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. Meher Kilaru says:

    Hello Sir,
    Based on various keys, am expecting around 210 in General Category…. What might be the chances..??

    Meher Kilaru

  2. Rahul says:

    Dear Sir
    I want to give civil services exam in future and just to test my knowledge solved the paper of CSAT 2013 in which I got score of around 200 .I belong to OBC category.I want to know that my chances of getting selected in future and also want your guidance on how to start preparation as i have 2 years left in my graduation degree.
    Warm regards

  3. Nitin says:

    Sir I am getting 225 marks after checking with few keys around the net. this is my first and without much preparation attempt..i want your guidance for mains coaching. where should i take it.. are chandigarh centres like abhimanu’s good enough?

  4. Abhi says:

    Sir I am getting around 240-245 what are my chances and what is the total number of students expected to be selected for mains by upsc this year

  5. V.K.G.B. says:

    Hey Guys, i am taking two days off. We will return on Friday and answer all your queries. For now don’t worry about cut-off. Focus on mains irrespective of your scores in prelims. All the best :-)

  6. reena says:

    sc candidate 176 score wat r my chances

  7. manish says:

    Hi Sir,
    I am PH-1 category (orthopedically handicapped).
    I am getting 155-163 (157.33 vajiram & ravi)………..In or out ?

  8. ankit says:

    I am getting 190 in paper 2 and just 50 in paper 1. i am apprehensive about my chances in mains as my GS score is too poor. but honestly speaking i didn’t study at all for this exam. being an engg+mba helped me with the 2nd paper. I am now in a fix if i should prepare for mains. I have got a job and will have to deal with a lot of time management if i decide to prepare. suggestions would be helpful

  9. Anonymous says:


    Thank you very much for your comments and advice.
    Your comments and advice are very balanced and matured.


  10. Anilkumar kannan says:

    My score is 220 and I’m from general category. Is that score enough?

  11. Yagya says:

    Tell me about the marks distribution system for decision making. How much i’ll get for the 2nd best option ?

  12. Anonymous says:

    I understand that there was no sectional (paper 1 and paper 2)cut off till last year.
    Hope the samething continues this year also.

    • V.K.G.B. says:


      Thanks for appreciating this blog. There won’t be sectional cut-off in any case. They don’t want to take risk by introducing this as litigation may take place.

  13. Anonymous says:

    i have applied for both ifos and ias.from the available answer key verification ,i may get somewhere around 195-200.wats my chances in forest services and ias..wud ther be separate cut offs for both these streams.wat could be the cut off for those who haved opted for ifs only….please answer my querries…..

  14. Sumedha Rachhoya says:

    sir wat wud b the cutoff for SC category?

  15. Anonymous says:

    Accrdng to vajiram i m getting 204 .i m frm sc cat.wat abt my chance????

  16. priyanka says:

    sir i m from obc category and my score for paper is 198 if i should prepare for mains plz sir tell me soon

  17. mantu says:

    Sir I am Mantu & I belong to SC Category , my score is 128 according to CL in CSAT & 54 according to Vajiram in GS Paper 1 i.e 182 . What are my chances? Paper 2 was lengthy so will d cut off be lower? what should I do ? :(

  18. renu says:

    sir i m getting 200 marks in pre. and i belong to sc category.what are my chances.

  19. suraj says:

    Hello sir,,
    SC category
    I will certainly get 185+

    What is the chances for me?

  20. Anonymous says:

    sir.. i am from ST.. my score is 183.. do i have a chance?

  21. rani says:

    my score 203 and ST category..what are the chances to clear prelims

  22. VM Singh says:

    Sir,my score is 191 according to vajiram n ravi belongs to SC category. What e my chances. Please replt

  23. Anonymous says:

    sir, my score is between 190-201 and i belong to sc category…..chances???? is it safe if m scoring 190

  24. RAVI says:


  25. Anonymous says:


  26. comM says:

    Sir ,
    What can we expect the cut off for visually challenged category candidates this year ?
    Please guide

  27. k.k. says:

    sir my score is 185 to 190. I belong to sc . Please reply . Is there any chances for mains?

  28. Anonymous says:

    sir I belong to sc category and positively going to get 194+ marks. what are my chances?

