Expected Cut-off For UPSC Civil Services Prelims 2013

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(This year (2013) Cutoff seems to be high, may be 230-235 or more for GM. Also for IFoS cutoff is higher than IAS’.  We all(GKToday, Vision IAS, Insights) got it wrong. But all along we told you to focus on Mains. Better luck next time for those who didn’t clear and congrats to those who did. If you had prepared well for Mains, that will immensely help you next year)

Last year we  had predicted 210 (General Category) as cut-off for prelims 2012 and it turned out to be 209 according to official cut-off published by UPSC.

This year as both papers were easy, I think cut-ff for General Category would be around 220. (Proved Wrong)

UPSC will publish official cut-off only next year after final result is out. If you are getting more than 200- 220 (GM), you should start preparing for mains (NEW PATTERN) without wasting time waiting for prelims result to be announced (which will consume 75 days of your valuable time).

The best Answer Key for 2013 prelims Paper- I is out here.

BOOKS FOR MAIN EXAMINATION:

1) Shorter Constitution Of India (Set of 2 Volumes) 14th Editon – D.D.Basu (THIS IS PURELY FOR REFERENCE – VERY GOOD BOOK TO HAVE)

OR This Small Book : Introduction to the Constitution of India 20 Edition or

Introduction to the Constitution of India

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

3) Economic Survey 2012-2013

4) India Since Independence – Bipan Chandra

India Since Independence – new edition

5) Ideology And Politics in Modern India

6) India’s Struggle For Independence – Bipan Chandra

AND

A Brief History of Modern India – Spectrum Publications

From Plassey to Partition – A History Of Modern India (Now Super Hit With Aspirants – Choice is yours! )

7)Indian Economy : For Civil Services Examinations 5th Edition (2013) – Ramesh Singh

8) Indian Polity for Civil Services Examinations 4th Edition – Laxmikanth

9) Geography of India- Majid Hussain

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

11) Buy India After Gandhi: The History Of The World’s Largest Democracy

12) Mastering Modern World History – New Edition – Norman Lowe

Or Buy this Imported Vesrion updated with in-depth chapters on Arab Spring and 2008 Financial Crisis: Mastering Modern World History -5th Edition, Norman Lowe

13) Facts of Indian Culture – Spectrum Publications

OR

Trends in Indian Culture and Heritage: For Civil Services

Or this book from Government of India: The Gazetteer of India: History and Culture Vol II

14) Select Constitutions: 16th Edition – S Chand

 (BUY FROM AMAZON)

15) India’s Foreign Policy – Muchkund Dubey

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

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

18) Social Problems in India 2 Edition – Ram Ahuja

19) Politics and Ethics of the Indian Constitution – Review

20) Public Institutions in India: Performance and Design – PRATAPA BHANU MEHTA

Other Books Civil Services Aspirants Must Read (DURING LEISURE):

1) The Wonder That Was India- A.L.Basham

2) India Unbound: The Social and Economic Revolution from Independence to the Global Information Age – Gurcharan Das

3) Pax Indica: India and the World of the 21st Century – Shashi Tharoor (Pre-order 30% off )

4) An Uncertain Glory: India and its Contradictions – Amartya Sen and Jean Dreze

5) The Argumentative Indian : Writings on Indian History – Amartya Sen

CUT-OFF MARKS – 2011 and 2012

MARKS OF LAST RECOMMENDED CANDIDATE – 2011
GENERAL
OBC
SC
ST
PH-1
PH-2
PH-3
198
175
165
161
135
124
96
MARKS OF LAST RECOMMENDED CANDIDATE – 2012
GENERAL
OBC
SC
ST
PH-1
PH-2
PH-3
209
190
185
181
160
164
111

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  • Paulraj

    Hi Guys,
    I hope you guys are familiar with the risk assessment. Risk assessment is normally done prior to carrying out a critical activity or before taking a major decision which will have major consequences.
    This risk assessment can also be carried out before getting married with someone.
    Now the decision to be taken is : Leaving the job.
    Let us list out all the consequences of leaving the job:
    – You will lose your present job. You may not be able to rejoin the same job.
    – You will lose salary for one year approx. (If you are married already and your spouse is working, then you can easily take this risk.)
    – You may not get selected (very unlikely event- but you should be prepared for this condition also.)

    Contingency Plan:

    You must have a definite plan as a contingency in case of not getting selected.

    What about the chances of getting re-employment within a year. (assess and write down)
    If your expenses are around say- 2 Lakh rupee(this amount could be even more also in certain cases) for 12 months. How are you going to meet this expenditure. List the sources of funds for managing the expenses.

    I have just given an example only. This is how you have to assess your situation before taking a decision. Main thing is you will have to list out the RISKS / Consequences and Definite Contingency plan.

    Advantages: There are definitely many. You have more time for studies. You can even pass the BIG Exam in the very first attempt also with a good rank.

    If you have studied well, you can even get an alternative job like(banking job) easily.

    Hope I have not bored you!!!.

    Regards,
    V.Paulraj

  • ravi

    hi sir this is ravi am getting 210 with OBC…i asked lot of people who are written prelims 2013 they are getiing 230+…..am little panic about this,what about my chances please tell me sir

  • SUMIT

    sir, my score in prelims is somewhat between 215-220….do i have any outside chance or a bleak hope to clear csat 2013….i m in general cat….plz tell study material for gs paper 3 & 4…

  • MURALIDHARAN

    Hi Sir,,, for the past one month , u are tirelessely answering the queries of the aspirants about ‘cut-off’… sometimes even we are bored to read the same type of queries(so & so cut-off, will i qualify).. but you still answer to every query and ur motivating thoughts are simply superb…….
    proud of u sir…………
    hats off………….
    (will be happy, if u write a page about u…. simply eager to know about u sir)

    • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

      Muralidharan,

      Thanks a lot. We learnt from our faults, so we are here to tell aspirants not to commit those faults while climbing the ladder of success. Few corrections while preparing. little motivation and right guidance can easily help one succeed :-) This site aspires to do that. Feedback like yours will help achieve that. Thanks again. :-)

  • MURALIDHARAN

    You and Mrunal( http://www.mrunal.org) are beacon for civil service aspirants

    • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

      Muralidharan,

      Those are big and kind words. Yes, Mrunal is doing outstanding job. I take your words with gratitude and will try to motivate and guide young aspirants as much as possible I can. Thank you. :-)

  • amee

    i m from st cat my score 180 -190 what are my chance

    • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

      Amee,

      You must prepare for mains no matter what your score is. You are near the cut-off, so there are chances you will clear prelims easily. All the best :-)

  • amee

    should i prepare the main exam last year it was 181 and this year paper was also easy i m confused

  • Ashutosh

    I was browsing through Flipkart, for the book on Economics by Uma kapilla. However, the search result showed too many options and I got confused over which exact book should I order. Plz help me by telling if this is the one, Thanks in advance:

    http://www.flipkart.com/indian-economy-performance-policies-11-ed/p/itmd34ey3cx3zctb?pid=9788171889068&ref=1bc43448-e86b-4417-833e-c0b6a8fa4ec4&srno=t_1&otracker=from-search&query=uma+kapila&affid=vinaykumar1

    • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

      Ashutosh,

      I think this book is very good. I have another which I felt is not good at all. My suggestion is focus more on newspapers for economy related stuff. They don’t ask about static part instead their focus is on dynamic part of economics. Business Standard is good from UPSC civil services point of view.

  • HARIOM KASHYAP

    firstly i wanna say good noon………sir actually result is awaiting 2013 pre exam …as for upsc answer key i will get up to 200 marks .i belongs to obc category what do your think i should to do the preparation for mains or not

  • Ashutosh

    @VKGB sir, I was also thinking over similar lines i.e to focus more on contemporary issues. How about studying Economic Survey of India- 2013 & Problems of Indian Economy by Uma Kapilla rather than studying any textbook. As for the newspaper, am studying The Hindu quite religiously.

    • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

      Ashutosh,

      Reading Economic Survey-2013 is must for mains.Any standard book on Indian economy will do provided one sticks to it and reads the same book many times. Collect articles (from October 2012) published on every Monday in the Hindu about Business and Economy – they are very useful. All the best :-)

  • ANKIT SHARMA

    I HAVE GIVEN IES2013
    I M GETTING 60/200 IN GA
    40/200 IN TECHNICAL PAPERT1 OBJECTIVE
    30/200 IN PAPER2 OBJECTIVE
    M FROM SC CATEGORY
    WHAT R MY CHANCES

    • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

      Ankit,

      Sorry. I have no idea about IES.

  • Gaurav

    What is expected cutoff for ST, Sir?

  • Gaurav

    I am getting around 200, CL answer key.
    When will the result come?

    • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

      Gaurav,

      If your score is 200 and you are ST, then you will definitely clear. Result will come between August 1-15.

  • rohit

    sir, when will the prelims results come out?.. i mean is there any official confirmation about exact date?. And my score according to various coaching institutes including the keys provided by you, ranges from 226-242. i am in general category. what are my chances?

  • meghna

    sir i am getting 225 frm halfmantr..m in the general category..any chances??

    • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

      Meghna,

      You have bright chances of clearing prelims. In fact you will clear I think. Good luck for mains :-)

  • sachin chaurasia

    dear sir i m getting 220-230 in obc.its my first attempt but problem is that i did not join any coaching ……….so is it possibility that to crack mains without any coaching and how i can i get study materials…….plz tell me something about that.

  • ammu

    i applied for both IAS and IFoS in prelims. I belong to obc category, i ll get 180 -190 …. my doubt is, ifos cutoff is less than ias cutoff ? can i get atlst through IFoS?

    • B.K.DAS

      same here… What will be the cut off for Indian Forest Service..prilims???

  • prasant

    While checking books at Jawahar online store, I find some books separately designed for GS 1,2,3 & 4 (publisher: Excellent Books). Are those books useful. Here is the link: http://www.jawahar-book-centre.com/new-arrivals-book.html

    • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

      Prasant,

      These are new publishers who try to ‘monetize’ candidates’ anxiety regarding new pattern. I haven’t heard this publisher before. If it is cheap, buy one book and go through it. if you find it useful, you can buy others too. But I sincerely suggest not to buy books there as it is both costly and you don’t know the content in it. Better read only standard texts repeatedly instead of buying many books for each subject.

  • Prasant

    Thanks.

  • Akash

    Hi Sir,
    How much would be the safe marks for an sc category candidate in this years prelims as per your approximation….

    Regards

    • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

      Akash,

      I think 190+ is a safe bet. But 185+ can get through if they have some luck.

      • Akash

        Thank you very much for your reply Sir…
        Take care

        • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

          Thank you :-)

  • ajit

    after keeping patience for more than a month i also want to know with 224 marks in gen category what r my chance ? please reply

    • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

      Ajit,

      I hope you studied well during this past month. You will clear if you are getting minimum 224 from many answer keys. All the best.

  • sai

    it is necessary to take mock tests in Delhi.., in my opinion if we got 300 in optional + 250 in GS +100 in essay total will be 650 with this score any chances for interview with reservations, last time what is cut off for interview
    and my friends are in Delhi they are telling that many people getting 240+ in prelims and cut off will be more than 230+
    sir please give me suggestion am getting 215 (obc) ,and this is my 1st attempt..and also give strategy for mains score

    • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

      Sai,

      It is necessary to take mock tests but not necessarily in Delhi or from Delhi. You can practice previous year questions or frame your own questions.

      I am starting a Free Mock Test series on this blog after 20th of this month. Details will be posted later. It will be completely free – all you have to do is sincerely and seriously answer all the questions.

      For last year cut-off refer this link: http://insightsonindia.com/2013/02/27/upsc-civil-services-examination-new-pattern-for-mains-expected-syllabus-from-2013/

      For OBC 215 is enough to clear prelims. Don’t listen to people who imagine high cut-offs – some do intentionally to lower the confidence of candidates. You will clear.

  • shreya

    i am getting 212 gen category.. what are my chances to get through prelims?

    • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

      Shreya,

      Bit difficult I guess. But this should not in anyway stop you from preparing for mains. Who knows you might be lucky! :-)

      • shreya

        thanks :)

  • sai

    sir please reply me

  • sai

    thank you sir..and thanks for conducting mock tests

  • diggi

    hello sir,what are my chances of clearing pre? my score is hovering around 206-212(obc)

    • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

      Diggi,

      You will clear.

  • Aspirant

    Getting 190-200 OBC, any chance sirji ?

    • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

      You may or may not. It is difficult to tell.

  • http://NONE pawan

    sir,
    I AM SCORING 207 MARKS I AM FROM OBC CAT WAT R MY CHANCES?

  • Pralabh

    namstey sir,

    Sir i want to ask you one thing , sir how can you be so sure that cut off will definitely go upto 220?????? I mean this 220 cut off means 55%. Sir dont you think that 55% is lill bit a big score?? Will Only simplicity of questions decide that cut off will increase this year ???

  • vipin kumar

    sir i belong to ph category and i have score between 1270-180 in prelims what are my chances ? shpould i will be qualify for mains ? please reply

  • Dr. Sukhpreet singh mander

    I m getting 290+ and many of my friends getting near about 300, this is my first endeavour though.
    My prep. Was shaggy i did basic books viz:
    1. Polity 2 bonks of subhash kashyap and laxmikanth polity 1 book revised 3 times
    2. Economy ramesh singh some topics from uma kapila and internet
    3. History 2 books bipin chandra revise 3 times
    4. I m doc myself so didn’t do anything special
    5. Ecology magazines frontline, chronicle newspaper hindu
    6. Geography my subject but didn’t revise 1 month before prelims
    7. Current afairs india 2013 revise 2 times
    but shortcomings of my prep. Viz:
    1. Not regular with hindu,magazines,pib website
    2. No prep. Of indian art and culture (all ans of my prelim was wrong) so started spectrum now.
    3. No revision of geo. Not able to manage time though it was my optional
    paper 1=135
    paper 2=155

    • civils

      No one is interested about your preparation bro

      • paras arora

        mander dude cut ur crap

  • Ravindran

    Sir I am scoring 192 in SC category. Will I clear the prelims exam?

    • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

      Ravindran,

      You will clear friend.

  • kapuria

    Sir I am getting 192 in SC category. Will I clear the prelims exam this time?

  • manish

    respected sir,
    i am manish kumar and i am concerned about the cut off of this year. i am scoring 200 marks in sc category .will i get through?

    thank you

    • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

      Manish,

      If your score is 200, then you must start preparing for mains.

  • Abraham

    sir i am getting 184-187 in sc category…what are my chances? plz reply sir.

  • Azra

    Sir, Iam BC category. I will score from 190-200. Will I pass the prelims..?
    Please gve a true reply

    • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

      Azra,

      You should seriously prepare for mains. You have a chance of clearing prelims. All the best.

  • http:// meher

    somebody plz help me… i was a general candidate at the time of applying upsc.. now after d changes made in ‘creamy layer income limits’ i am eligible to avail the benefits of obc category.. i get around 205 marks..its not enough for a general candidate to get through prelims..but enough for a obc candidate, right ?? Am in trouble.. :(

    • jessiya

      i guess you dont have any chance to make any revision for it since u already applied in general category … never get desp..prepare 4 mains !! lets wait 4 sir’s reply dear…

      • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

        Jessiya,

        Thanks. :-)

    • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

      Meher,

      If you had mentioned GM in your prelims application, I am afraid, your score will be counted under the same category. You can’t change the category in between the examination process. However, if you had cleared prelims under GM, and you came to know that you are OBC, you might have had a chance to request UPSC through mails about your changed status. UPSC would have allowed you to apply under OBC for mains, but I think it is unlikely for UPSC to do so.

      Don’t lose heart, as Jessiya told you, keep preparing for Mains. You should be glad that you will come under OBC for the next attempt – which makes a huge difference to your fortunes. :-) I hope you will clear in this attempt itself. All the best.

      • meher

        Thank u so much sir…

        • a

          sir i m getting 184-187 in sc category..what r my chances? plzzz reply.

