CDS Syllabus 2020: Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is going to conducts Combined Defence Services (CDS) Exam for recruitment of various vacancies under Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Air Force Academy and Officers Training Academy. The CDS syllabus details is given below.
CDS Syllabus 2020 – Complete CDS Syllabus For The Written Exam
CDS Syllabus 2019: CDS Syllabus 2020 is declared on the official Website of UPSC CDS (www.upsc.gov.in).CDS is conducted for recruitment to Indian Military Academy (IMA), Indian Naval Academy (INA), Air Force Academy (AFA) and Officer’s Training Academy (OTA). The syllabus and exam pattern for all the exams is similar, except for OTA paper.
- CDS 2020 (session 1) is scheduled for 7th February 2021 in offline mode.
- Candidates appearing for OTA exam can check the exam pattern for this session.
- All the questions in recruitment entrance test are objective type in nature.
- The Competitive examination comprises:
- Written examination
- Interview for intelligence and personality test
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Important Highlights of CDS Exam
Mode of Exam | Offline only (Pen and paper mode) |
Number of Questions asked | 300 MCQ Type |
Number of questions in OTA | 200 MCQ Type |
Maximum Marks | 300 and 200 (OTA) |
Duration of Exam | 2 hours (120 minutes) for each paper |
Medium | Hindi or English |
Negative Marking | One third mark deducted for every incorrect response |
CDS Exam Pattern 2020
The subjects of CDS written exam, the time allowed and the maximum marks allotted to each subject is tabulated below:
For Indian Military, Indian Naval and Air Force Academy | |||
Subject | Duration | Max. Marks | |
English | 2 hours | 100 | |
General Knowledge | 2 hours | 100 | |
Elementary Mathematics | 2 hours | 100 | |
For Officers’ Training Academy | |||
Subject | Duration | Max. Marks | |
English | 2 hours | 100 | |
General Knowledge | 2 hours | 100 |
Note: The maximum marks allotted to the written exam and to the interviews will be equal for each course i.e. the maximum marks allotted to the written exam and to the interviews will be 300, 300, 300 and 200 each for admission to the IMA, INA, AFA and OTA respectively. Check CDS Exam Pattern
CDS Syllabus 2020 – English
Antonyms | Sentence improvement | Comprehension |
Synonyms | Word substitution | Ordering of sentences |
Spotting Errors | Selecting Words | Ordering of words in a sentence |
English question paper will be designed to test the candidates understanding of English language. As per previous year analysis, following are the important topics asked in English paper.
Topic | Number of Questions | Level of Difficulty |
---|---|---|
Sentence Improvement | 20 | Easy |
Reading Comprehension | 23 (5 passages) | Easy to Moderate |
Synonyms | 8 | Moderate |
Antonyms | 7 | Easy |
One Word Substitution | 5 | Moderate |
Para-Jumble | 10 | Easy to Moderate |
Sentence-Jumble | 7 | Moderate |
Spot the Error | 20 | Easy |
Cloze Test | 20 | Easy |
Recommended Books
CDS Exam Preparation English books are mentioned below:
- Objective General English by Arihant
- Objective General English by RS Aggarwal
- Word Power Made Easy: Norman Lewis
CDS Syllabus 2020 – General Knowledge
For GK paper, candidates can cover the following topics:
- Latest Current Affairs
- Indian Constitution
- Indian History
- Indian Economy
- Indian Geography
- Indian Politics
- Indian Navy & Military
- Religions
- Books & Authors
- Sports, Awards, etc
As per previous year analysis following are the important topics for GK paper:
Topic | Number of Questions | Level of Difficulty |
---|---|---|
History | 19 | Difficult |
Science | 27 | Easy (Concept based questions) |
Geography | 22 | Moderate (Analytical based questions) |
Ecology | 06 | Moderate (Fact based questions) |
Polity | 20 | Easy to Moderate |
Economy/Trade | 11 | Moderate (Fact based questions) |
Miscellaneous /Armed Forces | 15 | Moderate (Fact based questions) |
Preparation Books
- Manorama Yearbook 2018
- Lucent’s General Knowledge
- Competition in Focus (Half Yearly and Yearly)
CDS Syllabus 2020 – Elementary Mathematics
Mathematics paper covers topics from diverse topics. Following are the topic covered in CDS 2020 Mathematics paper.
