Answer Keys – Civil Services (P) Exam 2012

Download the Answer Keys – Civil Services (P) Exam 2012 – Paper I & II

Note: These are only answers to all the sets of Paper I and Paper II. Solutions/hints to the questions will also be uploaded shortly.

180 Comments

  1. sanjay kumar -  May 22, 2012 - 12:56 pm

    hi iwant to know what will be the cut off for this year

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    • RAU'S IAS -  May 23, 2012 - 9:06 am

      Dear Sanjay,

      See, first of all, UPSC never declares the cut-off. All these figures are guesstimates. Last year, under an RTI question, UPSC declared that the cut-off was somewhere in 190s (190 – 200).

      Secondly, the cut-off is bound to change from year to year depending on the difficulty level of question papers.

      This year, the guess is that the cut-off may be at or around 200 for general category. Also, a score of 185+ for general category is a hopeful score (worth looking forward to the results). For reserved categories it may be slightly lesser.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

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      • pavneet -  June 1, 2012 - 4:36 pm

        Hello,
        I am scoring (after deduction of negative marks) a total of 202. I belong to the general category. Do i stand any chance of qualifying for mains this year.

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        • RAU'S IAS -  June 2, 2012 - 7:04 am

          Dear Pavneet,

          See, first of all, UPSC never declares the cut-off. All these figures are guesstimates.

          Secondly, the cut-off is bound to change from year to year depending on the difficulty level of question papers.

          This year, the guess is that the cut-off may be at or around 200+ for general category. Also, a score of 190+ for general category is a hopeful score (worth looking forward to the results). For reserved categories it may be slightly (5 – 10 marks) lesser.

          So, you stand a very good chance.

          Regards,
          Rau’s IAS

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          • pavneet -  June 5, 2012 - 7:55 am

            Thanks sir.

            I am continuing my preparation for Mains now.

        • deepak -  July 19, 2012 - 6:31 am

          2o2 is very poor score ,all the best for next year!

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      • Jan Sevak -  June 13, 2012 - 5:21 pm

        The UPSC in response to a RTI query has stated that the minimum qualifying score in the Civil Services (P) Exam, 2011 was 198 marks (for GENERAL category).

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    • sivareddy -  July 21, 2012 - 8:08 am

      hi sir,
      when will come civil service (P) exam results

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      • RAU'S IAS -  July 21, 2012 - 11:12 am

        Later this month or early August.

        Regards,
        Rau’s IAS

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  2. Dinesh Yadav -  May 22, 2012 - 3:07 pm

    hi..

    Please post the expected cut-off for general category students in prelims-2012.

    Thanks in advance.

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    • RAU'S IAS -  May 23, 2012 - 9:06 am

      Dear Dinesh,

      See, first of all, UPSC never declares the cut-off. All these figures are guesstimates. Last year, under an RTI question, UPSC declared that the cut-off was somewhere in 190s (190 – 200).

      Secondly, the cut-off is bound to change from year to year depending on the difficulty level of question papers.

      This year, the guess is that the cut-off may be at or around 200 for general category. Also, a score of 185+ for general category is a hopeful score (worth looking forward to the results). For reserved categories it may be slightly lesser.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

      Reply
  3. savita -  May 22, 2012 - 8:18 pm

    thank alot

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  4. savita -  May 22, 2012 - 8:23 pm

    thank you

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  5. Pinky Mandloi -  May 23, 2012 - 9:42 am

    hello sir,,,
    is there any advantage for obc and female category can u pls guess the cut off in these two categories

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    • RAU'S IAS -  May 23, 2012 - 10:34 am

      Dear Pinky,

      See, first of all, UPSC never declares the cut-off. All these figures are guesstimates. Last year, under an RTI question, UPSC declared that the cut-off was somewhere in 190s (190 – 200).

      Secondly, the cut-off is bound to change from year to year depending on the difficulty level of question papers.

      This year, the guess is that the cut-off may be at or around 200 for general category. Also, a score of 185+ for general category is a hopeful score (worth looking forward to the results). For reserved categories it may be slightly lesser.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

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  6. PRASHANT RAJPUT -  May 23, 2012 - 6:21 pm

    With due respect , i am of this opinion that Cut Off will go down as Paper 1 was tough because there is variation in the answers of many questions. So how can it be steady or near to what it was last year.

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  7. archana -  May 24, 2012 - 3:20 am

    Sir,

    Please tell me what will be the cut off marks for SC candidates ?

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    • RAU'S IAS -  May 24, 2012 - 6:54 am

      Dear Archana,

      See, first of all, UPSC never declares the cut-off. All these figures are guesstimates. Last year, under an RTI question, UPSC declared that the cut-off was somewhere in 190s (190 – 200).

      Secondly, the cut-off is bound to change from year to year depending on the difficulty level of question papers.

      This year, the guess is that the cut-off may be at or around 200+ for general category. Also, a score of 190+ for general category is a hopeful score (worth looking forward to the results). For reserved categories it may be slightly (5 – 7 marks) lesser.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

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    • sanjay -  June 8, 2012 - 10:40 am

      last year cut off for sc candidater was 160-162.This year it may be less than that.

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  8. shrikant -  May 24, 2012 - 4:43 am

    thank you sir…

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  9. PRASHANT RAJPUT -  May 24, 2012 - 1:48 pm

    Sir ,

    Would you provide any explanation with your answers as there is variation in answers.

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  10. JAGANATH J -  May 24, 2012 - 5:05 pm

    sir
    when will the results of CSE(P) 2012 published?

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    • RAU'S IAS -  May 25, 2012 - 7:39 am

      As per the trend, result is expected later July/early August 2012.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

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  11. basant kr singh -  May 25, 2012 - 6:16 pm

    Sir
    I had scored 191 marks and i also belongs to OBC cat.can i hope for qualifying pt 2012.
    plz suggest…..

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    • RAU'S IAS -  May 26, 2012 - 6:32 am

      Yes Basant,

      190+ for reserved category candidate is a very hopeful score and worth looking forward to the results.

      All the best,
      Rau’s IAS

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  12. shreyans sharma -  May 26, 2012 - 7:07 am

    sir i am scoring nearby 190 marks & i belongs to general category.. i have asked several concerned persons as all are giving diff opinions about chances for mains.. plz guide me..

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    • RAU'S IAS -  May 26, 2012 - 7:37 am

      Dear Shreyas,

      1) See, first of all, UPSC never declares the cut-off. All these figures are guesstimates. Last year, under an RTI question, UPSC declared that the cut-off was somewhere in 190s (190 – 200).

      Secondly, the cut-off is bound to change from year to year depending on the difficulty level of question papers.

      This year, the guess is that the cut-off may be at or around 200 for general category. Also, a score of 190+ for general category is a hopeful score (worth looking forward to the results). For reserved categories it may be slightly (10 – 15 marks) lesser.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

      Reply
  13. Arun Kumar Hazra -  May 26, 2012 - 9:15 am

    Sir, I compare my answer with the keys that you published, and scores arround 190 (p1-73 and p2 117). This is my first attempt in csat,can I hope to qualify? And sir looking forward for your complete answer with explanation of csat 2012. Wish me luck sir. Thank you.

