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UPSC IAS Result & Cut Off

Topics Covered: UPSC Prelims 2022 Result, Important Dates & Steps to check UPSC Result, Result of Previous Years & UPSC Cut Off for 2021, 2020 & 2019

While the UPSC CSE exam holds a distinguished stature in society, it does not change the fact that at the end of it its attributes are similar to all the other exams.

It has a set pattern, syllabus, a preparation module, and of course like other exams its cycle ends with the release of the final result and Cutoff.

Despite the widespread knowledge about these aspects, I will give attention to each one of them. And on this page, these rights are reserved with the UPSC Result and UPSC Cutoff.

With prelims, mains, and the interview round, UPSC is a three-dimensional exam that facilitates provision for three results at three different intervals.

The impact of three results lays the foundation for three cutoffs. One for each stage.

In case you are reading this term for the first time, then let me tell you what it is.

I can give you a mundane answer like “Cutoff is the minimum marks that a candidate has to secure in order to clear the exam.”, but let me make it interesting for you and bring some analogies.

Like a Bollywood movie is termed super hit when it crosses the 100-crore mark, a 100-meter sprint requires the sprinter to finish the race within seconds, and the Batsman needs to have a 50-plus average, similarly, the UPSC aspirant needs to prove his mettle and somehow have to make equivalent efforts to fulfill the dream of becoming a civil servant.

So, in the world of UPSC Aspirant, having a 50-plus average or crossing the 100-crore mark is what is called clearing the cutoff.

I hope now you know the standards a UPSC CSE Candidate faces.

It might be intimidating but it is possible, and more than 900-test takers make it happen every year. So, are you ready to be one among them in the corresponding recruitment?

Yes! Then do what’s necessary. Start by analysing the previous year cutoff.

You don’t have to wander on the internet to find the previous years’ cutoffs, it is right here on this blog.

To summarise, on this blog you will find all the updates about UPSC Result and UPSC Cutoff.

Thus, let’s start with the blog already.

Table of Content – UPSC IAS Result & Cut Off

UPSC Result 2022

In 2022, UPSC went back to its usual schedule. The cycle of UPSC CSE 2022 was started in February. To be precise on February 2, 2022, when the official notification was dropped on the official website of UPSC.

The dates of prelims, and mains were disseminated and fast forward to now, the prelims exam has taken place and its result has been declared.

UPSC released the result of UPSC CSE Prelims 2022 on June 22, 2022. You can check the result of the concerned exam through the PDF link provided.

Explore the UPSC CSE Prelims Result 2022 here.

The below table provides a concise picture of UPSC CSE 2022 important dates.

Event Important Dates
UPSC Preliminary 05th June, 2022
Declaration of Results of UPSC Prelims 22nd June, 2022
UPSC Mains 16th, 17th, 18th, 24th & 25th September 2022
Declaration of Results of UPSC Mains To Be Announced
UPSC Interview To Be Announced
Declaration of the UPSC Final results To Be Announced
Since the UPSC CSE 2022 is under process, hence, as of now the table is incomplete. However, for your reference, to give you an idea about the interval of UPSC Result dates, I have placed the section of UPSC Result 2021.

UPSC Result 2021

UPSC 2021 final result was declared on 30th May 2022. For your assistance, I am providing the pdf link through which you can get access to the said result. Click here to acquire the UPSC CSE Final Result 2021.

UPSC released the UPSC CSE Mains Result 2021 on 17th March 2022. I am providing a gateway through which you can check the result PDF. Click here to get access of the UPSC CSE Mains Result 2021.

UPSC CSE Prelims Result was released on 29th October 2021. You can find the steps to download it below. I have also attached the IAS result PDF here to make it easy for you.

In this segment of the blog, we shall be discussing things like how to check your UPSC results, the latest updates regarding the current annual exam cycle, and the IAS results of past years.

While all the updates about UPSC Result will be delivered on this page, but it’s time you know how to fetch the result as well.

Acquire complete knowledge about How to Prepare for UPSC CSE exam here.

