CDS Answer Key 2019
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CDS Answer Key 2019 - Leading Coaching Institutes like Neostencil, Cavalier and Major Kalshi Classes have released unofficial CDS answer key 2019 on this page. The answer key of CDS 2019 is released for all sets- set A, B, C and D. CDS answer key is available for English, Elementary Mathematics and General Awareness separately. Candidates can check unofficial CDS II answer key by clicking on the link available below in this article. Candidates can use CDS answer key 2019 to calculate their probable score in the exam. However, Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will release the official answer key of CDS 2019 after the declaration of the result. UPSC will release the final answer key of CDS 2019 written exam after all the stages of CDS exam is completed. Read complete article to check CDS answer key 2019 in detailed way.
Latest: After checking the answer key , candidates can also check expected CDS cut off 2019 Here.
CDS 2019 exam is conducted for the recruitment of candidates as Commissioned Officers in Indian Navy, Army, and Air Force. The exam is conducted in two stages - written examination and SSB interview. Candidates who qualify in both the stages have to undergo training in Indian Military Academy (IMA Dehradun), Indian Naval Academy (INA Ezhimala), Air Force Academy (Hyderabad), and Officers’ Training Academy (OTA Chennai) before recruitment. A total of 7953 candidates have qualified in CDS 1 2019.

Subject-Wise Answer Keys of CDS II 2019

Candidates can check the subject wise answer key for CDS II 2019 here.

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General Knowledge

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CDS Answer Key 2019 by Coaching Institutes

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General Knowledge

Elementary Mathematics

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CDS GK Answer Key 2019

1. Which of the following is not a dimension of the Human Development Index
Ans: Access to banking and other financial provisions
2. Rajya sabha has exclusive jurisdiction in
Ans: Authorising Parliament to legislate on a subject in the State List
3. South Asian association for regional cooperation was founded
Ans: Dhaka
4. Which of the following countries is not a founding member of New Development Bank
Ans: Canada
5. Triples is a new format of
Ans: Badminton
6. In India May 21 is observed as
Ans: National anti terrorism day
7. President of Indonesia for the second term
Ans: Joko Widodo
8. India's GS Lakshmi has become
Ans: First female referee to be appointed on the ICC International Panel match referee
9. What is SWAYAM
Ans: Study Webs of Active learning for Young Aspiring Minds
10. Author of the book plagues and peoples
Ans: William H. McNeill
11. Organism responsible for sleeping sickness
Ans: Trypanosoma
12. Which one of the following is an example of a price floor
Ans: Minimum Support Price (MSP) for Jowar in India
13. Which is not considered in determining in MSP in India
Ans: Cost of living index
14. State does not have legislative council
Ans: Arunachal Pradesh
15. Mountain that separates black sea and caspian sea
Ans: Caucasus
16. Largest fresh water lake in India
Ans: Wular
17. Who were Alvars
Ans: Those who immersed in devotion to Vishnu
18. Which of the following acid known as vitamin C
Ans: Ascorbic Acid
19. Cotton clothes are
Ans: Good radiators of heat
20. Where are jhumri telaiya and mandar hill situated
Ans: Bihar
21. Which one of the following is motto of NCC

Ans: Unity and Discipline

22. Which department does not come under ministry of home affairs

Ans: Department of Legal Affairs

23. Article 371 A of indian constitution provides special privileges

Ans: Nagaland

24. Which law prescribes that all proceedings in the supreme court shall be in English language

Ans: Article 348 of Indian Constitution

25. Total number of members in the Union Council of Ministers in India shall not exceed

Ans: 15% of the total number of members of the Lok Sabha.