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    • RAU'S IAS -  May 26, 2012 - 10:22 am

      Dear Arun,

      See, first of all, UPSC never declares the cut-off. All these figures are guesstimates.

      Secondly, the cut-off is bound to change from year to year depending on the difficulty level of question papers.

      This year, the guess is that the cut-off may be at or around 200 for general category. Also, a score of 190+ for general category is a hopeful score (worth looking forward to the results). For reserved categories it may be slightly (10 – 15 marks) lesser.

      All the best,
      Rau’s IAS

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  14. vinod kumar -  May 26, 2012 - 11:00 am

    Sir
    I had scored 165 marks and i also belongs to OBC category. Can I qualify for mains 2012.
    plz suggest…..

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    • RAU'S IAS -  May 28, 2012 - 6:17 am

      Dear Vinod,

      See, first of all, UPSC never declares the cut-off. All these figures are guesstimates.

      Secondly, the cut-off is bound to change from year to year depending on the difficulty level of question papers.

      This year, the guess is that the cut-off may be at or around 200 for general category. Also, a score of 190+ for general category is a hopeful score (worth looking forward to the results). For reserved categories it may be slightly (10 – 15 marks) lesser.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

      Reply
  15. Arun Kumar Hazra -  May 26, 2012 - 12:18 pm

    Sir, can you suggest me how to prepare my GS for main exam? If there is any book I should follow to have good marks in the 2marks question in the GS? Thank you.

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  16. ankit -  May 26, 2012 - 3:59 pm

    sir,
    this year there are a lot of variations in the answer keys of different institutes. According to your answer key i am getting a total score of 213 ( 88+125)… according to various answer keys my score is in the range of 200 to 213. But for once considering all such questions as wrong which appear wrong even in one answer key i am getting a total of 185. What do you think about my chances??

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    • RAU'S IAS -  May 28, 2012 - 6:37 am

      Dear Ankit,

      See, first of all, UPSC never declares the cut-off. All these figures are guesstimates.

      Secondly, the cut-off is bound to change from year to year depending on the difficulty level of question papers.

      This year, the guess is that the cut-off may be at or around 200 for general category. Also, a score of 190+ for general category is a hopeful score (worth looking forward to the results). For reserved categories it may be slightly (10 – 15 marks) lesser.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

      Reply
  17. sandhya -  May 26, 2012 - 7:46 pm

    sir i am preparing for 2013 cs exam but i did my degree in interior from annamalai university so i want to know that is it possible for me or not.

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    • RAU'S IAS -  May 28, 2012 - 7:03 am

      Dear Sadhya,

      Yes, all graduates (from any stream) who possess a recognized graduation degree (recognized by UGC) are eligible to apply for Civil Services.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

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  18. Manu Prakash -  May 27, 2012 - 12:45 pm

    Respected Sir , My score P1-66.8 , P2-145 and total 211.8 , i’am an OBC candidate , what are my chances of getting into Mains?? i had checked my result through Rau’s IAS and JTS,Bangalore. So whats ma chances ?? and those who cracked the prelims last yr(PLs only genuine ppl) post their score with category that wold be very helpful .

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    • RAU'S IAS -  May 28, 2012 - 9:06 am

      Dear Manu,

      See, first of all, UPSC never declares the cut-off. All these figures are guesstimates.

      Secondly, the cut-off is bound to change from year to year depending on the difficulty level of question papers.

      This year, the guess is that the cut-off may be at or around 200 for general category. Also, a score of 190+ for general category is a hopeful score (worth looking forward to the results). For reserved categories it may be slightly (10 – 15 marks) lesser.

      So, you got a very very good chance!!!

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

      Reply
  19. Prakash -  May 28, 2012 - 2:45 am

    Sir,I’ve scored 183.17 and belong to ST category…many of my friends and seniors with some IAS officers in North block,Delhi said that the cutoff for GM would be between 185-190..can be as low as 180,and for category it would be some 15 marks lesser than general..but u say it would be 5-7..do you think I would qualify???

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    • RAU'S IAS -  May 28, 2012 - 7:11 am

      Dear Prakash,

      See, first of all, UPSC never declares the cut-off. All these figures are guesstimates.

      Secondly, the cut-off is bound to change from year to year depending on the difficulty level of question papers.

      This year, the guess is that the cut-off may be at or around 200+ for general category. Also, a score of 190+ for general category is a hopeful score (worth looking forward to the results). For reserved categories it may be slightly (5 – 7 marks) lesser which comes at around 183 (7 marks lesser).

      Realistically, in your case (ST category), it is worth looking forward to the results.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

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  20. Abhinava -  May 28, 2012 - 7:47 am

    Sir,

    In paper – I , i am getting around 67 marks & in paper II i am getting 140 marks. Total coming around 207… but it is ranging according to various keys…

    What are my chances on qualifying????

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    • RAU'S IAS -  May 28, 2012 - 8:07 am

      Dear Abhinava,

      See, first of all, UPSC never declares the cut-off. All these figures are guesstimates.

      Secondly, the cut-off is bound to change from year to year depending on the difficulty level of question papers.

      This year, the guess is that the cut-off may be at or around 200 for general category. Also, a score of 190+ for general category is a hopeful score (worth looking forward to the results). For reserved categories it may be slightly (10 – 15 marks) lesser.

      So, you got a very good chance!!!

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

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      • Abhinava -  May 29, 2012 - 3:12 pm

        Sir, i have opted history & geography as my optional subjects…. please guide me how to proceed with the mains preparation..

        Which books should i follow??

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  21. Kumar -  May 28, 2012 - 7:12 pm

    Sir, I am Gen Candidate and expecting to Score 50 in Paper-I and 120 in Paper-II. Is there any chance to qualify in prelim this year????

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    • RAU'S IAS -  May 29, 2012 - 7:35 am

      Dear Kumar,

      See, first of all, UPSC never declares the cut-off. All these figures are guesstimates.

      Secondly, the cut-off is bound to change from year to year depending on the difficulty level of question papers.

      This year, the guess is that the cut-off may be at or around 200+ for general category. Also, a score of 190+ for general category is a hopeful score (worth looking forward to the results). For reserved categories it may be slightly (10 – 15 marks) lesser.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

      Reply
  22. Shridhar -  May 28, 2012 - 7:37 pm

    Dear sir,
    My score is 186.85 and i belong to sc category. There are a lot of speculations and opinions. I have left my IT profession for 2 years (a huge career gap) and have 1 more attempt left. If i clear it this time i may continue studies for mains / will drop the idea. In such career dilemma, would it be wise ok to wait for results or not decides my future step. Kindly suggest the best and worst case score for me to decide.
    Regards

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    • RAU'S IAS -  May 29, 2012 - 7:36 am

      Dear Sridhar,

      See, first of all, UPSC never declares the cut-off. All these figures are guesstimates.

      Secondly, the cut-off is bound to change from year to year depending on the difficulty level of question papers.

      This year, the guess is that the cut-off may be at or around 200+ for general category. Also, a score of 190+ for general category is a hopeful score (worth looking forward to the results). For reserved categories it may be slightly (10 – 15 marks) lesser.

      So, in fact, you got a good chance!!!

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

      Reply
    • sanjay -  June 8, 2012 - 10:50 am

      dear Shridhar,your score is sufficient to qualify for mains 2012(if you have given genuine figures).you should immediately start preparing for mains.It will help you in achieving higher rank needed to become IAS or getting home cadre.

