(This year (2013) Cutoff seems to be high, may be 230-235 or more for GM. Also for IFoS cutoff is higher than IAS’. We all(GKToday, Vision IAS, Insights) got it wrong. But all along we told you to focus on Mains. Better luck next time for those who didn’t clear and congrats to those who did. If you had prepared well for Mains, that will immensely help you next year)
Last year we had predicted 210 (General Category) as cut-off for prelims 2012 and it turned out to be 209 according to official cut-off published by UPSC.
This year as both papers were easy, I think cut-ff for General Category would be around 220. (Proved Wrong)
UPSC will publish official cut-off only next year after final result is out. If you are getting more than 200- 220 (GM), you should start preparing for mains (NEW PATTERN) without wasting time waiting for prelims result to be announced (which will consume 75 days of your valuable time).
The best Answer Key for 2013 prelims Paper- I is out here.
BOOKS FOR MAIN EXAMINATION:
1) Shorter Constitution Of India (Set of 2 Volumes) 14th Editon – D.D.Basu (THIS IS PURELY FOR REFERENCE – VERY GOOD BOOK TO HAVE)
OR This Small Book : Introduction to the Constitution of India 20 Edition or
From Plassey to Partition – A History Of Modern India (Now Super Hit With Aspirants – Choice is yours! )
Or Buy this Imported Vesrion updated with in-depth chapters on Arab Spring and 2008 Financial Crisis: Mastering Modern World History -5th Edition, Norman Lowe
Or this book from Government of India: The Gazetteer of India: History and Culture Vol II
Other Books Civil Services Aspirants Must Read (DURING LEISURE):
CUT-OFF MARKS – 2011 and 2012
MARKS OF LAST RECOMMENDED CANDIDATE – 2011
MARKS OF LAST RECOMMENDED CANDIDATE – 2012