Expected Cut-off For UPSC Civil Services Prelims 2013

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(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.


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

Introduction to the Constitution of India

2) India 2013 – Publication Division, Govt. of India 

3) Economic Survey 2012-2013

4) India Since Independence – Bipan Chandra

India Since Independence – new edition

5) Ideology And Politics in Modern India

6) India’s Struggle For Independence – Bipan Chandra


A Brief History of Modern India – Spectrum Publications

From Plassey to Partition – A History Of Modern India (Now Super Hit With Aspirants – Choice is yours! )

7)Indian Economy : For Civil Services Examinations 5th Edition (2013) – Ramesh Singh

8) Indian Polity for Civil Services Examinations 4th Edition – Laxmikanth

9) Geography of India- Majid Hussain

10) Ethics In Governance OR To Download Free E-Book Click here

11) Buy India After Gandhi: The History Of The World’s Largest Democracy

12) Mastering Modern World History – New Edition – Norman Lowe

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

13) Facts of Indian Culture – Spectrum Publications


Trends in Indian Culture and Heritage: For Civil Services

Or this book from Government of India: The Gazetteer of India: History and Culture Vol II

14) Select Constitutions: 16th Edition – S Chand


15) India’s Foreign Policy – Muchkund Dubey

16) Challenge And Strategy : Rethinking India’s Foreign Policy – Rajiv Sikri

17) History of the World from the Late Nineteenth to the Early Twenty First Century – Arjun Dev (Optional)

18) Social Problems in India 2 Edition – Ram Ahuja

19) Politics and Ethics of the Indian Constitution - Review

20) Public Institutions in India: Performance and Design – PRATAPA BHANU MEHTA

Other Books Civil Services Aspirants Must Read (DURING LEISURE):

1) The Wonder That Was India- A.L.Basham

2) India Unbound: The Social and Economic Revolution from Independence to the Global Information Age – Gurcharan Das

3) Pax Indica: India and the World of the 21st Century – Shashi Tharoor (Pre-order 30% off )

4) An Uncertain Glory: India and its Contradictions – Amartya Sen and Jean Dreze

5) The Argumentative Indian : Writings on Indian History – Amartya Sen

CUT-OFF MARKS – 2011 and 2012


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1,002 Responses

  1. abc says:

    sir, m getting 200 + in prelims. what r my chances of clearing?

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  2. abc says:

    getting 200+ in st category..sir what r my chances?

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  3. Gajendra says:

    Sir I am getting 196 marks in SC category.. is there fair chance to clear PT.

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  4. PRAVEEN says:

    I belong to sc category n my score lies between 220-230.
    Gs- 87
    Csat- 138
    What r my chances??

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  5. nishanth says:

    Sir I am very much tensed about the results i am getting 185-190 and i belong to sc category….i messed up my paper 2 i getting 105 in paper 1 and only getting 80 in that i totally frustrated…….are there any hope taking the minimum say 185 what are the chances….

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  6. Rakesh says:

    I am scoring 215 marks and i am from SC category.
    What are my chances ?


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  7. Pushpender says:

    hello…i expects to score around 210 marks (general category)…what r my chances?

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  8. Amit singh says:

    Sir I m scoring 88 marks in first paper ( vajiram n Ravi), n 132 in second paper( carrier launcher), should I hope for mains.

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  9. Amit singh says:

    Of course m general

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  10. Yadunandan says:

    Hello Sir,

    I belong to GM category and expecting around 207 to 210. what are my chances sir.

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  11. Manoj says:

    Hi, I am getting marks between 214 to 218 in General Category. What are the chances for me?


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  12. sir my score is 153 i am obc and physially handicap any chance for me ?

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  13. Sagar says:

    I am getting 189-190 total and belong to SC category….Will I get through? am I in safe zone? I suppose cutoff will go 180-185 for SC this year slightly lower than last year,….what you suggest?

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  14. abc says:

    acc. to cl answer key my score is 205 n i m belongs to st cat.what will my chance..n if i got only 190 than what will my chance for mains…

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  15. saurabh says:

    Sir, m getting 205-210 in st category. what are my chances?? m very tensed.. :(

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  16. Anonymous says:

    i am getting 185-190 and i belong to ST…..is there any chances sir?

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  17. karan says:

    my score is in range 210-212, what are my chances??

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  18. karan says:

    Dear Sir, my score is in range 210-212(gen), what are my chances??

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  19. A.K. says:

    is 180 enough for ST sir?…shall i prepare for mains?…

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  20. A.K. says:

    Last year the Cut-off for ST was 181…..i am a unsure if i will clear for mains……:(

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