay 250 25
GS1 250 25
GS2 250 25
GS3 250 25
GS4 250 25
OPT.PAPER1 250 25
OPT.PAPER2 250 25
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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337 Comments on “UPSC declares official cutoffs for 2013: Even Prelims had minimum passing marks in each paper! Cutoffs increased sharply for each category”

  1. My total mark is 742.but I was not on the final list. Can you explain it please. Will there be any reserve list?

  2. Dear Sir, please also mention IFoS (Pre) cut off

  3. BHAI tHIS CSAT IS D DIRTY GAME…UPSC MUST INTRODUCE A SECTIONAL CUT-OFF IN BOTH D PAPERS, BESIDES MINIMUM MARKS 30 AND 70……..

  4. yes really it is a tough game
    can any one complete pt without any coaching

    1. yes boss..u can crack PT, Main and interview….on your own..just believe in yourself….work smart…

  5. Hi… i just wantd 2 ask..that all the prelims marks both of qualified candidates..and not qualified as well are published on the site only after final declaration or the qualified ones get to knw their pre marks at the declaration of pre result.
    Its hust the pre i wanted to ask abt.. i knw abt the mains update procedure.
    Thank you.

  6. Sir can you tell me the number of attempts in Indian Engineering service

    1. Unlimited attempts until you reach upper age limit

  7. i hv lost my roll number and even i dont have reg number . how i gt to know my marks of preliims . please help me .

  8. “” It Seems to be “” Conspiracy”” Against students from the Economically weaker sections, especially the Hindi speaking onecs from north India & Arts & Regional languages candidates to keep them Civil Services Examination.

  9. Sir…gen girl divorce cut off & gen girl cut off difference hota hai kya..??

  10. Mistake in UPSC prelim 2013 answer key: If i look at Q 51 of booklet A of civils prelims 2013, then the correct answer is given to be option (b). but option (a) is also correct. There cannot be more than 22 members in the public accounts committee in all. that implies that there can be no more than 25 members from LS, which is what option (a) says. so the correct option should be (d). Am i missing something? Thanks

  11. Hi friends,
    I am 29 yrs now and working as asstt. Prof. I have started my preparation for upsc. But due to my job, i m not able to join coaching etc….can you plz suggest me some strategy for my preparations

    1. Better resign ur current job and study for upsc as fulltime course either through a coaching centre or self study

  12. GS FIRST AND G’S SECOND MINIMUM KUCH SAMAJH ME NA AYA.200+ MARKS PANE KE BAWAJUD PRE QUALIFY NAHI HO PATE. UPSC MUST THINK ABOUT IT

  13. Sir I am new comer in upsc exam plz tell me about something

  14. please suggest upsc pre 2014 cut off

  15. Mere paper1+paper2 me 255 aa raha hai mera gen se upsc me ho.jayega

  16. Hmmm !!

  17. If for.example cut off is 240… is it same even for class 1 officers exam like indian postal, revenue, etc

  18. thanks sir a lot

  19. Respected aspirinants,
    I’m a 1st year degree student (b.com)
    Pls advice me with some plans to study for upsc from this year itself.

    1. good idea,……… start preparing your notes,
      analyze, NEWS,………and dig out some important stuffs from them
      and make it a habit

  20. cut off CSAT for appearing in IFS…

  21. Sir, i am a civils aspirant. My goal n my ambition is to crack UPSC. I am working as an asst. manager at union bank of india at present. i find very less time and as my posting is in rural area,i cant attend any coching classes. kindly suggest me what steps to be taken for UPSC 2015 exam. how can i manage my schedule? how should i prepare without any guidance?

    1. it will need atleast, 6-8 month of deep study, and nothing else,
      prepare your self notes,…stay updated with(from), one or more coaching institute/ Website like mrunal
      i found mrunal.org extremely useful for Pre,

      if you are working,….. i can’t say it is impossible, but a little difficult, in past some of the students cleared the exam with a job in hand,

  22. i gave the Civil services mains exam-2014 this year,
    Although paper was different, written marks can not be guessed from outside, still i need some independent, pre result projections.
    My Essay paper was not so good,..i will rate it as below average
    English language paper a criss-cross situation
    compulsor indian language(hindi), just passing
    Optional p1 more than average
    Optional p2 average
    GS1- attempted 50% solid and extra 25% with careless ness (7+3, out of 14 )
    GS2- around 40-45%
    GS3- around 55-60%
    GS4- around 60% with solid and extra 15 % in a reckless manner

    What might be outcome,…. should i fear? and if not,……then??

  23. Dear Friends,

    I have appeared for my civil services mains 2014 with English medium with Pub Ad Optional.

    Can anyone share the strategy for Personality Test???

    1. I also appeared with pub ad optional. How much do you expect to score in pub ad?

  24. Very well said, Anupar. This Akash has lost his mind and has become a dumb dude with brain in his knee!!
    lol rofl

  25. I HOPE SOMEONE WILL CLEAR MY DOUBT HERE!!
    I BELONG TO JAT COMMUNITY AS PER SUPREME COURT JUDGEMENT I AM NO LONGER OBC., I AM CONFUSED ABOUT MY NUMBER OF ATTEMPTS, I HAVE GIVEN CIVILS TWO TIMES ONE AS GENERAL CATEGORY IN 2012 AND ANOTHER IN 2014 AS OBC, THEN WILL IT MEANS I AM STILL LEFT WITH 5 ATTEMPTS AS GENERAL CATEGORY STUDENT OR BOTH ATTEMPTS WILL BE COUNTED AS PART OF GENERAL CANDIDATURE.
    PLS MRUNAL SIR OR ANYONE PLS CLEARIFY IT!!
    HOW MANY NUMBER OF ATTEMPTS I SHOULD FILL!!

    1. as per my understanding in this matter –
      your 2 attemps are over..
      remaining 4 (as per current rule)
      best of luck :)

      1. That’s correct but I have a doubt in general cat age limit .. its 32 right? as on 1.08 of that year

  26. PLEASE DO INFORM ABOUT THIS, ITS VERY MUCH NEEDED THANKS IN ADVANCE!!

  27. can any body say me expected cutoff for prilims 2014. i am new comer to civil service preparation.i could score 160/400 when i solved this myself and checked with vaji key.
    the cutoff will we useful to weight my level of preparation

    1. Cut off for Prelims 2014 was around 210-215 for General Category students.

  28. these cut offs r actually misleading……nothing is ever fixed…they act like brakes when you start scoring more than these cutoffs!!

  29. english is not necesary for rural students

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