26. Chandimangala was composed in which one of the following languages during the 16th century CE

Ans: Bengali

27. In December 1962, which soviet leader declared that China was responsible for first Sino-Indian war of 1962

Ans: Khrushchev

28. The term soil impoverishment related to which one of the following

Ans: Soil getting very deficient in plant nutrients

29. Indexation is a method whose use can be associated with

Ans: Controlling inflation

30. A car undergoes a uniform circular motion the acceleration of car is

Ans: A non zero constant

31. Chlorophyll in photosynthetic prokaryotic bacteria is associated with

Ans: Membranous vesicles

32. Food Chain is

Ans: Passage of food (and thus energy) from one organism to another

33. Bose – Einstein Condensate is

Ans: Fifth state of matter

34. The rate of evaporation of liquid does not depend upon

Ans: its mass

35. What do you mean by ‘Demographic Dividend’

Ans: A rise in the rate of economic growth due to a higher share of working age people in a population

36. Rutherford’s alpha particle scattering experiment on thin gold foil was responsible for the discovery of

Ans: Atomic Nucleus

37. Which greek philosopher coined the term ‘Geography’ in 3rd century B.C.E.

Ans: Eratosthenes

38. Coral reefs are not found in

Ans: Gulf of Cambay

39. The concept of four pillar state free from district magistrate for India was suggested by

Ans: Ram Manohar Lohia

40. What is intercropping

Ans: It is growing of different crops on a piece of land in a pre-planned succession

41. Which one of the following is correct sequential phase in the successional development of vegetation community in a habitat

Ans: Nudation, Migration , Reaction and Stabilization

42. Rains caused by thunderstorms during the hot weather season (Mid March to Mid June) in Karnataka are called

Ans: Cherry blossoms

43. Which one of the following is monoatomic

Ans: Helium

44. In graphite each carbon atom is bonded to three other carbon atoms

Ans: In the same plane giving a hexagonal array

45. Employing Chromatography, one can not separate

Ans: Colours from a dye

46. Which one of the following is not found in animal cells ?

Ans: Cell wall

47. Which one of the following body parts/organs of the human body does not have smooth muscles

Ans:Bronchi of lungs

48. Magnification is

Ans: Observed size of specimen /actual size

49. The value of a normal demand curve is

Ans: Negative

50. Ginni coefficient or Gini Ratio can be associated with which one of the following measurements in the economy

Ans:Income inequality

CDS English Answer Key 2019
Correct Spelling of the questions asked in CDS II exam 2019 is mentioned below
1. Accommodate
2. Recommend
3. Argument
4. Decisive
5. Aggressive
6. Assassination
7. Embarrassment
Idiom/Phrases of the questions asked in CDS II exam 2019 is mentioned below
1. Dirt cheap- Extremely cheap
2. A shrinking violet - A shy person
3. Gordian knot - A difficult problem
4. Fall in a heap - To lose control of one's own feelings
5. Have a conniption fit - To be every angry
6. Be in seventh heaven - To be extremely happy
7. Hand in glove - Working together
8. Nip in the bud - Prevent a small problem before it becomes severe
9. Like a shag on the rock - Completely alone
10. A pearl of wisdom - An important piece of advice
SYNONYMS of the questions asked in CDS II exam 2019 is mentioned below
1. Impounded - Confiscated
2. Impugned - Challenged
3. Innate -Intrinsic
4. Obligatory - Compulsory
5. Betrayal - Treachery
6. Narrowest - Widest
7. Akin - Similar
8. Attributed- Ascribed
9. Acquiring - Obtain
10. Desired - Wish for
ANTONYMS of the questions asked in CDS II exam 2019 is mentioned below
1. Beauty - Inelegance
2. Vulnerable - Impervious
3. Daunting - Demoralizing
4. Intimidation - Support
5. Constrain - Support
6. Plausible - Unthinkable
7. Plaintive - Gleeful
8. Discord - Accord
9. Insolent - Respectful
10. Incessant - Sporadic

Steps to Download CDS 2019 Answer Key

The answer key of CDS 1 and CDS 2 will be published in PDF format. To download CDS answer key 2019, follow the steps mentioned below.

Step 1: Click on the subject-wise answer key links provided on this page

Step 2: PDF file for the answer key of the selected subject will open

Step 3: Cross-check your answers against the correct answers provided

Step 4: Calculate your score

Step 5: Download and save the CDS answer key for future reference

UPSC CDS Answer Key 2019 - Important Dates



CDS 1 written exam

February 3, 2019

CDS 1 answer key (official)

To be released

CDS 2 written exam 2019

September 8, 2019

CDS answer key 2019 by Coaching Institutes

September 8, 2019(Released)

CDS 2019 answer key (Official)

To be released

Subject-Wise Question Papers & Answer Keys of CDS 2 & CDS 1

Candidates can check the answer key for CDS I and CDS II alongside CDS question papers 2019 from the table below. Unavailable files will be updated as and when released by the exam body.

