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CDS I 2019 Cutoff, Qualifying Marks and Score Card

Updated On - June 12th 2019

CDS Cut off has seen an exponential rise over past few years. This non-ending surge could be attributed to the growing popularity of Indian Armed Forces among Indian youths and the lucrative & stable career the forces provide. CDS II 2019 Cut Off is expected to be in range of 90-130 for the written test. This year, CDS 2 2019 is scheduled for September 8, 2019 in offline mode.

  • CDS I was successfully conducted on Feb 3 and result for the same was released in first week of March. 
  • Candidates have to clear all the 3 stages in order to get selected at officers cadre post in various departments. Check CDS Exam Pattern

CDS admits candidates on the basis of written test results followed by 5-day Psychological and Physical tests in three SSBs across India. Each level in CDS SSB Interview is qualifying in nature and candidates with scores above the decided cutoff are called for the next phase. Let us take a quick look at UPSC CDS Cut off.

The Cutoff depends upon the number of factors including the number of students appearing for the exam, vacancies available, number of seats available, etc. CDS Cut off also varies with available training Academies viz. IMA, OTA, AFA and INA.

CDS 2018 Cutoff (Expected)

CDS 2018 Cutoff is subject to difficulty level of the examination, total appeared students and average marks scored in the paper. CDS 2018 Expected Cutoff as devised by experts is listed below. 

CDS 2018 LevelsCDS II 2018 Cutoff (Expected)CDS II 2018 Final Cutoff (Expected)
OTA (Men)85170
OTA (Women)85170

UPSC CDS caters more than 200,000 students every session for total seats of around 400 spread across IMA, INA, AFA and OTA. This reduces the success ratio to a meagre 0.2%. However, with right preparation and positive approach, you can ace the exam easily. Let’s look at the previous year cutoff and other factors that affect CDS 2018 Cutoff.

CDS 1 2018 Cutoff

UPSC conducted CDS on September 8, 2019 this year. The level of written was moderate and will be followed by intense 5-day Psycho-physical test at Service Selection Boards spread across the country. To determine the cut off for this year, we must rely on the previous years’ cut off as well. Here, in the table given below, find the cut off for CDS 1 2018 as released by UPSC. The Cutoff varied with each training academy. Data for UPSC CDS 2018 Cutoff is archived on UPSC official website and same is reflected on

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 2018 Cutoff (Academy-wise)

Combined Defence Services recruit students for entry-level office cadre posts in the three wings of Indian Armed Forces. However, prior to their posting, they undergo one-year training at respected training academies as per their recruiting wing. Students are asked to choose their preference of Training Academies during their CDS Registration. CDS Cutoff for each Academy varies as per the vacancy available. Let’s take a quick look at some pointers regarding these Training Academies.

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 is dependent upon multiple factors which will be discussed later in the article. The Cutoff because of which, is on the rise ever since. Mentioned below is the Cutoff data of last 5 years. We can clearly notice the gradual rise in the cutoff over the years. There was an unusual high rise in the year 2014, when CDS Cutoff for Indian Military Academy rose to an unbelievable score of 99 marks.

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

Factors affecting CDS 2018 Cut off

CDS Cutoff of every year depends on various factors. These factors all combined finally contribute to the Cutoff and students scoring above the decided cutoff are deemed successful. Students need to score better than the cutoff at every stage.

The commission does not release cutoff details for 5-day SSB. However, final marks are released once the whole process including Written Test, SSB Interview and medical examination is conducted. Here are all the factors which are considered while deciding CDS Cutoff of an year.

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

The students scoring marks above the decided cutoff will be called for SSB Interview followed by thorough Medical examination of the recommended candidates. The Final call for admission in the training academies will be sent to selected candidates in the month of April-May and the commencement of training program at respective academies will take place in the month of June 2019. 

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College


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