CDS Syllabus 2022: Download Free Syllabus PDF Here!

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Do you dream of joining the army, you must know the CDS Syllabus and exam pattern? CDS and NDA Exams are the most well-known exams to join the army as an officer. If you are looking to apply for CDS Examination.  Then CDS Syllabus and  Exam pattern along with other details must be known to you. The official notification by UPSC contains details like CDS Syllabus and Exam Pattern, eligibility,  and other details. Interested candidates must be aware of exam patterns along with other details.
  1. CDS Admit card is now declared here.
  2. Then Union Public Service Commission conducts Combined Defense Services Exam twice a year.
  3. The CDS I Exam 2022 has been scheduled for 10th April 2022 (Sunday). 
  4. The CDS Exam Pattern consists of 3 papes i.e. General Studies, English, and Mathematics.
  5. The candidates applying for Officers Training Academy don't have to appear for the Maths paper.
  6. The CDS Syllabus for each paper has been covered in this space.
  7. Today the  UPSC CDS 2 Result 2021 was released on the official website of UPSC.
The syllabus and exam pattern must be known to all the candidates for better and organized preparation. The detailed CDS Syllabus and  Exam Pattern along with the marking scheme is covered in this space. If you are preparing for competitive exams and are looking for expert guidance, you can check out our MATHS SPECIAL Batch that will help you to ace the CDS examination.

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CDS Syllabus 2022 

CDS written exam pattern and syllabus are different for IMA, OTA, IAF, and INA. The written exam for OTA consists of questions from English and General Knowledge, whereas the written exam for IMA, IAF, and INA consists of questions from English, General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics. The CDS Syllabus for these academies is the same and is covered below. 
CDS Syllabus - Section  Topics 
  • Vocabulary
  • Synonyms and Antonyms
  • Idioms and Phrases
  • Sentence Rearrangement
  • Comprehension
  • Spotting Errors
  • Vocabulary
  • Active and Passive Voice
  • Parts of Speech
  • Direct and Indirect Narration
General Knowledge In this section questions are asked from various subjects and one needs to be abrest with the Current Affairs as well. The topics or subjects from which questions are asked are as follows:
  • History
  • Geography
  • Economics
  • Indian Polity
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Defence
  • Environment
  • Current Affairs
Elementary Mathematics  
Candidates who have opted for OTA in their application form do not have to appear for this paper.

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This section included questions from various topics such as:
  • Algebra- This will include questions from sub-topics such as Basic Operations, L.C.M., H.C.F., linear equations, set theory, polynomials, quadratic equations.
  • Trigonometry-Trigonometric Identities, Height and distance, Trignomteric Tables.
  • Geometry-Lines and planes, parallel lines, triangle, circle, parallelogram.
  • Mensuration-Areas of the square, rectangle, parallelogram, circle, triangle, cuboids, lateral surface area and volume of a cone, sphere etc.
  • Statistics-Histograms, bar chart, pie chart, measures of central tendency and collection and tabulation of statistical data.

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CDS Exam Pattern

The exam pattern is the next important thing to look out for after the CDS Syllabus. The exam pattern for CDS Exam as per the official notification is as follows:
  1. The exam has three papers.
  2. General Studies and English Papers are mandatory for all.
  3. The candidates applying for Officers Training Academy and Women candidates are not required to appear for Maths Paper.
  4. Each paper has a duration of 2 hours.
  5. The exam consists of objective type of questions.
The detailed CDS Exam Pattern is as follows:
Paper  Number of questions
General Studies  100
English  100
Maths  100
Read here the landmark NDA Notification For Women.

CDS Exam Pattern: Marking Scheme 

The official notification carries details on the marking scheme, which is as per the CDS Exam Pattern, that is:
  1. The maximum marks on each paper are 100.
  2. The maximum marks for IMA candidates in the written examination are 300.
  3. The maximum marks for OTA candidates in the written examination are 300.
  4. Each question in the exam carries 1 mark.
  5. There is a negative marking in the examination. 1/3rd of marks are deducted for each wrong answer.
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What is CDS Exam?

The Combined Defence Services Examination is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission for recruitment of Commissioned Officers in the Indian Military Academy, Officers Training Academy, Indian Naval Academy.

What is the exam date for CDS Exam?

The exam is to be held on 10 th of April 2022.

What is CDS exam syllabus?

The syllabus for CDS Exam consists of:
  1. General Knowledge
  2. Maths
  3. English.

How many papers are there in CDS Exam?

There are 3 papers in CDS Exam.

What is the duratrion of CDS Exam?

The duration of CDS Exam is 2 hours for each paper.

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