CDS Syllabus, Paper Pattern and Eligibility Criteria

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Hello Aspirants, So soon will be appearing for CDS ( Combined Defence Services) written exams. Excited or Nervous ? Don't worry we JobsFundaz team will help you out for this. Generally you should be aware about the CDS exams. Generally CDS exams are held twice a year that is once in February and other in November for recruitment in Army, Air force and Navy. So in this article we have discussed regarding the syllabus for CDS exams. Kindly go through it and start preparing according to the topics. For any question in mind feel free to ask below in comments.

CDS Syllabus, Paper Pattern

CDS Syllabus, Paper Pattern and Eligibility Criteria

CDS Eligiblity Criteria:

Age limit :

IMA(Indian Military Academy) - Unmarried Male candidates of age 19-24 years.

OTA(Officers Training Academy) - Unmarried Male/ Female candidates of age 19-25 years.

Naval Academy - Unmarried male candidates of age  19-22 years.

Air Force Academy: Unmarried male candidates of age 19-23 years
NOTE: Women candidates are eligible for OTA only, they should give OTA as their first and only preference For Officers, Training Academy - (SSC Women Non-Technical Course).

Education Qualification:

For IMA /OTA : A degree from a recognized University or equivalent.

For Naval Academy: Bachelor of Engineering.

For Air Force Academy: Degree of a recognised University (with Physics and Mathematics at 10 +2 level ) or Bachelor of Engineering.

NOTE: There is no Percentage bar for CDS Exam like in AFCAT exams 60%.

Apply for CDS :

Candidates visit official website of UPSC to apply online only,

CDS Exams Syllabus:

Exam Name - CDS

CDS exams consists of  :
  • IMA - 300 marks
  • OTA - 200 marks
  • Air Force - 300 marks
  • Naval - 300 marks

Subject Marks:
  • English - 100 marks
  • GK -100 marks 
  • Maths - 100 marks

No Of Questions -
  • English - 120 Questions
  • GK -120 Questions
  • Maths - 100 Questions
Total Time - 2 hours( Each paper)

Each right Question - 0.8 marks.(English & GK)
1 marks ( Maths)

Note: There is a penalty for wrong answers in CDS exams every wrong answer 0.2 mark is deducted.

CDS Paper Pattern:

CDS exams consists of multiple choice questions asked on various topics like -

1. English:

English paper which will be checking your verbal ability. This section will have questions around 120 Questions. If you are good in vocabulary can easily solve questions. This section will be scoring if you have a good command on English language. This section is for 100 marks.

English Paper consists of :-
  • English Passage 
  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms
  • Complete Passage using articles
  • Find the error 
  • Make Sentences in Order
  • Phrases

2. General Awareness:

GA section is generally tricky as it consists questions covering various topics such as History, Geography, Politics, Economics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Current affairs. For this section you can refer to 8th to 10th class books. This section will have 120 questions. GA paper will be of 100 marks.

Current Affairs Covers following Section:
  • Current Affairs (National and International Importance)
  • Sports 
  • Currencies
  • Books and Authors
  • Awards and Honours
  • Science - Inventions and Discoveries Abbreviations
  • Important Days
  • International and National Organisations
  • New Appointments
  • Army, Air Force & Navy Exercises

3. Elementary Mathematics:

Maths paper will be time consuming section for you if you are not aware if formulas and not practice for this section. So start your practice from your 8th to 10th class maths books which will help you a lot to clear your basics. This section will have 100 questions and is of 100 marks.

Topic covered in Maths Paper:
  • Number System
  • HCF, LCM
  • Simplification
  • Decimal Fractions
  • Ratio and Proportions
  • Problems on Ages
  • Probability
  • Percentage
  • Time and Distance
  • Time and Work
  • Profit and Loss
  • Average
  • Simple and Compound Interest
  • Mensuration 
  • Trigonometry
  • Geometry

NOTE: OTA Candidates do not have to appesr for Maths paper.

Candidates who are short-listed on the basis of Combined Defence Services  (CDS) exams will be called for further testing ie SSB at one of the Army Selection Board SSB's at Allahabad, Bhopal and Bangalore.

(a) Stage-I: Test consisting of Intelligence Test along with PPDT tests will be conducted on the first day. Stage-I test is a screening test and only those who qualify would undergo other testings.
All Stage-I qualified candidates would be subjected to document check to ascertain their eligibility for the branches applied for. Those candidates who either do not qualify in State-I testing or do not meet the required eligibility criteria would be sent back on the first day itself after taking your traveling allowances.

(b) Stage-II: Testing consisting of Psychological test, Group Test and Interview will be conducted on subsequent days (Five Days).

Medical Examination will be conducted based on the recommendations at SSB.

Candidates declared medically fit have to wait for the declaration of all India merit list. Once your name is announced then you are now allowed to join Indian Army  starting from training at IMA, OTA, Naval or Air Force Academy.

Training Centres:

1. Indian Military Academy , Dehradun
2. Officers Training Academy , Chennai
3.Officers Training  Academy, Chennai (Non-Technical).
4. Naval Academy, Goa
5. Air Force Academy, Begumpet, Hyderabad.

This was all about CDS exam syllabus. Hope you liked our article. Aspirants are requested to start preparing for the CDS exams right now which will surely help them to pass exams. If we have missed any of the details kindly let us know by commenting below in comments.

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