Becoming an IAS officer is the dream for many Indians. In fact, it is one of India’s most prestigious and highly respected Job designations. But it is not an easy task to crack this Indian Administrative Services (IAS) examination. Just as it is said “Rome was not built in a day” the preparation needed for cracking the preliminary exam alone takes years of dedication and perseverance. The IAS examination is conducted every year by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) of India. It is conducted in two stages: the preliminary and the main examinations respectively. The preliminary exam which is the initial screening examination is conducted for three hours and consist of multiple choice questions on various relevant topics. Aspirants who clear the preliminary exam alone are allowed to appear for the Main Examination and this comprises of some nine papers.
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Cut – off Marks
The UPSC decides to cut marks on many factors like the candidates total number in each stage, vacancies in total number, difficulty level, norms of various category reservations, the marking schemes of allotment and the last year trend of cut off. The union service commission determines the cut-off score, in order for the candidate to qualify for the various service examinations stages. The candidates who have been qualified for the preliminary exams are rightly eligible for main exams. The cut off marks are different for each of the exam stages such as the prelims exam, main exam and the final rankings. They also differ according to the category of the candidate like the OBC, General, ST, SC, PWD, etc.