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CDS 2 2017 Answer Key, Question Paper & Analysis

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Feb 16, 2018

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CDS 2 2017 was conducted on November 19, 2017 for candidates seeking admission to INA, IMA, AFA and OTAs. The official answer keys have not been released yet for CDS exam, however, some coaching institutes have already come up with them.

The questions asked in CDS 2 2017 were of moderate difficulty. There were total 120 questions in each section, however, only 100 questions were asked from Mathematics section. 100 marks were allocated to each section. The expected Cut Off will be in 72- 135 range.

Latest: The written exam results have been declared for CDS 2 2017 which was conducted on November 19, 2017. To obtain their CDS Results, candidates must visit the official website of UPSC, i.e., Those who have qualified in the written test are now expected to appear for CDS SSB Interview 

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CDS 2 2017 Answer key (English) by Major Kalshi Classes

CDS 2 2017 Answer key (G.K.) by Major Kalshi Classes

CDS 2 2017 Answer key (Mathematics) by Major Kalshi Classes

CDS is a national-level competitive exam for graduate candidates who wish to pursue their career as commissioned officers in Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force. CDS exam is conducted twice a year – CDS I and CDS II and each exam offers approximately 400 vacancies.

Download CDS 2 Answer Key 2017

CDS 2 2017 Answer key (English) Click Here
CDS 2 2017 Answer key (Mathemetics) Click Here
CDS 2 2017 Answer key (G.K) Click Here

How to download CDS 2 2017 Answer Key?

Candidates can download CDS 2 2017 answer key of all sets of question booklet – A, B, C, and D from the UPSC website. In order to access CDS II 2017 answer key, candidates have to visit the respective official website and follow these steps:

  • Visit the official website of UPSC
  • Then, click on CDS 2 2017 Answer Key in “What’s New”
  • CDS II 2017 Answer Key for each subject and question paper code will be displayed
  • Candidates can download the PDF files and match their answers

Candidates can also take a print out for future reference. Now, they can use answer key to match answers to know their estimated score.

Challenging CDS 2 2017 Answer Key

Candidates who find any issues regarding any answer in the CDS 2 2017 answer key, can send in their complaints to the exam conducting authority. To challenge CDS II 2017 Answer key, candidates has to submit their challenge or grievance only through email at an official id. UPSC provides 7 days’ time frame to challenge a question.

CDS 2 2017 Question Paper Analysis

Unlike previous years, there were some difficult questions in CDS 2 2017 exam. However, overall, CDS 2 2017 was easy to moderate at level of difficulty. It has very direct and conceptual questions from class 9 and class 10 levels.

All subjects were of easy and moderate level. Mathematics was on the tougher side compared with English and General Knowledge. A subject wise analysis on the scale of level of difficulty of CDS II 2017 is as follows:


Difficulty Level



General Knowledge




Overall, the paper is considered slightly easier than the CDS I 2017. Hence the CDS 2017 cut off should slightly increase from last stage in all categories as it is inversely proportional to level of difficulty of exam.

CDS 2 2017 Expected Cut off

CDS Cut off is based on the performance of the candidates in the exam. The UPSC will release cut off scores of CDS 2 after two months from the date of result. CDS 2017 cut off is the minimum marks which are required to be scored by the candidate to be eligible for next round of selection procedure i.e. Personality tests and Intelligence Interview held at Services Selection Boards (SSB).

Candidates must obtain the prescribed CDS 2017 qualifying marks in both stages. Candidates who score CDS cut off 2017 in both written exam and SSB will be eligible for admission to Indian Military Academy (IMA), Indian Naval Academy (INA), Air Force Academy (AFA) and Officers’ Training Academy (OTA).

In the following table, CDS Cut off for 2016 is mentioned academy and paper wise. CDS II 2017 candidates can get a fair idea of the CDS 2017 cut off from the following table:

Course Minimum qualifying marks in each Subject Total qualifying Marks Final Marks after SSB













OTA (Men)




OTA (Women)




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