How Many Aspirants Clear CDS Exam and SSB Interview

As per the last CDS 1 2021 Exam result published by UPSC around 6552 candidates cleared the CDS written exam, these candidates will be facing the SSB interview for their respective services they have applied for. Many aspirants want to know how many candidates clear the CDS written exam and how many of them go ahead and clear the SSB interview including the merit list. In this article, we are going to cover such details as it is very important for the aspirants to understand the competition level in the CDS exam. Join the SSBCrackExams CDS Exam Online Course to crack the upcoming CDS Exam, our CDS online courses consists of full advanced lectures, mock tests, study material, plans and many more.

How many candidates apply for the CDS exam?

So, starting with the number of cadidates who apply for the UPSC CDS exam. CDS exam is conducted two times every year by the UPSC for the defence aspirants who want to join the Army, Airforce and Navy as an officer. Every time around 5 lakh+ candidates apply for CDS exam, so in one year around 10 lakh+ candidates apply for the CDS exam.

How many candidates clear the CDS exam?

Now coming to the curicual part, how many candidates actually clear the CDS exam? Looking at the previous CDS results, around 7000 to 9000 candidate only clear the CDS written exam. You can find the details on number of candidates cleared CDS exam from previous years.

ExamNo. of candidates clear CDS written exam
CDS 2 2021Exam Date: 14th November 2021
CDS 1 20216552 
CDS 2 2020 6727
CDS 1 2020 7081
CDS 2 20198120
CDS 1 20197953
CDS 2 20187650
CDS 1 20188261
CDS 2 20178692
CDS 1 20178548

How many candidates clear the CDS SSB Interview?

Clearing SSB interview is very challenging, not because of the tests conducted at the SSB but because of the low success rate. Out of 100 candidates only 5 – 6 candidates clear the SSB interview, not to forget the SSB Screening test i.e. OIR Test and PPDT, Stage-1 testing where 60% candidates fail. Now coming to how many candidates clear the CDS SSB interview, you may find the details below:

ExamNo. of candidates clear CDS SSB interview
CDS 1 2021 To Be Updated
CDS 2 2020 To Be Updated
CDS 1 2020 Merit List 95 (50+39+6) (IMA INA AFA) & 147 (*96 + ^51 ) OTA Men and Women
CDS 2 2019196 (106+76+14) (IMA INA AFA) & 241 (*174 + ^67 ) OTA Men and Women
CDS 1 2019129(IMA AFA INA) + 267 OTA
CDS 2 2018295
CDS 1 2018272
CDS 2 2017419
CDS 1 2017441

How many candidates clear CDS Merit List?

As we are observing since a few years, no one gets merit out through UPSC entry, if you clear the SSB interview and medical examination, there are 100% chances of you getting the joining instructions for the respective training academy.

Hope this analysis will help the CDS aspirants to understand the competition level and they can prepare better for their upcoming examination.

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  1. Nirmal singh

    I have syndactyly in my foot toes. Will I get rejection in medicals for army?
  2. Neeraj Singh koranga

    Will date selection option be provided for non Direct entries i.e. those through exams?? Nda ssb dates are about to get whether as previous years date selection option will be provided or not??
    1. Shree Shrihari Surwase

      I am in first year of btech computer science. I wanted to that when is the right time to start preparing for the cds ima exam.
  3. Shreya

    Female candidates do get merit out !

    Is that true? Till now candidates by upsc entry not listed in final merit list for join in concern academy? Not even a single one cleared medical and merit out for joining?
  5. Shubam

    Can I join NDA with -3 spectacles
    1. Manan

      No bro ig around 2.5 it is acceptable
  6. Aakash Rana

    Sir I've cleared CDSE 2 2019 OTA and still haven't received any info. Regarding SSB. I'm already registered on the join Indian army site.......... I'm a bit worried now
    1. Ajul bansal

      Don't t worry bro...almost all of us didn't get any info..
  7. Deepak Patel

    What is the time gap between ssb and medical examination? Can one apply for medical examination after temporary rejection,if yes then after how many day and what is the procedure?
    1. Hemanth Kasturi

      Generally, it depends on the SSB whether you will be sent to the Medical Board after the day of the Conference or you might be given tentative dates or you might also just be sent back expecting a mail from the respective defence establishment. In such cases, the time between the medicals and the conference would vary between 24 hours to a month. If you get temporarily rejected at Board, then you can apply for a Review Medical Examination. If that too rejects you, then you can challenge yourself to apply for Appeal Medical Board. But at any instance of time, if you are permanently rejected, then you cannot join any sort of military establishment ever. Refer to official data and websites for more detailed information.

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