      • meher

        didn’t get through sir…… :(
        hopefully next time…. keep on inspiring us…. :)

        • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

          Sorry Meher. Use this failure for correcting any mistakes in your preparation you might have committed. Don’t give up. Keep trying.

          • neeraj gupta

            lol… 235 not selected…

  • a

    sir i m getting 184-187 in sc category..what r my chances? plzzz reply.

    • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

      Tanmay,

      You have chances of clearing prelims. Don’t think about the cutoff. Focus on mains.

      • Abraham

        fingers crossed sir

  • paras arora

    @ insights
    first of all i would like to congratulate u for ur good work.

    can u plz tell us abt urself????????? r u from insight ias academy or something else??????
    i know its a ridiculous question but i am asking it out of curiosity bcz of the name insights attached to ur blog

  • vipin kumar

    sir i am from ph category and i have 170-180 marks in prelims what are my chances for mains pls reaply

  • Pralabh

    what is GM category? Can anybody knows about this ” Special Category”? I dont think it would mean Geneticaly modified Category. he he he he he…

  • http://suryavanshi umesh

    Sir
    my score is around 195-196 in prelims in SC category….what are the chances for IFS????

    • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

      Umesh,
      I think you have a good score and you will clear prelims.

      • paras arora

        bhai mere question ka bhi reply kar de

        • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

          check your mail :-)

  • Ajay

    Hello sir,

    Please confirm about the expected cut off for General category. My score is 222.5 from various solution keys, please confirm am i going to clear prelim sure shot or there are chances only?

  • vinayak

    Sir When can we expect the reults of pre !!

    • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

      Vinayak,

      Between August 1-15 I think.

  • Rawat

    Hello sir,

    Please confirm about the expected cut off for General category. My score is 222.5 from various solution keys, please confirm am i going to clear prelim sure shot or there are chances only?

    • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

      Rawat,

      I think you will clear easily. I hope you are already preparing well for mains. GM cutoff will be between 215-220. Even if it crosses 220, your score may increase because of different UPSC key. It is better to be positive and focus on mains. It is already high time you focus on mains.

  • Raghu

    VK, was a poll for expected marks conducted last year too? Just interested in looking at the scoring pattern last year. And how true is it that a lot many people are scoring 240+ this year. But almost all institutes and you predict the cutoff around 220.

    • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

      Raghu,

      No, poll was not conducted last year. But I clearly remember most people telling same things like they are telling this year. Cut-off lies in the zone of maximum concentration of candidates scoring certain score range. You can see what is the range in the poll. Some people think that we are all just adding 10 marks to last year’s cutoff and predicting this year’s cutoff. Poll clearly shows where the cutoff lies – between 180-230. (for most categories) .

      • Raghu

        Thanks VK. That answers my question.

  • Karthika

    Hai Sir..
    I am getting around 210-215 and belong to General category.. What are my chances?

  • PAULRAJ.V

    Power Demand / supply in Tamilnadu-

    During the last two to three years Tamilnadu was facing a severe shortage of power. It has affected the normal life of the people and moreover the economy. Tamilnadu has an installed capacity of around 7000 MW from wind mills alone(Renewable energy).When there is wind it can generate upto about 40% capacity. There are winds for about 4 to 5 months in a year. So, whenever there is wind there is no power cut but otherwise there is a shortage.To bridge the gaps at times, the state has to go for buying power private parties at a price of around 12- 15 Rs per unit. On the otherhand they get the power from the wind mill at a cheaper price like:2 Rs per unit. This amount was also not paid to the companies who installed and maintained their wind mills.
    Just read the full status report on the power production / demand in Tamilnadu.

    http://greencleanguide.com/2013/04/05/electricity-scenario-of-the-state-of-tamilnadu/

    Also, it is heartening read that Kudankulam Nuclear power plant is already on startup and it is expected to generate some good amount of electricity.(Reactor no.1- 1000 MW capacity). It is expected that the second reactor will become operational within another 8 months. Hope that this will solve the electricity problem to some extent. Also there is a plan to install another 2 more reactors of identical capacities in the next few years. This will definitely be helpful for Tamilnadu as well as for the neighbouring states.
    The central govt. has got lot of plans to install power plants in various parts of the country. Also lot of private players are setting up power plants in many parts of our country. But, the progress being slow, the country suffers heavily on this count.

    Sameway you can prepare similar write up and become aware of the status of your own states.

    Regards,
    V.Paulraj

  • PAULRAJ.V

    Some more Points On Power / Demand

    In the recent years TN govt. had a an outstanding amount(approx. 5000 crores Rs) to be paid to the owners of Wind Mills. This is a very sad state of affair to be noted.
    Now, Engineers talk of the following sources of energy.

    Wind Mills
    Nuclear Power plant and
    Solar energy.

    You know that oil may be available there in the planet only for about 50 years or less. So, in order have energy security for the sustained growth of our nation it is necessary to go for alternative / renewable energy sources.

    Regards,
    V.Paulraj

    • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

      It is very informative. I will put it as guest post on this blog. Thanks.

  • PAULRAJ.V

    Power Consumption / Power Losses:

    Power consumption keeps on increasing year after the year as the economy grows and population increases. In olden days we used to have around 5to 6 power points(like lights/ fans / Heaters etc) in house of middle class. But today there 25 power points in a house of middle class section. This includes power supplies for computers, TV’s,A/C’s, Fridges,lights, fans, Induction cookers etc.). If some kind of awareness camapign is done for the mis-use / wastage of electricity, we can save a lot of power. This kind of campaign can be done through the TV advertisements also. Also, recently people have started using Induction cookers in most of the hoses(as reported in Kerala).This also increases the over all power consumption of state. In summer time, the usage of A/C also has increased among the middle class section.Power demand also goes high due to new industries being set up.
    It was also reported that the excess power produced in northern states could not be transmitted to southern states due to lack of infrastructures.(like availabilty of power grids).
    There is also a more power tranmission loss compared to other developed countries. In this kind of situation there was a big agitation during last couple of years against nuclear power plants being set up in Tamilnadu.
    Also, to set up new power plants, funds are required. When our Govt. can not meet this requirement, the Govt. has to bring in private companies and encourage them.
    Even if you have money, you can construct these power plants overnight. We need a concrete plan. That plan is existing I believe in Paper as of now.
    But this plan has to be converted into action as per the demand requirement.

    You need a vision for 5 years / 10 years ….and for 25 years, if we really bother about our future generations.

    Regards,
    V.Paulraj

  • V.Paulraj

    Dear sir,
    Thanks for your comment. You can include the last paragrapgh also and upload it as one Blog.
    I hope to edit my writeups in future and then send it to you for uploading so that it may be of some use to others.
    Hope to contribute more this month.
    Regards,
    V.Paulraj

    • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

      Dear Paulraj,

      You are welcome. You can send articles anytime. If you can contribute articles related to the syllabus it would be helpful for aspirants. I also request others to write an article every day and maintain a separate notebook – this helps you all a lot in many ways. Others can also contribute. Thanks.

  • manish kumar

    respected sir

    i am in huge restlessness due to my follies in csat 2013. as per upscportal keys i have been scoring 203 and according to munral.org i have scored 208. but the problematic matter is that while encoding the answer in haste i encoded 2 answers wrongly so as an afterthought i rubbed them away with eraser to re-encode them correctly.doing so i had seen that the answer sheet was a bit scrapped owing to the effacing process yet the answers were properly encoded , will i get credit for these answers or get penalized due to tampering detection mechanism of omr sheet scanner.kindly some enlightened soul come to my rescue to get me out of this perplexity that is giving me sleepless night . regards to all … thank you

    • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

      Manish Kumar,

      You don’t have to be restless about these small things. When the date of result approaches, the panic naturally worsens when you think about these small mistakes again and again. I assure you this mistake won’t cost you anything adversely.

      UPSC is very careful in this matter. They don’t play with a candidate’s future. If you have marked answer neatly – I mean, darkened the circles correctly after whitening/erasing earlier answers, you will be awarded marks. They won’t penalize you. UPSC is lenient in these matters.

