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CDS Result 2021, Merit List and Cutoff

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May 1, 2021

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 CDS (I) 2021 result of the written test has been declared on  February 7, 2021. The result is announced in PDF format at the official website upsc.gov.in. As per the result, the roll number of qualified candidates are mentioned in the list. While preparing for the exam, study the CDS Question papers for a better understanding of the exam pattern.

CDS Final merit list will be selected on the basis of their performance in the CDS I 2021 written test and SSB Interview. A total of 6552 candidates have been shortlisted for SSB Interview.  Know about the CDS Selection process right here

Candidates who have successfully qualified in the written exam need to register themselves online on the Indian Army Recruiting website joinindianarmy.nic.in within two weeks of announcement of written results. After that, you will be allotted the Selection Centres and dates of the SSB interview. 

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Result Dates

CDS 2021 Result Dates

Events CDS I 2021 CDS II 2021
Written Exam February 07, 2021 November 14, 2021
Declaration of Result March 23, 2021 To be notified
Check Result

How to Check CDS 2021 Result?

The result of CDS 1 has been declared. Steps to check CDS Result are mentioned below:

Step 1: Visit the official website of UPSC i.e. upsc.gov.in.

Step 2: Click on the ‘Examination’ tab and navigate to the ‘Active Examination’ Section.

Step 3: Go to Combined Defence Services Examination.

Step 4: You will find a PDF file for the written test result.

Step 5: Download it and locate your roll number with a keyboard shortcut- Ctrl + F.

Step 6: Take a print out of the same for future reference. 

Note: Chances are that candidates might face the issue of server down as there would be many applicants who would be checking their respective results at the same time. This will create a massive overload on their server. They can check their results at ease after some hours when the issue is completely resolved.

Marksheet Download

CDS 2021 Marksheet

The mark sheet for CDS 2021 will be available on the official website of UPSC i.e. upsc.gov.in. after the announcement of the result. CDS I 2021 Marksheet will be available for a limited period of time (approximately 1 month). Following steps must be followed to obtain the CDS 2021 Marksheet: 

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  1. Visit the official website of UPSC.
  2. A link to the download the mark sheet will be provided in the ‘What’s New’ section, click on it.
  3. Enter your Roll Number and Date of Birth, thereafter, enter captcha code
  4. Click on Submit, your mark sheet will appear on the screen.
  5. Take a printed copy of the mark sheet for future reference.
Score Calculation

Score Calculation Process of CDS 2021

The score calculation process of CDS 2021 is elaborated in bullets:

  • For the correct answer in each section of the test, candidates score one mark. 
  • For each incorrect attemts 1/3 marks will be deducted. 
  • In case candidates mark more than one option which will be counted as the wrong answer. 
  • The total score will be calculated based on the number of correct and incorrect answers. 
Merit List Preparation

CDS Result 2021: Preparation of Merit List

  • A list of candiates will be prepared containing the name of candidate who will  get the minimum qualifying marks in the written exam. 
  • Candidate needs to secure separate qualifying marks in the written exam and the SSB Interview. 
  • The final merit list will be prepared on the basis of the total marks obtained in the written exam and SSB Interview. 
  • The final selection is done based on their merit subjected to medical fitness and the number of vacancies.  
CDS Cutoff

CDS 2021 Cutoff

The selection of candidates is subject to various criteria. For selection to IMA, INA, AFA, and OTA, candidates must qualify the minimum cut off marks set by the governing body, i.e., UPSC. A minimum of 20% score in each section is the basic cut-off to qualify for CDS 2021 and an overall score in the written exam is around 110 marks. Those who fit into this range will be called for CDS SSB Interview.

IMA (Indian Military Academy) and INA (Indian Naval Academy) cutoffs are expected to remain around 110 while for AFA cutoff score may go up to 140 this year. The CDS Cut off of the written exam will be announced by UPSC after the recruitment process is over. Check below the expected cutoff of the CDS 1 written exam.

Academy Written Exam Final Exam
IMA (Indian Military Academy) 120 245
INA (Indian Naval Academy) 105 233
AFA (Air Force Academy) 145 268
OTA (Officers’ Training Academy) men 73 162
OTA (Officers’ Training Academy) women 74 164
What's After Result

What after CDS 2021 Result?