Now, let’s quickly go over the important dates of the current UPSC IAS exam cycle:

UPSC (IAS) 2021 Exam Result Dates

In the table below, I have mentioned the important dates pertaining to the results of the 2021 UPSC (IAS) exam cycle:

Event Important Dates
UPSC Preliminary 10th October, 2021
Declaration of Results of UPSC Prelims 29th October, 2021
UPSC Mains 7th, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th January 2022
Declaration of Results of UPSC Mains 17th March 2022
UPSC Interview Interview process took place from 5th April 2022
Declaration of the UPSC Final results 30th May 2022

Check the complete set of important dates of the 2022 UPSC Exam Cycle.

Now let’s look at the steps you’d need to follow to check your UPSC IAS results.

Steps to Check UPSC (IAS) Result

The results of the written rounds of the UPSC, namely the Prelims and the Mains, gets released on the official website.

In lines with that, the last and only result that came out with respect to the current exam cycle, i.e., UPSC CSE (IAS) 2022, was of prelims.

Follow the steps provided below to access the result:

Step 1: Visit the UPSC’s official website – www.upsc.gov.in

Step 1 - Check UPSC CSE Result

Step 2: After opening the website, scroll down to look for the link called “written results”.

Step 2 - Check UPSC CSE Result

Step 3: After clicking on the “written results” link, click on the link called “Examination Written Results”.

Step 3 - Check UPSC CSE Result

Step 4: Next, Download the UPSC Result PDF labeled “Civil Services (Prelims) Examination, 2022″.

Step 4 - Check UPSC CSE Result

Step 5: Search for your roll number in the result PDF. Tap back if you have cleared the exam or start working hard for the next year if you haven’t. Never lose hope.

Step 5 - Check UPSC CSE Result
Now, that you know about the steps to download the results, let’s take a look into the UPSC (IAS) results of the previous years (Prelims & Mains).

If you have appeared in the prelims 2022 and wondering about the correct answers of the questions that featured in the examination then for you, I have provided the provision of UPSC CSE 2022 Answer Key as well, check now.

UPSC Results of Previous Years

I have already provided the pdf of the UPSC Prelims Result for 2021. However, at times it is important to look at the past years’ results as well.

Therefore, in this section, we’ll go over the UPSC (IAS) results of the previous years. So, without further ado:

Year Examination PDFs Links
2022 Prelims Check Now
2021 Prelims Check Now
Mains Check Now
Final Check Now
2020 Prelims Check Now
Mains Check Now
Final Check Now

Go through the Commerce & Management Exam Analysis of the 2017-2021 UPSC Exams.

UPSC Cut Off

The cut off marks for the UPSC CSE are basically the marks secured by the last candidate that was selected for that round.

The cut off marks for UPSC 2021- Prelims and Mains, and final cut off have been released instantly after the declaration of the final result of UPSC CSE 2021. It came out on 30th May 2022.

Now when it comes to determining the cut off, UPSC has its unique way to calculate.

Only the marks of Paper 1 of the prelims is used to determine the prelims cut off. The marks that you secure in Paper 2 will not be considered when counting your merit ranking. Paper 2 is qualifying in nature and you need to score at least 33 % in it to qualify for the Mains round.

Before I give you further information about Cutoff, I want to divert your attention toward a very important topic.

Obtaining enough marks to clear the cutoff requires immense hard work, however, with ample practice you can secure qualification without any complication. One of the avenues of practice is Mock Tests, which you should definitely take if you are genuinely targeting the UPSC IAS exam.

Know everything about UPSC Mock Test Here.

Now, more about cutoff.

Given below are a few cases pertaining to the cut off marks that the UPSC has offered clarifications on:

    • Case 1 – If 2 aspirants score equal aggregate marks in the UPSC exam, then the aspirant who has secured more marks in the compulsory papers + the IAS Interview, is given a higher rank.
    • Case 2 – If 2 candidates score equal marks in the compulsory papers and the interviews taken together, the candidate who is senior in age will be given a higher rank.
    • Case 3 – If 2 candidates score equal marks in the compulsory papers and the interviews taken together, and are also of the same age, then the candidate with more marks in the compulsory papers will be given a higher rank.