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  23. ravneet -  May 29, 2012 - 6:53 am

    Hello sir,
    I have given ias pre this time and now i am preparing for Rajasthan administrative services . i want notes for Rajasthan current affairs and Rajasthan g.k. Please guide sir.
    Regards
    Ravneet

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    • RAU'S IAS -  May 29, 2012 - 10:59 am

      Dear Ravneet,

      For that (state related General Awareness/Current Affairs/Culture, etc) you must refer to ‘Rajasthan State’ book published by National Book Trust (NBT) and Manorama.

      Also, feel free to speak with our Jaipur counselors for any specific guidance for RAS. For Contact Details – click here.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

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  24. LOVELY KUMARI -  May 29, 2012 - 11:16 am

    Sir,
    My Score is 170-160 and i belong to OBC Girl Candidate. what is my chance for main

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    • RAU'S IAS -  May 31, 2012 - 8:16 am

      Dear Lovely,

      See, first of all, UPSC never declares the cut-off. All these figures are guesstimates.

      Secondly, the cut-off is bound to change from year to year depending on the difficulty level of question papers.

      This year, the guess is that the cut-off may be at or around 200+ for general category. Also, a score of 190+ for general category is a hopeful score (worth looking forward to the results). For reserved categories it may be slightly (5 – 10 marks) lesser.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

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    • sanjay -  June 8, 2012 - 10:52 am

      You have fair chances to qualify for mains 2012.so start preparing for mains.

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  25. AAYUSH NARAYAN -  May 29, 2012 - 12:18 pm

    Sir , i am getting 190 according to Ur solutions…WHAt r my chances ….. GEn category…..

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    • RAU'S IAS -  May 31, 2012 - 8:16 am

      Dear Aayush,

      See, first of all, UPSC never declares the cut-off. All these figures are guesstimates.

      Secondly, the cut-off is bound to change from year to year depending on the difficulty level of question papers.

      This year, the guess is that the cut-off may be at or around 200+ for general category. Also, a score of 190 for general category is a hopeful score (worth looking forward to the results). For reserved categories it may be slightly (5 – 10 marks) lesser.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

      Reply
  26. himanshu gautam -  May 29, 2012 - 1:38 pm

    sir
    my score is 180-190 and i belong to general category.
    What r my chances ???

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    • RAU'S IAS -  May 31, 2012 - 8:15 am

      Dear Himanshu,

      See, first of all, UPSC never declares the cut-off. All these figures are guesstimates.

      Secondly, the cut-off is bound to change from year to year depending on the difficulty level of question papers.

      This year, the guess is that the cut-off may be at or around 200+ for general category. Also, a score of 190 for general category is a hopeful score (worth looking forward to the results). For reserved categories it may be slightly (5 – 10 marks) lesser.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

      Reply
  27. sunbir -  May 29, 2012 - 8:12 pm

    I am a PH and got 150…any chance????

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    • RAU'S IAS -  May 31, 2012 - 7:43 am

      Dear Sunbir,

      See, first of all, UPSC never declares the cut-off. All these figures are guesstimates.

      Secondly, the cut-off is bound to change from year to year depending on the difficulty level of question papers.

      This year, the guess is that the cut-off may be at or around 200+ for general category. Also, a score of 190+ for general category is a hopeful score (worth looking forward to the results). For reserved categories it may be slightly (10 marks) lesser.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

      Reply
  28. anwar -  May 30, 2012 - 10:44 am

    dear sir
    currently i m working as income tax inspector and preparing for ias with commerce and public administration. Is it an strange choice(subjects) and is it seperate cut off for both the papers of prelim?

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    • RAU'S IAS -  May 31, 2012 - 10:12 am

      Dear Anwar,

      According to UPSC, there is no separate cut off in Preliminary Examination. UPSC considers an aggregate score.

      And your optional subjects are all right. I am sure that you are a B.Comm(H)/M.Comm/CA that you have opted for Commerce & Accountancy as one of your optional subjects?

      Good luck,
      Rau’s IAS

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  29. samm -  May 30, 2012 - 11:12 am

    hello sir,
    i m a gen cat candidate
    i think my score in 2nd paper around 150
    bt in first it would not more than 35
    what is my chance????
    sir as u coach for a long time u know better than anyone
    so pls guide me…… what should i do now
    regards
    samm

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    • RAU'S IAS -  May 31, 2012 - 7:45 am

      Dear Sam,

      See, first of all, UPSC never declares the cut-off. All these figures are guesstimates.

      Secondly, the cut-off is bound to change from year to year depending on the difficulty level of question papers.

      This year, the guess is that the cut-off may be at or around 200+ for general category. Also, a score of 190+ for general category is a hopeful score (worth looking forward to the results). For reserved categories it may be slightly (5 – 10 marks) lesser.

      At 185, you should certainly check out the result but start preparing for 2013 exam. Adopt a targeted approach this time (if not already).

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

      Reply
  30. Vishesh -  May 30, 2012 - 11:34 am

    Sir,
    i am getting around 220-230(50-55 in paper 1 and 180-185 in paper 2) marks as per your key
    i am a general category candidate
    should i hope for a call in mains???

    also i have chosen physics and chemistry as my optionals as i am from science background and dont understand anything else.

    if i start my preparation from now vigorously will i be able to crack mains??

    i am a bright student and have consistently scored above 90 in science subjects.

    tell me realistically can mains preparation be done in 6 months

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    • RAU'S IAS -  May 31, 2012 - 7:48 am

      Dear Vishesh,

      1) See, first of all, UPSC never declares the cut-off. All these figures are guesstimates.

      Secondly, the cut-off is bound to change from year to year depending on the difficulty level of question papers.

      This year, the guess is that the cut-off may be at or around 200+ for general category. Also, a score of 190+ for general category is a hopeful score (worth looking forward to the results). For reserved categories it may be slightly (5 – 10 marks) lesser.

      So, in fact, you got a very good chance!!!

      2) Ideally, you should have completed at least 3/4th of the Mains syllabus before appearing at the Preliminary Exam. Only then you could utilized time right now in revision and giving your preparation a final touch.

      See, you do not have 6 but only 4.5 months (all inclusive) till Mains exam. In case you have a strong hold on both Physics and Chemistry, then pull up your socks and set out to cover General Studies while only selectively working towards your science optionals.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

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    • RAU'S IAS -  May 31, 2012 - 7:49 am

      Dear Jagsdeesh,

      See, first of all, UPSC never declares the cut-off. All these figures are guesstimates.

      Secondly, the cut-off is bound to change from year to year depending on the difficulty level of question papers.

      This year, the guess is that the cut-off may be at or around 200+ for general category. Also, a score of 190+ for general category is a hopeful score (worth looking forward to the results). For reserved categories it may be slightly (5 – 10 marks) lesser.

      So, in fact, you got a good chance!!!