  29. PSHER says:

    180 for ST cat..what are the chances??? please help

  30. Grace says:

    Iam from the ST category and expect a score of ~188. I have opted for both administrative services and IFoS. Do i have any hope of making it?

    • V.K.G.B. says:


      I think you will make it into both :-) congrats.

      • Grace says:

        fingers crossed!! :) thanks a lot.. This is my first attempt and any help with preparation for mains. My optionals are Agriculture and Zoology.
        by the way great blog… very informative and interesting. Keep it up

        • V.K.G.B. says:

          Thanks Grace. :-) Keep preparing no matter how much you have scored in prelims. You have good marks in your category. You WILL clear.

          I will be putting detailed strategy for Mains (new Pattern) next week. Hope it helps. Keep visiting.

          By the way you have taken good optionals.:-) All the best.

  31. Anonymous says:

    sir my score in prelims is 235-240 general cat. what are my chances

  32. Anonymous says:

    sir general cat. my score is 235-240 ..what are my chances for mains…coz both the papers were very easy.??

  33. neetu says:

    sir,m getting 197-207,i belong to general category,are thr any chances for me to clear?

  34. rakesh says:

    My score may b around 205,I belongs to OBC wt are the chances ?

  35. Salil says:

    HI…i am in General and i am getting 210 marks…are there any chances?

  36. billy says:

    Here’s an interesting one:-

    Q. ‘VARIATIONS’ in the length of daytime and nighttime from season to season are due to:

    a) the earth’s rotation on its axis

    b) the earth’s revolution round the sun in an elliptical manner

    c) latitudinal position of the place

    d) revolution of the earth on a tilted axis.

    Now, most of us have chosen (d). Lets think again.

    Revolution of the earth on a tilted axis is responsible for the seasons and the day and night time BUT not for the VARIATIONS.

    “Because the sun is north of the equator for almost 4 DAYS MORE than half the year, due to the ECCENTRICITY of Earth’s orbit, the duration of the average day at a given latitude in the northern hemisphere exceeds the duration of the average day at the same latitude in the southern hemisphere by a few minutes;”

    The orbital eccentricity of an astronomical object is a parameter that determines the amount by which its orbit around another body deviates from a perfect circle.


  37. Sahas says:

    My Score is 200-201and i am from OBC category.Matched Answers key with CL and Testfunda.What are my chances ? What is the credibility of these Keys ? Are their any separate cut-off for both the papers ?

  38. bala says:

    Sir i belong to st n ph1 cat. This was my frst attempt n my expectd score is 160-170 according to answer key. Is their ny chance? Pls help me

  39. Prasad says:

    Hello Everyone,
    I just want to know if there is anyone here under PH category.
    I belong to Visually Handicapped category.

    CS(P) 2013:
    Paper I : Attempted 59, Correct 37 (Google) — 59.48
    Paper II: Attempted 62, Correct 55 (Keys on net)– 131.34
    Total Net: 190.82

    Any chance??

  40. Anonymous says:

    191 general,what r the chances????

  41. Praveen says:

    205/400 gen category any chance

  42. Praveen says:

    205/400 gen cat any chance for mains

  43. shrikant karkale says:

    dear sir, my score is 204.16 – obc , what will i do ?what are my chances?

  44. amithj says:

    I am getting approximately, 94 + 146 = 240. what are my chances?… this is first time i prepared for prelims. So i have no idea about it. Adn when are the official answers published?

  45. Ajay says:

    Sir, my score is 200…r ther any chances to clear. .m from OBC catagory…..

  46. Anonymous says:

    Hello sir…I am scoring 160 in CSAT paper but a rather lowly 80 in G.S. paper!!! Am i through…I am in general category…kindly guide me and answer this query…MY HEARTFELT THANKS IN ADVANCE

  47. alok kumar yadav says:

    my marks is in b\w 216-230 as a o.b.c candidate, what is the chances for me

  48. shrinivas says:

    Sir ,i am getting 140 in total, i am in ST catogery… is there any chance to qualify in prilims for IFoS?

    • V.K.G.B. says:


      I am afraid it is not possible to clear with 140 score. Better luck next time. Even for IFoS it may be too less I guess. But keep hope and be prepared.

  49. rohitsept says:

    hi , sir my score is in b/w 194 to 202 what are my chances , i belong to sc catagaory
    thank you

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