CDS 2 Paper Analysis & Answer Key 2016

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Feb 13, 2018

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UPSC CDS was conducted successfully on Oct 23, 2016. As per CDS Exam Pattern, the paper was divided into three sections viz. English Language, General Knowledge & Mathematics.UPSC CDS is a national level entrance exam for recruiting commissioned officers for IMA (Indian military Academy), AFA  (Air Force Academy), INA (Indian Naval Academy), OTA (Officer’s Training Academy). Let’s have a look at the highlights of UPSC CDS 2016.

  • Duration: 2 hours/Section
  • The Order of the paper was English, General Awareness & Mathematics
  • Candidates applying for OTA were exempted from Mathematics Section
  • The level of questions asked were Moderate

Keeping in mind the CDS 2015 Cutoff, an average score of 130 is expected safe for getting shortlisted in INA, AFA, IMA, & OTA. Sectional Cutoff for each section is also expected to rise from the present 20% of the total Marks.

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UPSC CDS 2016 English Section

The Section of English Language came as quite a surprise to most of the candidates. With recent changes included, CDS cutoff of English Language could go higher than the previous Year. The key topics to score well in the paper were Reading Comprehension, Rearranging of Sentences and Spotting errors in a sentence. Questions from antonyms/synonyms and Word substitution were not part of UPSC CDS 2016. 

  • Total Time Allotted: 120 minutes
  • Total Questions: 120
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate
  • Marks For every correct Response: 1
  • Marks Deducted for every incorrect response: 1/3
CDS English CDS 2016 Cutoff (Expected) CDS I 2016 Cutoff CDS 2015 Cutoff
Difficulty Level Moderate-Easy Easy Moderate
Questions Asked 120 120 120
Cutoff Marks 20% 20% 20%

Check CDS 2016 English Answer Key


UPSC CDS 2016 General Knowledge Section

General Knowledge of the Combined Defense Services is full of current Affairs and General Awareness. The Average marks scored in the General Knowledge section is comparably lower than the other sections.

  • Total Time Allotted: 120 minutes
  • Total Questions:  120 Questions
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate
  • Marks awarded for every correct Response: 1
  • Marks deducted for every incorrect response: 1/3
CDS General Knowledge CDS 2016 Cutoff (expected) CDS I 2016 Cutoff CDS 2015 Cutoff
Difficulty Level Moderate-Easy Easy Moderate
Questions Asked 120 120 120
Cutoff 20% 20% 20%

Check CDS 2016 General Awareness Answer Key


UPSC CDS 2016 Mathematics Section

The section is the most important and deciding section of UPSC CDS Written Exam. CDS Mathematics is the most attempted section of the Armed Forces Written Exam. Though the standard of questions Mathematics is moderate-high, the average marks scored in the section is the highest of all.

CDS General Knowledge CDS 2016 Cutoff (expected) CDS I 2016 Cutoff CDS 2015 Cutoff
Difficulty Level Moderate-Hard Easy Moderate
Questions Asked 100 100 100
Cutoff 20% 20% 20%

UPSC CDS 2016 Cutoff

With the latest changes in the English Section and introduction of complex problems in Mathematics, the Cutoff of CDS 2016 is expected to rise than the previous year cutoff.

Though the Qualifying Marks are just 20%, total cutoff of CDS 2016 will see a lot of changes this year. Let’s have a look at the CDS 2016 Cutoff.

Armed Forces Academy CDS 2016 Cutoff (Expected) CDS 2016 Final Cutoff
Indian Military Academy 110-117 231
Indian Naval Academy 111-116 231
Air Force Academy 131-149 266
Officers’ Training Academy (Men) 80-92 158
OTA (Women) 75-90 160

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

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