      Stop worrying about it and focus on mains Manish. All the best :-)

  • KG

    I am getting 230.66 as per the answer key of Vision but there are so many questions whose answers are debatable. My minimum score in any case will be 220, can u please share the last year stats showing the difference between the answer keys of prominent institutes and UPSC.
    Thanks

    • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

      KG,

      Wish I could show you the difference. But I am sure that at least 10-15 marks was the difference. You will clear. No doubt about it.

  • PAULRAJ.V

    The disaster Unfolding In Scale:Uttarkhand Tragedy:

    It is very unfortunate that a diaster like this heavy flooding /land slides comes again and again over a period of time. Under the circumstances, I think the Govt agencies and the voluntary organizations have swung into action as part of rescue operations and have done excellent jobs. But still whatever has been done is not enough under the circumstances like inaccessible areas and continuous rains which prevented effective evacuation process. It is estimated that around 6000 people are missing still presumably dead.In 2004 we had the unexpected Tsunami which killed nearly 10,000 people in India.
    Details on this tragic incident is still emerging.

    Please read the following two web links on 2004 Tsunami Disaster.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2004_Indian_Ocean_earthquake_and_tsunami

    Also, we had one Bhopal tragedy in India in 1984 in wchich about 1500 people lost their life and many thousands were injured or had health effects due to the release of deadly taxic gases. This was the man made disaster whereas the former two were natural disasters.
    A lot of lessons have been learnt from Bhopal tragedy and different countries have intiated actions to tackle / manage this kind of catastrophic failures / disasters.

    In India also, an agency called National Disaster Management Authority came into existence in 2005 as a followup measure on the subject of managing the natural calamities / major disasters.

    Please read this link in this regard.

    http://ndma.gov.in/ndma/index.html

    I shall discuss the significance of this subject in my next writeup.

    http://ndma.gov.in/ndma/index.html

    Regards,
    V.Paulraj

  • Aspirant

    There is talk going on for, paper1 min. qualifying marks is required as 55+. If you have scored less than 55 in paper1, you are disqualified. After this the cutoff is around 221 for General. This is informed to me from some credible source who informed about exact pattern of Mains 3 weeks before it came into public domain.

    • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

      Aspirant,

      Thanks for the info. I am glad our prediction is almost 100% true. But I don’t buy the 55 marks sectional cutoff for Paper-I – as it is clearly mentioned by UPSC that they don’t have any such thing. They only take combined score. They did it for last two years. If they go for sectional cutoff this year, this would lead to unnecessary litigations – an unwanted headache for the UPSC. Though sectional cutoff is desirable, it is not going to happen especially this year. For mains they have introduced 4 GS papers where people scoring less in paper-I of prelims will have a tough time (unless they are prepared well). It is kind of balanced now.

      • manish

        True that UPSC could get unnecessary litigations (and why people will file litigations….for sectional cutoff?? If yes why? Is there anything written about it….). Being a constitutional body they can decide over marks or cutoff or sectional cutoff or qualifying criteria. For this they don’t need parliamentary approval (I think).
        Suppose,
        X= good in paper – II
        Y=good in both paper
        If UPSC have to select candidate from a bucket of X+Y people and proportion of Y student is very less compare to X then it means UPSC has to fill the vacancy from X people this year…which they don’t want. (My impression)

        • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

          Hypothetically, If a guy who cleared last year’s prelims with 40 marks in paper-I and 180 in Paper-II, and he scores the same this year but doesn’t qualify for mains thanks to sectional cut-off – what would he do? Already UPSC has said previously that it didn’t have sectional cut-off, but why the change this year? An aggrieved person for whom UPSC doesn’t answer, may go to the court for an answer. :-) UPSC won’t bother about these litigations – that is another thing.

          I would be very happy if UPSC introduces sectional cut-off. I hope it does. I was just thinking that it would be an arbitrary measure by the UPSC if it decides to bring sectional cut-off this year. Just as they announce implementation of New Pattern, or negative marking scheme, this measure should be announced before the exam. It is the minimum transparency one expects from the UPSC.

          • https://www.facebook.com/Erganesan.meganathan.AMIE ErGanesan Meganathan

            what you said is correct sir…

  • yash

    hello ,
    My score is coming between 196-204,belongs to OBC,please tell me what are the chance for mains

  • http://[email protected] ravi paswan

    i score in gs=82 & csat2 = 128 finaly i get 210 …..in first attempt …….i belong in sc categary………

  • PAULRAJ.V

    DISASTER MANAGEMENT;

    Uttarkhand -Incident: This incident was over. The media hype ia also over.Many families have lost their near and dear ones. Even some villages had been submerged or washed away.Many recently built structures have collapsed. But, surprisigly, the Main Temple structure which was desined and built some 1200 years has remained strong and intact.Under the circumstances it is extremely difficult to arrive at the exact number of loss of human life and property.

    Govt. will be busy in reconstruction and relief work in the coming months and years to restore normalcy.

    Development of Disaster Management procedures:

    There are lot of procedures developed by NDMA to tackle the natural and manmade disasters. They are very eloborate and detailed.
    Now, the question is how effective are these procedures?
    Are they workable? Are they working procedures? Are the procedures tested? These are question that come to my mind first before I analyse these aspects.

    To be continued:

    Regards,
    V.Paulraj

  • PAULRAJ.V

    Disaster Management: Development of the subject:

    If you talk about last 25 -30 years of history with regard to devastation / disasters in the world many examples can be cited. One of the most prominant examples cited with regard to Manmade disasters is Bhopal Tragedy which happened about about 30 years back. Even today, in various forums, this is being discussed. Lessons have ben learnt and the feed back has helped us to develop Emergency procedures and manage bigger Disasters which can happen due to say, Nuclear, Chemical industries.
    In any industry, things can fail.According to Murphy law, if some thing can fail- it will. Best thing is to be prepared to meet such eventualities even though all attempts are made to avoid such accidents.

    In those days,(some 30 years back) whenever there was a major accident / disaster, people use to run around for help like fire fighting or evacuation of affected people. It was more of a reactive situation. The question is why to be reactive and why not be proactive with established procedures and co-ordinated actions. Yes, that is the need of the hour if we want to avoid / minimise the loss of human beings and property.

    In an emergecy situation there are so many activities to be co-ordinated simultaneously on war footing basis. Unless the people are aware and educated on the disaster management, we can not manage the situation effectively.
    Training also plays an important role. With training comes,In-situ Drills which are conducted periodically to check effectiveness of the system and readiness of the concerned people to act. Drills will bring out the weaknesses in the procedures and systems.

    I would like to contitue the same with a case study of an industrial accident / disaster.

    To be continued …
    Regards,

    V.Paulraj

  • Tanmay A.

    Sir
    I am a OBC candidate n my score in prelims hovers around 222… cud u pls tell me the possibility of appearing the mains this time…!!

    • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

      Tanmay,

      You would have cleared under GM category also :-)

    • amu

      bhav mat khao clear ho jayega .

  • Ashu

    Sir,
    do u really think 190+ is sufficient to clear prelims for sc candidates when most of the candidates (SC) in ur blog are getting above that…plz reply mine is 193

    • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

      Ya I really do think 190+ will make you eligible for mains :-)

  • pinky

    Sir, what u said previously is there any sctional cut off i am getting above 200 obc category. but less marks in GS paper 1 around 40 will i make it to mains

    • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

      I don’t think there is sectional cut-off though rumours that there is sectional cut-off. If your score is 205+, you will qualify. Don’t worry.

  • mani

    sir when would the result come???? … cudnt focus on studies anymore… having butterflies due to nervousness !!

    • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

      Mani,

      Result may come next week. Rumours are that result will come this week itself. I don’t think so. It is very important that your focus should be on mains. I understand your anxiety, but does it help in anyway? :-) You should always be prepared for both good and bad outcomes. But I hope you will clear. Good luck!

  • john

    Sir, Is there any chance for 155-165 for ST category .

    • arjun

      155 to 165 might be very little chance

  • Ashutosh Shah

    Sir,
    I am hovering around 200 and I belong to OBC category. Sir, please tell me frankly what are my chances as I am finding it really difficult to concentrate on my studies.

    • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

      Ashutosh,

      Frankly, if your score was above 205, it would have been easy for you to clear. As I have told many here, hope for the best – you don’t know how things turn out with the UPSC. Keep preparing for the Mains.

