UPSC Cut Off 2024 - CSE Prelims, Mains, and Final Cut Off Marks

by Vajiram & Ravi

The UPSC Cut Off is an integral component of the Civil Services Examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission in India. It plays a pivotal role in determining the fate of thousands of aspirants vying for prestigious positions in the Indian Administrative Service, Indian Police Service, Indian Foreign Service, and other elite services. UPSC Cut Off 2023 is released on 18th April 2024. The official UPSC Prelims Cut Off 2023 is 75.41 for the General Category. Read this article till the end to know more about the previous year's UPSC Cut Off, factors affecting the cut-off marks, last 5 years' marks, etc.

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UPSC Cut Off 2023-24 (Official)

The UPSC Cut Off refers to the minimum marks that candidates must secure to qualify for the subsequent stages of the Civil Services Examination. The exam consists of three successive stages: the Preliminary Examination, the Mains Examination, and the Personality Test (Interview). Each stage has its own cutoff, and only candidates who meet these criteria proceed to the next level.

Download: UPSC CSE Cut Off 2023 PDF

The official UPSC Cut Off for Prelims and Mains 2023 is out on 18th April 2024.

CategoryPrelimsMainsFinal
General75.41741953
EWS68.02706923
OBC74.75712919
SC59.25694890
ST47.82692891
PwBD-140.40673894
PwBD-247.13718930
PwBD-340.40396756
PwBD-533.68445589

UPSC Prelims Cut Off

The UPSC Prelims cut off marks wield a significant impact on an aspirant's journey towards their dream of becoming a civil servant in India. The Preliminary Examination comprises two papers, General Studies I and General Studies II. However, it is important to note that while General Studies I is considered for merit ranking, General Studies II is merely qualifying in nature, necessitating candidates to secure a minimum of 33% to pass.

UPSC Prelims Cut Off Last 5 Years

Category20232022202120202019
General75.4188.2287.5492.5198
OBC74.7587.5489.1289.1295.34
ST47.8269.3570.7168.7177.34
SC59.2574.0875.4174.8482
PWD 140.4049.8468.0270.0653.34
PWD 247.1358.5967.3363.9444.66
PWD 340.4040.4043.0940.8261.34
PWD 533.6841.7645.8042.8661.34
EWS68.0282.8380.1477.5590

UPSC Mains Cut Off

Once candidates secure more than the UPSC Mains Cut Off marks, they are considered eligible for the final round of the selection process, i.e. the Interview.

UPSC Mains consists of nine papers, out of which seven papers are considered for merit ranking. The remaining two papers, namely the English Language Paper and the Indian Language Paper, are of qualifying nature. Candidates must secure a minimum qualifying marks in these language papers as prescribed by the UPSC.

UPSC Mains Cut Off for Previous 5 Years

Category20232022202120202019
GENERAL741748745736751
OBC712714707698718
ST692706700682699
SC694699700680706
PWD 1673677688648663
PWD 2718706712699698
PWD 3396351388425374
PWD 5445419560300561
EWS706715713687696

UPSC Final Cut Off

The UPSC Final Cut Off marks are determined by amalgamating the scores obtained by candidates in the Mains Examination and the Personality Test (Interview) stage. The Mains Examination carries the weightage of seven papers, while the Interview stage contributes the remaining. Each candidate's performance is evaluated, and the final cut-off is calculated based on their combined scores.

Aspirants who manage to surpass the UPSC Final Cut Off marks are eligible for appointment to the various civil services based on their merit ranking. The allocation of services is done according to the candidate's rank, preference, and availability of vacancies.

UPSC Final Cut Off for Last 5 Years

Category20232022202120202019
General953960953944961
OBC919923910907925
SC890893886875898
ST891900883876893
PWD 1894879892867861
PWD 2930913932910890
PWD 3756632689675653
PWD 5589590701465708
EWS923926916894909

Factors Influencing UPSC Cut Off

The UPSC Cut Off is influenced by various factors that play a crucial role in determining the minimum marks required for candidates to qualify for the next stage of the Civil Services Examination. These factors are taken into consideration by officials while calculating the cut off for each stage of the examination, including Prelims, Mains, and the Final UPSC Cut Off. Here are the key factors influencing the Cut Off for UPSC CSE:

  • Difficulty Level of the Examination: If the question paper is more challenging, it may lead to a lower cutoff, as candidates might find it difficult to score high marks. Conversely, if the paper is relatively easier, the cut off may increase as more candidates may score higher marks.
  • Number of Vacancies: A higher number of vacancies might lead to a lower UPSC cut off, as more candidates can be accommodated based on their performance.
  • Reservation Policy: The UPSC follows a reservation policy for different categories like General, OBC, SC, ST, etc. The cut off marks for these categories may vary based on the number of aspirants and the number of seats reserved for each category.
  • Performance of Candidates: If the majority of candidates perform exceptionally well, the cut off may increase. On the other hand, if the overall performance is average, the cut off may decrease.
  • Normalisation Procedure: For Prelims, UPSC follows a normalisation procedure to ensure fairness when calculating the cut-off. This procedure adjusts the marks of candidates across different sets of question papers with varying difficulty levels.
  • Overall Competition: The level of competition and the quality of candidates appearing in a particular year can also influence the UPSC cut off. Higher competition may lead to a higher cut off.

UPSC Cut Off - Tie Breaking Rules

In the UPSC CSE, in situations where two or more candidates achieve the same aggregate marks, the UPSC employs a 'Tie-breaking' principle to establish inter-se merit among these candidates:

  • First Criterion: The candidate who scores higher marks in the Compulsory Papers and the Personality Test combined will be ranked higher in the merit list.
  • Second Criterion: In the event that the marks obtained by the candidates in the aforementioned criteria are still equal, the candidate who is senior in age will be given preference and ranked higher.

By incorporating this 'Tie-breaking' principle, the UPSC ensures fairness and transparency in the ranking process, enabling a systematic approach to differentiate between candidates who attain the same overall marks.