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

      Reply
  31. jagdeesh bamaniya -  May 30, 2012 - 12:27 pm

    dear sir
    i have 165 marks this time.and i got st categyri. plz tell me my selection any chanses
    plz trll me st cut off

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  32. tony -  May 31, 2012 - 5:02 am

    as compared to last years paper

    paper I was easier , considering i guess almost all of us knew about the topics asked in almost 90 % of the questions…. but a glance through the options would reveal that the paper was much much trickier considering the large no of ” all of these ” options..if am not mistaken , there are 60-65 questions having the ” all of these ” options
    so i guess this makes the paper tougher due to three aspects
    I) u would hardly get a question correct based on your hunches.. u have to know every point of every topic, that might not be possible
    II) if u felt ” all the above ” was the correct answer every time u saw it as an option , be prepared for a surprise
    III) if u wanted to play safe , u might end up answering too few

    now apart from a few genii, who will score in the range of 130 + even in this paper , expect a score of around 60-70 , to be good enough to sail u through

    paper II was full of passages, and the answers to these passages are not known properly. even coaching centres like rao and vajiram give different answers.. now say ?? which coaching institute to rely upon ?? on an average if you expect a score of 150 + , u are sailing through no doubt

    i predict the overall cut-off to be around 200 (general) . people who score around 185-190 should also look forward. and finally , keep praying dudes

    P.S. RAO,s please note, i could not agree with many of your answers in the CSAT paper II , but i guess thats bound to happen. your General Studies section though was really good

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    • Yash -  May 31, 2012 - 1:57 pm

      Totally agree with u..!!!

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  33. Parimal Barman -  June 1, 2012 - 1:56 am

    Dear Sir,
    I want to know the cut off marks of West Bengal Civil Service (Exe.) Preliminary Examination, 2012.
    I am a S.C Candidate. Please tell me the probable cut off for S.C Candidate.

    Reply
    • RAU'S IAS -  June 1, 2012 - 5:01 am

      Dear Parimal,

      We would not be able to advice you on cut-off of state level exams.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

      Reply
  34. suman mashala -  June 1, 2012 - 10:03 am

    sir this was my 1st attempt.. i got nearly 70 in paper 2 and i dont knw abt paper 1… am confused whether i should continue for mains or not.. i belong to sc category.. plz suggest me..

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  35. vikas -  June 1, 2012 - 3:12 pm

    sir,
    i want to know how many marks one should have to clear sectional cut off for paper 1. I shall be highly thankful if you provide me with this…

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    • RAU'S IAS -  June 2, 2012 - 7:03 am

      Dear Vikas,

      UPSC considers aggregate score and does not prescribe any sectional cut-off.

      This year, the guess is that the cut-off may be at or around 200+ for general category. Also, a score of 190+ for general category is a hopeful score (worth looking forward to the results). For reserved categories it may be slightly (5 – 10 marks) lesser.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

      Reply
  36. Jhansi -  June 1, 2012 - 6:38 pm

    Sir,
    My score in prelims is ranging from 194.5 to 200 according to different keys. I am OBC girl. Do I have any chances of clearing prelims?

    Reply
    • RAU'S IAS -  June 2, 2012 - 7:05 am

      Dear Jhansi,

      See, first of all, UPSC never declares the cut-off. All these figures are guesstimates.

      Secondly, the cut-off is bound to change from year to year depending on the difficulty level of question papers.

      This year, the guess is that the cut-off may be at or around 200+ for general category. Also, a score of 190+ for general category is a hopeful score (worth looking forward to the results). For reserved categories it may be slightly (5 – 10 marks) lesser.

      So, you stand a very good chance.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

      Reply
  37. suman mashala -  June 2, 2012 - 2:57 pm

    sir this was my 1st attempt.. i got nearly 70 in paper 2 and i dont knw abt paper 1… am confused whether i should continue for mains or not.. i belong to sc category.. plz suggest me..

    Reply
  38. pranjit singh -  June 8, 2012 - 7:53 am

    sir i m expected to score 190 & i belong to genrel category can i hope to qualify

    Reply
  39. Mahadev Singh -  June 8, 2012 - 3:07 pm

    Sir, I am mahadev singh from CHAF Bangalore. I am scoring 175 in both the papers & belongs to OBC. Sir pls answer my following questions:
    1. Is there any chances for main qualification.
    2 What type of medical examination is conducted for IAS & other services except IPS.
    3. What type of medical examination is conducted for IPS.
    4. How does the medium effect in mains exam and your advise for hindi medium student.

    Reply
  40. navin diwakar -  June 13, 2012 - 8:12 pm

    sir! can you tell me the expected cut off for sc category?

    Reply
    • RAU'S IAS -  June 14, 2012 - 8:32 am

      Dear Navin,

      This year, the guess is that the cut-off may be at or around 200 for general category. Also, a score of 190+ for general category is a hopeful score (worth looking forward to the results). For reserved categories it may be slightly (10 marks) lesser.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

      Reply
  41. Kaveri -  June 14, 2012 - 7:28 am

    Sir,
    How important is what we mark in invigilators sheet for prelims exam?
    I made a mistake in that.

    The thing is I remember my invigilator asking me to mark A somewhere despite my q series being B. And I did that without reading what it is.
    On reaching back I asked my friends and they said it is attendance- ie A for absent and P for present(is it so?).Will my answer sheet be discarded on that ground? This fear had been boiling in my mind.

    I have a score of 240.And I know the best thing for me is to focus on mains.
    But I would be so relieved to have this doubt settled.

    Sir,please dont ignore this issue.
    waiting for reply.

    Reply
  42. navin diwakar -  June 16, 2012 - 6:34 pm

    sir!
    can you suggest the study material of history (main exam.) according to new syllabus.

    Reply
  43. Rose Kh -  June 17, 2012 - 3:54 pm

    Sir, i am obc candidate and my expected score is between 175 and 180; Shall i prepare for mains? I am in dilemma. Plz advice.
    looking forward with anticipation.

    Reply
    • RAU'S IAS -  June 18, 2012 - 11:25 am

      Dear Rose,

      This year, the guess is that the cut-off may be at or around 200 for general category. Also, a score of 190+ for general category is a hopeful score (worth looking forward to the results). For reserved categories it may be slightly (10 – 15 marks) lesser.

      So, it is a borderline case. Let’s hope for the best.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

      Reply
  44. revethi -  June 19, 2012 - 1:10 am

    please suggest me i might be getting around 55 in paper 1 and 140 in paper 2. what may be my chances to qualify preliminary this year

    Reply
    • RAU'S IAS -  June 22, 2012 - 8:02 am

      Dear Revethi,

      See, first of all, UPSC never declares the cut-off. All these figures are guesstimates.

      Secondly, the cut-off is bound to change from year to year depending on the difficulty level of question papers.

      This year, the guess is that the cut-off may be at or around 200+ for general category. Also, a score of 190+ for general category is a hopeful score (worth looking forward to the results). For reserved categories it may be slightly (10 – 15 marks) lesser.

      So, at 195, you stand a very fair chance.

      All the best,
      Rau’s IAS

      Reply
  45. amit yadav -  June 19, 2012 - 9:57 am

    sir i hav jst passed my 12th….i m getting history honours in DU…i want to prepare for civil services …when is the right time to start for it nd when can i join coaching….???….and will it will be helpfull to take history….???….will there be any change in pattern….????….wch subjects combination is best for preparing ??? ……i havent got good % in 12th due to some reasons…plz guide me sir…

    Reply
    • RAU'S IAS -  June 22, 2012 - 7:52 am

      Dear Amit,

      1) There are instances when people start preparing for the examination right from the school days. However serious preparation can be taken up from the mid-course of the graduation and must essentially peak soon after graduation. It is normally found that it takes about one – one and a half years of serious preparation towards the attainment of the goal.

