UPSC Declares Cutoffs & Official answerkey for 2014 Prelims, some debatable Qs finally settled, Min.passing marks in GS1 also

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  1. 2014 Cutoffs for Prelims, Mains & final
  2. 2014 Official Answerkey to Debatable Questions
  3. Buddha Visit Avanti or not?
  4. SLR utility
  5. Walk through Himalaya
  6. GEF
  7. Budding and grafting
  8. Veg. Propogation
  9. Seed Replacement

2014 Cutoffs for Prelims, Mains & final

On 4th July 2015, UPSC declared the final result of civil services examination 2014. Since the “entire” exam process is now over, finally they have stopped RTI stonewalling and uploaded information about cutoffs and Answerkey on official website of UPSC.
Cutoffs are given under Examination => Cutoff Marks

Category wise Cutoffs: CSE-2014
Exam CS(Prelim) CS(Main) CS(Final)
General 205 678 889
OBC 204 631 844
SC 182 631 830
ST 174 619 811
PH-1 167 609 816
PH-2 113 575 778
PH-3 115 449 713
Maximum Marks 385 1750 2025


Minimum Qualifying Marks in CSE-2014
  • Paper 1 (General studies): 40
  • Paper 2 (Aptitude): 70
  • 10% marks for each paper of Essay, General studies and optional subject.
  • 30% in Indian language and 25% in English, as per official notification. (Although for Mains-2015, they’ve kept it 25% for both language papers).

2014 Official Answerkey to Debatable Questions

  • Those who’re new to this game- UPSC conducts prelims in August b ut doesn’t give official answerkey in RTI until the entire process is over i.e. mains and interview.
  • They’ve now uploaded the official answerkey to UPSC prelims 2014 Paper 1 and Paper 2
  • Some of its questions generated too much debate and comment wars. Here are few of them now with official Answerkey. I’m referring to UPSC 2014 Prelims GS Paper 1: Testbook #A, and its Answerkey now uploaded on UPSC website under examination=>answerkeys
  • Other than that, my own topicwise answerkey with explaination and future strategy, is available here:

Buddha Visit Avanti or not?

Q25. Which of the following Kingdoms were associated with the life of the Buddha?

  1. Avanti
  2. Gandhara
  3. Kosala
  4. Magadha

Select the correct nswer using the code given below.

  1. 1, 2 and 3
  2. 2 and 4
  3. 3 and 4 only
  4. 1, 3 and 4
debatable between C or D

SLR utility

Q33. In the context of Indian economy; which of the following is/are the purpose/purposes of ‘Statutory Reserve Requirements’?

  1. To enable the Central Bank to control the amount of advances the banks can create
  2. To make the people’s deposits with banks safe and liquid
  3. To prevent the commercial banks from making excessive profits
  4. To force the banks to have sufficient vault cash to meet their day-to-day requirements

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

  1. 1 only
  2. 1 and 2 only
  3. 2 and 3 only
  4. 1, 2, 3 and 4
A- only 1 correct.

Walk through Himalaya

Q23. If you travel through the Himalayas, you are Likely to see which of the following plants naturally growing there?

  1. Oak
  2. Rhododendron
  3. Sandalwood

Select the correct answer using the code given below

  1. 1 and 2 only
  2. 3 only
  3. 1 and 3 only
  4. 1, 2 and 3
debatable between A or D


Q6. With reference to ‘Global Environment Facility’, which of the following statements is/are correct?

  1. It serves as financial mechanism for ‘Convention on Biological Diversity’ and ‘United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’.
  2. It undertakes scientific research on environmental issues at global level
  3. It is an agency under OECD to facilitate the transfer of technology and funds to underdeveloped countries with specific aim to protect their environment.
  4. Both (a) and (b)

Budding and grafting

Q72. Consider the following techniques/phenomena:

  1. Budding and grafting in fruit plants
  2. Cytoplasmic male sterility
  3. Gene silencing

Which of the above is/are used to create transgenic crops?

