UPSC CDS 2 answer key 2016 released, check here

UPSC CDS answer key 2016 has been released for all three papers. Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducted Combined Defence Services (CDS) Examination on Sunday, 23 October 2016. The notification for UPSC CDS 2 exam 2016 was issued on July 2016. Based on previous reports, about 3 lakh candidates appear for each CDS exam, which is held twice a year.

UPSC will release the answer key to CDS 2 exam 2016 officially. The date for the issuance of answer keys has not been officially notified by the Commission but normally it takes 2-3 weeks time. In the meantime, some coaching centers do publish their version of CDS answer key with solved question paper online.

Update: The premium coaching institute The Cavalier Academy which provide coaching services for CDS examinations, has released the answer keys for all three sections now. CDS answer key for English, GK and Maths has been released. The answer keys have been published on Cavalier Academy’s website here.

One online forum has published the answer keys for few sets. You can check them out here. Keep in mind that answer keys from sources other than UPSC are unofficial. We’ll update here once answer keys from any source is available.


The examination was conducted in written mode and carried questions from 3 sections- English, General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics. All these 3 sections are of 100 marks each and a duration of 2 hours is allotted to solve each section. The candidates who have applied for admission to OTA would have to take only two sections : English and General Knowledge. These sections also carry weightage of 100 marks each, while the time duration for each section would remain 2 hours.

UPSC shortlists the eligible candidates for admission to Indian Military Academy, Dehradun; Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala; Air Force Academy, Hyderabad and Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai through CDS examination. The selection process consists of qualifying the written test and then interview sessions. The results of written test will be declared in December 2016.

Here is a break-up of the vacancies this year.

  • Total – 413
  • IMA – 150
  • INA – 45
  • AFA – 32
  • OTA (Men) – 175
  • OTA (Women) – 11

CDS 2 answer key question paper with solutions from these sources will be put up here once released. Watch this space later for the answers.

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