CDS-2 2023 Exam Paper Analysis & Cut-Off Marks
Saturday | September 2, 2023

The CDS-2 2023 exam has been successfully conducted at various exam centers across the country.  The Union Public Service Commission conducted the CDS-2 2023 offline exam in three shifts for the three papers: English Language, General Knowledge, and Elementary Mathematics. Candidates for the Officers Training Academy (OTA) attempted only English and General Knowledge papers and those who are preparing for the Indian Military Academy (IMA), Air Force Academy (AFA), and Indian Naval Academy (INA) attempted all three papers. The expert faculty members at Centurion Defence Academy have thoroughly analyzed the papers and the detailed exam paper analysis has been given below. Furthermore, we have also predicted the expected cut-off marks based on the difficulty level of the questions and the review of the students who appeared in the CDS-2 2023 written exam. Read on to learn more about the CDS-2 2023 exam paper analysis and cut-off marks.


CDS-2 2023 Exam Paper Analysis


Here we have provided the CDS-2 2023 exam paper analysis based on the difficulty level of today’s exam. You can find out the total number of questions asked in each subject as well as how many questions were difficult and what was the secured attempt by candidates.


PapersTotal QuestionsDifficult QuestionsSecured Attempt 
General Study 12050-6060-70
Elementary Mathematics10075-8040-45


CDS-2 2023 English Paper Analysis


In the CDS-2 2023 English paper, a total of 120 questions were asked based on the exam pattern. Below you can find the detailed analysis of the CDS-2 2023 English paper as per the different topics asked in the exam. You can get an idea of how many questions were difficult in the English paper and how many questions can be considered as a secured attempt.


TopicsNo of Questions                   Difficulty Level
Easy QuestionsModerate QuestionsBrainBusters (Difficult)
Spotting Error1010 out of 10
Idioms & Phrases1010 out of 10
Reading Comprehension1010 out of 10
Ordering of words in a sentence1010 out of 10
Ordering of Sentences1010 out of 10
Fill in the Blanks1010 out of 10
Antonyms101      5 out of 105 out of 10
Cloze Composition1010 out of 10
Synonyms105 out of 105 out of 10
Completion of Sentence1010 out of 10
Preposition & Determiners1010 out of 10
Parts of Speech1010 out of 10


CDS-2 2023 General Knowledge Paper Analysis


In the CDS-2 2023 General Knowledge paper, there were a total of 120 questions. Below you can find the comprehensive analysis of the CDS-2 2023 GK paper. We have provided the complete analysis of the General Knowledge paper as per the different topics covered in the exam. Read on to get an idea of the difficulty level of the CDS-2 2023 GK paper and to evaluate your performance in the exam.


TopicsSub-SectionNo of Questions                Difficulty Level
Easy QuestionsModerate QuestionsBrain Busters (Difficult)
HistoryAncient History1111
Medieval History4 4
Modern History122
GeographyIndian Geography752
World Geography22
Physical Geography99
Current Affairs196103
Static GK14104


CDS-2 2023 Elementary Mathematics Paper Analysis


The CDS-2 2023 elementary mathematics paper was of moderate level. Based on the inputs received from the candidates who attempted the elementary mathematics paper of the CDS-2 2023 exam, we have provided a detailed analysis of the difficulty level of the questions and how many questions candidates found easy to attempt in the CDS-2 2023 elementary mathematics paper.


TopicsNo of Questions                       Difficulty Level
Easy QuestionsModerate QuestionsBrain Busters (Difficult)


Data Sufficiency




Height & Distance2011


Data Interpretation752
Number System2020
Logarithm and Exponential110
LCM & HCF202
Profit & Loss101
SI & CI2011
Time & Work202
Problem on Ages101
Time and Distance202
Ratio & Proportion11


CDS-2 2023 Expected Cut-off Marks (Written Exam)


Candidates should note that UPSC will release the CDS-2 2023 written exam cut-off score after the declaration of the final results but for now, we can provide the expected cut-off marks only. Based on the analysis of the three papers, the difficulty level of the questions asked in the CDS-2 2023 exam, and taking the previous years’ cut-off trends into account, we have provided the expected cut-off marks for the CDS-2 2023 exam. Check complete information on the CDS-2 2023 expected cut-off marks for all four academies.


AcademiesCut-off Score 
Indian Military Academy (IMA)130-140
Indian Naval Academy (INA)130-140
Air Force Academy (AFA)135-145
OTA Men100-105
OTA Women100-105


CDS Previous Year Cut-off Marks (Written Exam)


Check the previous years’ cut-off marks for the CDS exam in the below section. The previous years’ cut-off marks are very useful in making strategic planning for the CDS exam preparation and assessing the expected cut-off score. Read on to check the CDS previous years’ cut-off marks.


Exam CycleCut-Off Marks (Academy-wise)
CDS II 20221261181369898
CDS I 2022136128147100100
CDS II 2021138132148102102
CDS 1 2021145136158107107
CDS II 20201391341529797
CDS I 20201301181439393
CDS II 20191341221489595
CDS I 20191161051297878
CDS II 20181161021318080
CDS I 2018118981386969


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