CDS Cutoff 2020
Updated on Feb 7, 2020 - 12:34 p.m. IST by Supriya Kumari
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CDS Cutoff 2020- Union Public Service Commission has released official CDS cut off for 2019 exam on February 6, 2020 in online mode. Applicants should note that there is change in cut off of CDS for paper II, earlier it was 20 % but now it is reduced to 10%. Along with releasing cut off of CDS commission has also released the marks all the candidates. Prior to this leading Coaching Institute has released unofficial CDS 2020 cut off after the conclusion of exam on February 2 in online mode. The expected cut off of CDS 2020 is released separately category wise. Though Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will release official CDS cut off 2020 after completion of selection process. CDS 2020 Cut off is the minimum qualifying marks prescribed by the examination authority that candidates need to secure to be eligible for next round of selection process. As per the cut off CDS 2020 candidates scoring a minimum of 20% in each subject will be declared qualified in the written exam and further will be called for an SSB Interview. UPSC releases CDS cutoff 2020 separately for Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Air Force Academy, Officer’s Training Academy. Read complete article to know more stage wise minimum qualifying marks for written and SSB of Combined Defence Service exam.
Latest - CDS (1) 2019 Official cut off released- Download Here

CDS (1) 2019 Marks of finally recommend candidates - Download Here

Unofficial CDS Answer Key 2020 out on February 2
CDS 2020 exam will be conducted in offline mode across India. The calculation marks for written exam of CDS 2020 Cut off for IMA, INA and IFA are calculated out of 300 while for OTA (Men & Women) it is calculated out of 200 marks. UPSC CDS cutoff is released first for the written exam followed by SSB Interview. CDS 2020 Cutoff for final selection will be prepared on the basis of the combined score of written exam and SSB Interview. Based on the final CDS cut off score, UPSC will release all India merit list. shortlisted candidates as per final merit list will be called for training in a respective academy based on their choice/preference.

CDS (1) 2019 Official Cut off

AcademyWritten Exam (Marks of last qualified candidate)
Final Exam (Marks of last recommended candidate)
IMA116242
INA105233
AFA129264
OTA (Men)78160
OTA (Women)78162

Subject to a minimum of 20 % marks in Paper-I, 10% marks in Paper-II & 20% marks in Paper-III

CDS Expected Cut off 2020 for Written Exam

Academy

CDS I

AFA

132 - 135 marks

IMA

114 - 16 marks

INA

103 - 105 marks

OTA (Men)

84 - 86 marks

OTA (Women)

83 - 84 marks

CDS cut off - Important Dates

Applicants can check the important dates of CDS 2020 in below mentioned table:

Events

CDS (I)

CDS (II)

CDS Admit card release date

January 9, 2020

October 2020

Exam Date

February 2, 2020

November 08, 2020

Unofficial CDS cutoff

February 2, 2020

November 08, 2020

ResultApril, 2020December, 2020
Official CDS 2020 cutoffDecember, 2020May, 2021


CDS 2020 Expected Cut off Video

How to check CDS cut off 2020

Step 1: Link for the cut off of CDS 2020 will be provided above on this page

Step 2: Download expected CDS 2020 cutoff pdf

Step 3: Check category wise CDS cut off

Step 4: Save the file for future reference

Types of CDS cut off

Exam conducting authorities releases two types of the cutoff of CDS 2020.

1- CDS cut off of written

2- Final CDS cut off

1- CDS written cutoff

Applicants should note that the cut off score of CDS written exam is the qualifying marks secured by candidates to become eligible for Services Selection Board (SSB). CDS Cut off 2020 for written test is the aggregate marks scored by last qualified candidates as per their category. As per the analysis of CDS cutoff candidates have to score minimum of 20 percent in each subject in written exam to be eligible for CDS 2020. It is to be noted that CDS 2020 Cutoff for written test for IMA, INA and IFA is calculated out of the total score of 300. The cutoff score for OTA (Men & Women) is calculated out of 200.

2- Final CDS cut off

Candidates who qualify the written exam will be eligible to appear for SSB interview process. UPSC will declare the final CDS cut off after the declaration of final result.

CDS Cut off 2020 – Important Factors

To determine the cutoff of CDS 2020, following factors are taken into consideration. Factors that affect CDS cutoff 2020 are given below:

1. Number of candidates appearing for the exam

2. Difficulty level of exam

3. Total number of vacancies

Is there any negative marking in CDS 2020 exam?

