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CDS Exam Syllabus and Pattern: Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) latest recruitment notification about 417 commission officer in Indian Army, Navy & Air Force. The UPSC released the CDS Exam-II 2019 Notification on 12 June 2019. All defence aspirants seeking for defence services of India will appear in this exam. The CDS Exam 2019 consists of a written test and a personality cum intelligence test. The syllabus of mathematics is of 10th level while that of GK and English will be of Graduation level. The exam has the provision of negative marking also. More details about CDS Exam II Eligibility, Exam Pattern and Detailed Syllabus, CDS exam syllabus for OTA etc. are given below.
CDS Exam Syllabus
CDS Exam Syllabus

CDS Exam Eligibility Criteria

CDS Exam Eligibility: Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is going to conducts CDS Exam for recruitment of various young dynamic talented persons for defence services under Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Air Force Academy and Officers Training Academy. The below given eligibility criteria are mandatory to apply for Upcomming CDS Exam.

Name of Academy Qualification Age Limit Age Limit
Indian Military Academy-IMA Graduation or equivalent 19 to 23 Unmarried
Indian Naval Academy-INA Bachelor of Engineering 19 to 23 Unmarried
Air Force Academy-AFA Graduation with PCM in 10+2 OR Bachelor of Engineering 20 to 24 Unmarried
Officers’ Training Academy-OTA Graduation or equivalent 19 to 24 Unmarried, Married, Widow, Divorcee
-> A citizen of India, or
-> A subject of Nepal, or
-> A subject of Bhutan, or
-> A Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
-> A person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Srilanka or East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia or from Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India. Provided that a candidate belonging to categories (b), (c), (d) and (e) shall be a person in whose favour a certificate of eligibility has been issued by the Government of India.

Latest CDS Exam Pattern

The Combined Defence Services (CDS) examination consists of written examination in offline mode (i.e. English, GK and Elementary Mathematics). Candidates cleared the written examination are called for the Interview by Service Selection Board (SSB). The Interview of the candidates includes the Intelligence and Personality Test.

CDS Exam Pattern for IMA|AFA|INA

Name of the subject (Objective) No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration (in Minutes)
General Knowledge 120 100120
General English 120 100120
Elementary Mathematics 120 100120
Total 360 3006 Hours

Overview of CDS Written Exam

  • The CDS written exam is multiple choice objective type questions (MCQ) based.
  • The total Duration of Exam is Six (06) Hours for AFA, INA & IMA whereas 04 hours for OTA.
  • The Scheme of Exam is divided into 03 Sections.
  • The total of 300 marks is to be commenced in Exam.
  • Each Written Paper is consists of 100 marks.
  • There will be negative marking for each wrong answer.
  • For every wrong answer, one-third mark will be deducted.

CDS Exam Pattern for Officers’ Training Academy

Name of the subject (Objective) No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration (in Minutes)
General Knowledge 120 100120
English 120 100120
Total 240 2004 Hours

CDS Exam Syllabus (Latest)

CDS English Syllabus

-> Sentence improvement
-> Word substitution
-> Comprehension
-> Ordering of sentences
-> Selecting Words
-> Ordering of words in a sentence
-> Spotting Error
-> Antonyms & Synonyms

CDS Syllabus for General Knowledge

-> Current Awareness, Sociology, Award, Sport, Books
-> Physics, Chemistry, Defence related, Environment, Culture
-> Economics,Politics, History, Geography, Biology, Statement true/false

CDS Syllabus for Elementary Mathematics

-> Algebra
-> Trigonometry
-> Arithmetic
-> Geometry
-> Mensuration
-> Statistics

Combined Defence Services (CDS) Examination Syllabus- New

The question paper will be designed to test the candidates’ understanding of English and workmanlike use of words.
General Knowledge including knowledge of current events and of such matters of everyday observation and experience in their scientific aspects as may be expected of an educated person who has not made a special study of any scientific subject. The paper will also include questions on History of India and Geography of a nature which candidate should be able to answer without special study.
Number System—Natural numbers, Integers, Rational and Real numbers, Fundamental operations, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, Square roots, Decimal fractions. Unitary method, time and distance, time and work, percentages, applications to simple and compound interest, profit and loss, ratio and proportion, variation, Elementary Number Theory—Division algorithm, Prime and composite numbers, Tests of divisibility by 2, 3, 4, 5, 9 and 11. Multiples and factors. Factorisation Theorem. H.C.F. and L.C.M. Euclidean algorithm, Logarithms to base 10, laws of logarithms, use of logarithmic tables.
Basic Operations, simple factors, Remainder Theorem, H.C.F., L.C.M., Theory of polynomials, solutions of quadratic equations, relation between its roots and coefficients (Only real roots to be considered). Simultaneous linear equations in two unknowns—analytical and graphical solutions. Simultaneous linear in equations in two variables and their solutions. Practical problems leading to two simultaneous linear equations or in equations in two variables or quadratic equations in one variable & their solutions. Set language and set notation, rational expressions and conditional identities, Laws of indices.
Sine ×, cosine ×, Tangent × when 0° < × < 90° Values of sin ×, cos × and tan ×, for × = 0°, 30°, 45°, 60° and 90° Simple trigonometric identities. Use of trigonometric tables. Simple cases of heights and distances.
Lines and angles, Plane and plane figures, Theorems on (i) Properties of angles at a point, (ii) Parallel lines, (iii) Sides and angles of a triangle, (iv) Congruency of triangles, (v) Similar triangles, (vi) Concurrence of medians and altitudes, (vii) Properties of angles, sides and diagonals of a parallelogram, rectangle and square, (viii) Circles and its properties including tangents and normal, (ix) Loci.
Areas of squares, rectangles, parallelograms, triangle and circle. Areas of figures which can be split up into these figures (Field Book), Surface area and volume of cuboids, lateral surface and volume of right circular cones and cylinders, surface area and volume of spheres.
Collection and tabulation of statistical data, Graphical representation frequency polygons, histograms, bar charts, pie charts etc. Measures of central tendency.

Intelligence and Personality Test

The SSB procedure consists of two stage Selection process - stage I and stage II. Only those candidates who clear the stage I are permitted to appear for stage II. The details are:-
-> Stage I comprises of Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests are Picture Perception Description Test (PP&DT).
-> Stage II Comprises of Interview, Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests and the Conference. These tests are conducted over 4 days.
The personality of a candidate is assessed by three different assessors viz. The Interviewing Officer (IO), Group Testing Officer (GTO) and the Psychologist. There are no separate weightage for each test. The marks are allotted by assessors only after taking into consideration the performance of the candidate holistically in the entire test. In addition, marks for Conference are also allotted based on the initial performance of the Candidate in the three techniques and decision of the Board. All these have equal weightage. The various tests of IO, GTO and Psych are designed to bring out the presence/absence of Officer Like Qualities and their trainability in a candidate. Accordingly candidates are Recommended or Not Recommended at the SSB.

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