Candidates who have scored qualifying marks in the written CDS exam will need to appear for SSB Tests/ Interview. The candidates are required to get the prescribed set of documents for the CDS interview conducted by the Service Selection Board. The final result is declared on the basis of the candidate's performance in the written exam and SSB Tests/ Interview. The SSB interview lasts for 5 days during which, a candidate undergoes various physical and psychological test which determines if a candidate is fit to be an officer.

Qualities that are judged by SSB to clear with the interview are as follows:

Initiative Alertness Judgment Courage Physical fitness endurance
Cooperation Group Planning Decisiveness Knowledge Psychological and Mental robustness

Day-wise Description of SSB Tests 

  • The SSB Interview will be conducted over a period of five days.
  • SSB procedure is a two-stage selection process. Only candidates who clear Stage I will be allowed to appear for Stage II.
  • Stage I comprises Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests and Picture Perception & Description Test (PP&DT). Candidates will be shortlisted for the next stage based on performance in OIR Test and PP&DT.
  • Stage II consists of Interview, Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Test, and Conference. 
  • On day two of the SSB Interview, candidates will be divided into groups of 8-10 and will be given different chest numbers. Psychological tests will be conducted on day two. 
  • Candidates after the psychological test are required to appear for the personal interview on days three and four in front of the interviewing officer. Group testing is usually done on day three by the group testing officer.  The candidates will be informed of outdoor tests beforehand. There are nine tests that the candidates will have to clear. 
  • The tests on day four will begin with an individual obstacle race.  An individual is expected to clear a set of 10 obstacles within 3 minutes.
  • On day five the candidates are required to appear for a conference which will be conducted by the SSB Board.
  • Candidates will be given a closing address on Day 5 by the deputy president of the board. Candidates will also be able to clear their doubts and queries.
Selection Procedure

CDS 2021 Selection Procedure

To join the desired academy, the candidates must qualify the below-mentioned stages: 

Written Examination

The candidates who filled the application forms before the last notified date will be able to appear for the CDS written. CDS (I) written exam is an objective type paper held in pen and paper mode. The candidates who have qualified for the written examination will now appear for the Interview/ Intelligence Test/ Personality Test, the second stage of the CDS Selection Procedure.

Interview/ Intelligence Test/ Personality Test

The candidates who have qualified for the written examination will be interviewed by Service Selection Board based on their preferences of HQs. The candidates will have to undergo the five-day testing procedure at the respective SSB centers. The candidates who will be selected by the officials in the interview round shall further be called up for their document verification.

Document Verification

Documents of selected candidates like their mark sheets, graduation degree, age proof, and other certificates and requisite documents are verified by the officials. If the documents are not authentic or complete then such candidates can be disqualified by the officials. The final selection of candidates will be made if they are found to medically fit.

CDS Result FAQs

CDS Result FAQs

Ques. How long does the Interview proceeds for CDS 2021?

Ans. SSB Interview is a 5-day process, which is divided into two stages. Stage 1 comprises of OIR, PP&DT, and Stage 2 comprises Interview, Group Test Officer Tasks, Psychology test, and conference.

Ques. What is the expected cutoff for different CDS exams?

Ans. The expected cutoff for CDS IMA & INA is 110 and for AFA it is expected to be 140.

Ques. How can I check my CDS Result?

Ans. Following are the steps to check the CDS 2021 Result :

  • Visit the official site of UPSC
  • Click on the Examination tab and go to the CDS examination
  • Download the pdf file of the result
  • Take a print out for future reference

Ques. When will the result of CDS I 2021 be declared?

Ans. The result of the CDS I 2021 written test will be declared in the month of May 2021. The final result is expected to be declared 2-3 months after the examination.

Ques. What are the details mentioned on CDS Marksheet?

Ans. The details mentioned on the CDS Marksheet are: Name, Roll Number, Marks obtained in Paper 1 and Paper 2, and Total marks obtained.

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

Comments


15 Comments
R
rohan bharti
What should I do in there are some mistakes in my application post submission?
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jaya garg

Hi. You can submit multiple applications but have to pay the fee with new RID in case you are not a fee exempted candidate. Your latest completed application will be considered for further processing and in this case, all earlier submitted applications will stand cancelled.

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vipasha
Can you tell me the expected cut-off for IMA?
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jaya garg

Hi. IMA (Indian Military Academy) and INA (Indian Naval Academy) cutoffs are anticipated to remain around 110 while for AFA cutoff score might go up to 140 this year. Refer here for more information on CDS 2021 Cutoff.