CDS I 2019


Question Paper

Answer Key


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General Knowledge

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Elementary Mathematics

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CDS Answer key 2019 by Coaching Institutes

The answer key of UPSC CDS II will be released by coaching institutes within few hours after completion of the exam. The table below reflects the name of the coaching institutes who will release the answer key of CDS 2019. Candidates can download CDS 2019 answer key from coaching institutes from the table below when they are released.

CDS 1 Answer Key 2019


Answer Keys


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Baalnoi Academy

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CDS 2019 - Marking Scheme

  • Candidates will be awarded 1 mark for each correct answer.

  • 1/3rd marks will be deducted for every incorrect answer.

Keeping in mind the negative marking, candidates are advised to attempt only those questions that they are confident about.

Calculate Number of Correct and Wrong Attempts

Use the formula: Total Marks = Number of Correct Answers – (Number of Wrong Answers × 0.33)

Previous Years’ UPSC CDS Answer Keys Along with Question Paper

Candidates can download CDS answer key of CDS along with question papers for the year of exam so that they can prepare in a better way. Links to download the answer keys of CDS is mentioned in below given table.

CDS Answer Key and Question Papers



General Knowledge

Elementary Mathematics

CDS II 2019 Question Paper

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CDS II 2019 Answer Key

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CDS I 2019 Question Paper

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CDS I 2019 Answer Key

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CDS II 2018 Question Paper

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CDS II 2018 Answer Key

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CDS I 2018 Question Paper

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CDS I 2018 Answer Key

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CDS II 2017 Question Paper

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CDS II 2017 Answer Key

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CDS I 2017 Question Paper

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CDS I 2017 Answer Key

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CDS Exam Pattern 2019

The exam conducting authority prescribes the exam pattern of CDS. Candidates who will take CDS II exam will have to appear for 3 papers - General Knowledge, Elementary Mathematics and English while for those candidates who will appear for OTA will have to appear for 2 papers - General Knowledge and English. Each paper will be held for 2 hours and will carry questions of 100 marks. Each correct answer will fetch the candidates 1 mark whereas, for each incorrect answer, 0.33 marks will be deduced. The table below contains the CDS written exam pattern 2019.

Exam pattern of CDS II 2019



Maximum Marks


2 Hours


General Knowledge

2 Hours


Elementary Mathematics

2 Hours


For Admission to Officers’ Training Academy



Maximum Marks


2 Hours


General Knowledge

2 Hours


CDS Result 2019

UPSC CDS exam result is announced in two stages - written and final result/ merit list. CDS II result 2019 will be declared in the form of PDF on the official website of the exam conducting authority. The result of CDS I written examination was declared on April 9, 2019. The result PDF contains the roll numbers of qualified candidates only. In order to check CDS result 2019, candidates have to click on the result link of CDS 2019 and download the result PDF. Qualifying candidates of the written exam will be invited for the SSB Interview. The final result of UPSC CDS 2019 will mention the names of candidates who qualify SSB interview.

CDS Cutoff 2019

UPSC releases the cut off of CDS 2019 for written exam and final result separately. Candidates who will secure equal to or more than the minimum cutoff marks will be considered qualified. Candidates who qualify the written exam will be eligible to appear for the next round of the selection process i.e. SSB Interview. Candidates must check CDS 2019 cut off to know the minimum marks required to qualify the exam. Candidates can check CDS previous years’ cut off from the table below.

Previous Years’ CDS II Cut off Scores (Written Exam)





Aggregate marks of qualified candidates




105 (35%)




99 (33%)




138 (46%)

OTA (Men)



84 (42%)

OTA (Women)



84 (42%)

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - CDS Answer Key 2019

Question: When is the official and final answer key of CDS released?


The final answer key of CDS 2019 will be released after the final result of CDS i.e. after all stages of the exam have been conducted. 

Question: Will I be able to check CDS answer key after the exam?


UPSC will not release the answer key right after the exam has been conducted, but many coaching institutes release the answer key after the exam which candidates can check on their websites. 

