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  • Last Modified 15-06-2022
  • Written By Ravikant_Yadav
  • Last Modified 15-06-2022

CDS Answer Key 2022: Dates, Answer Keys PDF

CDS Answer Key 2022: The Union Public Service Commission will release the UPSC CDS Answer Key on the official website (i.e. upsc.gov.in) after the conclusion of the exam. UPSC conducts the Combined Defence Services Examination twice a year conducted. The CDS I written exam was conducted on April 10, 2022. Candidates who appeared for the CDS I exam check the answer key to calculate their estimated scores. 

Furthermore, if any candidate has objections against any answer or question, they can challenge the same by paying the challenge fee. Once the authorities release the official answer key, no objections can be raised on it. Continue reading the article to know more details regarding the UPSC CDS answer key.

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UPSC CDS Answer Key: 2022 Dates

Candidates can check the CDS dates for the release of answer keys from the table mentioned below:

EventsDates 
CDS 1 exam dateApril 10, 2022
Release of unofficial answer key April 10, 2022
Official answer key release dateTo be notified 
CDS 2 exam dateSeptember 04, 2022
Unofficial answer key dateSeptember 04, 2022
Official answer key release dateTo be notified

Learn UPSC CDS Exam Concepts

Here are the direct links to all the UPSC CDS response keys released so far:

SubjectsAnswer Key PDF
CDS II Response Key for MathematicsClick Here
CDS II Response Key for General KnowledgeClick Here
CDS II Response Key for English LanguageClick Here

Candidates can check the unofficial answer key released by Major Khalsi and Cavalier from the table below.

CDS (1) 2021 Response Key by Major Khalsi Classes

SubjectsAnswer Key PDF
CDS (1) for English by Major KhalsiClick Here
CDS (1) for Maths by Major KhalsiClick Here
CDS (1) for GK by Major KhalsiClick Here
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CDS (1) 2021 Answer Key by Cavalier

SubjectsAnswer Key PDF
CDS (1) for English by CavalierClick Here
CDS (1) for Maths by CavalierClick Here
CDS (1) for GK by CavalierClick Here

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How to Download UPSC CDS Answer Key?

The UPSC Combined Defence Services Response Key will be released on the official website of UPSC. Candidates can follow the process mentioned below in order to download from the official website.

  • Step 1: Visit the official website of the UPSC – upsc.gov.in
  • Step 2: Go to the “Examination” tab.
Click on Examination Tab
  • Step 3: A drop-down menu will appear. Click on “Answer Keys” to get the list of all the Answer Keys available.
UPSC answer key link
  • Step 4: Click on the link “Combined Defense Services Examination” link to download the answer keys.
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How to Calculate UPSC CDS Scores using UPSC CDS Answer Key?

Candidates must be aware of the CDS exam pattern and marking scheme in order to calculate their probable score. Check the steps to calculate the score from below:

  • 1st Step: Check the exam pattern and marking scheme to know the system based on which marks is awarded.
  • 2nd Step: Compare the OMR sheet (candidate’s copy) with the answer key.
  • 3rd Step: Calculate the ‘Correct’ and ‘Incorrect’ responses and use the formula given below to calculate the score.

Calculate the Number of Correct and Wrong Attempts

Use the formula: Total Marks = Number of Correct Answers – (Number of Wrong Answers × 0.33)

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UPSC CDS Exam Pattern

SubjectsNumber of QuestionsMaximum Marks
English120100
Elementary Mathematics120100
General Knowledge (GK)120100

Note that, candidates applying for OTA will only have to appear for English and GK papers for a total of 200 marks. Whereas, for IMA, INA & AFA candidates need to appear for all three papers for a total of 300 marks. Therefore, while calculating the score, keep this in mind and proceed to use the marks calculation formula.

UPSC CDS Marking Scheme

  • -For every correct attempt: 1 mark will be rewarded.
  • -For every wrong attempt, 1/3rd or 0.33 marks will be deducted.

Once the candidate is aware of the pattern and marking scheme, the next step is to calculate the score by referring to the steps given above.

Previous years’ Official CDS Answer Key

The official CDS answer key for previous years are listed below:

UPSC CDS (2) 2020 Key PDF

Here we have provided answer keys for the CDS (2) 2020 examination held on November 8, 2020.

