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UPSC CDS 2021: Result (Out), Answer Key, Exam Date, Syllabus, Eligibility, Question Paper, Cut Off, Notification PDF

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UPSC CDS 2021: Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released the UPSC CDS 1 Answer Key 2021 on its official website for the exam conducted on 7th February 2021 for admission of 345 vacancies in in Combined Defence Services- IMA/INA/AFA/OTA. The UPSC CDS 1 Question Paper 2021 has already been released by the UPSC. Download PDF UPSC CDS Question Paper 2021 below. We have shared here the detailed information about the UPSC CDS Exam including the Exam Date, Admit Card, Exam Schedule & Pattern, Syllabus, Result Date, Cut off & Salary. Have a look at the information and start preparations now. 

It may be noted that candidates who would qualify the CDS Exam 2021 Selection process will get admission into the Indian Military Academy (IMA) Dehradun, Air Force Academy (AFA) Hyderabad, Indian Naval Academy (INA) Ezhimala, Officers Training Academy (OTA) Chennai (Men & Women). 

UPSC conducts the CDS exam biannually in February and September for recruitment of officer cadre in Army, Air Force and Military. UPSC aims to recruit officers for the courses carried out by the Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Air Force Academy and Officers Training Academy through the UPSC CDS Recruitment 2020.

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In the CDS Exam, candidates will be asked questions from three sections - General Knowledge, Elementary Maths and English Language. Here are the complete details of the UPSC CDS 2020-2021 Exam:

UPSC CDS Question Paper 2021: Download PDF

Download the question paper of the UPSC CDS 1 2021 exam of all the subjects from the links given below:

Elementary Mathematics


General Knowledge

UPSC CDS (1) 2021: Important Dates

UPSC CDS (I) 2021 Notification release date

28th October 2020

Start of Application Process

28th October 2020

Last date of Application Process

17th November 2020

Withdrawal of applications

24th November to 30th November 2020 

UPSC CDS Exam Date 2021

7th February 2021

Release of UPSC CDS 2021 Result

23rd March 2021

UPSC CDS 2021: 345 Vacancies Notified

Indian Military Academy  - 100 Vacancies

Indian Naval Academy - 26 Vacancies

Air Force Academy (Pre-Flying) - 32 Vacancies

Officers Training Academy - 170 Vacancies

Officers Training Academy - 17 Vacancies

UPSC CDS 2021 Application Process

 - Visit
 - Click on the link saying Combined Defence Services Examination 2021 in What’s New section
 - Enter Registration ID & Date of Birth and Submit
 - Enter personal details and detail of any Photo ID Proof - Aadhaar Card/Voter Card/PAN Card/Passport/Driving Licence/Any other Photo ID Card issued by the State/Central Government
 - Upload a scanned copy of the same Photo ID
 - Upload Photograph & Signature ( Image should be in .jpg format of minimum 20 KB and maximum 300 KB)
 - Select examination centre
 - Pay Exam Fees and accept Declaration
 - Submit
 - Download a copy of the application form for future use

Note: On successful completion of the application process, an auto-generated email message will be sent on registered email-ids of the candidates. Moreover, the candidates need to carry the same Photo ID proof uploaded by them on the application form to the exam centre.

Application Form Fee

UPSC CDS 2021: Eligibility Criteria, Age Limit, Relaxation


Age Limit


Marital Status

Indian Military Academy

19 to 24 years

Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university


Air Force Academy

19 to 23 years

B.E/B.Tech from a recognized university OR Degree from a recognized university with Physics & Mathematics as subjects


Indian Naval Academy

19 to 22 years

B.E/B.Tech from a recognized university or equivalent


Officers Training Academy

19 to 25 years

Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university or equivalent


Officers Training Academy (SSC Women Non-Technical Course)

19 to 25 years

Bachelor’s degree from a recognized

Unmarried, issueless widows and issueless divorcees who have not remarried

Note: Candidates must be physically fit as per the UPSC physical standards for admission to Combined Defence Services Examination.


UPSC CDS Admit Card 2021

Download the UPSC CDS Admit Card by following the given steps:

Step 1: Visit

Step 2: Click on Combined Defence Services Examination Admit Card link

Step 3: Enter credentials like Roll Number & Date of Birth

Step 4: Click on Submit Button

Step 5: Download and take a printout of UPSC CDS 2 Admit Card 2020

UPSC CDS 2020-2021 Selection process

The UPSC CDS II selection process comprises two stages:

The candidates who qualify Stage I will be allowed to appear for Stage-II examination. Candidates who qualify both the stages need to undergo Medical Examination before being recruited in the UPSC.

