UPSC IAS Mains Exam Analysis, Expected Cut off 2016

UPSC IAS Mains Exam Analysis, Expected Cut off 2016

UPSC IAS Mains Exam Analysis:  UPSC IAS Civil Services Examination is regarded as one of the most challenging papers of the country. Millions of aspirants appear for the Civil Services Examination every year. In this article, we will attempt to deduce the expected cutoff for IAS Mains Examination based on difficulty level of paper, previous year cut off, current vacancies etc.

Please remember that the candidates who are able to crack IAS Mains Examination will be called for the final round i.e. Interview. Hence, scoring well in the IAS mains paper is the biggest hurdle at the current stage.


IAS Mains Exam Analysis 2016

If we analyse the question papers and mark-list of last 5-10 years of UPSC Civil Services Exams, we can collect a lot of interesting and valuable data. The UPSC questions have evolved and now the bias is more towards current related aspects of polity, economy, international relations etc than the conventional topics.

Note: Please keep in mind that there is no guarantee by UPSC that the case will remain the same for future exams!UPSC IAS Mains Essay Paper Analysis: 3rd December 2016

Due to high standard of questions and evaluation, the marks scored by top candidates is deteriorating every year.
UPSC IAS Mains GS Paper 1 Analysis: 5th December 2016

The percentage of top rankers in IAS exam has come down from 58-60% to around 50% in last 3 years.UPSC IAS Mains GS Paper 2 Analysis: 5th December 2016There is a chance that the same trend of low scoring-tight competition can continue in coming years as well, as the weightage has shifted towards GS in the new UPSC syllabus, which is low scoring (as of now). It is at this juncture, one cannot take a casual approach regarding the selection of optional subject for mains.UPSC IAS Mains GS Paper 3 Analysis: 6th December 2016

Let us now move to the crux of this article i.e IAS Mains Expected Cut Off. We will also go through previous years’ IAS Mains Examination cut off.


IAS Mains Expected Cut off 2016

For your ease, let us try to formulate our IAS Mains expected cut off 2016 in the form of table.UPSC IAS Mains GS Paper 4 Analysis: 6th December 2016Based on several factors, we expect the IAS Mains Cut off to be around the following scores:

Year Mains Marks (out of 2000) of the last candidate (General Category)  Mains Percentage
of the last candidate (%)(General Category) 
2013 562 [out of 1750] 32.1
2014 678 [out of 1750] 38.74
2015 676 [out of 1750] 38.62
2016 (Expected) 695 [out of 1750] 39.71

We hope this article on IAS Mains Exam Analysis and IAS Mains Expected Cut off 2016 for helps you understand the paper better.

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  1. But why 695? Based on last two scores it seems more likely that the city of should be around 38% . 1% carries 17.5 marks. So it seems unlikely that the cut off would jump by 18 marks.

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