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CDS Exam Pattern

The Combined Defence Services Examination pattern is based according to the Indian Military Academy, Officers Training Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Indian Air Force Academy  selection procedure. CDS Exam Pattern for Indian Military, Indian Navy and Air Force Academy Exam divided into 3 sections, whereas Officers’ Training Academy Exam divided into 2 sections, The subjects of the written examination, the time allowed and the maximum marks allotted to each subject will be as follows:

For Admission to Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy and Air Force Academy:—

Subject Duration Questions Maximum Marks Marks for Correct Answer Marks for Incorrect Answer
English 2 Hours 100 100 Marks +1 -0.33
General Knowledge 2 Hours 100 100 Marks +1 -0.33
Elementary Mathematics 2 Hours 100 100 Marks +1 -0.33

For Admission to Officers’ Training Academy :—

Subject Duration Questions Maximum Marks Marks for Correct Answer Marks for Incorrect Answer
English 2 Hours 100 100 Marks +1 -0.33
General Knowledge 2 Hours 100 100 Marks +1 -0.33

CDS Exam Pattern Important Points:

·         The maximum marks allotted to the written examination and to the interviews will be equal for each course i.e.

–          Indian Military Academy – 300 Marks

–          Indian Naval Academy – 300 Marks

–          Air Force Academy – 300 Marks

–          Officers’ Training Academy – 200 Marks

·         Objective type questions only for CDS written exam
·         Bilingual language i.e. Hindi and English for General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics questions

The amount of time required to put on particular subject topic-wise or concept-wise approaches the maximum points in CDS exam.

CDS Exam: English

Topic Number of Questions
Sentence Improvement 20
Reading Comprehension 23 (5 passages)
Synonyms 8
Antonyms 7
One Word Substitution 5
Para-Jumble 10
Sentence-Jumble 7
Spot the Error 20
Cloze Test 20

CDS Exam: General Knowledge

Topic Number of Questions
History 19
Science 27
Geography 22
Ecology 06
Polity 20
Economy/Trade 11
Miscellaneous /Armed Forces 15

CDS Exam: Elementary Mathematics  

Topic Number of Questions
Mensuration 14
Algebra 7
Mean-Median-Mode (Frequency Distribution Table) 4
Time speed and Distance 6
Number System 20
Simple interest/Compound interest 5
Percentage 2
Profit/Loss 1
Mixture 1
Time and Work 3
Trigonometry 14
Set Theory 1
Clock 2
Geometry 20