UPSC CDS 2021 Exam Pattern

The CDS exam will be conducted in pen and paper mode. The exam will be conducted in two sessions - Morning and Forenoon. The Stage I of the UPSC CDS Written Examination will be conducted in the following pattern:


No. of questions (MCQs)

Maximum Marks


General Knowledge



120 minutes

English Language



120 minutes

Elementary Mathematics



120 minutes

Note: Candidates who have applied for IMA, AFA and NA have to attend all the above 3 papers, while OTA Candidates have to appear for the first 2 paper only - General Knowledge & English.

UPSC CDS Syllabus 2021


General Knowledge

Elementary Mathematics

Questions will test candidates’ understanding of English and vocabulary

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For detailed syllabus, visit:

UPSC CDS Syllabus 2020

UPSC CDS  Cut off Marks 2021

Candidates must score the Cutoff marks to qualify the Combined Defence Services examination. The UPSC CDS Cut off marks are generally declared after the announcement of Results. Check here the Cut off marks of CDS 2019 exam:

UPSC CDS Result 2021

Candidates who would score the minimum cut off marks or the minimum qualifying marks will be declared as Pass in the UPSC CDS Exam. UPSC declares the UPSC CDS Result on its official website. Candidates who appeared for the exam can check their result online in PDF File Format. 

CDS SSB Interview 2020-2021

Candidates who qualify the written examination will be called for the UPSC CDS SSB Interview. The CDS SSB Interview involves 2 stages of intelligence and personality test:

CDS SSB Interview is a 4-day long process. Candidates are judged physically, mentally and psychologically in the Interview round.

Salary of Officers from CDS

Candidates who qualify the CDS exam will get stipend during the training days. They will be entitled to fixed Stipend of Rs 21000. However, their respective pay scale will be as follows:

Salary of Officers from CDS


Pay (Rs)

Captain (Level 10 B)

6,13,00 -1,93,900

Lieutenant (Level 10)

56,100 - 1,77,500

Lieutenant Colonel (Level 12A )

1,21,200 - 2,12400

Major (Level 11)

6,94,00 - 2,07,200

Brigadier (Level 13A )

1,39,600 - 2,17,600

Colonel Level 13

1,30,600 - 2, 15, 900

Lieutenant General HAG Scale (Level 15)

1, 82, 200 - 2,24,100

Major General (Level 14)

1,44,200 - 2,18,200

VCOAS/Army Cdr/Lieutenant General (NFSG) (Level 17)

2,25,000 (fixed)

HAG+Scale (Level 16) - 2,05,400


COAS (Level 18)

2,50,000 (fixed)

Military Service Pay (MSP) to the officers from the rank of Lieutenant to Brigadier

Rs 15.500 p.m. fixed

Privileges enjoyed by Officers from CDS

The officers and their families are entitled to free medical aid, accommodation on concessional rent, group insurance scheme, group housing scheme, family assistance scheme, canteen facilities, etc.


1. Is there a penalty for wrong answers?

Answer: There will be Negative Marking of 1/3rd marks for wrong answers marked by a candidate.

2. What to carry and what not to carry to exam centres:


What to carry to the Exam Centre?

What to avoid?

Admit Card

Mobile Phones

Photo ID Proof


Black Ball Pen

Any electronic gadget

Clip board

Books & sheets



What is UPSC CDS 2 Exam Date 2020?

The UPSC CDS 2 Exam will be held on 8th November 2020.

What is salary of officers recruited through UPSC CDS Exam?

Candidates recruited through UPSC CDS exam get a fixed Stipend of Rs 21000 during the training days and the salary is different for all posts.

What is UPSC CDS Eligibility Criteria 2020?

The UPSC CDS Eligibility Criteria is different for courses conducted by IMA, INA, AFA, OTA. Check detailed criteria on this link -

How many vacancies will be filled through UPSC CDS 2 2020 Exam?

As per the previous trends, it is highly expected that UPSC will fill 418 vacancies through UPSC CDS 2 2020 exam.

What is UPSC CDS Exam?

UPSC CDS exam is conducted by the UPSC for selection of candidates for admission to courses carried out by Indian Military Academy (IMA), Indian Naval Academy (INA), Air Force Academy (AFA) and Officers Training Academy (OTA).

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