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CDS 2021 Cutoff: Qualifying Marks and Score Card

Updated On - January 11 2021 by Anusha Pachauri

CDS 2021 Cutoff will be set by UPSC. This exam is held to recruit candidates in Indian Naval Academy, Indian Military Academy, Indian Air Force Academy etc. This exam is conducted twice in a year as CDS-I and CDS-II. Cutoff for CDS exam seems to be increasing past few years. CDS I 2021 Cut Off is expected to be in the range of 90-130 for the written test. Cutoff depends on various factors including the number of candidates appearing for the exam, vacancies available, number of seats available, etc. CDS Cutoff also changes with available training Academies viz. IMA, OTA, AFA and INA. 

CDS 2021 Cut Off 2021 Important Dates

Candidates can find important dates realtd to release of CDS 2021 Cut off from the given table:

CDS 2021 Cut off Important Dates
Events Dates 
CDS 1 exam February 7, 2021
Announcement of cut off marks November 2021
CDS 2 exam November 8, 2020 
Release of cut off marks May 2021

CDS Expected 2021 Cutoff 

CDS 2021 Cutoff depends on difficulty level of the examination, total appeared candidates and average marks scored in the exam. CDS 2021 Expected Cutoff as per experts is listed below:

CDS 2021 LevelsCDS I 2021 Expected Cutoff CDS I 2021 Expected Final Cutoff 
OTA (Men)85170
OTA (Women)85170

CDS I 2019 Cutoff

For 2019, UPSC CDS exam was conducted on 08 September 2019. The level of written exam was medium and was conducted after 05 day Psycho physical test at Service Selection Boards spread in all over the country. To determine the cutoff for this year, candidate must be familiar with the previous year cutoff as well. Candidate can check the cutoff for CDS I 2019 as released by UPSC. The Cutoff varies according to each training academy.

AcademyWritten ExamFinal Exam
 Aggregate marks of last qualified candidate*Marks of last recommended candidate
IMA (Indian Military Academy)125249
INA (Indian Naval Academy)118241
AFA (Air Force Academy)144268
OTA (Officers’ Training Academy) men82163
OTA (Officers’ Training Academy) women82164

*Subject to a minimum of 20% marks in each paper. 

CDS 1 2019 Academy-wise Cutoff 

Candidates are recuirted by Combined Defence Services for entry-level office cadre posts in the three wings of Indian Armed Forces. However, before their posting, they undergo one-year of training at respected training academies as per their recruiting wing. Candidates have to choose their preference of Training Academies during CDS Registration. CDS Cutoff for each Academy depends on the vacancy available. 

IAF Training AcademyLocationIAF WingUPSC CDS CutoffVacancies every year
Indian Military AcademyDehradun, UKIndian Army105-115Around 100
Air Force AcademyHyderabad, APAir Force120-13040-60
Indian Naval AcademyEzhimala, KeralaIndian Navy95-10540-50
Officers Training AcademyChennai, TNIndian Army85-95230-260

CDS Cut off Trends

CDS Cutoff depends on multiple factors which are discussed below in the article. Given below is the Cutoff data of last five years. It can be clearly seen that there is gradual rise in the cutoff over the years. 

CDS 2017 LevelsCDS 1 2017 Cutoff CDS 2016 CutoffCDS 2015 CutoffCDS 2014 CutoffCDS 2013 Cutoff
OTA (Men)8268655957
OTA (Women)8268655957

Factors affecting CDS 2021 Cut off

CDS 2021 Cutoff of every year depends on many factors. These factors all contribute to the Cutoff and candidates scoring equal to or more the determined cutoff are considered as successful. All the factors which are considered while deciding CDS Cutoff are listed below:

  • Number of candidates appearing
  • Difficulty level of process
  • Average marks scored by the batch
  • Number of vacancies available in the Academy

Candidates can also check: CDS Result 2021





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