CDS Cut off: Check Expected and Previous Years Cutoff

CDS Cut off is the minimum qualifying marks that candidates need to secure separately in written exam and SSB Interview for final selection to Indian Military Academy (IMA), Indian Naval Academy (INA), Air Force Academy (AFA) and Officers’ Training Academy (OTA).

CDS Cutoff 2020

CDS Expected Cut off 2020

Academy Written Exam Final Exam
IMA (Indian Military Academy) 120 – 130 245 – 255
INA (Indian Naval Academy) 105 – 120 233 – 245
AFA (Air Force Academy) 145 – 150 268 – 270
OTA (Officers’ Training Academy) men 73 – 85 162 – 170
OTA (Officers’ Training Academy) women 74 – 85 164 – 170

CDS Previous Years’ Cutoffs

UPSC CDS Phase 2 cutoff will be released after the conclusion of the recruitment drive. Meanwhile, candidates can check the cutoff of CDS 1 and CDS 2 for the Year 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2016.

Academy Written Exam Final Exam
IMA (Indian Military Academy) 116 242
INA (Indian Naval Academy) 105 233
AFA (Air Force Academy) 129 264
OTA (Officers’ Training Academy) men 78 160
OTA (Officers’ Training Academy) women 78 162

CDS I 2018 Cutoff

Academy Written Exam Final Exam
IMA (Indian Military Academy) 118 240
INA (Indian Naval Academy) 98 225
AFA (Air Force Academy) 138 279
OTA (Officers’ Training Academy) men 69 154
OTA (Officers’ Training Academy) women 69 150

CDS I 2017 Cutoff

Academy Written Exam Final Exam
IMA (Indian Military Academy) 125 249
INA (Indian Naval Academy) 118 241
AFA (Air Force Academy) 144 268
OTA (Officers’ Training Academy) men 82 163
OTA (Officers’ Training Academy) women 82 164

CDS I 2016 Cutoff

Academy Written Exam Final Exam
IMA (Indian Military Academy) 72 214
INA (Indian Naval Academy) 63 217
AFA (Air Force Academy) 123 249
OTA (Officers’ Training Academy) men 68 150
OTA (Officers’ Training Academy) women 68 157

How to Check CDS 2020 Cut Off?

Candidates can follow these simple steps to check the cut off:

  1. Visit the official website i.e.
  2. Next, click to the cutoff from the ‘Examination’ tab
  3. Click on the link
  4. Course wise cut off marks will be available in the pdf format.
  5. Download and save the file for future references.

CDS Cut off 2020 for Written Exam

  • To qualify the written exam, candidates need to score the minimum aggregate cut off marks.
  • In each subject, the candidate must score a minimum qualifying mark that is 20%.
  • Those who clear the first stage of the written exam will be called for the next stage i.e. SSB Round.

CDS Cut off for SSB Interview

  • It is only for the written exam qualified candidates.
  • It is a two-stage selection process.
  • Stage 1: It comprises Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests and Picture Perception Description Test (PPDT).
  • Stage 2: It comprises Interview, Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests, and the Conference.
  • To qualify SSB Interview, candidates need to secure the minimum qualifying marks.

CDS Cut off 2020 for Final Selection

  • Final cut off is decided based on written exam and SSB Interview marks.
  • CDS final cut off is decided based on the marks secured by the last recommended candidates. After that candidates are selected for admission to the different courses.

CDS Final Cut off 2018

Academy CDS II CDS I
AFA 253 279
IMA 242 240
INA 228 225
OTA (Men) 162 154
OTA (Women) 163 150

CDS cutoff 2017 (Final)

Academy CDS II CDS I
AFA 260 268
IMA 244 249
INA 237 241
OTA (Men) 171 164
OTA (Women) 167 163

CDS Cut Off 2016 (Final)

Academy CDS II CDS I
IFA 258 249
IMA 227 214
INA 225 217
OTA (Men) 157 150
OTA (Women) 159 157

CDS Cut off 2020 Important Factors

To determine the cutoff of CDS 2020, the following factors are taken into consideration. Factors that affect CDS cutoff 2020 are given below:

  • Number of candidates appearing for the exam
  • The difficulty level of exam
  • Total number of vacancies

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