Cut Off Analysis of UPSC Exam- Civil Services
Cut off Analysis of UPSC Exam has always been an important topic of debate and discussion. Being one of the most prestigious exams in the country, a vast majority of people keep a close look at it. However, almost all of them are not well aware of how UPSC fixes the bottom of cut-off. They are not very clear about the minimum qualifying mark and how the commission decides the bottom cut-off. This is why they are interested in knowing the cut off analysis of UPSC Exam.
Minimum Qualifying Marks in Civil Services Exam Rules for Prelims and Mains
As the records and statistics received from RTIs and official UPSC websites, commission decides minimum qualifying marks for each year, depending on the rate of marks obtained by the candidates and the number of vacancies available. To be more precise, UPSC sets the cut-off marks or minimum qualifying marks based on the number of vacancies available each year. Say for example, if there are 365 seats available for SC candidates, the last rank holder of SC candidates becomes the yardstick of cut off marks. His secured marks (obtaining marks) become the cut-off marks for this particular year. Candidate who has scored below him, his name will not be listed by the commission. UPSC does not use the term cut-off rather they like to call it minimum qualifying mark. The regulation is the same for the each level.
Candidates who obtain qualifying marks in the Preliminary Examination are called for the Main Examination (Written). The commission sets another qualifying mark for the main examination. Only the qualified candidates in mains are called for personality test. Needless to say that union public service commission sets different cut-off marks for various communities. Candidates belonging to SC (Scheduled Castes), ST (Scheduled Tribes) and OBC (Other Backward Classes) enjoy the benefits of relaxation. They enjoy it at every level of the exam process, starting from Prelims to Main till personality tests. On the other hand candidates coming from general caste are treated as unreserved candidates. They are not entertained with any relaxation or grace.
If you take a close look at the trends of UPSC cut-off marks, you can easily come to the conclusion that cut-off marks depend on the number of vacancies available for each year. Needless to say, the commission has brought about some significant changes in cut-off marks for UPSC Civil Services Exam 2013. The commission has set separate cut-off marks for each individual paper in Prelims and Mains. According to this new rule, each candidate has to obtain minimum of 30 marks in Paper-I and 70 marks in Paper-II in Preliminary exams. For the Mains, candidates must obtain 10% marks in each of the seven competitive papers. They have to get 25 out of 250 in each paper- Essay, GS-I, GS-II, GS-III, GS-IV, Optional –I and Optional-II.
Given below are cut-off marks of various communities for Civil Services Examination 2013[table id=7 /]
Therefore, after 2013, each candidate must fulfil two conditions. They must get above the cut off marks set for each exam and they have to score above the separate cut-off marks fixed for each individual paper in both Prelims and Mains.