      You can start taking coaching/adopt a professional approach towards preparation of civil services examination from 2nd year (or later 2nd year) in college.

      2) As of the present pattern, History is a good optional subject and has overlap with the syllabus of General Studies as well.

      3) Nothing can be said about the change in the pattern of the Mains Examination till UPSC releases a formal notification. As of now, UPSC has formed a committee to review the existing pattern and format of the Mains examination and suggest changes. Read more about the pattern changes from – http://www.rausias.com/blog/?p=382

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

      Reply
  46. abhay -  June 19, 2012 - 6:11 pm

    Sir,
    My score is around 194. What could be the chances of clearing pre in category.

    Reply
    • RAU'S IAS -  June 22, 2012 - 8:51 am

      Dear Abhay,

      See, first of all, UPSC never declares the cut-off. All these figures are guesstimates.

      Secondly, the cut-off is bound to change from year to year depending on the difficulty level of question papers.

      This year, the guess is that the cut-off may be at or around 200+ for general category. Also, a score of 190+ for general category is a hopeful score (worth looking forward to the results). For reserved categories it may be slightly (10 – 15 marks) lesser.

      So, at 194, you stand a very fair chance.

      All the best,
      Rau’s IAS

      Reply
  47. Gaurav Soni -  June 21, 2012 - 5:27 am

    Hello sir,
    I looking for coaching in IAS-2013, So let me inform about your provisions.
    and also tell me, Is Jaipur branch your daughter branch and there is difference in your and her education…. ??
    Please post for me sir..

    Reply
    • RAU'S IAS -  June 22, 2012 - 9:01 am

      Dear Gaurav,

      We are only located at two places, one in Delhi and the other in Jaipur. Both these centres are centrally operated and there is no difference between the two. Feel free to join any centre you like.

      Regular session at Jaipur centre started 8th June 2012 – Details
      Weekend batch in General Studies will start 30th June 2012 – details
      Next regular session will start in November 2012.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

      Reply
  48. niyme meo -  June 26, 2012 - 7:17 am

    dear sir,
    i have completed MBA in finance with background B.com hons,m intrested in civil services,can u plz suggest me, wt to do futher..help me

    Reply
    • RAU'S IAS -  July 23, 2012 - 12:56 pm

      Dear Niyme,

      If you want to appear in Civil Services Exam, I suggest you start by understanding the format and pattern of this exam. Download the detailed IAS overview and syllabus from here and go through the document to understand this process. Thereafter, once you know what the examination looks like, you can initiate training/coaching in this area to equip yourself with the requisite knowledge base to do well in this exam.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

      Reply
  49. G.Jagadhisa sai -  June 28, 2012 - 6:53 am

    Dear Sir,

    My daughter has appeared CSAT2012 and she hopes of getting between 200 to 210 marks in prelims. Please let me know where she can prepare for mains and give the details of your coaching center at BANGALORE.

    Waiting for your reply.
    G jagadhisa sai

    Reply
    • RAU'S IAS -  July 20, 2012 - 7:36 am

      Dear G Jagadhisa Sai,

      200-210 is a very promising score. She stands a good chance at the Preliminary level. However, in case your daughter has not yet started preparing for the Mains examination at all then please note that there are only 2 – 2.5 months left which are not sufficient for the preparation of Mains examination at all. If that is the case, I recommend that (besides appearing in the Mains examination of 2012) she adopts a strategy for the 2013 exam and starts preparing for that.
      For Mains 2012, we can only help by providing our study material in General Studies and her choice of optional subjects. For details of study material please refer to – http://www.rauias.com/postalguidance.php

      We do not have a centre in Bangalore. We are located at New Delhi and Jaipur.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

      Reply
  50. gireesh chandra -  June 30, 2012 - 6:53 pm

    hello sir!
    according to answers key provided by a prominent coaching institute, i scored 171 (GS-I: 56, GS-II:115). sir i belongs to sc community. should i go for preparation for mains.

    Reply
  51. Prem kumar Singh -  June 30, 2012 - 11:36 pm

    respected sir

    i had a confusion regarding one question appeared in CSAT 2012.
    its about capillary action, i would like to know on what principle blotting paper works? n if there is no phenomena of capillary action then y blotting paper still functions.

    Reply
  52. Vishal Mandaveeya -  July 2, 2012 - 6:58 am

    hi..

    plz give me a information that which type of books are most useful n how to read it..!?

    what type of preparation make to be successful in UPSC.?

    and hows we know when exam conduct.?

    AND WHICH TYPE OF COACHING CLASS IS MORE SUITABLE FOR ACHIEVE GOOD MARKS IN UPSC EXAM?
    give me a ans about my que as soon as possible..!

    Reply
    • RAU'S IAS -  August 1, 2012 - 8:30 am

      Dear Vishal,

      UPSC conducts the Civil Services Examination which is conducted in three stages:
      1) Preliminary Examination is conducted usually on one Sunday in the month of May every year.
      2) Mains Examination start in the month of October every year
      3) Interviews are conducted sometime in the months of March-April in the following year.

      UPSC releases the notification every year in the month of January which details everything about the exam (format, patter, dates, detailed syllabus, etc). You must read the notification and syllabus to understand more about this exam. The notification will be available on upsc’s website.

      Also, before that I suggest you download and go through IAS Exam syllabus from our website – http://www.rauias.com/iassyllabus.php

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

      Reply
  53. GURURAJ -  July 2, 2012 - 7:52 am

    Sir .
    I m getting 80 in paper 1 and 130 in paper 2 verified it with vajiram raus and shankar ias academy m of general category what are my chances

    Reply
    • RAU'S IAS -  July 18, 2012 - 11:51 am

      Dear Gururaj,

      The cut off is expected to be around 200 this year. With 210 you have a bright chance of getting through!!

      All the best,
      Rau’s IAS

      Reply
  54. PRABHU -  July 5, 2012 - 5:42 am

    SIR,
    i am getting around 155-162 and and ST candidate.is there any chance of getting through.

    Reply
    • RAU'S IAS -  July 19, 2012 - 11:53 am

      Dear Prabhu,

      This year, the guess is that the cut-off may be at or around 200 for general category. Also, a score of 190+ for general category is a hopeful score (worth looking forward to the results). For reserved categories it may be slightly (maybe 10-15 marks) lesser.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

      Reply
  55. Gireesh -  July 6, 2012 - 7:08 pm

    Respected sir!
    According to your answers key i scored 56 in paper first and 115 in second paper. i.e. i scored 171 in total. i belong from SC community. sir I’m confused what to do. could i go for mains or not. please sir, guide me. I’ll wait for your answer.

    Reply
    • RAU'S IAS -  July 19, 2012 - 11:52 am

      Dear Gireesh,

      This year, the guess is that the cut-off may be at or around 200 for general category. Also, a score of 190+ for general category is a hopeful score (worth looking forward to the results). For reserved categories it may be slightly (maybe 10-15 marks) lesser.

