UPSC CDS 1 Answer Key 2018 is published here after exam. Candidates who appear in the Combined Defence Services examination on February 4, 2018, can check answer keys of CDS 2018 to know all correct answers. There will be four sets of answer keys each for English, General Knowledge and Mathematics. Depending upon the question paper set you got in exam hall, match answers with that set’s answer key only. Using CDS answer key 2018, you can calculate marks. This further helps in analyzing performance while waiting for result of CDS 2018. Get here all CDS answer key 2018.

Latest: Union Public Service Commission is conducting CDS 1 2018 today. After the exam you can get CDS answer key 2018, CDS question paper 2018, along with CDS solutions 2018 here.

UPSC CDS Answer Key 2018

The following table contains links and status of availability of CDS answer key 2018. Check availability and click on link to get answer key of CDS 2018.

UPSC CDS 1 2018 Answer Key and Question Paper
English Click here for CDS Answer Key 2018 for English – Available for All Sets
General Knowledge Click here for CDS Answer Key 2018 for General Knowledge – Available for All Sets
Mathematics Click here for CDS Answer Key 2018 for Mathematics – Available for All Sets

CDS Answer Key 2018 for English – The answer key of CDS 2018 English paper has answers to 120 questions. Maximum marks that you can score in this paper is 100. Mostly questions are on cloze tests, sentence rearrangement, editing and sentence improvement, passages, synonyms and antonyms. A candidate who reads newspapers regularly, has above average grasp on English vocabulary and grammar can do well in it.

CDS Answer Key 2018 for General Knowledge – The answer key of CDS 2018 GK paper also has answers to 120 questions. Here also maximum marks is 100. It is observed that questions are usually on polity, Indian constitution, judiciary, Indian geography, history, military, current affairs. For current affairs, staying up to date of latest happenings is a must. For others, a good GK book helps in clearing cut off and scoring well.

CDS Answer Key 2018 for Mathematics – The answer key of CDS 2018 mathematics has answers to 100 questions. In this paper there are 100 questions only. But maximum marks are again 100. Questions are of class 10 level. However as they are calculation based, one should be quick in that.

All you need to know about UPSC CDS 1 Answer Key 2018

In a year, CDS exam takes place twice. Right now CDS 1 2018 is being conducted and its answer keys are being published here as per following schedule.

UPSC CDS 1 2018 Dates
Written exam is on 04 Feb 2018
Answer keys will be available after exam on 04 Feb 2018
Result of written exam will be declared in March or April 2018

UPSC CDS 1 2018 is conducted for admission to 146th course commencing January 2019 in Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, 205 F (P) course commencing February 2019 in Air Force Academy. 109th SSC (Men) course (NT) commencing in April 2019 for Officers Training Academy, 23rd SSC (Women) course commencing April 2019.

UPSC CDS (1) 2018 Answer Key (English, Mathematics, GK)   Get Here


Exam pattern of UPSC CDS exam is as follows.

CDS exam pattern for IMA, INA, AFA

Paper Questions Marks Time
English 120 100 2 hours
General Knowledge 120 100 2 hours
Mathematics 100 100 2 hours

CDS exam pattern for OTA

Paper Questions Marks Time
English 120 100 2 hours
General Knowledge 120 100 2 hours

Source of CDS Answer Key 2018

Most popular: Immediately after exam, several coaching centres publish CDS answer keys. A lot of candidates search for answer keys by career launcher, cavalier, paramount, resonance, time, and many more.

When you go to paper-wise answer key pages (link above) you will see answer keys from various sources including those of individual education experts.

Correctness of answers: As can be seen, answer keys of different people differ from each other. When that happens, one often gets confused as to who to rely on. Thus, we invite comments from you. Let us know in comments which questions you think are incorrect and what should be their answers. We will look into all your queries and compile best, and most reliable answer key for you.

Significance of UPSC CDS 1 Answer Key 2018

Know answers: You can know all correct answers through answer key. This helps candidates who have appeared in UPSC CDS 1 2018 on one hand.

Prepare: On the other hand it also helps future CDS aspirants to prepare. Those who are preparing can download CDS question paper 2018, CDS answer key 2018 and practice questions.

Calculate marks: After knowing correct answers, candidates can also calculate marks. Please note that one-third of mark allotted to that question is deducted (negative marking) if your answer is wrong.

CDS Answer Key 2018 by UPSC

UPSC is a fair and transparent organization. It publishes all answer keys on its official website However, official UPSC CDS 1 Answer Key 2018 will be available after a long time.

Official CDS Answer Key 2018 by UPSC will be available after the final result has been announced.

Usually final result is announced one year after the written exam. So if you are looking for CDS answer key 2018 by UPSC, you will be able to get that in February 2019. Until then, you can refer to unofficial answer keys by coaching centres and individual experts here to analyze your performance.

How to calculate marks using CDS answer key 2018?

As can be seen in table above, there are different numbers of questions and marks for each paper. A quick calculation shows that you can use the following formula to calculate your marks.

Marks in CDS exam = Correct answers in english x 5/6 – incorrect answers in english x 5/18) + (correct answers in gk x 5/6 – incorrect answers in gk x 5/18) + (correct answers in math x 1 – incorrect answers in math x 1/3)

UPSC CDS Cut Off 2018

Now that you know marks, your next question would be whether you will qualify or not. Whether you qualify CDS or not depends on CDS cut off 2018. Union Public Service Commission fixes cut off for each paper, as well as for overall paper. Cut off is not revealed before exam. It is disclosed much later on the official website

Last time, the cut off was as follows.

UPSC CDS (1) 2018 Answer Key (English, Mathematics, GK)   Get Here

As can be seen, at least 20 marks are needed in each paper. It may increase or decrease this time though. Overall, if you are targeting AFA then you need really high marks. OTA cut offs are on the lower side.

You can also read CDS exam analysis 2018 to see what the experts are predicting cut offs to be this time.

UPSC CDS Result 2018

Last time when UPSC CDS 1 exam was on February 5, result was announced on March 20. This time as exam is on February 4, the result could be announced near March 19. Around 8500 candidates will qualify exam. They will be called for interviews.

Those candidates who qualify as per UPSC CDS 1 Result 2018 will have to register themselves at within two weeks of declaration of result. Then they get centres for SSB interviews.

If you have done well in Combined Defence Services Exam on February 4, 2018, then we advise you to start preparing for SSB.


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