Combined Defence Services (CDS) Exam is conducted by

Union Service Public Commission (UPSC) every year for recruitment of officers to Indian Armed Forces. Qualified Candidates are inducted in to various arms of the Indian Armed forces through its premier training institutes like IMA, INA, AFA, OTA. CDS II Exam 2021 was conducted on November 14, 2021.

Check the Answer Keys for CDS II Exam 2021 here. 

According to TIDES Academy analysis, analysis, questions in English sections were easy to moderate, questions in General Knowledge were as usual moderate to difficult and Mathematics paper was also easy to moderate. On the basis of the Exam level and previous year cutoff, we have estimated the CDS 2 2021 Expected Cutoff in the table below.


Category Expected Cutoff
IMA (Indian MIlitary Academy) 127 – 129
INA (Indian Naval Academy) 117 – 119
AFA (Air Force Academy) 139 – 141
OTA (Officer’s Training Academy) 94 – 96
OTA (Officer’s Training Academy) Women 94 -96
Subject to a minimum of 20% marks in each paper.


CDS Exam Cutoff keeps on varying every year. With the help of cut off marks, you can get an idea of ​​how many marks you will need to get recruited on this post. After qualifying in your CDS written exam you have to appear for five day SSB interview process and marks awarded in the interview would be considered for the final merit list depending upon the vacancies in the respective academies

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