UPSC will conduct the Combined Defence Services 2 2018 exam on November 18, 2018. Graduates across the country have a golden chance to appear in UPSC CDS II 2018. After exam they can check UPSC CDS (2) 2018 Answer Key for the purpose of knowing correct answers. Answer keys will be available for English, General Knowledge, Elementary Mathematics. In each subject, there will be four question paper sets. With this in mind, there are different answer keys for Set A, B, C, D. Candidates can check CDS answer key 2018 and with them arrive at estimate scores even before the Union Public Service Commission announces result.

UPSC CDS (2) 2018 Answer Key

After assessing the number of correct and incorrect answers marked, you can know tentatively the score out of 100 in each paper. A detailed analysis of the UPSC CDS (2) 2018 will be done by going through the question papers and CDS answer keys.

Event Important Dates
Date of Examination 18 Nov 2018
Publication of Answer Key To be announced

Answer Key: UPSC CDS 2 Answer Key will be available at

UPSC aspirants who will take the CDS (2) 2018 exam can check the answer keys of English, General Knowledge, Elementary Mathematics here. This exam is the gateway for admission to the IMA, INA, AFA, and OTA.

  • UPSC will release official answer keys much later. In the meantime, you can check answer keys by coaching centers which are unofficial.
  • Answers you get in unofficial answer key may vary from official CDS 2018 Answer Key by UPSC.
  • You can get a good approximation of score by using CDS answer keys.
  • You can discuss the Qs-Answers at the discussion forum if you feel any question has been wrongly answered in the keys here, or wish to clarify how the answer was arrived at.

Role of CDS 2018 Answer Key

UPSC will upload the final answer keys for all papers after the CDS II exam. All candidates who will appear for exam, can either download or go by the answer keys online.

  • Candidates need to be very careful while downloading or reading the CDS II exam 2018 answer keys. There will be four sets A, B, C, and D of questions in one subject, so students must ensure that they refer to the set answered by them during the examination.
  • Candidates can check CDS Exam Answer Key for English which will be of 100 marks and tenure for this paper will be 120 minutes. It contains all objective type multiple choice questions.
  • Similarly, CDS Exam Answer Key 2018 for General Knowledge and Mathematics could be checked here separately which is again of two hours duration and contains questions worth 100 marks.

Note:­ Candidates who write examination for Officers’ Training Academy (OTA), need to take only two exam papers i.e. English and General Knowledge. Those who write CDS exam for institutes other than OTA, need to take Elementary Mathematics paper as well along with the English and GK.

Marking Pattern in CDS Exam Answer Key

The marking pattern in each set of the CDS 2018 answer key would be similar to what is actually followed in the real CDS exam. There will be negative marking of 1/3 mark for each wrong answer and no deduction of marks for unanswered questions.

If a candidate gives more than one answer, it will be treated as a wrong answer even if one of the given answers happens to be correct and there will be same penalty as above for that question.

Calculate score obtained using CDS answer keys

The usual distribution for marks and questions is as follows.

  • CDS English answer key – There will be 120 questions of total 100 marks. Each question carries equal marks.
  • CDS GK answer key – There will be 120 questions of total 100 marks. Each question carries equal marks.
  • CDS Mathematics answer key – There will be 100 questions of total 100 marks. Each question carries equal marks.
  • Negative marking – one third of the mark assigned to the question shall be deducted for each incorrect answer.

By evaluating the number of correct and incorrect answers, one can know precisely how much marks they will score in the UPSC Combined Defence Services Examination.

CDS Exam 2017 Answer Key

UPSC CDS (2) 2017 Question Paper Set UPSC CDS (2) 2017 Answer Key
CDS 2 2017 English Click here for CDS English Answer key 2017 – Published!
CDS 2 2017 General Knowledge Click here for CDS GK Answer key 2017 – Published!
CDS 2 2017 Elementary Mathematics Click here for CDS Maths Answer key 2017 – Published!

Click Here for UPSC CDS Question Papers.

Insofar, Only UPSC CDS 2 2018 Exam Schedule has been announced. Rest of information on this page is based on last year information brochure and for reference purpose only. As soon as UPSC releases UPSC CDS 2 2018 information brochure, details will be updated here.


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