  • S K

    My marks near to 183, i am from ST cateogery….What r my chances ??

  • abhas

    sir can u tellme what are those 6 questions dat may hav a double answer in upsc ??

  • Jai Durgesh

    when will IFoS result will be declared????????it will be declared along with IAS result or before it?????

    • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

      Both results will come together. Earlier we thought IFoS would come first.

  • Pawan Baghel

    Sir i m getting 207 marks with OBC category from vajiram answers. what are my chances ?

    • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

      Pawan,

      You will clear.

      • Pawan Baghel

        Thanks u sir but some teachers are predicting it to remain around 230 for general category , so i thought for obc it would be about 210. And sir when is result coming out ?

        • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

          Ya most of them keep telling the same thing every year. Don’t worry about their predictions.

          I don’t know when the result comes – I guess may be August first week. :-)

          Only UPSC knows exact date and time. Don’t worry about results. Focus on mains.

  • manish kumar

    sir
    i am a bit freaked out due to a folly of mine committed during the answer sheet filling.what i did is that i wrongly filled the question booklet number which was provided on the left side of the sheet. is this number, if fill incorrectly so consequential as to precipitate the rejection of my candidature.i know you have have all the wisdom to sooth my apprehension. looking forward to your reply

    thanking you
    your sincerely
    manish

    • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

      Manish,

      You need not worry at all. All those details you fill are inconsequential. If you have entered Question Paper Series (A, B, C, or D) Your roll number, and subject code (01 for GS-1)correctly on the OMR sheet, you are 100% safe. Nothing else matters. Prelims result anxiety is making you think more about these small things. Relax and focus on Mains. :-) If your score is good, you will definitely qualify. Good luck!

      And thanks for having trust :-)

  • pranav e

    sir, what is the income limit for obc non creamy layer

  • vinod

    hello sir i got 235 in both paper i am general category according to last year cut off i know that i have a 90% chance to qualify but when i am bubbling my roll number i slightly half bubbled an extra one number which is by mistake. making me sleep less nights will it leads to my rejection of my answer sheet please let me know

    • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

      Vindo,

      Nothing bad will happen. OMR takes only completely darkened circle as the input. There is absolutely nothing to worry. You will definitely clear. :-)

  • SK

    Prelim 2014 will be held on 24 Aug 2014. What may be reason for this change. Kindly comment.

    • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

      General Elections – I am writing a detailed post on it.

      • SK

        Ok sir. Just one query. My date of birth is 18.06.1981 (SC category). How many chances are left for me? Is it 2014 & 2015 or 2014 only.

        • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

          SK,

          You are 32 years, 1 month, 8 days old now. So, you will have 2 more attempts (2014 and 2015). :-) Good luck!

          • SK

            Thanks

  • Jai Durgesh

    sir please inform that epfo interview conducted by upsc which held in mid of june’13 ,when its result is going to be declared???????????

    • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

      Sorry No idea about other exams.:-(

  • Prince

    HI sir,

    I am General PH-2 category candidate and scoring 194. please confirm any chance.

    • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

      You will clear.

  • Prince

    I just called to UPSC and asked about results of PT ( CSAT), the person confirm that it will be announced in next week.

    • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

      Prince,

      Thanks for the info. Long ago, I wrote a post telling everyone that result would come only after August 1st.

      http://insightsonindia.com/2013/06/23/upsc-2013-prelims-preliminary-exam-result-and-cut-off-stop-worrying/

      Others – please don’t discuss Prelims result date here. It wastes your valuable time. Instead, write answers to questions here below ;-)

      http://insightsonindia.com/daily-answer-writing-challenge/

      • Prince

        Dear Sir,

        In last year I scored 162 and cut off was 164. I am again very much scared and not focusing on mains properly. As per different keys available and calculations my score is 190+ ( 190 – 194 ). I belongs to general – PH 2 category. Please advice me and reply must to focus and overcome of the problem of scaring from result fobia. regds,

        • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

          Prince,

          If your score is 190+ you are definitely gonna make it. Don’t listen to all speculations around you. Be confident of yourself. Well, I don’t know if I am wise enough to tell you this – you must always be ready for worst outcomes too. IAS/IPS is not the end of the world. Mayawati (Yes, Ex CM of UP) wanted to be an IAS – some day she may become the PM of this country.

          All the best for your prelims result. I am very hopeful that you will clear. Your score is good. :-) Study for Mains – it will always help you. Knowledge adds up.

  • vamsi

    hello sir most of them are telling that today results will come do you have any idea about when the results are coming

    • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

      I think UPSC has not announced it officially. Don’t wait for the result – it is the biggest killer of your time and chances of clearing Mains. :-) It will come when it has to.

  • dhananjay kulkarni

    hello sir, i am dhananjay, Is prelim result declered
    on 27 july? and how to cheak the result mark
    i upsc site?

    • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

      If it is declared today, you can see your result on this site itself. or you can visit http://upsc.gov.in and check on the Home Page on the right side.

  • reena bassaiye

    Nice information sir my score is
    220 obc cat what r my chance? Rply must

    • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

      thanks. You will clear. Definitely. ‘Rply must’ – Obeyed.

  • SANTRAJ MEENA

    Sir,i am getting 190 marks and i belong to S.T. then sir what expectation

    about my selection.

  • shri kant

    hiii sir i belong to obc catg and i m getting 211 to 220 marks with diff keys..what are my chances??? plz do reply sir.
    thanks

    • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

      Shri Kant,

      If you are getting marks in that range, you will definitely clear.

      • shri kant

        thank you sir

  • vamsi

    results ..results..results… i cant bear the tension do you have any idea about when they will declare results actually at thia day last year they declared results.

  • vinod

    its july 29 still no results whn it will come

  • suneeth

    Sir this is my first attempt and i scored around 225 to 230 [gen] and please tell me honestly what are my chances .. because some websites mentioned cut-off will be around 235 to 240 .. please reply

    • vinod

      hay guy you have 100 % chance if u score above 220 if cut off is around 235 to 240 they cant take even 5000 for mains

      • suneeth

        thank you for the insight mr.vinod

      • Aspirant

        Do you think there is chance for 195-205 for OBC candidate

        • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

          If it’s 205+, there are chances.

      • vinod

        sorry my expectation was wrong i dont know why may be this year cut off was 240

  • amrit ruturaj

    Sir I belong to SC category and I am scoring between 218-228.But the problem is I am scoring around 170 in paper 2 and just around 50-55 in paper 1.The sectional or minimum qualifying mark criteria is really giving me sleepless nights.Will you please shed a light on my chances especially on my fear for sectional cut off.

    • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

      There won’t be sectional cut-off. You will clear prelims. :-)

  • jaance

    sir, m scoring 200 in upsc 2013 prelims, SC category… !!
    what are my chances for civils..

  • Paulraj.V

    In my assessment there is no cut off based on past trend. But even if the UPSC wants to keep a cut off for Paper 1 it can not be more than say around 40-45 marks for GEN. category. Hence you are really in the safe zone.

    Regards,
    V.Paulraj

  • laxmi

    respected sir,

    i have gone through your previous comments. u r saying 205+ is enough for OBC but sir what about SC. My score is 200 ( 60+140 ). is it ok.? as the result is getting delayed rumors are that cutoff is much higher than this. as u are experienced ur input will be valuable. plz reply.

    thank u sir.

    • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

      You will clear hands down. Don’t worry about rumours.

  • Ranjan Kumar Behera

    As per different answer keys my total marks is ranging between 200 to 210. I am too nervous. I am preparing but my focus is distracted. Kindly guide

    • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

      Ranjan,

      There is no need to become nervous. You have not mentioned your category. If you are OBC, you might clear. Good luck.

      • Ranjan Kumar Behera

        Thank You Sir
        And Yes I am OBC

    • mukesh rathi

      same to same dear

  • JITH JOSE

    sir
    my score in cl key-261,gk today-246,vajiram -248any way i think it will be more than 240 is there any need of dialema .now i am going through the newly added topics and my optional,but not yet started writing practices, is it ok sir…..any suggestion sir

    kindly reply

  • Paulraj.V

    Some Info Regarding the Nuclear Plant / Power production options.