Yes, there is negative marking in CDS written exam. Each question of CDS exam carries 4 options out of which only 1 option is correct. Candidates who choose the wrong answer will be deducted 0.33 marks for each incorrect answer. However, if a question is left unanswered there will be no negative marking.

Previous Years CDS Cut off

Candidates can check previous years CDS cut off analysis and cutoff, score of written test and from the table given below.

CDS 2018 Cut off for Written Exam

Academy

CDS II

CDS I

Aggregate marks of last qualified candidates*

AFA

131 marks

138

IMA

116 marks

118

INA

102 marks

98

OTA (Men)

80 marks

69

OTA (Women)

80 marks

69

CDS Cut off 2017 (Written Exam)

Academy

CDS II

CDS I


Aggregate marks of last qualified candidates*

AFA

135

144

IMA

120

125

INA

111

118

OTA (Men)

86

82

OTA (Women)

86

82

CDS Cut off 2016 (Written Exam)

Academy

CDS II

CDS I


Aggregate marks of last qualified candidates*

AFA

135

123

IMA

105

72

INA

90

63

OTA (Men)

72

68

OTA (Women)

72

68

What is SSB Interview in CDS?

Exam conducting authority recruits the candidates for CDS SSB interview stage On the basis of CDS cut off 2020 marks. SSB interview is two stage selection process. Stage 1 comprises Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests and picture perception. Only those candidates who qualify at stage 1 will be admitted to the stage 2 whereas the remaining will have to return. Stage 2 comprises of Interview, Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests and the Conference which is conducted for four days.

CDS Cutoff for Final Selection

The final selection marks are the marks of last recommended candidate according to the post. After adding the marks of written as well as final selection marks the all India merit list is prepared for admission to the Indian Military Academy (IMA), Indian Naval Academy (INA), Air Force Academy (IFA) and Officers’ Training Academy (OTA). The final CDS cut off 2019 will be released in December.

CDS Final Cut off 2018

Academy

CDS II

CDS I

Marks of last recommended candidate

AFA

253

279

IMA

242

240

INA

228

225

OTA (Men)

162

154

OTA (Women)

163

150

CDS cutoff 2017 (Final)

Academy

CDS II

CDS I


Marks of Last recommended candidate

AFA

260

268

IMA

244

249

INA

237

241

OTA (Women)

171

164

OTA (Men)

167

163

CDS Cutoff 2016 (Final)

Academy

CDS II

CDS I


Marks of Last recommended candidate

IMA

227

214

INA

225

217

IFA

258

249

OTA (Men)

157

150

OTA (Women)

159

157

CDS Answer Key 2020

Applicants can note that the official answer key CDS 2020 for written exam will be released after the final recruitment of the exam. Though some coaching institutes release the answer key after the exam. With the help of CDS 2020 answer key candidates can check to calculate the number of marks obtained by then in the exam. CDS answer key consist of all the correct answer of the questions asked in the exam.

CDS Result 2020

UPSC will announced the result of the CDS 2020 for written exam two month after commencement of exam. Candidates have to obtain minimum qualifying marks in written exam to be eligible for the next round of selection process. Based on CDS 2020 cutoff candidates will be shortlisted to appear for SSB Interview. Candidates who qualify the written test and SSB interview are sent for medical examination after the merit list is prepared by the examination authority based on the total marks secured by candidates.

Important Articles

Related Articles of CDS:

CDS Notification 2020CDS Application Form 2020CDS Eligibility Criteria 2020
CDS Exam Dates 2020CDS Exam Pattern 2020CDS Admit Card 2020
How to Prepare for CDSCDS Exam Centres 2020CDS Exam Analysis 2020
CDS Question Papers 2020CDS Selection ProcessCDS Syllabus 2020

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - CDS Cutoff 2020

Question: How can I check the official cut off scores?

Answer:

The official cut off scores is published by the examination authority on its official website. You will be able to check the cut off marks in the form of PDF wherein you will find the category wise cut off scores.

Question: What if I secure the qualifying marks and fail to secure the cut off score by 1 mark?

Answer:

To pass the exam, you will have to secure both qualifying marks as well as the minimum cut off scores

Question: How different are the cut off marks from the qualifying marks?

