CDS 2 Exam Analysis 2021 (14 November): Review, Difficulty Level, Good Attempts

By Vivek Chauhan|Updated : November 14th, 2021

CDS 2 Exam Analysis 2021 (14 November): The Combined Defence Service (CDS) is conducted twice a year by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). UPSC is conducting the CDS 2 2021 exam for the IMA, OTA, AFA & INA on 14th November 2021. Here in this article, we are going to provide you the complete exam analysis of the CDS 2 2021 exam. The CDS 2 exam analysis 2021 will provide useful insight to all the appearing candidates and to all the future aspirants, so that they can prepare better for the exam.

UPSC conducted the CDS 2 2021 Exam on 14th February 2021. The candidates appearing for the CDS 2 2021 Exam will be recruited as Officers in the Indian Army, Indian Air Force & Indian Navy. According to CDS 2 2021 Exam Pattern, there were 2 papers for OTA (English, General Knowledge) and 3 Papers for IMA ( English, General Knowledge, and Mathematics) and these were conducted in 3 different shifts.

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In CDS 2 exam analysis 2021, we will discuss each paper in detail, the good attempts, all the kinds of questions asked from various topics, the difficulty level of the questions, the expected cutoffs, etc. 

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CDS 2 2021 Exam Shifts and Exam Timings

CDS 2 2021 exam will be conducted in three shifts. The CDS exam consists of three papers. In the following table, we are sharing the shift timing for the English, General Knowledge and Mathematics paper of the CDS exam.

Name of the Paper

Shift Timing

English (Shift 1) 

9 AM - 11 AM

General Knowledge (Shift 2)

12 PM - 2 PM

Mathematics (Shift 3)

3 PM - 5 PM

This exam analysis of the CDS 2 2021 Exam will be useful for all the candidates who appeared for this exam and all the future aspirants who are planning to take the next CDS 1 2022 Exam. This exam analysis will provide an informative insight into the exam which the candidates can use to introspect their performance in the CDS 2 2021 Exam. This will also give a brief idea of question-solving techniques, the answer to the tough questions that aspirants were not able to answer in the exam. 

CDS 2 Exam Analysis 2021: Difficulty Level

Student performance on CDS 2 2021 examinations is influenced by the level of difficulty of the questions. It seems reasonable to propose therefore that assessment of the difficulty of exam questions of CDS 2 2021 exam. In the following table we will share the difficulty level of all the papers of CDS 2 2021.

Paper

Difficulty Level

English

Easy to Moderate

General Knowledge

Easy to Moderate

Mathematics

Moderate to Hard

CDS 2 Exam Analysis 2021: Good Attempts

Please Find the number of Good Attempts & section-wise of the questions asked in the CDS 2 2021 Exam. 

Paper

Good Attempts

English

70+

General Knowledge

80+

Mathematics

37+

 CDS 2 Expected Cut Off 2021

The Expected Cut-off marks for the CDS 2 2021 Exam are in the table below.

In view of the previous year cut off and the detailed exam analysis of the CDS 2 2021 Exam, we are giving you the anticipated cut off, of the CDS 2  2021 Exam:

Paper

Range

IMA

142-148

INA

130-135

AFA

150-155

OTA (Men & Women)

112 - 118

CDS 2 2021 Exam Analysis: English Paper

The English paper of the CDS 2 2021 Exam was conducted from 9 AM - 11 AM and comprised 120 questions for 100 marks.   

Topic

Details

 Spotting Error  10
 Idioms & Phrases  10
 Reading Comprehension   10
 Ordering of words in a sentence 10
 Ordering of Sentences 10
 Fill in the Blanks  10
 Antonyms  10
 Cloze Composition  10
 Synonyms   10
 Parts of Speech 10
 Completion of Sentence   10
 Preposition & Determiners 10

CDS 2 2021 Exam Analysis: GK Paper

The GK paper of the CDS 2 2021 Exam was conducted from 12 PM - 2 PM and also comprised 120 questions for 100 marks.  

Here below is the section-wise division of the GK paper.

Name of Sub Section

Number of Questions Asked

Science29
History21
Polity19
Geography20
Economics9
Current Affairs20
Static GK2

CDS 1 2021 Exam Analysis: Maths Paper

Candidates who aspire to join OTA, need not attempt this paper. The Mathematics paper of the CDS 1 2021 Exam was conducted from 3 PM - 5 PM and comprised 100 questions for 100 marks.  

Below is the topic-wise split of questions asked in the Mathematics paper from various topics.

Topic

No. of Questions Asked

HCF and LCM3
Properties of Number System6
Reminders1
Sequence and Series1
Powers and Roots1
Percentage1
Powers and Roots1
Problem on Age1
Profit and Loss2
Ratio and Proportion2
Boat and Stream1
Time and Distance3
clock and time1
Work and Time3
Algebraic Identities7
Linear Equations5
Logarithm and Exponential3
Quadratic, Polynomials and Inequations8
Triangles5
Quadrilaterals and Polygon2
Circle5
Data Interpretation8
Trigonometry13
Height & Distance2
Area and Perimeter(2D)2
Volume and Surface Area(3D)13

CDS Previous Year Cut-Offs for Written Exam

CDS Paper

IMA

INA

AFA

OTA(M)

OTA(W)

CDS (2) 2019

134

122

148

95

95

CDS (1) 2019

116

105

129

78

78

CDS (2) 2018

116

102

131

80

80

CDS (1) 2018

118

98

138

69

69

CDS (2) 2017

120

111

135

86

86

 

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