    You may be aware of the following statistics:

    Japan which always lacked natural resources imports almost 95% percent of the energy needs.(Petroleum products/ Coal etc)

    US and China produce almost 70 % of their energy needs.

    India imports almost 70% of the required energy needs(petroleum products like Crude Oil and Gas)

    Japan being a signatory to the Kyoto Protocol and vocal global proponent for curbing green house gases had been promoting energy policy that strives for achievement of 3 E’s.

    1. Energy security
    2. Environment(or climate change mitigation)
    3. Economic efficiency(lowering cost for energy)

    However, this is not all that easy to achieve.

    Promotion of renewable energy is good for energy security and climate change mitigationbut tends to be more costly.For this reason Japan had been promoting Nuclear energy opyion as a key for achieving 3E’s.

    Now take the case of Indian states. Most of the Indian states are having shortage of enenrgy. So, we have no option but to go for Nuclear energy.

    In Tamilnadu, the Kudankulam nuclear plant will produce power from its first Nuclear reactor within a month. The second reactor will become operational within another 9 months. It is to be noted that the cost per unit(Kwhr) will work out to be 3.5 Rs only whereas if the Govt. wants to buy from private companies, it has to pay Rs.12 to 15 per unit.
    As of now, the southern states like TN,AP,Karnataka and Kerala will get some share from this much awaited nuclear power plant.
    All these four states are having power shortage to the tune of 17 to 20% as of now.

    The safety aspects also has been addressed elaborately by the Nuclear power corporation prior to starting this unit.

    Note: The common public in the vicinity(fishermen and others) are wondering how they are producing without a chimney / smoke coming out and without much noise(pollution).
    Ofcourse they people are innocent and they have been misguided by disgruntled element in past one year by agitating against this Nuclear power plant.

    Regards,
    V.Paulraj

  • JITH JOSE

    sir
    please reply for my above mentioned doubts….. awaiting your response

    yours faithfully
    jith

    • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

      246+ You know you will clear right?. You will clear no doubt.

      Yes, you must start practice writing soon. All the best.

  • JITH JOSE

    thankyou sir
    I will start writing practice as soon as possible,what is your suggestion about joining any test series for gs,particulerly paper 4.shall i join it now or after the result ,if you know some good test series institutes at delhi please recomend

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  • Anonymous

    sorry sir but this time your prediction didn’t work….not qualified 195 SC

    • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

      Yes I got it wrong. Sorry. Better luck next time.

  • Jai Durgesh

    i was at 215………..and not qualified….general category…..

  • mani

    sir wats d cut off… i gt 230+ was obc still out :(

    • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

      Mani,

      Sorry. Don’t feel bad. This exam is like this – failures are common on your way to success. Forget what happened and focus on next year’s exam. Good luck.

  • naveen

    I was expecting 206 …..but not qualified feeling sad!!!…ST category

    • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

      Navee,

      Better luck next time. Every failure is a lesson. Please don’t feel sad. I know it is sad, but focus on next prelims. Try to study both prelims and mains together and finish them by next May.

      • neeraj gupta

        i think the qualifying marks is above 250 for general .. 235 and not qualified

  • MURALIDHARAN

    i got 227 (obc).. qualified… thank u sir… initially i was very afraid when many people said that cut off will be above 230.. but ur words gave me confidence and made me to focus for mains… thank u sir………

    • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

      All the best for mains. :-)

    • neeraj

      my lowest score was 231(gen) .. not qualified.. i am lying face down on the floor… 231 was lowest score after removing any answer that was wrong in any of the answer keys provided by at least 5 different institute and giving negative marks for each one of them..

      only last attempt left.. dont know what to do.. too low on confidence.. if i cant clear pre in two attempts, whats the possibility i will clear pre+mains+interview in the next attempt… btw I qualified IIT JEE…. lol… was that a fluke.. no idea..

  • JITH JOSE

    sir i qualified
    thanks for your motivation ,please ans my above quarry
    yours faithfully
    jith

  • Kimi

    Ur prediction was wrong…..ST-193 not qualified !

  • manish kumar

    greetings to moderator!!!
    i am still absorbing the jolt of this year cut off.it was ruthlessly unpredictable this time.can the cut off for the next time be even higher than this years sir ? . now that wiil be befuddling if it turns out to be so.next year.all foreboding about cut-offs are smashed to pieces this time sir.though you are doing yeomen service to the good of aspirants.i was getting 203 in sc category as per munral and vajiram but sir what could have been the cut off for sc this time?could it be 230 for sc category or even 240?kindly reply sir so that i can build upon my previous toil and slog it out with new ardour .thank you.

    regards
    your sincierly
    manish kumar

  • Mohit

    220+ with OBC category not qualified.

  • r k v

    220 obc- not qualified.

  • V.Paulraj

    240-245- Cleared.General category.
    All the best for successful candidates.
    For the unsuccessful friends, best of luck for next time.
    This is not the end of the raod in life, anyway.
    Regards,

  • meghna

    was getting 225-gen…cudnt qualify…pata nai wat went wrong…

  • vamsi

    sir, in my first attempt after immedieatly passing my b tech i written civils i got minimum 230-235 general after going through different keys not qualified ,depressed ,i studied hard during my college days,at present my age is 21 i have not sat for any placement during my college as i am so confident that i wiil get through civils but my dreams are shattered i did not qualify even in prelims i am getting afraid about my future because dont know what to do i kept all my energy in civils only during my engineering so i dont have any job options in engineering also so can you advice to me what to do and give some inspiration

    • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

      Vamsi,

      I know it is hard to come to grips after putting lot of hard work and seeing this kind of negative result, but this exam teaches us how to cope with failures and succeed too. Don’t feel sad for this. It was your first attempt and you are still very very young. Average age of people getting into IAS is 27-29. This time plan well and study with renewed vigor.

      You scored well. Result was not in your hands. Don’t give up now. For 2-3 days watch movies – motivational ones. Then start again. I suggest you to join some job – teaching or any small job where you can get time to study.Good luck.

  • Paulraj.V

    Most of the candidates who got selected are from Engg. or science stream I presume. Since the Paper 2 was also comparatively easier this time, lot of people(who concentrated on Paper-II) got more marks(atleast 20-25 more than the usual scoring pattern as observed in 2012.) This could be one of the reason for the cut off mark going upward in an unexpected manner. In simple terms those who scored well in Paper-II got selected. This is my assessment. Because in Paper-I there is a limit upto which a candidate can score irrespective of his level of awareness.
    Another one important point is that in Paper-I, there were number of science related qns.(atleast 22) which can be answered using your science awareness only. This became the advantage for the Science / Engg candidates.
    Regards,

  • Paulraj.V

    A piece of Advice For Younsters:

    I have met some of the fresh graduates recently in my place(in South India) who are preparing for IAS PRELIMS directly without taking up any job although they have completed a professional course like engineering or Agriculture or any other course.
    But under the present cicumstances with stiff competion and changing patterns of exam even a highly intelligent /competent person can not say with guarantee that he would pass the exam. Under thse conditions,I feel, it is better to take up a small job – (a stress free job) or undertake a PG program and then start preparation for exams like this.
    Because, it is going to take 18 months to 24 months for preparation / studies under normal circumstances. If someone can not get through this exam after 2 yrs of full time preparation it would be difficult get a job of his choice in the short term.
    So, I think it is better to take up a job / join a PG course and then start preparation side by side as there are 4 attempts permitted with age relaxation uoto 30 yrs in the case of General category.
    This option looks logically a better choice and the person also can gain valuable experiences in doing a job or studying a PG.
    I invite comments from others on this. Regards,

  • Dosh

    I passed B.TECH in Chemical Engineering in 2008.I appeared IFS 2010,cleared mains then got 105 in interview,did not qualify lastly,Then i appeared in 2011, Exam was enough good w.r.t 2010 of mine.But it was shocking that my written marks got down.e.g. I got 47/200 in Geology second paper which i got 118/200 during my first attempt.Though i got 150 in interview.Once again not selected finally.Then i decided I quit to appear 2012 so that i would make better performance for 2013.But what happened suddenly in March UPSC declared.IFS Prelim..totally shocking as I was preparing Geology +chemical engineering at that moment as IFS exam used to held in July.But I failed to clear Prelim 2013.I am shattered.

