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  • Written By Pritam G
  • Last Modified 15-06-2022
  • Written By Pritam G
  • Last Modified 15-06-2022

UPSC CDS Cut-off 2022: Check CDS Cut-off Previous Year

CDS Cut-off 2022-23: The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will release the CDS 2022 Cutoff only after announcing the final result. However, UPSC is expected to release the final cutoff for the CDS (II) 2021 exam in May 2022, the exam that was held on 14 Nov 2021. Candidates can check the CDS Cut-off online from the official website, i.e., The cutoff is the minimum qualifying marks that candidates must obtain to qualify for the next round.

Furthermore, the CDS (I) 2022 exam was held on 11 Jan 2022. The last candidate’s marks are used to determine the final CDS cut off, and it is subject to vacancies. Read the complete article to know the expected CDS cutoff in 2022 and previous years’ cutoffs.

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– Direct link to fill CDS 01/2022 Registration Form here.

CDS Cut-off 2022

UPSC is responsible for releasing the CDS Cut-off. Candidates must clear the cutoff to be eligible to appear for the SSB (Service Selection Board) interview. Candidates can check out an expected CDS Cut-off in 2022 from the table mentioned in the below sections. Before proceeding further, let us know some CDS important dates:

1CDS II notification 202218 May 2022
2CDS 1 result18 May 2022
3CDS II application form 202218 May 2022 – 7 Jun 2022
4CDS II exam date 20224 Sep 2022
5CDS 1 application form 202321 Dec 2022 – 10 Jan 2022
6CDS 1 2023 notification21 Dec 2022
7CDS 1 2023 exam16 Apr 2022
8CDS 2 Application Form 202317 May 2022 – 6 Jun 2022
9CDS 2 Notification 202317 May 2022
10CDS 2 2023 exam3 Sep 2022

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CDS II ExcutoffCut-off

The UPSC CDS II cutoff 2021-22 is expected cutoff as follows:

Academy NameWrittenFinal
IMA (Indian Military Academy)120 – 130245 – 255
AFA (Air Force Academy)145 – 150268 – 270
INA (Indian Naval Academy)105 – 120233 – 245
OTA (Officers’ Training Academy) Men73 – 85162 – 170
OCutofficers’ Training Academy) Women74 – 85164 – 170

CDS I Expected Cut-off

A candidate needs to secure the minimum cutoff to pass the exam. However, clearing the cutoff doesn’t mean you are now an officer. Aspirants must also perform well in the SSB interview, and then they should also pass the medical examination.

Here are the cutoff marks for the CDS I written exam:

CoursesExpected Cutoff Marks
Indian Military Academy (IMA)125-128
Indian Naval Academy (INA)118-120
Air Force Academy (AFA)140-142
Officers Training Academy (OTA) – Male95-98
Officers TrainingCutoffy (OTA) – Female95-98

Ccutoffoff Depending Factors

The qualifying score of CDS depends upon a lot of factors which are as under:

  1. Total number of vacancies in the various courses
  2. Total Cutoffof candidates appearing for the exam
  3. The difficulty level of the exam
  4. Previous year cutoff trends.

UPSC decides the CDS qualifying marks after the exam is conducted, depending on all these factors.

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Steps to Check CDS Cutoff

Candidates can check the cutoff by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Visit the official website of cutoffs-

Step 2: Click on the “Examination” tab.

Step 3: Select “Cutoff Marks” from the cutoff menu.

Step 4: Click on the relevant link.

Step 5: The CDS cutoff scores for each course are cut off on the screen in PDF format.

Step 6: Save the file after downloading it.

Previous Year CDS Cut-offs

UPSC CDS exam is conducted twice a year. The candidate must have an idea about the cutoff. You can go through the previous year’s CDS I & II cutoffs to get an idea of this year’s expected cutoff. However, we recommend that you prepare in a manner that guarantees a far higher score than the cutoff.

Candidates can refer to the previous year’s CDS qualifying marks below:

UPSC CDS Cut-off 2020

CDS I Cutoff 2020

OTA (Men)93173
OTA (Women)93177

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UPSC CDS Cut-off 2019

Official CDS II Cutoff 2019

OTA (Men)95176
OTA (Women)95179

Official CDS I Cutoff 2019

OTA (Men)78160
OTA (Women)78162

UPSC CDS Cut-off 2018

Official CDS II Cutoff 2018

OTA (Men)80162

Official CDS I Cutoff 2018

OTA (Men)69154

UPSC CDS Cut-off 2017

Official CDS II Cutoff 2017

OTA (Men)86167

Official CDS I Cutoff 2017

OTA for Men82163
OTA for Women82164

UPSC CDS Cut-off 2016

Official CDS II Cutoff 2016

OTA for Men72157
OTA for Women72159

Official CDS I Cutoff 2016

OTA for Men68150
OTA for Women68157

UPSC CDS Cutoff 2015

Official CDS II Cutoff 2015

OTA for Men84166
OTA for Women84170

Official CDS I Cutoff 2015

OTA for Men86168
OTA for Women86172

UPSC CDS Cut-off 2014

Official CDS II Cut-off 2014

OTA cutoff72168
OTA for Women72170

OffcutoffDS I Cutoff 2014

OTA for Men78159
OTA for Women78160

CDS Final Cut-off

After the SSB interview and medical examination, the Union Public Service Commission releases the final cutoff based on which candidates will be selected.

Now that you have a clear idea about the cutoff ensure you secure higher than the cutoff marks. As you can see above, the cutoff has increased over the years. So, the upcoming CDS exam cut off will be more or less than last year. So, you must study in an organized manner and finish all the topics under all the sections as mentioned in the CDS syllabus. Solve a sufficient number of Ccutofftice questions to master the topics and improve your problem-solving abilities.

FAQs on Ucutoff Cutoff

Here are the most commonly asked about UPSC CDS Cutoff 2022:

Q. When will CDS 2021-22 cutoff be announced?
Ans. The final cutoff will be declared soon after the conclusion of the whole selection procedure – written examination and SSB. 
Q. Will there be any difference in the expected and final cutoff for CDS 2022?
Ans. Yes, there will be a difference between the two because the expected cutoff is estimated based on previous years’ cutoff trends and the difficulty level of the current exam. In contrast, the final cutoff depends on various other factors.
Q. What are the factors that affect the cutoff result?
Ans. Factors affecting the cutoff are the number of vacancies, candidates who appeared for the exam and the difficulty level of the exam.
Q. What is the procedure of final selection in CDS 2022?
Ans. The final selection is based on the marks obtained by candidates in the written examination and the SSB interview. Candidates are also required to secure the minimum qualifying marks of 20% in each subject.
Q. Will the cutoff for CDS 2022 be higher than last year?
Ans. The cutoff marks for the CDS 2022 exam are expected to be similar to that of the previous year.

Related Links:

CDS NotificationUPSC CDS Syllabus
CDS Exam PatternAbout UPSC CDS

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