UPSC has successfully organized CDS 2018 Examination on February 4, 2018. As like previous, CDS 2018 has conducted in offline mode. Those who qualify the written test will proceed to CDS SSB Procedure, wherein, they will be tested Psychologically, Individually and Medically.
After the completion of the exam, the response key will be announced by coaching institutes. It will be announced for all sets i.e. A, B, C and D. With the help of the response key, students can easily calculate the scores based on the number of accurate and inaccurate responses.
The following table shows the subject-wise links to download the response key:
|Subject||Set A||Set B||Set C||Set D|
For English and General Knowledge
Unlike earlier years, there was no ambiguous question this year. Few questions from some subjects were even lengthier than last year. CDS was moderate to difficult in nature with direct and conceptual questions. CDS 2018 seems to have been moderately easy yet lengthy.
The following table shows the Overall Analysis of CDS exam -
|Subject||Total Marks||Time Period||Difficulty Level|
|General Knowledge||100||2||Moderate to average|
|Elementary Math||100||2||Moderate to difficult|
Distribution of the Questions as per Various sections is as follows -
|Subject||Topics||Number of Questions|
|English Language||Sentence Improvement||20|
|One Word Substitution||5|
|Spot the Mistake||20|
|Misc. /Armed Forces||15|
|Elementary Mathematics||Number System||20|
|Simple interest/Compound interest||5|
|Time and Work||3|
|Time speed and Distance||6|
|Mean-Median-Method (Frequency Distribution Table)||4|
The difficulty level of the written test ranges between low and moderate. The cut off is expected to be in ranges of 65-85.
|UPSC CDS 2017 Levels||UPSC CDS 2017 Cut off (Expected)||UPSC CDS 2017 Final Cut off (Expected)|
|IAF Training Academies||UPSC CDS 2016 Cut off||UPSC CDS 2016 Final Cut off|
|IAF Training Academy||Location||IAF Wing||UPSC CDS Cut off||Vacancies every year|
|Indian Military Academy||Dehradun, UK||Indian Army||70-80||Around 100|
|Air Force Academy||Hyderabad, AP||Air Force||120-140||40-60|
|Indian Naval Academy||Ezhimala, Kerala||Indian Navy||60-70||40-50|
|Officers Training Academy||Chennai, TN||Indian Army||65-75||230-260|
The CDS 2018 Trend Analysis has been prepared based on the earlier year exam analysis. This trend analysis will help the aspirants to gauge the difficulty level of CDS 2018 exam. The trend analysis showcases the level of difficulty of each section of CDS exam.
The paper for English was of average standard.
This section included questions from a variety of areas.
Questions from static GK dominated the section.