    I think UPSC requires not only hard work and patience but also luck.Luck is the main factor here I think after my TWO experiences.

  • Prince

    Thanks I did it. Gen PH2 with 214 marks.

    • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

      Congrats and good luck for Mains :-)

    • MSD

      what is ph 2 ?? i m hearing impaired !! wot is my category

  • Hunny Sharma

    Sir, I have cleared prelims as I have already mentioned my score as 264-270 in the starting comments. People who were saying that this score is not possible must now agree with the result

    • DKJ

      Did u really score 264-270? Can u guide me which book and study material should I study?

  • Prashant

    Sir when will upsc give the answer key for preliminary civil service exam 2013.

  • V.Paulraj

    Sir,

    I received an E-copy link for Indian culture and arts.(An American Authored book)sometime ago from you I believe.. That was a free down loadable copy. I saw the book fully before the results. I lost the link completely. Can you please send me the down loadable E-copy. I will be very thankful to you. It was a very useful book with lot of photos.

    [email protected]

    Regards,
    V.paulraj

  • V.Paulraj

    Paulraj

    Sir,

    I received an E-copy link for Indian culture and arts.(An American Authored book)sometime ago from you I believe.. That was a free down loadable copy. I saw the book fully before the results. I lost the link completely. Can you please send me the down loadable E-copy. I will be very thankful to you. It was a very useful book with lot of photos.

    [email protected]

    Regards,
    V.paulraj

    Reply

  • V.Paulraj

    Neeraj

    This is not the end of the road anyway. If you prepare well from now on and you can definitely clear all three steps (Prelim,Mains and interview) in one go.
    But if you are not working, I strongly advice you to take up some lighter job where you can find spare time for preparation and studies. UPSC has made changes in the last few years in the exam pattern which makes every body to think that this is a level playing game.
    Preliminary is the first hurdle for many persons but with good preparation you can definitely overcome that.

    Regards,
    V.paulraj.

  • MURALIDHARAN

    sir… plz clarify this doubt…
    i qualified prelims this year and preparig for mains..
    i am from pondicherry and i got selected for Upper Division Clerk (UDC) post in Pondicherry through exam conducted by our public service commission…
    i will get appoinment order next week and have to join in next week 15 days.. however, i would like to get the appointment order now but wish to join the service only after mains exam…
    sir..plz let me know whether government rules allow me to request for 3 months time to join the service,,,plz let me know the rules or GO regardig this… (the government officials are telling that either i should join in time or should not accept the job… i am in dileema as i dont want to give away a government job..plz guide me sir..)

    • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

      Muralidharan,

      For now completely concentrate on the Mains without wasting a single day. Next week get your appointment order and continue with Mains preparation. After 15 days join the department. Work for 2-3 days, ask for leave. If they don’t grant (mostly they don’t) go for unpaid leave. Rules differ for every state.

      Join for duty and go for leave. Once you are government servant, you will be till you retire. Nobody can remove you unless you do some crime.

      First request, if they don’t listen, just abscond and report after mains. Nothing will happen. All the best for mains. (if you clear this exam, they will felicitate you later)

      • MURALIDHARAN

        thank you sir.. i will follow ur advice…

  • Ajay Rawat

    Hello Sir,

    I was expecting to clear prelim this time as my score was 225 in general category. Also your view was in sync with me in previous post as you also agreed with that. I am really not understanding what went wrong this time as i failed to clear prelim.
    1) Please confirm your view on this…..

    Also this was my last attempt and i am in deep sink since the time i came to know UPSC result and really cant understand where & how to proceed ahead in life. In comparison with UPSC/IAS there is nothing match-able i always felt like this and now this feeling is becoming my biggest pain. 2)Please provide your guidance in this behalf..

    Do you feel that there is requirement to go to UPSC and again confirm my result?? I know it sound not realistic but somehow i am still not out of the shock that i am out of the race after putting all the hardwork for 4 years of my valuable life. :-(

  • Ajay Rawat

    Hello Sir,

    I was expecting to clear prelim this time as my score was 225 in general category. Also your view was in sync with me in previous post as you also agreed with that. I am really not understanding what went wrong this time as i failed to clear prelim.
    1) Please confirm your view on this…..

    Also this was my last attempt and i am in deep sink since the time i came to know UPSC result and really cant understand where & how to proceed ahead in life. In comparison with UPSC/IAS there is nothing match-able i always felt like this and now this feeling is becoming my biggest pain. 2)Please provide your guidance in this behalf..

    Do you feel that there is requirement to go to UPSC and again confirm my result?? I know it sound not realistic but somehow i am still not out of the shock that i am out of the race after putting all the hardwork for 4 years of my valuable life. :-(

    • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

      Ajay,

      It is indeed shocking that cutoff is very high this year. I genuinely felt that anyone with 220+ would clear prelims. I completely understand your present situation. But there is always a silver lining out there. Every year, 99.97% of aspirants don’t make it into civil services. After few days, months or in exceptional cases, year, they all move on.

      It is utterly false to think there nothing out there to match IAS. This is the biggest mistake people make when they begin preparation for this exam. It is a wrong perception to look at IAS as an ultimate pursuit in life. If it was so, many people wouldn’t have left this service midway and made name for themselves in India and the world (you know to whom I am referring)

      First remove the thought that you have lost something. For a person, ultimately what matters is how many hours of sleep he is getting at the end of the day; how happily he can have three meals a day; and how happily he is spending his time with his family. Even a king has to eat from his mouth and shit from his anus. How happily he does matters in life. What is the use of golden throne if he has piles in his anus?

      It is not the failure that is hurting you. It is the ego that has taken a beating, that is hurting you. Many around you believed you that you would eventually become an IAS officer. You didn’t. So what? Friends and family will come and talk few nice things and go. Enemies might laugh behind your back. For how many days?

      Ajay, just forget it. Accept that it had to be like this. Don’t think over it now. Try other jobs. You will get one and be happy with that. Be contented with what you will get. You know that expectations and desires are the causes of misery. Don’t let failures hurt you. You know what? in the end, even the IAS officer will retire from his job, and from his life. Everyone will.

      You tried and be happy with that. You are not a loser. Just someone better got ahead. For you, there is something else in life. Smaller or bigger, get ready for that. All the best! Cheer up man. :-)

  • AB

    Hello sir,
    I have few doubts..this was my 2nd attempt but I couldnt clear it this time..i worked hard alot..and just bcoz of a foolish panicking during the 2 hours of gs paper..i lost it..i have missed it from a little margine for sure..nd if I had not acted foolishly I was getting 260 ..but its fate..i have learned alot.
    Now i have gt only 2 attempts left..5 of my frnz have made it this time in the 1st attempt..it took time to get normal,as my prepn was very good..LUCK..its a golden word in UPSC!!

    Now my question is about optionals..i have done Pub Adm…nd i am comfortable with it like every other pub ad guy..but the problem is with the kind of marking pattern going on in it..so i am a bit afraid.
    Now i am thinking to change the optional..(marking is the only reason)..nd if I will go for any other subject it will be either anthropology or sanskrit.
    My background is computers..m an alien with anthro..but i am good in sanskrit..confident ( but everyone is going for literature,so m a bit concerned).

    I wana know should I change the optional?

    And If yes..anthro or sansnkrit??

    And also what should be the strategy for next year pre mains.
    As i am working hard keeping this years mains in my mind.
    Guide me please.

