CDS 1 Cut off Analysis: INA Records Highest Cutoff Jump; Surges by 46.61 Percent
Updated on Feb 6, 2019 - 6:17 p.m. IST by Supriya Kumari

CDS 1 Cut off Analysis: INA records highest cutoff jump; surges by 46.61 percent - Indian Naval Academy (INA) has recorded the highest jump in CDS 1 cut off in 2017, as compared to the cut off data for the corresponding session of the previous year. The official data released by UPSC reflects that for the corresponding session of 2017 and 2016, INA has registered a cut off difference of 55 marks for the written exam. INA cut off for the year 2017 was 118 marks, whereas the cut off of INA for 2016 was 63. In other words, the cutoff for recruitment to the academy shows an increase of 46.61 percent in 2017 over 2016. 

It must be noted that the analysis here is of the written and the final cut off of CDS 1 for the years 2017 and 2016. 

CDS 1 Cut off Analysis of Written exam


Cut off 2017

Cut off 2016

Difference of Cutoff

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Further, the second highest cut off was registered for Indian Military Academy (IMA) where the cutoff marks reflected an increase by 53 marks. For IMA, the cut off saw a jump of 42.4 percent for the written exam. In 2016, while the recruitment in IMA closed at 72, the cutoff shot to 125 marks in 2017.  

The IMA cut off was followed by Officers Training Academy (OTA - Men & Women), which stood at 68 in 2016 and 82 in 2017. This means that the cut off for OTA recorded a surge of 14 marks. In other words, the difference in CDS 1 cut off for OTA in 2017 over 2016 is 17.07 percent. 

Next in line is Air Force Academy (AFA) wherein the CDS 1 cut off stood at 144 marks in 2017, over 123 in 2016 - which is a difference of 21 marks. This difference of 21 marks in the cut off comes to 14.58 percent over 2016. Among all the four academies, AFA saw the lowest cut off.  

Like CDS 1 cut off of the written exam, the final cut off has also followed suit wherein the trend has remained the same. Check the final cut off trend analysis for CDS 1 for 2017 and 2016 below.  

CDS 1 Cutoff Analysis for Final


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On analysing the final cut off of CDS 1, the data reflects that IMA saw the maximum jump in cut off marks in 2017 over 2016. The IMA final cut off in 2016 was 214, while it shot upto 249 in 2017. Thus, the cut off registered an increase of 35 marks. This means a jump of 14.05 percent. 

Next to IMA was INA cut off which stood at 217 in 2016 and 241 in 2017, which is a difference of 24 marks. This difference comes down to 9.95 percent. 

Further, the final cut off for AFA in 2016 was 249 and 268 in 2017. This means a jump of 19 marks, which ultimately comes to 7.08 percent.  

For OTA (Men), the final cut off in 2016 remained at 150 marks, while CDS 1 final cut off for the same in 2017 was 163, a difference of 13 marks. This difference of 13 marks in the cut off for OTA (Men) reflects a difference of 7.97 percent.  

For CDS 1 OTA (Women), the authority closed the recruitment at 157 marks in 2016, and 164 in 2017. This means that the cut off in 2017 recorded a jump of 7 marks, which corresponds to an increase of 4.26 percent marks. 

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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.

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.

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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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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

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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.

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