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CDS Result 2021, Merit List and Cutoff

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Jan 8, 2021

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UPSC CDS I 2020 Result has been declared on March 23, 2020. The result is announced in the PDF format at the official website As per the result, the roll number of qualified candidates are mentioned in the list. Candidates will be selected on the basis of their performance in CDS I 2020 written test and SSB Interview. Based on that final cut off list will be prepared. Check  CDS Cut Off

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Candidates who have successfully qualified in the written exam need to register themselves online on the Indian Army Recruiting website within two weeks of announcement of written results. After that, you will be allotted with the Selection Centres and dates of SSB interview. Any candidate who has already registered earlier on the site will not be required to do so. Read the article to know more about how to check results, mark sheet, and much more. 

Direct Link to Check CDS I 2020 Result

The CDS II Final result for 2020 is out. Read more here

CDS 2020 Result Highlights

Mode of Declaration of Result Online
Official webiste
CDS I written test Result Declaration March 23, 2020
Final CDS I 2020 Result Declaration 2-3 months after the exam commencement
Details in CDS I 2020 Result Academy-wise Roll Numbers of Qualified Candidates

How to check CDS Result?

How to Check CDS 2020 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.

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

Step 3: Go to Combined Defence Services Examination.

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

Step 5: Download it and locate your roll number with 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.

CDS Marksheet Download

CDS 2020 Marksheet

The marksheet for CDS 2020 will be available on the official website of UPSC i.e. after the announcement of result. CDS I 2020 Marksheet will be available for a limited period of time (approximately 1 month). Following steps must be followed to obtain CDS 2020 Marksheet: 

  1. Visit the official website of UPSC.
  2. A link to download marksheet will be provided in ‘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 marksheet will appear on the screen.
  5. Take a printed copy of the marksheet for future reference.

UPSC CDS 2020 Answer Keys by SSB Crack

SSB Crack has released the answer key PDFs for CDS 1 2020 Exam:

CDS Exam Papers Unoffifial Answer Key and Question Papers
English Download
General Knowledge Download
Mathematics Download
CDS 2020 Cutoff

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CDS 2020 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. Minimum of 20% score in each section is the basic cut off to qualify for CDS 2020 and an overall score in written exam is around 110 marks. Those who fit in to 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 written exam will be announced by UPSC after the recruitment process is over. Check below expected cutoff of 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

UPSC CDS I Results 2019 was declared by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on its official website – Parvesh Kumar has topped the Indian Military Academy. Likewise Hitesh Yadav has topped Indian Naval Academy and Tejas Mohlah has topped Air Force Academy. CDS Cut off for written exam and final result is decided by UPSC. On the basis of performance in CDS and SSB Tests, the candidates are provided admission in the preferred course. 

  • A total of 129 candidates have qualified for admissions to the 145th course of Indian Military Academy – IMA, Dehradun; Indian Naval Academy – INA, Ezhimala, and Air Force Academy – AFA, Hyderabad, however as the document verification is still under process at the Army Headquarters, these results are provisional.
  • As per the Results notification, on the basis of written examination UPSC had recommended 3701, 2248 and 914 candidates respectively for Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy; out of which 129 candidates have made it to the Final Recommendation list of 82 for Indian Military Academy; 44 for Indian Naval Academy, and 3 for Air Force Academy, after the SSB Interviews.

The candidates whose roll numbers are displayed in the CDS 2020 Result list will be called for the further selection process, i.e. CDS SSB. The dates for SSB Interview will be notified later and final result will be out few days after the completion of this 5-days procedure. 

Previous Years’ CDS Cutoff 

CDS 2020 Cutoff will be released soon after the final result is released. Meanwhile, candidates can check previous years’ cutoff from below table: 

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 II 2018 Cutoff

Academy Written Exam Final Exam
IMA (Indian Military Academy) 116 242
INA (Indian Naval Academy) 102 228
AFA (Air Force Academy) 131 253
OTA (Officers’ Training Academy) men 80 162
OTA (Officers’ Training Academy) women 80 163

What after CDS 2020 Result?

Candidates who have score 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 IInterview conducted by 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 Judgement 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 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 the 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 psychological test are required to appear for the personal interview on day 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 before hand. There are nine tests which the candidates will have to clear. 
  • The tests on day four will begin with 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.

Combined Defense Services (CDS) Selection Procedure

  1. Written Examination: The candidates who filled the applications forms before the last notified date appeared for CDS written examination on February 4, 2020. CDS (I) written exam is a objective type paper held in pen and paper mode. The candidates who have qualified the written examination will now appear for Interview/ Intelligence Test/ Personality Test, the second stage of CDS Selection Procedure.
  2. Interview/ Intelligence Test/ Personality Test: The candidates who have qualified the written examination will be interviewed by Service Selection Board based on their preferences of HQs. The candidates will have to undergo five-day testing procedure at the respective SSB centres. The candidates who will be selected by the officials in the interview round shall further be called up for their document verification.
  3. 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. Final selection of candidates will be made if they are found to medically fit.

Frequently Asked Questions

CDS Result FAQs

Ques. How long does the Interview proceeds for CDS 2020?

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 2020 Result :

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

Ques. When will the result of CDS I 2020 be declared?

Ans. The result of CDS I 2020 written test will be declared in the month of May 2020. 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.

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


how many candidates are selected in cds exam?
kavita rani

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.

rashi dasgupta
After how many days do they call you for SSB after clearing the CDS examination?
kavita rani

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.

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

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.

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

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

margaret atwood
What if I register late on after clearing the CDS (more than 2 weeks after the result was declared)? Will I still get a call for the SSB?
kavita rani

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.

margaret atwood
After the CDS exam, how will I get a call for the SSB?
kavita rani

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.