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 and 3
  3. 1 and 3
  4. None
Debatable between B or C

Veg. Propogation

Q67. Which of the following statements is / are correct regarding vegetative propagation of plants?

  1. Vegetative propagation produces clonal population.
  2. Vegetative propagation helps in eliminating the virus.
  3. Vegetative propagation can be practiced most of the year.

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 and 3 only
  3. 1 and 3 only
  4. 1, 2 and 3

Seed Replacement

Q94. In the context of food and nutritional security of India, enhancing the ‘Seed Replacement Rates’ of various crops helps in achieving the food production targets of the future. But what is/are the constraint/ constraints in its wider / greater implementation?

  1. There is no National Seeds Policy in place.
  2. There is no participation of private sector seed companies in the supply of quality seeds of vegetables and planting materials of horticultural crops.
  3. There is a demand-supply gap regarding quality seeds in case of low value and high volume crops.

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

  1. 1 and 2
  2. 3 only
  3. 2 and 3
  4. None


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100 Comments on “UPSC Declares Cutoffs & Official answerkey for 2014 Prelims, some debatable Qs finally settled, Min.passing marks in GS1 also”

  1. is the optional ppr also fixed space like GS pprs?

  2. @priyanka, I think its more about liberal marking than anything else. Got 596(essay 85. Gs 66+76+64+86). Not qualified for interview. Pub ad me hi theek thak mila. Tumhe kitna mila

  3. @gaurav I got fine marks in all papers except pubad 64 and 79 .Pls let me knw from wat sources are u preparing .Thanks .

  4. Out of Arihant expert compilation & Rohit wadhwan’s book ,which one is better for referring last 20 yrs solved mains paper???Also ,is there any third book available for d same?

  5. @Priyanka, I prepared from mohit,Nicolas,ramesh k arora, arc but for this year i bought cpm ramesh k arora, pub ad theory primer of Fredericson, development ad of mohit, public policy sapru. How much u hv got this year breakup of gs essay. And are u from north.

  6. 203…..nt qualified

  7. Neem question from Agriculture section, Sattriya question from culture and feature of constitutional government question from polity also needs updation.

    Official answer of Neem question is option-‘C’, 1and 3 only

    Answer of Sattriya question is option ‘B’ – 1and 2 only

    Answer of ‘constitutional government’ question is option ‘B’ – 2 only.

    Thank you.

    1. Jatropha, not Neem make to BioFuels.
      Other BioFuel Plants : corn or sugar cane ethanol, or palm oil diesel (not a good option. as it increases it’s prices for other domestic uses)

  8. Sir,I got 55 Q’s in gs1 paper in which 11 are wrong but I got only 70 marks in GS 1 paper,as I calculated UPSC cut 18 marks as penalty…so plz tell me how many marks UPSC cut 4 one wrong and in gs1 paper…thank u

  9. May anybody tell,me about the scorecard of mains.
    in,my mains scorecard, marks of English language paper has not been,shown. Is it with all. Please anybody clear this query.

  10. sir i want previous gs question for csat pt

  11. Question 25 ,avanti was a centre for Buddhism so how come answer c is correct

  12. I lost my Roll number.

    How can i find Roll number from Registration number, email, dob, etc?

  13. i like to get a clarity in this times CS preliminary test.The notification says in paper 2 33%mark is enough.what does that mean?the marks that we gets beyond the said 33% does not consider or counted for determining the final cut off mark?

  14. About information of study of collector

  15. Kosala king prayothityan was a follower of Buddhism… Source tamilnadu state board book

  16. Yes ,now paper 2 is qualifying no matters how much you score now you to score paper 1

  17. Sir, I have OBC non creamy layer certificate issued by UP State Government. If this will be enough for applying for the exam ? or I need to wait for the central govt issued obc certificate for applying to CSAT 2016 ?
    I don’t have time to apply for the same? If the state govt issued certificate will be fine for it or not?
    Please reply.

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