Answer:

The qualifying marks are mentioned in the notification of the exam which states that candidates who will secure the minimum qualifying marks will only be considered further to compete for the cut off. However, the cut off marks are determined after the conclusion of the exam depending on the number of appeared candidates, vacancies and level of the exam.

Question: How can i calculate my marks through answer key in CDS exam ?

Answer:

Candidates who will appear in CDS exam can check the unofficial CDS Answer Key 2020 by various institutes. Though final answer key to calculate the marks will be released by authority after declaration of result.

Question: What is cut off of CDS 2018 ?

Answer:

Candidates can check below mentioned table to check CDS II cut off 2018

CDS 2018 Levels

Minimum qualifying

marks in each Subject

CDS II 2018 Cutoff 

CDS II 2018 Final Cutoff

IMA

20 marks (i.e. 20%

116 marks (i.e. 38.67%) 

242

INA

20 marks (i.e. 20%

102 marks (i.e. 34%

228

AFA

20 marks (i.e. 20%

131 marks (i.e. 43.67%

253

OTA (Men) 

20 marks (i.e. 20%

80 marks (i.e. 40%)

162

OTA (Women) 

20 marks (i.e. 20%

80 marks (i.e. 40%)

163

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after clearing the cds exam what will happen

Shivangini Bhatt 19th Feb, 2020
CDA exam is a gateway to the SSB interview. If a candidate manages to clear the CDS Written Exam then he/she will get a chance to show his prowes in the SSB Interview. It is essential to clear the CDS cutoff in order to appear for SSB Interview. If the candidate manages to clear the SSB interview then he/she will be appearing for the document verification and medical examination. After that, the candidate will be sent to the academy for training to become an officer.
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sir, i am pursuing integrated ( MBA - B. tech) in Computer Science and Engineering. so, whether I am eligible for the CDS entrance exam Or not ?

Kalpana Sharma 19th Feb, 2020
Hi Chinmaya,
Hope you are doing great.
Yes, you are eligible for the CDS( Combined Defence Services ) exam as the basic eligibility to appear for this exam is to have graduation in any discipline with 50% marks in it.
However, under this exam , there are academies and it has different qualifications required as Air Force or Navy demands of having mainly engineering branch while in OTA and IMA ,you can go with any desirable course.
Hope it helps.

Best Wishes
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i am intrested in CDS OTA 2020 ii.......now i want to know is OTA sylabus of GK And english same as iMA and navy

Sharon Rose Student Expert 18th Feb, 2020
Hello,
The syllabus for CDS will be same for IMA, INA, AFA and OTA.For IMA, INA, AFA candidates need to appear in Elementary Mathematics paper too.Here is the syllabus for ENGLISH and GENERAL KNOWLEDGE

English
  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms
  • Idioms and Phrases
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Sentence correction
  • Jumbled sentence
  • Reading comprehension
  • Finding errors and omissions
  • Tenses & verb
  • Vocabulary

General Knowledge
  • History
  • Geography
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Indian polity
  • Current affairs
  • Economics
  • Books and authors

You can click the link below for other detailed information
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for cds in graduation is geography subject compelcery

Sunil Kumar singh 18th Feb, 2020

Hi dear,

There is no boundaries in your subjects. If you are graduated from a recognized university then it is enough for CDS. For some fields engineering is compulsory. You can check details here

https://www.google.co.in/url?q=https://competition.careers360.com/articles/cds-eligibility-criteria&sa=U&ved=2ahUKEwjnltzDmdrnAhVu7HMBHRCyBZcQFnoECAkQBA&usg=AOvVaw13xVw6mBaniQ2DAT3V4BbX

Hope it helps.

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hello, I want to know that can Bsc student (PCM) can also eligible for CDS exam ??plz guide us

Sharon Rose Student Expert 13th Feb, 2020

Hello,

Yes, you are eligible to appear in CDS. But you are only eligible to join Indian Military Academy(IMA), Airforce Academy(AFA), officer's training academy(OTA) as the eligibility criteria to join in any of these academy is that a candidate must have passed bachelor's degree.For Indian Naval Academy a candidate must have passed bachelor's in Engineering.

You can click the link below for other detailed information

https://competition.careers360.com/articles/cds-eligibility-criteria


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