Here’s what experts estimate UPSC Civil Services Prelims 2017 cut-offs to be

Cut offs for UPSC Pre 2017 GS 1 (Paper 1)

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducted the Civil Services (Preliminary) examination on June 18, 2017. The UPSC Pre 2017 consisted of two papers. UPSC Pre 2017 Experts, and candidates who took the UPSC Civil Services Preliminary 2017 examination said that this year’s UPSC Pre 2017 paper was more difficult than the past two years.

Experts are also predicting that this year, the cut-off for UPSC Prelims 2017 exam will be lower compared to last year’s 116.

PaGaLGuY spoke to a couple of experts to know how much candidates need to score to make it to the UPSC Main 2017.

ALS IAS (Alternative Learning system) new delhi

Expected cut-off : 105 to 110 marks 

  • Here is why?

“For the first time in 2016, the cut-off for UPSC Main was 116, and this year it will decrease by 5 to 10 marks. The UPSC Pre GS 2017 paper was more of a factual-based paper than last year’s paper. Though, i feel that the marks were not unevenly distributed between various sections of the paper. This year’s paper was based on more conceptual, analytical-based questions.. Some of my students who took the exam in 2016 scored around 123, but this year they are expecting around 98 only. Even some good candidates failed to do well in UPSC Prelims 2017”, said Jojo Mathews, Director, ALS IAS.

AA Shah’s IAS institute, Mumbai

Expected cut-off : 107 +/- 5 marks

“I feel that this year’s examination was more difficult; it was a well-prepared paper. Students who had studied the concepts well are likely to score high. Maximum questions were from Polity, and candidates who did not prepare from Static would have had a difficult time in attempting questions”, said, A A Shah.

Vision IAS, New Delhi

Expected cut-off – 105 marks

“This year’s CSE Prelim 2017 paper was more concept based than previous two years. The cut-off is expected to drop by 10-12 marks when compared to last year. More questions were framed from Political Science, Geography, History, Economics, Environmental. This year’s paper required a better conceptual understanding, precisely the reason why it was difficult,” said Ajay Kumar Singh, from Vision IAS Academy

Khan Study Group

Expected cut-off – 107 – 108 marks

“Last year the cut-off was slightly higher; it was 116 marks. I would say this year it will be lower than that, and a little more than 2015’s 106 marks. This year’s paper pattern was similar to what we see 7-8 years back. There are no cheat codes, no more rote learning; easy option are a thing of the past now. Candidates who did comprehensive learning will have an advantage over others,” said Dr AR Khan from Khan Study Group.

PaGaLGuY even conducted a poll today, June 21, 2017 to know what the exam-takers had to say about the cut-off for UPSC Main 2017. About 53% students out of a total of 177 responses said the expected cut-off for UPSC Main 2017 would be between 110 to 100.

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