Aloysius Xavier Lopez

Increase in cut-off marks in last year’s civil service mains

Geography most popular among Chennai aspirants

Success rate of those with language options low

CHENNAI: A remarkable increase in cut-off marks for the civil service main examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission last year has left many high-scoring candidates in Chennai out of the final list of successful candidates.

The UPSC released the marks of the civil service mains examination on Thursday.

“The increase of around 50 marks has been observed in the cut-off marks for the civil service mains exam this year,” said D. Shankar, Director of Shankar IAS Academy. He attributed the high scores to hard work, good coaching and availability of relevant study material in Chennai.

“Candidates from Tamil Nadu have performed better than candidates from many other States,” he added.

Sibi Chakravarthy, one of the successful candidates being selected for the IAS, said: “Many candidates from Chennai with Geography as an optional paper have scored very high marks this year. Geography has retained its position as the most popular option among civil service aspirants from Chennai.”

S. Tamilselvam, a successful candidate from Tamil Nadu, has scored a whopping 402 in the General Studies exam. Similarly, many others have scored exceptionally high this year. In the previous years, a score of 320 was considered a good score.

“I gave prime importance to time management and word limit which helped me answer all questions well,” said Mr. Tamilselvam.

University of Madras has emerged as the university with the highest number of successful candidates in Tamil Nadu, according to the 57th annual report of the UPSC.

The report says that among the Indian language options, Tamil literature has emerged as the option with the second largest number of candidates in the civil services mains examination after Hindi. Telugu and Sanskrit come third and fourth respectively. However, the success rate of candidates with language options is low. “This year, the marks scored by candidates in Tamil literature optional paper are low compared to other years. This has affected the ranking of candidates from Chennai,” said D. Janardanan, who has cleared the exam.

“Since many candidates have scored well in General Studies, the total cut-off marks this year has increased considerably from the 1,191 last year for open category candidates,” said Mr. Shankar.