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CDS 2020 Cutoff: Check Expected and Previous Years' Cutoff

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Oct 21, 2020

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CDS Cut off is the minimum marks that candidates need to score in written examination and SSB interview round separately for their final selection. CDS I result for the written examination has been released on March 23, 2020, and the final cut off will be released soon after the conclusion of interview.  Check  CDS I Result 2020

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CDS 2020 Cutoff (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

CDS Previous Years Cut Off

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 2002 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 Indian Armed Forces among Indian youths and the stable career the forces provide. Let us take a quick look at the expected UPSC CDS 2020 Cutoff. Check  CDS Selection Process

CDS 2020 Expected Cut Off

CDS Previous Years’ Cutoffs

UPSC CDS 2019 Phase 2 cutoff will be released after the conclusion of the recruitment drive. Meanwhile, candidates can check the cutoff of CDS 1 and CDS 2 for the Year 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2016. 

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

CDS Cutoffs Official PDFs

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

Year CDS I Cutoff CDS II Cutoff
2019 Download to be available soon
2018 Download Download
2017 Download Download
2016 Download Download
2015 Download Download
2014 Download Download

Factors Affecting CDS 2020 Cut off

CDS admit candidates on the basis of 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 CDS Cutoff of a year.

  • Number of candidates
  • The difficulty level of process
  • Average marks scored by the batch
  • Total vacancies available in the Academy

The students scoring marks above the decided cutoff will be called for SSB Interview followed by thorough Medical examination of the recommended candidates. The Final call for admission in the training academies will be sent to selected candidates in the month of April-May and the commencement of training program at respective academies will take place in the month of June 2020. 

Solve CDS Mock Tests both in Hindi or English during your preparation time

Steps to Check CDS Cut Off

How to Check CDS 2020 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 the pdf format.

Step 5: Download and save the file

CDS Cut off 2020 for Written Exam

  • Candidates need to score the minimum aggregate cut off marks to qualify 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 of 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 2020 for Final Selection

  • Final cut off for is decided based on 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

CDS 2020 Cutoff FAQs

Ques. When will CDS 2020 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 CDS written examination candidates are called for 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 2020?

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 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
  • Difficulty level of exam

Ques.  What is the procedure of Final Selection in CDS 2020?

Ans.  The cut off for final selection is based on the marks obtained by candidates in the written examination and in 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.


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.