UPSC CDS Answer Key- Important Details, Dates

The Union Public Service Commission released a notification on 4th August 2021 announcing the UPSC CDS II examination 2021. This examination is held twice a year in February and September to induct eligible and promising aspirants into the Indian Naval Academy (INA), Indian Military Academy (IMA), Indian Air Force Academy (AFA), and Officer’s Training Academy (OTA). The last date to submit the application form for the UPSC CDS II is 24th August 2021. The UPSC will conduct the CDS II examination on 4th November 2021. They will release the UPSC CDS Answer Key after the examination is concluded. The commission will put up the answer key on its official website for the candidates to check and evaluate their answers/ scores. Continue reading for further details of the UPSC CDS Answer Key.

UPSC CDS II Examination 2021 Important Details

Particulars Details
Name of examCombined Defence Services Examination
Conducted byUnion Public Service Commission (UPSC) 
Exam levelNational
Exam frequencyTwice a year
Language of question paperEnglish and Hindi
Application FeeINR 200/-
Exam PurposeTo select candidates as Commissioned Officers in Indian Army, Navy, and Air Force
Vacancies CDS I: 345CDS II: 339
No of the test cities41
Official Websitewww.upsc.gov.in
Mode of ExamOffline only
Number of Questions asked300 MCQ Type
Number of questions in OTA200 MCQ Type
Maximum Marks300 and 200 (OTA)
Duration of Exam2 hours (120 minutes) for each paper
MediumHindi or English
Negative marking1/3rd mark deducted for each incorrect response

UPSC CDS II Examination 2021 Important Dates

EventsImportant Dates
CDS II 2021 Notification Release Date4th August 2021
CDS II 2021 Apply Online Begins4th August 2021
Last date to Apply online24th August 2021
CDS II Admit Card 20213 weeks before the exam (14th October 2021 tentatively)
CDS II 2021 Exam Date14th November 2021
CDS II Examination 2021 Answer Key (unofficial)14th November 2021
CDS II Examination 2021 Answer Key (official)To be announced
CDS II Result 2021December 2021

How to Download UPSC CDS Answer Key

Step 1: Visit the official website of the commission- www.upsc.gov.in

Step 2: Now, click on the examination tab on the main menu.

Step 3: on the drop-down menu of the examination tab, click on the Answer key.

Step 4: The website will display the answer keys for different UPSC recruitment on the screen. Click on the CDS II Answer Key.

Step 5: The answer keys for all three subjects are provided separately. Select the subject, and the answer key will be displayed on your screen.

Step 6:Click on download and save the file.

Step 7: Take a printout for future reference.

Step 8: Check your answers from the Answer key.

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Calculating Estimated Marks from UPSC CDS Answer Key

The UPSC CDS written examination differs as per the post applied for. The marking scheme is the same for all the papers. The CDS examination has a   multiple-choice question paper. All questions carry 1 mark each. Negative marking is applicable for every wrong answer. For each incorrect answer or multiple answers to one question, 1/3 of the marks will be deducted. No negative marking is done for unanswered questions. Follow the steps mentioned below to calculate your estimated score:

Step 1: Check your answers with the answer key provided by the commission.

Step 2:  Multiply the sum of correct answers with 1

Step 3: Multiply the sum of wrong answers with 0.33

Step 4: Deduct the sum of step 2 from step 1. The remaining is your estimated score.

Instructions Related To Marking Answers

  • Mark the answers with a black ball pen.
  • Candidates must completely darken the circles.
  • In the objective type examination, candidates are not required to write the answers.
  • The question paper will be in the form of a test booklet
  • Against each number, there are circles marked as (a), (b), (c) & (d)
  • Candidates must write the papers on their own.

Process to challenge the UPSC CDS question paper

Given below are the steps to challenge the UPSC CDS Question paper in case of any discrepancy:

  • Through the Online Question Paper Representation Portal, candidates can contest the question papers (QPRep)
  • The commission has set a 7-day time limit for each examination.
  • The candidate must enter information like their roll number, date of birth, and an image to raise objections.
  • Candidates must submit their challenges after entering these details.

Conclusion:

Now that the UPSC CDS II examination date is fast approaching, you must become earnest about your preparation and revision. You must be already well prepared for the examination. Continue your preparation as you have been doing already. Your hard work and diligence will certainly make your dream come true. 

FAQS: 

Does UPSC release the UPSC CDS Answer Key for the CDS II written examination?

Yes, UPSC releases the answer key for the CDS written examination.

When will the UPSC release the UPSC CDS Answer Key for the CDS II examination 2021?

UPSC will release the answer key soon after the examination is concluded. The commission will put up the answer key on its official website for the candidates to check and evaluate their answers/scores

Will the result be calculated based on the UPSC CDS Answer Key?

Yes, based on the official answer key, the final scorecards/ results are generated

Can I calculate my marks using the UPSC CDS Answer Key?

Yes, you can calculate your marks using the answer key. You can calculate your estimated score using the below-mentioned steps:
Step 1: Check your answers with the answer key provided by the commission.
Step 2:  Multiply the sum of correct answers with 1
Step 3: Multiply the sum of wrong answers with 0.33
Step 4: Deduct the sum of step 2 from step 1. The remaining is your estimated score.


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