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UPSC CDS II 2018 Result, Selection Process

Updated On - September 13th 2018 by SONAL ROHATGI

UPSC CDS II 2018 Result will be available in December on the official portal (upsc.gov.in). CDS Cut offfor written exam and final result will be decided by UPSC. Candidates are offered admissions as per their performance in CDS II 2018 and SSB Tests. 

The paper of CDS I was conducted on February 4, 2018 As per the schedule, Session 2 is scheduled for November 18, 2018. The Union Public Service Commission will release the final results in December. Read on to know about the steps to check your scores, status and other information related to admissions. 

CDS II 2018CDS II Cut offCDS II Selection Process

UPSC CDS 1 Result was declared on March 27, 2018. Among boys, Nipurn Datta has topped the exam and among girls Shruti Vinod Shrikhande, a Pune student has topped CDS.  

CDS 2018 Result Highlights

Mode of Declaration of ResultOnline
Official webisteupsc.gov.in
Final CDS II 2018 Result Declaration2-3 months after the exam commencement
Details in CDS II 2018Academy-wise Roll Numbers of Qualified Candidates

How to Check CDS 2018 Result?

UPSC wll declare CDS 1 Results at the official website in the month of December. Steps to check CDS Result and downloading the scorecard are mentioned below:

  1. Visit the official website of UPSC i.e. upsc.gov.in.
  2. Click on ‘Examination’ tab and navigate to ‘Active Examination’ Section.
  3. Go to Combined Defence Services Examination (II), 2018
  4. You will find a PDF file for written test result.
  5. Download it and locate your roll number with keyboard shortcut- Ctrl + F.
  6. Take a print out of the same for future reference. 

Note: Chances are that candidates might face the issue ofserver down as there would be many applicants who would be checking their respective results at the same time. This will create massive overload on their server. They can check their results at ease after some hours when the issue is completely resolved.


CDS 2018 Marksheet

The marksheet for CDS 2018 will be available on the official website of UPSC i.e. upsc.gov.in. The availability of marksheet will be at the end of the selection process. CDS II 2018 Marksheet will be available for a limited period of time (approximately 1 month). Following steps must be followed to obtain CDS II 2018 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
CDS Marksheet
  1. Click on Submit, your marksheet will appear on the screen.
  2. Take a printed copy of the marksheet for future reference.

CDS 2018 Cut Off

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 2018 and an overall score in written exam is around 110 marks. Those who fit in to this range are called for CDS SSB Interview and further scrutinization thus takes place.

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 is announced by UPSC after the recruitment process is over. Check below expected cutoff of CDS II written exam.

Course NameExpected Cutoff score
Indian Military Academy, Dehradun105-115
Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala95-105
Air Force Academy, Hyderabad120-130
Officers Training Academy, Chennai (For Women)85-95
Officers Training Academy, Chennai85-95

About UPSC CDS 2017 Results

UPSC CDS II Results 2017 have been declared by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on its official website – upsc.gov.in. Vivek Tharkoti has topped for the Indian Military Academy, followed by Debasis Sarangi and Ashish Rai. Likewise Debasis Sarangi has topped for both Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy. CDS Cut offfor 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 192 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 103 candidates have made it to the Final Recommendation list of Indian Military Academy; 69 for Indian Naval Academy, and 20 for Air Force Academy, after the SSB Interviews.

Candidates who’ll make it to the final list of selected candidates will join the following courses next year in 2019:

  1. Indian Military Academy, Dehradun 146th Course - January 2019
  2. Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala, Kerala, Course - January, 2019
  3. Air Force Academy, Hyderabad (Pre-Flying) Training Course (205 F(P)) - February, 2019
  4. Officers Training Academy, Chennai 109th SSC Course (NT) (for Men) - April, 2019
  5. Officers Training Academy, Chennai, 23rd SSC Women (Non-Technical) Course - April, 2019

The candidates whose roll numbers are displayed in the CDS 2018 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.

The final result is also declared in a Pdf file wherein, selected candidates can find their roll number and names. Candidates are selected finally on the basis of various factors including; qualifying the cut off list, clearing medical examination and number of vacancies available.


Previous Year CDS Cut off 

CDS Cut off of Written Exam

CDS Cut OffCDS I 2017CDS II 2016CDS I 2016CDS II 2015CDS I 2015CDS II 2014CDS I 2014
IMA1251057210510210299
INA118906399997599
AFA144135123138129129129
OTA for Men82726884867278
OTA for Women82726884867278

Final Cut off of CDS 

CDS Cut OffCDS I 2017CDS II 2016CDS I 2016CDS II 2015CDS I 2015CDS II 2014CDS I 2014
IMA249227214227225224222
INA241225217227225224222
AFA268258249269264257250
OTA for Men163157150166168168159
OTA for Women164159157170172170160

What comes after the declaration of CDS 2018 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 interview 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:

InitiativeAlertnessJudgementCouragePhysical fitness endurance
CooperationGroup PlanningDecisivenessKnowledgePsychological 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, 2018. 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.

Check Psychological Test in CDS SSB 2018 


    *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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