Mathematics section is thought-out as a scoring CDS Exam. To score good marks, candidates should know its complete syllabus. Mathematics paper consists of questions from arithmetic, algebra, mensuration, geometry, trigonometry and statistics. Given below is the detailed syllabus, on which questions are based on:
- Algebra: Basic Operations, simple factors, Remainder Theorem, H.C.F., L.C.M. Set language and set notation, rational expressions and conditional identities, Laws of indices. Theory of polynomials, solutions of quadratic equations, relation between its roots and coefficients (Only real roots to be considered). Simultaneous linear inequations in two variables and their solutions. Simultaneous linear equations in two unknowns-analytical and graphical solutions. Practical problems leading to two simultaneous linear equations or inequations in two variables or quadratic equations in one variable & their solutions.
- Trigonometry: Simple cases of heights and distances. Use of trigonometric tables. Sine x, cosine x, Tangent x when fn< x < 90° Values of sin x, cos x and tan x, for x = 0°, 30°, 45°, 60° and 90° Simple trigonometric identities.
- Geometry: Lines and angles, Plane and plane figures, Sides and angles of a triangle, Similar triangles, Concurrence of medians and altitudes, Congruency of triangles, Theorems on Properties of angles at a point Parallel lines, Properties of angles, rectangle and square Circles and its properties including tangents and Normals, sides and diagonals of a parallelogram, Loci.
- Mensuration: Areas of squares, parallelograms, rectangles, triangle and circle. Surface area and volume of cuboids, Areas of figures which can be split up into these figures (Field Book), lateral surface and volume of right circular cones and cylinders, surface area and volume of spheres.
- Statistics: Collection and tabulation of statistical data, Graphical representation, pie charts, histograms, bar charts, frequency polygons, etc. Measures of central tendency.
Number System | Simple interest | HCF&LCM of polynomials | Area |
HCF & LCM of numbers | Compound interest | Linear Equations in one and two Variables | Surface area and volume of solids |
Decimal fraction | Ratio and proportion | Quadratic Equations and Inequations | Lines and angles |
Square roots and cube roots | Average | Set theory | Triangles |
Time and distance | Profit and loss | Measurement of angles and trigonometric measurement | Quadrilateral and polygon |
Time and Work | logarithm | Height and distance | Circle |
percentage | Basic operations and factorization | Ratio Expressions | Statistical Data Analysis |
In the following table, previous year paper analysis of mathematics paper is mentioned.
Topic | Number of Questions | Level of Difficulty |
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Mensuration | 14 | Easy |
Algebra | 7 | Easy to Moderate |
Mean-Median-Mode (Frequency Distribution Table) | 4 | Easy |
Time speed and Distance | 6 | Easy |
Number System | 20 | Easy to Moderate |
Simple interest/Compound interest | 5 | Easy |
Percentage | 2 | Easy |
Profit/Loss | 1 | Easy |
Mixture | 1 | Easy |
Time and Work | 3 | Easy |
Trigonometry | 14 | Moderate to Difficult |
Set Theory | 1 | Easy |
Clock | 2 | Easy |
Geometry | 20 | Easy to Moderate |
Recommended Books
- Arihant Pathfinder
- Quantum CAT by Sarvesh Verma
- Mathematics for CDS by RS Aggarwal
- Quantitative Aptitude for examinations paperback 2018 by RS Aggarwal
CDS Syllabus 2020 – Intelligence & Personality Test
The SSB test is the selection stage after the written examination. It consists of Stage I and Stage II. Aspirants who clear Stage I will go ahead for Stage II. Below are its details:
Stage I: This stage has tests based on Picture Perception(PP), Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) and Description Test ( DT). Aspirants are shortlisted on the combined performance in OIR Test and PP and DT.
Stage II: This stage comprises Interview, Psychology Tests, Group Testing Officer Tasks and the Conference. This stage takes over 4 days to get over.
Instructions to Fill CDS Answer Sheet
Applicants are advised to follow the instructions to fill OMR sheet very carefully as the answer sheets are to be evaluated on the machine and any violation of these instructions may result in the reduction of scores. Before marking responses on the Answer Sheet, applicants have to fill in various particulars in it.
After receiving CDS 2020 Answer Sheet, applicants have to check that it is numbered at the bottom. If it is un-numbered, it has to be replaced by a numbered one. The top of the answer sheet will have the particulars shown in the figure below.
The following points should be kept in mind while filling CDS answer sheet:
- Write with black ball pen only.
- The test Booklet Series will be indicated by Alphabets A, B, C or D at the top right-hand corner of the Booklet.
- Find out the appropriate subject code from the test booklet. Thereafter, encode the test booklet series, subject code and the roll number by using black pen.
- Write and encode test booklet series after receiving the Test Booklet. For example, for English paper of ‘A’ Test Booklet Series you have to encode the subject code, which is 01 as shown below:
- In the next step, you have to encode the Roll No. An example to encode the Roll Number is shown below.
- Candidates have to make sure that they have carefully encoded their subject Test Booklet series and Roll Number.