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UPSC CSE Mains Passing Marks 2023

PriyankaUpdated On: September 14, 2023 03:46 pm IST | UPSC Civil Services
UPSC CSE passing marks are the minimum qualifying marks that are crucial for candidates to score. Candidates can check UPSC CSE Mains passing marks 2023 and previous years cut-off here!
UPSC CSE Mains Passing Marks 2023

UPSC CSE Mains Passing Marks 2023: The UPSC Mains exam plays a critical role in clearing the Civil Services Examination as a whole. For the purpose of establishing the ultimate order of merit, the candidates' scores in the main written exam and personality test are taken into consideration. In order to prepare effectively for the IAS main exam, aspirants must streamline their preparation. The UPSC CSE 2023 cut off will be made available online in a PDF format on the website -

For each stage of the UPSC CSE, a separate cut off is announced along with the official UPSC CSE result 2023. The cut-off marks for each stage of the exam are released after the entire process is concluded, and once the final results have been declared. Notably, the exam has two stages – Prelims and Mains (Written exam and Interview). The UPSC CSE (Main) cutoff marks are subject to 10% marks in each of the seven competitive papers including the essay, GS-I, GS-II, GS-III, GS-IV, Optional-I and Optional-II. Find out more about UPSC CSE Mains passing marks 2023 below.

Also Read: UPSC CSE Prelims Passing Marks 2023

UPSC CSE Mains Passing Marks 2023

The qualifying Papers and other merit-counting papers are included in the main examination with Papers A and B comprising the qualifying papers. The topic of Paper A is Indian languages included in the Constitution's Eighth Schedule. Any of the Indian languages specified in the Eighth Schedule may be selected by candidates. For applicants from Meghalaya, Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland, Sikkim, and Arunachal Pradesh, Paper A on Indian Languages is optional. The English language is the subject of Paper B. Each qualifying paper must be passed with at least 25% marks for candidates to clear the Mains examination. Even if candidates pass Papers I - VI, they will not be allowed to take the personality test if they fail to pass the qualifying  Papers. 

CSE Mains exam papers that are counted for merit include:
  • Paper I - Essay
  • Paper II - General Studies-I
  • Paper III - General Studies-II
  • Paper IV - General Studies-III
  • Paper V - General Studies-IV
  • Paper VI - Optional Subject-Paper 1
  • Paper VII - Optional Subject-Paper 2
In order to pass the overall UPSC CSE Mains cutoff 2023 mark, which is set by the Commission, candidates must receive a minimum of 10% in each of the seven papers. A candidate cannot qualify for the main exam if they receive less than 10% in even one of the papers. The table below lists the minimum passing scores for the various main exam papers:
Type of PaperPaper Passing MarksTotal Marks
Qualifying PapersPaper A - Indian Language25% marks300
Paper B - English25% marks300

Merit-Counting Papers

Paper I -Essay10% 250
Paper-II GS - I10% 250
Paper-III GS - II10% 250
Paper-IV GS - III10% 250
Paper-V GS - IV10% 250
Paper-VI Optional Subject - Paper 110% 250
Paper-VII Optional Subject - Paper 210% 250
*Note: Candidates must achieve the total cut-off marks for all papers (I-VII) counted for merit, which are set by the Commission, as well as the minimum qualifying marks of 10% in each paper, i.e. Paper I through VII.

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How to Check UPSC CSE Mains Passing Marks 2023?

The students are very eager to know the Passing marks for the UPSC CSE Exam as it is the qualifying mark for the candidate according to their category, Here is the simple process to check the UPSC CSE Passing Marks and how to download the file.

  • Visit the official UPSC website -
  • Search for the UPSC CSE Qualifying Marks 2023 link and click on it
  • The UPSC Civil Services Qualifying Marks PDF file will be displayed on the screen
  • Check the category-wise UPSC CSE Passing Marks in the given PDF
  • Download and save the UPSC CSE Qualifying Marks PDF for future reference

UPSC CSE Mains Cut-off 2023

The number of UPSC CSE vacancies depends on the difficulty of the UPSC IAS question paper, and other variables will all be taken into consideration while determining the UPSC CSE Cutoff 2023 for mains.

GS I, GS II, GS III, GS IV, Optional I, and Optional II are the seven competitive papers. If applicants receive the same number of marks in the UPSC civil services examination, the ranking criteria will be determined by the following circumstances:
  • Case 1: Candidates would be ranked higher if they combined their scores from the compulsory exam and personality tests.
  • Case 2: The senior in age would be ranked higher if the marks mentioned in Case 1 were equal.
  • Case 3: Candidates who receive higher marks in the required papers will be ranked higher if cases 1 and 2 are identical.

UPSC CSE Mains Previous Year Cut-off 2023

To appear for the UPSC Civil Services main exam 2023, candidates must pass the IAS prelims cutoff 2023. UPSC IAS mains exam has 9 papers for a total of 1750 marks. The UPSC IAS mains cutoff marks are determined out of 1750. Only three times the applicants are eligible to take the UPSC IAS personality test and qualify for the IAS main exam. The UPSC IAS mains cut off will not take into account the scores in Indian and English language exams, however, candidates must receive 25% or more in order to pass the CSE mains stage. View the official UPSC CSE Mains Previous year cut-off in the table below:

UPSC CSE Mains Cut-off 2021

The UPSC 2021 Mains Exam was held from January 7 to January 16, 2021, for a total of five days. The UPSC Mains Cut Off for 2021 was formally announced and was 745. Candidates can check the UPSC Mains Cut-Off for each category in the table below:
CategoryUPSC Cut Off 2021

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UPSC CSE Mains Cut-off 2020

The UPSC Mains exam (2020 exam cycle) was conducted on January 8, 9, 10, 16 and 17, 2021. The General category's 736 score met the 2020 UPSC Mains Cut Off. The following list includes the official IAS Cut Off 2020 for the various categories:
CategoryCut off Marks 2020
General 736 

UPSC CSE Mains Cut-off 2019

Following are the UPSC Mains 2019 Cut-off scores for various categories:
CategoryCut-off Marks 2019
General 774

Also Read: How to Prepare for UPSC Civil Services Personality Test Tips?

UPSC CSE Passing Marks 2023 - Deciding Factors

The UPSC qualifying marks will remain constant year after year, however, the cut-off varies depending on a number of variables. The cut-off varies depending on the category; the following are some of the variables that influence the cut-off: Number of Vacancies - Every year, a significant factor in determining the IAS cut off is the number of vacancies.
  • Number of Test Takers: The UPSC CSE cut off is also determined by the number of candidates who appeared for the exam. There is huge competition as more candidates seek to take the examination.
  • Difficulty: The difficulty level of the examination also has a significant impact; the harder the examination, the lower the passing score.
  • Category: The category to which the candidate belongs is the primary and major aspect as there will be lots of differences in the cut-off marks from category to category.
Eventually, clearing the UPSC CSE Mains exam would depend on the number of vacancies in the category the test-taker is from. Since UPSC prepares a separate rank list for each other, one must make sure to rank well in their category to make it to the final rank list.

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