The cutoff is the minimum mark you are required to become as qualified candidates. The central defense examination contains sections on English, General Knowledge, and Elementary Mathematics. The OTA admission test paper consists of two parts, English and General Knowledge. The overall test marks for IMA, INA and AFA are 300 while they are 200 for OTA. Applicants are also expected to obtain a minimum qualifying mark of 20% for each subject.

The final selection is determined on the basis of the written examination and the SSB Interview. The final cut off of the CDS is the marks secured by the last approved candidates. Applicants are chosen for entry to the various courses on the basis of the final cut-off.

Expected UPSC CDS Cut Off 2020

UPSC CDS exam is conducted twice a year. It’s important that the candidate knows what is the expected outcome for CDS Cutoff 2020. You’ll undergo the previous year’s CDS I & II bring to know what are the expectations  from this year’s cutoff. However, it is recommended that you simply prepare in a very manner that guarantees a far higher score than the cutoff.


Written Exam  Final Selection 
IMA 130 255
OTA (Men) 85 170
OTA (Women) 85 170
AFA 150 270
INA 120 245

What is Cut Off based on for CDS Exam?

The cut-off depends on different factors, including the number of students taking the test, vacancies, intensity level of the test, etc. These variables all together eventually lead to the Cutoff, and students who score above the specified cut-off are considered good. Students need to score better than the cutoff at each stage.

Students who score marks above the specified cut-off will be called for an SSB Interview followed by a detailed medical exam, of the approved candidates. The final decision for entry to the training academies will be sent to the qualified applicants in the month of April-May and the start of the training course at the corresponding academies will take place in the month of June 2021.

Also Read: UPSC CDS Exam Pattern

Take a Look at the Previous Years Cut-Off for CDS

The  CDS I cut-off list for 2019 is listed below:


Written Final
IMA 116 242
INA 105 233
AFA 129 264
OTA (Men) 78 160
OTA (Women) 78 162

Official CDS cut off I 2018


Written Final
IMA 118 240
INA 98 225
AFA 138 279
OTA (Men) 69 154
OTA(Women) 69 150


Now that you have a good picture of CDS Cutoff, make sure you secure higher than the marks shown above. As you can see above, from the previous years comparison,  the CDS Cutoff has risen. As a result, the cutoff for CDS II 2020 is likely to be higher than last year.

So, you have to study in a structured manner, wrap up all the topics in all the sections, as described in the syllabus of CDS. Solve a sufficient number of CDS practise questions to master concepts and improve your problem-solving capabilities.

Also Read: CDS Exam GK Syllabus & Questions

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