    Thanks

    • neeraj gupta

      Sir,

      Are they going to remove optionals next years. Also, is there going to be any change in Age limit? It will be my last attempt. So a bit worried

      Thanks

  • Ab

    Please reply sir..to my above doubt regarding optional selection..your words are going to help me in deciding.
    Thanks

  • mani

    hello sir… finally over wid the post failure effect after csp results …though its true that i prepared fr only 1 n half mnth before prelims ..n expected a gd score ..,
    so starting all over again for csp 2014 with new spirit.. starting with my optional this time… now confusion is initially i thought to take pub ad,,n got synergy package n books as well but gradually realised my interest is nt developing in the subject …my inclination is more towards history .. as we already have to study it for gs n also wrld history being new addition .. so it wud lessen sm burden ..also i lukd at mains papers of both pub ad n history n widout studyin in dept ..m still in a position to atleast write smthng in history paper… plus i have no pub ad backgrnd as my grads is in engineering… am i thinking in the right direction ?? in doubt .. ? plz clarify hw history is a bettr n scoring optional ??
    if ur opinion is +ve fr history .. do suggest sm gud readings… also i wanted to ask do maps come in history always n r dey scorin as well ? .. in 2012 paper dere ws 1 ..?
    thank you sir …

    • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

      Mani,

      Good to know that you have moved on over prelims result. You are taking a right decision. Go for History if your heart is in it. Yes it helps in GS but not very much. It doesn’t matter whether it helps in Mains or not – you should be comfortable in the subject and able to finish each and every topic of the syllabus thoroughly, and then able to answer questions properly.

      History is a scoring optional. But, again, it is not the criteria to choose optional. Fortunately, this optional has produced many toppers.

      Map question will always be there and is a very good scoring question. You will enjoy it actually.

      For book list: http://insightsonindia.com/upsc-optional-subjects-book-lists/

  • V.Paulraj

    Contribution of Indians in the Development of Gulf Economy and the Nitaqat policy of Saudi Arabia.

    India has been having a good relations and trade connections with Gulf countries(Gulf Cooperation Council nations Saudi Arabia, UAE,Oman,Qatar,Bahrain and Kuwait and other oil producing nations such as Iran and Iraq) since last many centuries.
    When the oil discovery took place and crude oil production started in 1960’s these nations needed technical experts and workforce from neighboring countries. India provided the much needed cheap manpower, both skilled and unskilled, to these countries. Indian professionals have worked in construction, oil and gas industries, healthcare firms, and in trade / business establishment. Making use of their intelligence and hard work, they have contributed immensely in the infrastructure development and economic achievement.
    These nations have low population and high GDP. These nations are rich and the human resource development is taking place at a faster rate compared to other developaing countries.
    For example the population of UAE is around 40 lakh out of that the expatriates popupation is around 30 lakh. UAE’s revenue from oil /Gas production is around 100 Billion Dollar. This is roughly equivalent to the revenue from Software industry of India.
    Over the recent years there is a demand to take the locals in oil and gas industry and in business houses. Although Oman, Baharain and Qatar have shown great improvement in nationalization of jobs, the countries like Saudi Arabia and UAE are doing their best in offering jobs to their own educated local workforce.

    The people from these nations have been getting good education in the recent years and hence the demand for the jobs is also going up.

    The lessons learnt from countries like Libya, Tunisia and Egypt(in the recent demonstrations) necessitate the induction of local manpower in the main stream industry and in business houses.

    As a continuation of efforts initiated by these nations, Saudi Arabia recently introduced a new policy called Nitaqat (classification) that seeks to remove illegal immigrants and boost employment for locals by reserving 10 percent of jobs for them. Over 300,000 firms in Saudi Arabia reportedly do not employ any locals and the Nitaqat policy seeks to deal firmly with this.
    Under the new law introduced earlier this year, foreigners are allowed to only work for their legal sponsors and their spouses won’t be allowed to take up jobs. Also, the expatriates cannot perform any job other than the one mentioned in their job cards.
    As result of above law more than 50,000 Indians(most of them being Keralites) were expected to return home during the last two months from Saudi Arabia.
    There are 6.5 million Indians in the Gulf, including 2.45 million in Saudi Arabia. A large number of them are from the southern state of Kerala.
    It is to be noted that Kerala gets a foreign remittance from abroad mainly from Gulf Countries to the tune of 30 Billion Dollar per annum. Needless to say that the Kerala’s economy and the developmental works are dependent on this main source of income of remittance from abroad.
    V.Paulraj

  • V.Paulraj

    Contribution of Indians in the Development of Gulf Economy and the Nitaqat policy of Saudi Arabia.

    You may add the following points as well.
    Also, Indians have started world class educational institutions, business enterprises and world class hospital facilities in all the GCC countries.
    V.Paulraj

    • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

      Ya sure. Thank you.

  • Vivek Anand

    I dont know how to accept failure when all along you were sure of being way ahead of cut off. It happened with me. it was my second attempt(gc). had appeared mains last year, though was not competent enough to cross mains barrier. this year, after exam, felt satisfied of performance unlike previous year when i was hovering on borderline and score 219. this year different answer keys put my score oscillating between 255-272.
    my world felt doomed when i failed to find my roll in the list. i have kept checking upsc website pityingly for a week now if there were any corrigendum. alas, my dream remains shattered.( i have been preparing for last one and half years (after leaving TCS) and currently teach CSAT SSC and PO as part timer in kolkata).
    Anyhow-
    I am ready again. I take this blow as a lesson.

    “When the Going gets Tougher, the Tougher gets Going”

    • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

      Vivek,

      I know how difficult it is for you that too when you were expecting a good score. Unfortunately there is no remedy to be expected for the UPSC in this regard, instead the only option you have is to focus again on the preparation. Keep yourself busy (as you are already doing)

      Your dreams are still intact. Don’t yet lose hope on this exam process, gear up and prepare with renewed vigor. You will have the advantage of accessing mains papers (new pattern) and prepare very well for next year’s mains. Finish Mains syllabus by this December – don’t leave any topic. Make notes and keep ready. Stop worrying about this. It is over. Good luck :-)

      • Vivek Anand

        Ji Shukriya!! Today only I discovered your website. And have wished you to be my mentor. I will persist to follow your suggestions religiously. I will start and finish the mains syllabus in the current year.
        A Big Thank to give me Insights in my Introspection.

        • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

          You are welcome Vivek :-)

  • Satish

    Pls suggest me right material for history mains first paper for map exercise/practice and how and where i can get it.? I am not getting it. Pls do reply ASAp.

  • bharathi raja

    Hello sir,
    Im a bank emplyee,my age 25 livn in chnni, i have idea to appear for civil xams,but not prepared Yet ,i need proper guidance, is it bettr to go coachin classes r Study self? pls guide me…..

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  • http://insightsonindia.com V.K.G.B.

    Anonymous,

    You will clear in both for sure.

  • RAVINDRA

    thanks sir,
    Preparation worth even if i not cleared pre this time.
    keeping finger cross with this border line score.

  • sangam

    Iam an Engineering student .. I have been preparing for only IFos for past three years . So you cant categorize so easily .

  • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

    Sangam,

    I got your point. I am sorry about that. That statement is kind of rude. I didn’t mean that way actually. Thanks for pointing that out. I removed that line.

  • Amit Kumar

    Is there any chances that UPSC can change the date creteria for calculating the age as the exam is being conducted for the first time in August and till now 1st of august was the creteria of calculating the age?Please reply and clarify as many people will be more than 30 years if that crteria will be changed let’s say to 1 october and it will be great shocker for many people.Thanks a lot for your good service to the UPSC aspirants.
    Regards,Amit

  • Amit Kumar

    Hi Insight,
    Please reply the above comment of regarding calculating of age in upsc.Thanks in advance.

  • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

    Amit,

    No. I think it will all be same as notification will be on May 17. I think there is no need to worry about it now. Anyway, UPSC is unpredictable, so keep preparing leaving all these doubts behind. We can just hope for the best.

  • Amit Kumar

    Thanks a lot sir for your reply.Cleared the P.T. this year and hoping for the best that i get one more chance if it is usual 1 august to determine the age to improve my ranks if the circumstances so warrant.Now i am taking this attempt as my last attempt with my cent percent effort.
    Regards
    Amit

  • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

    Amit,

    That is the spirit. Don’t think about another attempt until you have put 100% and more to this attempt. All the best.

  • Amit Kumar

    Thanks a lot sir for your kind words and motivation.We will be in touch through your guidence and some answer writing skills and answer writing practice on this website and afterwards in the interview stage and after that also as good human beings.
    Regards,Amit

  • http://insightsonindia.com INSIGHTS

    Thanks. Looking forward to your active participation in the answer writing program.

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