UPSC Declares Official Cut Off and Answer Keys For Civil Services Prelims (CSAT) 2011 Examination

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UPSC has replied to an RTI query about civil services prelims 2011 cut off marks and also has disclosed answer  keys for the first time. (I got this copy in Orkut forum and displaying it here for the benefit of aspirants)


Click below on the links to download 2011 question papers for series A (for which keys are displayed above)



It is said that cut off will be between 205-210 for 2012 prelims(GM category). All the best. (Officially it is 209)


1) India 2013 – Publication Division, Govt. of India 

2) Economic Survey 2012-2013

3) India Since Independence – Bipan Chandra

4) Ideology And Politics in Modern India

5) India’s Struggle For Independence – Bipan Chandra

6)Indian Economy 67 Edition – Dutt and Sundaram or Indian Economy: Performance and Policies 11 Rev ed Edition – Uma Kapila

7) Indian Polity for Civil Services Examinations 3rd Edition – Laxmikanth

8) Geography of India- Majid Hussain

9) Ethics In Governance OR To Download Free E-Book Click here

10) India After Gandhi : The History of the World’s Largest Democracy Democracy – Ramachandra Guha

11) Mastering Modern World History 3rd Edition- Norman Lowe

12) Trends in Indian Culture and Heritage: For Civil Services

13) Select Constitutions: 16th Edition – S Chand

14) India’s Foreign Policy – Muchkund Dubey

15) Challenge And Strategy : Rethinking India’s Foreign Policy – Rajiv Sikri

16) History of the World from the Late Nineteenth to the Early Twenty First Century – Arjun Dev

(I have removed identity of candidate in RTI form to maintain their privacy, and thank him/her for the copy)

  • Oh they put in answers too. . This is a new high for the RTI.. Awesome! 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Thank You

  • sagar

    Combined cut off has really helped a lot.. Thanks to UPSC… cutoff seems well in reach if one can score 155 to 160 in paper 2 … and which is easily possible if one join any CAT preparation has been a boon for many of us.. N thanks for pasting this invaluable piece of info..

  • Devi

    This is really surprising. Glad to see the key from UPSC itself!!

  • Sir I am obc candidate and my ias cut-off 175 tab ias pt 2012 selection give me sum sujetion
    Thanks sir

  • GB

    Manmod, if u have got 175 u will clear.

  • Plz suggest expected cutoff for 2012 prelims. for general categoy. I belong to gen. category & my score is b/w 170-175; is there any chance of me clearing pre??

  • GB


    Cut off is expected to be 185-195 for SC. Keep preparing, sometimes luck can favour u 🙂

  • sagar

    Yep.. cutoff is more of a relative term… depends whr others are lying.. if major fall in dis bracket.. God willing u wl defnitely get a call..

  • prem prakash

    my upsc pt marks is expected to 210.i belong to GC.DO UPSC HAve paperwise cutoff if then what individual paper cut off?plz give me answer as early as possible.

    • sagar

      Prem, no one actually sure about this question.. if you belive this copy of rti thn thr was combined cutoff.. that is someone from IIM scores 170 in aptitude has to score just 30 in GS (15 questions ) .. any given day any graduate from India can do 15 to 20 questions in GS( i hav frens wd such a score) .. so that will make process BIAS.. n ot os d way things are.. so dont worry..

    • sagar

      Prem, no one actually sure about this question.. if you belive this copy of rti thn thr was combined cutoff.. that is someone from IIM scores 170 in aptitude has to score just 30 in GS (15 questions ) .. any given day any graduate from India can do 15 to 20 questions in GS( i hav frens wd such a score) .. so that will make process BIAS.. n ot os d way things are.. so dont worry.. as 90% people say there is combined cut off..

  • GB

    @Prem Prakash,
    have no doubt, it is combined cut off. You will definitely clear. nly thing is you should be sure about your marks because various key give various answers. All the best.

  • mohmmad arif

    I am getting 180 to 190. Being an obc candidate what is my chance?

  • armaan

    height of discrimination- 198 for GC and 175 for OBC. DIFFERENCE OF 23 MARKS IS HUGE. thats why everyone in india want to be an OBC.

  • sir i am getting 180-190 marks belong to sc category what r the chances of clearing pt.

  • GB

    @Raj singh,

    You will surely clear. All the best.

  • Anonymous

    Sir my score is b/w 185-190.I m from gen catgory.Do i have a chance to clear this exam? plz reply soon.
    do u have any idea at what date the result comes out?

    • GB

      Hey Hi,

      Your chance is 50-50. Still hope for the best……….I feel you will make it.

      Result may come in 10 days. Mostly next week. All the best 🙂 keep preparing no matter what happens to result. Preparation always benefits.

  • Latika Maheshwari

    Sir my score is b/w 185-190.I m from gen catgory.Do i have a chance to clear this exam? plz reply soon.
    do u have any idea at what date the result comes out?

  • Is this year will also be two right answers for decision making.Although I’m quite apprehensive even about last years.

  • My marks is 166 in pt and I am obc. what…….

  • My Marks is Paper 1 – 66 & Paper 2 – 98 (Total Marks is 164). I am obc candidate. Any chance for me to qualify the pre exam.

  • Latika Maheshwari

    thanks sir for your reply.
    i am sure for getting cleared in prelims, but get little scared to read out the estimate from IAS krackers that cut off will be b/w 215-230 as the exam was of easy nature.
    thanks for boosting up & making me confident again.

  • Manish

    gr8 work…thnks a lot..



