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UPSC Prelims 2021 Exam Analysis: Comparing UPSC Prelims 2021 Cut-off (Expected) with Last Five Years Prelims Cut-off

UPSC Prelims 2021 Examination

UPSC CSE Prelims 2021 was conducted recently. The UPSC CSE Prelims examination was conducted in two shifts. In the first shift, Prelims GS Paper 1 was conducted between 9:30 to 11:30 AM and the second shift, CSAT Paper was conducted between 2:30 to 4:30.


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UPSC Civil Services Examination (CSE) 2021: Key Details about Prelims and Mains Exam


Organization Union Public Service Commission
Name of Exam UPSC CSE Exam 2021
Vacancies 712
Total Number of Applicants More than 11,00,000
UPSC Prelims Exam Date 10th October 2021 (Sunday)
UPSC Answer Key Release Date (Unofficial) 10th October 2021
UPSC Prelims 2021 Result 2nd Week of November (Expected)
UPSC Mains Examination Date From 7th January 2022
UPSC Answer Key Release Date (Official) To be notified
Marking Scheme GS Paper I: 2 marks per question

GS Paper II: 2.5 marks per question

Negative Marking 1/3rd of marks
Official Website https://www.upsc.gov.in/


Note: UPSC Exam dates can be changed if circumstances are such. You must keep on checking the UPSC official website for the updated UPSC exam date regularly.


UPSC Prelims 2021 Exam Analysis: Expected Cut-off and Comparison with Previous years Cut-off

As said earlier, the UPSC Prelims 2021 paper was difficult. So, if you are scoring 90+ in the UPSC Prelims 2021, DO START preparing for mains. For those scoring less than 90 marks in the prelims 2021, do not leave the preparation. No one knows about the cut-off. You have already seen the reduction in UPSC Prelims cutoff 2020 from UPSC Prelims cutoff 2019. So, this high time that aspirants should start their UPSC Manis 2021 preparation with full force.

To give you a clear picture of UPSC Prelims 2021, we have compared prelims 2021 expected cut-off (based on our answer key) with the official answer key of the last


UPSC Prelims 2021 Expected Cutoff

 Category Expected Cut-off
·         General 90-93
·         EWS 76-79
·         OBC 88-91
·         SC 73-77
·         ST 67-71



UPSC Official Cut-off for Prelims Exam: Last Five Years UPSC CSE Prelims Cut-off

The difficulty of the UPSC Prelims papers keep changing each year and accordingly prelims cut-off also varies for different category of aspirants. Below we have given the table for the official Prelims Cut-off for the last five years (released by UPSC). Combine with the UPSC Prelims 2021 Subject-wise Exam Analysis, you can get a clear picture of the trends in the UPSC Prelims exam over the last six years and you can also guess the expected cut-off of UPSC Prelims 2021.


UPSC Official Prelims Cut-off of Last Six Years


UPSC Prelims Exam Year UPSC Prelims Cut-off for GEN UPSC Prelims Cut-off for EWS UPSC Prelims Cut-off for OBC UPSC Prelims Cut-off for SC UPSC Prelims Cut-off for ST
·         2016 116 110.66 99.34 96
·         2017 105.35 102.66 88.66 88.66
·         2018 98 96.66 84 83.34
·         2019 98 90 95.34 82 77.34
·         2020 92.51 77.55 89.12 74.84 68.71


This comparison of Prelims cut-off of last six years will help aspirants get a clear picture about UPSC Prelims Exams and prepare them for coming prelims exams with a more informed mind.

All the Very Best to all the Civil Services Aspirants who are sweating day and night to make their dream of becoming a civil servant a reality.

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