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.

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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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when i can apply for cds exam? upcoming registration month??

Smrity 25th Feb, 2020


The dates to register for CDS 1 are closed but as CDS exams are taken twice a year you can take the second paper. The registration for the second CDS paper will be in the Month of August and will probably begin from 5th August,2020. Please stay updated on any notifications released on the official sites for test dates and other related information. The notification related to CDS 2 is released in the month of June probably, so, keep yourself updated on any information.

Here is the link to the official site :

Hope this helps.

All the best!


i am done 12 with pcmb with 40% individual and now in bsc computer science am i eligible for cds exam to join Indian air force and i am 20 years girl

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 22nd Feb, 2020


after completing your graduation course or if you are in final year you are eligible to apply. age limit for woman candidate is ,  should have been born not earlier than January 2, 1996 and not later than January 2, 2002. woman's are only eligible to apply in Officers’ Training Academy (SSC Women Non-Technical Course), the eligibility criteria is bachelors degree in any discipline.

hope it would help.


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.

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

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

Sharon Rose Student Expert 18th Feb, 2020
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

  • 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

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