      So your score is on the boarder line. Let’s hope for the best.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

      Reply
  56. kakai -  July 7, 2012 - 7:35 pm

    with a score of 155, can i expect to clear prelims? i belong to st category…

    Reply
    • RAU'S IAS -  July 19, 2012 - 8:15 am

      Dear Kakai,

      This year, the guess is that the cut-off may be at or around 200 for general category. Also, a score of 190+ for general category is a hopeful score (worth looking forward to the results). For reserved categories it may be slightly (maybe 15 marks) lesser.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

      Reply
  57. praveen -  July 8, 2012 - 6:30 pm

    sir,
    Am Praveen from Andhra Pradesh.i completed my b.tech 2012.am Telugu medium up to 10+2 .my optional are pub ad and Telugu lit.

    my questions are
    1.How to improve my English and English writing skills.?
    2.please tell me sir resource and guidance how to improve English in proper way.?
    3.hostel facility available in rau ‘s ias academy.?

    Reply
    • RAU'S IAS -  July 19, 2012 - 9:28 am

      Dear Praveen,

      To improve English, develop a habit of voraciously reading newspapers (The Hindu) and magazines (Frontline, The Economist). Refer to a good grammar book (Wren & Martin) and a dictionary (Oxford), note down all the new words and their meanings. Refer to these words every now and then and try to use them in sentences so that you understand them better. See, improving English will be a long term process rather than short term course. Work on it and there would be no problem.

      Hostel facility is available.

      All the best,
      Rau’s IAS

      Reply
  58. Neeraj -  July 10, 2012 - 9:20 am

    Sir,
    i am getting total of 225 and i belong to GC.. should I go for mains preparations??

    Reply
    • RAU'S IAS -  July 18, 2012 - 11:27 am

      Dear Neeraj,

      The cut off is expected to be around 200 this year. 225 is a very positive score and you should immediately start with revision of the Mains syllabus.

      All the best,
      Rau’s IAS

      Reply
  59. dr.kamal -  July 11, 2012 - 11:41 pm

    hello sir,
    i have scored between 192-212 based on average of 4 different keys including yours.
    i belong to OBC category.what are my chances of clearing prelims.according to an RTI ,the cut off for OBC last year was 175.

    this year the mains are preponed by almost a month ,so can we expect the results soon.

    Reply
    • RAU'S IAS -  July 18, 2012 - 9:01 am

      Dear Kamal,

      See, first of all, UPSC never declares the cut-off. All these figures are guesstimates. Last year, under an RTI question, UPSC declared that the cut-off was somewhere in 190s for general category and what you have mentioned for reserved category.

      Secondly, the cut-off is bound to change from year to year depending on the difficulty level of question papers.

      This year, the guess is that the cut-off may be at or around 200 for general category. Also, a score of 190+ for general category is a hopeful score (worth looking forward to the results). For reserved categories it may be slightly (uptill 10 marks) lesser.

      With your score you stand a very bright chance!!

      Result should be out in early August.

      Good luck.
      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

      Reply
  60. sweta -  July 12, 2012 - 3:42 am

    rspected sir,
    i want to get admision in ur institute..what is the fee for full coarse..and how much time will it take to complete full coarse

    Reply
    • RAU'S IAS -  July 18, 2012 - 7:28 am

      Dear Sweta,

      We run 2 sessions (both are 5 months in duration) in a year. The first session runs from June to October and the other session runs from November to March next year. You can complete the entire coaching over these two sessions.

      1. In the first session we shall study in (a) General Studies Batch (Fee Rs 55,000) and (b) 1st optional subject batch (Rs 35,000)
      2. In the second session we shall study in (c) 2nd optional subject batch (Rs 35,000)

      Read from – http://www.rauias.com/personal_guid_prog.php

      Also, feel free to call and speak with our counselors if you so wish.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

      Reply
  61. MANIMARAN -  July 13, 2012 - 3:03 pm

    UPSC PRELIMINARY EXAM 2012 IS VERY DIFFICULT IAM NOT QUALIFIED PERSON TO GET THE JOB

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  62. Nyatum Doke -  July 15, 2012 - 3:25 am

    Sir,
    MY score is hovering around 170-175(ST).. what are my chances??? If I clear the prelims.. will it be possible to clear mains in two months(i have completed 70% of both the optional )???
    Please Reply…

    Reply
    • RAU'S IAS -  July 18, 2012 - 7:50 am

      Dear Nyatum,

      1) See, first of all, UPSC never declares the cut-off. All these figures are guesstimates. Last year, under an RTI question, UPSC declared that the cut-off was somewhere in 190s (190 – 200).

      Secondly, the cut-off is bound to change from year to year depending on the difficulty level of question papers.

      This year, the guess is that the cut-off may be at or around 200 for general category. Also, a score of 190+ for general category is a hopeful score (worth looking forward to the results). For reserved categories it may be slightly (10 marks) lesser.

      2) If you have completed 70% of the course of Mains examination then that is decent progress.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

      Reply
  63. deepak -  July 19, 2012 - 6:29 am

    sir,
    i am scoring 150 in p-1 & 180 in p-2 ( total 330),any chance to qualify prelims?

    Reply
    • RAU'S IAS -  July 19, 2012 - 9:35 am

      Dear Deepak,

      With that kind of score you should top the Prelims.

      All the best,
      Rau’s IAS

      Reply
      • akash -  July 19, 2012 - 11:36 am

        mr. deepak if u r really getting such marks,u must not ask these question.

        Reply
  64. amrit -  July 20, 2012 - 10:59 pm

    Sir, when is the prelims result expected ??

    Reply
    • RAU'S IAS -  July 21, 2012 - 11:12 am

      Later this month or early August.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

      Reply
  65. vishnu -  July 21, 2012 - 8:34 am

    192+ general any chance?

    Reply
    • RAU'S IAS -  July 23, 2012 - 12:42 pm

      Dear Vishnu,

      This year, the guess is that the cut-off may be at or around 200 for general category. Also, a score of 190+ for general category is a hopeful score (worth looking forward to the results). For reserved categories it may be slightly (maybe 10-15 marks) lesser.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

      Reply
  66. Bipin bihari -  July 22, 2012 - 7:44 am

    Dear sir, by chronicle cs academy anskey i am getting a total of 192 in obc cat. What my chances? I amnot prep. For mains till now. I am working in a psu bank as a p.o. How i prep. For the mains

    Reply
    • RAU'S IAS -  July 23, 2012 - 12:36 pm

      Dear Bipin,

      This year, the guess is that the cut-off may be at or around 200 for general category. Also, a score of 190+ for general category is a hopeful score (worth looking forward to the results). For reserved categories it may be slightly (maybe 10-15 marks) lesser. Therefore, it seems that you have a bright chance of getting shortlisted.

      All the best,
      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

      Reply
  67. Bhairulal gurjar -  July 23, 2012 - 9:15 am

    sir,
    what would be the date of result of ias pre 2012. plz tell me the expected cutoff my score is 184 acording to the answer key of shankar ias academy . is there any change in the answers of your key?plz inform

    Reply
  68. Bhairulal gurjar -  July 23, 2012 - 9:16 am

    sir,
    what would be the date of result of ias pre 2012. plz tell me the expected cutoff my score is 184 acording to the answer key of shankar ias academy . is there any change in the answers of your key?plz inform. i belong to OBC.

