The IAS prelims is all set to take place on June 02, 2019. After the commission releases the IAS cut off, the students have to obtain that score or more than that in order to proceed to the next stage. Candidates would then qualify for the UPSC mains. For a total of 400 points, IAS Prelims provides multiple-choice questions. Candidates should be aware that the marks awarded in the IAS Prelims exam will not be taken into account in the selection of a final merit list. Applicants who qualify for the  Prelims will be eligible for the IAS mains exam. Let us look at the UPSC pre-cut off 2019 to get you ready for prelims.

IAS Cut-Off List for the Year 2019

Category Prelims Cut-Off 2019
General 95
EWS 94
OBC 93
SC 81
ST 79
PH-1 68
PH-2 59
PH-3 40

Let Us Look at The UPSC IAS Prelims Cut-Off 2020 Expectations 

The cut-off given is predicated from the last year’s cut-off. Numerous analysts said that this year, a small difference of 5 to 10 marks is predicted. Take a look at the table. 

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Category UPSC CSE Prelims 2020
General 98 + (5 to 10) marks
EWS 90 + (5 to 10) marks
OBC 95.34 + (5 to 10) marks
SC 82 ± 5 marks
ST 77.34 ± 5 marks
PwBD-1 53.34 ± 5 marks
PwBD-2 44.66 ± 5 marks
PwBD-3 61.34 ± 5 marks
PwBD-5 61.34 ± 5 marks

What is the Cut-Off based On?

Cut-off marks are determined by the Union Public Service Commission on the basis of a variety of factors, such as the total number of vacancies, the total number of applicants at each point, the level of complexity, reservation criteria based on different divisions,  and last year’s cut-off patterns.

Tips to Get You Going for UPSC Prelims

  • Get familiar with the syllabus for UPSC for both prelims and mains. Know the requirements and exam patterns. Go through sample paper of previous years to get yourself comfortable.
  • Buy some relevant books to get the stone rolling. You can finds books on amazon, your nearest library will also provide you with UPSC related books.
  • Stay away from low-quality coaching centres. Go with the most reputed and highly reviewed ones because you can not afford to try at different coachings to know which one is the best. It will just simply waste your time and money.

Is your Preparation for UPSC on Right Track?

Experts claim that an applicant should dedicate 10-12 months at least. Four out of every ten Indians seek to become an IAS officer and pressure is so intense that only 5% actually make it to the list. In order to secure a seat, an aspirant should create a plan and allocate a certain no of hours to execute the plan.

Usually, the passionate ones start preparing right after their schooling to get a head start. It also works in their favor as they have most of the materials remembered which they learned from school. It is still fresh in their brains so there is less review compared to graduates who have to go through the entire process of reviewing and memorizing.


Do not get disheartened to see the syllabus of UPSC, there is no denying that it is a massive syllabus to study for but dividing the subjects into handleable chunks can provide you with some relief. Since it is one of the most competitive exams in the country you have to give all your efforts even if it means giving multiple attempts.

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