CDS Exam FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions on CDSE

Updated Sat, 22 Aug 2020 12:23 PM IST

The Combined Defence Services Examination, commonly known as CDS is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) twice in a year. Candidates who get selected in a written exam followed by an interview round are recruited into the Indian Military Academy, Indian Air Force Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Officers’ Training Academy. The exam is held twice a year, usually in the month of February and September.

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Frequently asked questions related to CDS 2020

What is the age limit to Apply CDS 2 2020?

Academy Age Born Between
Indian Military Academy 19-24 02 Jul 1997 to 01 Jul 2002
Indian Air Force Academy 20-24 02 Jul 1997 to 01 Jul 2001
Indian Naval Academy 19-24 02 Jul 1997 to 01 Jul 2002
Officers’ Training Academy (Men) 19-25 02 Jul 1997 to 01 Jul 2002

what are the educational requirement to apply for CDS 2 2020?

Academy Educational Qualification
Indian Military Academy Graduation Degree
Indian Air Force Academy Graduation Degree, B.E./B. Tech.
Indian Naval Academy B.E./B. Tech.
Officers’ Training Academy(Men/Women) Graduation Degree

What is the exam pattern for CDS exam?

 The UPSC CDS recruitment process involves two stages. First is Written exam and second is SSB interview. Candidates have to qualify each stage to qualify for the final merit list.

What is the written exam pattern for CDS exam?

Written Exam Pattern
Subject No. Of Ques Marks Time
General Knowledge 120 100 120 min
English Language 120 100 120 min
Elementary Mathematics 100 100 120 min

What is the interview process for CDS exam?

After the declaration of written exam results according to given preference and qualification candidates are called for 5 days SSB interviews. SSB interviews involve 2 stage selection process
  1. Stage I: Officers' Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests
  2.  Stage II: Interview, Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests & Conference
   Both the stages are successive for selection of candidates. Candidates need to qualify both the stages. Candidates' performance in SSB Interview is accessed by three accessors:
  1. Interviewing Officer (IO)
  2. Group Testing Officer (GTO)
  3. Psychologist

What is the syllabus for CDS written Exam?

English Language General Knowledge Elementary Mathematics
  1. Unseen Passage
  2. Spotting Errors
  3. Sentence Rearrangement
  4. Idioms & Phrases
  5. Ordering of Sentences
  6. Fillers
  7. Synonyms & Antonyms
  8. Parts of Speech
  9. Spelling Mistakes
  10. Transformation of Sentences
  11. Reported Speech
  1. Indian History and Geography
  2. General Science
  3. Social Studies
  4. History
  5. Geography
  6. Current Events & Affairs
  1. Arithmetic
  2. Algebra
  3. Trigonometry
  4. Geometry
  5. Statistics

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