    Reply
    • RAU'S IAS -  July 23, 2012 - 12:41 pm

      Dear Bhairulal,

      This year, the guess is that the cut-off may be at or around 200 for general category. Also, a score of 190+ for general category is a hopeful score (worth looking forward to the results). For reserved categories it may be slightly (maybe 10-15 marks) lesser. Therefore, it seems that you have a decent chance of getting shortlisted.

      The result is expected later this month or early August 2012.

      All the best,
      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

      Reply
      • satish -  July 24, 2012 - 2:38 pm

        sir,
        my score is around 160+.i belongs to sc category.is there any chance for mains

        Reply
        • RAU'S IAS -  July 26, 2012 - 1:21 pm

          Dear Satish,

          A score of 175+ is being guessed as a probable cut-off for reserved category this year. However, the result is expected anytime now, so here is wishing you all the best.

          Regards,
          Rau’s IAS

          Reply
          • satish -  July 27, 2012 - 10:06 am

            sir
            my score is 172 according to rau’s anwer key.ur anwer key is probably most realistic than other

          • satish -  July 29, 2012 - 12:35 pm

            sir
            i clear pt2012,i m student of rau’s 2011 batch,can i only study rau’s gs notes for mains.suggest me

  69. saurabh mishra -  July 26, 2012 - 2:57 pm

    sir, i have a total of 253 in ias pre 2012 .should i concentrate to continue my preparations for mains.

    Reply
    • RAU'S IAS -  July 26, 2012 - 2:59 pm

      253 is a very good score. Absolutely.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

      Reply
      • saurabh mishra -  July 26, 2012 - 3:08 pm

        sir , may i get some guideline over study material of economics ?

        Reply
  70. ganesh r -  July 27, 2012 - 5:38 pm

    hello sir,
    how is 2012 priliminary paper analysed , was it tough or easy…?

    Reply
    • RAU'S IAS -  August 13, 2012 - 11:29 am

      Dear Ganesh,

      The cut off is considered to have gone up this time. And there are a lot of students who have calculated their scores above 210-215 or so. Overall, students found both the papers comfortable (and not too difficult).

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

      Reply
  71. Yugandhar -  July 29, 2012 - 4:02 am

    I want to know whether UPSC considers reservation for prelims or not. If yes it is very bad and sad

    Reply
    • RAU'S IAS -  July 30, 2012 - 12:31 pm

      Dear Yugandhar,

      There is a reservation quota in Prelims as well. The cut-off for reserved category is also slightly lesser than the cut off for the general category.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

      Reply
  72. Mallika -  July 31, 2012 - 5:23 am

    Dear Sir,
    I got 215 in prelims 2012.. but i didnt clear.. What could the cut off have been?

    Reply
    • RAU'S IAS -  August 1, 2012 - 6:15 am

      Dear Mallika,

      The cut off is being estimated at 215 or so for general category. All the successful candidates from our institute have a 220+ score. We have come across OBC candidates who have cleared this exam at 195.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

      Reply
  73. Arpit -  August 6, 2012 - 2:10 pm

    I was expecting 180-200 on account of answers of different coaching. I didn’t clear and I belong to SC category. Does anybody knows for sure what was the cutoff. By the way m gonna go for RTI, to find the correct solutions and cutoff. And congrats for clearing Prelims :)

    Reply
  74. Jhansi -  August 11, 2012 - 4:53 am

    Sir,
    This is Jhansi from Hyderabad. I cleared my prelims and this is my first attempt. I had consciously started mains preparation after the prelims results were out. Is this time enough for cracking mains if I work extremely hard in holistic manner? My optionals are Public administration and Anthropology. Can I crack mains with persistent effort?
    Awaiting Reply..
    Thank You..

    Reply
  75. Abhinav Parashar -  August 13, 2012 - 9:41 am

    sir, i want to no whether the change in the upsc mains pattern will come into effect from 2013.

    Reply
  76. Rachna -  August 23, 2012 - 8:02 pm

    dear sir, could you please give some guideline on how to crack prelims…i could not clear this time..i have just one attemp left and is worried very much. I studied a lot last time also but i dont know where i am making mistake.please give me some light on what all things to be covered to get through prelims .

    Reply
    • RAU'S IAS -  August 28, 2012 - 7:08 am

      Dear Rachna,

      Approach
      (1) Understand the syllabus. Closely and in detail.
      (2) Go through previous years question papers to understand the pattern of questions and focus areas of the syllabus.

      The basic guideline at the start of the preparations for both Preliminary and Main Examination is to read NCERT books on related subjects. There is no substitute for them. One should refrain in the beginning from reading guidebooks, as they load you with information, but with very little concept.

      NCERT Books: Social Studies
      • Civics: 6th – 10th standard
      • Political Science: 11th and 12th standard
      • Geography: 6th – 12th standard
      • Sociology: 11th and 12th standard
      • History: 6th – 12th standard
      • Economics: 9th – 12th standard (latest edition)

      NCERT Books: General Science
      • Physics, Chemistry, Biology: 9th and 10th Standards

      For Current Affairs and General Knowledge (make a habit of reading newspapers and magazines regularly and analytically. The events of National and International which effect human lives at large are important from General Studies point of view)
      • The Hindu, Times of India, Frontline, The Economist, Pratiyogita Darpan (Don’t skip this)

      (3) After initial groundwork (going through NCERT books and getting in the mode of reading newspapers daily), you should take professional help (also because this the last attempt available to you) to devise a targeted study plan/approach to crack the exam.

      Or if you wish to self study,
      Refer to Rau’s study material in conjunction with NCERT books, newspapers and magazines:
      Our study material is prepared primarily with the objective of helping students clear/crack the civil services exam. It is prepared in accordance with the civil services syllabus and upsc’s pattern of question papers. Our material is comprehensive and exhaustive. If followed properly, it would prepare you thoroughly for the exam. Also, a list of reference books (including NCERT books ranging from class 7th- 12th) will be provided with our study material in case you want to refer to more resources.

      We provide study material in GS (Pre and Mains), Essay and limited number of optional subjects. Check about the details of our study material from – http://www.rauias.com/postalguidance.php

      (4) Make a time schedule/ time table that helps you cover the entire syllabus. (i) in the most efficient manner, and (ii) in accordance with the real scope of the syllabus.

      (5) Follow an integrated approach to cover the syllabus of General Studies at the Preliminary and the Mains level.

      (6) Have patience (syllabus is vast), dedication and perseverance (be consistent) and pursue your target with the attitude of a winner.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

      Reply
  77. kaushlendra kumar -  August 29, 2012 - 5:53 pm

    i m also facing last attempt, but i will give exam 2014 in may prelims ,give me a proper strategy to crack prelims and mains. i am also facing troubled in comprehension and reasoning especially in english. give me advice. u accept me ur sisya. give me a chart plan of study of 2 year for prelims and mains crack. i from nalanda. but lived in delhi but that time i m facing maintal circus. i graduate bhu 2005. plz sir help me. my mobile no is 094317330073,and that time i in rachi because my father working in jharkhand secretariat. plz help me for my dream .OM SAI RAM

    Reply
  78. snehlata -  September 4, 2012 - 9:55 am

    sir ,
    Please give me some guidelines for how can i prepare the Civil Service Exam and Sir I am pursuing BA(Hons) History so please give me a information which type of book best for read in this vocation subject.

