CDS Cutoff

UPSC CDS Cutoff 2020, Check Expected & Previous Year Cutoffs of CDS 1, Check here cut off marks for IMA/INA/OTA/AFA 


CDS Cutoff 2020: Check Previous Year UPSC CDS Cut Off 2019, 2018, 2017

UPSC CDS Cut off 2020 released @ for the Combined Defence Services (CDS) Exam 2020. The CDS Cut off contains the marks for IMA, INA, AFA and OTA courses. As per the official CDS Cut off 2020, applicants were required to obtain minimum 20% marks in CDS Paper 1, 10% marks in CDS Paper-II and 20% marks in CDS Paper III. PDF Download CDS Cut off here for IMA/INA/OTA/AFA here and know the marks fixed by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for CDS 1 2020 exam. Along with it, check here UPSC CDS Expected Cut off 2020 and previous years trends.

UPSC conducted the CDS 2020 Exam on 2nd February 2020. CDS Cut off 2020 is released on the basis of the difficulty level of exam and the total number of vacancies. Candidates who are able to fetch the cut off get into the merit list for their selection in courses carried out by Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Officers Training Academy and Air Force Academy.  UPSC releases the cut off marks along with the CDS Exam Result. The Cut off marks are decided on the basis of various parameters such as total number of CDS vacancies, number of candidates appearing for the exam, and difficulty level of the question paper.

UPSC CDS Cutoff 2020 – Expected UPSC CDS CutOff

A candidate needs to secure the minimum cutoff in order to pass the exam. However, clearing the cutoff doesn’t mean that you have overcome all the hurdles. Aspirants must also perform well in the SSB interview and then they should also pass the medical examination.

Here is the expected CDS Cutoff for the exam conducted on 2nd February 2020.

Courses Expected Cut off marks
Indian Military Academy (IMA) 125-128
Indian Naval Academy (INA) 118-120
Air Force Academy (AFA) 140-142
Officers Training Academy (OTA) – Male 95-98
Officers Training Academy (OTA) – Female 95-98

UPSC CDS exam is conducted twice a year. It is very important that the candidate has an idea about the CDS Cutoff 2020. You can go through the previous year’s CDS Cut off also to get an idea of this year’s cutoff. However, we recommend that you do not limit clearing the cutoff. Because the final merit list is made by considering marks secured in the CDS exam, SSB Interview, and Medical examination.

CDS Cut off 2020 for Written Exam

The cut off for the written exam is the minimum aggregate marks of last qualified candidates. The written exam for IMA, INA and AFA comprises English, General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics sections. The test paper for admission to OTA comprises two sections, English and General Knowledge. Total marks of the test for IMA, INA and AFA are 300 while it is 200 for OTA. Candidates are also required to secure the minimum qualifying marks in each subject, which is 20%. UPSC prepares a list of candidates who obtain the minimum qualifying marks in the written exam. Candidates who are declared successful in the written exam are called for intelligence and personality test.

CDS Cut off for SSB Interview

SSB Interview is conducted for the qualified candidates of the written exam. The SSB Interview follows the two-stage selection process. Stage 1 comprises Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests and Picture Perception Description Test (PP&DT). Stage 2 comprises Interview, Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests and the Conference. To qualify SSB Interview, candidates need to secure the minimum qualifying marks. CDS  cut off for SSB Interview is decided out of 300 marks for IMA, INA and AFA and 200 marks for OTA.

CDS Cut off 2020 for Final Selection

The cut off for final selection is decided based on written exam and SSB Interview. CDS final cut off is the marks secured by the last recommended candidates. Based on the final cutoff, candidates are selected for admission to the different courses.

CDS Cutoff 2020 Depends On

CDS Cutoff depends upon a lot of factors which are as under:

  1. Total number of vacancies in the various courses,
  2. Total number of candidates appearing for the exam,
  3. The difficulty level of the exam,
  4. Previous year Cutoff trends, etc.

Depending upon all these factors, UPSC will decide the CDS 2 Cutoff after the exam is conducted.

CDS 2020 Cut off Dates 

Candidates can check below CDS dates 2020 pertaining to the release of cut off marks.

Events Dates
CDS 1 exam February 2, 2020
Announcement of cut off marks November 2020
CDS 2 exam November 8, 2020
Release of cut off marks May 2021

How to check CDS Cut off?

CDS cut off is released online on the official website. The steps to check the cut off of CDS are given below –

  1. Visit the official website
  2. Go to the cutoff section from ‘Examination’ tab
  3. Click the relevant link
  4. The course-wise CDS cut off marks are displayed on the screen in PDF format
  5. Download the same and save the file

Previous Years Cut off marks of CDS Examinations

CDS 1 2019 Official Cut off 

Academy Written Exam Final Exam
Aggregate marks of last
qualified candidate*
Marks of last recommended
IMA 116 242
INA 105 233
AFA 129 264
OTA (Men) 78 160
OTA(Women) 78 162

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

Official CDS Cut Off II 2018

Academy Written Final
IMA 116 242
INA 102 228
AFA 131 253
OTA (Men) 80 162
OTA(Women) 80 163

Official CDS Cut Off I 2018

Academy Written Final
IMA 118 240
INA 98 225
AFA 138 279
OTA (Men) 69 154
OTA(Women) 69 150

Official CDS Cut Off II 2017

Academy Written Final
IMA 120 244
INA 111 237
AFA 135 260
OTA (Men) 86 167
OTA(Women) 86 171

Official CDS Cut Off I 2017

Academy Written Final
IMA 125 249
INA 118 241
AFA 144 268
OTA for Men 82 163
OTA for Women 82 164

Official CDS Cut Off II 2016

Academy Written Final
IMA 105 227
INA 90 225
AFA 135 258
OTA for Men 72 157
OTA for Women 72 159

Official CDS Cut Off I 2016

Academy Written Final
IMA 72 214
INA 63 217
AFA 123 249
OTA for Men 68 150
OTA for Women 68 157

Official CDS Cut Off II 2015

Academy Written Final
IMA 105 227
INA 99 227
AFA 138 269
OTA for Men 84 166
OTA for Women 84 170

Official CDS Cut Off I 2015

Academy Written Final
IMA 102 225
INA 99 225
AFA 129 264
OTA for Men 86 168
OTA for Women 86 172

Official CDS Cut Off II 2014

Academy Written Final
IMA 102 224
INA 75 224
AFA 129 257
OTA for Men 72 168
OTA for Women 72 170

Official CDS Cut Off I 2014

Academy Written Final
IMA 99 222
INA 99 222
AFA 129 250
OTA for Men 78 159
OTA for Women 78 160

UPSC CDS Cutoff 2013

Course Name Written Exam Final CDS Cutoff
Indian Military Academy, Dehradoon 111 231
Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala 111 231
Air Force Academy, Hyderabad 135 266
Officers Training Academy, Chennai (For Women) 76 160
Officers Training Academy, Chennai 76 158

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