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CDS 2021 Cutoff: Check Expected and Previous Years' Cutoff

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Feb 16, 2021

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The UPSC will release the cutoff marks of the CDS 2021 exam. As the written exam of the CDS I 2021 has been scheduled for February 07, 2021, the result is expected to be released in the month of May 2021 along with the cutoff marks. Check  CDS I Result 2021

The minimum qualifying marks in each subject are 20 marks, i.e. 20%. Candidates are required t obtain separately qualifying marks in the written exam and SSB Interview of the CDS Exam. Based on the CDS Cutoff, the candidates will be selected for Indian Military Academy (IMA), Indian Naval Academy (INA), Air Force Academy (AFA), and Officers’ Training Academy (OTA). 

Important Date

CDS Cutoff 2021: Important Dates

Events  CDS Cutoff 2021 Dates 
CDS 1 exam  February 07, 2021
Release of CDS I final cutoff November 2021
CDS 2 exam  November 17, 2021
Release of CDS II final cutoff May 2022
How to Check Cutoff

How to Check CDS 2021 Cut Off?

Candidates can follow these simple steps to check the cut off:

Step 1: Visit the official website i.e.

Step 2: Go to the cutoff from the 'Examination' tab 

Step 3: Click on the link

Step 4: Course wise cut off marks will be available in pdf format.

Step 5: Download and save the file

Determining Factors

Factors affecting CDS 2021 Cutoff

CDS admit candidates based on written test results followed by 5-day Psychological and Physical tests in three SSBs across India. The cutoff depends upon various factors including the number of students appearing for the exam, vacancies, difficulty level of the exam, etc. These factors all combined finally contribute to the Cutoff and students scoring above the decided cutoff are deemed successful. Students need to score better than the cutoff at every stage.

The commission does not release cutoff details for 5-day SSB. However, final marks are released once the whole process including Written Test, SSB Interview, and medical examination is conducted. Here are all the factors that are considered while deciding the CDS Cutoff of a year. CDS cutoff marks vary depending on various factors which are mentioned in the following bullet points:

  • The total number of applicants
  • The total number of vacancies
  • Difficulty Level of exam
  • Previous year cutoff trends etc. 

The students scoring marks above the decided cutoff will be called for SSB Interview followed by a thorough Medical examination of the recommended candidates. The Final call for admission to the training academies will be sent to selected candidates in the month of April-May and the commencement of the training program at respective academies will take place in the month of May. 

CDS Cut off 2021 for Written Exam

  • Candidates need to score the minimum aggregate cut-off marks to qualify for the written exam.
  • Candidates are also required to secure the minimum qualifying marks in each subject that is 20%. 
  • Candidates who are declared successful in the written exam are called for SSB Round.

CDS Cut off for SSB Interview

  • SSB Interview is conducted only for the written exam qualified candidates.
  • SSB Interview is a two-stage selection process.
  • Stage 1: It comprises of Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests and Picture Perception Description Test (PP&DT).
  • Stage 2: It comprises Interview, Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests, and the Conference.
  • To qualify for SSB Interview, candidates need to secure the minimum qualifying marks. 

CDS Cut off 2021 for Final Selection

  • The Final cut-off is decided based on the written exam and SSB Interview marks.
  • CDS final cut off is decided based on the marks secured by the last recommended candidates. After that candidates are selected for admission to the different courses.
Expected Cutoff

CDS Cutoff 2021(Expected)

Academy Written Exam Final Exam
IMA (Indian Military Academy) 120 – 130 245 – 255
INA (Indian Naval Academy) 105 – 120 233 – 245
AFA (Air Force Academy) 145 – 150 268 – 270
OTA (Officers’ Training Academy) men 73 – 85 162 – 170
OTA (Officers’ Training Academy) women 74 – 85 164 – 170