Question: Is there any facility to raise objections on CDS answer key?


No, candidates cannot challenge or raise objections on CDS answer key. 

Question: What is Online Question Paper Representation Portal (QPRep)?


Online Question Paper Representation Portal (QPRep) is a facility provided by UPSC where candidates can raise objections in the incorrect question or options given in the CDS question paper. This facility is only available for one week after the exam. 

Question: Is there any negative marking in CDS exam?


Yes, 0.33 marks are deducted for each incorrect answer. 

Question: How will be the cut off of CDS 2019 decided?


CDS cutoff 2019 will be based on the number of candidates appearing for the exam, difficulty of the exam and number of vacancies. 

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Questions related to CDS

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Can a hotel management graduate can apply for the CDS Exam.

Yash Dev Student Expert 13th Oct, 2019
Hello student yes any graduate student or final year student can apply for cds exam as eligibility criteria says graduate from any field can apply for it.
But for navy engineering is mandatory and for airforce academy its mandatory to pass class 12 with Physics Chemistry and mathematics.

The candidates will be provided admission to INA, IMA, Air Force Academy, and Officers Training Academy through Written Examination, Personality Test and Interview.

Feel free to comment if you have any doubt
Good luck

can you give me full details of OTA(CDS),age, merits,exam etc...

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 9th Oct, 2019

hello aspirant,

officer training academy CDSOTA is conducted in pen and paper mood. syllabus is consist of only english and general awareness. questions are in multiple choice type. totsl 240 questions need to answer, also there is negative marking.  age shold be between 19-25. you can follow below mention books for your preparation.

Combined CDS (OTA) Book   , DDE – Defence Direct Education

Pathfinder CDS   by Arihant Experts

Lets Crack CDS Exam   by SSBCrack


which course is best for CDS exam for girls after 12 class (PCM)????

Papeya Dubey Student Expert 9th Oct, 2019


When it comes to CDS, girls are only eligible for OTA  and the only eligibility is graduation in any stream from a recognized university, there's no specific aggregate required here, so whatever you wish to pursue you can, wherever your interest lies. There's no hard and fast rule if you're asking regarding choice of course specifically for CDS.


my birth date is 8/8/1996 can i am eligible for cds 2020

Yash Dev Student Expert 29th Sep, 2019
Hello student yes you're eligible as eligibility criteria says that CDS2020Eligibility Criteria:

For the Officers, Training Academy, unmarried or widowed male/female candidates must not be older than 25 years and younger than 19 years of age, as on January 2020. For theCDSII examination, the candidate must be born between July 1994 to July 1999.

Feel free to comment if you have any doubt
Good luck

how to join 9 para sf after cds course

Tamajit Student Expert 7th Oct, 2019

Hi Hemendra,

Once you have completed your CDS course, you would be inducted into the Indian National Army as an officer. Now once you are serving as an officer in the Indian National Army you have to volunteer to join the Special Forces. Officers from all units in the Army can volunteer for the Special Forces provided their years of service is less than five on the day of volunteering. The officers also need to fall under the medical category SHAPE-1 and also needs to be graded as "EXCELLENT" in Battle Physical Efficiency Training( BPET). The officers will be retained of their affiliation to  Regiment as the parent regiment.

Criteria falling under BPET category are as follows:

  • 5 kilometers of running that needs to be completed within a stipulated time period along with a set of physical exercises.
  • The officers also need to do an intense running exercise within a specific time which is to be completed with 15-20 kg of battle load while holding the personal rifle which is usually around 7 kg.

The officers qualifying the above stages will be put through a probation period of 3 months for Paratroopers( Airborne) Battalions and another 6 months for Para( Special Forces) Battalions.

Once all the above conditions are completed the candidates may choose to advance for the Special Forces Selection which takes place categorically twice a year in the spring and autumn term.

Even if all the above steps are completed, the candidate is not formally inducted into the regiment as Special Forces commando until the completion of the Balidan Padh wherein after training the officer candidate is deployed in an active hostile zone for routine operations for a year. After the candidate has completed or rather outlived the "BALIDAN PADH", he is given the Balidan Badge and is then finally inducted into the Special Forces regiment of the Indian National Army.


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