  • vinod meena

    hi,i belong to st catg,my expected score will be 185-190,what will my chance

  • GB

    Vinod you will definitely clear. All the best 🙂

    @Singh, you will clear if your score is above 160. All the best

  • my paper1 score 96 and paper 2 sc
    ore 75 .all marks 171. can qualify pt…w
    my heart is beating.i never qualify pt in upsc. / i am scared about result.agar i will qualify then go to ajmer.

  • GB

    hope for better. all the best!

  • vipin meena vision ias answer key of paper 1 i scored 68 marks n paper 2 i scored total score is acc to T.I.M.E coaching my paper 2 score was 110 than my total score was 178.i belong to st pls tel me what is my chance

  • my name @ kaushlendra kumar and 171 marks and belongs to obc catogery fully scared.75 second paper and 96 first paper.can any give me assurance to keep regular reading.when i will qualify then go to ajmer khawaja saheb

  • Ambika

    how to know the individual scores obtained in prelim exam whether we get through or no. I am eager to know my score though my roll no. is not in the succeeded list.

  • Ambika

    Its been hard to digest but still wanna know where things went wrong. So please revert on priority

    • Anonymous

      @ Ambica.. there is no way out to dis perpetual ptoblem… u can file RTI but that too when whole process is complete… else touch d base wd Mr. Imran farid at upsc.. he can guide u ..

  • sagar

    @ Ambika… dis is d perpetual problem wd upsc.. way out is to file ipsc once dos whole process is complete…else touch d base wd Mr Imram Farid.. i guess he is in exam cell… u can ask for re evaluation..

  • ram

    When this rti apllication should be filed???After the results of pre or after final reults>>

  • uttam

    thanks for loading the information on the site!!! anyone can plz clearify the meaning of two answeres in decision making questions???

  • biplab ahmed

    thanks very much……for this post………it is very helpful

  • R

    GB, im in great confusion. i hvnt taken any coaching bcaz my parents cant afford it. please tell me that in paper II where they are asking the GOVT aptitude question. that what would u do in the following sitation. Answer key gives two answers, LIKE AB, BC, CD, and many so if you could tell that is it
    1) muntiple choice answers
    2) whther we need to either one of them
    3) or both
    4) what if my one of options is right then what?

    please help me out

  • Naidu

    What is minimum but off marks for st category in Civils

  • Anonymous

    i think any type of upsc exam can b cracked by scoring 45-50 %marks for general categary

  • Anonymous

    it is sarprising civil candidates

  • Mayank Singhal

    I dont belive 45-50% is enough..!! iam expecting 190-200 in my prelim 2013.. i dont see my chances

  • arvind

    i am getting 173 in summation of the two papers ,belong to ST category is there any ray of hope ??

    • amu

      there is ray of hope ! but not for u

  • Anonymous

    I m getting 240 in prelims 2013. I belong to general category.
    What r my chances?
    Plz reply soon

  • You are 100% in if you are getting 240. All the best for Mains. 🙂

  • Anonymous

    what is the minimum cut off mark for obc candidates in civils prelims 2013

    • Minimum cut-off should be 195-200 for OBC this year.

  • Sagar

    Many people saying cutoff for SC category would be 190 this year……What you suggest sir?

    • Sagar,

      It will be between 180-190 for sure.

  • Kalpesh

    i heard that this time the cut off may be 7-8 marks higher.. is it true??
    tell me the cut off marks for ST??

  • ss

    217 +safe for general

  • Anshu

    Hello, I m getting 186 (Paper I-41 and Paer II-145) in Prelims 2013. Category – OBC.
    What are the chances of clearing the PT?
    Please suggest.

  • prince

    sir iam getting in paper1 = 158 and paper 2= 45 total =203
    and i belong to sc category… will i clear?
    is there any special cutoff for each paper? or combined cutoff?

  • Anonymous

    my score is 204.16 -obc what are the chances

  • Anonymous

    how much percentage attempt of paper makes your prelims clear sure shot

  • @Anshu,

    I am afraid it is difficult for you this time. Cut-off is expected to be above 190 🙁

  • @Prince,

    You will definitely get through 🙂 Congrats!


    Ya cut-off will be on higher side this time. For ST it may be around 185.


    It doesn’t depend upon number of questions attempted. Number of right answers to total questions attempted matters a lot.

    If you can answer 45 right in Paper-I and 50 right in paper-II it will be a cake walk for you to Mains 🙂

  • ravi

    Hello, I m getting 195-200 OBC.
    What are the chances of my selection?

    • amu


  • Anonymous

    Sir, my score is 230+(gen. Categry) will i in?

  • Akhi

    Sir, my score is 230+(gen. Categry) will i in?

    • Akhi,

      Of course you are in 🙂 Good luck for mains.

  • Anonymous

    it is good but answer should be just after the pre exam

  • mowni

    actually i’m a fresher&dont know the pattern of paper?is there any negetive marking in these exams(both prelims&mains).plzz clear my doubt….

    • Mowni,

      There is negative marking in Prelims but not in mains. Mains is completely descriptive one.

  • Ravi

    Hi sir,,,,my name is Ravi aananda.this is my first trial for IAS prelims…
    i belong to obc…i think i will score between 195-210…

    will there be any chance for selection for 2nd exam MAINS?????

    • Ravi Ananda,

      Your score, if it crosses 205, will be good enough for you to get a chance to write mains. All the best 🙂

  • Aspirant

    Sir please help me. I am preparing self study now. When i saw few UPSC Prelims GS previous year questions, its ambiguous, even institutes, book, sites giving different options. I also cant findout with books, net or discussion with friends. But after long deliberation also cannt get satisfying answer. Is official answer keys available for older UPSC Preliminary General studies paper? Anybody got through RTI? otherwise please give sources where i can get correct answers. Please help sir. Thanks in advance

  • Ashwini s

    Hello, can u plz suggest references for c sat paper 2 prelims.