Now let us go through the cut off marks of the various UPSC rounds of the last 3 years:

UPSC Prelims Cut Offs 2021

Category UPSC Prelims Cut offs (out of 200)
General 87.54
EWS 80.14
OBC 84.85
SC 75.41
ST 70.71
PwBD-1 68.02
PwBD-2 67.33
PwBD-3 43.09
PwBD-4 45.80

UPSC Mains Cut Offs 2021 

Category UPSC Mains Cut offs (out of 1750)
General 745
EWS 713
OBC 707
SC 700
ST 700
PwBD-1 668
PwBD-2 712
PwBD-3 388
PwBD-4 560

UPSC Final Cut Offs 2021

Category UPSC Final Cut offs (out of 2025)
General 953
EWS 916
OBC 910
SC 886
ST 883
PwBD-1 892
PwBD-2 932
PwBD-3 689
PwBD-4 701

UPSC Prelims Cut Offs 2020 

Category UPSC Prelims Cut offs (out of 200)
General 92.51
EWS 77.55
OBC 89.12
SC 74.84
ST 68.71
PwBD-1 70.06
PwBD-2 63.94
PwBD-3 40.82
PwBD-4 42.86

UPSC Mains Cut Offs 2020 

Category UPSC Mains Cut offs (out of 1750)
General 736
EWS 687
OBC 698
SC 680
ST 682
PwBD-1 648
PwBD-2 699
PwBD-3 425
PwBD-4 300

UPSC Final Cut Offs 2020 

Category UPSC Final Cut offs (out of 2025)
General 944
EWS 894
OBC 907
SC 875
ST 876
PwBD-1 867
PwBD-2 910
PwBD-3 675
PwBD-4 465

UPSC Prelims Cut Offs 2019 

Category UPSC Prelims Cut offs (out of 200)
General 98
EWS 90
OBC 95.34
SC 82
ST 77.34
PwBD-1 53.34
PwBD-2 44.66
PwBD-3 54.66
PwBD-4 61.34

UPSC Mains Cut Offs 2019 

Category UPSC Mains Cut offs (out of 1750)
General 751
EWS 696
OBC 718
SC 706
ST 699
PwBD-1 663
PwBD-2 698
PwBD-3 374
PwBD-4 561

UPSC Final Cut Offs 2019 

Category UPSC Final Cut offs (out of 2025)
General 961
EWS 909
OBC 925
SC 898
ST 893
PwBD-1 861
PwBD-2 890
PwBD-3 653
PwBD-4 708

Going through the various tables above you can get a pretty vivid idea about the marks you’d need to score if you want to make it in the UPSC Civil services exams.

Note- UPSC Cut Offs 2022 are yet to be declared by the UPSC.

UPSC Previous Year Papers

In the following section I will be briefing you about the UPSC results of previous years.

However, before that I would like to inform that in case you want to access the previous year papers, then you don’t have to issue an internet-wide search.

It is right here at your disposal.

Click on the link to explore UPSC CSE Previous Year Papers.


With that, we come to the end of this article. I hope this article has been helpful in informing you about the topics of the UPSC previous year question paper, UPSC results, and the UPSC cut offs. Having said that, I guess now it’s time for me to bid you farewell and the very best of luck.


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FAQs: UPSC IAS Result & Cut Off

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    How many students are selected for the IAS interview? 

    I get asked this question a lot, and the answer is that around 2 to 2.5 the number of vacancies announced for the particular year’s IAS exam are selected for the IAS interviews.  

    Apart from that, you should know that only the people who are able to clear the UPSC cut offs for the Mains papers of the IAS exams are called to appear for the interview round. 

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    How many marks are required to qualify the IAS exam? 

    In short, you need to clear the overall UPSC cut offs to qualify/clear the UPSC IAS exam

    The overall cut offs are decided by taking into account the scores of the Mains exams and the Interview round.  

    If you want a detailed answer to this question, you should read the UPSC cut offs section on the blog given above. 

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    What is the procedure to prepare the IAS prelims cut off? 

    The IAS prelims cut off is prepared by taking into account the General Studies Paper 1 only

    As far as Paper 2 or CSAT goes, the CSAT is only a qualifying paper where candidates just need to score above 33% of the total marks. This means that the marks secured by candidates in the CSAT paper are not considered while preparing the Prelims cut off. 

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    What rank is required to get into the Indian Administrative Service (IAS)? 

    So, the answer differs according to the various reservation categories and it also changes depending on the year of the exam. So, what I am writing here is merely a general estimate.   

    For the general category, you’d need to have an All-India Rank (AIR) that does not go beyond the range of 75-95 if you want to be an IAS officer. For OBC, the rank cannot be greater than the range of 460-470, For SC, 840-650, and for STs, 765-775. 

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