CDS 2 2020 Answer Key 2020 English – All Sets

CDS (2) 2020 English Set ACDS (2) 2020 English Set B
CDS (2) 2020 English Set CCDS (2) 2020 English Set D

CDS 2 2020 Answer Key 2020 General Knowledge

CDS (2) 2020 GK Set ACDS (2) 2020 GK Set B
CDS (2) 2020 GK Set CCDS (2) 2020 GK Set D

CDS 2 2020 Answer Key 2020 Key 2020 Elementary Mathematics

CDS (2) 2020 Mathematics Set ACDS (2) 2020 Mathematics Set B
CDS (2) 2020 Mathematics Set CCDS (2) 2020 Mathematics Set D

UPSC CDS (II) 2020 Question Papers

Here we have provided the question papers for the CDS (II) examination held on November 8, 2020. Check the questions and then match them with answer keys.

UPSC CDS (II) 2020 Elementary Mathematics Question Paper
UPSC CDS (II) 2020 General Knowledge Question Paper
UPSC CDS (II) 2020 English Question Paper

UPSC CDS I Answer Key 2020

Here we have provided CDS 1 2020 unofficial answer keys. Candidates can check the response key for each subject from the table below:

SubjectsAnswer Key PDF Download
CDS 1 2020 English Answer KeyClick Here
CDS 1 2020 Mathematics Answer KeyClick Here
CDS 1 2020 General Knowledge Answer KeyClick Here

CDS 2019 Response Key PDF

We have provided CDS 2019 answer keys for CDS 1 and CDS 2 here. Candidates can download these answer keys in PDF format and save them for future reference.

CDS (I) 2019 Response Key

SubjectsAnswer Key PDF Download
CDS (I) 2019 MathsClick Here
CDS (1) 2019 GKClick Here
CDS (1) 2019 EnglishClick Here

CDS (II) 2019 Response Key

SubjectsAnswer Key PDF Download
CDS (2) 2019 MathsClick Here
CDS GK (2) 2019 GKClick Here
CDS (2) 2019 EnglishClick Here

CDS 2018, 2017 Key & Question Papers

In order to practice for the CDS exam, candidates can download and solve the question papers. After solving you can cross-check with the Response Keys that we have provided below. Here is the CDS Question paper for 2018 and 2017.

CDS (1) 2018 Exam

SubjectCDS 1 2018 Question PaperCDS 1 2018 Response Key
Elementary MathematicsClick HereClick Here
General KnowledgeClick HereClick Here
EnglishClick HereClick Here

CDS (2) 2018 Exam

SubjectCDS 2 2018 Question PaperCDS 2 2018 Response Key
Elementary MathematicsClick HereClick Here
General KnowledgeClick HereClick Here
EnglishClick HereClick Here

CDS (1) 2017 Exam

SubjectCDS 1 2017 Question PaperCDS 1 2017 Response Key
Elementary MathematicsClick HereClick Here
General KnowledgeClick HereClick Here
EnglishClick HereClick Here

CDS (2) 2017 Exam

SubjectCDS 2 2017 Question PaperCDS 2 2017 Response Key
Elementary MathematicsClick HereClick Here
General KnowledgeClick HereClick Here
EnglishClick HereClick Here

We have now provided you with the Combined Defence Services exam answer keys and other relevant information on the answer key download. As soon as the other answer keys are available we will update them here. So keep visiting this page.

FAQs on CDS Answer Key

Here, we have enlisted some of the frequently asked questions related to the UPSC CDS Answer Key 2022. Candidates must go through the questions and answers to clear out their doubts regarding the same subject.

Q.1: Does UPSC release the answer key for the CDS written exam?
Ans:
Yes, UPSC releases the answer key for the CDS written exam.

Q.2: When will CDS answer keys be released?
Ans: UPSC will release the CDS (1) answer key after the exam online on its official website, i.e., upsc.gov.in.

Q.3: Will the result is calculated based on the CDS answer key?
Ans: Yes, the final scorecard is generated based on the official answer key.

Q.4: Why is the CDS answer key important?
Ans: CDS answer keys will help you calculate the overall score and also determine your ranking based on the cutoff score. So, they are important.

Q.5: Can I predict my score using the CDS answer key?
Ans: Yes, you can predict your overall score using the answer key. Based on the formula mentioned in this article, you can calculate your score and predict your ranking.

Q.6: Where can I download the official CDS answer key?
Ans: Official answer key can be downloaded from the official website of UPSC. You can also download them from this article.

Now that you have a clear idea about the CDS Response Key 2022, make the best use of the remaining time. Prepare well and score as high as possible. Take Defence Mock Tests and work on improving on your weak areas. Rectify your mistakes and do not make the same mistakes in the actual exam.

Also, check:

CDS ExamCDS Recruitment Notification
CDS Application FormCDS Eligibility
CDS Exam DatesCDS Syllabus
CDS Exam PatternCDS Books
CDS PreparationCDS Selection Process
CDS Question PapersCDS Exam Centres
CDS Admit CardCDS Result
CDS Cut-off

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