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CDS SSB Interview

UPSC successfully conducted the Combined Defence Forces (CDS) 2 2021 written exam on 14th November 2021. Lakhs of aspirants have appeared for the exam and they are hoping to clear the cut off. We wish you all the best for the  CDS result. Till the time, UPSC releases the written examination result, students who are hoping to clear this exam should start preparing for the next phase of the CDS Examination process i.e. SSB (Service Selection Board).

CDS 2 2021: Exam Summary

Name of the Exam Combined Defence Forces (CDS)
Conducting Body Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)
Exam Conducted in A Year Twice a Year
Mode of Examination Offline
Exam Rounds 3 Stages (Written + SSB + PET)
Exam Dates Written Test: 14th November 2021
SSB:
to be announced
Number of Questions
  • IMA/INA/AFA – 300
  • OTA – 200
Time Duration 2 hours for each paper
Negative Marking Yes (1/3rd deducted for every wrong answer)

What After CDS Exam?

Recently CDS 2 2021 exam was held on 14th November 2021. The exam was completed in three shifts. Our experts, after analyzing all the subjects of CDS 2 2021, have reached a conclusion about the estimated cutoff of the examination. Go through this article and you will get an idea of whether you should prepare for the SSB interview or the upcoming CDS 1 2022 examination.
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Each year, lakhs of students appear for this examination and only around 10000 students are shortlisted for the SSB interview. CDS exam consists of 3 sections, viz. General Knowledge, English, and Numerical Ability.
After analyzing all the shifts an approximate cut-off by our experts can be concluded.
Category Expected Written Cut Off
IMA ( Indian Military Academy) 130-140
INA (Indian Naval Academy) 115-125
AFA (Air Force Academy) 140-150
OTA (Officers’ Training Academy) Men 90-100
OTA (Officers’ Training Academy) Women 90-100
So if you think you can sail through this cut-off you should start preparing for the SSB interview. If not, don’t lose hopes but prepare with double dedication for CDS 1 2022. Keep in mind the golden rule: “The earlier you start here, the higher you score there.”
Further, the overall cutoff is quite high after the SSB, so it’s always better to score higher in the written exam. So the candidates who are scoring less than the given marks need to prepare harder for the CDS 1 2022. The results for CDS 2 2021 will be announced in December or January.

CDS IMA, INA, and AFA Selection Process 2021

The Union Public Service Commission shall prepare a list of candidates who obtain the minimum qualifying marks in the written examination as fixed by the Commission in their discretion.

CDS 2 2021  SSB Interview 2021 involves 2 stages:
Candidates who are declared successful in the written exam will be detailed for intelligence and personality test at the Service Selection Board based on their preference by the respective service HQ.
  • Stage 1 consists of officer intelligence rating, picture perception, and description test.
  • Stage 2 involves a psychology test, interview, group testing officer task, and conference.
Candidates who qualify in the written examination and given their first choice as Army (IMA/OTA) are required to register themselves on the recruiting directorate website www.joinindianarmy.nic.in in order to enable them to receive call up information for SSB Interview. Those candidates who have already registered on the recruiting directorate website are advised not to register again.

CDS OTA Selection Process 2021

CDS 2 2021 OTA SSB Interview 2021 involves 2 stages:

  • Stage 1 consists of officer intelligence rating, picture perception, and description test.
  • Stage 2 involves a psychology test, interview, group testing officer task, and conference.

CDS SSB Selection Procedure 2021

SSB Interview is five days long procedure that includes two stages of testing as stage I & stage II. This procedure will be organized at the SSB Centers (designated by SSB).
Stage 1 is a screening test that consists of Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests and Picture Perception & Description Test (PP & DT), whereas Stage II consists of Psychology Tests, Group Testing Officer (GTO) Tasks, Interview& Conference. SSB Interview also includes Intelligence & Personality Test.
Here, we have updated the complete details about SSB Interview which includes updates for the SSB exam, SSB online procedure.

SSB Interview: Day 1 – Screening Test

  • Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR)
  • Picture Perception & Description Test (PP & DT)

SSB Interview: Day 2 – Psychology Tests

This test of the SSB Interview is viewed as generally precarious to break as it is assessed by logical techniques by the SSB assessors. Psychological test in the SSB Interview consists of the following series:

SSB Interview: Day 3 & 4 – Group Testing (GTO Tasks)

GTO consists of the following group exercises:
  • Group Discussion
  • Group Planning Exercise
  • Progressive Group Tasks (PGT)
  • Half Group Tasks
  • Individual Obstacles
  • Group Obstacles Race or Snake Race
  • Command Task
  • Lecturette
  • Final Group Task

SSB Interview: Day 5 – Conference

After completion of all the tasks, the result is announced on the last day of the SSB Interview procedure and the selected candidates undergo the medical examination and then after a few months, a final merit list of the recommended candidates is announced.

SSB Dates

UPSC will announce the CDS 2 2021 result in the month of December/ January. Qualified students will be called for SSB process. The dates of SSB and the admit card for the same will be available on the official website for which we will update you soon.

CDS 2 2021 Final Merit List

Once the SSB Interviews are over for all the candidates, UPSC will prepare the final merit list of students who will be sent to the Indian Military Academy (Dehradun)Indian Naval Academy (Goa), Air Force Academy (Hyderabad) and Officer Training Academy (Chennai). Candidates needs to clear both cut off individually in order to be in the final merit list.

 

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Q.1 How many stages are there in CDS Exam?
Ans. CDS Selection Process involves two stages i.e. Written Examination and SSB Interview.
Q.2 How is CDS merit list prepared?
Ans. A candidate needs to secure minimum qualifying marks in the Written Examination on the basis of which they will be called for SSB interview.

Q3. What is the process after CDS exam?
Ans. Candidates who secure the minimum cut off of the written examination will be called for SSB Interview.

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