Topic wise syllabus for CDS Examination

All the important topic wise syllabus of Combined Defense Service Examination.

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Here in this post we are giving you complete details of the syllabus of upcoming CDS examination with the help of UPSC guideline for the exam and with the analysis of previous year papers.
Friends as you know that CDS is one of the most desirable exam for indian youth and yes it gives great opportunity to enter Indian Army, Navy or Air force as officer. CDS Exam conducts for admission in various courses such as Indian military academy (IMA), Indian naval academy (INA), Air force academy (AFA) & Officers training academy (OTA).

UPSC conducts the exam of CDS in two stages- Written and Interview. And with the help of these selection procedure candidates selected in Indian armed forces as a officer. As per the CDS 1 exam pattern the written exam conducts on three subject basis – 1. Elementary Mathematics, 2. English and 3. General  Knowledge. The time for the each paper will be 2 hrs.

  • Written exam detail for the CDS (Indian Military Academy, Naval Academy and Air Force Academy)
Subject Duration Total marks Total Question
English 2 hours 100 120
General Knowledge 2 hours 100 120
Elementary mathematics 2 hours 100 100
Total 6 hours 300 340
  • Written exam detail for the OTA (Officers Training Academy)
Subject Duration Total marks Total Question
English 2 hours 100 120
General Knowledge 2 hours 100 120
Total 4 hours 200 240

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts CDS examination two times every year and offers this opportunity twice in a year to all, who preparing for this exam. so eligible candidates who preparing for UPSC combined defence service exam (CDS) they should have aware of latest CDS exam syllabus and CDS Paper pattern.

  • An introduction to syllabus of CDS examination and how to prepare for your CDS examination:

Elementary Arithmetics

1. Number system
2. HCF & LCM
3. Decimal fraction
4. Square root & Cube root
5. Unitary Method
6. Time & distance
7. Time & work
8. Percentage
9. Simple interest
10. Compound Interest
11. Ratio & proportion
12. Average
13. Profit & loss
14. Partnership
15. Problem Based on Age
16. Logarithm
17. Basic operation & factorization
18. HCF & LCM of polynomials
19. Linear equation in one variable
20. Linear equation in two variable
21. Quadratic equations
22. In equations
23. Rational expressions
24. Set theory
25. Measurement of angles
26. Trigonometrical ratios and identities
27. Height and distance
28. Area
29. Volume and surface area
30. Line and angles
31. Triangles
32. Quadrilaterals and parallelogram
33. Polygons
34. Circles
35. Loci and concurrency theorem
36. Coordinate geometry
37. Statistics
38. Miscellaneous


1. Comprehension
2. Sentence rearrangement
3. Synonyms & antonyms
4. Spotting the errors
5. Fill in the blanks
6. Phrases
7. Ordering word in a sentences

General science

1. Physics
2. Chemistry
3. Biology

General studies

1. History
2. Geography
3. Polity
4. Economics
5. Computer

The Written Examination for CDS:

  • Mode of the CDS exam is offline type.
  • The examination papers pattern is objective.
  • There will be 120 total question in the English and G.K. portion but only 100 question will be in the Elementary mathematics.
  • Each paper will be held for 2 hours’ duration.
  • For every correct answer in English and General Knowledge there is 0.83 marks.
  • In Elementary Mathematics 1 marks given for a correct answer.
  • There is also negative marking for incorrect answers and that is 1/3 mark.
  • For the candidates, appearing for OTA (Officers Training Academy), the written exam will conduct for 200 marks because there will be no Elementary Mathematics paper for them.
  • Getting qualify in each and every paper is compulsory for next stage call.

Important Links for CDS :

Click here for admit card download.

Click here for CDS online Application Form.

Click here for CDS  Written Result.

Click here to go Official Page of UPSC.

Best Books for Best CDS prepration.

So friends … best of luck for your …. CDS exam….

Get-set-go…………………..for your job..

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