Since the exam is over the applicants are now looking for the expected cut-off marks of Combined Defence Services so that they can join the respective Academies. The final CDS 2021 cut off for IMA is expected to be between 245 to 255, for AFA 268 to 270, and for INA 233 to 245. CDS Cutoff has seen an exponential rise over the past few years. This non-ending surge could be attributed due to the growing popularity of the Indian Armed Forces among Indian youths and the stable career the forces provide. Let us take a quick look at the expected UPSC CDS 2021 Cutoff. Check  CDS Selection Process

Previous Years' Cutoff

CDS Previous Years’ Cutoffs

UPSC CDS 2021 cutoff will be released after the conclusion of the recruitment drive. Meanwhile, candidates can check the cutoff of CDS cutoff marks of  2019, 2018, 2017, and 2016.

CDS II 2019 Cutoff

Academy  Written Exam Final Exam 
IMA 134 marks (i.e. 44.67%)  258 
INA 122 marks (i.e. 40.67%)  245 
AFA 148 marks (i.e. 49.33%)  272 
OTA (Men) 95 marks (i.e. 47.5%)  176 
OTA(Women)  95 marks (i.e. 47.5%)  179 

CDS I 2019 Cutoff

cds cut off 2019
Academy Written Exam Final Exam
IMA (Indian Military Academy) 116 242
INA (Indian Naval Academy) 105 233
AFA (Air Force Academy) 129 264
OTA (Officers’ Training Academy) men 78 160
OTA (Officers’ Training Academy) women 78 162

CDS I 2018 Cutoff

Academy Written Exam Final Exam
IMA (Indian Military Academy) 118 240
INA (Indian Naval Academy) 98 225
AFA (Air Force Academy) 138 279
OTA (Officers’ Training Academy) men 69 154
OTA (Officers’ Training Academy) women 69 150

CDS I 2017 Cutoff

Academy Written Exam Final Exam
IMA (Indian Military Academy) 125 249
INA (Indian Naval Academy) 118 241
AFA (Air Force Academy) 144 268
OTA (Officers’ Training Academy) men 82 163
OTA (Officers’ Training Academy) women 82 164

CDS I 2016 Cutoff

Academy Written Exam Final Exam
IMA (Indian Military Academy) 72 214
INA (Indian Naval Academy) 63 217
AFA (Air Force Academy) 123 249
OTA (Officers’ Training Academy) men 68 150
OTA (Officers’ Training Academy) women 68 157
Official PDFs

CDS Cutoffs Official PDFs

Candidates can download official PDFs from the below-given links:

Year CDS I Cutoff CDS II Cutoff
2019 Download Download
2018 Download Download
2017 Download Download
2016 Download Download
2015 Download Download
2014 Download Download

CDS Cutoff FAQs

Ques. When will CDS 2021 cutoff be announced?

Ans. The final cut-off is declared soon after the conclusion of the whole process that is written examination and SSB Interview. Based on the marks obtained in the CDS written examination candidates are called for the SSB round and then authorities combine the scores of both written and interview round to make the final cut-off list.

Ques. Will there be any difference in expected and final cut off CDS 2021?

Ans. Yes, there is always a difference between the two. Because the expected cut-off is based on the previous years' cut off trends and the difficulty level of the current exam whereas the final cut off depends on various other factors. 

Ques.  What are the factors that affect the cutoff result?

Ans. Factors that affect the cutoff are:

  • No. of vacancies
  • No. of candidates who appeared for the exam
  • The difficulty level of the exam

Ques.  What is the procedure of Final Selection in CDS 2021?

Ans.  The cut off for final selection is based on the marks obtained by candidates in the written examination and the SSB Interview. Candidates are also required to secure the minimum qualifying marks in each subject that is 20%. 

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.


koyena biswas
how to calculate marks in cds exam?
kavita rani

Hi Koyena. Total marks is 100 marks each for all 120 questions. So when you calculate it, each question is of 0.83 marks and for every incorrect option, 1/3rd marks is deducted, which is 0.27 marks. So this way you can check your scores.

avinash sahu
how much marks required to clear cds exam?
kavita rani

Hi Avinash. The written CDS exam is of 300 marks and each section is 100 marks. The minimum qualifying marks of each section are 20% of the total marks. So you need to get at least 60 marks to qualify the exam.

aman kunar
I have cleared CDS written exam, how to get SSB interview call letter, guide me.

