CDS English Answer Key 2020
Updated on Feb 2, 2020 - 6:31 p.m. IST by Supriya Kumari

CDS English Answer Key 2020 - Leading Coaching Institutes has released CDS 2020 answer key for English after the conclusion of exam below this page. Candidates can check CDS answer key 2020 for English for all sets in pdf file. CDS English answer key 2020 can be downloaded by clicking on the link available on this page. CDS answer key released by coaching institutes like NeoStencil, Baalnoi/ Major Khalsi contains the answers to the questions asked in the exam. The written exam of CDS English paper was conducted in the morning shift between 9 to 11 am. Candidates who appeared for the written exam can check CDS English answer key 2019 for all sets of test booklets.

Latest: Candidates can check expected CDS cut off 2020 here

Also check CDS 2020 Exam Analysis here

They can even calculate their marks on the basis of correct answers. The English written exam of CDS was conducted for 100 marks. The questions were asked from topics like reading comprehension, spotting errors, fill in the blanks, ordering of sentences etc. There was a negative marking where 0.33 marks will be deducted for each incorrect answer in CDS 2020 exam. Read this article below to check CDS English answer key 2020.

CDS 2020 English Answer Key


1. Implications- consequences
2. Contagious - Transmittable
3. Incorporated - Integrate

4. Generic - Broad
5. Stellar - Extraordinary
6. Cliched - Hackneyed
7. Vocation - Occupation
8. Fatigued - Exhaust
9. Aghast - Sad
10. Ascertained - Determine

Idioms and Phrases

1. A paper tiger - Person or organization that appears powerful, but actually is not

2. Lily-livered - Not brave

3. Eat like a bird - Eat very little

4. The dog days - The hottest days

5. A banana republic - A small or poor country with a weak government

6. The pros and cons - The good and bad part parts of a situation

7. Prime the pump - To do something in order to make something succeed

8. The green-eyed monster - Feeling of being jealous

9. Rise to the occasion - To succeed in dealing with a difficult situation

10. Call it a day - Stop doing something

Fill in the blanks

1. On his way to the capital, the minister ___ the eminent social worker at his residence. (called on)

2. The fire brigade fought for four hours to ___ the fire in the building (put out)

3. Ravi has proved that he can ___ on his promise by winning the match (carry through)

4. It is best ___ politics when in the classroom (keep out)

5. It shows that she has ____ many years of service (put in)

6. The chairperson said that the group was ___ of time. (running out)

7. If I ___ an angel, I would solve the problems of people. (were)

8. Where there is ____, there is a way (will)

9. The police could not establish how the accident ___ (came about)

10. I ____ my old friend after twenty years (ran into)

Spelling Mistakes (Find correct spelling)

1. Continuum

2. Strategy

3. Commissioner

4. Vacuum

5. Psephology

6. Nephrology

7. Pseudonym

8. Pneumonia

9. Resilient

10. Supplementary


1. Decay - Survival

2. Eloquently - Confusingly

3. Inertia - Activity

4. Philanthropy - Nastiness

5. Compassion - Indifference

6. Tempestuous - Relaxed

7. Wooing - Discouraging

8. Bestowed - Withdrawn

9. Elated - Depressed

10. Charitable - Malevolent

CDS (I) 2020 English answer key-Dates



CDS 1 written exam

February 2, 2020

CDS English answer key 2019 (unofficial)

February 2, 2020

CDS official English answer key 2019

To be announced

CDS English Answer key 2020 by Coaching Institutes

Applicants can check the below-mentioned table in order to check the answer key of other coaching institutes.

CDS (1) English Answer Key 2020


Answer Keys


To be notified

Baalnoi Academy

To be notified


To be notified

How to download CDS English Answer Key 2020

Candidates can check the procedure to download CDS 2020 English Answer Key below.

  • Click on the link to download ‘English Answer Key’ (link will be available after the exam).

  • CDS English Answer Key 2020 is displayed as per the sets of question booklet.

  • Download the answer key and check your answers.

Previous years’ CDS English Answer key

Candidates can check the previous years CDS answer key below.


English Answer Key

CDS 1 (2017)

Click here

CDS 2 (2017)

Click here

How to use CDS English Answer Key 2020 to Calculate Marks?

Correct answer+5/6 marks
Incorrect answer-5/18 marks
Two answers for one question-0.33 marks
Unattempted questions0 mark

[ Total Estimated Score = 5/6 x Number of the correct answer -5/18 x Number of incorrect answer]

About CDS 2020

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts Combined Defence Services (CDS) exam for the admission to Indian Military Academy (IMA), Indian Naval Academy (INA), Air Force Academy (AFA) and Officers’ Training Academy (OTA). The exam is conducted twice a year in February and September. For CDS 1 (2020), UPSC has announced as many as 418 vacancies. Candidates are selected on the basis of written exam and SSB Interview. As per the exam pattern, candidates who have applied for OTA will have to appear for two sections English and General Knowledge whereas for the candidates who have applied for Army, Navy and Air Force have to appear for three papers - English, Elementary Mathematics and General Knowledge.

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Questions related to CDS

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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


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


What was cds cut off in 2018 and how to prepare for it ???What about the exams held after first written exam??

Shivansh Trigunait 16th Feb, 2020

Dear aspirant,

The cutoff * (aggregate marks of the last qualified candidate) for CDS 2018 written exam are the following:


  1. IMA - 118
  2. INA - 98
  3. SFA - 138
  4. OTA (Men) - 69
  5. OTA (Women) - 69


  1. IMA - 116
  2. INA - 102
  3. SFA - 131
  4. OTA (Men) - 80
  5. OTA (Women) - 80

* Given the candidate has minimum 20% marks in each subject

After clearing the written exam, the candidates have to appear in the SSB interview, upon clearing which they shall be selected on the basis of the final merit list.

For details on the CDS exam pattern, syllabus and application you can check the following link:

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if i do graduation in art stream through distance education is it valid for cds exam

prerna vats 10th Feb, 2020

Hello dear student !

CDS , that it , combined defense services is an All India level examination which is conducted twice a year by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) . If you have done graduation in Art stream through distance education, then also you can appear in the CDS examination as there is no such rule for them and they are also eligible for the same.

Hope this will help you


graduation grom distance is valid for cds exam

Manish Singh 10th Feb, 2020

Doing a graduation from distance mode is no problem for applying to CDS provided the university or college you are doing it from is affiliated and recognized. Provided you clear all the eligibility criteria provided by CDS like age and stream, it won't matter if it is done by distance mode or not


which subject is required for cds exam in graduation

prerna vats 10th Feb, 2020

Hello dear student !

If you are asking about the subjects , the questions of which are asked in the CDS examination then , CDS exam pattern for the written examination for admission to India Naval academy, Indian military Academy and Air force academy will include three main subjects which are Elementary mathematics, General knowledge and English . So you have to prepare accordingly.

Hope this will help you

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