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CDS Answer Key 2022: Result Link, Release Date, Answer Keys PDF

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CDS Answer Key 2022: The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the Combined Defence Services (CDS) exam twice a year for candidates who want to join the Indian Air Force, Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, or Officer’s Training Academy. The CDS II written exam was conducted on September 4, 2022. The Commission will release the UPSC CDS Answer Key soon on the official website.

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Once the official answer key is released, candidates who appeared for the CDS II exam can 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 answer key challenge fee. Continue reading the article to know more details regarding the UPSC CDS answer key.

UPSC CDS Answer Key Dates 2022

Check the CDS dates for the release of answer keys from the table below:

EventsDates 
CDS 1 exam dateApril 10, 2022
Release of unofficial answer key April 10, 2022
Official answer key release dateTo be declared 
CDS II exam dateSeptember 4, 2022
Unofficial answer key dateSeptember 4, 2022
Official answer key release dateTo be declared 

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

SubjectsAnswer Key PDF
CDS II Response Key for MathematicsCDS II Mathematics Answer Key PDF
CDS II Response Key for General KnowledgeCDS II General Knowledge Answer Key PDF
CDS II Response Key for English LanguageCDS II English Language Answer Key PDF

Check the unofficial answer key released by Major Khalsi and Cavalier from the table below.

CDS (I) 2021 Response Key by Major Khalsi Classes

SubjectsAnswer Key PDF
CDS I for English by Major KhalsiCDS I English Answer Key PDF
CDS I for Maths by Major KhalsiCDS I Maths Answer Key PDF
CDS I for GK by Major KhalsiCDS I GK Answer Key PDF

CDS I 2021 Answer Key by Cavalier

SubjectsAnswer Key PDF
CDS 1 for English by CavalierCDS 1 English Answer Key PDF
CDS 1 for Maths by CavalierCDS 1 Maths Answer Key PDF
CDS 1 for GK by CavalierCDS 1 GK Answer Key PDF

How to Download UPSC CDS Answer Key?

The Combined UPSC Defence Services Response Key will be released on the official website of UPSC. Follow the process mentioned below to download it from the official website.

  • 1st Step: Visit the official website of the UPSC – upsc.gov.in
  • 2nd Step: Go to the “Examination” tab.
Click on Examination Tab
  • 3rd Step: A drop-down menu will appear. Click on “Answer Keys” to get the list of all the Answer Keys available.
UPSC answer key link
  • 4th Step: Click on the “Combined Defence Services Examination” link to download the answer keys.
cds answer keys

How To Calculate UPSC CDS Scores Using 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 below:

  • 1st Step: Check the exam pattern and marking scheme to know the system based on which marks are 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)

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 must appear for all three papers for 300 marks. Therefore, keep this in mind while calculating the score and 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.

Steps to Take Free UPSC CDS Mock Test

Access unlimited free CDS mock tests from Embibe and improve the preparation level. Follow the below-mentioned steps to take the CDS free mock test series:

  • 1st Step: Visit Embibe’s official website, i.e., Embibe.
  • 2nd Step: Use the mobile number/email to log in.
  • 3rd Step: Select the Goal as ‘CDS’ under Defence.
  • 4th Step: Click Next and select the preferred language.
  • 5th Step: Once done, click on the below-mentioned links to take the TEST.

Previous years’ Official CDS Answer Key

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

UPSC CDS (II) 2020 Key PDF

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

CDS II Answer Key 2020 English – All Sets

CDS II 2020 English Set ACDS II 2020 English Set B
CDS II 2020 English Set CCDS II 2020 English Set D

CDS II Answer Key 2020 General Knowledge

CDS II 2020 GK Set ACDS II 2020 GK Set B
CDS II 2020 GK Set CCDS II 2020 GK Set D

CDS II Answer Key 2020 Elementary Mathematics

CDS II 2020 Mathematics Set ACDS II 2020 Mathematics Set B
CDS II 2020 Mathematics Set CCDS II 2020 Mathematics Set D

UPSC CDS (II) 2020 Question Papers

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

UPSC CDS I Answer Key 2020

Here we have provided CDS I 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 KeyCDS 1 English Answer Key PDF
CDS 1 2020 Mathematics Answer KeyCDS 1 Mathematics Answer Key PDF
CDS 1 2020 General Knowledge Answer KeyCDS 1 General Knowledge Answer Key PDF

CDS 2019 Response Key PDF

We have provided CDS 2019 answer keys for CDS I and CDS II 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 MathsCDS 1 2019 Maths Answer Key PDF
CDS I 2019 GKCDS 1 2019 GK Answer Key PDF
CDS I 2019 EnglishCDS 1 2019 English Answer Key PDF

CDS (II) 2019 Response Key

SubjectsAnswer Key PDF Download
CDS II 2019 MathsCDS 2 2019 Maths Answer Key PDF
CDS II 2019 GKCDS 2 2019 GK Answer Key PDF
CDS II 2019 EnglishCDS 2 2019 English Answer Key PDF

CDS 2018, 2017 Key & Question Papers

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

CDS (I) 2018 Exam

SubjectCDS I 2018 Question PaperCDS I 2018 Response Key
Elementary MathematicsCDS I Elementary Mathematics 2018 Question PaperCDS I Elementary Mathematics 2018 Answer Key PDF
General KnowledgeCDS I General Knowledge 2018 Question PaperCDS I General Knowledge 2018 Answer Key PDF
EnglishCDS I English 2018 Question PaperCDS I English 2018 Answer Key PDF

CDS (II) 2018 Exam

SubjectCDS II 2018 Question PaperCDS II 2018 Response Key
Elementary MathematicsCDS II Elementary Mathematics 2018 Question PaperCDS II Elementary Mathematics 2018 Answer Key
General KnowledgeCDS II General Knowledge 2018 Question PaperCDS II General Knowledge 2018 Answer Key
EnglishCDS II English 2018 Question PaperCDS English 2018 Answer Key

CDS (I) 2017 Exam

SubjectCDS I 2017 Question PaperCDS I 2017 Response Key
Elementary MathematicsCDS I Elementary Mathematics 2017 Question PaperCDS I Elementary Mathematics 2017 Answer Key
General KnowledgeCDS I General Knowledge 2017 Question PaperCDS I General Knowledge 2017 Answer Key
EnglishCDS I English 2017 Question PaperCDS I English 2017 Answer Key

CDS (II) 2017 Exam

SubjectCDS II 2017 Question PaperCDS II 2017 Response Key
Elementary MathematicsCDS II Elementary Mathematics 2017 Question PaperCDS II Elementary Mathematics 2017 Answer Key
General KnowledgeCDS II General Knowledge 2017 Question PaperCDS II General Knowledge 2017 Answer Key
EnglishCDS II English 2017 Question PaperCDS II English 2017 Answer Key

We have provided the Combined Defence Services exam answer keys and other relevant information on the answer key download. We will also update the other answer keys here as soon as they are available. 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 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 answer key after the exam online on its official website, i.e., upsc.gov.in.

Q.3: Will the result be 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 key will help you calculate the overall score and also determine your ranking based on the cutoff score. Therefore, 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 your weak areas. Rectify your mistakes, and do not make the same mistakes in the actual exam.

Related Links:

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CDS Application FormCDS Eligibility
CDS Exam DatesCDS Syllabus
CDS Exam PatternCDS Books
CDS PreparationCDS Selection Process
CDS Question PapersCDS Exam Centres
CDS Cut-offCDS Result

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