Dear Aman Kumar

Greetings from Collegedunia. UPSC CDS 2020 result was declared on 23 March, 2020 and within two weeks after the announcement of the result, you need to register at the Indian Army official website for SSB Interview. The final Merit-list will be declared after the SSB Interview result. Please check your Interview letter at the official website of the Indian Army portal. For more details, kindly go through this link – UPSC CDS 2020 Results & Counselling 

bunty kohli
How many marks do you need to score in the CDS SSB to get recommended?
kavita rani

Hi Bunty. The weightage of written exam of CDS is 300 marks and each section holds a weightage of 100 marks. At least marks needed in each section is 20% of the total marks, which means that all the candidates appearing in these exams have to get at least 60 marks to qualify the exam.

How can I clear the CDS exam? Which kind of posts are available for girls on the CDS?
kavita rani

Hi Vidushi. Dedication, consistent preparation strategy, awareness about the latest current affairs, in-depth knowledge of particular topic are some of the key factors that you need to consider while preparing for CDS exam. Female candidates are allowed to apply for OTA post only. Both male and female candidates have to meet the physical standard specified by UPSC. A job of an officer in Indian army is as lieutenant for short commission is available.

ranu kanwar
What is the procedure if I clear the expected cutoff for the CDS exam but can't clear the sectional cutoff?
kavita rani

Hi Ranu. Minimum marks required in each subject of CDS is 20%. Getting total marks more than cutoff increases your chances to clear the exam but this does not assures that you clear the exam. In case you are not able to clear sectional cutoff then you might not pass the examination and have to give the exam again in the future. So work hard and focus in improving both sectional and overall cutoff to ace the exam.

How hard is to clear CDS written exam?
kavita rani

Hi Vidushi. In general, no exam is not tough or easy, actually it is our time and efforts that matter while getting good score in exam. There are 3 sections in CDS written paper including English, GAT, and Elementary maths for which you need to study harder. One must do lots of last year questions and take more mock tests to understand the difficulty level of the paper.

bunty kohli
How is the marks distribution done in CDS examination and what is the general cutoff for all the services?
kavita rani

Hi Bunty. Total questions 200 MCQ Type Maximum Marks 300 ( in Indian Military, Air Force, and Navy) and 200 (OTA) Exam time 2 hours (120 minutes) for each paper Medium Hindi or English CDS expected cut off for 2020 is: CDS Expected Cut off 2020 Levels Written Exam Final Selection IMA 130 255 OTA (Men) 85 170 OTA (Women) 85 170 AFA 150 270

divya verma
Hello Ma'am Can you please tell the pattern of marking of CDS1 2020 and how the cut off is formed for OTA
dharmashelan r
Hi mam, I Got less marks in 2 examination.After that, I am continue my studies in B.Tec engineering with good, It is possible to apply for CDS examination.
shobhna chaturvedi

Hi Dharmashelan, you can check the Eligibility Criteria for this exam from here to know whether you are eligible or not.

anu agrahari
What do you mean by the cutoff and final cutoff for CDS 1
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Anu, cut off marks are the minimum marks to be scored in written exam to qualify SSB. While final cut off are the overall marks to be scored by the candidate in written test and SSB combined to qualify for further selection process.
ashutosh mishra
If my maths paper does not go well and the other were good So is there any rule that we must be qualifed in maths ? or we will get aggergate marks ??
aswin i v
If there any qualifying marks on General Knowledge on CDS Upsc exam , It have only Cut Off Does not require separate qualifying marks on GK and English ?
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Aswin, yes, the cut off marks are calculated by merging marks of both Mathematics and English. No sectional cut-off is there.