UPSC CDS 1 2024 Answer Key Released: Cut Off, CDS Paper Analysis, CDS Question Paper & More

The UPSC CDS 1 2024 Answer Key has been unveiled on April 21, 2024. For the latest insights on the CDS Answer Key, Cut Off, Question Paper Analysis, and more, stay tuned to our blog updates.


The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) administered the Combined Defence Services Exam (CDSE) on April 21, 2024.

This examination aimed at selecting candidates for the

  • Indian Military Academy (IMA),
  • Air Force Academy (AFA),
  • Indian Naval Academy (INA), and
  • Officers' Training Academy (OTA).

Post-exam, the analysis of the UPSC CDS 1 Question Paper has been shared, along with the anticipated cut-off for CDS, in our blog.

UPSC CDS 1 Answer Key Coaching Institutes

  • Coaching institutes often provide an unofficial answer key for CDS 1 after the exam.
  • While the official answer key comes from UPSC later, this unofficial one lets candidates check their answers and see how they did.
  • It helps them understand their performance in the exam.

Download the CDS 1 2024 answer key

Here's how to get the official answer key for CDS 1 2024:

1. Visit the official website:
2. Look for the answer key section.
3. Click on the provided links for the CDS answer key.
4. The answer key will open in PDF format on a new page.
5. Download the answer key and save it for your reference.

UPSC CDS 1 Exam Day Checklist:

Here are the important guidelines for the CDS 1 2024 exam day:

  • Remember to bring your admit card and original photo ID.
  • Get to the exam hall at least 30 minutes early. Doors close 10 minutes before the exam starts.
  • Stick to the exam venue mentioned in your admit card.
  • Leave your phones, calculators, and any electronic devices at home.
  • Be aware that wrong answers will lead to negative marking.
  • Use a black ballpoint pen to mark your answers.
  • Avoid bringing valuable items to the exam hall.
  • If your photo on the admit card isn't clear, bring a valid photo ID like Aadhaar Card or Passport along with three passport-sized photos.
  • It's mandatory to wear a mask/face cover. No mask means no entry.
  • You may need to briefly remove your mask for verification.
  • Carry a small bottle of hand sanitizer with you.

CDS 1 exam analysis for 2024:

English: It was fairly easy to moderate.
General Knowledge: It ranged from moderate to difficult.
Mathematics: It was at a moderate level.

CDS 1 English exam analysis:

Topic:                            No. of Questions:

  1. Spotting Error:             10
  2. Determiners:                1
  3. Participle:                     5
  4. Adverb:                         6
  5. Commonly Used Words:  7
  6. Noun:                            8
  7. Idioms & Phrases:        12
  8. Reading Comprehension:  12
  9. Ordering of Words:       10
  10. Ordering of Sentences:  10
  11. Fill in the Blanks:            10
  12. Antonyms:                     10
  13. Cloze Composition:       10
  14. Synonyms:                     10
  15. Parts of Speech:             10
  16. Completion of Sentence:  10
  17. Preposition & Determiners:  10

Total:                             120

UPSC CDS Exam Pattern 2024:


  • Maximum Marks: 100
  • Marks for Correct Answer: 1 mark for each correct option
  • Negative Marking: -0.33 marks for each wrong answer

General Knowledge (GK):

  • Maximum Marks: 100
  • Marks for Correct Answer: 1 mark for each correct option
  • Negative Marking: -0.33 marks for each wrong answer


  • Maximum Marks: 100
  • Marks for Correct Answer: 1 mark for each correct option
  • Negative Marking: -0.33 marks for each wrong answer

Here's how to get your UPSC CDS 1 admit card:

1. Visit the official website.
2. Look for the CDS 1 admit card link and click on it.
3. You'll be taken to a new page.
4. Find and click on the UPSC CDS 1 Admit card link.
5. Read the instructions carefully.
6. Fill in the details they ask for.
7. Click on the submit button.
8. Your admit card will show up on the screen.
9. Download it and save it for when you need it.

UPSC CDS 1 2024 exam timings:

UPSC CDS 1 2024 exam will happen in three parts. Here are the times for each:

1. English: 9.00 am to 11.00 am
2. GK: 12.00 pm to 2.00 pm
3. Mathematics: 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm

There's no break between the English and GK papers.