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    • RAU'S IAS -  September 14, 2012 - 6:22 am

      Dear Snehlata,

      Start your preparation in General Studies (Pre-cum-Mains together) for now. The basic guideline at the start of the preparations for both Preliminary and Main Examination is to read NCERT books on related subjects. There is no substitute for them. One should refrain in the beginning from reading guidebooks, as they load you with information, but with very little concept.

      NCERT Books: Social Studies
      • Civics: 6th – 10th standard
      • Political Science: 11th and 12th standard
      • Geography: 6th – 12th standard
      • Sociology: 11th and 12th standard
      • History: 6th – 12th standard
      • Economics: 9th – 12th standard (latest edition)

      NCERT Books: General Science
      • Physics, Chemistry, Biology: 9th and 10th Standards

      For Current Affairs and General Knowledge (make a habit of reading newspapers and magazines regularly and analytically. The events of National and International which effect human lives at large are important from General Studies point of view)
      • The Hindu, Times of India, Frontline, The Economist, Pratiyogita Darpan

      For History (for now), follow the instructions, syllabus and resources discussed in your college.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

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  79. RAJESH -  September 4, 2012 - 12:45 pm

    WHAT IS EXACT TIME FOR PREPARING CS EXAMINATION 2013?

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    • RAU'S IAS -  September 7, 2012 - 7:02 am

      Dea Rajesh,

      If a student is consistent and he is able to devote in six-eight hours of valuable time on a daily basis consistently over one year, it is normally considered good enough for the purpose.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

      Reply
  80. Akanksha -  September 10, 2012 - 12:47 pm

    Sir,
    I have been studying the ncerts for quite some time.but as such I have not prepared for csat.. If I join the november batch is their any chance that I may qualify

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    • RAU'S IAS -  September 11, 2012 - 5:59 am

      Dear Akanksha,

      See, if you have been reading NCERT books then I am pretty sure that you have done basic groundwork and revised basics learnt at school level. It is time now, that you embarked on a professional approach towards the exam. Whether you’ll be able to clear Prelims in 2013 completely depends on your aptitude, level of effort put and quality time invested in preparation.

      Even in case you do not wish to appear in 2013 but only in 2014, you must start preparing now.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

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  81. Nand vashist -  September 15, 2012 - 8:28 pm

    sir
    what are the expected cut off in UPSC prelim 2012?Categorywise?According to your sources. please guide…

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    • RAU'S IAS -  September 19, 2012 - 9:02 am

      Dear Nand,

      Cut off is estimated to be around 210 for general category. And maybe 15 marks lesser than that for SC/ST category. However, UPSC has not made the cutoff public.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

      Reply
  82. Amit -  September 25, 2012 - 4:11 am

    Hello Sir / Madam
    Is there any individual cutoff for paper 1 or paper 2 ?
    or its a total cut off ?

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    • RAU'S IAS -  September 25, 2012 - 5:27 am

      Dear Amit,

      Aggregate score of both the papers is considered. There is no individual cut off specified by UPSC.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

      Reply
  83. bhumi arora -  October 6, 2012 - 1:09 pm

    sir, actually i want to knw one thng tat i m doing btch..nd in future i want to give civil exams…nd i want to cnfrm tat i got 6.58 tgp in mah btch thn i m eligible to give exam or not…
    me doing btch frm lovely professional universty (phagwara)
    plz reply me soon ….

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    • RAU'S IAS -  October 19, 2012 - 9:14 am

      Dear Bhumi,

      All pass graduates (from any stream) who possess a recognized graduation degree (recognized by Unions Grants Commission) are eligible to appear in Civil Services Examination. Marks secured in graduation has no weightage in Civil Services Exam.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

      Reply
  84. Meghna abraham -  October 12, 2012 - 8:03 am

    sir,i have a doubt…if im appearing for prelims this 2013 under obc category…is it manadatory for me to appear my mains n intervie under OBC category or can i contest my mains under general category…is it allowed?kindly let me know..

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    • RAU'S IAS -  October 17, 2012 - 11:43 am

      Dear Meghna,

      Yes it is mandatory. You cannot not claim OBC if you have already claimed reservation in it once in one year.

      However, in the next attempt you are free to not claim yourself under OBC reservation.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

      Reply
  85. arjun -  October 28, 2012 - 12:00 pm

    sir is the facilities provided to ias officer is same for ips also ?

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    • RAU'S IAS -  October 31, 2012 - 7:11 am

      Dear Arjun,

      IAS service is slightly more privileged than IPS.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

      Reply
  86. ravindra kumar -  October 29, 2012 - 4:08 am

    Sir, I am asking for IAS-2012 cutoff for pre exam held on 20th may, 2012, if you know via RTI.

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    • RAU'S IAS -  October 29, 2012 - 8:33 am

      Dear Ravindra,

      The cut off has not been disclosed bu UPSC. However, it is speculated to be in the range of 200-210 for General category in 2012.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

      Reply
  87. abdul ashiq -  November 1, 2012 - 1:46 pm

    sir my nane is abdul ashiq hame nauy ke job ke leya kya karna hoga my emaill no address raju.ansari.1257@facebook.com please salha day hame kyse kare me ra hight 5fut 6 ench hai.

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  88. Sudhir -  November 1, 2012 - 6:16 pm

    do we have same questions in different sets for preliminary exam….

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    • RAU'S IAS -  November 6, 2012 - 12:11 pm

      Yes Sudhir,

      All sets have same questions just arranged in a different order.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

      Reply
  89. Sudhir -  November 1, 2012 - 6:37 pm

    i have started preparing for IAS .. going thru NCERTs….
    is it like that we have to study all the topics of NCERT books intensely or for those topics NCERT is enough

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    • RAU'S IAS -  December 7, 2012 - 10:06 am

      Dear Sudhir,

      The best strategy will be that you examine the syllabus of General Studies closely and in detail. At this initial stage, cover all the topics of the syllabus which are available in NCERT books.

      Mainly refer to:
      • Civics: 6th – 10th standard
      • Political Science: 11th and 12th standard
      • Geography: 11th – 12th standard
      • Sociology: 11th and 12th standard
      • History: 11th – 12th standard
      • Economics: 11th – 12th standard (latest edition)

      NCERT Books: General Science
      • Physics, Chemistry, Biology: 9th and 10th Standards

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

      Reply
  90. arun -  December 9, 2012 - 8:47 am

    sir, im totally startled i dnt hve proper guidance in choosing subjects in mains plz help me……

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  91. Arpit -  February 10, 2013 - 3:16 pm

    There are two papers in prelims. Do prelims have combined cut off or individual cut off as well?

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    • RAU'S IAS -  April 11, 2013 - 2:31 pm

      Dear Arpit,

      Overall marks are considered. Cut-off is declared (as and when by UPSC as part of an RTI) out of 400 (200 for paper I and 200 for paper II)

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

      Reply
  92. aniket -  March 6, 2013 - 10:27 am

    hello sir!…..i just want to know about the book’s that would be useful in mppsc mains general studies papers?…plz suggest some books sir!

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