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ammar zaheer ahmed
Do I need to secure separate qualifying marks in the written exam and the SSB Interview?
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jaya garg

Hi. A list of candidates will be prepared containing the name of candidate who will obtained the minimum qualifying marks in the written exam. Candidate are supposed to secure separate qualifying marks in the written exam and the SSB Interview.

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ananya pandey
Within how many weeks of result declaration, can I register at the Indian Army Recruiting website?
J
jaya garg

Hi. Candidates who have successfully qualified in the written exam have top register themselves online on the Indian Army Recruiting website joinindianarmy.nic.in within 14 days of announcement of written results.

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bhagyashri kene
How many hours should I study daily for the CDS exam?
J
jaya garg

Hi Bhagyashri. Since time management is crucial, so you must not waste even a single minute. Not only the knowledge, but swiftness in using that knowledge is important. Try to spend at least 6-7 hours daily for your studies.

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bhagyashri kene
When should I apply if I choose to pay by Bank Challan?
J
jaya garg

Hi Bhagyashri. In all the cases, the closing date of submission of online application is clearly mentioned in the Examination Notice. Candidates, who make payments through Bank Challan, are required to submit online application at least a day before the notified closing date so that they can get the Bank Challan that needs to be submitted in any Branch of SBI within Bank working hours.

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ammar zaheer ahmed
How can I develop reading habits to get a good score in the CDS exam?
J
jaya garg

You must develop a reading habit. Start different sorts of media, like magazines, newspapers, blogs, notes, etc. as it will improve your vocabulary as well as the understanding of practical English.

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swarup
What is the minimum cutoff score needed to clear the exam?
J
jaya garg

Hi Swarup. Candidates are supposed to get at least 20% score in each section is the basic cut-off to qualify for CDS 2021 and an overall score in the written exam is around 110 marks

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mizna harmain
Can I submit multiple online applications, in case the previous one is filled wrong?
J
jaya garg

Hi Mizna. All the candidates are suggested not to do this, in case they do so, the data provided in the last application will be considered. And all the previous applications will be ignored.

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priya
how many candidates are selected in cds exam?
J
jaya garg

Hi Priya. If we look at the previous CDS results, almost 7000 to 9000 candidates were able to clear the CDS written exam. You can find the details on number of candidates cleared CDS exam from previous years. Refer here for more facts.
 

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rashi dasgupta
After how many days do they call you for SSB after clearing the CDS examination?
J
jaya garg

Hi Rashi. All the candidates who have cleared CDS exam gets a call letter from SSB where SSB Interview date and Centre is mentioned. Normally within a few couple of weeks , candidates can expect a call from SSB. The entire SSB Interview round is a 5 day long process and is segmented in two stages including Psychological Aptitude Test and Intelligence Test.

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sourajit mukherjee
What is the complete procedure of interview for the SSB (Non-Tech) through the CDS Exam?
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jaya garg

Hi Sourajit. The entire Interview procedure is the same for technical and non-technical entry. The entire SSB interview is a 5-day selection procedure which include several tests conducted over a couple of days.

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ayesha chatterjee
What marks do you need in the CDS written test to be called for the SSB?
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jaya garg

Hi Ayesha. Selection of candidates is based on several factors. To get selected to IMA, INA, AFA and OTA, candidates need to qualify the minimum cut off marks set by the governing body. Previous year cut off marks can be referred to get better understanding. 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

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margaret atwood
What if I register late on joinindianarmy.nic.in after clearing the CDS (more than 2 weeks after the result was declared)? Will I still get a call for the SSB?
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jaya garg

Hi Margaret. The candidates who have successfully qualified the written test must register online at the official website within two weeks of announcement of written result. Only those who applied within the mentioned time period will be allotted Selection Centres and dates, where SSB interview which be carried. So it is advisable to register within the mentioned time period only.

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margaret atwood
After the CDS exam, how will I get a call for the SSB?
J
jaya garg

Hi Marharet. Only those candidates who cleared CDS exam gets a call from SSB. Qualified candidates can download the call letter for SSB Interview by visiting the official websites of Army, Navy and Air Force. The entire SSB procedure is divided into two stages including, Selection process-stage I and stage II. Candidates who cleared stage I will be allowed to appear for stage II. Stage I include Officer Intelligence Rating exam and Picture Perception Description Test while in Stage II Interviews, Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests, etc. will get conducted.